Can you believe that March break is just around the corner! If you are a parent and there are no plans for a big trip down south somewhere, you know the days can feel long for the kids (and you) if there are no plans to expend that pent up energy. Before the week creeps up on you, we’ve rounded up some activities happening that week to help you get started with ideas.
What to do around Toronto and the GTA this March Break:
1. City Day Camps
If you can’t take the time off work, there are a number of camps you can sign your kids up for over March break! Check out your city parks and rec website to find camps available in your area. From gymnastics to roller skating, art, dance, cooking, and even math and science, there’s camps for all interests! Here are some links: Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Halton Hills, Caledon
2. March Break at PAMA (The Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives)
Over the March break, PAMA is offering a week of art and science fun. The week kicks off with a science theme where your children can mix and create their very own slime monster. Special guests like children’s musician Rob Joy will entertain kids with the insect world, and Captain Corbin will be bringing boatloads of pirate themed fun. There also be a day to explore and learn about the impossible possibilities of bubbles! Click the link above to see which activities to pre-register for. Family fun drop-in activities each day from 10 am to 3 pm, and pricing is approximately $2 plus admission.
3. March Break at Ontario Science Center
The Ontario Science Center is always a great option to explore with its numerous experiences and exhibits, like The Energy Show, and IMAX®films like Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation and Superpower Dogs. As an option, you can sign your kids between the ages of 5-12 for their Mach Break Camp. The theme is Superhero Science, runs Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm. What kid wouldn’t be interested in bending light, battling magnetic forces and defying gravity!
4. Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO is hosting all week family friendly events in their beautiful space. Their website describes it as “Nine days of art and illusion!” With an exhibition entitled Illusions: The Art of Magic; an immersive artmaking adventure in Walker Court; and an opportunity to show off some tricks on the March Break Magic stage. All ages are sure to find activities perfect for them!
5. Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival
Always a sweet memory maker! The annual Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival is a must do for families. Running between March 14th to the 22nd this March. Got some early risers who don’t sleep in when they can? Well head over for 9:30 am and get the activities started. Enjoy a guided tour and learn how to tap maple trees and make maple syrup and maple sugar. Then hop on a wagon ride that will take you to a heated pancake house to enjoy hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages!
6. Young People’s Theatre’s The Jungle Book
YPT is the oldest professional theatre company in Toronto and presents a variety of productions geared to young audiences. Running from February 13th and throughout the March break is the YPT’s ‘inventive and timely take on the classic’, The Jungle Book. Geared for kids in SK to Grade 6, this immersive multimedia adaptation is sure to be a show your kids will remember for a long time. Running daily March 17-19th at 11 am and 2pm, 11 am on the 20th, and 2:30 pm on the 21st.
7. National Home Show
Have some Spring and Summer projects in mind for the house? Repairs or renovations to tackle this year? The National Home Show is running once again at the Enercare Centre from March 13 to 22, which always conveniently overlaps March break! The show is the largest display of innovative products, new ideas and amazing deals for everything home and garden. With over hundreds of retailers and industry experts, you’re sure to get amazing tips and information. Don’t forget to check out the Canada Blooms Show while you’re there.
Do you have more time? Are you up for more adventure? With the wonderful winter season we had this year, keep in mind a short drive away lands you in skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing haven. Indoor waterparks are within a 1-1.5 hour drive from Toronto. So, there’s no need to be stumped this March Break! Take these ideas and plan to make these days truly count.