Curing March Break boredom

Curing March Break boredom
The Benson Centre.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall and area parents searching for ways to keep their kids preoccupied are in luck, we have the cure for March Break boredom.


Chess Camp – Chess players of all ages are invited to learn the game or brush up on their skills. Monday, March 10 to Friday, March 14 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Cost: $20.00.

YAC Movie Matinée ‘SHORTS’ – A young boy’s discovery of a colourful wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it. All ages (parents also welcome). Free. Monday, March 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Les Elfes (French language event) – Des histoires, des chansons, des bricos, de tout pour s’amuser. Âge 3 à 5 ans [ max. 15 ]. Le mardi 11 mars – 14 h 30 à 15 h15.

Des Fées et des Trolls (French language event) – Ils sont parmi nous, il nous suffit de les trouver. Âge 6 à 13 ans [max. 15]. Le mardi 11 mars – 14 h 30 à 15 h 30.

Enter the Woodlands – A 45-minute storytime with rhymes, crafts, elves, gnomes, fairies, and trolls. Free. Age: 3 to 5 years [max. 15]. Wednesday, March 12 from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm.

Fairy Gardens/Gnome Home – The library will be invaded by the fairy folk. Come and join the fun. Free. Age: 6 to 13 years [max. 15] 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

The Fluffy Fairies – An agility and obedience dog demonstration for youth 14 and under. Free. Thursday, March 13 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Check-Mates – Want to learn how to play chess, pick up some new strategies or just practice your game? Drop-in every Saturday afternoon, take on an opponent and get some tips from chess tutor Cliff Labre. All ages. Free. Saturday, March 15 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

City of Cornwall March Break Programs at the Benson Centre

Stick & Puck SkatesClick here for full schedule

Tim Hortons Free Skates – Daily Monday, March 10 to Friday, March 14, from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Minute to Win It Monday – On your mark, get set, GO! Participants will put their timing to the test and try to beat the clock in a number of fun activities and challenges. Bring dry indoor shoes and a water bottle. Monday, March 10, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $13.00. Ages: 6 – 12 years. Needed:

Zumba Kids with Jasmine – Participants should expect a high energy session of movin’ and groovin’ during this workshop. The class will include a full Zumba Workout as well as instruction in other popular dances! Bring dry indoor shoes and a water bottle. Wednesday, March 12, from 10:30 p.m. – noon. Cost: $13.00 Ages: 5 – 12 years.

Youth Pick Up Soccer – It’s game time, see you on the pitch. Bring shin pads, dry indoor shoes, no cleats! Ages: 7 -9 years. Wednesday, March 12, from  1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Ages: 10 – 12 years. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Cost: $5.00.

We Got Game! Ultimate Sports Fun – For the child interested in all sports, look for fun playing kickball, dodgeball, and soccer. Bring dry indoor shoes, no cleats! Ages: 7 -12 years. Thursday, March 13, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $13.00.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts – Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! From leprechauns to lucky charms we will celebrate everything Irish. Look for arts and crafts, fun and games and don’t forget to wear your Green. Ages: 5 – 12 years. Friday, March 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $13.00.

Click here for the March Break Sports & Arts Workshop Registration Form 

Youth Pick-Up Hockey – The City of Cornwall is offering pick-up hockey during the March Break. Games are scheduled on Tuesday, March 11 and Thursday March 13 in IP, Novice, Atom, Peewee and Bantam Divisions. Players must pre-register to play and spaces are limited to 18 skaters and 2 goalies. Players are asked to bring full equipment, one white and one dark coloured jersey. Teams will be made at the start of each hour. Participants will play in division they are currently playing. Cost: $10.

Tuesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. (Half Ice). Novice – 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. (Full Ice). Atom – 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (Full Ice). Peewee – 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. (Full Ice). Bantam – 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. (Full Ice).

Click here for the Youth Pick-Up Hockey Registration Form

African Drumming Circle Workshop – Come out and experience a fun and exciting one-hour African Drumming Circle, with Jody of The Rythym Room, where all participants have their own Jembe drum and are fully engaged as a group. . There are two sessions to choose from on Thursday, March 13. Ages: 5 – 8 years. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ages: 9 – 12 Years. 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Cost: $10.00.

Click here for African Drumming Circle Workshop Registration Form

Registration for all March Break activities will be taken in person at the Benson Centre or the Cornwall Aquatic Centre. For additional information on these programs, please call the Benson Centre at 613-938-9898 or the Cornwall Aquatic Centre at 613-933-3586.

*Click here for a full schedule of the Cornwall Aquatic Centre. Click here for Aquatic Centre fees.

*Click here for information on Cornwall’s outdoor rinks.

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