Toronto March Break Planner 2015: 44 Fun Ideas for March Break

Family Fun

March Break is fast approaching. Don’t have a March Break camp booked or the entire week mapped out? No problem!

Our planner is your go-to guide to March Break in Toronto, with the best in fun activities and ideas for kids of all ages.

 

Museums and History

Drop-In Family Fun at the AGO

Jean-Michel Basquiat is the inspiration for March Break at the AGO! Drop-in for beat-box and dance performances and a double-Dutch jump-rope show, create your own graffiti tags, see kid-friendly films, participate in little-tot crafting times and storytelling, and more.

March Break Drop-In Family Fun at the AGO, March 14–22 (10 am–4 pm)

March Break at the ROM: “Futurology”

Visit during the day for technology- and adventure-related drop-in fun like hands-on engineering activities, Google virtual reality exploration, the opportunity to touch a space rock, and games in the ROM arcade. Contests all week for ROM Sleepovers and more. Extended discounted evening hours (after 4:30 pm) are in effect during March Break.

March Break at the ROM, March 14–22 (11 am–4 pm)

Bata Shoe Museum Fun and Games

Play carnival games, do the obstacle course, and play hopscotch, Twister, Minecraft and more fun games all week long.

March Break at Bata Shoe Museum, March 14–22 (10 am–4 pm)

March Break at Ontario Science Centre

Hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Tour the exhibit “Brain: The Inside Story,” go on a safari with live reptiles, and see IMAX films, “cool science” demonstrations, and planetarium shows. Open 10 am to 6 pm.

March Break at the Ontario Science Centre, March 14–22

March Break at Spadina Museum

Drop-in crafts, games, and hands-on activities are scheduled for March Break week at Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens.

March Break at Spadina Museum, March 14–22

Mini MOCCA Art Workshop

Make your own sketchbook at this workshop, one in a new ongoing series for kids ages.

Mini MOCCA, March 22 (9–11 am)

March Break at Hockey Hall of Fame

Families get discounted admission March 13–22 at the Hockey Hall of Fame and hours are extended for March Break week. You must print the coupon to get the deal.

March Break at Hockey Hall of Fame, March 13–22.

King’s Court at Casa Loma

Play knight, prince, or princess at Toronto’s only castle, with activities including interactive medieval theatre, a Hero’s quest challenge, and themed games, puzzles, crafts and more. Cinderella makes a guest appearance!

King’s Court at Casa Loma, March 14–22

March Break Mystery Fun

Black Creek Pioneer Village opens to families for a Sherlock Holmes mystery adventure. Kids find clues and make disguises to track the thieves and solve a crime. Activities in every building on site; and horse-drawn carriage rides are in effect.

March Break at Black Creek Pioneer Village, March 16–22

Expos and Fun Parks

Toronto ComiCon

Nerds welcome! This is the event of the season for fans of science fiction, gaming, comics, anime, fantasy, and horror. Meet and hear from comic-book designers, actors from popular TV shows, and sci-fi authors. Learn how to make a Dalek and see Storm Troopers in action.

Toronto ComiCon, March 20–22

Wizard World Fun Park

Wizard World is an indoor fun fair extravaganza for kids, with stage shows, carnival rides—including a mini-coaster and bumper cars—inflatable jousting and inflatable Kidz Gym, pony rides, petting zoo, and a little tots area for kids under five.

Wizard World Fun Park, March 15–22

March Madness at Fantasy Fair

During March Break week at Fantasy Fair play centre, special events take place each afternoon: clown shows, circus acts, magicians, a live reptile show and more. (Check schedule for details.) All day, kids can play on the huge climbing gym with tube slides, ride the carousel, bumper cars, Ferris wheel and other attractions for tots.

Fantasy Fair March Madness, March 16–20

Farms, Zoos, Nature Centres, and Parks

March Break at the Zoo

During March Break, help Toronto Zoo staff build animal enrichment items (daily 10 am–2 pm) for the giant pandas, clouded leopards, polar bears, saki monkeys, and more. See the full schedule online. Take shelter on cold days exploring the zoo’s indoor tropical pavilions.

March Break at the Zoo, March 14–22

March Break at Evergreen Brick Works

March Break drop-in activities take place all week at Evergreen Brick Works: make a paper mâché boat, explore nature, go ice-skating, do the scavenger hunt, make clay art, and paint on canvas.

March Break at Evergreen Brick Works, March 16–20

Maple Syrup Festivals and Farms

Check out 9 maple syrup festivals and farms with special March Break events in the GTA.

March Break Nature Hikes at Rouge Park

Guided nature walks take place every weekend at Rouge Park, but during March Break week they are scheduled all week, too. Explore the trails and look for signs of spring. Walks have minimum ages (ranging from 4 to 12), so check the schedule.

