Fun Things to Do in March in Toronto with Kids

Things to do in March in Toronto with Kids - SavvyMom

Pop quiz Greater Toronto Area parents: Do you know when March break is for elementary school kids? In 2024, it’s March 11 through 15. Now here’s the harder question: How are you going to entertain your family that week? And what about the rest of the month? March in Toronto is kind of strange with unpredictable, often cold or wet weather, and again, so many days to fill! Thankfully, we’re here with a list of over a dozen events and attractions, including several free options, that will keep your family happy and occupied over the month of March. If you need of a Toronto-based spring break camp, check this space next week when we’ll have a list of camps that are offering last-minute spots.

Family Fun Events & Attractions in March in Toronto

Sugar Bush Fun

Various Dates
Various Locations

March is maple syrup season here in Southern Ontario. While there are in-city options (more on that in a moment), this is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the country, while tasting some delicious, locally produced maple syrup. Two popular options are Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Maple Town (2259 Milburough Ln., Campbellville) and Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s Sweetwater Season (3115 Conservation Rd., Milton), both organized by Conservation Halton. Maple Town runs on weekends and holidays, including March break, from Monday March 4 to April 9. Tickets, which start at $8.75 (kids under five are free), get you access to demonstrations, exhibits and even tastings. For additional fees, there are additional activities including a wagon ride, a meet and greet with the park’s feathered friends, and even a pancake breakfast. Sweetwater Season, which runs over the same time period, puts an Indigenous spin on the traditional sugar shack and explores both Indigenous and modern ways of making maple sugar. Access to Crawford Lake starts at $7.25 (kids under five are free), with the maple taffy costing an additional $3.50.

If you want to stay somewhat close to home, check out the Kortright Centre for Conservation’s Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (9550 Pine Valley Dr., Woodbridge). It runs from March 7 to April 9, and offers a pancake meal in addition to the usual sugar bush activities. Tickets start at $7.45 and kids three and under are mm free.

World Wildlife Day at High Park

Saturday March 2
High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr., Toronto

Celebrate World Wildlife Day with the team at High Park. They’ll guide your family on a special walk through Toronto’s largest park where you’ll explore its various ecosystems and learn about the many animals that call High Park home. The event runs from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm and note that because it does involve some uneven and unpaved terrain, this might not be the most stroller-friendly event. But it is a great one for kids who are curious about our natural world. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and pre-registration is required.

Seedy Sunday

Sunday March 3
Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory, 160 Gerrard St. E., Toronto

Get ready for gardening season with the first-ever Seedy Sunday. This kid-friendly event will let you buy and trade seeds, purchase small plants and partake in several practical demonstrates that will help you take your garden to the next level. There will also be special activities just for kids such as seed envelope making. This drop-in event runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and is free to explore.

The National Ballet of Canada Presents Alice’s Adventure In Wonderland

Wednesday March 6 – Sunday March 17
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts,  145 Queen St. W., Toronto

Want to introduce your kids to the beauty of the ballet? Then take them to this kid-friendly production of Alice in Wonderland. This classic story will be told with humour, charm, and of course stunning dancing from the National Ballet of Canada. There will also be gorgeous costumes and sets and even puppets and video projections. The show’s total run time is two hours and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission, and takes place at 2:00 pm or 7:30 pm, depending on the date. Tickets start at $46 a seat.

Puppet Festival Mississauga

Friday March 8 – Friday March 15
Various locations

Featuring “international award-winning puppetry shows, animated films, workshops, exhibits, and interactive activities for children of all ages,” this annual festival is sure to dazzle your family. Scheduled shows include a puppet version of the best-selling comic book series Artic Tall Tales, a heart-warming show about the power of kindness, and a non-verbal one that demonstrates all the amazing things a string can do. Venues vary but include the Maja Prentice Theatre in the Burnhamthorpe Library (3650 Dixie Rd., Mississauga) and Halo Espresso Bar (3024 Hurontario St, Mississauga). Pricing also varies but starts at around $17.

Sugar Shack TO

Saturday March 9 & Sunday March 10
Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Dr., Toronto

Start March Break off on a sweet note at this lakeside event. Enjoy fresh, Ontario maple taffy, learn how maple syrup is made, watch a winter circus lumberjack show and so much more. And don’t worry about the cold, there will be bonfires crackling and even free soup samples to keep your family warm. Entry into the festival is free but be sure to bring some cash or a debit card so that you can buy some delicious maple taffy.

