You can feel spring in the air, March Break is coming fast, and your kids may be bouncing off the walls after a long winter. If a getaway is not in the cards, there’s plenty to do right here at home for a March Break staycation.

From sugar bushes to indoor gyms, here are 7 ideas to get you started, plus links to even more options.

Get your sugar fix

There are a ton of sugar bushes in the region you can visit. Many offer free activities such as petting zoos and toboggan hills as well as for-a-fee treats like sleigh rides, snowshoeing and, of course, pancakes and maple syrup. For a roundup of the sugar bushes we focused on last year, check this blog. And you can find more sweet spots here. Spending the morning or afternoon at a local bush is a great way to connect with nature, get some fresh air and enjoy some fun for the whole family.

Last grasp at snow?

Before you know it, the ski season will be over. The ski hills have had a difficult winter, thanks to the whims of Mother Nature, and the mild temperatures to end February haven’t helped, but they’re hopeful March will be a good skiing month, and they do make their own snow. Camp Fortune, Mont Ste. Marie, Edelweiss, Mount Pakenham, Mont Cascades, Vorlage and Calabogie all still have plenty of runs open.

Burn off that energy

If indoor pursuits are more your thing but you’ve got restless little ones, check out one of the city’s fun gyms. There’s laser tag at Laser Quest or Funhaven (Funhaven also offers an indoor rollercoaster, bumper cars and huge jungle gym), rock climbing at Altitude Gym, and gymnastics and more at Sky Zone, just to name a few. But be warned: these spots will get busy quickly and expect lots of noise.

Get creative

Why not try a workshop run by a local store? Home Depot and Michaels, for instance, offer free or low-fee workshops where kids can build things like bookends and planters or create art. There’s also painting pottery at The Mud Oven.

Catch a movie

At least one theatre chain, Cineplex, is offering March Break/family movies with admission prices as low as $3 and show times as early as 11 a.m. It’s a great option if the weather is discouraging you from an outdoor activity.

Museum madness

It can be easy to take Ottawa’s museums for granted; we have so many of them. March Break makes for a great time to rediscover these local treasures as pretty much all of them have special activities and events. You can find out some of those events here and here.

Other staples

Of course, there’s always going for a swim at your local pool, enjoying a game of bowling or trying an escape room. Looking for more ideas? Try these links:

Ottawa Tourism: Mix of camps, events and free activities.

To Do Canada: Everything from museums to arts to camps to fun in general.

But most importantly, enjoy some quality time with your kids. Believe it or not, they grow up fast!