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What to do this March Break in Ottawa while the kids are off from school

The kids get a break from school for a week and are full of excitement and energy. So, how do you turn that energy into fun-filled days? Come March, you never know what the weather will bring, so be prepared for anything with these various activities around Ottawa.  

Watch hockey players or Disney performers hit the ice, explore museums with a discounted rate, and more around the city. Here are nine things to do over March Break in Ottawa.  

Enjoy a Disney On Ice show

When: March 7 – 10, 2024 

Where: Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., Ottawa, ON 

Watch some of your favourite Disney characters glide through their individually colourful adventures on a pair of skates. Follow Belle as she explores the Beast’s enchanted castle, Moana as she goes on a sea voyage with Maui, Elsa and Anna as they travel to the North Mountain and more. Discover that no dream is too big as you experience the magic of Disney and a night (or afternoon) out with the family.   

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Cheer on the Ottawa Senators

When: March 12 and 17, 2024 

Where: Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., Ottawa, ON 

Sport your best red, black and gold as you cheer on the home team in Ottawa. Your kids will love eating stadium food like hotdogs, popcorn and pizza, waving to the mascot Spartacat and browsing merchandise at the Sens store. If you’re a CAA Member, you can save big on home game tickets and 10% on merch.   

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see the Ottawa Senators play against the Carolina Hurricanes by dining out and saving with your CAA Membership. Enjoy a meal with your card at Swiss Chalet, East Side Mario’s, Montana’s, Kelseys and Harvey’s during February 2024, and you’ll be entered to win.   

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Celebrate discovery at the Ingenium Museums


When: Select days throughout the month 

Where: Three museums in Ottawa 

Explore Canada’s contributions to science and technology by visiting the three Ingenium Museums in Ottawa. Immerse yourself in displays and activities that showcase creativity and human ingenuity from past to future. There is much to discover at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum throughout the year, and there is special programming in the works for March Break.   

Put your CAA Membership to use, as members save 25% on single museum admission to all three Ingenium Museums and a 10% discount on museum memberships.   

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Get a sugar rush at Maple Fest

When: March 3 – April 15, 2024 (select dates) 

Where: Proulx Farm, 1865 O’Toole Rd., Cumberland, ON 

March Break falls amid maple season in Ottawa. There are several sugar shacks around the city to celebrate. Proulx Farm hosts an annual Maple Fest where you can feast on pancakes, warm up by a bonfire, eat taffy on snow, visit the petting farm animals, take a guided sugar shack tour, and more. Brunch is between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends and Wednesday to Friday during March Break. You can also treat yourself to a hotdog or smores kit, homemade pie and maple syrup products.   

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Start climbing at Altitude Gym

When: Open daily 

Where: Locations in Kanata, Orleans and Gatineau 

Challenge yourself by climbing to new heights at a rock-climbing center, with boulder areas, a top rope with auto-belay, a speed wall and more. With three locations in the Ottawa region, each one offers something unique, with the Kanata location featuring a boulder section specifically dedicated to families and beginners. The Kanata gym also has one of the biggest Ninja Warrior courses in the country.  

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Admire animals at Parc Omega

When: Open daily 

Where: 399 Rte. 323 Nord, Montebello, QC 

Bring the family into the heart of nature, driving along a Canadian safari-style route and admiring wild animals in their natural habitat. Bring giant carrots with you, or buy some on-site to feed deer that walk up to your car for a snack. You’ll also spot animals like bison, wolves and bears and enjoy seasonal activities. There is a new Sleigh Dogs activity this winter where you can get pulled by a team of huskies, weather permitting.   

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Get creative at Art Haven

When: Barrhaven location is open daily, Kanata location is closed on Mondays 

Where: 200 Kennevale Dr. #102, Ottawa & 150 Katimavik Rd. Unit 124, Kanata, ON 

Get colourful and flaunt your creativity at one of two art studio locations by painting ceramics or canvas. Browse a variety of ceramic pieces, or grab a canvas to become your masterpiece. Staff are there to help if you need it. Walk-ins are welcome, and reservations are recommended during peak times such as March Break. 

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Get jumping at Flying Squirrel

When: Open daily 

Where: 1901 Cyrville Rd., Ottawa, ON 

If you’re looking for an indoor location for your little ones to expend energy, have them bouncing the day away at a trampoline park. Find your rhythm on the freestyle courts, dunk some baskets in the hoops area, test your strength on the climbing wall, balance over a foam pit on a slackline and more. There is a kiddie trampoline section for the little ones and a discounted rate for toddlers. Play games at the arcade and grab a bite at the cafe post-jump.   

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Tour the Royal Canadian Mint

When: Boutique open Tuesday – Sunday, tours based on request 

Where: 320 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON 

Visit the Mint in Ottawa for a 45-minute guided tour where you’ll learn about the production process, significant milestones and unique stories of the Mint itself. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience with displays that tell stories and highlight historical moments. For example, you’ll see some Olympic medals and hear about the record-breaking “Million Dollar Coin.” Tours are available in both English and French.   

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Start planning an exciting March Break

CAA Members can save whatever they do, and Memberships start from just $30 a year. Save money when making your March Break plans. Enjoy discounts on tickets to the Ingenium Museums and Ottawa Senators games as well as when shopping from 126,000 partner locations worldwide. 

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