With March Break just around the corner, many parents are racking their brains trying to think of new and fun ways to keep their kids occupied. While it can be hard to compete with fast-paced video games and TV, we have a number of great ideas that will impress even the most discerning member of your family. So get ready for a new twist on old-fashioned family-fun, this March Break will be one they’ll never forget.

Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat (CPBH) is the only captive bear facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. Through exceptional animal care standards, educational programs and research partnerships, the CPBH is an internationally respected centre for polar bears. Situated on five acres of northern Ontario terrain, visitors have the opportunity to take in northern landscapes while walking along our three large outdoor bear enclosures.

We pride ourselves in being a “bear-centered” facility. Our bears have access to all three enclosures throughout the day, equipped with a water source to cool off, trees, rock and natural vegetation. Visitors have the opportunity to speak one on one with animal care staff. Learn how our facility keeps one of the most challenging species in captivity content, what difficulties polar bears are facing due to climate change and how these changes are affecting their well-being.

To learn more visit www.polarbearhabitat.ca

Ripley’s Aquarium

Measuring a staggering 12,500 square-metres and utilizing over 5.7 million litres of water, the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the largest indoor aquarium in the country. Home to over 16,000 marine animals, including 400 species of fish and invertebrates, visitors can explore 50 live exhibits, 9 galleries and over 100 interactive displays.

Open 365 days a year, Ripley’s features a number of unique experiences designed to impress. Whether you are watching a live dive show, unwinding with a deep-sea yoga session, sipping cocktails at Friday Night Jazz, or getting up-close-and-personal with an in-water Stingray Experience, Ripley’s Aquarium is always coming up with new ways to keep things fresh and exciting. You and your family even have the opportunity to sleep with the sharks at Ripley’s Overnight Reef Adventures!

Embark on your underwater adventure today. Plan ahead and book your online timed tickets and save at www.RipleysAquariumOfCanada.com. Open daily at 9 am.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is a must-see attraction for everyone in Canada’s National Capital. Just ten minutes from Parliament Hill, the Museum presents the complete story of Canada’s rich aviation and aerospace heritage; from the early days of flight to the space exploration of today. The Museum holds the only known remaining parts of the controversial Avro Arrow, a Canadian-made fighter jet. The iconic Canadarm is on display, along with more than 130 aircraft, including The Silver Dart, the aircraft that made the first powered flight in Canada.

For those who want to experience the thrill of flying without leaving the ground, the Museum offers an immersive flight simulator experience. Daily activities include guided tours of the Museum and it’s “behind the scenes” Reserve Hangar, as well as demonstrations of living in space and flying fighter jets.

For more information visit: casmuseum.techno-science.ca

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Discover more about Canada’s rich agricultural heritage and exciting future at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa. This working farm and museum combo will thrill all five senses as you explore the exhibitions, visit the barns, make and taste delicious recipes in the kitchen and participate in hourly, hands-on demonstrations. Every day promises a different experience with new sights, tastes and smells!

Located only minutes from Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, the Museum is home to 150+ farm animals and artifacts from the national collection representing the innovative science, technology, culture and practices responsible for feeding, clothing and powering the nation. For many visitors the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum may be their first contact with popular and rare breeds of domestic animals. See our dairy and beef herds, horses, goats, sheep, swine, poultry, alpacas and more. The dynamic guides will share stories about animal care, Canadian crops, food literacy and contemporary agricultural practices all with a national historic site as the backdrop. The Museum serves as a link between urban visitors and the farmers, scientists and businesses that produce many of the necessities of life.

For more information visit: cafmuseum.techno-science.ca

CN Tower

Canada’s National Tower is always innovating to bring visitors unique and dynamic experiences. EdgeWalk opened to the public to overwhelming international enthusiasm and will return for a highly anticipated second season from May 1-October 31, 2012. EdgeWalk is the “World’s Highest External Walk on a Building”, a hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod 368m/1,168ft/116 storeys above Toronto

Discover spectacular views from the Look Out Level at 346 m (1,136 ft) or Sky Pod at a dizzying 447 m (1,465 ft). Dare to walk on air on the thrilling Glass Floor Level 342 m (1,122 ft) above the ground. Back on the ground enjoy a state-of-the-art 3D theatre, ride, plus shopping. 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower provides one of the country’s finest dining experiences.

