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Fun At-Home Ideas for April Break 2021: Art, Culture & Crafts

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 arts, crafts and heritage-inspired activities you can do at home during April Break 2021.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Creative colouring pages from Sault Ste. Marie Museum
Image credit: Sault Ste. Marie Museum

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).

For more ideas, here are some fun science experiments and games, engaging ways to enjoy nature and the great outdoors or be entertained by sports and themed attractions.

Happy April Break 2021!

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