Kids can run away and join the circus at CircusWest’s Spring Break Camp where they’ll learn how to juggle and perform on a unicycle, trapeze, trampoline and more, then show off their skills in a one-hour show (at the PNE March 19-23, circuswest.com). Whistler young ‘uns can also fly with the greatest of ease at the Vancouver Circus School’s spring break camp for kids (Whistler Gymnastics Centre March 19-23, vancouvercircusschool.ca).
Richmond Olympic Oval
Got little ones with energy to burn? Turn them into miniature Olympians at the Richmond Oval, where they can enjoy myriad camps including badminton, hockey, dance and cheerleading, skills training, ice skating, volleyball and more. After-camp care also available (richmondoval.ca).
BC Sports Hall of Fame
Young sports enthusiasts can get a guided tour of the Hall of Champions and Vancouver 2010 Gallery, test their skills in the Participation Zone, and dream big as they have their photo taken with a replica of Roberto Luongo’s Olympic gold-winning mask (bcsportshalloffame.com).
Vancouver Art Gallery
Growing artists can tap into creative side at the VAG, where activities include making abstract art, creating sculptures from everyday objects, and even designing their own power costumes . Kids free with adult admission (March 12-25, vanartgallery.bc.ca).
Children from tots to teens will enjoy everything from dress-up to musical theatre at Arts Umbrella’s imagination-fuelled spring break sessions, which also include cartooning, hip-hop, computer arts, photography, mixed media and more (March 12-16 and 19-23, artsumbrella.com).
Place Des Arts
Middle schoolers with a flair for the dramatic can join director Kevin Bennett for Shakespeare 101, where they’ll polish their acting chopsas they enter the deception- and witchcraft-heavy world of Macbeth. Other camps include cartooning, pottery and more (placedesarts.ca).
For snowy fun, kids can hit the slopes at Grouse Mountain’s Zone Camps, where they can sharpen their skiing, snowboarding and terrain park skills. There are also special spring break Ski Wee lessons for tinier tykes, as well as family-friendly snowshoeing, ice skating, ziplining and sleigh rides (March 19-23, grousemountain.com).
Want to get out of Dodge? Head for family-friend Big White where spring break activities include learning how to soar from the pipe and grind the rails at the Telus Park Flight School and Heavy Metal Show, as well as outdoor barbecues, cookie decorating, waffle eating, a Hawaiian week and more (bigwhite.com).
Vancouver Police Museum
Kids become junior forensic investigators at Heist! CSI Camp for Kids, where they’ll learn about crime-scene photography, fingerprint analysis, footprints and tire impressions, ballistics, forgery and more . Just make sure to find a better hiding spot for those Christmas presents (March 14-16 and 21-23, vancouverpolicemuseum.ca).
Tiny time travellers can head back to the medieval era and go to knight school, learn about sword science, find out how herbs and superstitions were used to ward off plagues, watch archery and alchemy demos, and learn how to catapult small objects impressive distances (March 10-25, scienceworld.ca).
HR MacMillan Space Centre
Send your kids into orbit at this spring break camp where they can discover why Mars is red, if there is life on moons in our solar system, and what would happen if they fell into a black hole – as well as explore a different space theme every day (March 12-23, free with admission, spacecentre.ca).
Royal BC Museum
Teens with a focus on photography can take in nine different noon-time talks at the Royal BC Museum, where top pros from globe-trotting wildlife photographers to meticulous archivists will share their experiences (royalbcmuseum.bc.ca ).
Kids can imagine they are long-ago B.C. fur traders at the Fort Langley National Heritage Site where they’ll learn about 19th-century traders, help plant a heritage garden, see a historic weapons demonstration and more (March 10-25, parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley).
Burnaby Village Museum
Explore the world of puppetry with a spring break scavenger hunt, puppet making and performances at the Burnaby Village Museum, where kids can also take a whirl on the carousel then head to the ice cream parlour and get their sugary fill (March 19-25, burnabyvillagemuseum.ca).