Spring Break: A Survival Guide
Posted on 10 March 2017
It’s that time of year again, when the panic-inducing March Break falls upon us. Your kids are home, and you’re wondering how to keep them entertained for a full week without driving you crazy or completely emptying your wallet. Which is why we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite (and inexpensive) things to do in Toronto for Spring Break.
1) Host a Make-Your-Own-Pizza night
Invite your kid’s friends over and serve up some fun with a pizza night! Just get some frozen pizza dough, sauce, cheese and different toppings and have the kids make their own personal pizzas and enjoy playing board games! If board games aren’t your thing, you can also do a video gaming night (Mario cart, for example) or even a scary (or classic) movie night! If you’re feeling adventurous, turn it into a good old fashioned sleepover (if you don’t mind the headache and walking over children in the middle of the night).
2) St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Always a fun thing to do as a family with your kids, March 19th is the annual St Patrick’s Day parade. It starts at noon at St George Station and heads east, goes south on Yonge and ends at Queen. Post up a few lawn chairs and enjoy the parade and candy and maybe grab a green beer for yourself, or shamrock shakes for the whole family.
3) The Balloon Tree
The balloon tree is showing at the Lighthouse Theatre on March 15th at 11am and again at 2pm. At only 10$ a ticket, this is a fun, inexpensive way to introduce your children to theatre and spend some quality time as a family.
4) Sugar Shack
The first weekend of March break, the Sugar Shack is putting on an event complete with fresh maple taffy making, free hot chocolate, ice canvases for your kids to paint, ice carving demos, and live music. The best part though? IT’S FREE ADMISSION (and free hot chocolate…sign us up!).
5) Black Creek Pioneer Village
Teach the kids the ways of the pioneers with the maple syrup show, detective workshop, wagon rides and hot apple cider. Spend a day here and your kids will have a new appreciation for their very technologically pleasing lives in 2017.
6) The ROM
The ROM is offering discounted pricing after 4:30pm during the week of March break and is offering several spring break camp programs, keeping your children busy during your work day. One of the most promising exhibits is their ocean themed Big Blue March Break, which includes a new exhibit of a blue whale!
7) Bata Shoe Museum
Bring your kids to the Bata Shoe Museum for a day and enjoy the carnival games and obstacle courses they offer for all ages! (Also, at only $8/child or adult this is a highly affordable option)
Last but certainly not least, Legoland! Cost: $15.40 in admission, plus whatever Lego your kids can convince you to buy (sorry). They encourage you to buy tickets online in advance, but the instant fun factor of Legoland makes it worth it.