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Give The Kids A #DKMarchBreak This Year! #Review #Giveaway

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Books.  Remember those things made of paper on the inside, bound with a hard cover on the outside?

Sometimes I think we are starting to lose the great experience of reading books.  Actual books.  Not the type of books you can find on your favourite e-reader.  I mean printed books that you can hold in your hand.   Maybe it’s a suspense novel, the kind that keeps you turning pages, hour after hour. Maybe it’s a reference book that helps to teach you something you don’t already know.  Or maybe it’s a book featuring outstanding images and stories about a far off land, your favourite animals, or a book full of delicious recipes.  There’s just something great about holding your favourite book in your hands.

March Break is here, and we all know what that means.  Unless you are escaping to Disneyworld for March Break (and lucky you if you are!), the kids will be home with you ALL WEEK, and at some point they will be bored.  I guarantee it.  It already happened here on Day 2.  These days, parents rely heavily on technology to squash this boredom.  With easy access to iPods, iPads, laptops, and smartphones, we tend to forget about using books to help entertain the kids.  Not sure about you, but I used to spend hours upon hours reading all my favourite books as a kid.

So you can bet I was thrilled last Friday when I received our latest shipment of books from DK Canada Books.  Just in time for March Break! DK Canada Books is celebrating #DKMarchBreak with their March Break Boutique, and it’s full of all kinds of great books to help keep the kids busy.

The first book that caught my eye in the DK Canada March Break Boutique was this one:

DKCanadaLEGOIdeasBookLike so many kids these days, X-Man is a huge fan of LEGO.  He owns so much LEGO, I’m thinking we just may be able to open our own LEGO store one day!  We love LEGO also, but for a different reason.  LEGO is an “old-school” toy that just never gets old.  Like real books, LEGO has been around for what seems like forever.  LEGO inspires imagination and helps “build” on many different skills important to child development.  For those of you who have LEGO-crazy kids, this LEGO Ideas Book can make a great addition to their LEGO collection. Full of over 500 ideas, this book will push your kids to think beyond each individual LEGO set they have received, and come up with their own great LEGO creation.  X-Man could not wait to open the pages of this book, and within 1/2 hour, he brought his very own LEGO creation out to show me.  I was pretty impressed with this Dragster he created:

DKCanadaMarchBreakBoutiqueX-Man had taken some ideas from the LEGO Ideas Book and used them to create his own masterpiece.  I happen to think his dragster looks pretty awesome.

The other two books we choose to review were both related to science experiments:




X-Man is at the age where he wants to understand how things are made, how things work, and how things happen.  These DK Canada books are just great for curious kids and budding scientists.  True to DK Canada standards, both of these books are full of great visuals, detailing how easy it is for kids to unleash their own inner “mad scientist”.  We have yet to try any of the experiments ourselves, however, March Break isn’t over yet! I’m certain we will use these books for years to come.  They will come in handy for reference purposes one day when X-Man starts creating his own science experiments for school.

For a limited time, readers can enjoy 30% off this great selection of #DKMarchBreak books.  Not only will you find the books we reviewed, you will find all kinds of great books featuring arts and crafts, cookbooks, Super Hero books, and so much more! Be sure to check them out:


Have you got any LEGO fanatics and Mad Scientists in you own household?  Then you won’t want to miss out on this giveaway!  The great folks at DK Canada have offered up this fantastic 3-book prize pack for one lucky Canadian Blog House reader!!

Here’s how you can enter to WIN:

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Disclosure:  Canadian Blog House received these books in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.



  1. March 11, 2014

    Julie G

    I will be spending time with my grandson this March break. We will be skating, baking and going out to lunch to celebrate No School!

    • March 12, 2014


      That sounds like a great way to spend March Break with your grandson, Julie 🙂 I hope you have a great time together! Thanks for entering!

  2. March 11, 2014

    Amy Heffernan

    No plans.

    • March 12, 2014


      No plans, but I bet you’ll be plenty busy enough 🙂 Hope you have a great week! Thanks for entering!

  3. March 11, 2014


    March Break in Alberta isn’t until the end of the month so we don’t have any definite plans yet. We’re most likely just gonna hang around home and do some activities around our city.

    • March 12, 2014


      Great idea! You can play tourist in your own town, Jonnie! Wow…I had NO idea that Alberta celebrated March Break later in the month. Thanks for letting me know…I learned something new today 🙂 Thanks also for entering!

  4. March 11, 2014

    Erika E

    We don’t have any exciting plans for March break. We’ll do some activities locally, hopefully the weather will be nice. I have a room I’ve been meaning to paint for about a year now too, maybe I’ll get that done. 🙂

  5. March 11, 2014


    No big plans this spring break. We will probably be spring cleaning and purging our storage.

  6. March 11, 2014


    Our plan is to relax a bit, go out for a few lunches (dim sum and Indian food buffet), and I’ve got to get a jump on Spring cleaning.


  7. March 11, 2014


    We are going to attend some of the programs put on by our local library and community centre.

  8. March 11, 2014

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    It’s not March Break where I am so it’s life as usual and kids in school. We spend a lot of time running up and down the street that is under construction.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  9. March 11, 2014

    Wendy hutton

    no plan just hanging around the house

  10. March 11, 2014

    Annette C.

    Had to cancel the maple syrup tour, as the syrup will be late this year, so I’m going to Canada Blooms at the end of the week … need to see greenery without snow on it.

  11. March 11, 2014


    I’m babysitting my grand kids while the parents get a trip to Vegas. Not sure who is getting the spring break. 🙂

  12. March 12, 2014

    Karen D

    No plans, just staying at home.

  13. March 12, 2014

    Heidi C.

    We had our March Break already and didn’t go anywhere except locally to the library, mall, etc.

