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Five things to do in Ottawa over March break

A boring staycation? Hardly. Here are a few ways pack your mid-March days.

Tap into a favourite Canadian tradition this March break: the maple sugar bush.

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Tap into a favourite Canadian tradition this March break: the maple sugar bush.

The plunging Canadian loonie may keep you from travelling to tropical climates for March break but look on the bright side – there are plenty of things happening in the Capital this week. Here are some fun ideas to entertain kids and kids at heart:

Bugs and Vikings 

It’s easily Ottawa’s best go-to activity for families: museum days. Make a viking helmet at the Canadian Museum of History’s Viking Adventure week, cook with bugs at the Canadian Museum of Nature, go undercover at the Diefenbunker’s spy camp or take a “tinkering” workshop at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Sugar rush

It’s not a Canadian spring without a sickly sweet dose of maple syrup. Tap into this tradition at one of the area’s sugar bushes, including Fulton’s Pancake House, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm or Proulx Maple & Berry Farm.

St. Paddy’s Day

Book a babysitter, wear green and head out to one of the city’s many Irish pubs on Thursday. Patty Boland’s is serving a free buffet with a $5 Keith’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. James Street Pub also opens at 11 a.m. with Johnny Mac and the Jamie Douglas Band playing in the afternoon. Join storyteller Mike Burns for a night of Irish tales at the National Arts Centre at 7:30.

A week in Verse

Sixty poets from around the world are coming to Ottawa for six days of slam, rap, haikus and children’s rhymes. Individual tickets are $10 at the door or $50  for a full week pass. For more information, visit 

A night at the 1970s horror movies

Horror film buffs can brush up on the “golden era” of scary movies. Ed Staples, an Ottawa-based aficionado of the genre, is going to reference films of the 1970s, including the Exorcist, Dawn of the Dead, Alien and the Omen. Find out why these spooky favourites were so successful. That’s at the Bluesfest School of Music, 450 Churchill Ave. North. Tickets cost $10. 

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