Spring Break in the Fraser Valley

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

With spring break nearly upon us, and the kidlets nearly out of school, the Fraser Valley is a wonderful place to be with all of the activities and day camps it has to offer. If you are struggling with what to do to keep your family busy in the next few weeks, don’t fret! The Fraser Valley Pulse has you covered this month with 5 Great Spring Break Activities for the whole family!

1.Gold Fever Day Camps – Fort Langley

Do you ever wonder what it might have been like to be a prospector in the 1858 Fraser Gold Rush? Now’s your chance with the Gold Fever Day Camps presented by historic Fort Langley! From 10:00am – 5:00pm, March 19th – 27th, visit the Fort to experience what life was like during the Fraser Gold Rush, and see the challenges they might have faced while searching for gold. At the beginning of your adventure, choose your supplies carefully to carry on your back for your trek. After learning how to pan for gold, take time to enjoy a prospector’s lunch! Cooking demonstrations will also be held at the Full Barrel Café for $5/person on March 19th, 20th 26th & 27th. Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended.

Gold mining... Fort Langley National History SiteAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License by Loutron Glouton

2. Have a Mini Photography Session

Spring break is the perfect time to round up the family for those family portraits you’ve been meaning to do. With the weather slowly starting to get warmer, getting the family outside is a wonderful way to capture your children just the way they are! If you aren’t skilled in the use of a camera, Kim Mallory Photography in Chilliwack is offering quick and easy 30 minute mini photography sessions on March 23rd & 24th to help you fill your walls and shelves with smiling pictures of your loved ones. Offered in their downtown Chilliwack studio, and all it’s urban outdoor glory, the mini sessions are available for up to 3 children (with additional children and/or pets welcome for an additional fee).

3. Visit Chapters & Indigo Locations for Free In-Store Activities

Have a craft day, without the mess! In light of spring break, Chapters and Indigo stores throughout the Fraser Valley have organized family friendly story-times and free activities for children of all ages! From craft classes, to board game sessions, to Wimpy Kid and Fancy Nancy themed afternoons – there is something available to interest all types of little ones. With different activities taking place everyday from March 16th – 20th, you can even attend a few activities in a row! Check the website for schedule and additional details.

Story Time with Heather Hartt-Sussman
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4. Go For a Outdoorsy Spring Skate in Morgan Crossing

It’s not very often that we are treated to an outdoor skating rink right here in the Fraser Valley, especially with the warmer weather heading our way! Through the use of synthetic ice, the City of Surrey is home to BC’s largest outdoor skating rink, if only for a short period of time! Boasting 3000 square feet, the skating rink feels and skates like real ice regardless of the weather. Open from March 19th – 23rd, from 10:00am – 7:00pm the Morgan Crossing rink is a great affordable spring break destination for the whole family – admission is free! Skate rentals and sharpening services will be available on site by donation, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. Rink is located on the corner of 24th and Croydon Drive in South Surrey.

5. Attend a Spring Break Arts Safari

Sometimes, we all need a little adventure. Why not enroll the little ones in an Art Safari adventure this spring break? With art classes for children aged 6 – 17 in two different groups of classes (March 21st – 25th or March 28th – April 1st), the Surrey Spring Break Arts Safari’s are a great way to introduce them to new forms of art. From clay working lessons to art theatre groups, the Safari’s range in various art concentrations to help students expand their artistic and creative experiences. To avoid disappointment, advanced registration is recommended. Visit the City of Surrey Cultural & Recreation Website for the various course details, ages and prices.

What are you looking forward to doing with your children this spring break? Do you have any favorite Fraser Valley camps or activities that you love to take part in this time of year?


Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan

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