Thursday, March 10, 2016

5 Must-Dos in the GTA this March Break

Next week is our March Break in the TDSB, and it may be yours too. For those of us who will be home with our kids, taking a little staycation, here are my top 5 things to do in the GTA. Indoors or outdoors, there's lots of fun to be had!

Toronto Zoo
Because, babies. Oh the babies! The cute is almost too much to handle, and the public will finally be able to view the baby rhino and Canada's only giant panda cubs. Viewing times are as follows:
  • Giant panda cubs: 9:30am to 6:00pm daily (Note: last admission to the Panda Interpretive Centre is at 4:30pm)
  • Rhino calf: 9:30am - 11:30am and 2:00pm - 4:00pm daily
  • Polar Bear cub: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm daily.
  • White Lion cubs: 11:00am to 2:00pm daily (Note: location is weather dependent. Lions may be within the main exhibit, or the behind-the-scenes special viewing area)
polar bear cub
Meet Juno

Ontario Science Centre

Because, learning is fun! The OSC has extended hours during March Break, open until 6pm each day, plus special programming and fantastic temporary exhibits. See birds of prey in the Science of Flight on Level 1, or Cool Science with liquid nitrogen demonstrations on Level 2 (schedules on the website). And do not miss the Mammoths & Mastodons exhibit on Level 6 and Circus! The Exhibition in the Great Hall. Your child could even walk the tightrope ...

mastodon skeleton (replica)
Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Because delicious Canadiana. Choose from 4 locations - Stouffville, Orangeville, Woodbridge, Halton Hills - and enjoy maple syrup samples, wagon rides, demonstrations, and so many more family fun activities. Depending on your location you can find strolling magicians, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, or snowshoe races. Check the website for all the details!

hauling maple sap
Putting him to work


Because the season's almost done and what a great way to say good-bye to winter. The City of Toronto is keeping indoor rinks and many outdoor rinks open during March Break this year. And the Public Skate times are free! Check your local rink via the link above for details.

boy learning to skate
Skating in Scarborough, at Albert Campbell Square

TIFF Kids DigiPlay Space

Because our kids live in a digital world and this is a great place to embrace that in age appropriate way. Featuring 25 installations from 9 countries, there's something here to delight and engage everyone from preschoolers through teens. Virtual reality goggles, a green screen, video games, an augmented reality sandbox, circuit experiments with littleBits Invention Lab, and more. There's even a giant digital hockey game you can join with your smart phone. The DigiPlay Space is open until April 24.

TIFF Kids DigiPlay Space
Pugs Sniffin' Pugs was a blast!

What would you add to my list? 

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