Things to Do March Break in Toronto 2018

Henry Bates and Tando in Amazon Adventure IMAX film at Ontario Science Centre is one of the most popular things to do March Break in Toronto 2018, photo credit Ontario Science Centre
Henry Bates and Tando in Amazon Adventure IMAX film at Ontario Science Centre, photo courtesy Ontario Science Centre

By Lori Bosworth

March Break in Ontario is from March 12-16, 2018 and you may still be making plans for your kids to enjoy their mini-vacation from school. There is a lot going on in Toronto next week including theatre performances, the circus, and an awe-inspiring IMAX film at Ontario Science Centre. Here are our suggestions for things to do March Break in Toronto 2017. (Our giveaway has closed. Congratulations to David Duong who won a one night’s stay on Sat., March 10, 2017 at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.)

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

See the new tour of PAW Patrol Live!, Pirate Day in Adventure Bay at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts from March 16-18, 2018. Mayor Goodway is getting everything for a celebration when Ryder gets a call for help from Cap’n Turbot, who’s fallen into a mysterious cavern. PAW Patrol comes to the rescue and discovers a secret pirate treasure map and the pups go on an adventure to find the treasure. PAW Patrol Live! dates and times are Fri., March 16, 2018 at 6 p.m., Sat., March 17, 2018 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sun., March 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $22, $40, $50 and $75 and can be purchased online.

Henry Bates and Tando in Amazon Adventure IMAX film at Ontario Science Centre is one of the most popular things to do March Break in Toronto 2018, photo credit Ontario Science Centre
Henry Bates and Tando in Amazon Adventure IMAX film at Ontario Science Centre, photo courtesy Ontario Science Centre

March Break at Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre is screening several IMAX films including Dream Big at the OMNIMAX Theatre. The film examines the impact of engineering around the world. The film Amazon Adventure tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates’s 11 year journey through the biodiverse Amazon rainforest while A Beautiful Planet is a portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.

TIFF Kids During March Break

TIFF Bell Lightbox welcomes young film lovers for TIFF Kids International Film Festival from March 9-18, 2018. This festival for children ages 3–13 will educate, inspire, and entertain children and adults alike with inspiring programming and activations throughout the building including exclusive filmmaker Q&As, March Break camps, and more! The popular digiPlaySpace will return from February 16, 2018 to April 22, 2018, where kids will have the chance to learn about, play and interact with the latest educational apps on iPad, videogames, virtual reality, robotics, light installations, coding concepts, and up-and-coming technology. TIFF Kids schedule to be released shortly.

Art Gallery of Ontario, By John - JOH_7977, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Art Gallery of Ontario, By John – JOH_7977, CC BY-SA 2.0,

March Break at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers a special, futuristic March Break programming from Sat., March 10, 2018 to Sun., March 18, 2018 inspired by the AGO’s current exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Build collaboratively and transform cardboard boxes into a futuristic city; make a lantern or an Emoji face mask; print a kaleidoscope of coloured patterns and take a family photo in front of the interactive selfie wall. The Art Gallery of Ontario is open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during March Break.

During March Break, Family Passes purchased in advance online will be discounted by $10, lowering the price to $39. Family Passes admit two adults and up to five youths (ages 6 – 17). Family Passes purchased in person are $49. Individual tickets are $11 for youth ages 17 and under, $16 for seniors and $19.50 for adults. Admission is free for AGO members and children 5 and under. Tickets for the AGO can be purchased online , in person and by phone at 416-979-6648.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Randolph Theatre

March Break events in Toronto include The Lower Ossington Theatre’s performance of Beauty and the Beast. The Broadway musical is based on the Walt Disney film about Belle, a young woman and the Beast, actually a prince under a spell of an enchantress. If the Beast learns how to love and be loved, the spell will be broken. The musical is being performed at the Randolph Theatre during March Break. Performances are March 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, 2018. Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are $54.99, $59.99, $64.99, $69.99 and $79.99 and can be purchased online. The Randolph Theatre is located at 736 Bathurst Street.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto
Peacock Mantis Shrimp at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto

New Curious Creatures Exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

The Curious Creatures Exhibit opened on March 2, 2018 at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto. The exhibit features unusual sea creatures including the Walking Batfish, Sarcastic Fringehead, Frogfish, Peacock Mantis Shrimp and Flashlight Fish, which glow in the dark. Curious Creatures is included with general admission to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Adult $35, Youth (6-13) $24.25, Child (3-5) $$12, Senior (65+) $24.25.

The Aga Khan Museum during March Break

The Aga Khan Museum features family-friendly programming during March Break, Sat., March 10, 2018 to Sun., March 18, 2018 including the exhibition, The World of the Fatimids, which showcases a remarkable dynasty, and engage with interactive displays in the installation, Listening to Art, Seeing Music. Activities are free with Museum admission from March 10 to 18:

  • Hands-On Educational Activities: Explore the Silk Routes, talk to Museum experts, and enjoy art activities inspired by the exhibition The World of the Fatimids in the Museum’s Education Centre;
  • Storytelling in a Mongolian Yurt: Enjoy free pop-up storytelling sessions in a traditional Mongolian yurt by Sarah Abušarar, Anne Lederman, Chris Rawlings, Aaron Bell, and Mariella Bertelli;
  • Pop-Up Performances (Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and Wednesday, 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.): Look and listen for free pop-up performances of world music in surprising spaces throughout the Museum;
  • Village Rockstars Screening (Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m.): Enjoy a free screening of Village Rockstars, a documentary following a 10-year-old girl from a remote village in northeast India as she pursues her dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band. Presented in Assamese with English subtitles.

The Aga Khan Museum hours during March Break are:

March 10, 11, 13, 15–18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 12, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Aga Khan Museum is located at 77 Wynford Drive.

