I hope you’ve all enjoyed your hibernation this winter, because it’s officially time to wake up. Though it’s true that Spring officially starts at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20th, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by hiding yourself away at home next week. Our fair city is stirring, and you don’t want to miss out.
Just in case you’re out of the loop: March Break is from March 12th to 16th this year, and St. Patrick’s Day is, as always, on March 17th. Now that you’re caught up, and possibly panicking about your lack of plans, here are just some of the fun things going on in Kingston next week:
Maple Madness at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area: Eating maple syrup out in the forest never gets old. There’s also something about fresh air which counteracts the energizing effects of sugar. This event is happening from March 10th to 18th. But if you can’t make it next week, it’s also happening March 24th and 25th, and March 31st and April 1st. It runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the charge is $15 per vehicle. Make sure to check their website for cancellation notices in the case of inclement weather.
Agnes Etherington Art Centre:
(1) Crash Studio: this free, drop-in program provides teens with an opportunity to “find common ground through art making.” The program happens every Thursday until April 26th, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
(2) Creation Station: another free, drop-in program designed to “give children an exploratory, art-making experience while parents enjoy quiet time to view exhibitions and attend Agnes events.” Head to their website to sign up for their event on Sunday, March 11th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. You may become so relaxed that you forget to pick up your kids afterwards (but try your best not to).
The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning:
March Break Boards at the Tett. The only gift better than a wooden serving board is a handmade wooden serving board. You can get tickets to the event on their website, which takes place on March 14th, between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. All tools are included, and so is a local craftsman to help you out.
Kids Creativity Club. Head to the Tett on Saturday mornings between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM for this exclusive club, aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 10 and their parents. Enjoy creative, hands-on activities for a $2-$5 donation.
City Greenhouse – Open House. If you can’t wait for spring to come naturally, you can at least pretend by viewing tropical plants and springtime flowers at the city greenhouse. You can visit for free between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Sunday, March 11th. The greenhouse is located at 111 Norman Rogers Drive.
St. Patrick’s Day Kingston 2018
We’re not going to tell you where to hit the town on St. Patrick’s Day – there’s no shortage of places to get a celebratory pint in our city. However, make sure to celebrate safely. Nominate a designated driver, take a cab (or an uber!) or rely on public transportation. Have fun!