Toronto's Entertainment District Welcomes March Break

TORONTO, March 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Family based offers during this March Break extend well beyond The District's regular activities.  A wide array of innovative, engaging and value-added, exclusive March Break activities in The District run March 16 through to March 22, 2015.

The fun reaches from the sea level of the Ripleys Aquarium of Canada, to live performances of The Heart of Robin Hood at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, The National Ballet stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and fun on ice with Disney On Ice inside Rogers Centre.  March Break activities are also packaged up for family overnights at The Ritz-Carlton,Toronto, The Fairmont Royal York and InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel. Film fun can be found inside the digiPlaySpace exhibition and cinemas at TIFF Bell Lightbox.  Family fun climbs its way to the highest limits of the CN Tower for great savings and family programming.

Sea level fun during March Break begins at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Families can get a head start on their March Break enjoyment when the aquarium opens an hour earlier at 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with free coffee and SunRype snacks, served daily each morning until 9:00 a.m. The extended hours begin on March 16 and run through to March 20, 2015.

A new stage adventure, The Heart of Robin Hood, has extended its performances through March Break at the Royal Alexandra Theatre until March 29, 2015. Additional matinee performances have also been added throughout March Break. This raucous and thrilling production explodes off the stage with swashbuckling, acrobatics, comedy, romance and original music written and performed by the celebrated indie roots band Parsonsfield. For tickets go to www.mirvish.com

The District, known for its bars, restaurants and dance floors, is also home to performances by The National Ballet of Canada.  The company will bring Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to the stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The show opens on March 14 and runs through to March 29, 2015.  For ticketing information contact the box office at: 416-345-9595, 1-866-345-9595 or visit  http://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2014-2015-Season/Alice

The magical world of Disney comes to Toronto's Rogers Centre this March Break with "Disney On Ice." Enter a fantastical winter wonderland. Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The Academy Award winning movie is "live" and comes to Rogers Centre with dazzling special effects, astonishing skating, and inspiring songs including "Let It Go." Join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, Mickey and Minnie Mouse---and many more of your favourite Disney characters--- for this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship. For groups of 15+ you may call 416-341-3147. Recommended age is two and up. For Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Disney-On-Ice-Frozen-tickets/artist/1976977

With so many sights to see and activities that bring the family together in the District, visitors may want to enjoy a night or two by staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto on Wellington Street or at the Fairmont Royal York and InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel on Front Street West. All three hotels are located steps away from the top attractions like Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, CN Tower and the Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre.

Little ones will be kept entertained with a luxurious fun-filled night at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The Family Fun package allows guests to choose their own adventure. The Family Fun package starts from $590 per night, based on a family of four (two adults, two children). For reservations visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Toronto/Reservations/Packages/Detail/family_fun_package.htm or call 416-585-2500. 

The kids are the King of the Castle at The Fairmont Royal York when the adults book The Ripley's Aquarium Family Package starting at $249 CAD per night, based on availability. Rate is subject to taxes and a Destination Marketing Program Fee. For more information visit: http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/special-offers/hotel-offers/

With savings up to $100 per night, the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel 's March Break Family Package starts at $209 per night and is designed to ensure that they offer the best experience for the entire family. The March Break Family Package at InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel can be found at this link: http://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/special-pkg/seasonal-packages.aspx

TIFF Bell Lightbox is the place for film lovers of all ages to spend March Break in Toronto, from the return of the award-winning interactive exhibition, digiPlaySpace, to the rare opportunity to see some of the most beloved Walt Disney Classics back on the big screen. Week-long March Break Camps for kids aged nine to 12 (available March 16-March 20) take participants into the worlds of filmmaking and fun. Over the break, there is something for everyone at TIFF Bell Lightbox. To learn more about March Break at TIFF Bell Lightbox and the upcoming TIFF Kids International Film Festival, please consult:  http://tiff.net/kids-family

CN Tower, Canada's National Tower, is a Toronto must see attraction with March Break activities celebrating the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and National Engineering Month.  The official attraction of the TORONTO 2015 Games, the CN Tower is the place to see sport demonstrations by Canadian rhythmic gymnasts and taekwondo athletes.  Get your game on with table tennis demonstrations. Plus, all week long see Canadian athletes and enter for a chance to win great prizes including tickets to the TORONTO 2015 Games! This March Break will be the only place to see the Pan Am Torch (March 17-20), before it begins its historic 41-day journey from Mexico back to Toronto on May 30, 2015.  The CN Tower also features: world's #1 elevator ride, LookOut, Glass Floor, SkyTerrace and SkyPod observation areas, movie and three dining options.  Adventure lovers 13 years and older can experience a thrilling EdgeWalk during a special limited opening from March 14 through March 22, 2015 during March Break week. EdgeWalk officially opens for the full season as of April 13, 2015 (http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca/).

Families will also save with the CN Tower's Family Pass pricing of $99 (four general admission tickets- maximum of two people between ages13 to 64). The Family Pass offers general admission access to a choice of thrills: LookOut Level, Glass Floor/ Outdoor SkyTerrace observation areas and March Break programming.  Visit www.cntower.ca for specific dates of activities and further details.

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. From Air Canada Centre to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Entertainment District includes many of Toronto's most iconic buildings. In the heart of the District is the CN Tower, Steam Whistle Brewing, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, MetroCentre, Rogers Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre and TIFF Bell Lightbox (www.torontoed.com).

SOURCE Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area

For further information: Janice Solomon, Executive Director, Toronto Entertainment District BIA, 416-926-1337 jsolomon@torontoed.com, torontoed.com, facebook.com/ torontoed, twitter: @toronto_ed

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