March Break in my grade school years was awesome. All week my mom would keep us busy with baking days, board games, crafting and whatever else she could come up with. The pinnacle of our March Break was the Halifax Day trip. We’d take a MetroTransit bus then hop on the ferry, explore the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Pier 21 or the Discovery Centre and top the day off with a paper bag of goodies from Freak Lunch Box. The March Breaks of my childhood are now some of my best memories!
Creating memories for your kids to treasure forever is the always the goal, but it’s often tricky to come up with unique, engaging experiences - that don’t break the bank. Here are our best ideas to create fun filled memories this March Break.
Free Downtown Halifax Parking & Free Ferry
With free downtown Halifax parking and free Alderney-Halifax ferry service, you won’t have to worry so much about the logistics of your March Break adventures.
No driving around to find a reasonably-priced parking garage, or a rare 2-Hour spot. On-street parking in Downtown Halifax will be free between 11am to 2pm March 14th-18th. Make sure you still register your parking session at a pay station or through the HotSpot App though!
Explore Downtown Dartmouth as well with free Alderney/Halifax ferry service all week long (between 11am and 2pm, March 14th-19th).
Let your kids explore the science of the world around them this March Break at the Discovery Centre. Play at the Innovation Lab, see exciting shows at the Dome Theatre, try your hand at some of the world’s riskiest activities at the featured exhibit, Beyond Human Limits: Extreme Sports and so much more!
Ensure you pre-register online before your visit! The Discovery Centre is not accepting walk-ins at this time. You can purchase your ticket up to 3 days before your desired session here.
Going to, or ordering in from a restaurant is such an exciting experience as a kid! Dine Around is two month-long event for Halifax foodies to discover new restaurants and enjoy longtime favourites through specially-curated Dine Around menus.
Choose a participating location with your kids & try the Dine Around menu together!
Halifax Public Libraries
Halifax Public Libraries has a slew of programs lined up for children of all ages. From magic shows to movie screenings to craft sessions to giant board games, there’s something for every kid to enjoy at your local library!
Halifax Public Libraries is making it easier to entertain the kids at home as well with take-home craft, movie, cooking, and activity kits!
Check out the program schedule here.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
In addition to exploring the artworks and visiting the former home of Maud Lewis, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is offering daily activities to engage the kids during your March Break visit.
Throughout the week, find self-directed activities throughout the Gallery or head to the “Make It Space”, a drop-in art making space for people of all ages. On the weekends before and after March Break (March 12, 13, 19 & 20), build your own Maud Lewis tiny house with kits provided by the Gallery. Learn more about the Gallery's March Break programming here.
A week off of school is a great time for a family hike! HRM offers a multitude of awesome trails for hikers of all abilities. See this list of Family-Friendly hikes from Halifax Trails.
Halifax Citadel Tours
New this March Break, Halifax Citadel is offering a special winter guided tours with your family or small group of up to 15 participants.
Tours are offered from Thursday, March 10th to Friday, March 18th. Reserve your tour online here.
Board Game Day
Gather up your favourite board games for a day of friendly competition at home. Invite over a few of your child's friends or classmates and ask them to bring their favourite game as well!
This March Break, in addition to all the regular attractions of Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Immigration, participate in on-site portrait workshops, inspired by the museum’s new temporary exhibit, The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence.
Yousuf Karsh is an Armenian-Canadian portrait photographer often referred to as one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 20th century. Visitors of all ages are invited to learn how to capture the inner life of those around them through portraiture, just like Karsh did.
Workshops are limited to 10 participants each, registration on-site.
Hatfield Farm March Beak Round-Ups
Bring the kids on a cowboy adventure at Hatfield Farm! The 2-hour adventure begins with a wagon or sleigh ride to Fort Clayton - “fun central” of Hatfield farm. Challenge the family to a duel at the Rubber Rodeo, an indoor, heated games barn. Top off the adventure with all you can eat hot dogs and bottomless juice, pop, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
Purchase tickets here.
Halifax is a city of hills! If there’s snow on the ground, bundle up and take the kids out for a sledding day. Find a list of our favourite Halifax sledding hills here.
Whatever you and your family do during this March Break, we hope you have fun, make some memories, and enjoy the break!
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