2013 Spring Break Activities in Toronto
If you need to learn “what is Spring Break”, “when is Spring Break 2013″ or “What are some March Break activities in Toronto”, here are your answers. There are many things to do in Toronto.
What is Spring Break?
Many school districts set a one-week vacation in late winter or early spring. Variously known as March Break, Spring Break, Reading Week for universities, or mid-winter break for government agencies, this vernal vacation runs from Monday through Friday when no regular holidays are scheduled.
March Break vacation is an annual event in Toronto, Ontario and many other school districts.
When is Spring Break 2013?
The 2013 Spring Break runs from March 11-15, 2013. It’s nice to see Ontario (”Ontario School Year Calendar 2013“), the TDSB (”Toronto District School Board Calendar 2012-2013“) and TCDSB (”Toronto Catholic District School Board Calendar 2012-2013“) agree.
If you’re in another school district, or attend university, then you’ll need to check your local calendar.
Looking for Spring Break Deals?
Spring Break deals are very hard to find because so many people vacation at this time.
Like many other airlines, British Airways is pretty busy for March Break vacation travel. I found a return flight from Toronto to Nassau in the Bahamas that departs on Tuesday March 11 for a family of four. If you haven’t already booked a tropical spring break vacation, maybe you should try the “staycation in Toronto” ideas for Spring Break deals in the next section.
Three Learning Experiences for Pi Day during March Break 2013
Every year, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14. Unfortunately, Spring Break leaves students out of school just when math can have some fun. At the very least, bake or decorate a “Pi Day Pie”.
At best, check my articles to find a March Break activity that helps make sense of an important piece of math:
- “Roll Out the Simplest Mathematics Activity for Pi Day” has a pretty basic hands-on teaching activity.
- “One Circular Math Activity for Pi Day” also puts the emphasis on measuring circles.
- “The Buffon Needle Drop: a Math Activity for Pi Day” takes a bit more preparation, but can last a long time because you build a set of statistics to estimate the value of pi. This can be a team activity or
2013 Toronto March Break Activities
While many people take March break vacations, others stay near home and seek spring break deals for activities close to home. I found some 2013 Spring Break deals in Toronto for you.
Travel through Literature at Harbourfront in Toronto
If you can’t take a spring vacation, head to Harbourfront Centre on March 13, 2013 where Ben McNally, Matthew Goodman and Iain Reed present two very different “road trip” stories. This is part of “Authors at Harbourfront Centre“.
Adult admission is $10 (probably plus HST), but students with ID are free. The date is Wednesday March 13, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Lakeside Terrace at 235 Queen’s Quay West. That’s at the foot of Lower Simcoe Street, between York and Rees Streets.
Transformation by Fire at the Gardiner Museum
You don’t have to wait for March Break to see the free “Transformation by Fire” at the Gardiner Museum, which runs February 7 through April 28, 2013. The hours are:
- Monday through Thursday from 10am-6pm;
- Friday from 10am-9pm;
- Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.
The Gardiner Museum is located at 111 Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto: south of Bloor, but north of both the Queen’s Park park and Charles Street. It’s a short walk west from the Bay subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line.
City Museums Offer March Break Activities in Toronto
Several Toronto city museums run programs for Spring Break. Rather than explain and link to each museum’s specific site, let’s just say that eight Toronto museums present “March Break Programs in Toronto“. It’s not the first heading on the web page, so scroll or search for “March Break” to get things to do in Toronto for that week.
Sherlock Holmes Sleuthes at Black Creek Pioneer Village During Spring Break
Black Creek Pioneer Village hosts “Sherlock Holmes during March Break 2013“ from March 9-17 to find a clockmaker and his masterpiece. Admission includes a free horse-drawn wagon ride, problem solving and seeking clues. It seems that regular admission rates apply, which range from $11 to $15 (plus HST) for most. BCPV is at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, east of Jane Street off Steeles Avenue and on the western border of York University. Take the 35 Jane bus or 60 Steeles bus; or park your car onsite for $7.
Free Admission to the AGO for High School Students May End after March Break 2013
Ontario high school students can visit the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) for “Free after Three“, with student ID. You must check their web page for the details, such as “Tuesday through Friday after 3pm” and ending after the 2013 March Break week. The AGO is at 317 Dundas Street West, halfway between University and Spadina Avenues. Take the Yonge/University subway to the St. Patrick station and walk west.
Hike in the Rouge Park for a March Break Activity in Toronto
(Added March 5, 2013): The Rouge Park in east Toronto offers hiking expeditions, pretty much on a daily basis. Click on their walk schedule link for the month; then on the next page, click on the dates you can go. Be sure to check whether that particular hike is “family friendly” and/or “dog friendly”. Some hikes involve easier or tougher terrain, and can start at different locations.
Normally I’d provide “how to get there” details, but the Rouge Park is big. It stretches from Lake Ontario at the south, where Lawrence Ave. East ends at Rouge Hills Drive, northwest across Highway 401 to Steeles Ave. East between the Scarborough-Pickering Town Line and beyond Sewell Road to the west.
Spring Break in the Don Valley at Evergreen Brick Works
(Added March 11, 2013): Thanks to a Facebook lead from Planet Friendly, “March Break: Signs of Spring at Evergreen Brick Works” gets a well-deserved if tardy mention here. This event runs March 11-15, 2013. Start hiking at 10am or 1pm; there are other activities from 10-2 daily. Remember that it’s an outdoors activity. It’s free, although the BrickWorks would appreciate a $5 donation.
Find the Evergreen Brick Works at 550 Bayview Ave., on the west side of the street, south of Pottery Road and north of Bloor Street. Parking is $6 on weekdays. (I once stumbled, almost literally, onto their grounds from the Beltline Trail on their west border. It’s a quite lovely area!)
Wrap Spring Break 2013 with the National Home Show
(Added March 10, 2013): This year, the National Home Show starts just as March Break ends. They’re teaming up with Canada Blooms, celebrity renovators, Re/Max realtors and Toyota Canada. Head for the CNE’s Direct Energy Centre from March 15-24, starting 10am daily.
Bring your children to wrap Spring Break, since they’ve labelled March 15, 2013 as “Family Day”. (Not to be confused, of course, with “2013 Family Day Holiday in Canada” which was back in February. It’s a good thing holidays don’t sue for trademark infringement).
Anyway, the Spring Break Family Day at the National Home Show allows children and students free admission, including some entertainment. However, children under 12 are always free, so you only have to arrive March 15 if your children are older than that. Single adult admission is $20. I assume there’s HST, but I guarantee you can find other bargains on their “Buy Tickets” page. (But standard admission is high enough that I’m going to let the National Home Show buy an advertising spot here, rather than giving them a free link. Let me know, dear readers, if this is a nuisance and I’ll consider changing my approach).
One Additional Festival in Ottawa during March Break 2013
(Added March 10, 2013): The “Ottawa Reel Food Film Festival” is on March 14, 2013 at 6:30pm in the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium. If your’re visiting Ottawa for Spring Break 2013, this would be an interesting and frugal event in the capital city of Canada.
St. Patrick’s Day 2013 Ends March Break
(Updated Feb. 28, 2013): In 2013, St. Patrick’s Day lands on the final Sunday of March Break. With travellers returning from Spring Break vacations, stay-at-homes should attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Toronto on March 17, 2013. Read more details in “The 2013 St Patricks Day Parade in Toronto“.
Looking for More Annual Toronto Events?
Use my Squidoo lens, “The DeHaan Lens of Annual Toronto Events” to plan your other weekends. It tracks all the annual Toronto events that I find interesting, and provides ideas for fascinating, free or frugal things to do in Toronto.
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