Go green for spring break — Efficiency Manitoba

Go green for spring break


Spring break in Manitoba is often a slush-filled holiday. With near record-breaking snowfalls this past winter, it’s not surprising that this year is no exception. But don’t let it get you down – we put together a list of activities that you can enjoy with your kids indoors and outside this spring break. Maybe we’ll even be lucky enough to get some sunny and warm weather!   


It’s about time to start your seeds for this year’s gardening season, so why not make it a family activity? Many stores offer affordable seed starter trays so your kids can plant their own. Not only will they get a first-hand lesson on planting, it’s something they can enjoy for weeks to come as the seeds start to blossom. When the warm weather is here to stay, you can spend more quality time planting and caring for them outside. 


You don’t always need to run to the store and gather new art supplies to have a fun day of crafting. Look around your home for items that you no longer use to get creative and save some money! Your kids will have a blast and repurposing materials is an environmentally-friendly bonus we can feel good about. If you need some ideas, check out the Artful Parent.  


We understand it can be a little mucky outside this time of year, but we shouldn’t let a bit of slush prevent us from enjoying the outdoors. Take advantage of what our province has to offer and go for a hike in one of our many provincial parks or visit the playgrounds in your community. Enjoying the fresh air and vitamin D will put a smile on everyone’s face. 

If you want to make your outing more educational, and you’re around Winnipeg, Stonewell, Selkirk, or the surrounding areas, check out Oak Hammock Marsh. They’re hosting Wetland Biodiversity Week from March 27 to 31, 2023, featuring different activities such as scavenger hunts, guided walks, critter feeding, and crafts. 


Insects are beneficial to our environment, so embrace the bugs and craft them a home of their own! There are different varieties of houses you can build to attract different insects, so if you prefer bees to butterflies or vice versa, be sure to look online to see which type of home is best for the insect you’d like to attract. 

While we’re on the topic, don’t forget to leave the outdoor spring cleaning until after we’ve had at least seven consecutive days of plus 10° C weather. Many beneficial insects find shelter in the leaves and grass. By removing it too soon, you could be disrupting their habitat.