March Break 2017: 10 things to do in Toronto

If you decided to staycation for March Break, don't fret — there's plenty to do in and around Toronto.

From checking out a massive 80-foot blue whale at the ROM to getting some fresh air at a nearby national park, we've got 10 ideas for families hoping to spend some quality time together this week.

March Break at the Evergreen Brick Works

Throughout the week, families can go skating together (for free!) or check out nature trails and a bike obstacle course at the Evergreen Brick Works, nestled right by the Don Valley.

Bridlewood Mall's Animal Expo

Exotic animals! Stunt dogs! Birds of prey! The Animal Expo at Scarborough's Bridlewood Mall has it all this week.

ROM's Big Blue March Break

You'll find virtual reality, live theatre, collaborative arts projects and more at the ROM — and be able to experience the museum's massive new blue whale skeleton.

March Break at the Legislative Building

This free program lets kids aged 6 to 10 (and their parents) explore the historic Legislative building, participate in a crafts activity, try on traditional robes, and learn all about parliament. Pre-registration is required.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Wear some green and get into the Irish spirit for the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, which starts at noon on March 19 at the intersection of Bloor and St. George Streets.

March Break at the AGO

The gallery is hosting various events throughout the week, including a big cardboard maze and family-friendly tours.

Princess and Superhero Party

The Liberty Grand is hosting the Princess and Superhero Party on Thursday, and it promises to be a magical (early) night of carriage rides, superhero training, and a dance party.

March Break Mystery Fun

Kids can hunt for clues and solve a mystery at Black Creek Pioneer Village throughout the break — and they get in for free with an adult admission.

Game On! March Break Arcade

Mississauga's Erin Mills Town Centre is offering free arcade games from March 13 to 17 in the mall's centre court.

Free admission at Canadian parks

Maybe you've heard about this by now, but just in case: Canada's national parks have free admission all year long to celebrate Canada 150, including nearby Rouge National Urban Park. Nature hikes, anyone?