10 Free Things to do in Toronto Over March Break

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Editor’s Note: There is a multitude of closures for popular attractions and cancellations of events in Toronto due to COVID-19. Please check with the establishment or event organizer before you make your plans in order to avoid disappointment.

We don’t know how, but March Break is already here. If you have kids with time off school, then it’s a great opportunity to spend some much needed time with the family. If you don’t have a big trip planned for the break and aren’t quite sure how to fill the days, don’t worry, because there is plenty to do right here in Toronto for free this March Break. Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor activities (weather permitting, we get it) you’ve got options! 

Check out these 10 fun and free things to do in the city this March break!

Sugar Shack

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Start off the March Break on a sweeter note right at Sugar Shack, where you can enjoy some live entertainment, ice activities, maple infused food, and of course a lot of fresh maple syrup! Sugar Shack is free to the public and is such a great way to spend time with your family and friends right at the beginning of March Break —you can even bring the dog along!

Explore The Winter Light Exhibition 

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Ontario Place is hosting it’s 3rd annual Winter Light Exhibition, and what better time to explore this event than during March Break? You can expect to see 21 different light exhibits created from artists across Ontario, with this years theme “Cocoon” in mind. If you need a place to warm up, there’s even a bonfire. If you aren’t sold yet and are looking for something extra to do, you can sign up for “Paint in the Park” for a 90-minute painting sesh, where you get to take home your masterpiece. 

Visit the Animals at High Park Zoo

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Obviously a visit to the High Park Zoo isn’t exclusive to March Break, but it’s still a great fun activity to do now that you and the kids might have some free time. It’s totally free of charge to go visit the animals and some you can expect to see are bison, deer, llama, peacock, cattle, and more!

Explore Allan Gardens Indoor Botanical Garden

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Just in case the March Break weather isn’t as nice as we all hope it is, you can still get around some nature and greenery during the break in one of the 6 greenhouses that Allan Gardens has to offer! It’s a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of plants from all around the world, in Toronto. There’s even a park as well as a dog off-leash area, if you want to get in some outdoor time as well! 

Visit the Winter Stations Art Competition 

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If you thought it’s still a bit too cold to enjoy a nice walk on the beach – think again! Winter Stations is an art installation competition that’s located at Woodbine Beach and it’s well worth the chill. March Break may be your last chance to view the amazing and interactive beach installations before they’re gone! 

Solve a Mystery at Black Creek Pioneer Village 

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March 16-22 10am-4pm

This March Break, Black Creek Pioneer Village is hosting a mystery filled scavenger hunt titled “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sinister Secret” along with some other fun activities like a wagon ride around the village and a maple syrup show. Children under 13 get in for free but an adult ticket costs $15. What a fun way to spend a day with the fam during March Break!

Visit Riverdale Farm Toronto 

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Admission is free every day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Riverdale Farm. Visiting the farm is a great way to spend a day with your family. Plus, you can enjoy some nice scenery visiting the gardens and you can learn about farm life, including the raising of livestock.

Gardiner Museum

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Head to the Gardiner Museum on March 14-15 for fun activities suitable for whole family. The museum is celebrating its 36th birthday with a free weekend of clay sculptures in its pottery studio inspired by the public art on its Front Plaza!

See One of Cineplex’s March Break Movies 

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Although this one isn’t completely free, it might as well be! This March Break you can see a “family favourite” movie for only $2.99 at a participating Cineplex theatres. It really doesn’t get more affordable than that! The movies being shown this March break are: Arctic Dogs, Missing Link, The Addams Family, and Paw Patrol Ready Race Rescue + Paw Patrol Mighty Pups

Visit the AGO

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Visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario is a great way to get out of the house and also see something you might not have seen before. Admission is always free for anyone under 25, members, and pass holders. March Break is the perfect time to finally get out and enjoy some art! A fun exhibit currently showing is, Illusions: The Art of Magic

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