March on the Cheap! 2019




Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre

Spring may not have sprung quite yet, but it promises to at any moment, and with it comes loads of free fun for the entire family. Whether you're looking for a lucky Leprechaun, or some March Break fun, the GTA has got it going on. You aren't going to have any trouble keeping the family busy all month long; and if you want to do it all without spending a cent, we've got your back with these free or cheap events.

Cineplex Family Favourites - March
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family. More

Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America. More

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in March
Join us to discover the park's natural, cultural and agricultural stories with our friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteer leaders and staff. We have something for everyone, if you are looking for wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, discovering the past, fitness challenges or just to meet new people! Free admission. More

Toronto Light Festival
Until March 3, 2019
The Toronto Light Festival, the City’s first-ever light art festival, is coming back to The Distillery District from January 18 to March 3. The Festival will transform the neighbourhood into one of the largest open-air galleries in North America, lighting up the long winter nights with distinctive works from local and international light artists. This winter, Torontonians of all ages are to come out of the dark and into the light. Free admission. More

Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works
Until March 17, 2019
Skating is back! Visit Evergreen's picturesque outdoor skating rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair of ours! Skating is free, and skate rentals are available for $5 a pair. Join us weekends December through to March, and come out to our new Wednesday night public skate starting in January! More

Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario Place
Until March 17, 2019
Utilizing creativity, innovation, and light, creators from all artistic streams showcase 18 exhibits following the curatorial theme of “Disruptive Engagement”. Additional activities include free public skating and community bonfires where guests can make S’mores. New this year, DJ skate parties hosted by some of Toronto’s best DJs. More

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2019
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE! Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Boxcar Social. The Rink usually opens mid to end of November, weather permitting. More

Skating Parties at Ontario Place
Until March 16, 2019
This winter Ontario Place is hosting our very own skate parties, featuring some of Toronto’s best local DJ’s to keep the tunes going while you skate. Free admission. More

Spectacle of Lights on Toronto's Waterfront
Until April 2019
Witness three stunning illuminated sights this holiday season during the Spectacle of Lights on Toronto’s Waterfront. See the Toronto Music Garden come alive with a fully-animated lighting experience where music notes, harps and canopy will be shining bright over 39,000 long-life, low-energy LED lights. More

March Weekends at Scarborough Museum
Weekends in March
Did you know that Canada produces over 80% of the world's Maple Syrup? In celebration of maple syrup season, tuck into freshly baked maple butter tarts and maple lemonade! Kids craft fourleaf clover or horseshoe bookmarks for extra luck. Admission is Pay What You Can. More

Seussical Celebration at Bridlewood Mall
March 2, 2019
Join us for a Seussical Celebration in honour of Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Enjoy a Seussical Storytime and meet the Cat in the Hat live! Free admission. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
March 2, 2019
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Free admission. More

Sunday FUNday - Photo Scavenger Hunt at Oshawa Museum
March 3, 2019
Based on the Museum’s Exhibit “A True History of Lakeview Park…Mostly”, a series of paintings by local artist Eric Sangwine, visitors will complete a scavenger hunt in Guy House. Free admission. More

Spend March Break at Ontario Place!
March 8, 2019 to March 17, 2019
From March 8th – March 17th, art, movies and fun outdoor activities are ON this March Break at Ontario Place and access to the park is FREE! Cinesphere movies require a ticket. Free activities. More

Build a Clock Tray at Home Depot
March 9, 2019
If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family, we've got a great workshop for kids that will teach them about building. Kids can learn how to build their very own Clock Tray. This FREE Hands-on Workshops is designed for children ages 5 to12. More

Weekend of Free Admission at the Gardiner Museum
March 9, 2019 to March 10, 2019
To celebrate the Gardiner Museum’s 35th anniversary, join us for free family clay programming from 11 am – 3 pm, and enjoy free admission all weekend long! More

Sugar Shack TO
March 9, 2019 and March 10, 2019
Tap into your true Canadian self this March Break at the 4th annual Sugar Shack TO, presented by Redpath! With real maple taffy, ice sculptures, interactive activities, skating (weather permitting), delicious food, a specialty bar and more, there is something for the whole family! Have a staycation and join us at Sherbourne Common to kick off March Break. More

