13 awesome March break activities in Toronto for kids

Not sure what to do with the kids for March Break? From fire-breathing dragons to a Viking adventure, we've rounded up all the fun events in Toronto.

A still from White Fang of a wolf howling at the sky

Photo courtesy of TIFF

1. Catch a film at TIFF
Take your little drama queens and kings to the movies at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. The festival is back again for March break, with dozens of movies aimed at kids ages three to 13. You’ll definitely want to check out the animated film White Fang, based on the book published in 1906, about a wild wolf dog in the Yukon who is taken in by humans who try to domesticate him—sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.

Details: March 9 to 18
$10 for kids and $14 for adults
350 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3X5
tiff.net

giant panda named Da Mao eating bamboo

Photo: Toronto Zoo

2. Say bye to the pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Bundle up and take the kids to visit the giant pandas, Da Mao and Er Shun, and their two-year-old cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. This is your last chance to visit these majestic creatures before they head to the Calgary Zoo on March 18. After saying your farewells, meet the new baby rhinoceros in the Greater One-Horned Rhino House. As part of all the March break fun, there will be daily keeper talks and people in green Visitor Fun Team zoo jackets with some special surprises in store for kids.

Details: Open all weekend from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$23 for general admission and $14 for kids ages three to 12
2000 Meadowvale Road
Toronto, Ontario
M1B 5K7
torontozoo.com

Cartoon of Vikings on a boat.

Photo: Royal Ontario Museum

3. Go on a viking adventure at the ROM
There is always tons to do at the Royal Ontario Museum, but there is a special exhibit on this March break called Viking Adventure. Take a visit to Viking Village, where your kids can learn all about the Norse people by watching re-enactments of these warriors and then actually talk to them and ask them questions. Then it’s time to make some Viking bling: The kids can create their own jewellery using spirals, braids and symbols. Or maybe your little Viking would prefer to head to the shield wall and charge, just like a Norse warrior. Don’t forget to get a keepsake photo to remember your trip back in time.

Details: March 10 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free with the price of general admission
100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C6
rom.on.ca

Boy and girl making and eating maple taffy.

Photo: iStockphoto

4. Indulge in maple taffy at the Sugar Shack
It’s the sweetest time of year: maple syrup season! Head to Sugar Beach to get a taste of Ontario’s maple taffy and other sweet treats and check out a maple sugaring demo at the warming station. Once your kids get their sugar high, head over to the tic-tac-toe and ring toss to burn off some energy. Be sure to check out the Battle of the Chainsaws!

Details: March 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission
Sugar Beach, at the corner of Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay East
Toronto, Ontario
sugarshackto.ca

 

Two men dressed up as detectives

Photo courtesy of Black Creek Pioneer Village

5. Solve a mystery at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Someone stole the jewels at Black Creek Pioneer Village and they need your kids’ help to solve the mystery! Your young detectives need to hunt for clues and question the suspects to help Sherlock Holmes and Watson find the jewels. As a reward for helping to restore order to the village, kids can check out the maple syrup show and, of course, sample the sweet treats for themselves.

Details: March 12 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends
Free for kids ages 14 and younger
1000 Murray Ross Parkway
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 2P3
blackcreek.ca

Kids playing and in costumes.

Photo: AGO

6. Get colourful at the AGO
The Art Gallery of Ontario has many fun events planned during March break, from making lanterns and emoji masks to playing with reflection and light to building a futuristic city. And don’t forget to take a family photo at the selfie wall—say cheese!

Details: March 10 to 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free with the price of admission, and you can save $10 off a family pass if you purchase online
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1G4
ago.ca

Imagine Dragon poster.

Photo: Casa Loma

7. Watch the fire-breathing dragons at Casa Loma
Fairy tales do come true—at least at Casa Loma. This March break, the castle is hosting Imagine Dragons, where young princes and princesses can meet Heavy Meta, a 30-foot-long and 19-foot-tall fire-breathing dragon. Be sure to check out the interactive shows and knight school, and get the kids’ faces painted. Head down to the stables to meet the medieval stallions and go for a few jumps in the bouncy castle.

Details: March 10 to 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free for kids ages three and younger, $20 for kids ages four to 13, $25 for kids ages 14 to 17 and $30 for adults
1 Austin Terrace
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 2X8
casaloma.ca

A train at an indoor amusement park

Photo: Wizard World Fun Park

8. Enjoy the rides at Wizard World Fun Park
If you’re looking for a day of fun, you’ve come to the right place. Wizard World Fun Park has more than 25 mechanical and inflatable rides, four daily shows, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and more. There is even a little tots area for kids ages five and younger. We recommend that you check out the birds of prey show and awesome dance party—get ready to boogie!

Details: March 11 to 18 at various times
See online for family packages
195 Princes’ Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
M6K 3C3
wizardworld.ca

Actors playing Belle and the Beast

Photo: Lower Ossington Theatre

9. Be enchanted by Beauty and the Beast
It’s the tale as old as time—and one your kid will find absolutely delightful. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful girl who loves to read but doesn’t quite fit in her small provincial town. One day, her father goes missing and she must find him, but she discovers that he has been kidnapped by a horrible beast. And that’s where the love story begins. Fans of the Disney movie will delight in the new songs added to the stage production.

Details: March 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 at various times
Prices vary
736 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1Z5
lowerossingtontheatre.com

Two girls playing with a robot.

Photo: iStockphoto

10. Do the robot at the Science Centre
This March break, things are going to the robots at the Ontario Science Centre. Your little inventor can come up with her craziest idea for a robot, and the pros just might turn that idea into reality. Your robot fanatic can meet actual robots at the Robot Roundup and watch them perform activities like stacking cups, climbing stairs and more. Make sure to look up because there are also drones showing off their skills. Be sure to grab a balloon and robot and head to the battle zone to see whose robot can make it through the obstacle course with their balloons still intact!

Details: March 10 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays
Prices vary, depending on if you’re a member
770 Don Mills Road
Toronto, Ontario
M3X 1T3
ontariosciencecentre.ca

cannon and fort york building

Photo: iStockphoto

11. Go back in time at Fort York
If your kid loves history, you need to make a trip to Fort York. Learn all about the War of 1812 by practising your sword skills, attending soldier drill class and dressing up in costume. All that work will make for some hungry soldiers, so head over to the 1826 historic kitchen for some treats. Make sure to pick up a Kids’ Guide to Fort York so that you can find the clues to complete the games and puzzles as you go through the tour.

Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends
Free for kids ages five and younger, $6 for kids ages six to 12, $8 for teens ages 13 to 18 and $14 for adults
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3K9
fortyork.ca

Outside the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Photo: iStockphoto

12. Shoot and score at the Hockey Hall of Fame
March break coincides with the 125th anniversary tribute to the Stanley Cup, making it the perfect time to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. You can see the original Stanley Cup from 1893, along with an impressive display of championship rings, including 20 from the first-ever Stanley Cup and last year’s ring donated by the Pittsburgh Penguins. You definitely need to get a photo with the Stanley Cup.

Details: March 10 to March 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays
Prices vary
30 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5E 1X8
hhof.com

Kids gathered around a tablet and teacher.

Photo: Apple

13. Code with Apple
Sometimes you just need a break, and that’s where Apple’s Kids Hour comes in. While you shop or run errands, the Apple Creatives will lead your child in 60-minute sessions where they can learn about coding, listen to tunes, read stories and more. Did we mention that it’s free? And that you get an hour in the mall by yourself?

Details: Available at Eaton Centre, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Sherway Gardens and Fairview Mall
Times vary
Register at apple.com

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