March Break Fun at the Toronto Public Library

Saturday March 9 – Saturday March 16
Various Locations

Toronto’s amazing library system is coming through for families yet again with dozens of March break activities happening at branches all over the city. Make a comic book, watch a puppet show, meet a fire truck, play with a parachute, and some much more. There are even events happening French. But best of all, it’s all free! However, some events do require pre- registration or arriving early to claim a ticket/spot so be sure to read the details carefully.

Spring Fest TO

Saturday March 9 – Sunday March 17
Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan Rd., Markham

Spice up your March Break with an outing to the Markham Fair Grounds where your family can amuse themselves with carnival rides, games, and all kinds of tasty food. There will also be lots of entertainment including an interactive dance party, the Birds of Prey animal presentation and an all-new dinosaur experience that will let your little ones get up and close with prehistoric giants. Tickets, which include access to unlimited rides, start at $27.50 for kids ages two to 15. Kids under two are free and there is a family pack available for around $80 (before taxes and fees )that covers two adults and two kids. There is also ample, free parking.

Maple Syrup at the Village

Monday March 11 – Friday March 15
Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy., Toronto

Here’s another option for families that want to celebrate maple syrup season. “Join in all manner of maple merriment, including sappy storytelling and a lively sugar shack party” at Toronto’s historical village. Black Creek’s usual farm animals and actors will be on hand to liven up the experience. There’s also an optional maple-themed meal that includes such choices as pancakes, poutine, and a maple bacon BLT. The entry fee starts at $19.80, and kids under three are free.

March Break at the Bata Shoe Museum

Monday March 11 – Sunday March 17
327 Bloor St. W, Toronto

A museum dedicated to shoes might at first sound like an odd place to visit over March break but the team at the Bata Shoe Museum has put together a series of activities that will entertain your kids, and even educate them a bit. Besides checking out the museum’s extensive collection, your family can participate in various self-guided crafts, try on different kinds of shoes, and play Wheel of Footwear, “a Wheel of Fortune-style gameshow fun for any age.” Each day also includes a movie screening at 11:00 am. Admission into the museum starts at $5

Lumière: The Art of Light

Tuesday March 12 – Saturday April 20
Trillium Park, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto

Ontario Place’s Lumière: The Art of Light festival returns with several brilliant and creative displays of lights. This year’s curatorial theme is “Connections,” and it promises to be a great reason to pop down to Lake Ontario and explore Trillium Park starting at dusk on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission to the festival is free.

Harlem Globetrotters

Friday March 15 @ the Tribute Communities Centre, 99 Athol St. E., Oshawa
Saturday March 16 @ Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Pl., Mississauga

Basketball-loving kids will be amazed at the tricks and athleticism of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters as they take on their rivals the Washington Generals. There’s also plenty of laughs that help to create a show that will entertain even those of us who aren’t so big into sports. After the game, all fans are invited down to the court to meet and get autographs from the players. Note that while the Oshawa show takes place at 7:00 pm, the Mississauga game is at 2:00 pm. The lowest-priced tickets for either game start at $25, but several premium upgrades are available at an additional cost.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday March 17
Starts near St. George subway station

Before you partake in some green beer, take the kids downtown and enjoy the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. It kicks off at noon at Bloor and St. George Street, heads east on Bloor until it turns south on Yonge and wraps up at Dundas Street (note that this is a shorter distance than last year’s event). The parade features musicians, dancers, entertainers, and plenty of free

Magic Show with WonderPhil

Saturday March 23 & Sunday March 24
Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Ave., Toronto

Toronto’s favourite family-friendly magician is back to wow your family with his impressive bag of tricks and illusions. And as always, WonderPhil will bring plenty of humour into his show, along with, perhaps, a visit from his special parrot friend, Ha-Ha. The performance runs for 50 minutes and with showtimes at 10:00 am, noon and 3:00 pm, you’re sure to find something that works for your family. Tickets start at $20.99.


1 Comment

  1. Sheilagh Rennie on March 8, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Lindsay!
    Tanger Outlets Cookstown will be having FREE March Break events.

    Monday, March 14- Reptile Zoo at 11 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2 PM
    Tuesday, March 15- Science Camp at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, and 2 PM
    Wednesday, March 16- Magic Show at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 1 PM
    Thursday, March 17- St. Patrick’s Day party all day long!
    Friday, March 18- Reptile Zoo at 11 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2 PM.
    Visiit for more details.
    Participants are required to check-in at Shopper Services on the day of the event to receive an entry ticket.
    Tickets will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and masks are mandatory for all participants ages 2+.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at (705)458-1371 x 52123 or via email [email protected].

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