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Our family kicked off summer 2017 with a family vacation to Prince Edward Island and, by all accounts, it was a resounding success. We were there for a week and had a jam-packed schedule that included some amazing playgrounds, beaches, bike rides and, of course, Sandspit Amusement Park and Shining Waters Family Fun Park.
Our pick for this week's Family Fun adventure is Shubie Park. Forty acres of forest filled with winding trails, local wildlife, charming bridges, a sandy beach, and a fascinating locks and canal system makes up Shubie Park in Dartmouth and it is a guaranteed hit with our family.
I know the official first day of summer was technically a couple weeks ago but now that school is out it feels like it finally is really summer!
Every year our family creates, what we call, our Summer Fun List, also known as a Summer Bucket List. This year we were driven by our plans for a simple, retro-inspired summer (along with a few new favourite places to visit) that also celebrates our region.
Here are thirty ideas to get started!
Halifax now has an all-ages free forest school that meets at the Frog Pond in Halifax once a week. We visited for the first time and share our thoughts on why we loved it (and give you the scoop on why the ticks shouldn't keep you away)!
There are themed playground, accessible playgrounds for people with special needs, and natural playgrounds inspired by and made with elements found in nature. But the main reason you need to incorporate playgrounds into your Canadian road trip is because so many of these playgrounds have taken cues from their home communities and incorporated the local values and history of the area into the design.
This playground is tucked in Millwood subdivision in Middle Sackville at 155 Millwood Drive, almost next door to Millwood High, and just down the road from the Preschool Indoor Playground (and, hot tip...er I mean, cool tip, the Vineyard ice cream shop in the summer, yummmmm).
Grand Lake Oakfield Playground may be a little off the beaten path for many Haligonians where it sits on the side of Highway 2 between Laurie Park and Oakfield Park, but with two playground structures, swings, climbing tires and more, we think you'll agree it's worth the trip.
To make this easy on everyone, I've rounded up a few of my favourite ways to spend a day with my family in Halifax and included a list of supplies and details needed to make the day happen AND a suggested little gift to go along with it.Now all you need to do is forward this post to your day planner who can pick one, follow the directions and you're good to go.
If you're feeling the need to connect with other parents in person, or you need a little extra support or advice, resource centres are a valuable option in our community. The Greater Halifax region is lucky to have at least thirteen fantastic organizations that provide low cost, and often free, programming, and many have a focus on families with young children. Have you visited any of these centres?
One of our most popular posts has been 8 Halifax Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers. We went beyond soccer and dance classes and looked at some other fun organized programs and activities for families with young children to enjoy in Halifax. Now we're back with a few more that we think you'll love just as much!
Tips on travelling with children including being prepared, dealing with anxieties and practical travel information.
Okay, okay, maybe not ALL of them but it is a lot and will provide you with something to do with your baby or toddler for every weekday!
Most children seem to go through a train fascination stage. Whether it's Thomas or Chuggington, or just an excitement whenever you get stopped at the train crossing, there's something about those engines that children adore.Luckily Halifax has plenty to choo-choo-choose from for these kids, both in the city and within about an hour of the city limits.
The Sackville Inclusive Playground is located on Sackville Drive, right next to the library. This pretty much make it an ideal location. You get to combine outdoor play with books, all in one outing.
My favourite time to go on waterfall hikes though is now, in the late autumn, when we are stuck between the beauty of the leaves changing and before the snow starts to fall regularly. Waterfalls work as a great motivator to get outside and continue to enjoy nature, when it’s looking less than its best and hibernation is looking really tempting.
A little over a year ago we visited the natural playground in the Annapolis Valley and it was a hit with our nature loving kiddos so we had high expectations for this one designed by Earthscape in the heart of our city.
Deep in the heart of suburban Halifax, on one of the most popular trails in the area, I managed to get completely lost...Let me be a cautionary tale.
The Kiwanis Dartmouth Waterfront Playground is always a hopping spot. We checked it out for the first time this summer; here's our review.
The air has that unmistakable crispness to it, the leaves are dying in a blaze of colourful glory and the word pumpkin is plastered on every other sign, which, to me, means it’s time to hit the beach.
This route is one of the prettiest trails in the HRM, in my opinion, boasting stunning ocean views, shady treed areas and even a farm at one point. It’s the eastern shore rolled up into one gorgeous package with a saltwater bow on top.
It used to be that to find the entrance to Long Lake Provincial Park off the Northwest Arm Drive someone had to show you where it was . . . There have been a few changes since then.
On one side of this trail runs a highway, so close you can see drivers slurping their morning coffee and rocking out to their car tunes. On the other side is the Canadian Forces Rifle Range with a steady stream of bullets firing from it. But, wait! Stay with me....
I’ve just spent two days travelling with my husband and children, sitting in a car for hours on end, which is a great motivator for me to go play in the woods. I need some time to recharge so I’ve decided to bike the 15-kilometre round trip trail system within the 700-acre Sackville Lakes Provincial Park (better known as First and Second Lake Trails).
I grew up in Spryfield and learned to ride my bike on the trail from Rockingstone Road, its namesake, to Kidston Lake, back before it was developed, but the park has been a popular destination for a lot longer than that.
We went on our first major family road trip vacation this summer and the kids did way better than we thought - in fact, not once did we pull over and threaten to turn the car around! Based on our experience, here are our top dos and don'ts for road tripping with little kids.
I USED to be very outdoorsy. Then I had two kids within two years and a “hike” turned into a slow walk pushing a stroller and waiting for a toddler to pick up yet another rock. Sound familiar? My first venture out alone in the woods was to a family favourite, McDonald Sports Park in Waverley.
I've rounded up six of our favourite places to interact with and see animals in the HRM, or within about an hour's drive, that are on our "must do" list.
We finally got out to the new DeWolf playground and my only disappointment with it was that I wish we'd gone sooner. It is fantastic!
Last year the museum did an extensive renovation that included new interactive exhibits. They invited me to come for visit with the little ones to see just how kid-friendly it is now and we jumped at the chance.
This is a true family project that we all contribute ideas too. The kids love seeing their suggestions and activities up on the wall and enjoy crossing them off as much as we do.