Spring break is just around the corner! While the break is welcome to many students and teachers, oftentimes parents have to scramble to find activities for their children to keep them busy. While finding kid-friendly activities during spring break can be difficult, there are many free activities and library programs to help. They offer something to break up the day for parents and offers kids lots of activities to participate in.
Spring Break Activities at Your Local Library
The Richmond Public Library’s calendar is FULL of events for all ages. Children can learn how to safely view animals in the wild while keeping a respectful distance, and what they can do to remain calm and safe should they become lost outdoors with the Aware/Hug-A-Tree workshop by Parks Canada. Students from ages 13 to 18 will learn how to use their “vein of gold” to create a writing platform that can attract the attention of readers and publishers. You’re Never Too Young to Begin Your Writing Career is a workshop that includes practical ideas on how to share writing in your community and with the world, presented by Fernanda Viveiros, publicist with Raincoast Books.
The North Vancouver District Public Library will have you searching for Pokémon in a Pokémon Scavenger Hunt. Head to any location to grab a PokéDex and search for the Pokémon hiding in the library. Can you catch them all? Alternatively, you can put away your devices and join the library for an afternoon of board games, puzzles, and fun. The whole family can come and participate in Family Game Afternoon!
Spring Break at the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries is as diverse as the books on the shelves! Science World is making the rounds of the local libraries. Learn how scientists make new discoveries. Explore powerful topics like air pressure, electricity and movement. Join Science World On The Road for lots of hands-on fun to help you ignite the wonder of science. Alternatively, you can put on the HTC VIVE goggles and let the real world wash away. Play virtual games, swim with underwater creatures or walk through the paintings of Van Gogh with Virtual Reality Days. There are also Harry Potter and crafting events to enjoy. Magic for Muggles invites you to try your hand at some Harry Potter magic by making your own wand.
Spring Break Activities Across the Lower Mainland
Outside of the library, you can find many other free and fun events throughout the Lower Mainland. Spring Break Days with the City of Burnaby is offering free admission to the Burnaby Village Museum. The Museum of Surrey’s Arctic Voices exhibit will have students getting their hands cold at this free, drop-in event. Celebrate spring with a frosty party featuring dress up, polar crafts, cool games, outside play and more. Alternatively, you can head outdoors to experience how Surrey’s pioneers lived at the Stewart Farm. Each day will have a theme, including spring cleaning, cooking in the kitchen, leisure time and more.
There are many more events to be found throughout the Lower Mainland. One great resource for families is the website Family Fun Vancouver. They list low-cost to free events scheduled all around you to ensure that you, and your family, can make the most of this time away from school.