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February 18, 2009
March Break camps for kids at City of Toronto museums
This March Break, the fun starts and the learning doesn’t stop. Kids can join week-long camps and drop in daily from March 14 to 22 at Toronto’s Historic Museums. Get ready for hands-on cooking, crafts, dress-up, super sleuthing and much more, all in historic settings.

Discover early life in Toronto. Gibson House Museum offers discovery of the past through play and imagination for 5 to 7 year olds on March 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children aged 7 to 11 will enjoy an interactive full-day workshop on baking and old-fashioned toys on March 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Games, crafts and cooking plus tons of outdoor activities for 6 to 11 year olds take place at Scarborough Historical Museum, March 16 to 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cooking Capers makes chefs out of kids 8 to 11, with a different theme and recipe each day in the open-hearth kitchen at Montgomery’s Inn March 17 to 20, 1 to 4 p.m. March Mania’s art projects and outdoor games at Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre will inspire young Don Valley explorers, ages 5 to 8, all week from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Become a detective and search out the lives lived and stories hidden at Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens, a turn-of-the-century mansion. Each weekday offers a different investigation for ages 6 to 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Colborne Lodge in High Park is already sold out for its camps, but offers drop-in days for those 3 and up. Other historic sites offering drop-in days during March Break are Fort York with March Through Time for children 3 to 12 who love to dress up, march like soldiers and cook in an old-fashioned kitchen (March 16 to 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Gibson House offers March Break Family Discovery, noon to 4:30 p.m., where families will explore a different theme each day. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you want to be a printer from the past and use an ancient press, head to Mackenzie House, where March ’Musements will be held weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. and on the weekend from noon to 5 p.m.

All drop-in programs cost regular museum prices. The camps require pre-registration and are filling up fast. Go to for pricing and details. Many of the sites offer after-care at reasonable prices (this service must also be pre-booked).

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 numerous 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:
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045,



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