After a long, cold winter, we are coming up once again to spring break at the end of March. This year, spring break in Edmonton runs from March 24 to April 2 (if you include weekends Easter holidays) for both public schoolsopens a new window and Catholic schoolsopens a new window.
As always, children are out of school for the whole week and parents are scrambling to find fun and engaging activities for them to do around town.
Luckily, there are plenty of spring break activities in Edmonton ready to help you keep your kids engaged and entertained.
10. Get Creative with Art Camps
The City Arts Centre is running a bunch of artsy day camps for kids throughout spring break. They cover a wide range of activities for school-aged kids, from photography to drama to baking to cartooning. The cost of each camp varies. Find out more about available camps, pricing and registration on the City of Edmonton websiteopens a new window.
9. Travel Back in Time
Since the kids are out of school, why not give them the chance to REALLY unplug over spring break? Fort Edmonton Park is running two day campsopens a new window—one for children ages six to eight, another for kids aged nine to 12—during spring break. Both give kids a chance to experience the pioneer and voyageur life. The camps are $215 each.
8. Connect with Nature
John Janzen Nature Centre is running a few day camps during spring break that are sure to capture the imaginations of outdoorsy kids, including the magical-sounding Frogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry They are sure to keep participants busy throughout the week with a variety of fun, nature-themed activities. Prices vary. You can register at the John Janzen Nature Centre’s websiteopens a new window or by calling 311.
7. Surround Yourself with Spring Colours
What better way to enjoy spring break than to take in the sights and smells of spring flowers? From March 10 until April 15, the Candycopiaopens a new window exhibit will be on display in the feature pyramid at the Muttart Conservatory. It promises to be a delightful experience for all ages! Standard admission ratesopens a new window apply.
6. Try Out Some Science Experiments
Telus World of Science Edmonton is running several science-based spring break day camps, with options for kids between the ages of 6 to 12. Prices start at $235. Even if you decide to skip the day camps, Telus World of Science is a fantastic place to spend a whole day learning about science and technology with tons of interactive exhibits and an IMAX theatre. Check out their websiteopens a new window for more information.
5. Hang Out with Animals
The Edmonton Valley Zoo, always a fun place to visit for all ages, is going to be open throughout spring break. They’re also running some spring break day camps focused on learning about animal senses and habitats—perfect for the animal lovers in your family! Spring break day camps are $195. You can find out more on their websiteopens a new window or by calling 311.
4. Enjoy the Break with a Splash
Swimming is fun, inexpensive and great exercise for all ages. Luckily, Edmonton has a bunch of great rec centres in every corner of the city where people can go for a dip. Find City of Edmonton facilitiesopens a new window closest to you or check out your local YMCAopens a new window for other public swimming options. Admission prices vary.
3. Foster Creativity and Inspiration
The Art Gallery of Alberta is already a great place for families to visit since kids get in for free, but they also have free admissionopens a new window for everybody on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings—making for a budget-friendly outing. Over spring break, the AGA is running an art and environment-themed day camp called Green Guardians. There are sessions for kids six to eight as well as nine to 12-year-olds, and the camps are priced at $280 (or $270 for AGA members). The AGA will also have their regular Saturday drop-inopens a new window for kids aged six to 12 during spring break.
2. Let Loose and Get Active
As anyone who’s lived in Edmonton for a while knows, there’s never any guarantee that we’ll have nice weather—even for spring break. Thankfully, there are a ton of indoor playgrounds throughout the city and surrounding area to keep little ones busy on chilly days. The local blog, Just Another Edmonton Mommy, has compiled a listopens a new window of all of them. Prices vary.
1. Dive into Spring Break Fun at EPL
The Edmonton Public Library has a full slate of FREE Spring Break activities happening at every single branch during the week. We’ve got external performers, art and science programs, puppets, tech and makerspace programs, storytime and more!
And that’s in addition to all of our regularly-scheduled programming and the fun of simply coming to the library to pick out new books and other fun things to borrow. It’s going to be a busy week at EPL!