First Bell: Spring 2017

By Our Children

Go digital!

This March Break, create animations and original video games with characters that can jump, dig, mine, and craft weapons to battle scary monsters. Instead of playing games, Artech campers go behind the scenes and learn how to create and program their own games.

Unique to Artech is the infusion of art activities with STEM learning: inspiring creative problem solving and promoting digital literacy. Kids seven through teen years will benefit from the one-to-six instructor to camper ratio. Each child receives quality instruction time.


Become an Atlantica Adventurer

Reinvent your sense of adventure at Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre. Located 45 minutes from Halifax, this seaside resort features comfortable accommodations, exceptional dining in La Vista restaurant, indoor swimming pool, spa, and a host of amenities for the entire family.  The resort will host weeklong activities during March Break that will keep the kids busy. Check out the bonfires and s’mores and more. Special packages and themed weekends are offered throughout the winter and spring.


Did you know?

• An estimated 100 million (1 in 6) children in the developing world are underweight.

• An estimated 795 million (1 in 9) people in the world do not have enough food to eat.

• 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world.

• Under nutrition is the cause in 45 per cent of deaths amongst children under five (3.1 million children each year).

Chalice, a children’s sponsorship program based in Bedford, N.S., works to fight these statistics. Chalice offers a children’s nutrition program in Africa and Latin America. It provides funds to run breakfast and lunch programs, build greenhouses at schools, and provide workshops on proper nutrition and hygiene.


Set the stage

Does your child stand on the coffee table and sing into a hairbrush microphone? Run around the house wearing blankets for capes? Let them explore their dramatic sides and learn performing skills at fun-filled Neptune Theatre School March Break camps. Teachers share their acting and musical skills with the stars of tomorrow in a playful week of inspiration and creativity for children aged 4 to 12. Camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shambhala School, 5450 Russell Street, Halifax.


Care for kids

Kids & Company has been providing high-quality and ?exible childcare and early learning since 2002. The co-founders, Victoria Sopik, a mother of eight, and Jennifer Nashmi, a mother of three, know the delicate balance of raising children while balancing and blending their work life. Kids & Company has five centres in Nova Scotia offering superior care. There are more than 90 centres coast to coast if families are travelling on business or pleasure and require short-term care. For more information or a tour, contact Dorothy Morphy at or 902-229-8494.


Cool cats

4Cats is a professional arts studio for children and adults. They offer after-school and weekend art classes, workshops for children, mini sessions for children and adults, family workshops, adult workshops, March break, summer and winter camps, PD day camps, corporate team-building events, adult parties, and children’s birthday parties. 

Our most popular party is the Jackson Pollock-inspired, paint-splatter party. You can throw paint and not worry about the consequences.

They offer a wide variety of themed painting, colourful polymer clay, and fired-clay parties. Whichever masterpiece you choose to create, you can’t go wrong; each one is so much fun.