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March 3, 2008
City of Toronto offers leisure activities and camp programs for March Break
March Break is just around the corner, and the City of Toronto is helping residents to get out and be active by offering a wide range of leisure activities and camps for children and families. For fun and active ideas on how to get the most enjoyment out of March Break call the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Power of Movement Hotline at 416-338-MOVE (6683) or visit

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

March Break camps
March Break camps offer children a great opportunity to enjoy a number of activities, including arts and crafts, sports and games. 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 (4386)

Drop-In programs
People of all ages can drop-in for basketball, soccer or other indoor sports and activities, available at community centres throughout the city. Admission is free. A schedule of programs is available on the web.

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

Skiing and snowboarding
The Ski & Snowboard Centres at Earl Bales Park (4169 Bathurst St.) and Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd.) will be fully operational throughout March Break, weather-permitting. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Limited space is available in ski camps. For information, call 416-33 TO SKI (338-6754) or visit the web.

Riverdale Farm
Riverdale Farm 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 feeding, 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. For information, call 416-392-6794 or visit the web.

Playground Paradise
Located at Flemingdon Park Community Centre (150 Grenoble Dr.), Playground Paradise offers excellent family fun. Children can play on a two-storey play structure, go down the spiral slide, swing on the track ride, climb the cargo elevator, talk to friends on the talk tube and play in the ball pool with 8,000 balls. For information, call 416-395-6014. Hours of operation: (children 6 years and under only): Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.; (children up to 12 years of age): Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 - 5 p.m. Admission: $2 per child on weekdays; $2 per child per hour on weekends; $1 per child on Wednesday evening.

Preview of Spring flower shows
The Preview of Spring flower shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.) featuring Easter lilies, forsythia, and various spring flowering bulbs such as crocuses, tulips and daffodils. Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288.

Toronto Track and Field Centre
The Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University is offering a public drop-in for all sports enthusiasts. The centre features an indoor sprint track, banked oval track and two weight rooms. Hours of operation are: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 416-392-2522. Admission: $3 for youth (6-17 years) and $5 for adults.

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

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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