Press Release:
March Into Toronto During Spring Break

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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TORONTO (February 21, 2013) – From March 10 – 18, 2013 Toronto offers a wide variety of activities, events, shows and great deals for the whole family. Tourism Toronto is offering guests a chance to save and see so much more with the popular Attractions & Events Package available at www.SeeTorontoNow.com. The package, which features 37 downtown Toronto and surrounding area hotels, starts as low as $85 (based on double occupancy) and includes one-night hotel accommodations and tickets to one or more of the following: Casa Loma, Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto Zoo, and the Ontario Science Centre.

Events & Attractions

From Pong to Guitar Hero; the Ontario Science Centre (OSC) will host Game On 2.0 with more than 150 playable games from across the history of the medium – including pinball games – as well as rarely-seen consoles, controllers and collectables. Included with general admission, Game On 2.0 will run March 9 – September 2, 2013. Kids can also set sail for an adventure as you uncover the science secrets in the life of a pirate during OSC day camps March 11-15. Science of the High Seas camp special will feature all the pirate-ology needed to run a tight ship! www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Check out the CN Tower from March 11-15 and play the Fix-It Felix Jr. arcade game from the movie WRECK-IT RALPH. Participate in activities with celebrated authors from Kids Can Press, including Helaine Becker and The Leung Brothers. On Wednesday March 13 only, spend time with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and discover all the cool ways engineers influence the world around us. www.cntower.ca

Escape the winter and make your tropical getaway to the Toronto Zoo this March Break and visit the Zoo’s tropical pavilions or enjoy the winter with the Zoo’s award winning Tundra Trek Exhibit. Guests can also attend keeper talks and learn all about their favourite animals. From March 10 to March 18, the Zoo’s hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. http://torontozoo.ca

Along with hosting a March Break Art Camp where kids will explore the topics of consumerism, environmentalism and collaboration, the Art Gallery of Ontario has many unique exhibits for just about any art lover. Children under five are always free at the AGO. www.ago.net

Toronto’s historic Casa Loma gets enchanted this March Break with princes, princesses and even pirates. During March Break guests can enjoy sing-a-longs, plays and Snow White. Every day of the week, Casa Loma is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.casaloma.org

From Archaeology, to paleontology, to zoology and more, learn about the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) research being done around the world. Explore hands-on activities and specimens from behind the scenes and engage with ROM staff like never before. Come to the ROM this March Break and experience your Passport to the World! Explore Natural World, Prehistoric World, Rock Your World, Material World, Ancient World and Medieval World. With extended hours from March 9 to March 16 the ROM is open 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. www.rom.on.ca/en

The Hockey Hall of Fame showcases the best of the best game you can name. It features a wide variety of interactive activities such as taking shots on real-time goalies and calling play-by-plays on some of the greatest goals ever scored. After you’re done taking your picture with the Stanley Cup you can take in the new, first-ever 3D hockey movie called “Stanley’s Game Seven.” During March Break, families can meet all of their favourite Toronto mascots and even some of the Toronto Marlies. From March 10 to March 18, the Hockey Hall of Fame will be open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. http://www.hhof.com/

Indulge yourself in a delicious and educational experience with Tasty Tours’ Kensington Market Sweets Tour on March 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. During the 2-hour tour, families will sample the most delicious sweets from 6 different stores, and learn about the history of sweets. http://www.tastytourstoronto.com/index.php

Join the Bata Shoe Museum this March Break (March 11-15) for some fabulous sneaker fun! Tie dye a pair of shoe laces, embellish a high top sneaker key ring, decorate a sneaker-shaped cookie, try on cool sneakers, win fun prizes and lots more! $8 per child; $8 per adult (adult must accompany child). A group rate of $7 per child is available for groups of 10 or more children. Drop-in welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.batashoemuseum.ca

Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre showcases Once Upon a Murder during the March Break. Join the Fairy Godmother as she separates the truth from the fairy tales in this enchanting new whodunit! Friday and Saturday night dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and the Mystery begins at 8 p.m. Select performances on Thursdays and some Wednesday matinees. www.mysteriouslyyours.com

