School’s Out, springs a tease and the babes need boredom-busting adventures. Where Toronto offers a dozen ideas to keep the kids—and your entire family—happy during March Break.
By Naya Valdellon
TIPS FOR TWO HOURS
MARCH 3 TO 7 See your favourite Disney characters come to life with Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate!. The magical, action-packed skating party features a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains, a royal ball with princesses like Cinderella and Belle, and a winter wonderland with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
OPENS MARCH 8 Youngsters—and the young at heart—can both enjoy The Monster Under the Bed, presented by Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Penned by Kevin Dyer and directed by Nina Lee Aquino, the comedy dramatizes the fears and fantasies of a young boy named Ben who swaps lives with the scary creature hiding beneath his mattress.
MARCH 17 TO 21 Real high school, with its intrigues and cliques, is no song-and-dance number. But the Disney phenomenon High School Musical 2 makes us remember how fun it could be. A new 70-minute stage version has Troy, Gabriella, Chad and the rest of the gang landing summer jobs and singing original songs from the movie, including “You Are the Music in Me.”
Middle Ages for All Ages
ON NOW Get whisked away to the 11th century as the royal guests of King Philippe and Princess Leonore at Medieval Times. Walk through a majestic castle, feast on a four-course banquet with your bare hands and cheer for your knight in shining armor at an authentic jousting tournament.
Putty in Your Hands
MARCH 14 TO 19 Children can get their hands dirty with fun at the Gardiner Museum. Every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there’s something new to enjoy—from clay and craft workshops to scavenger hunts to a one-day session on March 14 teaching them how to make family trees out of paper and pipe cleaners.
Hunt for Haunts
MARCH 15 TO 17 Anyone eager for excitement should take a trip to Casa Loma for its Ghostly March Break Evenings. For three nights, spirit trackers Michelle Desrochers and Patrick Cross guide participants on an investigative and historical tour of the castle’s grounds. Keep your eyes—and mind—open.
ON NOW Parents and kids can share the same perspective—a rare occurrence!—and enjoy looking down at the city from Canada’s highest public observation deck at the CN Tower. A Total Tower Experience ticket grants access to the Sky Pod, Look Out and Glass Floor, plus a movie and motion-theatre ride.
Puck ‘er Up
ON NOW Aspiring athletes can get their sports fix at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Have photographs taken with the legendary Stanley Cup and enjoy the interactive exhibits at the NHL Zone, which displays uniforms, hockey sticks and other artifacts showing assorted milestones from Canada’s favourite sport.
FUN FOR A FULL DAY
Amble Among Animals
ON NOW Escape to a tropical paradise to greet exotic tigers, camels and the new baby gorilla, Nassir, at the Toronto Zoo. Then grab a hot chocolate and explore the 10-acre Tundra Trek exhibit where children can learn about climate change while gaping at Arctic wolves, reindeer and orphaned polar bears rescued from the wild.
ON NOW Science gets physical at the Ontario Science Centre. In addition to the ongoing exhibits, kids can enjoy the Power Play program from March 13 to 21, with Greg Tarlin and Kristi Heath performing crazy stunts to demonstrate the physics and anatomy behind sports moves. Thrill-seekers can enjoy the river-rafting action of the IMAX film, Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.
ON NOW Plan for a day of discovery at the architectural wonder that is the Royal Ontario Museum. Stare up—way up—at Gordo, a 27-metre long fossil specimen of a Barosaurus that would have weighed up to 15,000 kilograms when it was alive. Visitors can also test their skills at detecting authentic artifacts from clever counterfeits at the Fakes & Forgeries exhibit, or venture inside the newly renovated Bat Cave, a frightful favourite!
MARCH 16 TO 21 Flock to the Rogers Centre for the annual Spring Fling. See the stadium transformed into a family-friendly carnival with an inflatable sports zone, reptile exhibit and 22 fun rides including a ferris wheel, Hang Glider and Pharaoh’s Fury.