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We've got ideas for the break in Toronto

By Renee Tratch
Digital Writer, theweathernetwork.com
Monday, March 10, 2014, 11:13 AM


While most kids rejoice, many parents panic on how to fill the days (or hours for those counting) during the week-long break. If your family is not heading to sunnier climates or you haven’t secured one of the coveted spots at your local attraction, have no fear, there is still plenty to keep everyone busy during March Break.

Join the masses: It’s always a treat to spend a day at one of the GTA’s attractions, even if it feels like the rest of the world has joined you. Most offer extra activities during this busy time. Book tickets in advance, arrive at opening and bring a snack or lunch. What’s hot? The newly-opened Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Black Creek Village opens its doors just for March Break letting little detectives help search for clues to solve the mystery of the golden egg.

Tip: Follow Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada on Twitter. Not only do they tweet line-up status and ticket availability, they are informative and funny.

Camp: For some families camp is the sure answer to keeping kids busy. And chances are they’ll be mastering a new skill. The options are wide-ranging. For the wee animal-lovers, sign them up for a program at Pawsitively Pets. Learn to cook at Junior Chef Camp at Montgomery’s Inn. And for the young fashionistas, head to Sew Be It Studio.

Free: Downtowners know you don’t have to leave the city for a day at the farm. Riverdale Farm has you covered - crafts, board games and a preschool playroom in addition to the happenings around the historic working farm. And if the weather serves up more snow, there is tobogganing next door at Riverdale Park. Toronto Public Libraries offer tons of March Break activities from movies to puppet shows to sing-a-longs. Check your local branches for all the options.

At home? Go to the Library’s Kids Space where they can tell their own story, listen to one or create an e-card.

Go west: Up for a day trip? Check out Hamilton’s March Break offerings or Niagara Parks’ Swamp Creatures at the Butterfly Sanctuary. And if fresh maple syrup can’t get you on the road, then what will? A number of parks kick off their season in March. This is what Bronte Park Provincial Park has in store:

Thumbnail courtesy: Getty- Caravan Images

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