March Break at Black Creek Pioneer Village 2018

If you’re looking for fun things to do March Break in Toronto, you might want to bring the kids to Black Creek Pioneer Village to help Sherlock Holmes and Watson solve the Case of the Missing Jewels. Kids can hunt for clues, ask questions of characters and attend detective workshops. Enjoy maple syrup samples at Maple Syrup Adventures at 12 p.m. each day. There will be food, hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies. Horse-drawn wagon rides are available for an additional charge. Black Creek Pioneer Village hours during March Break from Monday, March 12, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018 are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $15 plus HST, Seniors (60+) $12 plus HST, Students (15+ with ID) $12 plus HST, 14 and under Free with an adult admission (up to four kids). No MAP passes accepted during March Break. Parking is $7.

Chelsea Double Room at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Chelsea Double Room at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

March Break at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Take the family for a staycation during March Break at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. The hotel is a four-minute walk to the Toronto Eaton Centre and is also within walking distance of Nathan Phillips Square, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and the Hockey Hall of Fame. There are lots of activities going on at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto during March Break from March 9 to 18, 2018 including The Family Fun Zone, which includes a family indoor heated pool and Corkscrew waterslide, Kid Centre and Club 33 teen lounge. Club 33 is where you’ll find arcade games, two LCD flat-screen TVs, two Xbox 360s and a pool table. Kids will want to visit the hotel’s bunny friends, Marbles and Thumper, at the Kid Centre. From March 10-17, 2018, there will be face painting, popcorn, iced tea and more in the lobby. Special $5 Kids’ Dinners take place from March 9-18, 2018 and include spaghetti, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese and cheese pizza (different each day). Family movie screenings take place at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. while evening events including Wii Baseball, Mario Kart Tournament, Just Dance and Princess Show begin at 8 p.m. during March Break.

While you’re staying at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, receive exclusive discounts to the city’s hottest attractions. Take advantage of these special offers by showing your Chelsea room key at selected partners, or by purchasing your tickets though the hotel’s Concierge team upon check-in.

I hope you have a great March Break with your family. Please let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions for things to do March Break in Toronto 2018.

Our giveaway has closed. Congratulations to David Duong who won a one night’s stay at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto on Sat., March 10, 2018, value $250.

The prize is a double room (good for a family of four) and includes complimentary underground self-parking.

This contest appears on Contest Canada


  1. We haven’t planned much for March break but if we won this we would check out the hockey hall of fame and go to the cn tower

  2. I’d love to go to the ROM, the Science Center, Eaton Centre for shopping and the distillery district! And of course, enjoy the wonderful restaurants!

  3. We plan on going to the ROM, art gallery, shoe museum, shopping at Vaughan Mills, lunch/dinner at restaurants & whatever else we can think of downtown Toronto.

  4. We have no plans but if I won this we would be visiting downtown Toronto and checking out the sites.

  5. I’ve always loved the Science Centre! I have so many fond childhood memories of school and summer trips, I’ll definitely be bringing the kids there this March Break!

  6. I will spend my March break at the Science Centre and Royal Ontario Museum. I also plan on visiting family and friends

  7. We are hoping to go see The Vikings at the AGO. We love staycations – it would be great to check out the Chelsea!! Thanks so much!

  8. We would love to go to the Sicence Centre and the ROM- love exploring the many fun places to visit and see in Toronto!

  9. I hadn’t had anything planned, but I’ve just been given tickets to the zoo, so that may be on the agenda!

  10. Hoping to at least get to Toronto to enjoy some fun events. Still haven’t been to Ripley’s . This win would make it that much more possible. Thank you for the chance!

  11. The Chelsea Hotel looks like the perfect spot to break away from my routine. I’d take in a show, then stroll along Yonge Street – check out all the changes to downtown. I remember going to Sam the Record Man every Boxing Day as a teenage. Things have changed so much down there. Chelsea Hotel would make a perfect jumping off point for a chance to explore and recharge!

  12. We don’t have too many plans this March Break, just hanging out with the family and maybe going to see a movie or two!

  13. We don’t have set plans yet, but my dad works at the ROM and I’ve been meaning to bring the kids down for a while.

  14. We’ve been bucketlisting the Science Center for years now.. That would be our first stop! Thanks a lot for the chance!!

  15. well my son is 30 and my granddaughter is only 2 months, but if I had a child during march break I love the Ontario Science Center, maple syrup festivals, skating

  16. We are staying local.. We might take the kids to Toronto to see Ripley’s and the CN Tower but, still undecided.

  17. I would go to the CN Tower, the art gallery and/or the Rom. I’d also walk around Yorkville and check out some of Toronto’s best restaurants. You can’t forget swimming indoors at the hotel in a heated pool. Perhaps I’d get a massage as well.

  18. I want to revisit the rainforest at the Science Centre. It was winter before March break when I went on a weekday to explore the levels below. I was surprised to find it as it was like stepping into a tropical climate or country without having left Toronto. While it was winter wonderland outside, there was this oasis inside. I felt very balmy in my winter coat for who’d have thought I’d take pictures in a rainforest in the middle of winter?

  19. staycation at Chelsea Hotel. So much to do and see. Toronto Eaton Centre is within walking distance. Go to Nathan Phillips Square, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and the Hockey Hall of Fame, a nice walk on Yonge Street.

  20. There is so much to do in toronto . These are some great ideas . Hoping to check out the ripleys aquarium soon. Thanks for the awesome contest.

  21. March Break is a great time to spend time with family and friends. Everyone is off from work and school and willing to spend time togeather.

  22. Thank you for listing all these wonderful things to do during March Break to keep the kids from driving us crazy.

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