The CN Tower structure literally lights up the Toronto skyline each night with 1,330 LED fixtures that are both energy efficient and cost effective to maintain. Celebrating five years, the CN Tower’s popular lighting program recognizes citywide events, charitable events and causes, holidays and repatriated Canadian soldiers.

For more information visit www.cntower.ca

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

With March Break fast approaching many parents are scrambling to find something new and exciting for their kids to do. While pleasing everyone in the family can be a bit of a challenge, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto may just be the ticket.

Located in Vaughan Mills Mall, this multi-million dollar entertainment venue, offers Lego lovers an experience they’ll never forget. Step inside the biggest box of LEGO® bricks you’ve ever seen, and watch the magic of math, science and technology come to life.

During the March Break and weekends tickets go quickly, pre-purchase your tickets online to guarantee entry. Visit LEGOLANDDiscoveryCentre.ca, call 1.855.356.2150, or get exciting updates on Facebook and Twitter @LDCToronto!

Textile Museum of Canada

With a collection of 13,000 objects, the Textile Museum of Canada is open daily and invites visitors to explore two floors of exhibitions and the ever-popular Museum Shop. On view currently are Good Beginnings: Children’s Hats and Clothing from China and From Ashgabat to Istanbul: Oriental Rugs from Canadian Collections, bringing together significant cultural objects from around the world. This spring, the TMC is the sole Canadian venue for two stellar international exhibitions, Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol, opening May 2, and Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nikolas Muray, opening June 10.

A go-to place for families, the Textile Museum has an interactive hands-on gallery, open and ready for play all day, every day. From March 16 to 20, the TMC presents March Break Make & Take, a family-friendly drop-in program from 1 to 4 pm daily, where kids can try their hand at craft activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions (free with admission). The Textile Museum of Canada is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm; 11 am to 8 pm on Wednesdays, with rates for adults, students, seniors and families.

For more information visit: www.textilemuseum.ca

Fantasy Fair at Woodbine Centre

Located inside Woodbine Shopping Centre, Fantasy Fair is an indoor amusement park set in the middle of a turn-of-the-century village and at the heart of a light-filled and welcoming mall. Woodbine Centre offers visitors over 130 shops and services under one roof including Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Rainbow Cinemas and a family-friendly Food Court.

At Fantasy Fair, kids won’t want to miss their favourite rides including the Spinner Rollercoaster, Ferris Wheel and the Dreamer’s Play Village — over 5000 square feet of slides, mazes and crawl spaces to explore! Raising the excitement level for kids, teens and adults are the Rock ’N’ Climb Challenge, Drop & Hop Tower and an XD Simulator Theatre.

Fantasy Fair is the perfect location for your child’s next birthday party. Fantasy Fair is open year-round and a fun-filled place for the whole family! Fantasy Fair at Woodbine Shopping Centre. Conveniently located at 500 Rexdale Blvd., Etobicoke, ON. 416-674-5437 See fantasyfair.ca for more information.

Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets in Cookstown offers a collection of brand name outlets in an indoor atmosphere. Rain or shine, enjoy incredible savings on designer fashions, athletic apparel, shoes and home accessories at Guess Factory Store, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Under Armour, Gap Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Fossil, Nike Factory Store, Puma, Nine West Shoe Studio, Town Shoes, The Children’s Place, Villeroy & Boch, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Royal Doulton, Jones New York and Reebok.
Begin your shopping trip with a stop at Shopper Services where you can pick up the latest coupon offerings. CAA card holders and TangerClub Members can receive a free coupon book at every visit worth hundreds in savings

Visit tangeroutletscanada.com for complete store listing, sales and events, TangerClub membership benefits, centre hours and additional information to help plan your shopping trip.

Resorts of Ontario

Remember the magic of winter? A blanket of freshly fallen snow, groomed trails, the aroma of a wood-burning fireplace? It is time to come out to an Ontario Resort this March Break to experience the magic of winter. Resorts of Ontario offers a diverse range of resort types and styles to suit all budgets!
With a winter wonderland available right here in resort country, this website is the perfect planning tool for your January to March getaways. Plan ahead for March break. Families tell us they have to book early to ensure they get the right package and accommodations, so don’t delay. Each of our resorts offers a unique experience. Whether you are seeking an action packed getaway where adventure is at the top of the menu, or a more relaxed pace, replete with all the pampering, we have it all!

Check out www.resortsofontario.com winter for some special winter resort packages.