Emergency March Break Guide
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Emergency March Break Guide

A rapid roundup of things to occupy your family's time for the rest of the week off.

Photo by Eric Robinson from the Toronto Flickr Pool

Photo by Eric Robinson from the Toronto Flickr Pool.

Every year, March Break sneaks up on us. One minute it’s the dead of winter, and the next it’s the end of the first cabin-feverish day off. The kids are screaming and so are your wits!

What to do, you ask? Take a deep breath, and let your friends at Torontoist do the heavy lifting with this semi-comprehensive list.

Toronto Public Library March Break events
Various times and locations

There’s no better deal in the city than the Toronto Public Library. Over March Break, branches across town are hosting a variety of different activities for various interests and age groups, like this intro to cartooning led Matthew Dimuantes. Whether you want to be the next Seth or Kate Beaton, or telling stories through drawing is just lots of fun, it’s a good place to start.

Lego Star Wars Miniland
LegoLand Discovery Centre (1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan)
Tickets begin at $17; pre-purchase tickets here to guarantee entry

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is not a particularly good movie. But what is always great is Lego, and so an Attack of the Clones–themed exhibit at the Lego Discovery Centre is still worth seeing. Plus, even though it’s bad Star Wars, it’s still Star Wars, so there’s that.

The Second City presents Big Bad Wolf vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker
The Second City Theatre (51 Mercer St)
Matinees March 16th – March 20th, at 1:30pm; Saturday March 21st, at 12pm; Sunday March 22nd, at 12pm
Tickets $14.00; family 4-packs $45.00

The Big Bad Wolf is the unlikely hero in this hilarious re-imagining of the fairy-tale classic that will entertain kids aged 4-12 but, maybe just as importantly, keep parents and caregivers amused too.

Playground Paradise at Flemington
Flemington Community Centre (150 Grenoble Drive)
March 16, 18, and 20: 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; March 17 and 19: 10 a.m. to noon
$2.50 per child

Does your kid have lots of energy that isn’t cured by Netflix? Maybe they like colourful foam things? Then Flemingdon’s Playground Paradise is for you. The elaborate two-storey play structure lives up to its name with spiral slides and a cargo elevator. And it’s only $2.50 per child.

Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park)
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free with museum admission ($13 for children 4-14, $16 for adults, $14.50 for students and seniors)

Whether your kid’s a budding urban futurist, a space obsessive, or really into whales, the ROM’s Futurology drop-in program has something to tickle their fancy. Best of all, the art, culture, science, and technology free-for-all is suitable for kids of all ages. Not too shabby!

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Rouge Park (Various starting point locations; see site for details)
Various times

Choose from one of a few guided walks through Toronto’s urban national park to poke through nature and anticipate the season change that’s finally, for absolute real, under way.