March Break in Ontario, Canada, runs from March 9 to 18, 2012.

Here are some March Break events that are FREE, partially FREE, or require relatively reasonable admission fees (such as the March Break Programs at City of Toronto Museums):

  • March 10 – 18 at the NFB Mediatheque: “Can You See in the Dark?”

    • Invite your children to a world where life is seen with all of your senses … except your eyes.
    • Location: MEDIATHEQUE
      150 John Street
      Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C3
      416-973-3012
    • Featuring the animated film Private Eyes,

      • about Matthew, a young boy who is blind and uses his other senses to discover the world around him
      • he’s got eyes hiding everywhere: in his hands, in his feet and especially in his ears
      • this week, his mother and father are preparing a surprise for his birthday and he can hardly wait to find out what it is
    • Following the screening, children will take part in a total sensory experience.
    • They will become attuned to their other senses through such hands-on activities as odour sampling, navigating their way around a bedroom blindfolded, learning how to walk with a cane, write their names in Braille, and more!
    • Please click here for more information on the activities.
    • Drop in any time, no registration required.
    • To inform us of groups of 10 or more, please contact Merrill Matthews (416-973-7114) or Michèle Tredger (416-973-2186).
    • $5 per child, FREE for accompanying adults.
    • ALL AGES
    • In partnership with the CNIB.
  • FREE Kids Colonial Food & History Show

    • March 10, 2012, 9 am – 10 am
    • St. Lawrence Market– Contact info:
    • Listen to stories from historian Bruce Bell about Old Town Toronto, the war of 1812, and what it was like to be a kid 200 years ago!
    • In between, our chef will be whipping up a batch of mini maple scones for everyone to enjoy.
    • FREE

This video invites you to stop by the St. Lawrence Market to support upcoming culinary artists of Toronto in special events, including the inaugural GradsMarket Event which is a one day culinary competition and a graduate showcase, 
sponsored by St. Lawrence Market:

  • GradsMarket Event: Culinary Artists

    • St. Lawrence Market is proud to be the supporting sponsor of the GradsMarket
    • The inaugural GradsMarket Event is a one day culinary competition and a graduate showcase, sponsored by St. Lawrence Market.
    • Open to the public, in a successful food sampling format, GradsMarket gives students from various culinary schools the opportunity to shine, network and receive feedback.
    • Visitors will mix and mingle, enjoy sample portions of signature dishes, get inspired for further shopping on the Market, vote for the best dish and take the opportunity to hire graduates for future events.
    • All ingredients will be sourced from the market and we will help you find them.”
    • GradsMarket Event is a celebration of food and education.
    • For more information visit our website: www.gradsmarket.ca or contact us : whatsup@gradsmarket.com”
    • Tickets: $5 at the door
  • Enjoy the great outdoors this March Break at Presqu’ile Provincial Park: Waterfowl Festival

    • On Saturday and Sunday, March 17 – 18, 2012, 10am to 4pm; Phone: (613) 475-4324
    • If you’re in eastern Ontario or east of Toronto, Presqu’ile Provincial Park has an annual migration celebration
    • Organized by the Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park,
    • Learn more about water birds as you watch thousands of ducks, geese and swans flock to the park on their way north during migration:
      • Volunteer naturalists help you to view and identify over 25 species of ducks, geese and swans
      • Young families can enjoy organized kids’ activities and indoor displays at the park’s Lighthouse Interpretive Centre
      • A BBQ lunch will be served on both days
    • Reservations can be made online at OntarioParks.com/welcome or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK.
  • Rondeau Provincial Park: Wings of Spring Festival

    • It’s the annual  Wings of Spring waterfowl migration festival organized by the Rondeau Bay Waterfowler’s Association and the Friends of Rondeau
    • on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 – 18, 2012, 10am to 4pm
    • Rondeau Provincial Park is smack in the middle of one of North America’s major migratory routes
    • Thousands of birds including Tundra swans, other waterfowl, songbirds and birds of prey, make their way north through this park
    • Plan to come and enjoy learning more about the spring migration at Rondeau’s viewing stations and Visitor Centre:
      • We will open the doors of the Visitor Centre for the March Break (March 10th – 18th, 10am to 4pm) and the festival will take place on the 17th and 18th
      • We’re excited to welcome back the Ontario Falconry Centre who will be putting on two Bird of Prey shows during the festival (1pm at the Visitor Centre on the 17th and the 18th).
      • We’re also happy to report that there will be waterfowl viewing stations set up around the park on both days of the festival
      • There will be a BBQ down at the Visitor Centre both days of the festival, birdhouse building, local artisans at the Visitor Centre displaying and selling their wares, and there will be crafts for the kids.
    • Reservations can be made online at OntarioParks.com/welcome or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK.
  • The Battle of York, Other Ballads & 1812

