Things To Do On March Break in the GTA and Ways to Save Doing Them

For me when I know think of March Break I think Maple Syrup Festivals. It's been a yearly tradition since the kids were born to visit at least one Conservation Area having a Syrup Festival. For me, the Halton Parks are closest and are great when you have the pass like we do but we've also ventured out to explore other festivals to shake it up a bit. There are festivals all over GTA whether you're in the East, West or North of the Six. 

Maple Syrup Festivals

Maple Town at Mountsberg

During the Maple Syrup Festival times at Mountsberg, Maple Town comes to life, it is where there will be demonstrations on how Maple Syrup is made and the different stages to making it. There is even free samples and activities during festival. You can also purchase a pancake breakfast with some Maple Syrup. Wagon rides are available for extra fee. Any time of the year, you always get to enjoy the regular activities like the play barn, animal barn and birds of prey exhibits and shows. The Maple Town portion of activities only runs during March Break and weekends starting Mar 2 until April 7th from 10am-4pm and is free with admission.

I have more detailed information on the blog from last year at Mountsberg's Maple Syrup Festival. 

Sweet Water Season at Crawford

At Crawford Lake Conservation Area they have their yearly Sweet Water demonstrations at their Iroquoian Village. They even have a sampling opportunity. You can also enjoy maple taffy for a fee (so yummy) and for the kids there is a free maple themed discovery hunt that when completed they will receive a small prize. Again this festival runs March Break and Weekends from March 2 until April 7th 10am-4pm and is included with admission into the park. 

Deal Alert!

Did you know that you can save your receipt at either of the two parks above and visit the other free same day! Or if you live in the area, you may want to consider getting a Family Membership for the year and get outside more. You can then visit as often as you like to the 7 parks included with the membership! 

Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival 

At Bronte Creek Provincial Park in  Oakville the have their festival running through March Break and weekends in March. The hours are 9:30am-3pm and is included in the admission ($17 per vehicle). You can visit the Victorian Farmhouse where there is Maple Syrup Demonstrations in and around that area. You can purchase pancake breakfasts with their Maple sausages. There is also mention of other activities plus their play barn and animals that they have there too. 

These are the few locations we frequently visit and I could go on and on, however there is some great links with plenty of detail for the many others all over the Toronto Area and the rest of Ontario. If you want to make a day of it you may want to venture a bit out of town and visit one of the many Festivals this year! 

Other Festivals Parades

Down at the Better Living Centre at the Exhibition Place Toronto they will be holding Springfest TO
From March 10-17 10am-6pm the festival promises loads of entertainment and rides. Admission $8.85 +HST or with Unlimited Ride Bracelet $26.50 +HST are the prices online now at the door may differ. You can save more by going through Groupon it has a many options though it says 2 all day passes for $52 (not much of savings if site is saying $26.50 for one) however when you use code SALE until March 7 you'll save 20% that's over $10 and even more if you start with Ebates (an extra 8% today or min of 3%)

St Patrick's Day Parade is on Sunday Mar 10th. The Parade starts at 12pm and lasts about 90 min. The parade starts at St George St and Bloor St going along Bloor to Yonge St and will end at Yonge and University. Here is the Parade map if you are interested in attending. 

Redpath in Toronto is hosting Sugar Shack TO on March 9th and 10th from 11am to 5pm at Sherbourne Common. There is promises of Maple Taffy, Ice Activities, Winter Marketplace, Specialty Bar, Warming Station, Skating Rink, Obstacle Course and best of all Free Admission.

Deal Alert!

BTW if you are heading to a Toronto event starting March 9th Children under 12 do not require a paid ticket to ride GO Train or Transit! They are free so might be worth considering rather then those parking fees! 

Other Events

March Break Big Adventure With Thomas & Friends at the Toronto Zoo happens all of March Break starting on Mar 9th to the 17th. You need to pick up a passport at the Special Events Centre for a Scavenger hunt across the zoo and some other activities at the centre. On the 16th and 17th there will be more activities with guests such as Sir Topham Hatt and they will be giving away free Thomas & Friends Mini Engines to the first 2000 people until supplies last. 

Black Creek Pioneer Village is doing it's Junior Detective where you'll have to solve the clues around the village. Kids are free during March Break with paid Adult from the March 11th to the 17th. Activities are similar to last year if you would like to see my blog post from our visit then. 

The AGO in Toronto is hosting a bunch of exhibits and activities for the family to enjoy. The are also offering $10 off a family pass (2 adults and up to 5 youth) for $39 on advance online purchases from March 9th to 17th.

Casa Loma Imagine Dragons from March 9th to the 17th. They are offering a bouncy castle, crafts, a few shows and other activities to participate in. 

The Rose Theatre in Brampton has something going on daily from the 11th to the 15th. Prices vary there is a few free activities too but make sure you act quick and register while you can. 

Savings at for some great attractions. 

You can visit and purchase discount vouchers below to some great attractions in the GTA

Legoland for $17.99 compared to the walk up of $27.95 or even an annual pass for $39.95 compared to $60

Reptilia pass are $11.99 adult ($17 on website) and $7.99 ($12) 

ROM is $9.99 - $13.99 on Costco from the $14-20 they charge. 

Ontario Science Centre admission from $8.99-$14.99 compared to $13-$22


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