Things to Do March Break in Toronto 2023

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce's Mill, photo courtesy Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce's Mill, photo courtesy Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

March Break is March 11-19, 2023! If you have kids in school, you will already be planning events for your family during March Break in Toronto. Since everything is open for the first time in three years, you’ll have plenty of options.

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto is offering special activities for March Break 2023.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a great choice for adults and kids during March Break 2023. Tour through the galleries at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada including the Dangerous Lagoon where you can see species up close. The moving sidewalk allows you to see a wide variety of sharks, as well as two green sea turtles and other fish from the underwater gallery.

Aquarist Talks and Dive Shows

Aquarist talks occur Mondays to Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 2: 30 p.m. Find out more about the sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium by asking questions of the husbandry team. You might even get to see a live feeding. Dive Shows take place daily at Ray Bay at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has extended hours during March Break (March 11-19, 2023) from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Purchase tickets online. Tickets are Adult $44; Youth (6-13) $29; Senior (65+) $29; Child (3-5) $12.50.

Murdoch Escape Game at Casa Loma
Murdoch Escape Game at Casa Loma

Murdoch Mysteries Escape Game at Casa Loma

Detective Murdoch is missing and you, Toronto’s newest constables, have been summoned to solve the case! Murdoch Mysteries Escape Game: The Secret of Station House No. 4 features a live actor in-character as a detective to assist participants. The escape game is designed for players aged 12 and up. Adult accompaniment is required for players aged 15 and under at a ratio of 1 adult to every 5 children. Murdoch Mysteries Escape Game is 60 minutes plus a 15 minute intro and 15 minute conclusion. Booking times are Tuesday to Friday at 4:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Admission to Murdoch Mysteries Escape Game is $42 plus tax from Monday to Thursday and Sunday and $50 plus tax on Friday and Saturday. Purchase tickets online. Tickets do not include tours of Casa Loma.

Royal Ontario Museum

Celebrate the beginning of spring during March Break at the Royal Ontario Museum. The ROM is offering special programming from Saturday, March 11, 2023 to Sunday, March 19, 2023 that is included with your ROM admission. The family-friendly exhibits will feature the many ways that wildlife prepare for spring, as well as highlight springtime celebrations from cultures around the world.

March Break 2023 Activities at the ROM

Hands-on activity tables

Select Galleries (Levels 1, 2, 3) 

Explore the international celebrations and seasonal cycles of plants, animals, and people experiencing spring at hands-on activity tables throughout the ROM.

Spring Trails

Currelly Gallery 

Pick up your Spring Trail Guide at the info booth in Currelly Gallery and travel through the Museum to find the six activity stations.

ROM Curators: Ask me Anything

Weekdays only, 2-4pm (March 13-17, 2023)  
Select Galleries (Levels 1, 2, 3) 

If you are seeking more information about an animal, cultural tradition, or object from the ROM collections, curatorial staff are available to answer your questions at various hands-on activity stations.

Invisible Ink: Chemistry in Action

Weekends only, 11 am – 4 pm

Discover what chemical reaction happens when you combine lemon juice and baking soda.

T. rex: The Ultimate Predator (Special exhibit not included with general admission)

Check out the new exhibition that takes a fresh look at the king of the tyrant lizards. Learn more about tyrannosaurs with full size T. rex casts and models, multisensory activities, and interactives.

Hike the ROM

Follow a Hike the ROM trail to exercise body and mind. There are two themed trails for ROM visitors. Pick up your free trail guides at either entrance.

March Break 2023 activities take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is Adult $23; Child (4-14) $14; Senior (65+) $18; Student (with valid student card) $18; Youth (ages 15-19) $18.

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce's Mill, photo courtesy Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce’s Mill, photo courtesy Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area 2023

The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival 2023 takes place at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area from Saturday, March 4 to Sunday, April 1, 2023. The festival will be open during weekends and during March Break from March 13-17, 2023. This is your chance to see how maple syrup is harvested from the sap of maple trees. With warmer than usual temperatures this winter, the window of opportunity to see this process is very narrow.

Maple Syrup Demonstrations take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to the demonstrations, enjoy life size games, horse drawn carriage rides, and disc golf demonstrations. Purchase a variety of food options from local food trucks.

The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival event hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at Bruce’s Mill:
Adults (Ages 14-64): $9.55 + HST; Seniors (Ages 65+): $7.90 + HST; Children (Ages 4-13): $6.20 + HST; Children 3 years and under: Free (with adult purchase).
Parking is $4.70 plus HST.

National Home Show 2023

If you are considering renovating or buying a new home, you might want to visit the National Home Show 2023, taking place March 10-19, 2023 at the Enercare Centre.

