THE ANNUAL SCHOOL BREAK MEANS THERE ARE MANY CHILD- AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO!
March Break brings many families to Toronto. More specifically, it brings parents who are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained. Whether your charges are tiny tots, school-age kids or tweens and teens, there are myriad ways to keep everyone happy this month.
Frozen, the world’s highest-grossing animated film, is now, fittingly, a rinkside spectacle, as Disney on Ice presents its new song-and-skate show from March 18 to 22. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven the reindeer—with special appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with friends from The Lion King, Finding Nemo and a host of Disney princesses—offer sing-along fun with tunes like “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” “For the First Time Ever,” and, of course, “Let It Go.”
Young People’s Theatre is well respected for presenting both classic and contemporary plays for children; its current season includes an imaginative rendition of Pinocchio from March 3 to 21. Puppetry, music, dance and illusion combine to tell the tale of a wooden doll whose dream of becoming a real boy is riddled with rebellion and shady characters, not to mention a nose that grows each time he tells a lie. An even bigger stage offers children a perfect introduction to dance as the National Ballet of Canada performs Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from March 14 to 29. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon—and featuring wildly colourful sets and costumes—the modern interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic brings to enchanting life a young girl’s encounters with the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and more.
Gaming enthusiasts are treated to a double dose of stimulation with Video Games Live on March 7, and The Legend of Zelda on March 20. The former is an orchestral tour de force with recognizable scores from the likes of Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Warcraft, Final Fantasy and Halo, while the latter mixes images and music spanning the titular gaming franchise’s many titles, including The Wind Waker, A Link to the Past and Twilight Princess, as well as the latest edition, A Link Between Worlds.
Science-fiction fans are also well served. From March 20 to 22, Toronto Comicon brings to town the likes of Scott Wilson of The Walking Dead and Karen Gillan from Guardians of the Galaxy, while on March 21, Trekkies can beam themselves to the Sony Centre for Star Trek with Live Orchestra featuring the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. —Linda Luong