Halifax Central Library at twilight image

First Bell: spring 2020

by Heather Laura Clarke

Swept away at Cinderella!

Cinderella at Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts imageSet to Prokofiev’s classic score, this magical ballet tells a story of human kindness, perseverance, and optimistic spirit. With a little help from a few fireflies, mice, and garden fairies, Cinderella will make it to the ball and shape her own future using friendship and kindness as her compass along the way.

The School of Dance at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts created and choreographed the ballet. Performances at the Spatz Theatre (1855 Trollope St., Halifax) on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Buy tickets here. 

Giddy up

Two horses an snow sleigh at Hatfield Farm imageHatfield Farm’s Family Round Up is in full swing. Sleigh or wagon rides make their way down the woodland path every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. throughout the winter. Additional March Break times are March 16–22, with departures at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. The experience takes you to a rustic village nestled in the woods.

Adventurers may want to race down the zipline or try a round on the mechanical bull. Take time to enjoy the firepit and when you’ve worked up an appetite, lunch will be ready. Enjoy all-you-can eat hotdogs along with a beverage. When planning your trip be sure to arrive 30 minutes early to sign a waiver and to give the children time to enjoy the petting pen. Cost is $15.99 (kids under 2 are free).

March Break fun at the library

Halifax Central Library at twilight imageThe Halifax Public Libraries have a loaded agenda for children of all ages. The Halifax Central Library is beginning with the puppet show The Dog & The Leprechaun on March 14. On March 17, kids can create with paint, vegetable prints, stamps, and more (ages 5–12). Jedi Academy begins on March 19: children will enjoy snacks, video games, computers, and training with friends (ages 5–12, costumes encouraged). To wrap up the week join Elsa, Anna, Olof, Kristoff, and Sven and head into the unknown with Disney favourite Frozen 2.

The ultimate creative tech camp

Child works on laptop imageArtech is set to host the first camp in its creative tech series from March 16–20. Campers will discover dynamic computer programming and design strategies behind their favorite games. They will code and create their own 2D worlds that they’ll present at the end of week show. No experience is necessary; they simply need to go with a creative mind and a be ready to unleash their imaginary potential.

The low camper-to-instructor ratio ensures that kids get the attention they need to stay engaged in the design process. It is a full day (9 a.m.–4 p.m.), so campers must bring their own lunches.

Here come the Hurricanes

Halifax Hurricanes basketball action
Photo: Paul Morris

The National Basketball League of Canada season is well underway, but there is still lots of time to see the hometown hoopsters in action. Scotiabank Centre hosts games on Feb. 13, Feb. 25, Feb. 26, March 4, March 5, March 17, March 18, March 25, and March 26, all at 7 p.m., with the final game of the season slated for April 13 at 2 p.m. Get tickets at here.

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