We’re excited to share our top picks for March Break fun in Toronto!
This post was sponsored by Toronto Tourism, meaning we received pay and/or complimentary admission to provide our review and experience. As always, opinions are our own. View our Disclosure for more info.
How is it March already, guys?! I’m loving the slow creep to Spring, but man is this year moving at warp speed!
Like so many of you, we are thinking about our March Break plans and how to keep 3 (very high energy) school-agers busy during their time off. Now, I’m all for not busting the boredom and constantly entertaining them all the time. I know giving them time to “just be” is good for them to kick start their imagination and do some good ole’ fashion kid-centered whatever. BUT, I’ve been through enough school breaks now with the kids to know a bit of scheduled activity is good for us all.
We’re bypassing on the sunny destination vacay this time around (because it’s super, insanely pricey for our gang of six to travel during high season), and opting for a staycation with some daytime excursions around town and in the City.
So, it was such a treat to partner with Toronto Tourism earlier this month to check out some of the cool sights we had yet to experience with the kids – many of them with March Break-specific activities and camps if you’re looking for that option. Sidebar: isn’t it crazy how we take the attractions right in our own neighbourhoods for granted sometimes?! So glad we made time to explore the great family options right here in our great City.
Here are our top picks for March Break fun in Toronto:
1) Casa Loma
Once a private home turned Toronto’s very own castle, what kid doesn’t want to pretend they’re in a magical kingdom and explore the secret underground tunnels? Check out the Imagine Dragons event running March 10 – 18th as part of their Escape Series.
2) CN Tower
Okay, it was kind of crazy we hadn’t seen the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere with the kids until a few weeks ago, even though the City is just 30 mins away for us. So not only was the 1.5 minute ride up the 553 m tower a total (ear-popping) hit, so were the insane cityscape views. The kids tried to convince me to do the Edge Walk…um no way, no how, seeing how a few steps on the bottomless glass floor had my head spinning!
They’re currently doing repair work on the Lookout Level, but making up for the inconvenience with a free extra-high trip to the Skypod, which would normally cost extra.
Also, check out the Kidzone on the lower level – perfect for kids under 8 years and right beside a quick-service food counter if you need a refreshment like we did toward the end of our visit.
Tip: right next door is Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium and when you book the two together you save! We didn’t visit Ripley’s on this adventure as 2 kids had recently been with their school and we’d also visited the one in Myrtle Beach just months before.
Alright, if you know our family, you know we have a bunch of hockey-crazed members, so this one is kind of a no-brainer for our crew. Outside of the neat artifacts from historical moments in hockey, we loved the interactive options like trying our hand at goaltending and shooting the puck. The kids also got a kick out of mom and dad pretending to host our very own Sports Centre broadcast. Finish up with a special family snap with hockey’s holy grail – the Stanley Cup. Visit HHOF’s homepage for a March Break family value offer.
Our gang is still talking about the virtual coolness factor of TIFF’s digiPlaySpace – on now until April 22nd. Introduce kids 4+ to tech, or indulge the minds of the already digitally curious of your bunch. Our kids that attended are age 4, 7 & 9 and all found more than a few things to love about this space. We jumped, clicked, swiped and danced our way through this interactive space where virtual and reality blend into one neat experience.
The kids also attended the advanced screenings of the TIFF Kids International film fest, showcasing the best in Canadian & International cinema, and opening to the public just in time for the break March 9 – 18th, 2018. Their favourite flick was “The Highway Rat” – based on the book of the same character they already love.
Seriously, add a pit stop to TIFF’s Bell Lightbox to your March Break must-dos!
A super place to stimulate their imagination and feed the curious minds of the STEM lovers in your family. Every time we visit, we always find something new we love. The kids’ current faves are the Inventorium, the Energy Show and some of the KidSpark and other sci-based learning activities.
NEW this year: The Castle Builder exhibit where kids can immerse in an interactive castle-building experience based on age group. Starts March 2nd.
The kids are dying to try out one of their Sleepover experiences this year!
Tip: if you see yourself visiting multiple times this year, invest in one of their membership options for great family savings.
We have a Lego® maven in our crew, so this was his version of heaven on earth. Outside of the endless Lego play & build stations scattered throughout, the kids also loved finding their way through active zones like Ninjago City Adventure, and ending our visit on the Kingdom Quest Ride, which this mama kicked butt with the highest score of our bunch 😉. Our toddler and 4 year-old also really loved the Miniland® attraction. Our little guy is 2.5, so some of the activities were outside his age group. The attraction is best suited for kids 3+ years-old.
Tip: buy your tickets in advance online not only to save upto 30%, but also to pre-book your time of arrival. We went on a very busy day, but still got right in with our pre-arranged admission time slot.
BONUS: this attraction is located inside one of TO’s best tourism malls – Vaughan Mills. So, you can get a little play and shopping done in one sha-bang! We added an Ice Cream pit stop too! I love one-stop adventures!
If you’re visiting or “staycationing” in Toronto for spring break, we’d love to hear your favourite things to do as a family. Whatever you get up to, hope it’s an enjoyable one for all!