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Fun At-Home Ideas for April Break 2021

Looking for at-home things to do with your kids during March Break, in April, this year?

From creative arts and crafts to nature appreciation, science-for-fun and celebrating our favourite sports, we’ve rounded up a list of activities from Ontario’s museums, galleries and attractions.

March Break, the much-anticipated, week-long holiday from school for kids and families in Ontario, has been rescheduled to the week of April 12-16. As Ontario transitions to different zones of public health measures, the best way to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus continues to be staying home and limiting contact with others, as well as frequent hand washing and wearing a mask in public.

Here are some fun things you can do at home to enjoy your week and make April Break 2021 memorable.

Nature & Adventure

Two polar bears play in the snow at the Polar Bear Habitat in Cochrane
Image credit: Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

Watch Polar Bears at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat
See if you can spot these majestic arctic giants in the only facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears research and education, and learn more about them on the new Polar Bear Break video series.

Listen to the Toronto Zoo’s Wild For Life Podcast
Each episode delivers behind-the-scenes stories from wildlife biologists, scientists, veterinarians and caregivers on all that goes into protecting endangered species and preserving biodiversity. Listen on Apple, Spotify or Google Podcast.

Download Nature-themed Colouring Pages from the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Kids can get creative while adults may find relaxation with these beautiful butterfly and nature scenes waiting to be brought to life with colour.

At Home Nature Activities from Wye Marsh
From wildlife trivia to identifying animal tracks, backyard birding to building your own biosphere, discover fun ways to stay connected to nature while social distancing.

Animal Vlog Series at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Every day is a different adventure, with orphaned and injured wild animals being rescued, rehabilitated and released in Muskoka.

Two stingrays swimming in stingray bay gallery at Ripley’s Aquarium

Live Web Cams at Ripley’s Aquarium Canada 
Until you can visit in-person, get your fix of fascinating and exotic fish with four live cameras set up in the shark tank, jellyfish gallery, stingray bay and rainbow reef.

Fun Things to Make and Games to Play from the Canadian Museum of Nature
Explore nature with entertaining activities you can do at home, like origami, colouring pages, crosswords and bingo. Then take a tour through the museum’s collections and labs on a virtual open house.

Eco Activities from Hamilton Conservation Authority
See how many of these activities and challenges you can do at home, in your backyard or safely in your neighbourhood.

Autism Nature Club at Home with Halton Conservation
Ideas for nature-based movement and sensory activities for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder to do at home until it’s safe to welcome everyone back.

Ontario Science Centre presents Mysteries of the Universe Movie Nights
Watch fascinating movies about the earliest dinosaurs, wonders of the ocean, ancient mummies, arctic wilderness and cosmic exploration for less than $1.50 each!

Art, Culture & Crafts

Person demonstrates how to do old fashioned crafts
Image credit: Lang Pioneer Village

Old Time Crafts and Cooks YouTube Videos at Lang Pioneer Village
Glimpse what life was like centuries ago by trying to make crafts and cook food the way Indigenous peoples and early settlers did long before the comforts and conveniences of today.

Spring Break 2021: A Time-Travelling Adventure at the Canadian Museum of History
Your old nemesis Cornelius van Higginbottom is back — and, this time, he wants to change Canadian history! As a world-famous historian, it’s your job to stop him as you chase him through this interactive adventure story.

Art and Discovery Program at the Art Gallery of Algoma
Learn from over a dozen celebrated artists, get inspired to create your own masterpiece and share your artwork on the AGA Facebook page.

April Break: Spring into Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Five days of free, live virtual programming that mixes artmaking with fun performances and revealing behind-the-scenes tours thanks to the AGO, the Canadian Opera Company and Vancouver Art Gallery. Engage and share with #SpringIntoArt.

Several cups with different paint colours and paint brushes
Image credit: Tourism Barrie

Barrie from Home
At home activities and services offered by businesses, galleries and museums in Barrie include pottery painting, audio tours, eBooks and a concert series.

Learn and Make from Home with the Art Gallery of Ontario
There are even more ways to engage with the AGO at home, including artist spotlights, demonstrations, virtual courses and creative activities for all ages.

How to Make Moccasins with Justine Woods at Bata Shoe Museum
Through a series of instructional videos, follow Métis designer, Justine Woods, skillfully hand craft and bead a beautiful pair of moccasins.

