When you're a new parent it can be tough to find out what's happening in your community and how to meet other parents (and, besides, who has the TIME to research what's going on between spit-ups and sleepless nights??).
We're excited to be launching our baby and toddler round-ups. We've invited local organizations and programmers to submit their activities and events and each week* and, as information rolls in, we'll be posting what's happening for our newest, and tiniest, Haligonians (ages 0-2, though some programs allow up to age five!).
Here's our listing of what's going on this week in the Greater Halifax area for the wee ones.
*If you offer a program or event and would like to be included, please fill out this form.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with these programs and receive no compensation for listing them; research, register and attend at your own discretion.
"Fun and engaging music activities will work on the development of body/spatial awareness, social skills, motor skills, and pre-academic skills. Parents have an opportunity to engage with their child in a warm and inviting atmosphere, and learn new songs to take home with them."
This 30 minute weekly program is for children ages 0-4 and is held on Tuesdays (12:30-1:00) and Thursdays (11:30-12:00). The next session starts January 10 and runs for six weeks and registration is required. Cost is $60 (tax included) and they are located on John Parr Drive in Halifax. Private sessions are also available. For more information please visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"They begin their first visual, audial and spatial exploration while their parents are guided through the program, designed to carefully introduce coordination, music and movement in a variety of fun exercises, songs, dances."
This 45 minute weekly program is for children ages 6 months to 3 years and is held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00-9:45. The next sessions starts January 7 and runs for eight weeks and registration is required. Cost is $64 (plus tax) and they are located on Oland Court in Burnside Industrial Park. For registration please visit their website or email email@example.com
"Welcome Wednesdays are a ... chance to explore the Museum and engage in a number of fun, self and staff guided activities. We’ll have out our puppet theatre so little ones can explore their creativity and imagination, activity and colouring sheets, crafts and books in both official languages and Arabic for young readers. While reservations are not required, day care and child care facilities should call in advance so we can have enough supplies on hand."
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. Kids under five are admitted free; adults pay the off-season admission rate of $5.15, seniors rate is $4.40, and there is an extra $1 discount for CAA cards and Forces families.
"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.
This indoor playground at 1129 Sackville Drive is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 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.
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 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.