Spring’s just around the corner, and that means that relatively soon, schools will start letting out for spring break. For many people, that means a week-long trip to somewhere hopefully sunny and warm, where you’ll be able to defrost and bask in the sunlight after months of being stowed away and constantly bombarded with the blistering winter weather. However, for those families in Toronto who simply cannot find the time or money to travel to places like Miami, Florida or Cancun, or even people who choose to go to Toronto for break, there are plenty of fun things to do with your family for spring break. Not convinced? That’s fine, by the end of this list, you will be. Here are our suggestions for a family-friendly spring break in Toronto.
Toronto Spring Festival
Bid winter farewell by attending the Toronto Spring Festival. On March 18, from noon to midnight, Toronto’s Center for Social Innovation will transform into a playground for everyone to enjoy. This annual festival, which began only four years ago, features treehouse making, art installations, kids workshops, live performances, and even a silent disco. Festival goers can even admire the spring boutique, which features local designers and artists in addition to a pop-up kitchen that will showcase traditional Persian foods.
Wizard World Fun Park
From March 11 to March 18, the Wizard World Indoor Family Fun Park will be opened to families. This attraction features over 25 mechanical and inflatable rides, an area for kids under the age of five, arts and crafts, and even four daily shows to keep the whole family entertained. There are even mascots that walk around for meet and greets. This year’s entertainment includes Birds of Prey, Bounce Entertainment Dance Party, illusionist Wizard-Ry and Doo Doo the Clown.
One Of A Kind Spring Show
The One of a Kind Spring Show is truly a one of a kind spectacle. From March 29 to April 2, over 500 Canadian artisans will be showcasing their own works, from homemade goods to handmade fashion accessories. This year also includes a pop-up One of a Kind French Pavilion, featuring the work of Parisian artisans. The festival also has an area designated for craft drinks where adults can sample local wine, beer and spirits in addition to DIY workshops.
Cherry Blossom Watch
Spring isn’t spring without cherry blossoms. These delicate little flowers are among the first to bloom, and though they don’t usually last more than two weeks, cherry blossoms attract hundreds of enthusiastic people who come to watch the flowers while they’re still in bloom. In Japan, cherry blossoms (or sakura as they’re called in Japanese) are the centerpiece in the centuries-old tradition of Sakura Hanami (cherry blossom flower viewing.) Every March in Japan, large crowds of people gather in parks and have picnics under the cherry blossom trees, where they can admire the flowers. From March 24, Toronto’s High Park Nature Center is the only place in town where you’ll be able to participate in this tradition.
Fun Run
This spring, Toronto will be expecting quite a few fun runs. The days of jogging in the cold are over. For these runs, you can bring your family along, as the run is (as the name suggests) simply for fun. Dress up in a funny costume and pound the pavement while cheering on your loved ones. The end of this run always winds up the same way: with everybody covered in vibrant pinks, blues, yellows, greens—basically, the entire rainbow. The Fun Run is a great way for you and your children to get active and have fun this spring. And even if you aren’t a runner, spectating is just as fun!
TIFF Kids Film Festival
Everybody loves movies, so why not take your kids to a film festival. This year, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary by presenting over 160 films from over 40 different countries. From April 7 to 23, you’ll be able to take your children to see dozens of fantastic films. Anticipated films this year includes Cloudboy, Oh Wheels, Born in China, and the 2002 Oscar-nominated New Zealand film, Whale Rider, which is expected to make its return to the big screen. There will also be a free screening over Anne of Green Gables and The Dog Who Stopped the War in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
Sugar Beach Sugar Shack
On March 10 and 11, you and your family will be able to enjoy a weekend that is entirely about maple. At this maple festival, you’ll be able to enjoy live music while sipping a glass of delicious mulled cider. You will also be able to check out the marketplace, Sugar Shack TO, where you can try out treats like maple taffy. This is a free, family-friendly event, so don’t miss out!