march (break) madness

Filed Under Events | March 5, 2013

toronto march break ideas

Make the GTA your staycation destination this March Break! Cruise the halls of one of Toronto’s many museums, soar to the top of the CN Tower or hike along one of the many outdoor trails. With so many fun family things to do, you’ll be wondering … where did the week go?

March Break at the Zoo!
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, 9:30 am – 6 pm, The Toronto Zoo, 361A Old Finch Avenue, Toronto
March Break is the perfect time to come and visit the Toronto Zoo. Spend your day exploring the animals of the Tundra, or hang out with the monkeys in the African Pavilion. Stop by and say hello to the gorillas, wolves, and lizards. Each day the Zoo will have a special offering for visitors: torontozoo.ca

Drop-In Art: Make Your Own or Visit with the Greats
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, 10 am – 4 pm, The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
It’s an Itty Bitty world at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Come and explore small things, from miniature trains, to arts and crafts using tiny objects. Then explore the Gallery and find some art that inspires you to create a masterpiece at the hands-on centre: www.ago.net

TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace (pictured)
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 10th, 10 am – 6 pm & Monday March 11th – Friday March 15th, 10 am – 5 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto
Come and explore a digital interactive play space designed for kids. This hands-on and educational adventure will teach children how to use new-media technologies in science, social studies, math and arts, all while having fun: www.tiff.net

March Mania in the Valley
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, 11 am – 4 pm, Todmorden Mills Historic Site, 67 Pottery Road, Toronto
As you and your family tour historic homes, be sure to make some arts and crafts and try the tasty treats prepared on the open hearth. This is a great opportunity to learn about life in 19th-century Toronto, and make sure you take a tour of the Wildflower Preserve during your visit: www.toronto.ca

Passport to the World
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, 11 am – 4 pm, The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto
Leave your passport at home and take an adventure around the world at the Royal Ontario Museum: travel to ancient Greece and write in hieroglyphics; while in Mexico, create a Mayan-Lego pyramid; and touch rocks from outer space, plus much more. As you travel through the exhibits, museum staff will stamp your special museum passport. Have fun on this global adventure: www.rom.on.ca

Mystery of Sherlock Holmes and the Clockmaker
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, weekdays, 10 am – 4:30 pm & weekends, 11 am – 4:30 pm, Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto
Your sleuth skills are needed at Black Creek Pioneer Village! The Clockmaker is missing, and so is his favourite and most valuable clock. Help Sherlock Holmes solve this mystery by finding clues throughout the Village. With activities in every building, detective skills, such as disguise, observation, logic, clues, deduction, and secret code breaking, will come in handy! Lots of fun activities for all members of the family: www.blackcreek.ca

Museum Mystery Madness
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, Noon – 5 pm, Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road, Toronto
Solve a mysterious jewelry heist as you tour this 1920s historic house. Then make some arts and crafts, and participate in food activities: www.toronto.ca

Colborne Lodge Family Drop-In
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, 12:30 pm – 4 pm, Colborne Lodge, South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto
Drop in and tour this historic house from the early days of Toronto. While there, participate in some of the arts and crafts available: www.toronto.ca

March Break Family Discover at Gibson House
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Gibson House, 5172 Yonge Street, Toronto
Wander the halls of a historic Toronto house and make a craft while there. Each day a different theme from that time period will be explored: www.toronto.ca

Princess Polly, the World’s Smallest Ninja
Saturday, March 9th – Sunday, March 17th, 2 pm, The Second City, 51 Mercer Street, Toronto
There is nothing regal about this princess – not only is she small, she is also a Ninja! Join her on some wild adventures and marvel at the skills of this tiny princess. Doors open at 1:30 pm: www.secondcity.com

March Break at Wizard World Fun Park
Sunday, March 10th – Saturday, March 16th, 10 am – 6 pm, The Better Living Centre, 150 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Family indoor fun is the name of the game at the 10th annual Wizard World. This indoor adventure park has over 20 different types of rides, plus entertainment, arts and crafts, and a special area geared to the under 5 set. For the animal lovers, the Bowmanville Zoo will be on-site with lions, wolves, baboons, and zebras: www.wizardworld.ca

