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Spring forward this weekend to March Break next week

Last Updated Mar 11, 2017 at 7:02 am EDT

A child playing with a homemade toy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/The Time, Bob Luckey.

Spring is less than two weeks away so it is only fitting that clocks spring forward an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

The time change means it will be brighter in the evenings, but the downside is that you lose an hour of sleep from Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The good news is that March Break is here, so children and their familes are either spending it out of town or at the various events being held across the city.

If you are staying in town, there is no shortage of things to do. The City of Toronto also has tons on tap such as various camps, drop-in programs, outdoor skating, swimming and activities at historic sites.


ROM’s Big Blue March Break
Take an underwater adventure this March Break at the ROM. The museum’s Big Blue March Break gets underway on Saturday and runs until March 19.

A woman walks behind a blue whale skeleton on display at the unveiling of "Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story" at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on March 8, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A woman walks behind a blue whale skeleton on display at the unveiling of “Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story” at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on March 8, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

 

It features a new exhibition, Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, where guests can come face-to-face with an 80-foot skeleton of a blue whale. There are also lots of marine-themed activities, including big-blue-sea-inspired balloon sculpting and a look at the historical mystery, The Franklin Exploration.

NHL Centennial Exhibit
Celebrate 100 years of NHL hockey with a new exhibit that opens at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday.

Several items will be on display, including the gloves, stick, and helmet worn by the “Great One” when he scored his 802nd career goal, and the gloves worn by Sidney Crosby to win the Stanley Cup in 2009.

The gloves worn by Sidney Crosby when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
The gloves worn by Sidney Crosby when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

 

The gloves, stick and helmet worn by Wayne Gretzy when he scored his 802nd career goal. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
The gloves, stick and helmet worn by Wayne Gretzy when he scored his 802nd career goal. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

Click here for other things you can do at the Hockey Hall of Fame over March Break.

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic
More than 160 shadow puppets will be used to tell the story of star-crossed lovers Zaul and Rudabeh, based on the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings).

A scene from the shadow puppet play "Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic." TIRGAN
A scene from the shadow puppet play “Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic.” TIRGAN

 

The family-friendly play is the creation of filmmaker and visual artist Hamid Rahmanian, in collaboration with shadow master Larry Reed. Performers with ornate handmade masks and costumes are projected on a cinema-size screen to capture live animation.

Four performances will be held March 10-12 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Tickets start at $25.

Toronto Zoo
March Break festivities kick off this weekend at the Toronto Zoo. Guests can enjoy daily character meet-and-greets, featuring PAW Patrol’s Marshall and Chase, Bob the Builder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Michelangelo and Raphael, Dora the Explorer and Boots, and Hatchimals.

Families can also check out the new Connecting With Wildlife Conservation Giant Panda Cub Interpretive Station.

Sugar Shack
Sugar Beach is getting a whole lot sweeter this weekend with the return of Sugar Shack TO.

The event kicks off the first weekend of March Break with two sugar shacks serving up authentic Ontario maple taffy, a winter marketplace, specialty bar and live entertainment. There are also ice activities for kids, including painting on an ice canvas, giant ice tic-tac-toe and battle of the chainsaws.

Sugar Shack runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.

Fun at the AGO
Don’t know what to do with your child’s abundance of creative energy? Let them unleash it at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For nine whole days, starting Saturday, your child can explore a life-sized cardboard maze, build a city out of cardboard, create a mini art gallery, colour all day long, and more. If your kid wants to strike a pose, family yoga is the way to go.

March Break activities at the AGO are free with the price of admission, which is free for children aged five and under.

‘Discover your inner hero’ at Casa Loma
If you are planning to stay in town for March Break, you can still travel to a castle right here in the city. Live interactive shows will take you back to the Middle Ages when knights in shining armour really did exist.

Children can try their hands at arts and crafts, as well as cookie decorating. They can also indulge in s’mores and hot chocolate.