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2018 March Break activities for Pictou County

Thor, a Bearded Dragon lizard will be a special guest at the Museum of Industry this week as part of March Break activities.
Thor, a Bearded Dragon lizard will be a special guest at the Museum of Industry this week as part of March Break activities. - Submitted

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re looking for fun ways to keep busy over March Break, here’s a list of some activities happening here in Pictou County to get you started.

Museum of Industry activities

Once upon a Castle – At the Museum of Industry in Stellarton. Runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission fees apply. Kids can build castle walls with wooden blocks, then knock them down again with a catapult. Dress as a Lord, Lady or Jester, and act out a medieval skit in costume. Escape from a dungeon maze, practice jousting skills, and quest for treasure through the Museum’s galleries. Activities are ongoing throughout the day include a dungeon maze, dress-up theatre, games and thrones, crafts and a treasure hunt.

Special Features

• Special Guest – visit Thor, a Bearded Dragon lizard in his castle.

• Armour and swords – see a special display, courtesy of Loyalist Arms and Repair

• Virtual Sandbox – Build mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, and watch as the topography changes as you move the sand!

• LEGO extravaganza – adults and kids always enjoy creating from our piles of Lego

• Visit Hughie – tour through our exhibits, have imaginary tea with Raggedy Ann and Andy, and (kids 6 and under can) make a special stop to operate Hughie the Crane.

Small Kids Area – A quieter area for children 5 and under, with activities, colouring tables and soft blocks.

Highland Square Mall activities

March 12-14

• Newfoundland Insectarium – view insects, snakes and more at this exhibit which will be set up in the centre court of the Highland Square Mall all day.

March 12-16

• Coles Reading Nook – Visit the Coles Book Store to enjoy their reading nook each day this week.

• Crafts – each day at Michaels from 10 a.m.- noon.

Thursday, March 15

• EB Games Gaming Event – Starts at 10 a.m. Pre-registration required at EB Games.

Friday, March 16

• Northshore Events Bouncy Castle – 1-3 p.m. in centre court of the Highland Square Mall.

YMCA of Pictou County

March 12-16

March Break Camp – for ages 5-12. Drop off between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Pick up between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Members: $20/day, $85/week. Non-members: $25/day, $100/week. Activities include swimming, Ray’s Reptiles on Thursday, crafts, games and trips to the track. Phone Heather at (902) 752-0202 for more info.

• STEP Camp – for ages 10-12 from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $200 for the week. The camp will introduce participants to STEM concepts through fun experiments and hands on activities. Registration required. Space is limited. Phone Heather at (902) 752-0202 for more

Monday, March 12

• Babysitting course – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 11+. Members, $40. Non-members, $45. Bring lunch and a doll

Saturday, March 17

• Free swim – sponsored by the Town of New Glasgow from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Anyone under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library activities

All week March 13-17 (drop in during open hours)

• Treasure Hunt – for Pirates Treasure & Leprechauns Gold, Trenton Library, 1 Forge St, Trenton.
• Crafty March Break– Trenton Library, 1 Forge Street, Trenton. Make a special craft from Leprechauns and Pirates, to spring flowers and Easter bunnies.

• LEGO Table – at the Westville Library, all ages, drop-in daily.

• XBOX One – drop-in during open hours for gamers at Westville Library
• Scavenger Hunt – for Leprechaun's Gold at Stellarton Library

Tuesday, March 13

• Elephant & Piggie – puppets & crafts, 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Stellarton Library

• LEGO Challenge – 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Stellarton Library

• Maker Fair – 2 p.m.-4 p.m., River John Library. Try 3D printing, artistic button-making, knitting, woolcrafts, printing, cutting and folding cardboard toys.

• Book Folding – 11 a.m.-12 p.m., New Glasgow Library. Learn how to take an old book and fold the pages so it looks like a hedgehog. This program is for ages 8+ and registration is required. To register, please call (902) 752-8233.

• Jewelry Making – out of recycled items, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Westville Library. Program is for ages 8+. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. To register, call (902) 396-5022.

• LEGOs & Block Building – 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., New Glasgow Library.

• Knitted Headbands – 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Pictou Library. Supplies will be provided. For more information or to register, call (902) 485-5021.

