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5 things you should do this St. Patrick’s Day

Lucy Robert | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we have compiled a list of fun activities family’s can do to get into the spirit!

  1. Make it green!
    Revamp your breakfast for St. Patrick’s day by making green everything! Add a few drops of green food colouring to your pancake batter to make it St. Patty’s day inspired, or take a more organic route and make some green foods such as guacamole or green veggies and dip.
  2. DIY shamrock streamers!
    Decorate the house with these St. Patrick’s day inspired streamers! Easy and fun to make, this is a craft perfect for kids age 7-12!
  3. Learn the history of St. Patrick’s Day!
    Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day anyways? Teach your kids the history of the event and why it is celebrated each year on this interactive website.
  4. Try out some Irish Food!
    Take a trip into town for some delicious Irish food! What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with some traditional Irish cuisine. Check out a list of different Irish restaurants in Toronto here.
  5. Make a Shamrock Shake!
    End off St. Patrick’s Day with a delicious milkshake! The Shamrock Shake is famous in fast food joints, but why not make one in the comfort of your own home?

The ultimate staycation destinations in Toronto

Lucy Robert | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

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Staying home for March Break?  We have compiled a list of things to do in the city whether that be with family, friends, or your significant other!

Kids & family staycations

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  • Outdoor swimming at the Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel Pool
  • Tired of the same old indoor swimming pools? Don’t worry, the pool at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel has you covered! A full day event, families can use the Sheraton hotel pool as an easy city-escape.
  • What makes this pool special? Well it’s outside and a fun alternative from the same old indoor pools where families can swim and be in the beauty of nature!  The Sheraton Hotel Pool also offers family day prices and packages.

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Why not be a tourist for the day in your own city? With the Toronto City Pass, families can check out tons of attractions across the city at a discounted price.

The CityPass which can be easily purchased online allows you to check attractions such as The CN Tower, The Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma, and many more.

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Sky Zone indoor trampoline park
Located in Mississauga, Sky Zone is one of the world’s first trampoline parks!

Sky Zone prides themselves on “fun fitness” a perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family and get some exercise while your at it! The park has different activities everyday including open jump times, ‘the foam zone’, and toddler time.

Staycations for you and your significant other:

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Stay in the newest hotel the Delta Toronto
Brand new and one of the nicest hotels in the city, stay at the new-and-improved Delta Hotel. Located in the downtown core, this hotel has everything from a beautiful skyline view in your room to quick access to all the cities best attractions, such as the Ripley’s Aquarium and the CN Tower.

The hotel is also offering special offers including restaurant deals, weekend deals, and museum packages.

 

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What not a better way to spend the a day but to spend it at the spa.

With the huge selection to choose from, many spas offer couples retreat packages where you and your loved one can spend a whole day relaxing.

With hot stone massages, manicure, pedicures, pools, and facials, this day will surely be a soothing one!

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Discover a new part of town
Why not discover a whole other part of the city that you live in!

The Riverside District located on the historic Queen Street East is an authentic Toronto neighbourhood with tons of shops and restaurants to explore.

Or, take a stroll through Riverside and see apart of Toronto you may have never experienced before. Easily accessible by streetcar, this charming area will steal your heart by the end of your visit.

Are you planing a staycation anytime soon? Tell us what you are deciding to do in the comments below!

Week of Mar. 16, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, we will be trying out some delicious recipes using sweet potatoes with the Sweet Potato Chronicles.

We will be talking to some super kids that have been doing amazing things in their local communities.

And to end off the week on Friday, we take look at a preview of Toronto Fashion Week!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Top travel destinations: Where you should travel this March Break

Lucy Robert | posted Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015

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March Break is just around the corner! To celebrate we have compiled a list of the perfect travel plans for you and the whole family whether you plan to leave or stay in the city.

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Amusement Park: Walt Disney World

Popular for ages: Any age

The most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World, is located in Orlando, Fla. offers an experience for the kid in everyone. With four different amusement parks and two water parks, Disney World is where dreams come true.

Must see: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Tinker Bell’s Flight: Watch Tinker Bell take to the sky in a magical array of fireworks that takes place in front of the Magic Kingdom Castle every night.

Popular Attractions: Rock ‘n’ Roll Rollercoaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studio, Soarin’ at Epcot, Dumbo the flying elephant ride in Magic Kingdom

Landscape incl lodgingSki Vacation: Blue Mountain Resort

Popular for ages: 10-17

Only a two hour drive from Toronto, Blue Mountain Resort offers fun for the whole family! From skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, and snowmobiling, Blue Mountain is a great getaway for March Break. The resort is also offering special family events throughout the week including fireworks in the evenings, kids movie nights, and so much more.

Must See:  Check out the live music performances happening at the Village Stage every day at 3-5 p.m. during March Break!

Popular Attractions: Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Plunge! Aquatic Centre, and the Mill Pond Skating Rink

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The Beach: Varadero, Cuba

Popular for ages: 7-17

One of the most popular Caribbean destinations, Cuba is the place to be to get rid of those winter blues. With countless Cuba city destinations to choose from Cuba is filled with sandy beaches, blue waters, and friendly locals.

Must See:  The Beaches, some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Popular Attractions: Catamaran Tour: hop on a catamaran and see the beaches from another angle! Or take a Jeep Safari tour through the local towns, or snorkel or scuba dive in the gorgeous waters.

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Cityscapes: Montreal

Popular for Ages: Tweens & teenagers 12-17

Only a five and a half hour drive away, Montreal is the perfect city for families to visit this March Break. With its extensive culture and delicious French-inspired cuisine, Montreal has is all.

Must see: Stroll through the streets of Old Montreal, and grab a Montreal-style bagel at one of the many popular bakeries.

Popular Attractions: Visiting a Sugar Shack, A Cirque du Soleil show, and The Montreal Biodome

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Staycation: Toronto

There is no other place better to look for things to do during March Break but then in your own city! Toronto is full of family-oriented outings and is even offering some awesome March Break-specific ideas for families.

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Limited time Attractions:

Other Attractions:

According to Travelocity, these are the top five destinations traveled by Canadians this March Break:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Orlando
  3. Cancun
  4. Phoenix
  5. Los Angeles

What are your plans for this March Break? Let us know in the comments below!

LIVE COVERAGE: Apple Watch expected to be unveiled

Mike Yawney | posted Monday, Mar 9th, 2015

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Could it be? Is the Apple Watch finally here?

The technology company is holding a media event on Monday in San Francisco.

CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney is in San Francisco for the announcement. Follow his live coverage below starting at noon Eastern.

Apple will offer a live video stream of the keynote address.

The company is expected to reveal new details about the much-anticipated device.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Available in three models, including one encased in 18-karat gold
  • Comes with multiple wristband options
  • Needs an an iPhone to connect to the Internet
  • Cost at least US$349

Apple has not yet announced the exact price or release date.

This is the company’s first new product category since its 2010 iPad.

Week of Mar. 9, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 8th, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Now on tour with Ariana Grande, band Rixton will be here on Monday to perform!

On Thursday, style icon Jeanne Beker is here to promote her new show on The Shopping Channel, Style Matters.

To end off the week on Friday we will chat about March Break travel tips.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

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