Toronto's Entertainment District Is Kidding Around this March Break

TORONTO, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Family based offers in Toronto's Entertainment District during this March Break extend well beyond the District's regular activities.  The fun reaches from the highest limits of the CN Tower to digital play spaces, dance studios, the ballet and live theatre.  Family fun is also offered inside the innovative programming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Exclusive March Break offers run through to Sunday, March 17, 2013.

The CN Tower, Canada's National Tower, defines the Toronto skyline at a height of 1,815 feet, 5 inches and is a must see attraction for children of all ages.  Adventure lovers 13 years and older can experience a thrilling EdgeWalk during a special limited opening in the March Break week.  Families will also save with the CN Tower's new Family Pass pricing.  Up to 23% can be saved on admission tickets with a $99 Family Pass (4 tickets- maximum of 2 people between 18-64). The Family Pass offers general admission access to a choice of thrills: LookOut Level, Glass Floor/ Outdoor SkyTerrace, film, ride, and informational displays.  Additional programs featuring children's author appearances, origami demonstrations and creative writing are also included with admission.  See www.cntower.ca for specific dates of activities and further details.

Throughout March Break, the kidding around the District continues with the funny folks at The Second City, the world's premier comedy theatre.  The company, along with their puppet friends, brings Princess Polly and the World's Smallest Ninja to their Mercer Street theatre for an all ages show beginning March 9 and running through to March 17, 2013.  Tickets for the 2:00 p.m. shows may be booked at 416-343-0011 or by visiting http://www.secondcity.com/performances/detail/1587/

The District, known for its bars, restaurants and dance floors, is also home to dance studios and dance companies. During March Break, The National Ballet of Canada will bring Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, located at 145 Queen Street West. Save 50% on this spectacular production, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, when you purchase four premium tickets for the March 12, 13 and 14 performances.  For ticketing information contact the box office at: 416-345-9595 1-866-345-9595 or visit http://national.ballet.ca/performances/season1213/Romeo_and_Juliet/

March Break may also offer an opportunity for adult intermediate or advanced dancers to take to the stage with lessons at the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company.  The company will be offering a five-day intensive flamenco dance class with master Spanish teacher and choreographer Manuel Betanzos from March 9 through to March 13, 2013. For further information on the $300 per person course, call 416-595-5753 or visit www.flamencos.net.

The entire family will want to take in the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace.  Now back for its second year, it returned to the TIFF Bell Light Box on March 9 and runs through to April 21.  The space, designed for children 3 to 13 years old, features two brand new world premiere installations as well as the returning favourite Be in The Scene, a hilarious interactive program that allows kids to step into a film scene via green screen technology. To learn more about TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, please consult: www.tiff.net/digiplayspace

There are also TIFF Kids workshops and day camps to highlight, including: stop motion animation, robotics, digital sound, children's appcade, a Superhero Mockumentary Camp and the Maker/ Creator Camp. The Bell Free Weekend offers families free regular film screenings, special family films, events, craft workshops and the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2013.  During this weekend all aforementioned activities are completely FREE, courtesy of Bell.  For a complete listing of event dates and times, please consult: www.tiff.net

About the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area:
Established in 2008, TOED's mandate is to promote, improve and preserve a dynamic area of Toronto.  Benefitting from economic, environmental and social factors driving downtown growth, the Entertainment District is in the midst of a renaissance, firmly establishing itself as a thriving and vibrant district for living, creating, working and entertainment. The District is generally bound by the Financial District to the East, Queen St. West to the North, Spadina Ave to the West and the Gardiner Expressway and Harbourfront to the South.
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SOURCE: Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area

For further information:

Janice Solomon, Executive Director
Toronto Entertainment District BIA
416-926-1337
jsolomon@torontoed.com
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