While local kids get a bit of a break from school this March Break, the City of Kitchener is happy to provide free and affordable options for fun and activities.

Teen 3-on-3 basketball tournaments

Teens from 14 to 17 years old can show off their skills in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments and skills competitions from Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18. Start times vary by location, with a different community centre hosting each evening. Entry is free, with registration for teams or individuals at the door and prizes to be won. For tournament times and locations visit www.kitchener.ca/marchbreak.

March break at the Kitchener Market

Everyone is invited to join the family fun at the Kitchener Market from Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18. The Food Hall will be open and free skating available on the outdoor synthetic ice surface each day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details on daily kid-friendly activities including live music, crafts, and indoor movies, visit www.KitchenerMarket.ca/calendar.

Downtown Night Market

The With + Wellness Spring Equinox Night Market on Friday, March 18 is an evening of witchy vendors, food, drinks, and entertainment. Join the fun on Gaukel St. from 4 to 9 p.m.

You can also try out the synthetic ice surface at 44 Gaukel from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. It’s free to use through a partnership with Kitchener Utilities.

Book free space at a community centre

Trying to organize an event or activity of your own? The City of Kitchener’s Book Free Space program has openings during March Break for various room and gym rentals. For locations, availability and to book free space online visit www.Kitchener.ca/bookfreespace.

Create and practice your family safety plan

March Break also means that more kids and teens may be home alone. The Kitchener Fire Department wants to make sure everyone stays safe and knows what to do in an emergency. This March Break, create and practice your escape plan with everyone in your household and check that your fire and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order. For some fire safety tips visit www.Kitchener.ca/homesafety.

The City of Kitchener also offers a variety of children and youth camps, family swim and skate times throughout March Break. To register and to learn more about associated fees and availability visit our website: