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March 7, 2006
The countdown is on! Leisure activities and camp programs get Toronto residents ready for March Break
With the start of March Break less than one week way, Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation is helping residents to get out and get active by offering a wide range of leisure activities and camps for children and families. For detailed information about March Break programming and facility locations, visit

March Break camps:
March Break camps give children the opportunity to enjoy a number of activities, including arts and crafts, sports, games and special events. Some locations offer special interest camps designed to provide enhanced programming for children in a specific sport or activity. Check the FUN Guide or visit Toronto FUN Online for information on March Break camps.
Pre-registration is required. Registration is fast and easy:
• Online:
• Touch tone: 416-338-0000
• Telephone: 416-338-4FUN (4686)

Residents can lace up their skates and enjoy extra leisure skating or shinny hockey at indoor arenas and outdoors rinks. Residents should call 416-338-RINK (7465) or check with their local arena for a schedule. A list of indoor rinks and outdoor arenas is available in the FUN Guide or on the web. Leisure skate programs are free.

Residents who prefer to be poolside during March Break can enjoy extra leisure swimming at indoor pools across the city. Residents should call 416-338-POOL (7665) or check with their local pool for a schedule. A list of indoor pools is available in the FUN Guide or on the web. Leisure swim programs are free.

Skiing and snowboarding:
The North York Ski Centre (4169 Bathurst Street, inside Earl Bales Park) and the Centennial Park Snow Centre (256 Centennial Park Road) are operating ski and snowboard camps for children and youth of all skill levels. Limited space is available. Check the FUN Guide or visit Toronto FUN Online for information on ski and snowboard camps. Pre-registration is required.

Ski and snowboard enthusiasts can enjoy extra leisure skiing and purchase a ‘Double Up Days’ pass (two hours for the price of one) during March Break. Both Centres have snowmaking ability, so even if it’s warm outside, the slopes are ready. Equipment rentals are available onsite. Information on skiing is available by calling 416-33 TO SKI (338-6754) or on the web.

Riverdale Farm:
No matter the season, Riverdale Farm (20 Winchester Street) is the perfect destination for families. Tour the Farm’s scenic 7.5 acres to see cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and cats. Chat with the farmer during daily chores, including animal feedings, egg collection, cow milking (daily at 10:30 a.m.), goat milking and horse grooming. Visit the Simpson House wood fired brick oven in the mornings to watch volunteers prepare and bake goodies. Enjoy homemade treats at the Farm Kitchen. Drop into the Meeting House preschoolers’ playroom to enjoy books, puzzles and games.

Riverdale Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Information about Riverdale Farm is available by calling 416-392-6794 or on the web.

Spring flowers shows:
The Spring Flower Shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Road) and the Cool House at Allan Gardens (19 Horticultural Avenue). Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Discovery Walks:
Residents can explore their city on foot. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks, gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Ranging from 1.5 to 11 kilometres, the Walks are designed to showcase Toronto’s natural features, cultural and historical attractions. Brochures and maps are available for pick up at civic centres or on the web.

In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of more than 8,000 hectares of green space and 1,500 named parks, Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. Its vision is to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided by Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation in partnership with the community.

Media contact:

Parks, Forestry & Recreation Media Hotline



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