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How to keep kids busy at home during the break


This school year has been a difficult one, and with March Break postponed to April, we’re all excited to make the most of our time off.

Wondering how best to spend your week? Check out our helpful suggestions below:

Park picnics

With the warm, spring weather upon us, why not consider a family picnic at a local park? Pack some healthy snacks, a book or even a Frisbee.

Parks such as High Park (which will be boasting cherry blossoms soon!), Cedarvale Park, and Trinity-Bellwood Park have ample greenspace, picnic tables and playgrounds. For a list of fun green spaces across the city, click here.

Walking the family dog

Walking the dog provides a great form of exercise and has proven to reduce stress levels, increase happiness and improve overall health. Whether it’s a quick walk around the block or to a friend’s home for a social-distanced visit, a regular walk with your pet will provide many healthful benefits to you, as well as your furry friend. 

Get crafty

Arts and crafts provide a wonderful creative outlet for children, youth and adults alike! Set up some daily time for colouring or finger-painting, or consider taking on a larger family activity like tie-dye. If your inspiration has begun to run dry, there are websites dedicated to new and exciting art projects.

Board games, puzzles and scavenger hunts

Playing games with members of your household is a great way to bond. Games like Monopoly can help parents and caregivers teach critical thinking and strategy skills to their children, while puzzles can offer a chance to work on individual problem-solving skills.  

Parents can also set up easy, at-home scavenger hunts based on templates such as this. For some older children, this activity can be done independently – making it a good choice for parents who are trying to fill the time while they attend to work or household duties.