Your guide to family-friendly events across the city.
It may be the week that all kids look forward to, but for parents, March Break can be a logistical nightmare. From places to enjoy quality family time to activities that will occupy the kids for a few hours, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to keep the break from becoming a breakdown.
- Luckily for everyone, many of Toronto’s tourist destinations recognize this holiday and have planned accordingly. This week, Casa Loma turns into the Imaginary Dream Castle, boasting live theatre shows, crafts, and visits from Sesame Street characters. Similarly, the ROM has curated an Enchanted March Break, full of hands-on activities involving arts and sciences from centuries past. If squealing over fuzzy things is in order, the Toronto Zoo is the place to be with their Oh Baby, It’s March Break programming (you can even meet the cuddly panda cubs beginning Mar. 12). Curious types will get a kick out of nerdy experiments at The Science Centre, Sherlock Holmes mysteries at Black Creek Pioneer Village, and scavenger hunts at Evergreen Brickworks.
- With amusement park season still months away, you can bet that your little daredevils are jonesing for some coaster action. Help quench this with a trip to the Wizard World Fun Park at the Better Living Centre. If you’re all feeling extra brave, explore the alternate universe that is ComiCon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Mar. 18-20.
- If the safety of seated shows are more your pace, check out some of the family-friendly productions throughout the week. Disney on Ice celebrates 100 years of slick-surfaced magic at the Rogers Centre from Mar. 17-20. Fancy Nancy bookends the break with weekend performances at the Lower Ossington Theatre, whereas kids lit fans of all ages will enjoy Munsch Mash at Solar Stage, and Goodnight Moon at Young People’s Theatre. Want to rev things up a bit? Grab some earplugs and head to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Mar. 12.
- Of course, there are also options that won’t break the bank—especially if you have a whole litter to entertain. Indulge in a little culture—and some sweet maple taffy—at the Sugar Beach Sugar Shack, which features authentic Québécois food and entertainment on Mar. 12-13. Return to simpler times and check out the special children’s programming at some of our historic sites, like Fort York, Spadina Museum, Colborne Lodge, or Mackenzie House. Even better—get back to nature and embark on a guided walk through Rouge Valley.
- Unfortunately, not everyone is #blessed enough to get a whole week off work. If you’re in that particular pickle, consider registering the rugrats in a day camp. Keep them active with sports camps by TAC, which have several locations across the city, or Discovery Camp at the High Park Nature Centre. Artsy types will thrive in workshops at TIFF, and the Gardiner Museum, along with week-long family drop-in programming at the AGO. Older kids and teens can pick up new skills in photography classes, or CMU’s makeup camp. If none of those tickle your tyke’s fancy, take a gander at Harbourfront Centre’s wide-ranging list of programs for kids of all ages.
Whatever you do, enjoy the week. It’s only a matter of time before your kids get too cool to hang around with you, anyway.