Making the most of March Break: What to see while the kids are out of school

Making the most of March Break: What to see while the kids are out of school

March Break is one of our absolute favourite school holidays. Frankly we’re a little jelly that the kids get a whole week off from their usual obligations. But, even if we grown-ups have to work while the kids are at home or at day camp, March Break is still a nice reprieve from the daily school/work/home routine. As adults, as it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time bonding with the kids doing something we love, without the stress of getting everyone ready for school the next day!

We personally like to use this time to prioritize family entertainment, and get caught up on the latest movies in between other activities! If you're looking for ways to fill the days, here are some recommendations for things to see with the family during March Break (and some bonus recommendations for adult oriented evenings if your kids happen to be away this week)!

If your kids are school-age
If your kids are tweens or teens
If you're with the whole family
If your kids are away for the break

With School-Age Kids

In Theatres:

Peter Rabbit

In this fun, family film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of Bea, the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Younger kids will love the sight of adorable animals in slapstick situations, but there's also plenty here for older kids to enjoy with the witty dialogue and characters that are updated from the beloved Beatrix Potter storybooks to be more at home on the big screen.

Watch the trailer and click here for showtimes!

Family Favourites

Did you know you can see a family-friendly feature every Saturday morning at select Cineplex theatres, for just 2.99 per ticket? For March Break, we’ve expanded this program to weekdays! Click here for a listing of movies and all the details on our special March Break Family Favourites!

If weekends are more your style, click here for a rundown of March's regular Saturday Family Favourites!

At Home:


Coco follows Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a young boy who yearns to be a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). He practices in secret because his family believes music is a curse ever since his great-grandfather deserted the family to follow his own musical ambitions. On the Day of the Dead, Miguel visits the tomb of Ernesto de la Cruz and is magically transported to the Land of the Dead, where he must seek out his idol in order to get back to the land of the living. This animated feature is heartwarming and absolutely gorgeous-looking on top of being fun for the whole family!

Watch the trailer and click here to rent or buy Coco in the Cineplex Store!

With Tweens and Teens

In Theatres:

Black Panther

In case you haven't heard, the long-awaited Black Panther movie is shattering all kinds of box-office records and garnering critical praise and audience acclaim as well. It's well deserved, as this is a superhero movie that manages to hit all of the usual notes while also delivering something truly new and special, making the most of its superlative cast including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, and many, many more. We don't want to spoil the experience for you, but if you're in doubt read our Five Reasons to See Black Panther!

Watch the trailer and click here for showtimes and more info:

Bonus: Click here to find out everything you need to know before you see Black Panther in 2 minutes!

At Home:

Thor: Ragnarok

Before Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok was the Marvel film that took a new approach to the superhero genre, by infusing the movie with a fun comic sensibility. There's equal parts action and laughs in Thor: Ragnarok, making it beloved by audiences of all ages. And did we mention Chris Hemsworth's otherworldly muscles, Cate Blanchett's scenery-chewing turn as the Big Bad, and Tessa Thompson's kickass role as Valkyrie? All that, and there's still more than enough big battles and epic fighting scenes to satisfy the most thirsty comic-book-movie fan!

Watch the trailer and rent or buy Thor: Ragnarok in the Cineplex Store!

With the whole family

In Theatres:

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

If you missed out on seeing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle when it first hit theatres over the holidays, you should try to catch it now before it leaves the big screen. Although technically a sequel, you definitely don't have to have seen the original with Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt to get the most out of this action comedy. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart play the avatars of four average teens who are sucked into a cursed video game, and must play for their literal lives. If that sounds too serious for family fare, it isn't - the maximum amount of humour is wrung from the situation, and kids of all ages will love it!

Watch the trailer and click here for showtimes and more info!

The Greatest Showman

This family-friendly film is a musical that celebrates the birth of show business, inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum. In it Barnum (Hugh Jackman) is a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The cast includes Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson as well as a host of others. Be warned, we've heard reports that families who see this one come out humming and singing the show's songs and themes! If your family loves musicals or musical theatre, this is one that everyone will enjoy!

Watch the trailer and click here for showtimes and more info!

If Your Kids Are Away

If your kids are away for the week and your nest is empty, why not seize this chance to spend some quality time with your spouse, significant other, or friends? March Break is a perfect time to hit up your local VIP theatre for a truly grown-up experience at the movies!

In Theatres:

Game Night

We confess, at the time of writing we haven't actually seen this one yet - but it's most definitely on our list as soon as we can get a babysitter lined up! Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it's all part of the game...right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this game--nor Brooks--are what they seem to be. Early reviews of this madcap comedy promise a fun evening out!

Watch the trailer and click here for showtimes and more info!


If action and suspense mixed with cerebral sci-fi is your thing, this movie needs to be on your must-see list. Director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) has adapted the Southern Reach book trilogy into a mind-bending movie full of amazing visual effects, that will keep you thinking long after the credits have rolled. Natalie Portman plays a scientist who leads a team into an eerie phenomenon dubbed The Shimmer, where the usual laws of nature are being rewritten. Early audiences are raving about the cast and the script, and it's ignited fierce debate among viewers as to what exactly the ending means! Intrigued? For more (spoiler-free) reasons why you should check out this movie, read our Five Reasons to see Annihilation!

Watch the trailer and click here for showtimes and more info!

The Shape of Water

Director Guillermo Del Toro brings a truly unique, otherworldly romantic fairy-tale to life in this movie. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War era, a mute cleaner named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works in a hidden high-security government laboratory. When she and her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) are tasked with cleaning a room devoted to a secret classified experiment, Elisa forms an unexpected - and utterly forbidden - bond with a creature (Doug Jones) being held captive there. Soon she's enlisting Zelda and her closest friend Giles (Richard Jenkins) to help her break "the asset" out of its prison, working against the federal agents tasked with running the experiments (Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg). Blending fantastical visuals and storytelling with drama and suspense, The Shape of Water is prime fare for an adult night out.

Watch the trailer and click here for showtimes and more info!

WARNING: sensitive viewers may find the content offensive!

Of course, if you don’t feel like going out to the movies EVERY night of the week, there’s a HUGE selection of recent and classic movies available to rent or buy in the Cineplex Store!

Whatever you decide to see, we hope you have a very enjoyable March break!

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