Spring Break Activities 2019

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Spring Break is just around the corner, and it seems to be a common question (and concern) on every parent’s mind what they’re going to do to keep their children occupied during those two weeks.

We’ve scoured through our archives, as well as did some further research on what’s happening in communities across Vancouver Island, to bring you this extensive list of ideas.

From little ones to teens, we’ve come up with some great activities to keep everyone (including parents) entertained. And the best part is, several of the locations mentioned can be enjoyed at any time of year! (Yes, that means you can reuse these ideas for that long summer break too).

South Island Spring Break Activities

Victoria

Beacon Hill Park

  • The Beacon Hill Children’s Farm welcomed 17 baby goats since the beginning of February! They open for the season on March 8. Visit the petting area to say hello to these new furry kids. While you are there don’t forget to view the alpacas, pigs, and bunnies too.
  • Then take a walk to the nearby pond in Beach Hill Park for a large selection of waterfowl, ducks, and peacocks.

Royal BC Museum

  • Have a budding photographer on your hands? From now until March 24 experience the wonders of nature through the lenses of award-winning photographers from around the world at the Royal BC Museum.
  • IMAX (at the Royal BC Museum)
    • Great Bear Rainforest – playing until April 4
    • 3D Great Bear Rainforest – playing until March 28
    • Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation (2D & 3D versions) – playing until March 28
    • Incredible Predators (2D & 3D versions) – playing until March 28
    • There are quite a few “special screenings” of various films throughout Spring Break. Check their website for up-to-date information

Victoria Bug Museum – 631 Courtney Street

  • A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around the world. All the animals are alive and in tanks. (And you choose how up close and personal you’d like to be!).
  • During Spring Break, the Victoria Bug Museum opens its doors for an extra 2 hours per day! Enjoy non-stop bug fun from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Captial City Comic Com – held at the Victoria Conference Centre and Crystal Garden (720 Douglas Street)

  • Is your teen into comics? From March 22-24 head to the Capital City Comic Com – a multigenre entertainment and comic convention. This year’s convention is bigger and better than ever and packed with unique demo’s, attractions, and features.
  • It’s your opportunity to meet famous stars, artists and cosplayers, and partake in special events.

Lego Exhibition at the Sidney Museum 2423 Beacon Avenue

  • The Sidney Museum presents to you the ever-popular Lego Exhibition celebrating over 60 years of Lego imagination. Dozens of Star Wars themed Lego models provide a special focus for this exciting exhibit, rounded out by hundreds of other Lego models including Hogwarts Castle and Lego model of the Bugatti Chiron automobile.
  • On now until March 31, 2019
Besides being a fantastic place to take your kids while traveling to Vancouver Island, there is one very specific reason you should visit the Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre in Duncan

Cowichan Valley

The Raptors Centre – 1877 Herd Road, Duncan

  • The Raptors offers a compelling interactive experience with birds of prey. Get closer than you ever imagined to these exciting, intelligent birds and learn about their world and how we all benefit when they survive and thrive. 
    • Open Daily from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm from now until May 17th (it’s their shoulder season)
    • Flying demonstrations are at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (these are an absolute MUST SEE!)

Spring Break Camps at the Island Savings Centre – 2687 James Street

  • The Island Savings Centre is pleased to offer a variety of exciting camps this spring break, including sports, mountain biking, dance, and a Harry Potter camp! Check out their website for more details.

The Sound of Music (live production) – 9737 Chemainus Road

  • The Chemainus Theatre Festival presents The Sound of Music – playing at select times from now until April 6.
    • Based on the story of the von Trapp family singers, this thrilling and inspirational family musical follows the romantic story of Captain von Trapp and governess Maria as they fall in love and bring a family together, during the turbulent and frightening time preceeding World War II. Their story comes to life onstage with beloved songs, such as “My Favourite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and of course, “The Sound of Music.”

Spring Break Activities – Mid-Island

Nanaimo

Free Skating!

