Thanks to March Break, this month is loaded with family-friendly events and activities. There’s something for all interests, ages and energy levels, including more than a few activities that we have no doubt you’ll love almost as much as your kids do. Here are a bunch of great events that we think your family will love this month.
9&99: The Howe Gretzky Exhibit
Come celebrate two of the most legendary hockey players who ever hit the ice at this special exhibit that features a range of milestone memorabilia and artifacts.
And only during March Break, the historic net that Gretzky scored his 802nd goal on—causing him to surpass Howe’s record—will be out of its case and ready to for a memorable photo op with your family. Tickets to the Hall start at $14, with kids three and under free, and during March Break, the Hall will be hosting daily giveaways to the first nine and 99 families who visit.
When: Opens March 8
Where: Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge St
Alice’s Adventure In Wonderland
One of the world’s most beloved books is danced to life in this production by the National Ballet of Canada. Described as “Lavish, startling, hilarious and boldly original,” this acclaimed show is designed to capture the attention and imagination of both adults and children. Still, with a total run time of two hours and 45 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission, and ticket prices that start at $45 a seat, this an experience best suited for slightly older kids.
When: March 7-17
Where: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St W
Green Living Show
Now in its 13th year, this event is all about helping out our planet. Its Fun for Eco-Kids zone features hands-on activities for that teach them how they can care for nature, as well as themselves. Past exhibits have included growing a garden, animal interactions and testing riding a scooter. Also on site are plenty of adult-oriented activities, including an electric car test-driving course. There are also tons of tasty food options. Kids 12 and under are free while adult ticket prices start at $14, with several BOGO offers available.
When: March 22-24
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W
Paw Patrol Live – Race to the Rescue
Everyone’s favourite pups are ready for a ruff-ruff rescue in this live theatre event that’s packed with music, movement and more than a few corny jokes. There are six performances to choose from including morning, afternoon and evening ones. Ticket prices vary from $30 to nearly $200 for the VIP package that includes a meet and greet with Ryder and two other Paw Patrol characters. Helpful hint: Skip the souvenir line chaos by packing a pre-purchased Paw Patrol toy that you pull out at just the right moment.
When: March 15- 17
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St W
Royal Ontario Museum
The ROM has a jam-packed lineup scheduled for this March Break. Learn about field camp life from the people who live it, join researchers for story time, touch rocks from the moon and Mars and more. Your family can also check out the museum’s latest exhibits, Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the all-new Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.
When: March 9- 17
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Scarborough Model Railroaders Train Show
Fans of Thomas the Train and friends will adore this event that is all about model trains. It features two floors of model railroads including full-length passenger trains that are packed with authentic details. Many of the displays also feature light and sound effects.
When: March 3, 11am-4pm
Where: Scarborough Model Railroaders Club House, 17 Jeavons Ave
Formerly known as Wizard World, SpringFest transforms the Better Living Centre into a giant indoor play centre. Here your family will find over 25 mechanical and inflatable rides, a petting zoo and multiple live shows. There’s also a tots area for kids under five and plenty of food vendors. An unlimited ride bracelet (which includes admission) runs $26.50 while general admission is $8.85.
When: March 10-17, 10am-6pm
Where: Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, 195 Princes’ Blvd
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This year’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place on March 10 (yes, a full week before the actual holiday) and features dancers, marching bands and a leprechaun or two. The route, which runs east on Bloor down onto Yonge, before turning west onto Queen, takes roughly an hour-and-half to complete. While watching the parade is free, attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for the Daily Bread food bank.
When: March 10, noon
Where: Starts at Bloor and St. George and ends at Nathan Phillips Square
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert
Does your family adore the iconic Star Wars series? Then this musical spin on a beloved film might be perfect for you: Watch The Empire Strikes Back on a huge screen while its classic score is performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This concert/movie experience runs at just over two hours in length, with a 15-minute intermission shortly after the first hour, so this event is best suited for older kids. Ticket prices start at $56.90
When: March 20-23
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival
This sweet event takes places at several GTA conservation areas, with the Kortright Centre being the site closest to Toronto. Come learn both the historic and modern way of harvesting maple syrup before sampling some locally produced syrup. The on-site café lets your family indulge their sweet tooth with such classic sugarbush dishes as pancakes while other activities, including a maze, wagon rides and special animal guests, will keep your kids entertained for hours. Tickets start at $5.75, with kids four and under free.
When: Daily March 11-15; weekends March 9-April 7
Where: Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr, Woodbine
Thomas & Friends Big Adventure March Break at the Toronto Zoo
During March Break, the zoo’s latest guest is none other than Thomas the Train and friends! Stop by the Tidmouth Sheds (aka Special Events Centre) to pick up a passport that’s your child’s guide to a Thomas-themed scavenger hunt. On March 16 and 17, there will be a Thomas Playzone and where special guest Sir Topham Hatt will make an appearance. The first 2,000 kids on those days will also receive a free Thomas & Friends mini-engine. Admission to the zoo starts at $14, with kids two and under free.
When: March 9-17
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd
Toronto Kids Digital Festival
Described as “digitally interactive playground fun for the whole family,” Toronto’s first Kids Digital Festival aims to get kids thinking creatively while using technology. Each day will consist of workshops and interactive exhibitions that cover such areas as augmented reality, robotics and holograms. Ticket prices start at $12 for kids and $15 for adults for single day access.
When: March 12-14
Where: OCAD University, 49 McCaul St
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Four classic Eric Carle books —Brown Bear, Brown Bear; The Very Lonely Firefly; 10 Little Rubber Ducks and of course The Very Hungary Caterpillar —come to life in this colourful play that features 75 magical puppets. Clocking in at a reasonable 50 minutes, this performance is designed for little ones; there’s no “shushing” here! Ticket prices start at around $40 and front-row VIP packages are also available.
When: March 13-17
Where: Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St
Blue Jays Home Opener Weekend
Nothing says spring quite like taking in a ballgame. Celebrate the return of (hopefully) warmer weather by taking the family out to the Blue Jays’ home opener weekend. There are four games to chose from, all against the Detroit Tigers. Have a little one with a nut allergy? Then consider seeing the Jays on Saturday, March 30, during the “peanut/nut reduced game.” The first 15,000 fans at this game will also get a free hoodie. Great seats are still available for all four events, with ticket prices starting as low as $18 before fees.
When: March 28-31
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
March Break at the Art Gallery of Ontario
This March Break, combine your family’s love of art with their love of food at the AGO’s Secret Ingredient exhibit. Running for only nine days, this designed-for-kids presentation, “invites families to construct faux versions of their favourite foods, share recipes, photograph them and set a banquet table with their creations.” You can also check out the gallery’s latest feature exhibit, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and More, where during March Break your kids can build their own planes, trains and automobiles. While admission into the AGO starts at $11 (with kids five and under being free) you can save $10 off a family pass if you buy it online in advance.
When: March 9-17
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W