March Break in Toronto - Get in on the action



    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - March Break in Toronto offers a full calendar of
events, shows and attractions to keep kids and parents alike intrigued and
entertained. Affordable packages and specials make it easier to explore new
adventures and rediscover a familiar place.
    "With only seven short days to pack in as much excitement possible,
Toronto is a hub of activity this spring break," said David Whitaker,
President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "This year's line up of events
invigorates the imagination and is set to inspire great travel experiences."

    
    March Break Toronto adventures start with:

    -   Canada Blooms - From March 12-16 the Metro Toronto Convention Centre,
        South Building is in full bloom. The Toronto Flower and Garden
        Festival will dazzle the family with all-day creative displays of
        colour, texture and fragrances designed by Canada's best landscaping
        talents. The Green Playground by the Ontario Toyota Dealers will
        engage kids in the wonders of nature as they experience this
        innovative garden playspace designed just for children by Gardens for
        Living. Kids will learn the art of painting garden pots, planting
        seeds and follow worms as they make soil. Spring is in the air at
        www.canadablooms.com.

    -   Art Gallery of Ontario - Creativity is unleashed at the AGO each
        Sunday until March 16th through Smorgasbord series at the Anne
        Tanenbaum Gallery School from 2pm - 4pm. During these art-filled
        days, families can draw on various inspirations such as Yoga, Whimsy
        and Wonder. General admission fees apply $15 for kids and $18 for
        adults. No experience required, just a sense of humour and curiosity!
        Call 416-979-6608 or visit www.ago.net.

    -   Casa Loma - From March 8-16 celebrate March Break at a real castle.
        Daily performances from pirates and buccaneers 10:30am - 2pm,
        interactive displays and strolling characters provide an exciting
        getaway in the heart of the city. Catch the Pirate Baron's mystical
        magic show, Long John Strong's incredible feats of juggling, or
        follow the lead of Pirate guides on a treasure hunt through the
        castle halls. Adult admission $12 child $6.75. www.casaloma.org

    -   CN Tower - Buy one CN Tower admission package at $33 and get another
        one FREE. Enjoy a meet and greet with Dora and Diego from the pre-
        school series' Dora The Explorer(TM) and Go, Diego, Go(TM) at 11am,
        12pm and 1pm, explore the Pizza Pizza Kids Zone and Flower Power Days
        open from 10am - 4pm, a salute to Canada Blooms at the CN Tower with
        a access to the Look Out, Glass Floor, Sky Pod, Film, and Ride. Visit
        www.cntower.ca for more.

    -   Famous People Players - Discover a world of wonders as Famous People
        Players transforms into a "Big Top" bonanza for their March Break
        feature show, Going Bananas! Jump through magical hoops and fall into
        kaleidoscopes of black light mystery where things are never as they
        seem. Lunch and dinner shows Tuesdays through Saturdays. Adult
        admission $ 54.50, seniors $ 47.50, children $39.95. www.fpp.org.

    -   Hockey Hall of Fame - Have your photo taken with NHL Trophies, get
        your favourite hockey legends signature, or hear tales from the
        'Official Keeper of the Cup'. March Break extended hours from
        9:30am - 6pm Monday through Saturday and 10am - 6pm on Sunday.
        General admission $13. For complete details on all March Break
        activities call 416-360-7765 or visit www.HHOF.com.

    -   Kortright Maple Syrup Festival - Celebrate March Break with the
        40th anniversary from March 10 - 14. Tap into nature and enjoy free
        maple syrup demonstrations, all-day creative crafts, horse-drawn
        wagon rides from 10am - 4pm, pony rides at a small fee from
        10am - 4pm, and pancakes with maple syrup. You can even eat some
        syrup right off the clean snow. www.trcaparks.ca/maplesyrup.

    -   McMichael Gallery - Free March Break Madness special programming with
        the cost of regular admission welcomes children to draw up a storm
        with daily inspirations like The Group of Seven and enjoy
        entertaining songs and performances by special guests. Family
        favourite entertainers Magoo on March 10 and Funky Mamas on March 11
        from 11am-4 pm. www.mcmichael.com.

    -   Medieval Times - Kids are half price at the Toronto Castle from
        March 7 - 23, 2008. With every full-priced adult admission purchased,
        receive 50% off one child 12 years and under. Shows start at 7:30pm
        on Friday, 4:30pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and 4:30pm on Sunday. Call
        for details 1-888-WE-JOUST ext 6.

    -   Ontario Science Centre - From March 7-15 visit the OSC and take
        part in the KidSpark, a new space specially designed for kids under
        eight, filled with water tables, bubble station experiments and much
        more. For the older kids start with Cool Science a liquid nitrogen
        experiment, learn about fire safety through Meet the Firefighters,
        see things shatter, disappear, burn and explode during Science Magic,
        explore the science of space during Survivor Mars and much more. For
        more March Break programs visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.

    -   Outdoor Adventure - Free outdoor skating at Toronto's City Hall and
        Harbourfront Centre complete with music and rink-side hot chocolate.
        Both rinks have skate rental on site. www.toronto.ca.

    -   Royal Ontario Museum - March 10-14 children aged 5-14 can join the
        ROM's dynamic instructors for exciting hands-on activities in
        galleries, studio and classroom labs daily 9am to 4pm. Interactive
        and exciting, the Discovery Gallery, Gallery of Hands-On Biodiversity
        and Dinosaur Exhibit will get the entire family pumped about
        learning. They'll be surprised at how fun education can be!
        www.rom.on.ca

    -   Toronto Botanical Gardens - March 10-14 children aged 6-10 can get
        down and dirty with slugs and bugs; draw, paint and mold clay into
        nature art; plant their own take-home starter garden and go squirrel-
        watching in the forest during the interactive and educational March
        Break camps. For registration info and fees visit
        www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca.

    -   Toronto Zoo - With more than 5,000 animals representing over
        460 species, families will have fun seeing familiar favourites while
        discovering exotic and new creatures. From March 7-16 see the animals
        in action thanks to the cooler weather of March. Check out the fun
        and interactive FROGZIBITZ in honour of the year of the frog. Walk
        through new stations including their Frog Dome and learn how to do an
        authentic frog call. Start your visit to the zoo at
        www.torontozoo.com.

    Getting the Family to Toronto is easy with:

    -   Hotel Packages - Hotel packages available through Tourism Toronto
        starting at $89(*) per night including breakfast. Book online at
        www.torontotourism.com or call 1-800-499-2514.

    -   Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) - Get a TTC Family pass that offers
        families unlimited travel for an entire day on Toronto's local
        transit system. For more information visit www.ttc.ca.

    -   City Pass - Skip long lines to six of Toronto's famous attractions
        for one low price of $61/adult and $41/child, a value of $119. Order
        online at www.citypass.com.
    

    About Tourism Toronto

    Tourism Toronto, Toronto's Convention and Visitors Association, is an
industry association of more than 1,200 members established to sell and market
the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists around the
globe. For more information please visit www.torontotourism.com.

    (*)Hotel packages and prices do not include taxes and are based on the
    lowest downtown hotel fare. Dates vary per attraction, please check
    www.torontotourism.com for special offers.





For further information:

For further information: Justine Palinska, Tourism Toronto, (416)
987-1739, jpalinska@torcvb.com


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