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A week off from school and nothing to do? Not in Halifax


Renee Tratch
Digital Writer, theweathernetwork.com

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 9:08 -

A week off from school and nothing to do? Not in Halifax. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied (and learning) during March Break. So if you’re sticking around in colder climates, plan to fill your week with some of these family-friendly activities.


MORE MARCH BREAK: Be sure to check back on Friday for Toronto March Break plans and again next week, as we cover the western provinces


The great outdoors: Fun is where the snow flies. The Halifax Oval, Atlantic Canada’s largest artificially-refrigerated ice surface has all-day free public skating. On Fridays nights, bundle up and bring a flashlight for a guided nocturnal tour of Subencadie Provincial Wildlife Park and its inhabitants. There are also hands-on activities for the whole family during the mornings of March Break mornings.

Stay warm: Done with the cold? Spend the day indoors at the Discovery Centre, Nova Scotia’s hands-on science centre. Feature exhibition Animal Grossology oozes tons of fun information. Explore your inner artist at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with drop-in sketching on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons (paper and pencils supplied.) On Sunday, the whole family can enjoy a hands-on art experience with Pop Goes the Easel, featuring a live performance by percussionists from Symphony Nova Scotia and the chance for the little ones to make their own noise at the Long & McQuade Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.

Sign me up: Week-long or day camp may be the way to go. Young techies can learn all about computer deconstructing and game design at the Digital March Break Camp at the Discovery Centre. Campers at Halifax Dance’s Lights, Camera, Action! can participate in dance, photography, crafts and even create their own movie over the course of the week. Sportier types can join Jr. Huskies Basketball at St. Mary’s University.

Drop in: A go-with-the-flow attitude might suit your March Break best. If the little ones are feeling creative, let them make that artful mess somewhere else. Clay Cafe is a paint-your-own-pottery studio and requires no appointment. Across the harbour, spend a day at the Dartmouth Sportsplex for some swimming and skating or stop by At Play Café for some coffee and treats while the 10-and-unders explore the 3,000-sq-ft play area.

Get out of town: Hit the road for more outdoor fun for the whole family. Ross Farm Museum, a 19th century heritage farm, offers different farm-themed hands-on activities every day, in addition to the animals, trails and sleigh rides. Follow your nose to that smell of sweet maple goodness at Sugar Moon Farm. The restaurant offers an all-day locally-inspired maple brunch. Stay the day and do some hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing around the farm and along the Rogart Mountain Trail. Snowshoes available for rent.

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