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Don't 'March break' the bank: send us your ideas

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Baking, blanket forts and books, anyone? (iStock)

Today is the first day of March break in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador -- and several other provinces will follow suit in coming weeks.

The springtime recess often ups the pressure on parents with school-age children, who hope to make the break fun, productive or memorable in some way.

Although many families are hopping on the first plane out of town, plenty more are keeping it local and looking to fill the agenda without emptying their wallets.

Don't March break the bank!

We're betting that our readers have old traditions and new ideas to prove that even the most frugal family can have a wealth of fun. 

Please email your suggestion (100 words or less) and any relevant photos/videos to, subject line "March Break idea," or join the CBC community to upload your idea directly.  

If you're on Twitter, you can also tweet us your suggestions using the hashtag #DontMarchBreakTheBank, or send a message to 

We will be compiling the best ideas into a list that you can reference during the break or anytime your family members stare blankly at one another.

Here are three ideas to get you started from contributors to the CBC Community blog.

  • Teach your kids how to make a cultural dish or old family recipe. The day I learned how to make pupusas (a traditional Salvadoran dish) I promptly stopped taking them for granted! My little sister schooled me on getting the right bean to cheese ratio, and my dad revealed the secret of his tantalizing tomato sauce - Fabiola Carletti

  • Spend some quality time with older relatives / extended family: Some of my greatest March break memories are of eating popcorn and playing Jeopardy with grandma, exploring my dad's childhood toys in the basement, and going on walks out in the country with grandpa (I know more about duck breeds in Ontario than any of my friends thanks to those walks.) - Lauren O'Neil

  • March stay-cation: You don't have to fly to a sunny spot to have a great March break. My family is planning trips to the Royal Ontario Museum to see the dinosaurs again and to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. My five-year-old is looking forward to eating bugs again. - John Bowman 

Help us grow this list. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

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