Staying home for March Break doesn’t have to mean pulling your hair out while the children run around you in circles.
With Ontario attractions recognizing that families who are staying home this week need attention too, you can still get a great week without breaking the bank.
Here are 5 to get you going:
1. March Break at the ROM
From March 9 – 17, head on a global adventure to explore six different worlds including archaeology, palaeontology, zoology and more.All interactive activities and art projects are included with general admission from 11 am to 4 pm daily. Interested in the exhibitions and galleries without the activities? Take advantage of discounted pricing after 4:30 pm (Adults-$9.00; Students/Seniors- $8.00; Children-$6.00), and special extended hours open evenings until 8:30 pm.
2. Ontario Science Centre
Got a Sonic the Hedgehog fan at home? How about Mario Bros.? Pac Man? Pong? If the love for video games surpasses generations in your house, like it does in mine the newest exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre is bound to get people excited. Arriving March 9 the Game On 2.0 exhibit will feature more than 150 playable games – including pinball games – from across the history of the medium. In its first Canadian Appearance, the exhibit is bound to be popular with visitors who can experience more than 60 years of gaming and gain insight into what’s coming next. There are interactive opportunities for all ages and the exhibit is free for all ages.
3. Ski Party at Horseshoe Resort
Tweens and teens need entertaining too. Canada’s newest and Ontario’s largest ski and snowboard festival, Horseshoe Open, March 8-10. Presented by 102.1 The Edge and hosted by radio station personalities, Dean Blundell and Todd Shapiro, the three-day event will host some of North America’s best skiers, snowboarders and DJs alongside concerts from celebrated Canadian rapper, Kardinal Offishall and indie rock group, Young Empires. Watch skiers and snowboarders compete in events that span the resort’s 26 ski runs and popular terrain park, including Slopestyle, Rail Jam and Junior Jam categories. The main event comes on Saturday evening when the professional Big Air competition takes to the firelit skies. The Coors Light Pro Rider after party with performances from Young Empires and Kardinal Offishall caps it off. Stay into the week and enjoy the Kids Korral program – winter day camps from $40 per day, which include winter adventure walks, snowman building, indoor/outdoor arts & crafts, snowshoeing, winter soccer and more. And with ski programs for kids as young as 3, you can make sure the entire family is enjoying the fun.
4.Hockey Hall of Fame
Chances are your little ones still haven’t quite got over that strike from a few months back. And now that the shortened season is in full-gear they need somewhere to go where they can work off that pent up energy. The Hockey Hall of Fame is perfect for that. I love that it’s so close to Union Station – making it easy to get to – and it’s in the heart of downtown meaning you can easily add it on to another stop or pop out to grab something to eat without requiring a bank loan.With extended hours over March Break and a new 3D movie to watch, it’s bound to be a hit with your smallest NHL fans.
5. Delta Chelsea Hotel
Voted City Parent Magazine’s “Best Hotel in the GTA” ten times since 2002, The Delta Chelsea Hotel is a great spot from which to take in the best of the city. My favourite thing about the Delta Chelsea is the effort they put into providing quality family programming during holiday weeks. This March Break is no different. Expect to be met in the lobby by the hotel robot “DC”, face painting stations, refreshments, a movie station to keep the children entertained and an information desk so you can start planning your activities. The Family Fun Zone which boasts a Kid Centre, the Club 33 Teen Lounge and a family pool with “Corkscrew,” the only indoor waterslide in downtown Toronto is always popular. And extras during March Break that include Rocks and Rings curling, complimentary Segway rides, a chance to meet Scooby-Doo and family trivia nights handle all the energy little ones can muster. Best of all the hotel prides itself on helping families have great stays at great rates: Kids 17 and under stay free in the room of their parents. Kids eat for free from the special children’s menu for children 6 and under, while children ages 7 to 12 years old, eat for half price from the regular menu or at list price from the special children’s menu. And when you’re not at the hotel? You can hit up area attractions or check the kids into a program and head off to enjoy the separate adults-only area on the 27th floor which features a state-of-the-art fitness facility and pool. Hey, It’s your March Break too, right?
Looking for more? CAA offers a full list of Member-exclusive partner offers and special March Break deals including discounts that can be used with some of the locations mentioned above. Visit CAA’s March Break page for details.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CAA. As always all opinions are my own.