Fun Indoor Activities for Kids This March Break

“Mom, I’m bored.” Now that’s the last thing you want to hear over March Break. If you’re looking to stimulate your child’s creativity, check out these five camps in Toronto’s North end.

Avenue Road Arts School

460 Avenue Road, Toronto, 416-961-1502 ι

Indoor activities for kids, Avenue Road Arts School

Located in a beautiful Victorian house just south of St. Clair West, the very studios inspire creativity as every space (including the upstairs bathroom) displays works of art by the school’s students. Boasting a comprehensive selection of visual and performing arts programs for both adults and children, Avenue Road has been a leader in arts education since 1993. For March Break this year, their theme is Way, Way, Outer Space. Younger campers, from JK to Grade 4, will enjoy an integrated arts camp, combining visual art, music and drama. The older kids, Grades 4 to 9, can choose from among more specialized camps, such as cartooning, musical theatre, photography and more. These creative March Break camps run from March 12 to 23. Both full day and half day options are available. Register by phone, fax or online.

The Chef Upstairs

516 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, 416-544-9221 ι

Cooking classes for kids, The Chef Upstairs

Have a mini chef at home? The Chef Upstairs’ Kids Cooking Camp offers classes kids can really sink their teeth into. The studio, located on Mount Pleasant, has the warmth of a modern home kitchen and the expertise of experienced chefs. Over the March Break campers will get an introduction to cooking (including food safety and learning about the tools of the trade), research recipes, shop for ingredients, sample international cuisine and even participate in an Iron Chef Cook-off. Classes are suitable for ages 4 to 14. Register for the week or for a day by phone or email.

Groove Creative Arts Center

491 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, 416-919-2914 ι

Performing arts for kids, Groove Creative Arts Center

Groove Creative Arts Center offers a well-rounded March Break program for kids of all ages. Located on Eglinton West near Avenue Road, the bright and spacious studios will be buzzing with activity. From March 12 to 16, daily activities will include dance classes, drama workshops, Glee club, self defense, arts and crafts and loads more. Programming is suitable for ages 3 to 12, with campers being grouped by age. Participants can register for the entire week, selected days and even half-day programs. Registration is by telephone or in person.

Sew Be It Girl

282 Eglinton Avenue West and 2156 Yonge Street, Toronto, 647-347-6353 ι

Indoor activities for kids, sewing studio, Sew Be It Girl

Your fashionista (and fashionisto) will go nuts for this camp. Two one-week sessions, starting March 12, will be offered at both the Eglinton and Yonge Street studios. At the Eglinton studio, tweens, ages 8 to 11, will learn everything they need to complete a project, from selecting a pattern and shopping for fabric to cutting, pinning and sewing. Teens, ages 12 and up, can participate in the Yonge Street studio’s Teen Fashion Camp, complete with a field trip to Toronto’s Fashion District. Registration is by phone or email.

Art Barn School

250 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, 416-518-6108 ι

Indoor activities for kids, Visual Art, Art Barn School

For the week of March 12 to 16, The Art Barn School will be inspiring young artists with the work of Pablo Picasso. Participants will experiment creating Cubist heads, sculptures and paintings on canvas in the bright and newly expanded studio located on Eglinton West. An optional dance and drama class will also be offered. Participants can register for half or full days. Registration is by email.

We told you about 5 creative camps for March Break. Now you tell us, what are you doing over the March Break?

Photo credits: The Chef Upstairs: Greg Heller; Groove Creative Arts Center: Angela Williams

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Tamara Sztainbok

Tamara loves children’s books, running, and pie. After nearly a decade working in children’s publishing, she launched Puzzle Box Communications - an agency offering editorial services to small businesses. Running her own business affords her the luxury and pleasure of walking her two children to school, and gives her the opportunity to rediscover her Midtown Toronto neighbourhood.

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