From fresh attractions to events making a comeback, here are some fun things to do with your kids during March Break 2022.
March Break is March 14 to 18, 2022, in Toronto, a week-long break from school for families to rest, connect and have fun. The days are getting longer as March Break descends in Toronto, and there are many ways for families to explore while the city is abuzz with fun events and unique experiences for all ages. There’s certainly no need to hibernate this March.
The city is home to some fantastic attractions that are great for kids of all ages, whether you’re visiting Toronto for the first time or looking to be a tourist in your own city.
Discover Little Toronto (plus Little Niagara, Little Ottawa and even Petit Québec) at Little Canada, where you’ll explore 45,000 sq ft of a miniaturized Canada. They even have daily workshops where kids ages 11+ and adults can make miniature scenes and decorations (just remember to book your spot in advance).
Shoe lovers will be delighted to learn that there’s no entrance fee on Sundays at the Bata Shoe Museum, where you can learn about Canadian figure skating history at the latest exhibition, Boots & Blades. They also have a sports and crafts-themed drop-in March Break program.
The Museum of Illusions is an excellent idea if you’re looking for something different. Since it’s right by St. Lawrence Market, you can even make an entire afternoon of it — one iconic St. Lawrence Market sandwich at a time!
The Ontario Science Centre always guarantees endless hours of fun. Spark your children’s curiosity with an exciting indoor adventure where kids can see science come to life with live demonstrations. Don’t miss Bug Lab, ‘Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages’ and the all-new thought-provoking exhibition ‘Behind Racism: Challenging the Way We Think.’ Space enthusiasts will enjoy venturing deep into space watching the IMAX film, Asteroid Hunters, in Ontario’s only IMAX® Dome theatre.
March Break programming at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is included with general admission. Kids can learn ancient writing and draw real-life ROM specimens they can see and touch, plus enjoy daily screenings of a short film about Dino Dana. New exhibitions at the ROM include Swapnaa Tamhane: Mobile Palace and Kore 670, which showcases an ancient Greek sculpture that rarely leaves its home at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece.
Calling all hockey fans! Head to the Hockey Hall of Fame to learn more about the sport. There’s something for every age group in this 65,000 sq ft facility. You can see the world’s finest collection of hockey artifacts, see NHL Trophies (including the Stanley Cup!), play interactive games, and so much more.
Tip for Ontario residents: consider booking one of the HHOF Getaway packages at Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square — a portion of your stay would qualify for the new Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for 2022.
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What better way to experience the city than from the tallest building in Toronto? This March Break, the CN Tower’s Family Pass offers timed general admission for two adults and two children (ages 13 and under). Plus, the kids' menu items are 50% off at 360 Restaurant between 4 and 6 p.m. Early dinner with a view is a great way to end a fun day in Toronto with kids.
To get that heart pumping, if your children are 13 years old and over, why not dare them to join you on EdgeWalk, the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk? Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and all participants must be between 35 and 140 kg.
If your kids think they’ve seen it all, take them on a thrilling adventure with a helicopter ride over the city with Heli Tours (kids need to be over three years of age, and there’s a maximum of three passengers per ride).
Or perhaps they’d like to fly their own plane? At Airliner Adventures, you can experience being inside a state-of-the-art flight simulator that is exactly like sitting in the cockpit and taking turns flying the aircraft. Keep in mind that there can be up to four people (including kids) and that only kids ages 10 and older are allowed to be pilots (under 10s can be co-pilots).
Lighthouse Immersive offers a series of immersive experiences for art and literary lovers. Immersive Van Gogh and Klimt allow fans to lose themselves in thousands of projections and video, while Robert Lepage’s Library at Night takes you through a virtual tour of libraries around the world.
Toronto Comicon's popular all-ages event returns to the Metro Convention Centre from March 18 to 20. The pop culture convention for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, cosplay, anime, and gaming offers a three-day extravaganza packed with exciting, family-friendly activities. New this year, fans will have even more time to explore the convention floor with extended hours beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18. Tip: families travelling from outside Toronto can book the GO (Transit) x Toronto Comicon Combo Saver Ticket.
You can celebrate maple season at Black Creek Pioneer Village from March 14 to 18 and learn to tap trees, listen to sappy stories by a roaring fire and hunt for lost pieces of Granny Smith’s secret maple recipe.
Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is also back on March 20 and is a great way to close out your March Break as you follow the parade route, which will begin at the corner of St. George and Bloor Street West at noon and proceed down Yonge Street to end at Nathan Phillips Square.
Attention all gamers
Whether you like to watch or play games, there’s something for everyone this March Break. Get the family to The Rec Room and play together. There’s a variety of options, including virtual reality games, ping pong, shuffleboard and throwback arcade games like Pac-Man and Kung Fu Panda! My kids love the redemption games because they can exchange the tickets for trinkets at the end of the night. Luckily for parents, this spot also serves up craft beer and cocktails in addition to pub grub.
If you want to make a whole weekend or week of it, there are some great Toronto hotel March Break 2022 offers. And if you're an Ontario resident, a portion of your stay may qualify for the new Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for 2022.
Hotel X’s Family Fun Package offers cute gifts, kid-sized bathrobes and free parking. For the entire week of March Break, the hotel invites guests to come to play video games in the Cinema. They also have a heated outdoor pool, Big Screen Movie Night, group fitness classes, tennis courts and a Topgolf Swing Suite. Best of all, there’s a Youth Lounge and a children’s play centre where parents can drop kids off for a few hours!
The largest hotel in Canada, Chelsea Hotel Toronto, is excellent for an indoor pool and slide. Their Show Your Key and Save program offers guests exclusive discounts to some of Toronto's top attractions, and their Winter Wander sale provides discounts for additional hotel nights.
Hit the road for a Niagara Falls day trip
Day trips are always fun and filled with adventure. Why not explore Niagara Parks with the family? Older children will enjoy seeing the inside of the all-new Niagara Parks Power Station. They can join hydropower experts for interactive panel sessions about Women in STEM and work in the hydropower industry.
For younger kids ages six to 12 years, the daily half-day Little Inventor March Break Workshop features activities designed to inspire young minds through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Your tickets include free parking and daytime admission to the Niagara Parks Power Station so you can make a full day of it. Maybe even zip line over the falls once you’re done exploring?