Spring break is one of our favorite times of the year! This week away from school is a valuable time for families to go on vacation, take a breather, and recharge before the final weeks of school leading up to summer break. While some have an extravagant trip planned for the family, others take this week to relax at home and enjoy springtime activities together.
No matter which week in March your spring break falls on, there is something to do to keep the kids entertained! The first week is jam-packed with activity, as Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo are both on spring break March 6–10.
Overwhelmed? Skip ahead to your spring break week:
The Week of March 4–11
Saturday, March 4 | 2 p.m.
Kick off the weekend with a colorful and enchanting performance of Rainbow Fish at Valentine Theatre. The bestselling children’s book comes to life with this delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others. Get your tickets to Rainbow Fish in advance!
Sunday, March 5
Catch the final hours of Restaurant Week Toledo on Sunday, March 5. This is your last opportunity to enjoy special menus at some of Glass City’s best locally owned restaurants while supporting Leadership Toledo youth programs. Don’t know where to start? We put together a helpful guide to Restaurant Week Toledo that describes each restaurant and places them on an interactive map!
Tuesday, March 7 | 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Nothing says spring break quite like a lazy Tuesday morning stuffing your face with delectable breakfast food. On IHOP’s National Pancake Day, you can get a free short stack of Original Buttermilk Pancakes at IHOP from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. while making a donation to their charitable partners to support children battling critical illnesses. Get the inside scoop about this amazing holiday!
Saturday, March 11 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Keep the younger ones occupied over spring break with a fun and interactive experience at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont! Second Saturdays R 4 Kids is a monthly interactive educational series for children through age 12. This session will include a painting activity led by Artistry Uncorked. Kids get in for $3 and accompanying adults get in for free! Make your required reservation by calling 419-332-2081 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 11 | 2 – 5 p.m.
The Children’s Theatre Workshop is hosting an unbelievably sweet fundraiser at Handmade Toledo. Attendees will enjoy creative and inspired treats from some of the best bakeries in the Toledo area. The theme of this year’s event is “Cupcakes in Wonderland,” to celebrate CTW’s upcoming summer 2017 musical, “Alice in Wonderland.” Tickets cost $15 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors, and children under 5 are free with an adult admission!
Saturday, March 11 | 3 p.m.
Take the family to Imagination Station, one of the most exciting and educational wonderlands for little ones. At this particular workshop, you will make marbles twist and turn, race and spin through a run that is completely yours. Using trial and error, attempt to build a successful marble run using LEGO bricks! This workshop costs $10 for members and $14 for non-members.
Saturday, March 11 + Sunday, March 12 | 10 a.m.
Fantasticon is the ultimate comic book and pop culture experience, bringing characters to life at this two-day event at the SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo. Admission is very inexpensive — especially if you purchase your tickets in advance! Plus, kids ages 5 and under are free.
Saturday, March 11: $8.50 in Advance // $12 Day of Show
Sunday, March 12: $5.50 in Advance // $8 Day of Show
Two-Day Pass: $12.50 in Advance Only
The Week of March 12–18
Sunday, March 12 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Greater Toledo Train & Toy Show features a blend of vintage toys, operating exhibits, new and old technology, model railroading, and much more. This is the only train and toy show in the tri-state area specifically geared towards the younger audience as a part of their program. In fact, children under 12 are always free! Get your tickets in advance for this affordable and fun program; early bird admission is $10 and general admission is just $6. The show will take place at Owens Community College in Perrysburg.
Tuesday, March 14 | 9:30–10:30 a.m.
The Toledo Botanical Garden is hosting a monthly preschool program featuring a story, song and craft for children to bring home. This program is designed for children ages 2–5 accompanied by an adult. The theme for March 14th is “Wacky Weather,” and entrance costs just $4 per child.
Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19
The Broadway show, Pippin, is coming to the Stranahan Theatre March 16 through 19, bringing an exciting and magical show to its viewers. Follow a young prince along a journey to find the ultimate meaning of life, where you’ll encounter elements of surrealism and excitement, laced with wonderful music. Enjoy a variety of show times throughout the weekend!
Thursday, March 16 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 17 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 | 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 19 | 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 | 8 p.m.
The Hunts are a Virginia-based band of seven siblings, ranging in age from 17 to 26, who have been playing music together most of their lives. Their harmony-laced take on alternative folk, similar to the Lumineers, is absolutely captivating, singing songs that reveal their sophisticated sense of melody and undeniably dreamy innocence. Purchase your tickets now to see this talented family perform at the Marathon Center for Performing Arts in Findlay
The Week of March 19–25
Saturday, March 25 | 11 a.m.
Rock the Arena II is an all-day musical event featuring an impressive lineup and more than 10 hours of music at the Savage Arena in the University of Toledo. You will hear a variety of genres, including rock, rap, country, pop, R&B, and more. Don’t miss this thrilling and action-packed music event!
Saturday, March 25 | 12–4 p.m.
Enjoy delicious chili while supporting a wonderful cause at the 25th Annual Mobile Meals’ Great Chili Cook-Off at the Stranahan Great Hall! Teams will compete for the title of “Best Chili in Northwest Ohio,” via both the Judge’s and People’s Choice awards. Taste a variety of chili recipes, including hot and spicy creations and sweet and tangy options. Attendees will vote for the People’s Choice winner, and the Judge’s winner will be selected by local food experts. The chili cook-off will include DJ music, concessions, a live Twitter feed, and more. All proceeds from this event will support the Mobile Meals’ Home-Delivered Meal Program, which serves over 600 clients per day.
The Week of March 26–April 1
Tuesday, March 28 – Thursday, March 30 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to one, two or three days of fun at the Toledo Botanical Garden! All-day sessions cover different subjects each day, including Wonder of Water on March 28, Things With Wings on March 29, and Down and Dirty with Worms on March 30. Register your kids in advance for TBG’s Spring Break Camp, costing $30 per day for members and $35 per day for non-members.
Wednesday, March 29 + Thursday, March 30 | 7:30 p.m.
Riverdance is stopping by the Stranahan Theatre on its 20th anniversary world tour! This international Irish dance phenomenon has been capturing the imagination of audiences of all ages and cultures with their innovative blend of dance, music and song. Purchase tickets for either of their performances on Wednesday or Thursday!
Happy Spring Break, Toledo!