There’s exciting things happening in Toronto and here are some fun things to do with your kids during March Break 2023.
March Break is March 13 to 17, 2023, 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 so get planning for your March Break in Toronto!
Whether you’re visiting Toronto for the first time or looking to be a tourist in your own city, the city is home to some fantastic attractions that are great for kids of all ages.
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 March Break workshops from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. where families (under the guidance of a Little Canada Miniature Maker) can create a scene that celebrates our unique Canadian (just remember to book your spot in advance).
Shoe lovers will be delighted to learn about some of the world’s highly coveted shoes at the latest Bata Shoe Museum exhibition, OBSESSED : How Shoes Became Objects of Desire. During March Break, the Bata Shoe Museum will be filled with a variety of arts and crafts such as make-your-own shoebox garden, puzzles and flower keychains. Kids can even decorate a 3D-printed shoe. They’ll also be hosting a “Shoes of the World’ game exclusively on Wednesday, March 15 and Friday, March 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and kids can learn how to tie their shoelaces in cool new ways on March 13, 14 and 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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. Check out the photography exhibit ‘REGALIA: Indigenous Pride’ and discover how Indigenous science is timeless by visiting the ‘Indigenous Ingenuity’ exhibition.
March Break Camp is back at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and there are various programs for kids aged 5 to 14. Dungeons and Dragons anyone? How about Histories Mysteries or Museum Marvels? If you have a dino lover at home, you’ll want to take them to the latest exhibition that opens just in time for March break “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator”. Get ready for a roaring time at the ROM!
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. This March Break in Toronto, be amongst the first to experience the new Arena Zone where you can try your hand at goaltending, shooting, play-by-play calling and even hosting your own sports broadcast in a model rink. There’s also daily giveaways for the first 100 kids!
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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). In celebration of National Engineering month, there’s going to be hands-on activities such as building electrical circuits, paper planes and marble mazes.
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 and the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience, currently in Toronto, is fun for the whole family. Kids will love popping bubbles and singing along to the new tunes whilst parents will be able to reminisce as the classic Disney songs come on. Let’s get that dance party started, shall we?
Toronto Comicon's popular all-ages event returns to the Metro Convention Centre from March 17 to 19. 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. Kids can chat and watch their favourite pencillers, inkers and writers, in addition to voice actors and partake in workshops. 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 13 to 16 and learn to tap trees, listen to sappy stories by a roaring fire and attend a lively sugar shack party. Alternatively, you can visit Toronto’s Waterfront for Sugar Shack on March 11 and 12. This annual event will transform Sugar Beach into a maple-themed extravaganza.
Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is taking place on March 19 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.
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.
Until March 19 HotelX is home to a Pop-up Retro Arcade where one can play some of the best arcade games of the 80s and 90s. Purchasing an all-day play pass will let you flex your skills at Street Fighter II, NFL Blitz, Nascar, Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man and more.
Fed up with the games at home? Head to FreePlay Toronto and for $5, you can play all the arcade games you want (those under 19 are allowed until 8:30 p.m.). There’s also Twilight Café if your family prefers board games. $6 for two hours gives you access to many board games and there’s a fun café on-site offering cool drinks and eats.
If you want to make a whole weekend or week of it, there are some great Toronto hotel March Break 2023 offers.
The largest hotel in Canada, Chelsea Hotel Toronto, is back with its amazing March Break programs. Guests not only have access to the indoor pool and Toronto’s only indoor 130-ft “Corkscrew” waterslide, but they also have access to exclusive March Break events and activities happening throughout the hotel, including Wii tournaments, an indoor bouncy castle and the chance to win prizes. Their Show Your Key and Save program offers guests exclusive discounts to some of Toronto's top attractions so families can explore beyond the hotel, when they’re not busy meeting Princesses for breakfast, watching movies, playing boardgames or singing karaoke this March Break. This is certainly Toronto’s best March Break hotel offer with rooms at $169/night. Just don’t forget to head down to the lobby to enjoy free popcorn and chat with CT the Robot! March Break is a blast here for young kids.
Visiting Toronto with teenagers this March Break? Head to the Drake Hotel in trendy Queen Street West where you’ll be able to book 2 rooms for 2 nights and get the 2nd night half off. You’re in the perfect location to enjoy visits to galleries, theatres, cool cafes and of course unique stores to get your shopping on in ‘teen street west’ as the Drake Hotel likes to call their neighbourhood!