How to have a Staycation in Mississauga this March Break
Editor’s note: Due to the spread of the coronavirus, most of these events have been cancelled. Please contact organizers directly to confirm if an event is still happening.
When March Break (which runs from March 16-20 this year) rolls around, many people head to warmer destinations to escape the unpredictable (and often chilly) late winter weather.
While the Caribbean sounds nice, it's no secret that a number of people are cancelling their vacations in light of the coronavirus outbreak that's crippled Italy and China and is steadily worsening in the U.S and other countries. Even those who aren't planning on hitting COVID-19 hotspots are thinking twice about flying while the virus continues to spread.
Fortunately for those who are erring on the side of caution, Mississauga is a great place for a staycation—and a lot of family-friendly activities are completely free.
So, what can you do this March Break in Mississauga?
March Break at the Museum - Maple Magic
March 14-22, noon to 4 p.m.
A very Canadian maple tradition will return to the Bradley Museum this March Break. According to the city, Maple Magic celebrates the maple sugaring season with maple sap tours and treats, creative activities, a petting zoo and a pancake lunch. Attendees can also learn about maple syrup's history at the From Tree to Table: The History and Craft of Maple Syrup exhibition running until May 3 at Bradley Museum.
For tickets, hours and more information, click here.
March Break at the Theatre - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
March Break dates: March 14 (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) and March 15 (2 p.m.)
Interested in theatre and don't want to drive to Toronto to enjoy it? You can catch a classic show in Mississauga. The city says that for the month of March, Meadowvale Theatre is presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame as part of the Music Theatre Mississauga-Encore Series. The show is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and features songs from the Disney animated feature.
March Break at the Library
The Mississauga Library will present two author visits this March Break. Attendees can meet the authors in-person and listen to them read aloud from their popular children's books.
Author Visit: Hilary Leung - Will Giraffe Laugh?
Streetsville Library - Friday, March 20, 11 a.m.
Lakeview Library - Friday, March 20 at 2 p.m.
Hear from Hilary Leung, children's author and illustrator, about his book-making process and listen to him read from some of his popular board books including Will Giraffe Laugh? and his award-winning Ninja Cowboy Bear series.
Author Visit: Joel A. Sutherland - Haunted Canada series
Malton Library - Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.
Central Library - Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m.
Award-winning children's author Joel A. Sutherland will be coming to the library to discuss his journey to success and to read from some of his best works including the famous Haunted Canada series and his newest series Haunted.
The city says performances, shows, activities and workshops are taking place all week across Mississauga's 18 library locations. For more information, click here.
March Break at the City's Community Centres - March Break Camps
If your kids are restless, they might be excellent candidates for the city's March Break Camps. The city says full-day and half-day camps run from March 16-20 at various community centres and culture facilities across Mississauga. The camps are geared for children of all ages who are interested in art, dance, sports or a bit of everything. To register, click here.
March Break at Celebration Square
We might have experienced some nice days, but winter isn't over yet—which means there's still time to go skating. The Celebration Square ice rink is open for its last week, as it will be closing for the season on March 20 (so if you haven't used it yet, now is your chance). The rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Visit The Rec Room at Square One
If you want to enjoy your break without little ones, you can check out some more adult-oriented events at The Rec Room in Square One in Mississauga. Over the week of March Break, the food and entertainment hotspot will host a trivia club, a performance by musician Johnny Orlando, and a performance by The Cancer Bats with DBoy. To learn more about what's happening during March Break, click here.
Visit The Living Arts Centre
If your kids love arts and culture (or just making crafts), they might enjoy the March Break Camp at The Living Arts Centre. The camps are ideal for kids between 5 and 17 and cost anywhere from $16 to $40 a week. The classes teach everything from drama, painting, drawing and sculpting to clay art and film techniques.
Visit Visual Arts Mississauga
The picturesque Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) is also hosting a March Break Camp from March 16-20. VAM says that professional artist instructors will lead students in a variety of art and craft projects. Campers will explore drawing, painting, sculpture, multi-cultural crafts, printmaking and more. The cost of camp registration includes all art supplies, movie or camp games day and Friday Pizza Day.
Cover photo and information courtesy of the City of Mississauga
Editor’s Note: The Raptors 905 league has cancelled all games due to the coronavirus outbreak. The March Break game has been removed from this article as a result.
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