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Fun At-Home Ideas for April Break 2021: Nature & The Great Outdoors

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 nature and the great outdoors during April Break 2021.

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!

For more ideas, here are some fun arts and crafts, science experiments and games or be entertained by sports and themed attractions.

Happy April Break 2021!

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