Families Get a Break this March at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Say goodbye to expensive trips to the amusement park or long line ups at the border this March Break! Today's families are finding rest, relaxation, and yes, fun, much closer to home at Black Creek Pioneer Village. With special reduced pricing, March Break Fun! offers a full program of hands-on indoor and outdoor activities that engage children and kindle their natural curiosity. Set in a fully recreated 1860's Ontario community, complete with friendly costumed interpreters, Black Creek Pioneer Village offers a fascinating glimpse of a simpler world that readily captures the imagination of children and parents alike.
Running from March 13-21, March Break Fun! combines elements of a maple syrup festival, including all-day pancake breakfasts and maple sugar treats, with archaeological exploration and pioneer life experiences, such as children's games, a chance to go to school in 1860, lessons in period dancing, and much more. Horse-drawn wagon rides, free with admission, are especially popular with children and provide a great way for new visitors to get an overview of the Village.
"Spending time at Black Creek Pioneer Village is a refreshing counterbalance to our busy, high-tech world," said Jacqueline Kovacs, a mom of three children and deputy editor of Today's Parent magazine. "It made my kids sharply aware of how far we've come and how industrious the early settlers were. Life was simpler then and I think that people had a stronger sense of the value of community, family and everyday things. That really resonates with children."
"My kids have always enjoyed the activities at Pioneer Village," Kovacs added. "Halloween Hootenanny is a favourite of ours, but any time of year, it's just great just to wander around, exploring the homes and buildings, and discovering unique surprises or facts you didn't know before."
Educators agree. "We hear ‘wow' a lot when we take the kids to Black Creek," said Sofia Sharma, literacy teacher at Shoreham P.S. School, which has the enviable position of being within walking distance of the Village. "They realize that the things they are seeing are real and that this is how people really lived. That has a lot of impact on the children."
"The hands-on aspect of Black Creek Pioneer Village is very important for our ESL students", pointed out Sharma. "It makes things tangible for them, and seeing the difference between how people lived and did things, it helps the children discover new connections with other parts of the world and other times in history."
"Bringing my class to Black Creek Pioneer Village was such an enriching experience for both my students and myself," said Emily Sullivan, a teacher at the 20th Street Junior School in Toronto's west end. "The beautiful village and its knowledgeable, engaging staff brought to life all that we had been studying in our classroom, and plenty more. Experiencing the crafts up close, such as baking, spinning wool, or watching the Tinsmith at work allowed the children to feel that they were a part of village life - a truly wonderful, and memorable experience that we continue to cherish!"
This is the second year Black Creek Pioneer Village is offering March Break Fun! "By creating a special week-long program directly geared towards children, and reducing admission prices across the board, we feel we're offering a wonderful option for families during the March holiday," said Marty Brent, General Manager at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
March Break Fun! runs from Saturday, March 13 through Sunday, March 21, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. During the event, admission to Black Creek Pioneer Village will be $10 for adults, teens and seniors; $7 for children (age 5 - 14); free for children 4 and under, and free for members. Memberships are available at the admissions desk. Parking is $6.
Black Creek Pioneer Village is located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto (one block east of Jane St., south off Steeles Avenue, right next to York University). Visit www.blackcreek.ca/whatson for more information.
About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.
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