Kids reflect on another COVID-19 spring break

Story by CBC Kids News • 2021-02-26 07:00

Key to success is keeping expectations low, kids say

When your birthday happens right in the middle of spring break, it usually doesn’t take much planning to have a great time.

But last year, the coronavirus changed that for Everly Barker.

The Burnaby, B.C., girl was supposed to spend a very special 10th birthday in Mexico.

Her trip was cancelled when COVID-19 restrictions started.

This year, she’s trying a different approach so that she doesn’t have to deal with disappointment.

“I don't really have any plans for spring break because I don't know what COVID’s going to do and I don't know if it's going to get worse or better,” Everly told CBC Kids News.

That flexible attitude mirrors the approach a lot of Canadian kids are taking as they get closer to spring break 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although she doesn’t have any major plans for spring break 2021, Everly said she’s looking forward to going to bed a little later and sleeping in. (Image submitted by Brandee Barker)

Major trip cancelled

Everly remembers the day she learned that her Mexico trip wasn’t going to happen.

“I got home from school one day and everyone was in the basement and my mom was just like, ‘Sorry, but we're not going,’” Everly said.

“I was really just disappointed and upset.”

In the end, Everly wasn’t able to return to in-person classes until September. She really missed seeing her friends.

She said she’s hoping that doesn’t happen again.

“I'm worried that we're not going to be able to go back to school” after spring break 2021, Everly said. “That's what happened last time.”

Nyah and Luca stand on a rock with Yukon landscape behind them.

Nyah and Luca are hoping to spend some time at a cabin near their home in Whitehorse this spring break. (Image submitted by Katharine Smart)

Travel meant self-isolation

Siblings Luca and Nyah Myden from Whitehorse, Yukon, also had a weird spring break last year.

They were supposed to spend a week skiing in their old hometown of Kelowna, B.C., and then travel to Florida for a week.

In the end, “the ski hill closed after the first day,” said 10-year-old Luca.

They spent the rest of the week hiking, said Nyah, 12, and they skipped the trip to Florida entirely.

When they got home, they had to self-isolate for two weeks and shift to online classes.

Luca said it took a while for him to understand why everything had been cancelled.

Nyah said her parents, who are both doctors, explained that their plans changed “so that we wouldn't get sick and other people wouldn't get sick.”

Luca poses next to homemade candy dispenser.

One of the projects Luca did to pass the time during his first pandemic spring break was to build a candy dispenser out of cardboard. Cool! (Image submitted by Katharine Smart)

Staycation plans

This year Luca and Nyah are planning a staycation.

They’re hoping to spend a few days at their local ski hill, which is open to skiers as long as they wear masks and stick to family bubbles on the chairlift.

But they won’t be surprised if their plans have to change.

Nyah said they learned an important lesson last year: “Not everything always goes the way you planned. Not everything always goes the way you want it to.”

The key, as Nyah put it, is to “try and focus on the things that are fun and that you still get to do.”

Looking for fun things to do during your staycation? Check out these fun spring break ideas from Everly, Nyah and Luca.

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