• Button Art – for ages 8+, 3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m., Trenton Library. Join for some fun button art with 5” x 7" canvases, glue and a little creativity. Dress for mess. Register by calling (902) 752-5181. Supplies are provided, but if you have extra buttons around feel free to bring them along

• Play d'oh Family Night – 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Pictou Library. Supplies provided

• LEGOs @ the Library – 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m., River John Library.

• Searching for Leprechaun's Gold – 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Pictou Library. Follow the treasure map and clues to find out where the Leprechaun hid his gold.

• LEGOs @ the Library – 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Stellarton Library.
 

Wednesday, March 14

• Recycled Jewelry – for ages 8+, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., New Glasgow Library. Registration is required. To register, call (902) 752-8233.

• Button Art – for kids ages 8+, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Westville Library. Create something cool with spare buttons on a 5” x 7" canvas. Dress for mess, supplies included (although if you'd like to bring in some extra buttons, please do so). Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register call (902) 396-5022.

• Attack the Fort – 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., New Glasgow Library. Build a catapult and then attack. For ages 8+, registration is required. To register, call (902) 752-8233

• Button-making & Beading – 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Stellarton Library.

Thursday, March 15

• Raising Readers – drop-in, ages 3-8, 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m., New Glasgow Library. Join Marion and Cristal for a puppet show, Tumblebooks and more.

• Button Making –1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Pictou Library. Drop in and design a button using our button maker.

• Button Art –2 p.m.-3 p.m., Stellarton Library. We'll be creating little pieces of art on 5” x 7" canvases. Supplies, but if you have extra buttons take them in to share. For ages 8+, to register call (902) 755-1638.

• The Very Hungry Caterpillar Scavenger Hunt ­– 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., New Glasgow Library
• Knitting for Kids – with the Knifty Knitters and crochet group. 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Pictou Library. To register, call (902) 485-5021.

• Watercolour Birch Tree Painting – 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Pictou Library. Create a watercolour birch tree painting to take home. Pre-registration required. Call (902) 485-5021.

• Blocks & Buttons – at River John Library. Build with gigantic wooden blocks, make a button to take home.

Friday, March 16

• Blocks & Buttons – at River John Library. Build with gigantic wooden blocks, make a button to take home.

• Xbox Games – 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Stellarton Library. Call to register, as space is limited, (902) 755-1638.

• Knitting Circle – led by the RJ Square Knitters (all ages, drop in), 10 a.m.-11 a.m., River John Library
• Games – for ages 5+, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., New Glasgow Library. Drop in and play some games. Cristal will have minute-to-win it games, giant board games, Lego, and more

• Knitting Circle – led by the Stellar Knitters (all ages, drop-in), 1 p.m.- 2 p.m., Stellarton Library. Bring your own needles, yarn or hooks.

• St. Patrick's Day Storytime & Craft – 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Westville Library.

• Tech Time – 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., New Glasgow Library. Program will introduce new technologies and fun activities to kids. For ages 8-12, pre-registration is required as there is limited access to the technologies. To pre-register, call (902) 752-8233.

• Family Fort Night – 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Glasgow Library. Grab your blankets, pillows and join us for our first Family Fort Night! Wear your pajamas and join Cristal and Marion for some for building, stories and snacks.

Saturday, March 17

• St. Patrick's Day-themed Imagination Saturday – 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Pictou Library
• Junk Art Imagination Saturday– 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Westville Library.

• Imagination Saturday – 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., River John Library.

• Knitting for Kids –10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., New Glasgow Library. Join Heather to learn the basics of knitting. For all ages.

• Lucky Clovers Game –10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Pictou Library. Registration required, to register call (902) 485-5021.

• St. Patrick's Day crafts – 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., Pictou Library.

• Imagination Saturdays – 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Stellarton Library. Stop into the library, play a board game, build with LEGOs and more.

• St. Patrick's Day Bingo – 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Pictou Library. Drop in, and win prizes courtesy of the Adopt-a-Library literacy program.

• Knitting Circle – 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., New Glasgow Library. Program for knitters and wannabe knitters. Bring your own project, or try our simple samples. Share what you know and learn from others. Everyone welcome, from absolute beginners to master knitters.

• St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt – 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Pictou Library. Drop in, all ages.

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