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No need to be bored on March break

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times

Families staying in the city this spring break beginning March 15 can choose from an assortment of fun activities for their children happening all week long.

"If they're not going away on vacation, this is an opportunity for them to do something fun while they're away from school," said Roz Llewellyn, recreation program supervisor. "They get to meet new friends and work on projects they probably wouldn't work on in the classroom."

The City of Orillia's parks and recreation department offers full-day March Break Madness camps that will keep kids busy with games, sports, arts and crafts and outdoor adventures.

The city is also running a half-day Face-Off Ball Hockey Training Camp in partnership with Ball Hockey International.

"They're working on honing their ball-hockey skills, working alongside trained ball-hockey coaches," Llewellyn said. "They will have plenty of opportunities to play actual ball-hockey games."

The popular Director's Cut workshops are back for Thursday, March 18. The kids will make their own stop-action film using figurines.

Learn magic at the one-day Houdini's Training Camp on Tuesday, March 16 to astound your family and friends.

Older youth can learn to be competent, trained babysitters. Youth will learn to care for babies, toddlers and young children, make fun meals and come up with activities. They will also learn to plan for interviews with parents.

There are also standard First Aid and CPR lessons for youth.

To register for city camps, visit log into the S.U.N. system.

The Orillia Opera House is hosting Splash 'n' Boots, an interactive fun-filled musical concert for the whole family. The group was voted Canadian Children's Music Group of the Year at the Independent Music Awards. The shows begins at 2 p.m. on March 18. Call the Orillia Opera House at 326-8011.

The Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) is hosting activities for children aged six to 12.

Monday, March 15 isThe Final Frontierwith kids making glow-in- the-dark planets and alien masks.

Where the Wild Things Are takes over the museum on Tuesday, March 16.

"We're going to create cardboard box monsters and I have this neat watercolour drawing activity and then we are going to (create) 3-D magical trees," said Katie Calcaterra, program director at OMAH.

Kids will go green on St. Patrick's Day, Wednesday, March 17 with green and earth-friendly crafts.

On Thursday, March 18 the kids will attend the Splash 'n' Boots concert at the Orillia Opera House.

"In the morning I was thinking everyone would paint rubber boots and they would wear them to the concert," Calcaterra said. "Then we get a behind the scenes tour of the Opera House."

The week finishes withPuppet Pandemoniumon March 19.

The activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $30 daily for non-members and $140 for the entire week. There is a maximum of 12 kids per day.

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

The Leacock Museum is holding special tours for elementary school students from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during March break. The cost is $2 per child.

For information, call the Leacock Museum at 329-1908.

March break starts early at the Orillia Public Library with award-winning children's entertainer Songs with Russ performing Saturday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. The show is for children aged two to six who must be occupied by an adult. The cost is $2 per person.

Boxes of Fun will see children three to six making crafty card-b o a rd creations on Monday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child.

J & K Pets will be at the library later that day at 6:30 p.m. to show children the world of cool and weird pets. All ages are invited at a cost of $2.

On Tuesday, children can look at graphic novels and try creati

ng their own. Animaniacs begins at 10:30 a.m. on March 16 for children aged seven and up. Cost is $2.

J & K Pets will be back on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Children will perform fun alien autopsies on Wednesday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m. The program is for children ages six and up. Cost is $2 per child.

The library is playing the moviePlanet 51during family movie night on Thursday, March 18 beginning at 6 p.m. The free event requires registration.

Songs with Russ is back on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Youth can battle one another in a game of Wii at the library on Friday, March 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. for eight to 11-year-olds and 5:30-7:30 p.m. for 12 to 18 year-olds.

The cost is $2 per person. Remember, the library is temporarily located on Gill Street. It can be reached by calling 325- 2559.

To celebrate the recent opening of Sciensational Sssnakes' Scales Nature Park in Oro- Medonte, 10% of entrance fees and gift-shop purchases will support the Couchiching Conservancy from March 13 to 14. The park is located at 82 Line 15 S. and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the park at 327-2808.

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