It struck me today that this is the last time for a while I can be so nonchalant about March Break.
My eldest son starts kindergarten in September, and from the mere glimpse I’ve seen of school life so far, it seems the pursuit of education is just as hard for parents as it is for the kids going through it.
So I sympathise—I’ve filled criminal reference checks for the volunteering I didn’t see coming. I’ve sat outside for hours in near-freezing weather to land my boys spots in a reputable childcare program. We fight hard to build routines for our children so we can live our own lives, which is why I know “March Break” is quite possibly the worst-named week ever.
The lead-up to March Break is a scramble—do you find a day camp? Take the time off work? Suffer overcrowded family facilities with the hope it’ll be somewhat enjoyable? Parenting’s already tough enough when you’re not competing with every other parent, so you’d better keep some secret weapons in your arsenal if you hope to survive the week!
A March Break Survival Guide from Apple’s iPad and App Store!
In 2017, it’s all about the digital.
The familia Palmer’s all about the iPad Pro right now, and even if you don’t need the sheer firepower that comes with one of those bad boys, it’s all good—iPad apps work with all three models, and the App Store’s super easy to navigate! If you’re looking to entertain youngins while stimulating minds over the next seven days or so, here’re a few apps that’ll help you do it!
iPad Apps for the Kids
Sago Mini Puppy Preschool — Inspire early learning in this irresistibly cute app by Sago Sago, a Toronto-based developer. Sago Mini Puppy Preschool introduces little ones to numbers, shapes, matching and music fun with adorable puppies. Made for kids five and younger.
- Busy Shapes 2 — A breathtaking and engaging 3D puzzle game designed for kids aged four-eight.
- codeSpark Academy with The Foos — Get them coding early where they can learn the basics of computer programming through a variety of interactive learning activities, including puzzles, games and more. Designed for kids aged six to eight.
- Hopscotch — Kids aged 9 through 11 learn to code by making the things they enjoy playing using a design-friendly, easy to navigate interface.
- Budge World — Introduce a world of creative adventure through the app that provides an environment of themed lands, characters and activities. Produced by a Montreal-based studio, Budge World is designed for kids aged five and younger.
Tip: While using learning apps on iPad is entertaining on its own, consider layering in games as a reward through apps like Lego Life and EverRun Legend of the Horse Guardians, developed out of Montreal, QC.
iPad Travel Apps
Or maybe you’re suffering a little March Break remorse and could use a little help getting your act together to avoid a sullen staycation next year. Well don’t worry — like you’ve heard said many a time in the App Store’s storied 8 years: “There’s an app for that!”
Airbnb — The app which provides access to millions around the world to book unforgettable trips. It is a wonderful app to book last-minute accommodations, activities or experiences.
App in the Air — Your personal flying assistant that keeps you up-to-date with real-time flight details, airport tips and even works while offline.
Aeroplan — Canada’s premier loyalty coalition program with more than 75 world-class partners. This app becomes not only your digital membership card but grants members the ability to search and book flights, provides account summaries and more.
LoungeBuddy — No matter what airport you find yourself in, being stranded there is now a dread of the past thanks to LoungeBuddy. The only app that makes it possible for travellers to view, book and access airport lounges, LoungeBuddy helps make the most of your time at the airport.
XE Currency — Save time — and likely money — while travelling using XE Currency’s app. Take advantage of XE’s live proprietary currency rates, charts and even updated store rates.
Beat the Battle Against Boredom with the iPad and App Store — Bring Out the Best in Your March Break!
So even though March Break’s still not a regular part of our lives, I know it’ll be no picnic. We’ve been through restaurant tantrums, endless tests of authority, and those wonderful days where toilets are apparently optional.
But in a life that’s unpredictable and everything feels just a smidge too chaotic, it’s great that some things just work.
Make the most of your March Break, and we’ll see you at the next post!
Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a long-time Apple user, with support from Apple for some of the editorial content. You can expect more iPad Pro-related content from me in the coming months!