March Break Guide

8 Mar

Monsters in tow and nowhere to go? Here, the city’s best March break events, guaranteed to please the toughest tot and rowdiest teen


In Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic, Mickey and Minnie skate down memory lane. Lavish musical numbers revisit favourite moments from Disney flicks, with guest appearances by Goofy, Donald Duck, Mulan, Pumbaa, Woody, the cast of The Incredibles and more.
When: March 8 to 11.
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way.
How much: $15–$80.

Spend Sunday afternoon in the darkness of a playhouse with the 2007 Family Theatre Series, featuring acclaimed storyteller Adwoa Badoe’s Trickster Stories From Africa.
When: March 11.
Where: Metro-Central YMCA Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor St.
How much: $5 or PWYC.

Big Wooden Horse Theatre presents Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, a rib-tickling… adaptation of Mo Willems’ best-selling ornithological book about a feathered fare determined to get behind the wheel. The hour-long show features music and oodles of audience participation.
When: March 15 and 16.
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.
How much: $19.50–$39.50.


The ROM’s latest show, Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures From a Lost Civilization, gives the little-known pre-Incan culture its due, with this flashy display of artifacts, including headdresses, jewellery and ceremonial regalia made of gold and silver.
When: from March 10.
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Cres.
How much: adults $18, seniors and students $15, four and under free.

Dozens of affordable workshops and day camps are on offer throughout March break at the city’s historic sites, such as Todmorden Mills’ Photofun for Youth, which teaches photography techniques, printing with light and the pinhole technology of yesteryear. Budding photogs get to bring home a portfolio of their work.
When: March 12 to 16.
Where: Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Rd.
How much: $25.

The fifth annual World of Comedy Film Festival features everything from rom-coms to mockumentaries, as well as the latest from Britain’s Academy Award–winning Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit).
When: March 7 to 11.
Where: Royal Cinema, 608 College St.
How much: $10.

All ages

Circus, Chess Challenges and Dungeons & Dragons are highlights of Harbourfront Centre’s nine unique March break camps, guaranteed to shake off the winter doldrums.
When: March 12 to 16.
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.
How much: $190–$235.

At Harbourfront’s Music With Bite series, Ken Whiteley takes tots to teens on a tour of various musical styles, ranging from swing and blues to gospel. Complimentary milk and cookies and a Q&A follow the informative performance.
When: March 11.
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.
How much: free.

Sports fans can park themselves at the ACC for the entire week. The Leafs play the Ottawa Senators (March 10) and Tampa Bay Lightning (March 13); the Raps take on the Seattle Sonics (March 11), New York Knicks (March 14) and Houston Rockets (March 16); and the Toronto Rock play the Colorado Mammoth (March 17).
When: March 10 to 17.
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St.
How much: $12.40–$1,200.

Annie, everyone’s favourite red-headed moppet, is in town for a brief spell and she’s brought her Depression-era gang along for the ride. Martin Charnin—the lyricist who took the original show to Broadway in 1977—directs Marissa O’Donnell in the title role in this travelling production.
When: March 7 to 10.
Where: Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E.
How much: $30–$90.

The Bata Shoe Museum hosts a pirate March break, featuring a temporary tattoo station, treasure hunt and pirate boot cookie decorating. Older buccaneers will appreciate the display of boots worn by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.
When: March 12 to 16.
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W.
How much: $6 (pre-registration required).


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