Celebrate Toronto - Toronto's 185th Anniversary Festival
March 9, 2019 to March 10, 2019
Celebrate Toronto, the 2-day festival honouring Toronto's 185th Anniversary, will be held at Nathan Phillips Square. Come by our market, shop from local vendors, feast upon the diverse cuisines from Toronto based Food Trucks. Live music, DJ skate parties, and interactive activities honoring Toronto's 185th Anniversary all weekend long! Food trucks and shopping vendors will be open until 9:00pm, and skates can be rented on site. More

Nature Connection - Signs of Spring at Downsview Park
March 10, 2019
A FREE nature program for families. Connect with the natural world and come out to Downsview Park! Downsview Park staff will take you on a free outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world, starting with Downsview Park! Spring is less than two weeks away and we are ready to celebrate! Signs of Spring is an exploration of what is to come. Join us as we head into the forest for an exciting afternoon. We will play some games, follow tracks and search for clues that a new season is just around the corner. All participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
March 10, 2019
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. More

St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 10, 2019
Canada's largest St. Patrick's Parade takes place every year through the centre of Toronto. The Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade is a colourful celebration of community. Free. More

March Break - Five Free Days of Fun at Bridlewood Mall
March 11, 2019 to March 15, 2019
Enjoy Five Free Days of Fun with our March Break event lineup! Stunt Dogs, Magic, Music and More! More

Indigo Kids March Break Events
March 11 to March 15, 2019
Join us for March Break kids’ activities daily Monday to Friday at 11am. Keep the kids entertained and let their imaginations soar. Free admission. More

March Break Program at Ontario Legislative Building
March 11 to March 15, 2019
Join us for a family friendly tour at Ontario’s Legislative Building on the Saturday of Family Day Weekend. During this program, families will: Explore the historic Legislative Building, Participate in a scavenger hunt, Learn how Parliament works, Create a craft, Have fun, all for free! More

March Break Fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village
March 11 to 17, 2019
Solve the Mystery! The game is afoot! Junior Detectives, we need you to help Sherlock Holmes and Watson to solve the Case of the Missing Jewels! Attend Watson’s Detective School; Crack codes and hunt for clues; Interview villagers and suspects; Solve the crime! Go on Maple Syrup Adventures! Watch out for sticky fingers, literally. Starting at 12:00 each day, delve into the delicious world of maple syrup. Take a wagon ride around the village! See the village from atop a horse drawn wagon from 12:00 – 4:00 each day (Weather permitting). Tickets can be purchased at the wagon. ($2/person). Kids Get it Free: Four children can visit for free with the purchase of at least one Adult or Senior Ticket. More

Nature Connection - Sap Walk at Downsview Park
March 24, 2019
A FREE nature program for families. Connect with the natural world and come out to Downsview Park! Downsview Park staff will take you on a free outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world, starting with Downsview Park! March is the most delicious time of the year. Warm(er) days and cold nights are the perfect weather for sap to begin flowing in our forest. Join us as we check on our sap buckets, learn how maple syrup is made and search for signs of spring! This is a sap focused program, not a sugar bush experience. All participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
March 24, 2019
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. More

Family Fan Day
March 30, 2019
Don’t miss this year’s Canadian Screen Awards Family Fan Day! Come meet your favourite stars on Saturday, March 30 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts! Hosted by Suki & Spencer from The Zone on YTV, it’s a FREE event with unlimited fun for the whole family! Meet & Greet with your favourite Stars and characters. Tons of free activities. More

Night at the Oshawa Museum: Earth Hour
March 30, 2019
This Earth Hour, turn out the lights and turn up the lamplight. Visit Henry House after hours and learn about life before electricity. Costumed guides are on hand this evening to shed light on an earlier time. Look for Oshawa Power in the Henry House Kitchen, talking about energy conservation and will have PUC giveaways! This is a come and go event and is free to attend, with donations kindly accepted. More

More Free March Events
Our Events Calendar is always being updated so there may be more Free March events taking place! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events!

Know of any other Free events taking place in March? Share below!

Photo credit: Ontario Science Centre
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