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Staff Picks: 10 Best Bets for March Break

The Royal Ontario Museum is always a popular venue during March Break (photo by Michele Nastasi)

The kids’ annual spring holiday week is just around the corner. If you’re still wondering how to keep them occupied, well, wonder no more. There’s lots of family fun to be had right here in Toronto. Check out our 10 picks for cool—and often educational—activities after the jump!

Bata Shoe Museum
MARCH 12 Summon up a little magic this March Break at the Bata Shoe Museum. The tricks begin at 10 a.m. with a special magic show performed by Toronto “Magic Guy” Phil Pivnick. Or look for the “Wandering Magician” every day of March Break between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Can You See in the Dark?
MARCH 10 TO 18 The National Film Board of Canada offers a unique March Break option with its “Can You See in the Dark?” programming. Here, kids and accompanying adults visit activity stations that test their abilities to see—without using their eyes. Then enjoy a screening of the animated film Private Eyes, which inspired the week’s fun.

Casa Loma
MARCH 9, 15 & 16 Guests are in for some thrills at Casa Loma, when the Toronto landmark offers bone-chilling evening of ghost tracking. The spooky exploration starts with a 45-minute information session, followed by an investigative tour of the building and the opportunity to share your experiences with fellow spirit seekers.

Cinderella and Peter Pan
MARCH 13 TO 17 Head off to the Toronto Centre for the Arts to see Dufflebag Theatre’s adaptations of two timeless tales on stage. Choose from the story of Cinderella and her fairy godmother, or fly to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys. Or slip away to fantasy land with both magical stagings.

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream
MARCH 14 TO 18 Three of Disney’s darling princesses (and their gallant princes) glide onto the rink in this magical production at Rogers Centre. Adventure through the forest with Rapunzel and Flynn, boogie in the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, and swoon as Prince Charming brings Cinderella her glass slipper in this happily-ever-after extravaganza.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
ALL WEEK LONG! Take a trip back in time and delve into the era of wizards, knights and damsels in distress with the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Enjoy a two-hour jousting tournament with awe-inspiring horsemanship and indulge in a four-course meal fit for a king.

Ontario Science Centre
ALL WEEK LONG! Take a break from traditional school and learn something new at the Ontario Science Centre.  Check out artist, engineer and all-around genius Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop, where you can see exclusive models of his inventions. Or satisfy your inner pooch-lover with performance and education sessions by the SuperDogs.

Royal Ontario Museum
ALL WEEK LONG! Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? And who doesn’t love babies? The ROM has the best of both worlds this March Break in its Dinosaur Eggs and Babies exhibition, where guests can see real fossils and learn how these reptiles grew from little eggs to, in some cases, enormous adults. Elsewhere at the museum, ROMKids programming lets your little tyke pick up an archeologist’s toolkit to discover ancient civilizations, or don an explorer’s cap in an Explorers and Expeditions display.

Spring Fling
MARCH 10 TO 16 Returning to the Rogers Centre, this annual fair brings carnival-style fun to the great indoors. Ride the ferris wheel and merry-go-round, play family-friendly games and enjoy a lineup of stage shows.

Wizard World
MARCH 11 TO 18 For even more indoor family fun, the Wizard World fun park at Exhibition Place’s Better Living Centre is packed with everything from a petting zoo and camel rides to a craft zone and carnival rides.

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