Enjoy March Break fun with City, museum programs

Looking for some March Break fun right here in St. Catharines?

Enjoy City swimming, skating, recreational and educational programming, and museum activities.

All program rules, restrictions and requirements are listed on stcatharines.ca/ActiveSTC. All normal program fees apply and are viewable online.


Leisure Swims and aquatic fitness activities will be running through the week of March 11 to 15 at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre.

Regular admission and supervision requirements for children will be in effect, and pre-registration is required. Residents can make reservations starting at 9 a.m. two days before their scheduled swim. Non-residents can book a reservation at 9 a.m. the day before their planned swim.

Find everything you need to know about booking a swim time, rates, and admission and supervision requirements at stcatharines.ca/SwimmingRequirements

There’s lots of public skating, stick and puck, shinny and ticket ice at the City over March Break.

 Skating capacity is limited for each available public skate and pre-registration is highly recommended. Wrist bands will be issued upon arrival at participants’ reserved time and are required to be worn on the ice.

 No equipment rentals are available, and the arena does not provide skating aids.

All children 12 and younger must be supervised on and off the ice by an adult during public skating.

Family Fun at Port Weller Community Centre

Drop-in fees apply for all programs unless otherwise noted. Fees are $3.15 for children up to 14 years old and $4.29 for participants ages 18 to 50 years old.

Enjoy all-ages Family Bingo at Port Weller Community Centre on March 11 between 1 and 2 p.m. No pre-registration required. Drop-in fees apply.

Kids can also get in on the fun during Family Gym also on March 11 between 4:45 and 6:30 p.m. All ages. Reservations required. Drop-in fees apply.

Reserve a spot March 13 between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. to explore the City’s Big Blue Blocks in a tactile learning and play environment intended for kids between ages two and 12 years old. Drop-in fees apply.

Open Gym for one and all to play together runs on March 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations required. Drop-in fees apply.

Future babysitters can take a City Babysitting Course on March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration required. Program fee is $75.

Make Friday extra fun this March Break by designing and building your own Art Bot with the Creative Bug team. The March 15 workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. is intended for children six to younger than 14 years old. Registration required. Program fee is $30.

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

Check out the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre to explore local history and enjoy fun activities. The museum will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the break. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy it at the museum.

All programming is drop-in and by donation.

Interactive daily gallery tours take place daily from 11 a.m. to noon and are designed for children ages six to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Drop-in children’s programming is happening each weekday.

Join Maker Space, a series of activities, each teaching a skill important to the founding of St. Catharines. Daily themes: clothing (March 11), tools and equipment (March 12), food (March 13), house and home (March 14) and traditions and culture (March 15).

Pick up a March Break adventure book for some self-guided family programming any day next week. The book includes colouring, mazes, and other activities related to the stories shared in the museum’s galleries.

For more information, visit stcatharinesmuseum.ca

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