I remember the good old days, when as a kid, all I could look forward to leading up to the month of March, was March Break. Whether in kindergarten or high school, March Break is a time for kids to have fun! March Break is a chance for children and students to finally relax the mind and step away from the stresses of school. It is an opportunity for university students to catch up on studying as well and preparing for exams.
As an adult, March Break is a great time to spend quality time with the young ones. However, it can be stressful as well. If you are stuck at home with restless kids who need something to occupy them, you are not alone. But for some people, they could just be stuck at home, looking for events and plans to go to. Fear not, as we have a bunch of ideas for you.
Hosted by Crane Creations Theatre Company, a professional theatre company in Mississauga, Puppet Festival Mississauga is a seven day puppetry festival taking place in Mississauga during March Break. Puppet Festival Mississauga is filled with exciting puppet shows, animated films and engaging workshops. Puppet Festival Mississauga is an international festival, meaning that they curate events and activities from all around the world to come to Mississauga for this week long festival.
Puppet Festival Mississauga is perfect for family audiences and parents with children of varying ages. They present both in-person events for the whole family, such as puppet shows, and workshops for kids, animated short films for young audiences and more. Tickets are free or priced for admission depending on the type of event.
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Puppet Festival Mississauga is produced by Crane Creations Theatre Company, a woman led not-for-profit professional theatre company in Mississauga.
The festival takes place all over Mississauga with a variety of shows available for all ages to enjoy!
Join Crane Creations Theatre Company from March 8 – 15, 2023 to gift an experience of discovery, joy and laughter through puppets to you and your loved ones. Start your family tradition this March by creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Every year in March, Bradley Museum hosts Mississauga’s annual maple syrup festival. Everyone can enjoy a variety of maple-themed activities for all ages, and learn more about the history and creation of maple syrup. These activities include syrup taste-testing with pancakes, a guided tour of the maple sap line with museum interpreters, a maple exhibit and gift shop at the Anchorage Gallery with plenty of products supplied by Ontario’s maple syrup producer, Voisin’s Maple Products.
Interested in the arts, music, drama, and dance? Studio PAVAS provides full March Break Day Camps from March 13th – March 17th, 2023 for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Not only are students encouraged to explore and expand their creativity, this camp is a great opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and develop and learn from professional teachers. At the end of the week, the camp will end with an exciting student performance. In a span of just one week, students are able to participate in 6 different classes. Classes inclue Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Acro, Lyrical, and Mixed Media Art. Visual artists are able to choose an art discipline for the week, learning both 2D and 3D art mediums, drawing, charcoal, mixed media.
Not ready to spring forward and grasping to the last weeks of winter fun? Go ice skating at Celebration Square where the ice rink will be open to the last week of March! Even if you don’t know how to ice skate, there will be times where you fall, but don’t be afraid to get right back up and try again! And if you’ve mastered being on the blades on ice, bring your own ice skates and you can even get them sharpened there to show off your potential. Ice skate rentals are also available!
And if you really are passionate about learning proper ice skating techniques, do register for ice skating lessons and classes at the Port Credit Skating Club for its winter program that runs from January 3 to April 16, 2023.
From ages 5-12, if you are a visual arts lover, register for their art camp from March 13th-17th, 2023. Learn through experienced artist instructors and lead campers through a variety of fine art and craft projects. While working in the art studios in small groups of 16 campers or less, kids can make new friends while exploring drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Registration cost includes art materials, camp t-shirt art smock, a March Break special guest and a pizza lunch.
Want a fun way to enjoy food while learning an essential life skill such as cooking. Cook Smart Program lets kids have a great hands-on experience learning food safety, good nutrition, and how to make delicious snacks for themselves. Join Cook Smart from March 13th to 17th, 2023 where kids ages 6-12+ can learn how to make good nutritional choices, try new foods, and use basic kitchen tools safely to make tasty snacks just from fresh fruits, vegetables, while also learning how to bake. And of course, learning how to clean up the kitchen properly after use!
Visit the Art Gallery of Mississauga located right next to Celebration Square in the centre of Mississauga. Watch exhibitions from artists across the city of Mississauga, and enjoy activities and programs for kids during March Break. Admission to the art gallery is free.
If you love musical theatre, grab your tickets and watch a musical, at the newly renovated Meadowvale Theatre. From March 3 – 12 2023, City Centre Musical Productions and The Encore Series, present The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.
Cheer on your fellow community theatre enthusiasts as they perform this beloved tale. You can buy tickets here.
Want to escape the suburbs of Mississauga and enter the city life of downtown Toronto to enjoy your March Break? The Royal Ontario Museum, located in Toronto, is one of the most diverse museums in the world. The museum showcases art, world culture and natural history, with researchers studying everything from archeology to zoology. Fun fact: the ROM attracts more than one million visitors, both locals and tourists, every year, making the ROM the most visited museum in Canada.
For children ages 5 to 14 years old, the Royal Ontario Museum is hosting tours and sessions to allow children work on art projects, and science experiments done in their learning labs. It gives the chance for children to learn and explore the galleries of the ROM with the instructor. There are also games and activities so that the children can learn but also have fun. After all, it is March Break, therefore, a break from school.
10. Visit the AGO
Right along the Royal Ontario of Museum, take advantage of the free admission for people ages 25 and under, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, also located in downtown Toronto. Browse through the collections of more than 9000 works of art, making the AGO one of the most distinguished art museums in North America. The exhibitions that are on are always changing, making the gallery very exciting to visit many times a year, along with the permanent collections such as the vast collection by the Group of Seven.