Avoiding March Break Meltdowns (And A Fujifilm Instax 300 Camera Giveaway)

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It’s such a relief March is here, because we’re one step closer to spring—and saying good-bye to the cold and snow. March is all about looking ahead to sunny, warmer days and March Break, a time to reconnect with the entire family.

Since we do our winter travel during the months of January and February, we stick close to home during March Break. Staying home means finding ways to keep the children happy, active, and busy, to avoid March Break meltdowns.

Children often turn to their parents for suggestions on what to do if they get bored, and sometimes, we don’t have ideas to cure them of the dreaded boredom. Despite how fun March Break is, it also means we don’t get much of a break to do the things we need to do (like working, cleaning, and cooking) so it’s essential to have a solid plan in place. Although nothing can substitute one-on-one time with a parent, books and educational toys that get children’s creative juices flowing are great ways to keep kids busy, too.
Here are some tips on surviving March Break meltdowns:
Get kids outside. It’s probably the last full week there will be so much snow to play with, (here’s hoping!) so make the most of it—get them building the last snowman of the year, go sledding one more time, and head downtown for a walk around the market, ending the day with hot chocolate.
Take the children to the many great museums in Ottawa for some indoor fun. Most museums have great March Break events going on to keep kids busy and learning in a fun environment.
Have a movie night—during the day! Keep the shutters closed, pop some popcorn, and put in a family favourite flick.
Allow your children to discovery the world of play and creativity with some great Duracell battery operated toys, like the Fujifilm Instax 300 camera that’s available at Walmart, and let them take endless photos of the fun they’re having on March Break.

Stock up on Duracell batteries, to make sure the toys and electronics are powered up for endless hours of play.
When we’re home with the children for the holidays, we make sure we’ve got plenty of Duracell batteries on hand because they always come in handy. Duracell gives parents the power to prevent March Break meltdowns—and I’m thankful for that!
I’m giving away a Fujifilm Instax 300 camera and Duracell batteries so your kids can keep busy during March Break and throughout the summer months. To enter to win, just leave me a comment telling me how you’re spending your March Break. I’ll pick a winner, randomly, on Thursday, March 16th.  (Retail value: $149.99).

Good Luck!


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48 comments:

marlibu said...

We will be going to Disney on ice and then visiting Niagara for some march break fun :)
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dora ygus said...

Im spending My march break hopefully with all my family may be go to the zoo to the Beach i hope to have a great time thanku for the oportunity

Amy Heffernan said...

For spring break this year we are not doing much! :( We might catch a movie at the local theater.
Thanks
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Celinas London said...

I love you're blog and your instagram account! Great work! I am spending my March break with my friends and family, helping babysit some little ones, and hopefully getting some cleaning done! (I know it's a bit boring !:):)
Have a nice day and keep up the great work :):)
-Celina

remarker/fcffollower said...

We will be reading a lot

Shannon said...

My son is enrolled in a soccer goalie camp.

Mark said...

I am spending my March Break trying to comfort my 12 year old who is having toe surgery on Monday. Poor lamb will be bed bound for most of the break!

latanya t said...

I will be working.

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Jennyjag said...

We are taking the staycation approach! Kind of taking each day as it comes, doing whatever we feel like when we wake up that day.

Julie said...

We're packing it with playdates, a trip to SkyZone and a visit from my father-in-law.

Mindy said...

We don't have a MArch break here in NJ but a April break! My husband took a vacation as well so we are going to Spend some time in Lancaster PA! Looking forward to seeing the Amish and their food! mindy_delisi@hotmail.com

Erica Seaman said...

Here in NB our March break is just about over :( Kids went to sports day at the rec. center, son went to floor hockey tournament, daughter went to work with me (fun) and today we went to the movies to see Kong Skull Island. We've enjoyed every moment.

tannawings said...

We will be going to a few museums and there is a spring break program too during that time. We might go on a roadtrip to see some friends too it depends on the weather.

Thanks for the chance!

tannawings at gmail dot com

ellen beck

ivy pluchinsky said...

I will be looking after my niece all of spring break since her mom works, so we will be doing lots of arts and crafts, drawing, fort building, coloring, playing with toys, going outside if the weather is nicer, lots of things to keep her busy/entertained! I hope I do not hear the words I am bored that week! ( pluchinskyi@gmail.com)

Elizabeth A. said...

We are heading to Montreal for a short stay; we plan to hit the museums, swim in the hotel pool, walk all over, and eat fantastic foods!

Jenn said...

