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By Sara Ross, Orillia Packet & Times

Amanda Sist, interim director of children and youth services, stands in the Orillia Public Library's children's department, which has been transformed into Hogwarts  School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to celebrate March Break. There are number of ways to keep children occupied during the break from school, which runs from March 14 to 18.

Amanda Sist, interim director of children and youth services, stands in the Orillia Public Library's children's department, which has been transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to celebrate March Break. There are number of ways to keep children occupied during the break from school, which runs from March 14 to 18.

With the wave of a wand, the Orillia Public Library's children's department has transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to celebrate March Break.

From March 14 to 18, the library will be hosting a variety of Harry Potter-themed activities.

"It's a magical way to spend March Break," said Amanda Sist, interim director of children and youth services. "If you are a Harry Potter fan it's fantastic."

To kick start the week, the young witches and wizards will be sorted into their wizarding houses. They will be making potions and playing magical games.

Children will travel to Honeydukes sweet shop on the Tuesday.

"They'll get to make chocolate frogs, licorice wands and try Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, if they are brave enough," Sist said.

Students in Grades 4 to 6 are invited to enrol in wizarding school on March 16 where they will learn to conjure spells.

Most programs during the week will cost $2 each. There will also be a free Harry Potter movie marathon all week.

For more information, call children's services at the library at 705-325-2559.

At the Orillia Museum of Art and History, youth will travel around the world in just five days, says Kate Zubczyk, programs co-ordinator.

"It combines art and history, so they get a bit of history about different countries and their traditions plus they get art activities that maybe they wouldn't be exposed to in school."

The program, for ages 6 to 12, will focus on Asia, North America, Africa, Europe and South America.

"We've got some pretty cool things lined up for North America," Zubczyk said. "We will do some some Inuit sculptures out of soap, Navajo sand art, dream catchers, Group of Seven landscapes, that sort of thing."

Registration is required. For more information, call OMAH at 705-326-2159.

March Break Madness is taking over the City of Orillia's parks and recreation department.

"We've got so much fun-filled activity for the entire week," said Roz Llewellyn, recreation program supervisor.

The week-long camp runs from March 14 to 18 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended care is available upon request.

Kids will be competing in a mini stick tournament, skating, rock wall climbing and more.

On Friday, March 18, they will be going snow tubing at Snow Valley.

"The kids can bundle up and have a fun day on the slopes," Llewellyn said.

In addition, Director's Cut, a media literacy program, will host Toying Around.

In this program, toys come to life on film that the children create.

A So You Think You Can Dance workshop will be held on March 18 at Rotary Place.

"The kids will spend the day choreographing a routine and learning dance moves," Llewellyn said.

In partnership with Orillia First Aid, the city is holding safe at home alone and babysitting essentials during March Break.

To sign up for a program, visit https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/Orillia/Start/Start.asp

sross@orilliapacket.com


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