Hey New West! Spring break is in a handful of sleeps. What do you have planned for March 18th to 29th?
Kids everywhere rejoice over the blank calendar over spring break, only to develop cases of cabin fever at home. This is the week parents have to add restless kids to their schedule of getting their regular errands done. Plans to fill their calendar? We’ve got some ideas.
We chatted with our neighborhood businesses and gathered a handful of activity inspirations for you. Explore, below (and don’t forget to tag us in your photos for a share!)
For the creative Kids:
There will be two weeks of exciting, creative fun at Anvil Centre and Irving House this March!
Week 1 (March 18 – 22)
The Anvil Centre is running Creative Sparks, a full-day, full-week camp for kids ages 4 to 12. The Anvil Centre Arts and Heritage programs focus on skill-building and creative expression.
Children rotate through classes taught by dedicated professionals within their fields. These trained instructors encourage and support process and inquiry based learning through material manipulation and experimentation, guided projects and play. Classes include Theatre Basics, Drawing & Cartooning, Creative Movement, and Printmaking.
The New Westminster Museum and Archives and the New Media Gallery will also be providing tours and accompanying activities!
For kids 12 to 14, New Westminster’s historic Irving House has workshops on Traditional Hand Sewing Made Easy. All growing kids should learn skills to extend the life of their clothes!
Week 2 (March 25 – 29)
The second week opens up more choices for families as they showcase an exciting variety of morning and afternoon day camps. Theatre, music, painting, drawing, game coding and cartooning camps are available for a range of ages.
At Irving House there will be two more fantastic heritage-themed camps available for children 5 to 8 years: Crafts from Around the World and Spring Garden Crafts.
For more information call: 604-527-4640 or click here for their Spring Break Brochure and here to register online.
FOr active Kids and Performers:
Run away and join the circus with high flying Aerial Silks, beyond bouncy Trampolines, gloriously goofy Juggling Props, and more! These unique day camps at the Vancouver Circus School are geared towards youth ages 6 to 16, and welcome all fitness levels and abilities.
Throughout the camp, students learn and develop skills rehearsing for the Big Show at the end of the week. Parents, family and friends are invited to share in the achievements of all their little daredevils, acrobats, and little aerialists as they showcase their week of fun and adventure at the circus!
Plus, if you register one child, you receive 20% off all additional children! For scheduling, pricing, and registration, click here!
FOr Kids who like to work with their hands:
The River Market offers the future Etsy store owner their first step into the basics of soap making! Drop-in days available 5 times a week.
If your kid prefers detailed work with a brush, there are also ceramic painting classes like Painted Pots & Polka Dots with Pottery Works, or Faerie Door Painting with The Wylde Wood Collective.
For kids who like a mental challenge:
Even if they’re not a future software developer, Code Club offers a fun and interactive way for children to build valuable life skills such as logical thinking, teamwork and collaboration skills. Their biweekly classes engaging kids in learning more about the technology they use every day!
If you don’t really want your kids sitting in front of a screen more than they already do, consider the Board Game Meetup. This is a free all-ages meetup, not a class, but there will be people happy to teach!
For kids who want to do something different every day:
The City of New Westminster’s Spring Break Brochure shares some one-of programs all throughout the week, including CPR/AED Training, Dance, Sports, Cooking, and Wrestling classes. Their brochure also includes other weeklong camps, such as Babysitter Training, Video Game Design, Drones, Illusions and Magic, and Art classes.
You deserve a break too:
Open Mic Night at Judge Begbie’s Tavern. Stop by for some drinks, appies, and entertainment!
If comedy is more up your alley, check out Lafflines Comedy Club for their upcoming shows here.
If you feel like treating yourself, El Santo is having a Chef’s Table Dinner. To reserve your spot for this special six course dinner, click here. If not, they have happy hour specials every day of the week!
Check out rest of Downtown New West’s activities on their calendar here.