Spring break activities (that won't break the bank)

With kids across the province headed into spring break over the next several weeks, parents might be wondering what the heck they’re going to do to avoid hearing the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored,” all week long.

No plans at the moment? Take advantage of low gas prices and head for the hills. Spring ski season is in full swing and despite the warm temperatures, the mountains still have plenty of snow. With the mountain parks calling, trying to decide which resort to visit can be challenging. Our list of eight top ski resorts in Alberta and BC can help narrow the search. And to celebrate the 150th anniversary of confederation, Parks Canada Discovery Passes give you two years of access for the one-year price. For the swoosh of the slopes (without the growl of the bears) check out our guide to ski resorts a little closer to home.

Before you hit the road though, make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for the trip. Extreme weather can pop up without much notice this time of year, especially in the mountains. Download the free AMA Road Reporter app and use these rough weather driving tips to get there safe and sound. Months of snow, salt and sand can wreak havoc on your vehicle so spring is a great time to show a little love to your four-wheeled friend. Find out how to get your car in road-ready condition

Thinking of escaping somewhere a little farther south? Perhaps a bit warmer? Aloha and Buenos Dias! We’re here to set you up for vacation success. See how far you can stretch your pennies with last minute spring break vacation packages from AMA Travel.

If sticking closer to home is more your style, check out our 10 Super Awesome Spring Break Camps.

And if the lunches are packed and the kids are off to camp for the week, why not take advantage of the down time to tackle some spring maintenance around your home? Water seepage is a risk during spring thaw when the ground is mushy — fluctuating temperatures can bring on rapid melt. Before you get your feet wet, learn a few simple things you can do to keep the spring melt out of your basement.

From road trip driving tips to spring break party trips, email the AMA Newsroom or call 1-888-960-6397 to arrange an interview.