City of Toronto offers free and affordable activities for March Break
Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16 is March Break for elementary and high school students in Toronto. The City of Toronto will offer many free and affordable activities for students and their families that week.
“The City will have a variety of March Break activities that are fun for the whole family,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage all Toronto residents to get out and enjoy City rinks, parks, cultural and historic sites.”
City of Toronto community centres offer free or low-cost programs for all ages. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/rec or call 311.
Many outdoor artificial ice rinks are open until the end of the day on March 18, weather permitting. Locations, hours and program details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/skate.
Indoor leisure skating programs, including caregiver and tot, family skate and shinny, are free for all ages. Hockey helmets approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) are mandatory for children under six years of age and all shinny hockey participants, and are recommended for skaters of all ages. Schedules and locations are available at http://www.toronto.ca/skate.
In partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the City is hosting family skating events at Ricoh Coliseum during the March Break. Admission is free. Bring your own skates as rentals and sharpening are not available. Sledges are available. Children 12 years and under are required to wear a CSA-approved helmet at these Ricoh Coliseum events.
The Ricoh Coliseum skating schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, March 16, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
City of Toronto pools are offering free leisure swimming during March Break. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/swim.
Visitors can tour Riverdale Farm’s scenic grounds to see domestic farm animals such as pigs, horses and sheep. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is accessible to all. Admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/riverdalefarm.
High Park Zoo
Established 120 years ago, the High Park Zoo is home to domestic and exotic animals, including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and yaks. Admission to the zoo is free and it is open daily from dawn to dusk. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/.
Toronto Island Park
Just minutes away from downtown by ferry, Toronto Island Park offers March Break fun for everyone. It is a great place to walk, cycle, explore and enjoy the city skyline. The ferry schedule and fees are available at http://www.toronto.ca/ferry.
Children ages 12 and under can enjoy the newly renovated Playground Paradise at Flemingdon Park Community Centre. Children can play on a two-storey indoor play structure that features a new toddler zone, spiral slide, observation ball, fun forest, vertical play maze, sport court, sit-n-spin, hump slide and spiral tree climb. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Playground Paradise is a shoe-free facility, everyone must bring and wear socks. The admission fee is $3 per child. More information is available at http://ow.ly/eSwf30iLjqH or call 416-395-6014.
Playground Paradise March Break hours are as follows:
- March 12, 14 and 16, 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- March 13 and 15, 10 a.m. to noon
- March 17 and 18, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
The spring flower shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd. and at Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave. Both shows feature various spring flowering plants, including tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. The conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/conservatories.
Toronto History museums
Many of the City’s 10 history museums are open during March Break for tours. The sites highlighted below will also offer drop-in family activities including crafts, games and tasty treats from historic kitchens. Regular admission fees apply. Times and activity details vary by location. More information about drop-in activities is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.
Museum drop-in activity times by location:
Colborne Lodge (Colborne Lodge Dr. in High Park)
- March 13 to 18, noon to 4 p.m.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
- March 12 to 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- March 17 to 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gibson House Museum (5172 Yonge St.)
- March 14 to 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
- March 12 to 18, noon to 5 p.m.
Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
- March 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- March 14, noon to 8 p.m.
- March 15 to 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- March 17 to 18, noon to 4 p.m.
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
- March 12 to 18, 12 to 5 p.m.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.)
- March 14 to 18, noon to 4 p.m.
Four of the historic sites are also offering day camps. More information about the camps is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museumcamps.
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