  • Lions Free Skate! Head to Frank Crane Arena (2300 Bowen Road) every Sunday until March 24, from 12:00 – 1:30 for a free Skate. Courtesy of a variety of program sponsors.
  • Free Skate at the NIC – 750 Third Street – Friday, March 22 from 3:45 – 5:15. Courtesy of Coast Capital Savings.

Pool Party at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre – 741 Third Street

  • Join the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre for two Marvelous Monday pool parties during Spring Break. March 18 & 25 from 1-3 pm. There will be games, contests and much more!

Free Swim at Beban Pool 

  • Head to the Beban Pool on Friday, March 29 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm for a free swim. Courtesy of Coast Capital Savings.

Festival Nanaimo

  • Festival Nanaimo is a multi-dimensional community festival that takes place in Nanaimo throughout the month of March each year.  2019 marks the 5th Annual Festival Nanaimo – a festival about exploring Nanaimo, through a variety of activities and 10 signature events.
  • There will be great shows, dance, theatre, visual art, heritage & mystery events, the 5th Annual PirateFest, culinary art with whisk(e)y, bacon & bevy tastings, and of course Nanaimo Bars galore! 
  • Check out all the details on their website.

Nanaimo Mysteries at the Museum – 100 Museum Way

  • A safe-cracking ex-cop, the last public hanging in Nanaimo and a spy are just a few mysteries to unravel in Nanaimo’s history.  Cold cases and solved murders that date back 150 years, rumours of hidden treasure and a psychic brought in to solve a missing persons case.  Buildings and places that have vanished such as a house that sank into mine workings and a forgotten ski hill.  Nanaimo Mysteries explores aspects of local history that are usually left buried and busts the myths surrounding some of our most infamous stories.
  • Warning: Nanaimo Mysteries contains graphic content that may be upsetting to some visitors.
  • Exhibit is on now until September 2, 2019

WildPlay Nanaimo – 35 Nanaimo River Road

  • Adventure activities of every intensity, including 19 zip lines, 67 aerial games, 40ft jump, 150ft bungee jump, and a 150ft giant swing.
  • Open during Spring Break: March 15 – 31 – Thursday – Monday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Science Spectacular at Woodgrove Mall

  • The Nanaimo Science & Sustainability Society (NS3) and Woodgrove have teamed up to offer your children FREE hands-on, interactive science activities and workshops. The activities are fun while providing a learning opportunity for children of all ages.
  • Community Booths include:
    • Air Up There
    • Tinker Time
    • Mysterious Magnets
    • Engineering Extravaganza
  • Workshops include:
    • Squishy Circuits
    • Lego Robotics
    • Bottle Terrariums
    • Reactions
  • Check out the Woodgrove Mall website for times, dates, and further details
Brant Geese

Oceanside

Brant Wildlife Festival

  • The festival celebrates nature, particularly Brant geese, but also the arrival of thousands of migratory birds, fish and marine animals to the shores of Parksville and Qualicum Beach.
  • There are 25 events planned during the Festival (March and April).
  • Check out their website for more details

Tiger Lily Farm – 1692 Errington Road

Celebrate their opening season on Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Enjoy pony rides and plenty of baby animals. Goat Milking, Bottle Feeding, Egg Collecting and Chick Counting are just a few of the activities you can expect to participate in at Tiger Lily Farm.

STEAM Workshops at Parksville Library – 100 Jensen Avenue E

  • Parksville Library is hosting some STEAM workshops during Spring Break – Mar 21, 22, 26 and 28. See their event calendar for specific offerings, suggested ages and times. Lego Club is also available during Spring Break.

RDN Spring Break Camps and More!

  • The RDN has plenty to offer during Spring Break, including many camps, Everyone Welcome Swim and Skate (some free), drop-in programs, and much more.
  • Check out their online calendar for all the details.

Mini-Golfing

Just in time for Spring Break both mini-golf adventure parks in Parksville will re-open for the season.

  • Riptide – 1000 Resort Drive re-opens on March 15. Hours of operation are 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Paradise Fun Park – 375 W. Island Hwy reopens mid-March. Hours of operation are 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (weather dependent).

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