Fun Things to Do in March in Toronto with Kids

Things to Do in March in Toronto - SavvyMom

Pop quiz: When is your kid’s March Break? If your child attends public or Catholic school in Toronto, Peel, York, or Durham, it’s from March 14 until March 18. Now, the next question, how are you going to entertain your kid that week, or the rest of March in Toronto?

We have your answers to that question below, where we round up a dozen events and attractions that we think will keep you and your kid busy. And while there is an emphasis on things to do over March Break, we’ve tried to cover the whole month.

If you’re curious about March Break camps, we have a list of Toronto March Break camps that you can still squeeze your kid into.

Important note: Even though COVID-related capacity limits were lifted earlier in February, some attractions may not yet be back to normal. Staffing continues to be an issue and COVID is still with us. But fingers crossed that case numbers continue to decline and that everyone has a safe, and fun, March.

Things to Do in March in Toronto with Kids

Get Your Kid a COVID-19 Booster

Clinics Around Ontario
All month long

February’s flood of COVID-related news meant that it was easy to miss this important development: Ontario kids age 12 to 17 are now eligible for a booster shot, so long as it’s been at least six months since the child’s second dose. While a booster isn’t mandatory to access certain services, science says it’s an important step in the fight against COVID-19.

Sugar Bush Season

Across Ontario
Dates Vary

It’s one of the sweetest times of year: Sugar bush season. SavvyMom has a more detailed list of Southern Ontario maple syrup farms and festivals, but here we want to highlight a couple of maple-focused events that are always popular with families.

First up is Brooks Farm’s annual Maplefest, which starts March 5. For around $15 per person, your family can take a train to the farm’s sugar bush, where you’ll learn all about maple syrup creation. Your family will also have access to Playland, which features animals and playgrounds, and can even add on a pancake breakfast for an additional cost.

Conservation Halton’s Maple Town also kicks off on March 5, at the Mountsberg Conservation Area near Campbellville. Tickets start at $8.50 and will get your family access to the park’s sugar bush where you can take a guided tour and purchase a pancake breakfast and other maple-themed and floured treats.

Turning Red

Disney+
Debuts March 11

Toronto is the setting for Pixar’s latest film, about a girl named Mel who struggles with being an obedient daughter and with a massive, and furry, secret. While your family watches Mel’s journey, keep an eye out for such familiar landmarks as Chinatown and of course the CN Tower. Though Turning Red was developed for the big screen by Chinese-Canadian director Domee Shi, it is now being released exclusively on Disney+, which runs $11.99 a month. Check out what else is streaming for families in Canada for March Break here.

City of Toronto Spring Programming Registration

Online
March 5 & 7

Less a family activity and more a stressful (but brief) event for parents, the City of Toronto’s registration date for its spring programming is something Toronto parents may want to pop into their calendars. Registration is at 7am sharp on March 5 if you’re in Scarborough or Etobicoke York and March 7 if you’re in Toronto proper, North York, or East York. If you’re new
to the system, make sure to create your online account prior to March 5 or 7. Popular classes, such as weekend swimming lessons, go fast so be prepared by having your family and client numbers, as well as the seven-digit ID numbers for all the
programs your family is interested, somewhere that you can quick cut and paste from. Good luck!

Nature Hike at Tommy Thompson Park

Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie St., Toronto
March 5 & March 19

Give the kids a taste of nature in March in Toronto without ever having to leave the city with a guided nature walk down in Tommy Thompson Park. Organized by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, these hikes will be led by an experienced naturalist who will teach you about the park’s native and invasive residents, as well as give you plenty of opportunities to just soak in, “the sights, sounds and therapeutic benefits of nature.” While this is considered an easy walk, the distance is about 3 kilometres, so it’s recommended for kids aged seven and up. The hikes are free to participate in, but advance registration is required.

Bridges Festival

Various venues & online
March 12-14

Whimsical puppet shows, and animations are the focus of Mississauga’s Bridges Festival. This year, 17 short animated films are available for viewing in the comfort of your own home. These films have been, “…curated based on artistic merit, innovation and creativity, and suitability for family audiences.” For $40, your family can purchase a pass that will allow
you to watch all 17 films. Bridges also features a virtual, interactive puppet show that will have kids exploring their own home, and three, kid-friendly in-person puppet shows that will all be staged in Mississauga. Tickets for the in-person events start at around $17.

