Who needs Florida when you have Prince Edward Island?

Mount Stewart family decides to stay around home on March break

Maureen Coulter comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 20, 2016

Leanne Feehan and her two older boys Ethan, 7, and Griffin, 6, kicked off their March break by going to their first professional basketball game in Charlottetown.

The Mount Stewart family went to see the Island Storm play against the Saint John Mill Rats at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown on March 17, before the official March break even began.

Ethan and Griffin received free tickets after team members of the Island Storm went to Mount Stewart Consolidated School to chat with students.

“They (were) super excited to go and experience it all,” said Feehan.

On Friday, the kids had a big surprise after Feehan booked a hotel room at the Super 8 in Cornwall so they could have some fun away from home and enjoy some pool time.

“They have a great deal on for March break so it worked out well, especially when you can’t spend a whole lot of money,” said Feehan. “For the kids, just the novelty of staying in the hotel is a big deal.”

The father, Errol, will be taking their boys to another free sports game to see the Charlottetown Islanders play against the Halifax Mooseheads today after Leanne won tickets on a local radio station.

The family of five will be enjoying a “staycation” on the Island for the rest of next week full of fun activities on a modest budget.

“You can have fun without money,” said Feehan, mother of three boys. “Some years, you can afford to more than others.”

Feehan said she feels it’s important to have a fun itinerary for children during March break.

“It’s kind of silly not to take part in something fun with your family,” said Feehan. “For us, going away isn’t an option, even to Moncton. Between bridge and gas, it’s not an option, so you might as well make the most out of what we have here right on the Island.”

She plans on taking her family to Island Hill Farm to enjoy the petting farm and a $2.99 matinee at Cineplex in Charlottetown. She will also be hosting an Easter party with crafts and cupcakes on Thursday.

In the evenings she plans on taking the kids sledding, cuddling up on the couch for a movie and having dance parties in the kitchen with Ethan and Griffin.

Feehan said she tries to spread the fun throughout the week so they have something to look forward to every day.

“When the kids go back to school, some of their friends are going Florida or like I said Moncton or Halifax, at least then they have something to add to the conversation.”

FACT BOX

There is no shortage of things to do on P.E.I. during March break

- Cineplex has $2.99 matinees, March 21-25

- Brookvale Provincial Park has two-for-one rates on tickets and rental packages. Private ski and snowboard lessons are available throughout the week. Pre-booking is recommended. Their final event, Aquaneige, is scheduled for March 28 at 3 p.m.

- Day camps are going on at the Cari complex, Murphy’s Community Centre, Charlottetown Boys and Girls Club and at UPEI.

- The Atlantic Superstore in Charlottetown is having a cooking class, for ages 2-5, on March 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call to register.

- The Confederation Centre Public Library has events going on for children, ages six to 12, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.

- CARI complex has a Friday fun swim for $3.75 per person, 1-4 p.m. It also has public swims, regular price, Monday to Thursday, 1-4 p.m.

- That Fun Place has teamed up with the Delta Prince Edward for a Funtastic March Break Funzone at the hotel, March 18-20.

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