A Towering Adventure at Every Level
Monday, March 11th – Thursday, March 14th, 9 am – 10 pm & Friday, March 15th – Saturday, March 16th, 9 am – 10:30 pm, CN Tower, 301 Front Street West, Toronto
Take your March Break to new heights at the CN Tower. From arcade games to storytelling, to discussions with engineers and trips up the Tower, this is great place to explore and visit. Each day features a special event: www.cntower.ca

Hockey Legends, Hockey History and Hockey in 3D
Monday, March 11th – Saturday, March 16th, 9:30 am – 6 pm & Sunday, March 17th, 10 am – 6 pm, Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto
Do the words “He Shoots! He Scores!” bring a smile to your face? Then head over to the Hockey Hall of Fame for their March Break special screening of hockey’s first 3D film, Stanley’s Game Seven. This film is exclusive to the Hall of Fame. Be sure to also participate in the many activity stations, where you can try your hand at goaltending, shooting, play-by-play calling, trivia and more: www.hhof.com

Fort York War of 1812
Monday March 11th – Friday March 15th, 10 am – 3 pm, Old Fort York, 250 Old Fort Your Boulevard, Toronto
Make history fun with a tour of Old Fork York. The War of 1812 will come alive as children see artifacts and speak to costume clad staff. They can also dress up, try cooking in the kitchen, or practice musket and sword drills: www.toronto.ca

Magnificent Munsch
Monday March 11th – Friday March 15th, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm & 3:30 pm, Solar Stage, 4950 Yonge Street, North York
Children of all ages will marvel as they listen to the creative works of Robert Munsch. This fun and quirky play centres around some Munsch favourites – Moose, Show and Tell, Too Much Stuff, and We Share Everything – and combines them into one magical play. Ideal for ages 3-10: www.solarstage.on.ca

Book Lovers Fun at Indigo
Monday March 11th – Friday March 15th, 11 am, Chapters Queensway, 1950 The Queensway, Toronto
Every day of the week, Chapters is hosting a free event at their Queensway location; from Dr. Seuss story time, to participating in a royal party fit for kids of all ages, to LEGO fun, to craft imagination creations. Sign up is required: www.chapters.indigo.ca

An Old Fashioned Carnival at Toronto’s Own Castle
Monday, March 11th – Saturday, March 16th, 9:30 am – 5 pm, Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto
Take a step back in time and experience an old-fashioned carnival. The Ringmaster will send you on your merry way after you enter through the majestic front doors. As you travel throughout the castle, you’ll enjoy performances, story times, stilt walkers, a fortune-teller, and more: www.casaloma.org

Fun with Explosions & Einstein
Monday, March 11th – Sunday, March 17th, 10 am – 5 pm, Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
Every day is a different day of discovery and fun at the Ontario Science Centre. Come over and learn about Einstein, matter, mathematics, and animals. After the presentation, explore the Science Centre at your leisure: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Cool Kicks! Sneaker Fun at the Bata Shoe Museum
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 10 am – 4 pm, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Whether you call them runners or sneakers, wear them with laces or Velcro, the Bata Shoe Museum is the place to be! Come and drop in any day during the March Break to enjoy a sneaker-filled day fun. Activities include tie dying a pair of shoelaces, embellishing a high top sneaker key ring, or decorating a sneaker-shaped cookie. There are prizes to be won: www.batashoemuseum.ca

Signs of Spring at Evergreen Brickworks
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 10 am – 2 pm, Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Come for an educational and fun hike and learn about the first signs of spring. Every day of March Break, Evergreen Brickworks offers a new and interesting lesson for kids of all ages. Meet in the Chimney Court before you head out to the Weston Family Quarry Garden: ebw.evergreen.ca