    • March 12, 2014


      I didn’t realize there were so many different “times” for March Break across the country. Glad you enjoyed yours, Heidi! Thanks for entering!

  14. March 12, 2014

    Jeffrey Rossnagel

    We are going to tackle cleaning the garage!

    • March 12, 2014


      Oh boy! You’ll be busy with that I’m sure, Jeffrey! That will be a great job to get done though. Thanks for entering!

  15. March 12, 2014

    Margarita Ibbott

    We are going to see Paula’s daughter in a play tomorrow. Very excited about that!

    • March 12, 2014


      Lucky you, Margarita! Bet that will be fun!! Enjoy 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  16. March 12, 2014

    Fan R.

    Disney show, gatherings and relaxing.

    • March 12, 2014


      Sounds like a well-rounded week, Fan R 🙂 Enjoy! Thanks for entering!

  17. March 12, 2014

    Dawn - Addicted to Recipes

    This year we are staying home for spring break. My parents are helping out by looking after our school-aged son. He’s already let her know that they will be baking 100 cinnamon buns while he is there 🙂
    Thank you!

    • March 12, 2014


      LOL 100 cinnamon buns!! Too funny!! Hope he brings some home for mom 🙂 Thanks for entering, Dawn!

  18. March 12, 2014

    margaux retrophiliac

    I will probably be at work, assisting people to find the best arts and crafts to make their spring break full of creative fun!

    • March 12, 2014


      Well that sounds like a very productive and helpful way to be spending your week, Margaux 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  19. March 12, 2014

    Maegan Morin

    We will be doing the same thing we do every week lol. My husband still has to work so it will be business as usual.

    • March 12, 2014


      Hope your “business as usual” week is going well, Maegan 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  20. March 12, 2014


    we are mostly staying around the house, cleaning the basement, taking in a theatre play and going to the movies.

    • March 12, 2014


      Sounds like a good mix of fun…and getting some good chores done, Pam. Thanks for entering!

  21. March 12, 2014

    Rachel Cartwright

    We don’t have much planned for March Break, but we will definitely be doing a bit of much-needed spring cleaning!

    • March 12, 2014


      I’ve already done some of that too, Rachel. Blah! Oh well, it’s one of those things you can’t avoid. Thanks for entering!

  22. March 12, 2014


    Not much planned, just work and the everyday routine!

    • March 12, 2014


      That pretty much covers most of my week too, Danielle 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  23. March 12, 2014

    Jennifer L.

    We’re staying home and finding some fun stuff to do locally.

    • March 12, 2014


      Great idea, Jennifer. Sometimes it is fun to play tourist in your own town! Thanks for entering!

  24. March 12, 2014

    michelle tremblett

    W e are staying close to home this march break, visiting the local museums, movies, having a couple friends over 🙂

  25. March 12, 2014


    hanging out with cousins and family that are visiting!

  26. March 12, 2014


    Checking out some local attractions and events!

  27. March 13, 2014

    Lee-Ann S

    Our March Break has been evolving as we go. Planned on a movie today but hung out at home instead. There has been swimming & outside playtime as well as some crafts.

  28. March 13, 2014

    Ami B

    Our March break has consisted of family time around the house 🙂

  29. March 13, 2014

    Andrea Amy

    Nope, no plans. Just hanging around the house with the kids.

  30. March 13, 2014

    Bryan C

    Spring cleaning!

  31. March 14, 2014

    Denny Phan


  32. March 14, 2014


    The kids are going to playdome and indoor carnival.

  33. March 15, 2014

    angela m

    No big plans, we went swimming ,bowling , to an maple sugar cabin

  34. March 16, 2014

    Dawn Rader

    we didn’t do anything too exciting…we had a sleepover with my nephew and had family night where we stayed up and played games.

  35. March 16, 2014

    V. HIll

    Nothing really. Hang out, love.

  36. March 16, 2014


    staying close to home, relax, rearrange, and maybe some good old fashion board games!

  37. March 17, 2014

    Marc-Andre Taillefer

    Spring cleaning!

  38. March 17, 2014


    Not much. House cleaning with the kids having to clean their room.

  39. March 17, 2014


    No plans for us this year, just sticking around home!

  40. March 18, 2014



  41. March 21, 2014

    holly o'gorman

    Last week for the March Break, my daughter and I went to Kingston with a few friends.

  42. March 21, 2014


    Just hanging around the house – having some downtime from all the regularly scheduled events!

  43. March 22, 2014


    We’re packing up our house… and moving!

  44. March 22, 2014


    Same old – work and daycare. 🙁

  45. March 22, 2014


    I am working, taking my son to a few sporting/activity camps to keep him busy

  46. March 22, 2014

    michelle hebert

    nothing exciting just doing yard work

  47. March 22, 2014

    kathy downey

    no plans,grandkids are comimg over maybe make some treats and watch a movie

  48. March 23, 2014

    Ashleigh Swerdfeger

    No major plans, but we did decide to home-school my little brother. We are also rearranging rooms lol

  49. March 23, 2014

    Robyn B.

    The only plans are to clean up the front yard gardens….how exciting huh?

  50. March 23, 2014


    I had to work during March break, but we are taking 2 weeks off during Easter. 🙂

  51. March 24, 2014

    Winnie B

    Just stayed home and had a staycation with the kids

  52. March 24, 2014

    Dianne G.

    I am hoping to spend a bit of time with my grandchildren over spring break. They love to do crafts and bake, so we will do a bit of each.

  53. March 25, 2014


    We have 2 weeks of spring break. In the first week we went to the zoo, hiking and my oldest had a sleepover at her grandparents’ house. This week we are going to go horse back riding and swimming.

  54. March 26, 2014

    Amy C.

    We are staying home and inviting the neices over for some play dates.

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