The Speaker Lounge will feature the following guest speakers:

  • Mike Holmes on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 12 p.m.
  • Frankie Flowers on Saturday, March 11, 2023
  • Megan Golightly from Simplified on Friday, March 10, 2023 and Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 1 p.m.
  • Michael Holmes and Sherry Holmes on Saturday, March 18, 2023

Theme Days

  • Accessibility & Aging In Place – Wednesday, March 15, 2023
  • Laneways Suites, Garden Suites and Accessory Dwelling Unit – Thursday, March 16, 2023

Get a 15 minute free design intervention from consultants with Reno+Decor magazine’s celebrity guest designers. Shop for spring flowers at the Ontario Flower Pop-Up. Be sure to check out Entertainer’s Paradise Feature Backyard and the 2023 Bonneville Feature Home, which includes a garden suite concept.

Admission is Adult $20 ($17 before March 10, 2023); Senior (65+) $17 ($14 before March 10, 2023); Youth (13-17) $16 ($13 before March 10, 2023).

National Home Show hours are Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission & GO Transit Combo Ticket (18+) $30.

Broadway cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, photo by Matthew Murphy
Broadway cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, photo by Matthew Murphy

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre

Both kids and adults will enjoy the dazzling Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre during March Break 2023. A new generation of wizards cast tantalizing spells as they race to stop mysterious forces in this high tech performance. Performances during March Break take place on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.; Friday, March 17, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $109, $129, $149, $159, $169, $199 and $250 and can be purchased online at Mirvish or by calling 1-800-461-3333. Run time is 3 hours and 20 minutes with intermission. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre is located at 244 Victoria Street.

March Break at Harbourfront Centre 2023

Public Sweat is a fusion of art, sauna culture, and sweat bathing. Be invigorated by heat, art and social connections at this unique cultural experience. Come prepared to bask inside artist-designed saunas and sweat bathing structures, rotate through thermal cycles, and explore numerous artworks as you rejuvenate.

Experience our ‘sauna village’ where you can move through and explore 5 sweat bathing structures each created by a different artist. Every space is unique in design and ranges in temperature, and quality of steam. In one you’ll lie side by side with others on a heated floor, in another you might ladle water on the rocks to watch embedded video art through the rising steam.

Over the course of your two hour session we invite you to explore the different areas at your own pace, alternating between the hot spaces, the cold rinse, and finding moments for rest and leisure in between.

Each booking is for a scheduled 2-hour session with a total capacity of 50 people, where you are invited to move at your own pace between all five sweat bathing spaces, share in a moment of self and community care with others, find some leisurely moments in the lounge, and take in all of the contemporary art along the way.

Admission is $35. 20% off on Tuesday nights $28; Reduced Rate Tuesdays $20 for Students (18+); Seniors; Under 18; and Arts Worker/Artist.

Terra Lumina at Toronto Zoo during March Break 2023

Visit Terra Lumina at the Toronto Zoo during the evenings of March Break 2023. Part of Moment Factory’s Lumina night walk series, Terra Lumina takes you on an immersive experience along a 1.5 km walking path that travels into the future and back. The journey begins when a portal carries you into the wonders of the year 2099, a time when humans and nature have learned to live in harmony.

You will be transported by vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, exciting video projections and an original score to an enchanted world filled with possibility. Exploring this bright and hopeful future will reveal the powerful secrets of tomorrow.

Adult (13-64) $29.99 plus HST; Senior (65+) $27.99 plus HST; Children (3-12) $24.99 plus HST; Children 2 and under Free. Parking is $15.

Orchid Oasis at Toronto Zoo

Enjoy the Orchid Oasis at the Toronto Zoo from February 18, 2023 to March 19, 2023. The Zoo’s Horticulture team have hand-picked a variety of orchid species to showcase and celebrate this gorgeous annual. Stop by the Greenhouse to see the orchids, learn about the various orchid species and take a photo in front of the ‘living wall’ of orchids.

Stay tuned to @zoogreenhouse on Instagram for your chance to win special prizes to celebrate Orchid Oasis. The grand prize includes a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the Greenhouse, featuring a walking tour of one of the pavilions led by one of the Zoo’s Horticultural experts.

Orchid Oasis is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Admission to the Toronto Zoo is Adult (13-64) $24.20; Senior (65+) $19.35; Child (3-12) $15.50; 2 and under Free. Parking is $15.

I hope you learned about events in Toronto that you will enjoy with your family during March Break. I will update this article as I receive more information about things to do March Break in Toronto 2023. You may be interested in reading “Free Things to Do in Toronto 2023“.