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No reason to be bored on March break

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times

March break is quickly approaching and there are many activities around Orillia to entertain kids with a week of fun.

With the state of the economy, the City of Orillia parks and recreation department is anticipating a lot of families staying closer to home this year, which means more kids participating in March break programs, said Roz Llewellyn, recreation program supervisor.

"Not as many families are taking the traditional March break trip. Rather than a week-long trip, they may do little day trips here and there and have to find something to do for the rest of the week.

The City of Orillia's parks and recreation department is holding a March Break Madness week packed with games, sports, outdoor adventures and arts and crafts.

It is also hosting workshops such as a ball hockey training camp, creating a comic book and making a music video and a movie.

Kids should participate in activities during March break because "it makes them feel like they have a little vacation themselves," Llewellyn said.

"When they go back to school, they have something to tell their friends about and it's something to keep them engaged and having fun," she said. "Rather than sitting in front of the television, or playing video games, they are meeting new friends and having fun."

To register for parks and recreation programs, call Llewellyn at 329-7251.

The Orillia Museum of Art and History's March Break Around the World camp, for children 6 to 11 years old, is a week full of crafts from across the globe. Some of the crafts include making totem poles, Asian artwork and Roman Renaissance art.

To register, call Katie Calcaterra at OMAH at 326-2159.

The Leacock Museum is holding its popular Read-Aloud program on March 18 and 19. It's a fun, skills-building exercise emphasizing confidence, breathing and projection for young readers wanting to learn to read aloud.

The two-hour workshop is limited to just 12 students and is recommended for children in Grades 5 and 6. Advance registration is required. Cost is $5 per student for either day. A snack is included.

To register, call the Leacock Museum at 329-1908.

The Orillia Public Library is hosting a week of events, such as Songs with Russ, a hands-on magician's workshop, Star Wars trivia, building aliens and robots and an alien abduction party, where kids will make their own alien masks and space drinks.

To register, visit the library's children's desk, or call 325-2559.

The Rollerskating Place at ODAS Park on Fairgrounds Road off Highway 12 has increased its skate times for March break.

On Friday, March 13: 7 to 10

p. m.

On Saturday, March 14: 1 to 4

p. m. and 7 to 10 p. m. On Sunday, March 15 and

Monday, March 16: 1 to 4 p. m. On Tuesday, March 17: 7 to 10

p. m.

On Wednesday, March 18 and

Thursday, March 19: 1 to 4 p. m. On Friday, March 20: 7 to 10

p. m.

On Saturday, March 21: 1 to 4

p. m. and 7 to 10 p. m. On Sunday, March 22: 1 to 4

p. m.

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