Greater Halifax Area Baby and Toddler Adventures (February 24-March 2, 2017)

Can you believe March is just peeking around the corner? The sunshine this week has me feeling optimistic about an early spring again! This week we've got the usual weekly spots, as well as some fun things happening this weekend - mostly Saturday for some reason.

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SATURDAY

Winter Wildlife Wonders

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is hosting a talk and snowshoe (weather permitting) this weekend. While the talk might be above the little ones' heads, the walk will be great fun, especially if you have a carrier you can pop the kids into to enjoy the walk from up high.

Halifax Kennel Club Dog Show

This weekend is the HKC Dog Show at the Halifax Forum and if you have a little one who loves animals, this is a must-see. Every breed imaginable will be there and it's a lot of fun for kids to watch the dogs prance around the rings, see them getting their "hair done" in preparation for their big moment, and just wandering the rows of dogs hanging out waiting. I took Miss M when she was two years old and it was a big hit.

Pop Up School

This is a neat program kicking off this week. While it's technically geared to kids ages 2 and older, all ages are welcome and the information is great for anyone who cares for kids. This week's workshop is on gender identity and is co-presented by a six year old; how cool is that?

Family Game Day

Chapters in Halifax and Dartmouth will be hosting a Hasbro Family Game Day starting at 11. There aren't many games for the 0-2 set, but we started introducing our kids to games like Memory around age two. What I want to know is, do you let you kids win?

SUNDAY

Halifax Kennel Club Dog Show

This weekend is the HKC Dog Show at the Halifax Forum and if you have a little one who love animals, this is a must-see. Every breed imaginable will be there and it's a lot of fun for kids to watch the dogs prance around the rings, see them getting their "hair done" in preparation for their big moment, and just wandering the rows of dogs hanging out waiting. I took Miss M when she was two years old and it was a hit.

MONDAY

Breastfeeding Support Groups

There are free breastfeeding support groups every Monday from 9:30-10:30 at the Dartmouth Fiddleheads location and from 11:00-12:00 at Nurtured Products for Parenting. This is a great place for support, advice and to meet other moms and babes at the same stage of life as you. Contact the stores mentioned for more details on the groups!

Child Play and Splash at the Sackville Sports Stadium

The program runs from 9-11:45 for newborn to five years old. The first hour is playtime for the kids and coffee and conversation for the parents. The second 45 minutes you get to play in the pool with your little ones. And it's all free!

TUESDAY

Wee Wild Ones! at the Museum of Natural History

This program is for children 5 and under and is held from 10-11 each Tuesday. There is a different program each week and activities such as stories, puppet shows, block building and more are used to explore. This week's theme is Dragons, AND they have an awesome dragon exhibit happening right now too!

WEDNESDAY

Stars and Strollers

Cineplex offers movies for parents and babies/toddlers ages 0-2 with dimmed lighting, reduced noise, a change table and room to park your strollers. In Bayers Lake this week you can choose from La La Land or Lion, and in Dartmouth Crossing your options are Fist Fight and Hidden Figures (I have heard SO MANY good things about this one!). All shows start at 11:00a.m.

Intro to Babywearing

This is for parents technically, but being able to wear your baby will make going on adventures with them all the more fun ;) The workshop is at Nurtured Products for Parenting at 6:00pm. The fee is $15 and you can register online here For more information about babywearing, check out this article where I interviewed the owner of Nurtured; it also includes a video of some common carriers and information on a place to borrow baby carriers. 

Child Play and Splash at the Sackville Sports Stadium

The program runs from 9-11:45 for newborn to five years old. The first hour is playtime for the kids and coffee and conversation for the parents. The second 45 minutes you get to play in the pool with your little ones. And it's all free!

Welcome Wednesdays at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

This two hour weekly program runs each Wednesday through the winter and spring and is for ages 0-5 every week from 10 am to 12 noon. There are age-appropriate self and staff guided activities through the museum, along with activity and colouring sheets, the puppet theatre will be set out to play with along with crafts for all children.

Preschool Indoor Playground

This indoor playground at 1129 Sackville Drive is open through the winter and spring from 9:00-11:00 and costs $2 per child. Children must wear indoor shoes. You can see our review here.

Discovery Centre

Every Wednesday evening from 5-8 the Discovery Centre is free! 

THURSDAY

Cloth Diaper Workshop at Nurtured Products for Parenting

Considering cloth diapering your babe? This introductory workshop will break it all down for you and introduce you to everything you need to know to make the decision. The cost is $5 and you will need to register for it in advance.

Music Makers Drop-In

Andrea's Music Studio has a drop-in programs for children up to five years old: "Experience songs, musical styles, creative movement, rhythm instruments, musical playtime, and more, while making new friends. Older and younger siblings may attend the same class. This is an interactive musical playtime for babies, toddlers, pre schoolers, and their parent or caregiver." Classes are 10:15-10:45 and 11:00-11:30 in Dartmouth. Fees and location can be found on their website.

Preschool Indoor Playground

This indoor playground at 1129 Sackville Drive is open through the winter and spring from 9:00-11:00 and costs $2 per child. Children must wear indoor shoes. You can see our review here.

FRIDAY

Music Makers Drop-In

Andrea's Music Studio has a drop-in programs for children up to five years old: "Experience songs, musical styles, creative movement, rhythm instruments, musical playtime, and more, while making new friends. Older and younger siblings may attend the same class. This is an interactive musical playtime for babies, toddlers, pre schoolers, and their parent or caregiver." Classes are 10:15-10:45 and 11:00-11:30 in Dartmouth. Fees and location can be found on their website.

Child Playtime at the Sackville Sports Stadium

The program runs from 9-11:45 for newborn to five years old. There is free playtime for the kids and coffee and conversation for the parents and it's all free! There is no swim this day.

DAILY

Gus Walk at the NS Museum of Natural History

Join Halifax's favourite tortoise as he gets out of his house and goes for a stroll around the museum and eats a snack. Regular admission rates apply. 

Family Drop-In With NS Health Authority

"Visit us in your community for breastfeeding assessment and assistance, parenting support and other health information. At some drop-ins a Public Health Nurse facilitates group education sessions on a variety of topics including parenting, growth and development, nutrition, safety and crying. As well, some drop-ins offer Breastfeeding Buddies a peer support program facilitated by a Public Health Nurse."

This free program runs on various days of the week throughout the city and is for all parents with young children looking for support, information or just to meet other parents. Their schedule can be found on their website.

Halifax Public Library Programs

The library has daily free programs for children ages 0-5 across the city. Check out their website and enter your location and age you're looking for to find what's happening in your area. *Some programs require registration.

Halifax Recreation Programs

Halifax Recreation offers drop-in playgroups and programming across the city. Check out their catalogue to see what's in your area. Most are very affordable (for example $3/family for some groups). You can also search their Reconnect system to narrow down the age and area.