Weekend Fun Guide (March 15-17 2013)

March Break is coming to an end and although you may be thinking you’ve already had too much fun this week, there is still so much going on this weekend.  Maple Syrup Festivals are in full swing, the weather is perfect for some skiingsnowshoeingtobogganing or tubing as a family or check out one of the events below.


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Check out Maple Syrup Festivals in your area here and read about our day out at one of our local Maple Syrup Festivals


St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday!  While you enjoy some green beer, why not have the kids make some themed crafts


Don’t forget that every Saturday until the end of March, Cineplex theatres show Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Feel like you need to escape the cold?  Then check out what they’re showing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend…


Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – (Weekends in March and March Break) Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.


Maplefest (Weekends March 16th-31st) @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes


Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily until April 7th – The fun includes: Sweet Water Demonstrations, Taste complimentary samples of cornbread dripping with pure maple syrup, Taffy on Snow and Maple Syrup tastings, Explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and reconstructed Longhouses, Fun for Kids – FREE Craft Making and Discovery Hunt with Prizes and more.

MapleTowne @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles, Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples, Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods and enjoy all the seeing the birds, bison and everything else Mountsberg has to offer.

Haliburton Highlands

Maple Syrup Festival – Join us as we prepare maple syrup the old-fashioned way using our own maple trees and our 110-year-old syrup kettle. Make sure to sample the syrup and try the maple taffy! On Friday, join us for our open stage – everyone and anyone is welcome to perform – while on Saturday, Donna LeClair and Patricia Liverseed will fill the museum with music. We’ll also have crafts and activities for kids, as well as fun and exciting contests. Don’t forget to tour the main museum building and check out our new exhibits while you’re here!



Wizard World Fun Park @ Careport Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Southern Ontario’s best indoor March Break family fun park.  Treat your children to a day of magical March Break fun featuring over 20 rides and inflatables, an arts and crafts zone, petting zoo, 3D maze, games, a Bubble Show and more

March Break Madness @ Hamilton Children’s Museum – Put on your dancing shoes and groove to music from the jukebox at the Doo Wop Diner; dress up like cooks, create your favourite diner dishes and serve them to family and friends in our 1950’s-style family diner. Explore themes in nutrition, physical activity and science. Also, the Children’s Museum Theatre Space is back with a twist! Children and their adults can view themselves on T.V. while putting on their show.

Other events in Hamilton


Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekends – Come & experience the phenomenon of spring migration! See Up to 10,000 birds of 25 species can seen! Learn from volunteer naturalists with telescopes, & enjoy family-friendly kids


St. Patrick’s Day (March 15th) – Celebrate the luck of the Irish on Civic Square.  Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch time event on Friday, March 15.  Live music, Irish dancing and fun for the kids! Activites include crafts for the kids, food, dancing and a chance to win Lucky Charms for a year!!


Paddyfest 2013 – Entertainment for the whole family.  Event highlights include: Sno-Pitch Tournament, Curling Bonspiel, Dinner and Yuk Yuk’s Show, Several Concerts and Dances, Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt, Children’s Concerts, Public Skating.  Check out the website for a full calendar of events



31st St. Patrick’s Parade and Grand Irish Party – Celebrate the Irish with this parade starting at 11:00am

Barnyard Break @ Canada Agriculture Museum – Through engaging and unique demonstrations, visitors can follow these ingredients from farm to table and learn how much work actually goes into producing them.With so much already going on, animal-related demonstrations and a fun craft for children are just icing on the cake! So come learn while enjoying yourself at the Canada Agriculture Museum this March Break and all month long.

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.


Maple Syrup Festival – Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 Runs certain days for the entire month of March

Smith Falls

St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations @ Van Horne Manor – Live Irish music provided by Arlington Session, starring Alexis MacIsaac, a Fiddler for Grammy winning production of River Dance. Come celebrate with green beer and delicious snacks. A prize will be awarded to the best dressed person in GREEN. Admission is free


Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Bruce’s Mill – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.



Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush (weekends in March and March Break) – Enjoy guided tours, demonstrations and displays. Sample Maple syrup and other Maple Products and visit the Sugar Shack. We provide a complete maple syrup tour, starting with the methods used by the natives to the modern day evaporator.


St. Patrick’ Day Parade – Sunday starting at noon from Bloor and St. George

National Home Show @ Direct Energy Centre – The National Home Show, presented by RE/MAX, is Canada´s largest and longest-running consumer show. More than 145,000 people attended the show in 2011, seeking helpful advice, thousands of solutions and new products for in and around their homes. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012, it features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest trends to keep consumers stimulated, motivated, educated and help with their home improvement projects.

Wizard World Fun Park @ Better Living Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Southern Ontario’s best indoor March Break family fun park.  Treat your children to a day of magical March Break fun featuring over 20 rides and inflatables, an arts and crafts zone, petting zoo, 3D maze, games, a Bubble Show, camel rides and the Xtreme Wild animal show with live lions, zebra, wolves, leopards, and other fun animals presented by the Bowmanville Zoo.

Ultimate Dinosaurs @ ROM –  Giants from Gondwana, presented by Raymond James, features dinosaurs you’ve never seen before, displayed in ways you’ve never seen. Check out this world premiere exhibit featuring Dinosaurs unknown to North Americans – most have just been unearthed in the last 20 years.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.



St. Patrick’s Day Special @ Welland Market Square – Dress your best in shamrock green! Enjoy some family time with children’s arts and crafts, face painting, a Monster Mural, and a green egg toss with prizes to be won! Irish dance performance starting at 10am.


March Break Madness at Colasanti’s – Enjoy discount pricing on All Day Ride Passes during March Break, beginning Saturday March 9 and ending on Sunday March 17. Passes for children are $13.99 plus tax (unlimited mini golf, zoo, bumper cars, inflatable, kiddie rides, and Miner Mike coaster ride – height restrictions apply), and passes for adults are $10.99 plus tax (unlimited bumper cars, Miner Mike coaster ride, mini golf and zoo). 


Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Kortright Centre – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.


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