'Tons to do' in Toronto during spring's unofficial kickoff - Metro US

‘Tons to do’ in Toronto during spring’s unofficial kickoff

March Break is coming, and no one wants to spend it cooped up at home — especially with so many great events happening throughout the city.

Here are some of the more interesting and exciting things happening during March 15-19:

Kick it off Irish style
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade should be plenty of fun when it starts at Bloor and St. George on Sunday, March 14, and winds its way down Yonge Street to Nathan Philips Square. The official day lands on March 17, smack-dab in the centre of March Break for parents who might need a break of their own.

Animation vacation
For kids aged 5-14, the National Film Board of Canada’s Mediatheque has a whole string of daily hands-on animation workshops during March Break called Green Scenes, involving 3-D clay, painting on glass and other animation techniques. Just $5 per child and parents get to join in for free.

Flower power
Flower lovers will get a floral overload at Canada Blooms 2010, held at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place from March 17-21. Six acres of gardens in full bloom, four show stages and more than 100,000 square feet of garden-related shopping are sure to keep your green thumb occupied.

Music sans payment
Enjoy elegant classical music for the price of a pauper’s handshake as the Canadian Opera Company Free Concert Series continues during March Break, with chamber music and piano virtuoso performances celebrating Chopin on March 16 and 17 respectively at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts.

Hit the books
The Toronto Public Library is offering a ton of free and fun events for teens at a variety of branches over March Break, including a comedy improv workshop, interactive mime show, a dub poetry performance by Michael St. George and urban dance and hands-on drum workshops.

Bat crazy
The Royal Ontario Museum is going all out for March Break with a focus on Bat Month — see live bats up close, check out the redesigned Bat Cave and try your hand at some bat-related crafts. The ROM’s Medieval Fair also hits the break to let you see a live falconer, medieval fashion show or test out your archery skills. The ROM is expecting plenty of people to show up during the break.

“The vibe is going to be electric. It’s going to be busy, bustling and there’s going to be tons to do,” said Patti McCabe, program co-ordinator at the ROM.

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