    • March 31, 2012
    • at the Market Gallery located at St. Lawrence Market South Market Building-Second Floor; 92- 95 Front St East
      Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1C3; Phone: 416-392-7604
    • FABLED CITY: The Battle of York and Other Ballads and Tales of the War of 1812
      • From tales about Tecumseh to little known lore of York, storytellers Lorne Brown and Pat Bisset present stories and ballads from the war of 1812. Hear the earliest folk ballad that mentions Toronto (York) and a Toronto school inspector’s story.
      • These captivating tales weave together to form a folkloric backdrop to the Market Gallery’s exhibit “Finding the Fallen: The Battle of York Remembered”, which runs from March 3 – Sept 8, 2012 – FREE
      • Storytellers Lorne Brown and Pat Bisset will be at the Gallery on Saturday March 31 at 11am.
    • Attendance is FREE.
    • Please RSVP as seating is limited at marketgallery@toronto.ca
    • For more information: 416-392-7604

March Break Programs at City of Toronto Museums at Relatively Reasonable Admission Fees

SOUTH Colborne Lodge Drive north of The Queensway

Colborne Lodge in High Park
At the south end of High park, on Colborne Lodge Drive, just north of The Queensway
416-392-6916
clodge@toronto.ca

DROP-IN for Families
Ages 3 & Up
An Outing in High Park – Start at Colborne Lodge
March 10 to 18, 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Drop in for a tour of the historic house and a children’s activity based on early life at Colborne Lodge. Make it a day in High Park for you and your family! The Lodge is located close to both the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and the Animal Paddocks. Adults $5.71, Seniors & Students $2.62, Children $2.38 (plus applicable taxes).

SOUTH Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard

Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard, off either Lake Shore Boulevard or Bathurst Street
416-392-6907
fortyork@toronto.ca

DROP-IN for Families
Ages 3 to 12
March Through Time
March 12 to 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children between the ages of 3 to 12 will love to dress up, march like a soldier, cook in the historic kitchen, play music, and much more! Enjoy all kinds of fun activities related to Fort York and Toronto’s history. Adults $7.62, Seniors & Youths $3.81, Children $2.86 (plus tax). Children under 3 are free. Parking is available at the main entrance.

NORTH Yonge Street at Park Home Avenue

Gibson House Museum
5172 Yonge Street north of the North York Centre between Sheppard and Finch Avenues.
Accessible via the laneway north of the construction at Yonge and Park Home Avenue.
416-395-7432
gibsonhouse@toronto.ca

DROP-IN for Families
All Ages
Family Discovery Tours
March 12 to16, 12 to 4:30 p.m.

Take a discovery tour of the historic house, explore a different theme each day. Experience hands-on activities in our Discovery Gallery and make a craft to take home. Themes: Maple Monday, Toy Tuesday, Woolly Wednesday, Thready Thursday and Fireside Friday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults $5.48; Seniors/Youth $3.10; Children $2.61 (plus tax)

DOWNTOWN Dundas Street 2 blocks east of Yonge

Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street, 2 streets east of Yonge Street, south of Dundas Street
416-392-6915
machouse@toronto.ca

DROP-IN for Families
All Ages
March ‘Musements
March 10 to 18
Monday to Friday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Drop in for some Victorian fun! Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Create your own three-dimensional image & make a relief print. Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesday, Thursday: Illustrations and Aquatints! Print your own picture on the 1845 press & watercolour it! Adults $5.71, Seniors & Youths $2.62, Children: $2.38 (plus tax)

DOWNTOWN Pottery Road, west of Broadview, east of Bayview Extension

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
67 Pottery Road, west of Broadview Avenue
416-396-2819
todmorden@toronto.ca

DROP IN for Families
All Ages
March Mania in the Valley
March 10 to 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drop in to explore our historic homes and sample tasty treats prepared on the open hearth. Learn about life in 19th-century Toronto. Create a unique take-home craft. Make sure you take a tour of our Wildflower Preserve during your visit. Adults $5.24, Seniors/Youths:$2.14, Children $1.43 (plus tax)

Happy March Break!

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