March Break on a Budget

After such a long, harsh winter, we couldn't be happier to see spring again! Take advantage of the kids' full week off school to enjoy the warmer temperatures with your clan, whether with an adventurous day trip outside of the city or a slew of fun spring break activities. We've rounded up some ideas to keep the little ones busy on March Break that won't cost a whole lot.

Be a tourist in your own city...

Have you ever completely toured the city of Toronto to see what it offers? We’re talking about visiting all the main attractions, like you would if you were on holiday in a foreign city. If is this something you’ve always dreamed of doing, get a City Pass and take 5 days to explore TO’s highlights! Admission is deeply discounted and visiting a score of attractions with this type of pass is cheaper than hitting a remote beach. You get to see the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, and Toronto Zoo, while saving up to 50%. Visit

Visit a conservation park...

These types of parks fill up very quickly in the Summer. Spring Break represents a great opportunity to see some natural treasures without huge Summer crowds. Parks are usually within a day's drive of larger urban areas. Visit

Get into the swim of things at an indoor water park...

It’s a hot trend in family travel and if you can’t afford the overnight stay, go for the day! Who doesn't enjoy tall as building speed slides that will send you down a near-vertical or swirly drops. Enjoy everything wet and wild at an indoor water park. Check websites for day pass admissions which will cost less than overnight stays.

Commute to the nearest city...

The Road Trip! It’s the quintessential March Break trip idea, and it’s a whole lot less expensive than a vacation. Neighbouring cities can offer some ‘different’ and fun family attractions. Go for a day trip and hit the local museums and attractions. Have a great family dinner. It will feel like you got away. Plan ahead to see memorable roadside attractions. For cheap overnight stays, research hotels before you leave and pile your whole crew into an inexpensive hotel room.

And for more March Break on the cheap...

Treat yourself and the kids some of these fun affordable activities:

• Check for special events at the library or your community center. They may have story times or other programs for kids. Registrations fees are nominal or activities may even be free.

• Go play outside at your local park, or take a dip in your community pool.

• Let your kids have a sleep-over.

• Visit grandparents or friends.

• If you have a little money to splurge, go to a hotel in your town for one night, preferably one with an indoor heated pool. Swimming 'while it's still cool outside' can be a real treat for everyone.

• Go bowling. This inexpensive activity will provide hours of fun . 
• Take a trip to the skating rink, or the roller rink.

• Go to the movies and check out that latest release you’ve wanted to see. Check for reduced rates on Tuesdays. Or enjoy a movie night at home.

• Plan a game day. Your kids no doubt have board games they haven’t played with in a while. Invite friends to bring their favourite games and join you.

• Cook something together. Even young kids can help shake sprinkles on cookies or pour a cup of flour into a bowl.

• Arts and crafts are fun to do during the break. There are lots of Spring craft projects to be found online and in magazines. Kids can start to think about Easter activities.  

With a little planning ahead, March Break can be fun for everyone!

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