The Toronto Raptors invite you to see them at the Air Canada Centre during March Break with special ticket prices. Use special offer code “springbreak” to get the best price on all three home games the Raptors play in March. www.nba.com/raptors/

Venom is back at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory! The award-winning exhibit runs until May 12, and visitors will discover the truth, and dispel the myths during interactive sessions with animals that include: tarantulas, scorpions, poisonous toads, rattle snakes, vipers, and one of only two king cobras on display in Canada. www.niagaraparks.com

Happy Campers

With 16 unique March Break camps, the Harbourfront Centre offers a variety of camps any little heart desires. From culinary arts to digital photo composition, the camps start March 12 and go to March 16 for children between the ages of three and 17. www.harbourfrontcentre.com

TIFF Bell Lightbox will offer two different camps during March Break where kids can go behind the scenes of their favourite films. Kids will be able to film a final clip themselves that utilizes the tricks they will learn. While others will be busy scripting, storyboarding, filming and editing their own short film. There will also be a Game of Thrones exhibit for the older crowd, and everyone can enjoy the films of Studio Ghibli. Camps run March 12 to March 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.tiff.net

You learn something new every day, especially this March Break at the Toronto Botanical Garden. The Botanical Gardens will offer five different day camps for kids to explore a variety of interests including cooking, science experiments, animals, painting and more. Camps run March 11 to March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are for children ages six to 10. www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca

Pinkalicious is back at the The Lower Ossington Theatre and she can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Playing Sundays only at 11 a.m. www.pinkaliciousthemusical.com/toronto/

Playing at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts, SCOOBY-DOO (March 15-16) and the Mystery Inc. gang have been called in to solve an epic mystery in Toronto this March Break. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and SHAGGY, FRED, DAPHNE, VELMA and SCOOBY-DOO are on their way in the MYSTERY MACHINE to solve it! This hilarious live theatre show brings everyone’s favourite animated series to life. Filled with wacky new characters, fantastic songs and outrageous antics, the all-new SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES, presented by Warner Bros. and Life Like Touring, will have audiences on the edge of their seats in traditional SCOOBY-DOO fashion. www.sonycentre.ca

Hotels

Delta Chelsea’s Family Package includes: one-night’s accommodation, $25 food credit (children five and under eat free, children six to 12 years eat half-price), parking for one vehicle, 2.5 hours of babysitting in the Kid Centre per family (up to two children). Rates start from $170 per night. www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Chelsea

Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square’s Game on Package includes: one night’s accommodation for two, two tickets to a Toronto Raptors game at the Air Canada Centre, line bypass access to Real Sports Bar after the game, a deluxe continental breakfast, parking for one vehicle, and a late checkout for 2 p.m. Rates start at $431. www.germaintoronto.com/en

The Gladstone Hotel invites families to join in affordable, creative, March Break programing for the whole family. Family-centric concerts, dancing and brunch at the Gladstone Hotel are an easy, affordable solution to Family Day and March Break boredom. In addition to our regular Dinner-Theatre Packages during March Break we are opening the doors of our Education Department to the public. www.gladstonehotel.com

The Fairmont Royal York’s Ultimate Dinosaur Family Packages includes: one night accommodation for two adults and two children, tickets for two adults and two children to Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana and general access to the Royal Ontario Museum, and overnight valet parking for one vehicle, plus much more. Rates start from $239 per night. www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto

Get to Toronto on Via Rail Canada www.viarail.ca; get around on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the city’s local transit system www.ttc.ca; and see the sites with the Toronto CityPass which provides admission into five top attractions www.citypass.com/toronto

For further information or to book a Toronto hot deal visit www.SeeTorontoNow.com or call 1-800-499-2514.

For more information please contact Vanessa Somarriba, Tourism Toronto, at 416-987-1739 vsomarriba@torcvb.com

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