Sangster Elementary crossing guard and education assistant Sandra Bowes (right) helps kids and parents cross the street. Students are now out of school for the rest of the month. (Kendra Wong/News Staff)

West Shore blooming with spring break activities

SD62 spring break runs from March 18 to 29

Still on the hunt for ways to keep your kids occupied over the upcoming spring break? Several community events and camps are running to make sure youths are up and moving with loads to do.

BC SPCA Wild ARC Open House

For one weekend only, the public will be able to see what goes on behind closed doors at the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) as staff and volunteers work to save the lives of wild animals. The open house is a family-friendly event but spots are limited. They can be reserved on the Wild ARC open house website.

When: March 30 and 31 from noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Wild ARC, 1020 Malloch Rd., Metchosin

READ MORE: Wild ARC invites 1,000 community members to tour its facility

Safari Jeff: Into the Wild!

Community members can explore their wild side at Safari Jeff’s educational live show featuring rare reptiles, multimedia displays, original artwork and a bamboo forest. The interactive show brings the audience up close to captive-born animals from around the world while learning about the environment. There will be critters like giant tortoises, crocodiles, snakes and lizards. There will also be a quiet show for children who are sensory sensitive that will take place before the mall opens. More information can be found here.

When: March 16 to 19 from 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., quiet show on March 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Westshore Town Centre

Mastermind Toys Activities

Mastermind Toys has daily free activities planned from fridge magnet Monday to Nickelodeon Slime-time Friday. The events take place throughout the day and give children the chance to create special items that they can take home at the end of the day. More information can be found here.

When: March 18 to 22 with events at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Where: Mastermind Toys, Westshore Town Centre

READ MORE: Parents applaud extended spring break

Greater Victoria Public Library Events

Various spring break events are being held at different Greater Victoria Public Library locations, from creative bullet journalling for teens to a Bollywood star dance workshop. Some events are about an hour long while others, like the Let’s Make a Movie event, take place for most of the day. A calender of events can be found here.

West Shore Recreation Spring Break Camps

West Shore Recreation offers a variety of spring break camps that should appeal to many different interests. From singing to sports, there seems to be something for every child. Registration is still available for the youth Outdoor Adventure Camp and Horseback Riding Camp, preschool Rainbow Yoga Camp and school age Piano and Singing Camp and Rock Band Camp. Other camps have wait lists available. There will also be public swimming and skating available as per the regular drop-in schedule daily from March 18 to 29. Those that are interested in registering for camps can contact West Shore Parks and Recreation at 250-474-8384 or register online here.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


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