Like most parents, you’re probably already stressed out about what to do during March Break. Here are some ideas for five days of fun in the GTA.
Day 1 – Start your March Break with a trip to Legoland. Buy tickets in advance to take advantage of the reduced rate and arrival time guarantee. Check out legolanddiscoverycentre.ca for hours and pricing information. My kids (ages 4 and 7) loved the CN Tower made out of Lego in the MINILAND. With a 4-D movie, millions of Lego pieces and even rides, my kids wanted to stay longer than the recommended two hours. Legoland is located at Vaughan Mills Outlet Mall, so if you’re feeling ambitious after Legoland, take them to Build-a-Bear Workshop or even to the pet store.
Day 2 – Whites aren’t only for tennis. Dress your family up in white and head on over to Putting Edge Fun Centre for a glow-in-the dark bonanza. My kids had the best time playing mini putt in the dark and dancing to today’s top hits. “This is awesome,” my daughter said. “My favourite part was the glowing in the dark,” my son told me. Putting Edge is located in Vaughan and they have extended hours for March Break. Take a look at their website puttingedge.com for pricing and additional information. After playing a round, I couldn’t escape without allowing my kids to play the arcade games. The prize selection is limited but the kids had fun choosing a gumball machine and mini basketball game. There were some treats for purchase but we opted to go to a near by Menchie’s for lots of frozen yogurt and topping choices. Give yourself at least two hours for this activity.
Day 3- Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park was the most fun I’ve had in a long time! Forget my kids, I had so much fun jumping across from my kids on individual trampolines. My daughter loved jumping on the trampoline to shoot a ball in the basketball net. My son loved jumping off the trampoline into a pit filled with foam blocks. It was good exercise, too! Skyzone’s hours are great and you can select how long you’d like to jump. I found an hour was plenty! There are picnic tables for those who prefer to bring a lunch and there is a water fountain for bottle refills. Book a time and fill out the waiver online to save wait time disappointment. There is a location in Toronto and Mississauga. Look up skyzone.com for directions, hours and detailed pricing.
Day 4 – Just in time for March Break, it’s maple syrup season! Why not check out the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at the Kortright Centre (Woodbridge) or Bruce’s Mill conservation area (Stouffville). Catch some fresh cold winter air while learning about tapping syrup at the various maple syrup demos. The kids will love the wagon rides, though they are in addition to the admission price. Make sure to choose a mild day to visit so your kids will have a chance to see the sap drip from the tree. You can take a 45 minute guided tour or venture on the paths by yourselves. Last year, my kids enjoyed the pancake breakfast, petting zoo, magicians, ice carving and best of all roasting and of course eating marshmallows! Last admission is at 4pm so make sure to arrive early to enjoy all the activities. Visit maplesyrupfest.com for videos, pricing and other details.
Day 5 – For the adventurous types, and children over 42 inches tall, visit Glen Eden for snow tubing located outside of Toronto in Milton. It might be the most fun you have on March Break. Here’s how it goes… grab an air-filled tube, choose one of the four chutes and enjoy the ride! Your older children may choose to venture out on their own by boarding or skiing. My favourite part was sitting out by the fire after playing outside for over 3 hours! Check out gleneden.on.ca for pricing and additional information. A quick note, buy enough ride tickets for the number of times you’d like to tube. You can always save your unused tickets for another visit later this season.
After 5 adventurous days, as the end of the week rolls around, your kids will be so tired they’ll be excited to return to school and tell all their friends about the amazing March Break they had!
by: Danya Lantz