An old ship on the water at Discovery Harbour
Image credit: Discovery Harbour

Museum at Home at Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Make a parchment paper lantern or learn the art of perfect cursive handwriting.

Harbour from Home Segments at Discovery Harbour
Join staff from Discovery Harbour on weekly Facebook video episodes to explore this 19th century British naval outpost.

Minutes from the Mission at Sainte Marie among the Hurons
Ever tried Indigenous rose water or sunflower soup? What about New France puffed fritters or Kings cake (Galette des rois)? Enjoy this 12-part video series to see how these dishes, and others, were created in a mid-1600s settlement kitchen.

Sault Ste. Marie Museum Colouring Pages
Have fun bringing historical buildings in Sault Ste. Marie to life with colour and read up on the history and fun facts for each one.

History at Home with the Canadian Museum of History
Set out on a history scavenger hunt, build a time capsule or go on a time-travelling adventure.

Museum from Home with The Museum on Tower Hill
Historical jigsaw puzzles, colouring pages and local trivia from Parry Sound’s Museum on Tower Hill will keep you busy until your next visit.

Get Hands-on at Home from Black Creek Pioneer Village
Try some of these family-friendly heritage trades and crafts at home.

Homer Watson House & Gallery’s Stay at Home Camp
Art demos, instructional videos and printables will show you how to draw, paint and craft some really cool things. You can even learn how to make your own paint.

Turtle-To-Go Kits from The Painted Turtle Pottery Studio
Order your pottery or art kit and bring a little creativity from the studio to your home. Contactless curbside pick up and local delivery in the Niagara area available (some fees apply).

Science & Technology

 A young boy is engrossed in a digital program from the Ontario Science Centre

Do-It-Yourself Science Fun from the Ontario Science Centre
Create a bottle garden, make your own play dough or use science to bake ice cream in your oven.

Games and Apps at the Royal Ontario Museum
Download app-based gallery games and quests from different ages. Available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Young boy reading instructions for a fun experiment

Join Ingenium and Try This Out at Home
Build your own international space station, mini greenhouse and more with these hands-on activities and science experiments.

Engineering Challenges from the CN Tower
Your friends at the CN Tower share their favourite engineering activities from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, as well as a CN Tower building challenge, scavenger hunt, colouring sheets, trivia and more.

March (April) Break Camp Kits from Museum of Ontario Archaeology
Designed for kids ages 5 to 10, each kit contains spring-themed science experiments and archaeology crafts and games. Order your kit by April 7 for pick-up or shipping (each kit is $30, shipping $6).

THEMUSEUM Spring Break Virtual Camps
The Virtual Day Camp for ages 5 to 9, and The Underground Studio MakerSpace Virtual Camp for ages 9 to 14 promise a week exploration, creativity and fun.

Sports & Entertainment

View of a tall rollercoaster from the top looking down at the traces
Image credit: Canada’s Wonderland

Virtual Rollercoaster Rides at Canada’s Wonderland
Turn your living room into an exciting theme park, and board 16 virtual rollercoasters, 11 thrill rides and seven family rides on YouTube.

This Day in Hockey History at the Hockey Hall of Fame
One thing we can be grateful for in Ontario is that NHL hockey has resumed, albeit reduced to 56 games. Feed your hunger for all things hockey with daily hockey throw-back facts and did-you-know trivia.

Read Great Kingston Hockey Stories at The Original Hockey Hall of Fame
Go back into hockey history and discover fascinating stories about hockey greats at the oldest sports hall of fame in Canada.

Four people take the exciting EdgeWalk of the CN Tower

Top of the Tower Webcams at the CN Tower
Get a taste of how thrilling the CN Tower EdgeWalk is and take in the amazing sights from the top of the tower with live HD streaming webcams.

Print, Colour, Enjoy and Share with Toronto FC
From the TFC uniform to TFC pillars, city icons and soccer collages, show off your mad colouring skills.

Toronto Raptors Fan Activities
Download and colour these action-packed Raptors designs and player profiles, and then share your finished artwork by tagging @Raptors.

Snapshot of Ontario’s Sports Heritage with Ontario Heritage Trust
Calling diehard sports fans. Dive into the history of professional sports in Ontario and meet some of the sporting stars, personalities and legends that helped shape the sports we love so passionately.

Take 1000 Islands Virtual Helicopter Tour
Experience a front seat helicopter view of the stunning 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway on this YouTube tour.

Happy April Break 2021!