POSTED 03.09.18


March Break Activities Near Rockwell


With March Break quickly approaching, parents across the country are busy looking for activities to keep their little ones occupied and having fun. Fortunately for you, living so close to the vibrant and family-oriented city that Guelph is means that there is no shortage of fun events and programs your child can participate in. You can be sure that planning an amazing March Break will never be as effortless as it is when you’re living in your Rockwell home.

Pokemon League at the Dragon

Whether your child dreams of becoming the next Pokemon master or they just love playing games in general, they’re sure to feel like Ash Ketchum as they walk through the doors of The Dragon and join their own Pokemon League. Located at 55 Wyndham Street North, the Dragon, Guelph’s only comic and game store, will be holding a drop-in event on March 14th, open to Pokemon players of all ages and skill levels. Although Professor Oak won’t be there, your child can brush up on their battle-knowledge by learning from one of the Dragon’s in-house Pokemon Professors, or perfect their deck by challenging some seasoned players. This event is an official Pokemon League gathering sanctioned by Pokemon Company International, and is free for everyone to participate in.

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Events at the Public library

Since its establishment, the Guelph Public Library has been committed to providing people with gathering places that celebrate culture and local history while also offering a diverse collection of material that serves to enrich, educate, and entertain the public. The promise is continued today and demonstrated through the amazing free programs the library regularly hosts. For the week of March Break, the Guelph Public Library has amped up the number of child- and teen-geared events they will be holding, with something unique and exciting happening every day of the week. From workshops on stop motion animation, art, gardening, and mad science, to opportunities to pet some cuddly critters, get up close to a bird of prey, participate in story time, and watch hilarious puppet shows, the Guelph Public Library has something to make every day of March Break really shine.

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Art Classes at the Handmade Den

If you have a child who loves crafting and doesn’t mind getting their hands a little dirty, an art class at the Handmade Den will definitely be a highlight of their March Break. The Handmade Den, located at 54 Carden Street in the heart of downtown Guelph, is a unique store where you can shop from a collection of handmade artisans all in one location. The best part of The Handmade Den is that they constantly offer art classes where you can learn everything from knitting and macramé, to how to make a wildflower seed bomb and a terrarium. With different workshops happening almost every day of the break, it won’t be difficult for you and your child to find one that fits into your schedule. Your child will love spending a few relaxing hours in this one-of-a-kind space, learning a new skill and letting their creativity run wild.

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Swimming and Skating

If your child loves being active, why not treat them to an afternoon of swimming or skating? This year during March Break, both the Victoria Road Recreation Centre and West End Community Centre, located at 151 Victoria Road North and 21 Imperial Road South respectively, will be opening their rinks and pools to the public. With both locations offering different hours, a visit to the pool or rink are fun outing ideas that can fit flexibly within any schedule.

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College Royal

There is no better way to end March Break with a bang than taking your children to the College Royal at Guelph University. This 94-year-old annual event will be taking place on March 17th and 18th at the university campus. The event has such a long list of free activities, there is sure to be something for everyone in the family to get excited about. Included in this year’s lineup is a livestock show, farming demonstration, a square dance contest, dog and cat shows, a tug of war, logging competition, a pancake flip contest, an art show, a flower arranging workshop, and so much more. Your children will love participating in the events and tasting all the delicious foods, while you’ll enjoy touring the university grounds and getting a behind-the-curtain peak at the university’s world-renowned facilities and lecture halls. The College Royal is truly a unique experience. Not only is it completely student organized and run, it is also the largest university open-house event in North America, drawing in more than 20,000 visitors a year.

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