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Things to do this March Break in Timmins

Harry Potter Escape Room, free skates and swims, and more being offered

It’s March Break!

If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the time off school, here are some activities to enjoy:

Dive into the break at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex, where free swims are being offered thanks to Tim Hortons and Caisse Populaire. The swims are being offered Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you can’t make the times for the free dips, check out the schedule for the other swims here. The cost for those range from $4.25 to $5.50.

Free skates are being held at rinks across the city. The schedule is:

• Monday, March 12 – Sportsplex, 2 – 3 p.m.; Mountjoy noon – 1 p.m.; Whitney 2 – 3 p.m.

• Tuesday, March 13 – Whitney, 1 – 2 p.m.; McIntyre, noon - 1 p.m.

• Wednesday, March 14  – Sportsplex, 1 – 2 p.m.;  Mountjoy noon – 1 p.m.

• Thursday, March 15 – Mountjoy, 10 – 11 a.m.; McIntyre, 3 – 4 p.m.

• Friday, March 16 – Sportsplex, noon – 1 p.m.; Whitney 3 – 4 p.m.; McIntyre 3 – 4 p.m.

Write, light, shoot and edit a film with Digital Creator. The free, drop-in maker space is inviting teens to build a cinematic masterpiece or stop by when you can to turn out a short sketch or dramatic scene. As a bonus, the best ones will be aired next month on Eastlink TV. The space is open from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 13-17 at the Timmins Public Library. The drop-in space across the street at the Timmins Museum will be open March 14-16 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A jam-packed week of programming is slated for the Timmins Public Library, including a Harry Potter Escape Room! There are also stories, games, movies, and more slated for the Timmins location. At the C.M. Shields Centennial Library in South Porcupine, kids can stop by to make a Kumihimo bracelet during opening hours. Check out the full programming here.

If hitting the slopes is part of your plans, a free shuttle service is being run Monday to Friday. It will stop at the Timmins Metro at 9 a.m., and in front of Sport Check at the Timmins Square at 9:20 a.m. On the way home, the bus leaves the at 3:30 p.m. Both of the chair lifts will be running for the week, so weekend pricing is in effect. If you want to take in the tube park, it’s open from noon to 4 p.m. every day except Thursday, when it is closed to the public.

Explore the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails at Porcupine Ski Runners. With groomed trails, equipment rentals, and a central location (it’s on Highway 101 just east of Schumacher) it’s easy to try out the activities. Details on rates and trail conditions are available here.

The popular outdoor skating rink offers a figure-eight loop as well as pond hockey rinks. Whether you want to do a lap or two or join a game of shinny, this is the place to be. Before heading out, check out the Facebook page to make sure it is open.

Take a hike at the Hersey Lake Conservation Area. There is year-round access to the trails, which are well used by people of all ages looking to get outside. If you love bird watching, keep an eye out for the bird feeders in the main parking lot, there are variety of birds that stop by for a meal. To get to the conservation area, look for the marker on the south side of Highway 655 near Manitoulin Transport, just before Laforest Road.


Maija Hoggett

About the Author: Maija Hoggett

Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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