First Bell: Fall 2017

By Our Children

Artistically speaking…

If you have a junior artist budding in your family and would like to supply some inspiration, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is a must-visit. It offers free admission on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

…or artistically working


If just seeing completed art in a gallery isn’t inspiration enough, then the Wonder’neath Open Studio free drop-in program might be more what you need. The program is offered on Saturdays in a working artist studio from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. Wonder’neath is in the white/red Russell Food Equipment building one block south of the Hydrostone Market, at 2891 Isleville Street. You can Call 902-454-6860 for more information.

In this shared space, there are tools and support for: wet and needle felting; hand sewing, embroidery; a sewing machine and lots of fabric; acrylic, watercolour, and mixed-media painting; a range of wet and dry drawing supplies (ink, oil and chalk pastels, charcoal, conte, pencil crayons, markers, calligraphy pens, etc.); printmaking techniques, including screen printing, linocut printing, relief printing; a range of sculpting and building materials; hand tools (including several saws, clamps, drills, sanding blocks, hammers, screwdrivers, etc.); a large selection of paper for wet and dry mediums; collage materials; our beloved typewriter (when we can find ribbons!); light bright; and a library of art books. A wealth of interesting and odd materials is on hand, free to combine in any way you wish. There are lots of connecting materials including adhesives of all sorts, wire, string, elastics, zap straps, etc. There’s a weekly featured project to get the creativity flowing. 


The science of Halloween

Wear your most spectacular Halloween costume to Discovery Centre’s Spooktacular Science Halloween Party on Oct. 28. With family-friendly experiments, eye-popping demos, costume competitions and Halloween crafts all included with the price of admission, it’s sure to a bone chillingly good time. For an additional $2 add on a seat in one of our special immersive dome theatre shows to marvel at the more gruesome legends of the night’s sky.

And it isn’t all just for the kids. There’s also the Discovery Centre’s adults-only Halloween party from 7 to 11 p.m. There are four floors of exhibits to explore, including a special one-night only live star show, plus live music, DJ, a cash bar, and snack station. Make sure to grab tickets early, as we only have limited quantities. Visit for tickets.


Walk with Gus

Gus, the oldest known gopher tortoise (he’s 94 years young), goes for a walk every day at 3:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to join him. Gus has been at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History for more than 70 years. Come out and join Gus for a snack and a stroll. When the weather is nice, you may find Gus in the backyard!

A historically scary time

Slip into the shadows of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and come find out if the many legends of ghost hauntings are true, if you dare! Public ghost tours are offered in English every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening until Oct. 28. Tours begin at 8:30 p.m. at the front entrance kiosk. Advance tickets are available online at Tickets go on sale every Sunday for the week. You must purchase your ticket the same week as the date you plan to attend a ghost tour. Online ticket sales close at 4 p.m. the day of the ghost tour. Call 902-426-1990 or email for more info, or visit Booked tours are available year-round in English and French.