We won't be going far because we will be visiting my parents out on Vancouver Island. We haven't got a lot of events planned because we go there a few times a year but hopefully it will feel like a mini vacation! fifty.threee (at) live (dot) com

Gillian Morgan said...

I have activités planned like going to the park, museums and a movie.Hopefully the weather is good so we can get outside as well.

Nena said...

We are going to Detroit to see Ariana Grande!!!! Staying a couple days.

Christine Murray said...

We are just staying home and getting a few chores done. We will probably play a few board games and have a movie night a couple of nights.

Jenny Major said...

Lots of relaxation and going to see Disney on Ice!

Shoppingsorceress said...

I'm spending march break doing small day trips and movie out trips and some crafts at home , one good swimming day as well

Bee W Bedard said...

We are hanging out at home - reading, playing games and watching movies
brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

Astrid said...

Heading to Cuba! Looking forward to escaping this bitter cold Ottawa weather!! Thanks for the chance!

cassandra said...

Bought a couple family bowling deals on Groupon and will be shopping with my oldest daughter for a semi formal dress and shoes :)

Weebsurfer said...

While my kids are soaking up the sun with their mom in Florida I'll be puttering around the house and enjoying some time out for some 501st stormtrooper shenanigans.

Kate B. said...

We are going to do some outdoor activities with the kids

Rachel Brown said...

Working.. the kids will be having fun at camp, we're going bowling and skating together during the week. They've been asking me for one of these cameras! :)

Juliee Fitze said...

I'm spending March Break watching little one and her brother . jfitze@hotmail.com

Jenness M said...

We'll be going to the family cottage with nana and pops!

pinksuzanne said...

We actually are doing some renovating with new doors and windows and that is how our time will be taken up.

stephanie scales campbell said...

i wont be doing alot outside of the home but i plan to do some crafts and activities at home with the kids.

Judy C - Judy Cowan said...

No plans for us this year for March Break, just hanging out around the house and hoping the snow will stop! (jlcmrc@gmail.com)

lushka said...

Just staying at home and getting a head start on some much needed spring cleaning and purging.

Jonnie (JB) said...

Here in Alberta, March Break isn't until April (and it's called Spring Break) so we haven't made any real plans yet. Hopefully we will get a chance to head on a short road trip and have some adventures.

Robyn Bellefleur said...

We have tickets to a show called Cirkopolis and the other days I am hoping to go out for a few hikes.

Margheret said...

Will be spend one weekend over the March Break sking at Blue Mountain. During the week, will be going to the AGO and trying out some good restaurants in downtown T/O, skating outdoors at the local skating trail near where I live in Richmond Hill,1/2 from downtown Toronto.
Have a wonderful March Break!

Shannon Bridge said...

We are currently couped up with colds but we are hoping to get out to do some hiking Tuesday and to our favourite Taco spot later in the week!

binabug said...

Our school does not have a March Break. They just had a 10 day winter break in Feb and will have another 10 day break for Easter. Right now its about -35C average with the wind chill and my weather app tells me its going to snow tomorrow yet again (I'd hate to run out for Spring), so I guess I wont be driving into the city for groceries. I sadly have to work for a living so will be going outdoors every day walking to work like I do. The hardest part of walking is when mother nature decides to warm up, let everything melt, THEN IT FREEZES and then snows on top of that..yep, walking on thin ICE lol . Walking to work is ok, its the walk home at night in the dark thats the hardest part for me.

pamalot said...

we are leaving today for a few days in Niagara Falls and then staying close to home, going to the library, dentist, doctor, etc.
hope to get to some cheap movies.

Sheena Brooks said...

Sadly, no real March break plans. We'll be shivering with everyone else here in Ottawa!

Wendy Hutton said...

no plans for mark break at all, have no young kids just hoping for warmer weather

pippirose said...

No plans here, except maybe a trip to the library. Lots of arts and crafts, though, and some movie time at home.

Linda H said...

We're spending March break going out to the parks a lot.

Krista Miller said...

We are going to take advantage of some free outings like outdoor skating & tobogganing! At home we're doing karaoke night, baking & boardgames. For activities that do have fees, we are trying to keep a good budget. Going to see the new Beauty & The Beast movie & a community theater play!

Kelly D said...

We are spending March Break visiting the aquarium and baking up a storm!

Tara Betterley said...

We just got back from Florida, for the rest of the week we will be doing some family time at Hockey Hall of Fame and board games/hockey.

Laurie Armstrong said...

One son is in basketball camp and the other two are in gymnastics camp for the March break. We are spending the evenings doing family activities!

Flo said...

Spending time at home. Have outings,game night and movie nights planned.
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