Rouge Park nature hikes, March 15–22 (and ongoing)

Family Drop-In at Colborne Lodge

Stop by High Park’s Colborne Lodge for crafts and activities for ages 3 and up. If the weather cooperates, combine it with a zoo to the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and the High Park Zoo.

Family Drop-In at Colborne Lodge, March 14–20 (12:30–4)

Skiing and Snowboarding

Plenty of ski areas have extended hours during March Break and special deals, like the two-for-one package at Scenic Caves in Collingwood. See our favourite cross-country ski areas and check out downhill ski areas in the GTA.

Ice Skating

You can’t walk a few blocks in Toronto without finding a skating rink. Check your local community centre for a rink nearby, or try one of these 8 great family ice-skating rinks in Toronto.

Libraries and Historic Sites

Toronto Public Library March Break Programs

Free March Break programs are scheduled for branches throughout the GTA. Some examples of what’s on: movies, puppet shows, craft workshops, and drumming circles. Check local branches for programs and times.

Toronto Public Library March Break Programs, times vary by branch

March Break at Ontario’s Legislative Building

Free activities for kids ages 6–10. Dress in parliamentary staff robes, do a scavenger hunt through the historic building, and participate in crafts.

March Break at Ontario’s Legislative Building, March 16–20 (10 am–noon)

March Break at Fort York

Looking for a day of adventure during March Break? Just bring your family down to Fort York National Historic Site! At the authentic War of 1812 fort, children will have fun trying soldiers’ drill classes, officers’ sword drill, and dressing up in costumes. Sample treats from the 1826 historic kitchen pick up a Kids’ Guide to Fort York and have fun finding clues to complete games and puzzles throughout your tour.

March Break at Fort York, March 16–20

Theatre, Film, and Shows

TIFF March Break Programming

Combo tickets to the March Break Disney Classics series at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the phenomenally fun digiPlaySpace interactive exhibit offer savings. 

TIFF Walt Disney Classics

See your favourite childhood movies again on the big screen with the kiddos. TIFF is showing 10 Disney classics during March Break, including Dumbo, The Little Mermaid, and Tron.

TIFF Walt Disney Classics, March 14–20

TIFF digiPlaySpace

This interactive exhibit for kids is in its fourth year at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Kids can explore two-dozen hands-on installations, including the Build-a-Bot lab, a green-screen activity, a pop-and-lock dance machine, a soundlab for creating your own musical instruments, and the Kids APPcade, with more than 30 carefully selected creative and educational apps for kids.

TIFF digiPlaySpace, March 7–April 19

Big Bad Wolf vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker

The Second City presents a comedic take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale, recommended for ages 4–12.

Big Bad Wolf vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker, March 16–22

Memorable Munsch

Popular Robert Munsch tales like Alligator Baby and Andrew’s Loose Tooth are brought to life at Solar Stage. For ages 3–10. Extra performances during March Break.

Memorable Munsch, March 7–29

Pinocchio

See an inventive take on this children’s classic at the Young People’s Theatre, and—free with your ticket—attend the March Break Puppet Lab (Mar. 16–20, 12:30–1:30 pm; pre-register) to learn puppet-making from the pros and take part in a scavenger hunt, with a chance to win prizes.

Pinocchio, March 3–21

National Ballet of Canada’s Alice in Wonderland

The perfect way to introduce kids to the ballet, this colourful performance stars the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and other beloved characters from the classic Lewis Carroll tale.

Alice in Wonderland, March 14–29

Dinosaur Train Live!

For one day only, Dinosaur Train Live! brings the popular Jim Henson TV show characters to the stage in Toronto for Buddy’s Big Aventure, a fun, interactive show that will have kids dancing in the aisles.

Dinosaur Train Live!, March 18

Hairspray

Opening as March Break winds down, the camp-tastic Tony-award-winning musical Hairspray, about a spunky plus-size teen in 1950s-era Baltimore.

Hairspray, March 21–April 12

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.

A great event to look forward to as March Break ends: The classic tale set for stage with songs from the Disney animated movie as well as new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., March 21–April 12

Disney on Ice

Two shows take place in the GTA during March Break: Frozen in Toronto and Passports to Adventure, in Hamilton.

Disney on Ice Presents: Frozen

See Elsa, Anna, and friends glide across the ice and sing along to “Let It Go” and other hits from the movie in this frozen Frozen spectacular hosted by Mickey and Minnie and with guest appearances by characters from other Disney movies.

Disney on Ice Presents: Frozen, March 18–22

Disney on Ice Presents: Passports to Adventure

See characters from favourite Disney movies such as The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid, with appearances by Mickey, Minnie, and Donald Duck, too, in this spectacular performance on ice.

Disney on Ice Presents: Passports to Adventure, March 19–22

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