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March Break family activities across Toronto & GTA

Wondering how to keep the kids busy over the March Break? We’ve compiled a wide-ranging list of activities, from enjoying the great outdoors through skating, skiing or maple syrup festivals, to day camps and art workshops.

Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM is offering a March Break camp for kids ages five to 16. Both half-day and full-day programs are available. Extended care is also available.

Kids will get the chance to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at the museum, learn about fossils, dinosaurs, play in the Medieval Fair, and help build a Lego Maya pyramid.

Pre-registration is required and some programs have already sold out. Prices start at $155 per child.

Click here for more information.

Art Gallery of Ontario

The AGO is offering a March Break Art Camp for Kids that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 – 15 for kids between the ages of six and 13. Extended care is available.

Kids will get a chance to use recycled objects to build miniature cities and there will also be painting, printmaking and other art forms.

Tickets are $325 for non members and $265 for members.

Click here for more information.

The Ontario Science Centre

The theme for this year’s March Break camp is adventure on the high seas. The science centre is offering programming for kids between the ages of five and 12 between March 11 and 15. Extended care is available.

Everything landlubbers need to know about life in and on the ocean will be offered, including map-making workshops, demonstrations of sonar techniques, a look at mythical sea monsters and a glimpse into life on a pirate ship.

The camp costs $300 for non members and $275 or members.

Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.

Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library is offering a wide array of programming for young kids, teens and families between March 9 and 16th.

Programming includes story-telling, magic shows, movies, and puppet shows, for the younger kids. Programming for teens includes writing, anime and gaming workshops.

Click here to see what activities your local branch is offering.

Toronto museum programs

The city of Toronto is offering several March Break drop-in activities at city-run museums and historic sites. These programs includes tours, crafts, games and live demonstrations.

Pre-registration is required. Ticket prices vary.

Click here for more information.

Young People’s Theatre (YPT)

Does your kid have a dramatic flare? Why not help them foster that talent at a March Break drama camp.

Young People’s Theatre is offering classes between March 11 and 15th for kids from junior kindergarten to Grade 6.

The week of fun culminates with a live performance of The Cat Came Back, starring Fred Penner.

Pre-registration is required and tickets are $180 for JK to Grade 2, and $360 for Grades 3 to 6.

Click here for more information.

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Spend a day at Black Creek Pioneer Village for its Sherlock Holmes and the Clockmaker Mystery activities.

Kids get to use their investigative skills to help the famous detective find the missing clockmaker by searching around the buildings of the historic site. There will also be free rides on horse-drawn carriages, a puppet show, and a family tea time.

Tickets start at $11.

Click here for more information.

TIFF Bell Lightbox

The downtown theatre is hosting free screenings March 16 and 17 of family-friendly movies.

Click here for more information.

The hot spot in Toronto’s film scene is also offering activities for kids between the ages of nine and 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11-15.

Superhero Mockumentary (ages nine to 12): Kids will develop their own superheroes, develop their story and then shoot a short film collaboratively with guest filmmakers.

Maker/Creator workshop (ages 12 to 16): Kids will get the chance to learn about various film-making technologies to create their own short documentary. Each camper will receive a copy of their creation.

Pre-registration is required and costs $310.

Wizard World Fun Park

This massive indoor fun park at the Better Living Centre on the C.N.E. grounds offers plenty of activities to keep kids busy over the break, including rides, animals, arts and crafts and live performances.

The indoor park operates between March 10 and March 16 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Kids under 2 are free. Tickets are $8.75. Family packs are available for $60 for two admissions with unlimited ride bracelets and two walk-in admissions; and $88 for four admissions with unlimited ride bracelets.

Click here for more information.

Burlington Mall (Guelph Line and Fairview Street)

Uccello Art Camp, March 11-13

Kids will get the chance to learn how to make paper puppets, masks and cartoon drawings. The workshop runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Free.

Dora and Diego March 14 – 16

The popular children’s entertainment characters will make appearances at the mall Thursday, Friday and Saturday to help kids with Dora and Diego-themed crafts and games. There will also be popcorn. Free.

Click here for more information.

Habourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre is offering various March Break day camps for kids between the ages of three and 15 and include a wide array of activities, including dance, baking, art, fashion, architecture, and dungeons and dragons.

Costs range from $220 to $335. Pre-registration is required.

Click here for more information.

Maple syrup festivals

The Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is hosting maple syrup festivals at the Kortright Conservation Centre in Woodbridge and Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville.

Maple Syrup making demonstrations, walks and horse-drawn buggy rides happen March 11-15. Other activities include face painting, pony rides, and magic shows.

The festivities run daily between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Click here for more information.

The Riverwood Conservancy (Mississauga)

Enjoy the great outdoors during your time off work and school by taking part in free weeklong activities at Riverwood, where you can learn more about local animals including deer and more than 165 species of birds.

Programming runs March 11-14 and pre-registration is required.

Click here for more information.

The Shops at Don Mills

The shopping centre at Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue is offering several activities over the March Break, including rides on a miniature train, children’s yoga, face painting, balloon animal making workshops and more.

Activities run between Sunday, March 9 and March 16.

Click here for more information.

Municipal day camps & other activities

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Click here for day camps in Vaughan.

Click here for day camps in Markham

Click here for day camps in Oshawa

Live Entertainment

Disney On Ice

Some of Disney’s most famous characters will hit the ice at Rogers Centre between March 13 and 17 in Rockin’ Ever After.

There are afternoon and evening performances.

Click here for ticket information.

Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

The full cast of the cartoon favourite, including Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred, and Scooby, take over the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The show promised “wacky new characters, fantastic songs and outrageous antics.”

There are four performances over two days on March 15 and 16. Tickets start at $25.

Click here for more information.

Potted Potter and The Bernstein Bears at the Living Arts Centre (Mississauga)

The bear family of television cartoon fame starts in the musical Family Matters, running March 12 and 13. And a live re-telling of all seven books in the Harry Potter series called Potted Potter runs from March 12 to 14.

Click here for more information.

Judy & David’s Pigmania

The longtime children’s entertainers are bringing their pig-themed performances to the Markham theatre for two shows on March 13. Tickets start at $29.

Click here for more information.

Skating

Toronto

Mississauga

Brampton

Oakville

Vaughan

Richmond Hill

Markham

Oshawa

Skiing

Click here for details on skiing at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park in Toronto.

Snowpass

This is the 16th season for the Canadian Ski Council’s Snowpass program, which lets Grades 4 and 5 students lets you ski and ride three times at each participating ski area.

Click here for more details.