by Lyndsay Hart
on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at 1:20pm.
March Break. It is what it is …. a break! A week for our kids (and their ahh-maa-zing teachers) to have a well-deserved break from all the learning (teaching) they have been doing. A time to refuel, a time to leave the go-go-go mentality behind. This year, as the same as most years, we will be staying home in good ol’ Nova Scotia! Mainly because I would prefer my kids get some sort of gastro bug in the comfort of our home rather than in a tropical environment where it might take 10 minutes to get back to our room to use the bathroom!
This year, I’ve put a lot of thought into what a great March break would look like for my family and I’ve come up with a fun-filled week that I hope you might be able to take advantage of as well! We aren’t going too “hard” this year because I’m trying to let go of the reins a little bit. BUT I still have fun things planned every day! I wonder how me not having complete control over everything will go… stay tuned ;P
So, let’s get to it!
Here are some family-friendly ideas that don’t involve going too far and are wallet friendly:
Sunday, March 15th
We are headed to the Halifax Central Library! Rays Reptile Zoo will be visiting the Paul O’Regan Hall from 2:30-3:30. I love our local libraries. They always have so much going on. I would like to put an emphasis on how important the libraries in HRM are. They help to build and keep community together and they are a wealth of free family friendly events and even adult events and workshops too. Halifax Public Libraries’ events are by far some of my favourite things to take my kids to. A couple of summers ago, I enrolled my two littlest children in a slime workshop. It happened once a week for one hour on Monday afternoons for four weeks. My kids had so much fun in those four weeks, they genuinely looked forward to Mondays… who knew this was possible? The Halifax Public Libraries have events going on all March break and beyond. You can check out their website here to find out all the events they have going on!
If the library doesn’t work for you on this day, make sure to head on down to the 13 annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Marshalling starts at 12:30pm with the Parade starting at 1:00pm. For more info such as the parade route and how long the parade is, click here.
Monday, March 16th
Today we will be heading downtown again to visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Starting at 10:00 am, when the museum opens, they will be having ongoing craft activities. Here’s what their daily schedule looks like this week.
Monday – Thursday
10:00am-4:00pm – Ongoing craft activities
12:00pm – Superhero Drawing Workshop
2:00pm – Movement Workshop
3:00pm – Food Workshop
All day – Screenings of NFB’s short animation film “Asthma Tech”.
Feature Film Screening – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse – French 11:00am, English 2:00pm
We plan on heading down after lunch, because I vow to let the kids sleep in everyday this March break! First we will check out the museum and then move on to the movement workshop and food workshop! I am excited to see what type of food they have planned for the afternoon.
Tuesday, March 17th
Well, we are three days in and if you’re kids are anything like mine, you need a break! On this lovely Tuesday, we will take that break at the Scotiabank Theatre in Bayers Lake. All March break they are having family favourites for $2.99. On this day, there will be a showing of The Adams' Family (animated version) at 11:30 am. We will be using our scene points to grab some snacks so, a movie and snacks for 4 for under $20 is perfect!!! There are lots of other movies playing throughout the week if Tuesday doesn’t work in your schedule! Check out this link here for more movies and showtimes.
Don’t forget to wear green so you don’t get pinched!
Wednesday, March 18th
It’s hump day and we’ve made it thus far. Hang in there parents, YOU GOT THIS.
Today’s adventure will consist of crafting at one of our favourite places to visit, Michaels!
Every day of the week during March break there will be a different project. They have not announced what their project schedule is but whatever it is I’m sure we will love it. Be sure to check on their website to see when they announce their projects. You can also visit this great website called Family Fun Halifax where they keep everyone up-to-date on all things family fun all the time! They are a fabulous resource.
Thursday, March 19th
I don’t know about your house, but in my house, Star Wars is the Beez Neez (when something is so awesome that normal words can't describe it. It's so fire that it's not just Beez, it's straight Beez Neez – click on the underlined words for your Urban Dictionary lesson). Let’s just say when we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this past January, we were basically in Heaven. We got to meet Chewbacca AND Kylo Ren spoke to my daughter and told her she should join the Dark side. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sorry, but those who are Star Wars fans totally feel me right now! ANYWAYS……
Today, at the Central Library there is a Star Wars Jedi Academy from 3:30pm-4:30pm and that’s where you will find us. This academy is for ages 5-12 years old and will be held (fittingly) in the Lindsay Children’s Room. There will be snacks and video games for all. A costume is not required but it is encouraged! You can find the event details here.
Friday, March 20th
It’s Friday, Friday, Friday! Hopefully the weather will be decent on this day because we are going to be headed to Ross Farm. I know I said I was going to let the kids sleep in everyday but we must get there early enough for chore time so we can help feed the animals (insert angry children here haha!). They might be ok with it when they get to make some tasty laffy and decorate some cookies! Here is what their Friday schedule looks like:
Explore the Outdoors ~ Friday, March 20th
9:00 - 10:00 Ross Barn - farm chores - help feed the animals 9:30 - 12:30 Schoolhouse – Craft activity 9:30 - 12:00 Rose Bank Cottage – Decorate a cookie 9:30 - 12:30 Farm Workshop - Wood punching 1:00 - 4:30 Rose Bank Cottage – Decorate a cookie 1:30 - 4:30 Schoolhouse – Craft activity 1:30 - 4:30 Farm Workshop – Wood punching 3:30 – 5:00 Ross Barn - chore time
For the schedules for the other days of the week, you can visit their website here.
Saturday, March 21st
This will be the last “event” day for us because on Sunday, no one is moving off the coach or getting out of their PJ’s for the whole day.
We are going to burn off any energy that we have left by heading to Hatfield Farm for their Family Round-Up Adventure. This is a 2-hour adventure that begins with a Sleigh Ride to the Rubber Rodeo where the kids (and adults too) can ride a bull, box each other with some oversized boxing gloves, beat each other gladiator style and jump in a bouncy castle. Sounds like a good time to me! But wait, there’s more. After the Rubber Rodeo you can head over to another building and get your fill of all-you-can-eat hot dogs and unlimited juice, pop, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. There is also a zip-line that is really fun for all ages and playgrounds too. Don’t forget to visit the animals when you first get there or when you are leaving. They are at the main building(s) when you pull in the parking lot.
And there you have it folks! Another March Break under your belt and everyone is still alive! Right?
There are so many other events happening in HRM, so if my super fun schedule doesn’t tickle your fancy, here are some other places to check out over March break: