© Guardian photo by Emma Childs
Paige Andrews, from left, Brock Andrews and grandma Valerie MacDonald spend a day playing indoors at That Fun Place in Charlottetown.
Families are getting ready for a snowy March break on the Island, but luckily there are many indoor activities to take advantage of over the next week.
Take it from two kids who got a head start on the action.
Paige and Brock Andrews, who attend school in Halifax, are currently on their March break and are spending it in Charlottetown with their grandma, Valerie MacDonald.
“We don’t want to go home,” Brock insisted. “They’re having too much fun,” laughed MacDonald.
MacDonald brought the kids to That Fun Place, an indoor playground on Capital Drive in Charlottetown.
Some of the other activities on their March break list included tubing down the snow hills at Brookvale Provincial Ski Park, taking advantage of the swim times at the CARI pool and attending the Islanders’ hockey game on Friday night.
The trio also stopped by the cinema to see the film Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
On Tuesdays, the Cineplex movie theatre offers a “Toonie Matinee” with admission to select movies for only $2.
“We’ve got a busy, busy schedule,” said MacDonald. “That’s why they don’t want to go home.”
While their week winds down, March break on the Island gears up.
A number of venues in Charlottetown will offer day camps for kids over the upcoming week. Parents looking for a full week of childcare can find a variety of camps available at the CARI complex, Murphy’s Community Centre, UPEI and the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown.
One-day events will also be available in a number of libraries throughout Prince Edward Island. “Halloween in March” on Wednesday, March 19 in the Summerside Rotary Library and “Craft Time for Kids” on Friday, March 21 in the Montague Rotary Library are just a few of the activities offered.
The Atlantic Superstore will also have a variety of cooking classes available throughout the week for kids, teens and adults.
For families looking to entertain members of all ages, a number of businesses are discounting their regular fares to bring in business.
The Murphy’s Community Centre will have special bowling rates for families. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., families can bowl for a price of $5 per person.
For those looking to take advantage of the winter season while it’s still around, Brookvale Provincial Ski Park will be offering a weeklong day camp for kids. They will also have discounted ski rates for families and students.
Frank Quinn, program coordinator of Charlottetown’s parks and recreation department, encourages the outdoor activities.
“We’re promoting our outdoor rinks and our ski trails and we also have snowshoeing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. down at Victoria Park,” he said.
Mill River Provincial Ski Park will also be open for its final week of the season over March break, offering special discounted rates from March 16 to 23. Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be available on the 17, 18, 20, 22 and 23 of March, while the “Sugar Shack” maple syrup sampling will run every day from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.