Low cost things to do in Kingston for March Break 2024

From visiting museums in eastern Ontario (for free!) or taking advantage of the maple syrup season and weather at the Cataraqui Conservation Area, to activities at local stores, libraries, and cinemas, there’s lots to do in Kingston and the area for March Break 2024. Photo illustration by Kingstonist.

Are you and your family ready for March Break? With the kids around all week, families may be looking for some local, low cost things to do.

Kingstonist has its finger on the pulse (or at least we try), and we’ve collected some family-friendly happenings to enjoy during the school break.

Art and Found

Local artists have original works of art ready-to-go for this free treasure hunt style event. This year marks the fourth annual day when thousands of free artworks from artists all over the world will be placed within their local communities for neighbouring residents to find.

On Tuesday, Mar. 12, artists in Kingston, Napanee, and around the world will be hiding original works of art for International Art and Found Day. Read more about the event, and some of the local artists participating, here.

Family friends films will screen all week at the Screening Room in downtown Kingston. Image via the Screening Room’s Facebook page.

Catch a movie

The Screening Room is offering $5 family movies throughout March Break.

The movie choices have been made (see image) and will be playing through the mornings, afternoons and early evenings for all five days of March Break (March 11 to 15).

Details, showtimes, and advance ticket sales are available on the Screening Room website.

Lace up your skates

We’ve found two free skate days happening over March Break! Take a look:

Take a turn around the Napanee Arena with a free family skate on Tuesday, Mar. 12.

From 1 to 2 p.m., everyone is invited to join the excitement with hot chocolate, Timbits, face painting, and a chance to win in a free basket draw.

“It’s a perfect outing for the whole family, so mark your calendars and don’t miss out!” organizers said.

Find more details on the Facebook event page.

The newly renamed Slush Puppie Place (SPP) is holding a free skate on Wednesday, Mar. 13.

“Whether you’re a seasoned skater or hitting the ice for the first time, this event is perfect for all ages and skill levels. Feel the cool breeze as you twirl and slide on the ice, surrounded by the vibrant energy of fellow skating enthusiasts,” SPP said on their website.

This event is first come first served, and it starts at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to enter through gate 4.5, the doors located at Tragically Hip Way and King Street.

Get all the details here.

Get crafty with the Rocking Horse! Submitted image.

Get crafty at the Rocking Horse

The Rocking Horse is offering some low cost activities for kids that are sure to inspire their creativity:

  • Monday, Mar. 11: Crafty Craftiness featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Wednesday, Mar. 13: Calling all Swifties for Friendship Bracelet making
  • Friday, Mar. 15: Get Growing – learn about gardening as we plant seedlings to get your garden growing!

The cost for each event is $5. Registration is now open on the Rocking Horse website: www.therockinghorse.ca

Learn about historic sites with March of the Museums

Area families will be familiar with March of the Museums, a yearly event full of activities featuring local museums and historic sites.

“March of the Museums is a week-long, free, and family-friendly festival of museums where you can visit various museums, art galleries and historic sitesto explore history and heritage through imagination, crafts and play!” the event’s website details.

This year, participating sites include museums in Brockville, Smiths Falls, and Gananoque, and activity bags are available for those who wish to participate at-home. Pre-registration is required for some events and to reserve an activity bag.

A list of participating museums, full details and links to register are, or will soon be, available at https://www.kingstonmuseums.ca/events/march-museums

Kingston Frontenac Public Library

This March Break, KFPL is opening the ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’, hosting over 15 unique programs designed to ignite curiosity and foster a love for learning among children of all ages.

“Participating in library programs during the break is fun and engaging for children and encourages a love of learning and exploration for all ages. With the Cabinets of Curiosity theme, children can discover new things in a welcoming, inclusive environment — and it’s all completely free,” said Brianne Peters, Librarian, Children’s Services.

The library shared that most activities require registration due to high demand and limited space.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 2, and can be done online at calendar.kfpl.ca or by telephone at any branch. Appropriate ages are noted for all programs.

KFPL shared the following highlights for the week:

  • Searching for Shipwrecks: Discover the world of shipwrecks with take-home STEM activities for ages six and up. Kits will be available for pickup at designated branches starting Monday, Mar. 11.
  • Maple Syrup Math: Explore the mathematics behind maple syrup with a blue marble workshop for kids ages eight to 12.
  • 3D Printing: Children ages 10 and up can register to learn the basics of 3D printing at one of two workshops in Central Branch’s Create Space.
  • The Ordinary is Extraordinary: Find inspiration from Jane Yolen’s What to do with a… series and unleash creativity with simple materials.
  • Cabinet of Curiosities: The week’s theme brought to life! Explore a real-life assortment of curiosities from times gone by. Provide your best guess at what the gizmos and gadgets were once used for, and enter to win a prize.
  • Curious About Circuits: Create, play and invent with electronic building blocks. Kids ages nine and up can register for one of two programs to teach them how to invent a voice-activated robotic hand.
  • Puppet Show Extravaganza: Enjoy puppet shows at various locations across Kingston and Frontenac County. Some shows require tickets; others are drop-in on a first-come, first-served basis.
KFPL puppet shows are always a hit! Image via KFPL.

KFPL encourages everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to spark curiosity and create unforgettable memories with their family!

For more information about March Break activities and other special events, visit the Programs and Events section of the Library’s website at calendar.kfpl.ca

The Museum of Lennox and Addington

Located at 97 Thomas Street East, in Greater Napanee, the Museum of Lennox and Addington has a full roster of events over March Break.

“From getting active with all ages welcome yoga and Zumba classes to a scavenger hunt, foam clay workshops and folktales, there is something for everyone! Only $3/person for each event,” the museum shared in a media release.

Puzzle and Play is a fun way to spend part of March Break. Image via the Museum of Lennox & Addington’s website.
  • Saturday, Mar. 9, 10 to 10:50 a.m. | Active Series: Saturday Yoga @ the Museum with Sarah – $3, for all ages
  • Monday, Mar. 11, 12 to 12:45 p.m. | Active Series: Zumba @ the Museum with Tricia – $3, for all ages
  • Tuesday, Mar. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (drop-in) | Museum Legends Scavenger Hunt- $3, recommended for ages 4-12 (youngsters may need adult help)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 13, 12 to 12:45 p.m. | Active Series: Yoga @ the Museum with Jeff – $3, for all ages
  • Thursday, Mar. 14, 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 1:45 p.m. (two sessions) | March Break Programming, Folktales with Lynn Torrie – $3, everyone welcome (recommended for families and ages 4-12)
  • Friday, Mar. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (drop-in) | Puzzle and Play, FREE, everyone welcome. PLUS: Admission to the Museum is also FREE!
  • Saturday, Mar. 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | How to Make a Whimsical Fairy or Gnome with Foam Clay (with Courtney from Lichen Fairytales) $3, ages 4-11
  • Saturday, Mar. 16, 1 to 2 p.m. | Foam Clay Whimsical Mushrooms (with Courtney from Lichen Fairytales) – $3, ages 12-19

Pre-registration is not required, but the museum noted that capacity and supplies are limited. Detailed information about the events listed is available at https://countymuseum.ca/programs-and-events/special-events/.

Looking for other things to do in the month of March? Take a look at our article that details some free or low cost activities throughout March 2024.

Jessica Foley is the Assistant Editor and Lead Content Writer at Kingstonist, and has spent many years finding fun things to do in the Kingston area with her family. In this monthly column, she will share what she knows, and she’s always open to learning about more area events and happenings. Email her at [email protected] with suggestions.

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