Whether you’ve got the week wide open or just need to fill a few holes, have no fear. Toronto is loaded with activities to keep families busy and entertained. And believe it or not, some of them won’t cost you a thing. We’ve compiled this list of nine ways to enjoy the nine days of March Break in Toronto.
Best of luck. Maybe see you around TOwn!
- Maple Syrup: Yah, you could ditch the city for your annual maple syrup experience. Or, you could just take the family to the Waterfront. The first-ever Cabane à sucre, a free community event at Sugar Beach (March 12-13), will have live entertainment, ice sculptures, food trucks and of course the sweet stuff. If you want to head out into the wilderness, check this list for sugar shacks around the GTA. Maple Town knows how to do it.
- Nature: There is nothing like just playing outside (it’s free!) But you can always count on the Brick Works to take it up notch. Their March Break programming is free and all about families – mini road hockey, bike obstacle course, live kids’ music, kids’ tours of the area and fat bike group rides (for older kids). If you prefer your outside indoors, explore the Allan Gardens or Centennial Park Conservatories for free.
- Screen Time: This is not your typical playground. TIFF’s annual digiPlaySpace is an interactive multimedia wonderland for kids of all ages. Parents, you will not be bored. Make it a full day affair by taking in a film as part of their March Break DreamWorks Animation series.
- Road trip: Skiing at Blue Mountain. Tubing at Snow Valley. Cross-country skiing ($10 trail pass during March Break) at Scenic Caves. Relaxing for mom at Spa Scandinave. Or head west to Cambridge Butterfly Sanctuary to eat bugs.
- Go to the Beach: The Winter Stations, the annual art exhibit along the Beach Boardwalk, is a must for tourists and locals alike. You gotta go during March Break as they’ll disappear on March 20.
- Skate: It may be one last hurrah for outdoor skating. The City of Toronto offers free skating at the 37 outdoor artificial ice rinks that are open until March 20 (weather permitting). For guaranteed ice, head to the home of the Toronto Marlies – free skating at Ricoh Coliseum.
- Story time: Over March Break the Young People’s Theatre has a special story time with their production of Goodnight Moon by Seattle Children’s Theatre. It’s fantastic. Your local option: check out the Toronto Public Library’s free programs at branches across the city.
- Solve a mystery: Lock the kids (or um, family) up in a room and figure out how to get out at Looking Glass Adventures, a kid-friendly escape room experience. Black Creek Pioneer Village has Sherlock Holmes-style activities. Kids are free with adult admission.
- Join the masses: Take your pick. The city’s top family destinations always have something special for March Break. The ROM is enchanted, the AGO goes art + yoga + circus fun, the Ontario Science Centre goes back 10,000 years with Mammoths and Mastadons and the Children’s Discovery Centre, with its ten creative discovery zones, opens its doors every day during March Break.