Dinosaur Drive-Thru

425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener
March 11-April 3

This one’s a little further than our usual March in Toronto roundup items but hey, it’s spring break, why not take a road trip out to Bingemans in Kitchener? There your family will find over a dozen realistic dinosaurs, some as tall as thirty feet. The drive-thrutakes about 20 minutes, allowing you plenty of time to check out Bingemans’ other attractions, including a bowling alley and the region’s biggest indoor playground. Tickets for the Dinosaur Drive-Thru are sold on a per car basis and pricing can be as low as $25 per car, depending on your selected date and time.

Fireside Munsch

Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Ave., Studio 176, Toronto
March 12-14 & March 19-20

The always popular Fireside Munsch show is back for two performance-packed weekends. This time around this “wacky storytelling play” showcases these four Robert Munsch books: Seeing Red, The Sandcastle Contest, Give Me Back My Dad! and Smelly Socks. These shows are suitable for all ages, and we’re told that even adults will enjoy them. Tickets start at around $25 and these performances likely will sell out so if you want in on the fun, book your tickets ASAP.

March Break at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd., Toronto
March 12 to 20

To be clear, the Toronto Zoo is open for all of March however, during March Break, it’s offering a few extras, starting with longer hours. During March Break, the zoo will be open until 6pm (last admission at 5pm), which is an extra 90 minutes of animal watching time. The zoo continues its Year of the Tiger celebrations with appearances by its new tiger mascot, a new
game, special limited-edition tiger-themed merch, and snack items. Zoo admission starts at $13.50, with parking being $14, and timed tickets must be purchased in advance unless you have a membership.

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party

First Ontario Centre, 101 York Blvd., Hamilton
March 17 to 20

While the Toronto visit by the talented skaters of Disney on Ice has been pushed back to the fall, the Hamilton shows are still going ahead. Watch Mickey, Minnie, and many other beloved Disney characters as they embark on a new adventure involving Captain Hook’s treasure map and the search for Tinker Bell. Just a few of the characters you can expect to see include Buzz Lightyear, Moana, and yes, Elsa. Morning, afternoon, and evening shows are available, and tickets start as low as around $28 per seat.

March Breakout to the Hall

Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto
March 12 – 20

Got a hockey-obsessed kid in your household? Then consider a trip downtown to the Hockey Hall of Fame. With 65,000 square feet of hockey-related artifacts, information, and even interactive games and displays, the Hall will entertain even those family members who maybe aren’t so into Canada’s national sport (shhh, don’t take our passports away). There’s even the opportunity to take a picture with a genuine Canadian celebrity: The Stanley Cup. Tickets start at $15, with kids three and under being free. The Hockey Hall of Fame is offering several March promotions, including staycation packages with local hotels.

NERF Challenge

Square ONE, 199 Rathburn Rd. W, Mississauga
Opens March 18

The details on this new attraction haven’t been finalized yet but we just had to include it because it sounds so cool. Calling itself “the ultimate NERF playground,” this event promises real-life NERF-powered action. Participants will receive, “…unlimited access to battle zones, sports activities, obstacle courses, and more action-packed play.” Pricing for the NERF
Challenge hasn’t been released yet but the US version had players pay $5 per play pass. To get the latest details once they are released, be sure to register.

Splash ‘N Boots

The Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln., Brampton
March 15

JUNO-awarding children’s entertainers will have the whole family dancing, smiling, and singing along to the duo’s original music. Splash ‘N Boots’ performance is suitable for guests of all ages and is scheduled at the kid-friendly time of 2pm. Tickets for assigned seating show starts at $24 a person.

SpringFest

Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan Rd., Markham
March 12-20

After taking a two-year break, this indoor collection of rides, games and tasty treats is back and has a new home: The Markham Fairgrounds. There will also be lots of entertainment including an interactive dance party, the Birds of Prey animal presentation and life-size dinosaurs that will let your little ones get up and close with prehistoric giants. Tickets start at around $20. Kids under two are free and there is a family pack available for around $90 that covers two adults and two kids. There is also ample, free parking.

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