The highly-anticipated Spring Break is finally here… but what to do? If you’re worried about being stuck at home with some bored kids, here are a few ways to keep them busy this week while staying safe!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and Public Health measures, this post is intended for local residents only. If you live outside of our region, we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so. Outdoor exercise is permitted at this time, but please remember to stay within your bubble. Let’s all do our part to keep our region as safe as possible!
Travel With Your Tastebuds
Just because you can’t travel far this Spring Break doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Belleville has a variety of restaurants specializing in different international cuisines, so you can travel with your tastebuds! Click here to see them in the restaurant directory and start planning your next take-out meal.
Belleville Public Library Kids Take Home Kits
Try out a new craft or activity with a Kids Take Home Kit. The Belleville Public Library offers kids activity kits for ages 0-10 and teen activity kits for ages 11-16. Kits are free and available for pickup at the front entrance of the library during their operating hours every week – no registration required. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what the weekly theme is. Don’t forget the library is also offering curbside service – this is a great time to catch up on some reading!
Glanmore Museum From Home
Learn about Glanmore National Historic Site from the comfort of your home. You can explore the historic house with this3-D Virtual Tour. The tour allows you to move through each of Glanmore’s rooms virtually with a 360-degree view. You can go beyond the rope barriers, look up, look down and all around!
Scalliwag Toys is a longstanding Downtown District staple. They are still open for curbside pickup and have toys and games to appeal to any age. Try out a new game for a family game night, or get a puzzle or two to keep the kids busy on a rainy day.
Take a Hike
Fresh air and exercise are essential for our mental and physical health, and local parks, trails and conservation areas remain open at this time. H.R. Frink Conservation Area has a total of 12 km of trails to explore, including the Wetland Ecology Boardwalk. Throughout the trails and the boardwalk, you will find educational signs identifying trees, plants, and wetland wildlife. It’s great for the furry family members too! Just remember to keep them on a leash and pick up after them.
Downtown District Scavenger Hunt
Get some fresh air and exercise by taking part in the April Scavenger Hunt in the Downtown District. It’s on until April 21! All missions can be completed while maintaining social distancing and can take place at any time of day. Missions do not require players to interact with others or enter businesses. The missions are completed through the GooseChase app so there is no contact required. Players are reminded to stay safe by wearing a mask where necessary and maintain physical distancing while on the Hunt. Don’t forget that restaurants are open for take-out and many stores are offering curbside pickup!