Greater Halifax Area Baby and Toddler Adventures (February 17-February 23, 2017)

Winter arrived just in time for Sackville Snow Days and Saturday, Sunday and Monday are full of activities for families with kids of all ages, including a winter parade! There's also another all-ages classical music concert for kids, and special heritage day events. Pssst Monday is Heritage Day and therefore a holiday - that's your reminder that your regular spots may be a teeny bit more crowded that day. 

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HEADS UP! (REGISTRATION NEEDED)

On March 5, Alison Smith, New Brunswick’s parenting consultant and personal life coach, will be presenting a workshop at Nurtured Products for Parenting called Parenting Strategies for Real Families. Register for the workshop here"Join us for an afternoon workshop of honest and effective answers to the question, 'What do I do when timeouts don’t work?' Come learn some amazing ways to reach kids using tools and language that INCREASES cooperation, REDUCES meltdowns and leaves everyone feeling closer as a family." 

She also wrote a guest post on the blog this week where we've got a chance for you to WIN one of the limited tickets to her workshop valued at $40!

SATURDAY

Sackville Snow Days

This jam packed week celebrating all that is winter will have plenty of snow for the activities. On Saturday there is a free soup and biscuit lunch at Fultz House Museum along with a tour; free snowshoeing at the Kinsman Community Centre, a winter play day at Acadia Park, crafts and face painting at the library and a free family swim at the Sackville Sports Stadium. Be sure to check out the link above for full details!

Chebucto Symphony Orchestra

An all-ages concert called Romance and Dance will be held at 2:00pm and is a great way to introduce your little one to classical music. It will be at St. Matthew's United Church on Barrington Street. They've also noted that "we invite our teachers, students (and their families) affected by work-to-rule to join us for a special admission of $5." Please contact them at the link above for more information.

SUNDAY

Sackville Snow Days

This jam packed week celebrating all that is winter will have plenty of snow for the activities. On Sunday there is a Beaver Bank Lions Club breakfast, a community tea at the Sackville Heights Community Centre, a jamboree at Acadia Hall and a free family skate at the Sackville Arena. Be sure to check out the link above for full details!

MONDAY

 Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (free admission for Heritage Day)

The museum will be having a citizenship ceremony that visitors can observe at 11:30. While there check out the rest of their exhibits, including their amazing Lego reproduction of the Halifax waterfront!

Pier 21

To honour Heritage Day there is a celebration of Mi'kmaq culture with this drumming performance at 11:00am. There are plenty of other things for little kids to do while you're at the museum. See our review here. Regular admission fees apply.

 Sackville Snow Days (Parade Day!)

This jam packed week celebrating all that is winter will have plenty of snow for the activities. This final day of Sackville Snow Days sees a pancake breakfast at Freeman's, a sledding party at the Kinsman Centre, a fun walk/run, a Snow Days Parade along Sackville Drive and a closing party at the Rock Church. Be sure to check out the link above for full details!

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 Mi’kmaq Heritage.

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 Fist Fight or The Lego Batman Movie, and in Dartmouth Crossing your options are Fist Fight and The Great Wall. 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.

Thursday

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.