March Break Fun at Ontario’s Legislative Building
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 10 am – Noon, Ontario Legislative Building, 2 Bloor Street East, Toronto
Take a sneak peak and explore inside the historic Ontario Legislative Building. Participate in a scavenger hunt, dress up in the traditional black robes worn in Parliament, and do some arts and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free: educationportal.ontla.on.ca

The Cat Came Back
Monday, March 11th – Thursday, March 14th, 11 am & 2 pm & Friday, March 15th – Saturday, March 16th, 2 pm, Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, Toronto
Created by Fred Penner (composer of this famous song), Jay Brazeau and Kim Selody this brand-new, feline-focused play brings together a merry band of musicians, a grumpy neighbour, and a curious cat. Sit back and watch as cat and owner find a way to live together in harmony: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

March Break at Fantasy Fair
Monday, March 11th – Thursday, March 14th, Noon – 7 pm & Friday, March 15th – Sunday, March 17th, 11 am – 7 pm, Fantasy Fair, 500 Rexdale Boulevard, Etobicoke
Ride the rails, bump the cars, and have a thrilling time at Ontario’s largest indoor amusement park. Each day of March Break, Fantasy Fair will be offering some fun entertainment. Kick it off on Monday with Barney. For an extra fee, you can enjoy the rides outside: www.fantasyfair.ca

March Musements
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, Noon – 4 pm & Saturday, March 16th – Sunday, March 17th, 11 am – 7 pm, Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto
Bring the family and drop in for some Victorian-era fun! Use an 1845 printing press and typeset your name, make a craft to take home, and have a cookie in the historic kitchen: www.toronto.ca

Comic Book Heroes on the Big Screen
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 1 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto
Whether you are a Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman fan, TIFF Bell Lightbox has the movie for you. Each day of March Break, this series will show a different film featuring your favourite comic book hero: tiff.net

Farther Afield:

Art Days at McMichael
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg
Do your kids want to spend the day doing art? Each day at McMichael offers a new class – drawing, painting, sculpting, and much more. All activities will be completed in one day. For ages 6-12. Pre-registration required: mcmichael.com

Fairy Tale and Princess Days
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Simply Delightful, 20 Thomas Street, Mississauga
Come for a day, or spend the week at Simply Delightful! Each day, children can dress up as their favourite fairy tale character, pirate, knight or princess. Sing songs, play dress-up, and do some arts and crafts. Friday is spa and rock star day. Light snacks are provided: www.simplydelightful.ca

Mixed Media Camp
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 9 am – Noon & 1 pm – 4 pm, 6981 Millcreek Drive, Unit 11,Mississauga
This March break 4Cats Art Studio Meadowvale is offering half day camps for kids, for two or three days of the week (you can also combine them). Art themes include Magical Creatures of Harry Potter, Georgia O’Keefe paintings, and Mixed Media Rainforest creations: www.4cats.com

Make a Mess, Create a Masterpiece
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 9 am – 4 pm, Mess for Fun, 43 Martin Ross, Unit # 3, North York
Looking for a day of artsy fun?  Make a Mess is a fun way for your child to spend their day. Come for a day, or the entire week! Each day will host a different activity; kids can enjoy crafts, dance, ceramic painting, clay modeling, magic and animal shows, and more: www.messforfun.ca

Guided Walks in Rouge Park
Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 15th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Rouge Park, 50 Bloomington Road West, Aurora
Bring the kids and explore the wilderness of Rouge Park. These guided walks are perfect for ages 4-12. Each day a different area will be explored, so pick the hike that is right for you.  Remember to bring your own snacks and water, and dress for the weather: rougepark.com

Dora & Diego Play Area
Thursday, March 14th – Saturday, March 16th, 11 am – 4 pm, Burlington Mall, 777 Guelph Line, Burlington
Head over to the Burlington Mall and meet Nickelodeon’s own Dora and Diego! Kids will love spending time in the themed play area, which has computer games and lots of arts and crafts. Be sure to meet Dora and Diego when they come for a visit, daily at Noon, 1 pm & 2 pm. Popcorn will be served: www.facebook.com/BurlingtonMallCanada

By: Karma Brown

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