First bell: Spring 2019

By Our Children

Take a hike!

What better way to enjoy the snow and local scenery than by hiking through your community. Hike Nova Scotia and its partner organizations have at least 50 hikes and snowshoe events taking place until Mar. 22. Hikes are in communities around the HRM (and beyond) and each is given a rating, depending on difficulty. Up the fun by hiking with snowshoes. If you don’t have a pair, the Hike Nova Scotia website also has a list of where you can borrow, buy, or rent snowshoes in your area.

Back to the land at Ross Farm

Ross Farm in New Ross offers a great day-trip out of town for the entire family. This winter, the farm is hosting a number of events that explore agricultural life. On Feb. 16 and 17, a snowshoe demonstration will show you how to make snowshoes and there’s a chance to try them out. Learn how to hand-dip candles at a workshop on Feb. 23 and 24. On Mar. 2 and 3, sample dishes made on the open hearth and learn how early settlers made their meals. Ross Farm is a living and working farm museum showcasing agricultural life in Nova Scotia in the late 1800s.

Getting active after school

The Warehouse, an indoor batting facility in Lower Sackville, is now offering a multi-sport after-school program. The program is open to kids from ages seven to 12. In the program, kids learn a new sport every day of the week. They’ll try the basics in such sports as baseball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, cycling, volleyball, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee. The kids get to learn their new sports’ skills at The Warehouse facility, the Met Field, trails around First Lake in Lower Sackville, and other recreational facilities. The Warehouse also offers March Break programs for kids.

10-year-old shares her Children’s Wish with her school

Kymiah was diagnosed with severe Cerebral Palsy as well as other conditions. Her most heartfelt wish was for Snoozelen Therapy Products. On Jan. 11, Children’s Wish Foundation made that wish come true when it helped open Kymiah’s special room at The Learning Centre at William King Elementary School in Herring Cove. This allows Kymiah to bring other students and people into her world. Kymiah, her family, friends, and classmates send out a special thank you to all the generous donors that made this possible. Children’s Wish Foundation is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 34 years, Children’s Wish has worked to grant wishes to more than 25,000 children and their families. Each wish granted is carefully structured to meet the particular needs of the child and their family. In Nova Scotia, almost 1,200 wishes were granted so far and 90 more are being worked on at this moment.

Mini Pop Kids Live! Take Flight concert tour

These pint-sized pop stars are Canada’s best-selling kids’ group and they’ll bring their high-energy show to Halifax with two shows on Mar. 2 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Avery, Carter, Eliseo, Jazzy, Kayleigh, Kylie, and Peyton perform their versions of the latest hits from such stars as Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, and Maroon 5, all family-friendly, of course. Parents who were kids in the 1980s will remember the Mini Pop Kids from K-Tel commercials advertising their albums. The latest Mini Pop Kid music line was relaunched in 2004. Parents will feel nostalgic as the kids perform pop classics like “Respect” and “We Got the Beat”. Tickets are $31.50 to $71.50.

Ballet in Wonderland

Young dancers from the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts’ School of Dance take to the stage in February for Alice the Ballet. Combining Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, a score by Edvard Grieg, and all the whimsy, colour, costumes, and characters expected of Wonderland. Head to the show early to make a special craft before the performance. You can also get a poster signed by the dancers during intermission. There are performances on
Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax. Tickets are $20 or $15 for seniors and students and available at the theatre box office.

Sackville Snow Days aim to make winter fun

Celebrate winter with Sackville Snow Days, an annual event over the February long weekend that includes plenty of events for kids and families. Events take place at venues around Lower Sackville and include a scavenger hunt, snowman contest, free concerts, Winter Wonderland Skate, costume party, family swim, movies, crafts, and face painting. Many of the events are free or inexpensive to attend. Hosted by the Sackville Business Association, along with many other community organizations and volunteers, the celebration wraps up on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. with a wintry, float-filled parade down Sackville Drive.

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