March Break 2014: 10 Things to Do with Tweens in the GTA

March Break 2014 Things to do with Tweens in the GTA

Not going away this March Break? That’s ok – there’s plenty of things to do with tweens in Toronto and the GTA this week.

Here are ten tween-friendly ideas for your March Break staycation in Toronto:

Passport to the World at the Royal Ontario Museum

During March Break, travel the world with the ROM during special family friendly activities. From archaeology to zoology and more, learn about  ROM research being done around the globe. Explore hands-on artifacts and specimens from behind the scenes and engage with ROM staff like never before. You can also check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit (free to kids 14 and under) and the new Forbidden City exhibit, which opens March 8th.

Snow Tubing at Lakeridge Ski Resort

Located north east of Toronto near Uxbridge, tweens will love flying down the tube hills with family or a group of friends. (I’d highly recommend joining in the fun – it’s exhilarating!) Open from 11 am to 9:30 pm from March 7th to 15th, plan to be there for opening or go later in the evening to avoid the peak crowds. Downhill skiing and snow shoe rentals are also available.

Snow Tubing at Lakeridge Ski Resort

Toronto ComiCon at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

This semi-annual comic book convention that runs from March 7th to 9th is not just for comic book aficionados. From Star Wars photo sessions to live script read-throughs of the tween TV show 6Teen to photo ops, workshops and lots of exhibitors, there’s sure to be something your tween will be interested in. If nothing else, the costumes alone will be sure to keep them entertained! Be sure to print up a coupon for free admission for kids 12 and under before you go.

Area 51 Laser Tag at Planet Play

Planet Play is a 10,000 square foot multi-purpose family entertainment venue in Vaughan which caters to children and adults of all ages. Tweens will love the exhilarating rush of playing in the 5000 square foot Laser Tag Arena. From March 9 to 16, enjoy unlimited laser tag missions and access to Orion’s Playground for $20.

TIFF digiPlaySpace

Open from March 8 through to the end of the TIFF Kids film festival on April 21, this interactive hands-on exhibition themed around playing and creating with science and technology will get your tween’s imagination and creativity flowing. From virtual reality games to robotics and 3D printing, kids will have a blast exploring this fun space at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Find out more about the activities that tweens will love here.

TIFF Kids Digi Play Space 3D printer

Tree-Top Eco-Adventure Park in Oshawa

Get active up in the trees at this ecological adventure park 45 minutes from downtown Toronto. Featuring several courses which will challenge and entertain kids and adults of all abilities through Tarzan ropes, ziplines and a variety of different mid-air games. Reservations are required – book a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Ripley’s Aquarium

One of Toronto’s newest attractions, the aquarium is sure to be a popular spot this March Break for families. Open from 8am to 9pm from March 10-14, you may want to plan to arrive first thing in the morning or later in the evening to avoid peak crowds. Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time online to reduce your wait time – you’ll be glad you did!

shark at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto

This is Not a Toy exhibition at the Design Exchange

This unique exhibition features a collection of contemporary sculptures, figurines and artworks created by artists from around the world. Tweens and adults alike will enjoy exploring the vibrant and whimsical environment of designer toys, ranging from tiny trinkets to enormous free-standing pieces.

Art Gallery of Ontario

During March Break you can enjoy family-friendly tours, explore the Kids Gallery, try some family yoga, watch family films, check out the Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge and try out the Time Tremors mobile app treasure hunt – perfect for ages 7-12.

Playdium in Mississauga

This 40,000 sq. ft. indoor complex features more than 200 high-tech attractions, rides and simulators including a MaxFlight Roller Coaster Simulator, Laser Maze and dozens of arcade, video and virtual reality games. Open 10 am to 11 pm (or later) during March Break week.
Will you be enjoying a March Break staycation this year? What activities are you planning to enjoy with your tweens?
Photos: Kathy Sima

About Kathy Sima

Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)

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