3 Awesome activities the whole family can enjoy this March break
Monday Mar 11th, 2019
March break is almost over, and children are already grumbling (and some parents celebrating) because school is right around the corner. If your children didn’t get their fill of fun, and you’re looking to get them out of the house, here are three awesome activities that everyone in the family can enjoy.
If you and/or your children are obsessed with pop culture, sci-fi, video games, movies, and comics, what better way to spend the weekend than visiting Toronto Comicon? This three day event takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention centre this weekend, and features over 150,000 square feet of retail stores, sci-fi exhibits, cosplay contests, celebrity photo and autograph sessions.
Some celebrities that are visiting include Ron Perlman, The Lord of the Rings’ John-Rhys Davies, and Jaleel White from Family Matters. Parents with young children can also take advantage of the Family Zone attractions, such as the “Princesses’ story time, sing alongs and meet and greets”, available on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. There’s also a live action medieval knight fight show brought by the Oxford Renaissance Festival on Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 4:30 PM and Sunday at 4:00 PM. as well as a Pirate School, which takes place on Friday at 5:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 PM.
If your kids have plenty of energy to burn, and are looking for an adrenaline rush, you can’t go wrong with Archery Circuit. Located at 3791 Victoria Park Ave, Suite 8, in Toronto, Archery Circuit let’s your kids channel their inner Hawkeye or Katniss Everdeen, in a variety of fun, competitive, yet safe activities such as Dodge ball, Nerf Battles, and of course, Archery Tag. All of their arenas feature black-lights, which give the environments a unique glow-in-the dark experience, that makes for some memorable memories and photos. Games are supervised and lead by a qualified staff member, and all participants wear protective gear as well. And if parents aren’t interested in joining the games, there’s a lounge available for non participants to hang out as well.
Escape the Room Games
If you or your children prefer a more cerebral experience, and are looking to test your puzzle solving skills, an “escape the room game” is a great experience to try out. If you’ve never tried one before, an escape the room is a real life adventure game, in which players are placed in a themed room, and have to solve a series of puzzles using objects and props found in the room. Think of it as fast paced, multiplayer Sherlock Holmes investigations. Each room has a time limit, and participants have to cooperate with each other to solve the puzzles before the time runs out and escape the room.
A great place to try out is Mysterious Minds, located at 322 Bloor Street in Toronto. It offers a variety of family friendly rooms, with themes such as “The Quest to save Christmas”, “Hidden treasure of the grand carnival”, and “Mystery at the moonshine mile.” Right now, they are offering extended hours for March Break, and tickets cost $25 for adults (15+) and $20 for children (14-).
If you are in Mississauga, and don’t want to deal with the big city’s traffic, you can also check out Escape from the 6. Located at 3600A Laird Rd. #3. Escape from the 6 offers two themed rooms to solve: Escape the Wild, Wild West, and Firefighter Rescue, with more themes coming in the near future. Just like Mysterious Minds, the rooms are family friendly (no jump scares involved) and the puzzles are sure to challenge everyone.