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Keeping kids occupied during March Break is an achievement that requires great skill, courage and strength. With the mid-winter break just around the corner (the “break” part only applying to the kids), parents are bracing themselves for defeat.
Before the panic sets in…
There is hope! With camps and events abound, Parents, there is a good chance of getting through the March Break madness unscathed!
Do you have a budding gymnast somersaulting through the living room? An aspiring chemist that is the primary suspect to missing baking soda and vinegar? Do the walls in your den resemble a Jackson Pollock painting? Do you often find your furniture converted into an obstacle course?
If you answered yes to any of these questions:
The University of Toronto March Break Camp + Workshop offers children (ages 4 to 12) and youth (ages 12 to 17) gymnastics, dance & movement, mini-sport and multisport programs. The full-day programs run from 9am to 4pm, with the option of extended supervision 8am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm, Monday through Friday! The fee ranges from $270 – $315 for the week. For more information visit: www.campuoft.ca, and to register call: (416) 978-3436.
Mad Science of Toronto March Break Camp is designed to combine imagination and knowledge through hands-on learning! There are two different camps offered in Toronto over March Break: the Yonge & Lawrence location offers Brixology where children will explore mechanical and aerospace engineering through LEGO projects, and the Etobicoke location offering Eureka! where children will learn the methods of famous inventors to overcome a series of challenges. The science enrichment camps are offered to children ages 6 to 12, with full-day programs running from 9am to 4pm. The fee for the camp is $260 for the week. For more information visit: http://toronto.madscience.org/, and to register call: (416) 630-5282.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is renovating their Weston Family Learning Center and therefore will not be running their day camp this year, but will be hosting drop-ins from 10am to 4pm all week! Among the many features – including a brand new Kids’ Gallery – is the performance and activities inspired by Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts exhibit, wherein children will learn the music and dances inspired by India’s Royal Court, as well as create their own take-home royal costume. The drop-in program and activities are included in the price of admission. For more information visit: http://www.ago.net/drop-in-at-the-ago-over-march-break-for-life-sized-games-and-art-filled-activities.
The Avenue Road Arts School is offering half-day and full-day programs for children ages 3 to 9. Introducing campers to artists from all over the world, helping to inspire young artists in developing their own style. The fee (which includes all materials) ranges from $285 – $545 depending on half or full-day enrollment. For more information visit: http://www.avenueroadartsschool.com/, to register (or be added to the half-day waitlist) call: (416) 961-1502, or email: email@example.com.
Adventure Valley is a dynamic camp that offers a “choose your own activity” style program, wherein children (ages 4 to 12) choose from 25 different activities – ranging from cartooning to archery to robotics – devising their own camp schedule. The camp is located in Thornhill but offers a transportation option. The fee is $375 for the week, with the option of extended hours from 8am to 5pm for an additional $12. For more information visit: www.adventurevalleydaycamp.com, to register: http://www.adventurevalleydaycamp.com/March_Break.pdf.
With the recent blast of winter weather overstaying its welcome, it is hard to fight the urge to stay inside and watch movies all day in your pajamas. But, these must-see events are a great reason to get the family together and out of the house!
March Break Sugar Shack turns Sugar Beach into an authentic Quebecois “cabane à sucre.” Complete with French Canadian cuisine, local French artists performing live, and sticky maple taffy on snow! It runs March 12th to 13th and admission is FREE.
March Break Mystery Fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village runs from March 14th to March 20th where the family will search for clues to solve the mystery of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Stolen Sheep. For children 14 years and younger admission is FREE.
March Break at the Hall – the Hockey Hall of Fame will be set up with activity stations all week for the mini-Gretzky in your family. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.hhof.com.
Princess Dance Party at Casa Loma – on March 17th Casa Loma is hosting princesses and superheroes for a night of horse-drawn carriage rides, face-painting and beauty parlour pampering, crafting, and the chance to meet some favourite princesses and superheroes. The event is from 6pm to 830pm. Ticket prices are $60 per person, with a portion of the proceeds going to Children’s Wish Foundation. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.torontoptp.ca/
The Second City: Superdude And Doctor Rude is an interactive musical for kids running all week. Individual tickets are $14 or $45 for a family 4-pack! For showtimes and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.secondcity.com/.
If all else fails, remember the words of Franklin Pierce Adams:
“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”