First Bell: November 2016

By Our Children

Crack the code at Citadel Hill

Families will love visiting the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site next summer. Admission to national parks be free all year in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Also, from May to October 2017, kids ages six to 11 can explore the historic fort with Parks Canada’s Xplorers Program and earn a special souvenir. They can also be a spy and help crack a secret message to help save the fort with Citadel Adventures. Visit for more details.

Straighten out

Docbraces is offering free consultations. The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic consultation by age seven. Patients with more complex cases or oral habits such as thumb sucking can benefit dramatically from an early phase of treatment. That prevents the need for more invasive treatment later. Orthodontists are specialists in their field and receive three years of additional education and training beyond general dentists. Docbraces has offices in Halifax and Dartmouth.


Museum happenings

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is hosting a monthly Lego Users Club, and invites those interested in digital animation and building creatively with bricks to try it out. To register, send participant’s name, parent’s name, email address, and home phone number to or 902-424-7491.

Also, Christmas at Sea and the popular Lego display will be coming in December. You can also learn about the popular charity drive for Mission to Seafarers. That program provides welcome packages to international sailing crew stationed in Halifax over the holidays.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday with free admission on Tuesday evenings. Visit Merlin the rainbow macaw and have fun in the exhibits. 

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Wee Talk Speech Therapy

Wee Talk is a private practice offering consultation, assessment, and therapy to children from infant to school age. Owner Shauna Dolan worked as a speech-language pathologist in public health clinics in British Columbia and ran a successful practice where she provided services to children with a variety of communication difficulties. She believes strong communication skills are important to a child’s success in all aspects of life, including academics, extracurricular activities, friendships, and relationships with family and peers.  Visit


Flow with the music

Eminflow Music Studio serves Halifax, Cole Harbour, Lawrencetown, and Porters Lake. Programs include voice and piano lessons, Eminflow Youth Singers (ages eight-17) and a play-based Early Childhood Music Program by Music Together. The Music Together Centre currently holds mixed age family classes (ages birth to five) on Thursday mornings in Halifax and on Saturdays mornings in Cole Harbour. Singers can join Eminflow Youth Singers at any point in the year for $25 per month. All rehearsals are Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lawrencetown. In-home lessons available. Book your free trial class at today.


Music for the ages

Music for Young Children (MYC) teaches children from the ages of two to 10 the foundation of music education and piano playing, in a group setting. 

An early-childhood specialist designs and writes the programs with specific qualifications not only in music education, but learning styles and learning disabilities. The method uses age-appropriate activities to help develop not only their ability to play and read music, but also cognitive, physical, and social skills.

MYC provides the structure for learning to take place while allowing children the freedom to think. Children are empowered to set goals in their music learning while experiencing a playful, positive environment. Visit