First Bell: Fall 2020

By Trevor J. Adams

Welcome back

Pier 21

Many of the local favourite spots for hands-on family fun are open again, boasting lots of exhibits and activities, with public health precautions to fight the spread of COVID-19. Science, art, history, and, culture—attractions abound. On the websites for the Discovery Centre, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and Halifax Citadel, you’ll find all the information you need to prepare for your visit this autumn. Count on distancing and masks and prepare for safety-minded changes to some regular exhibitions. Plan ahead and you’ll find an ideal escape for a blustery autumn weekend.,,,

Your friendly neighbourhood librarian

Photo: Brooklyn Media / Halifax Public Libraries

School projects, homework, hobbies, and personal interests of all sorts: while pandemic precautions have limited on-site options, Halifax Public Libraries remain busy helping kids learn and grow. On the organizations website, you’ll find a huge archive of at-home resources, including expert Q&As, fun projects, reading suggestions, games, videos, and more.

The final frontier

The Canadian Space Agency’s Junior Astronauts program is a perfect fit for young stargazers and aspiring astronauts. The website is chockablock with learning activities for space-minded kids, with three streams of focus. Science and technology: “From engineering to coding, participants are encouraged to use their imagination to create, innovate, and have fun.” Fitness and nutrition: “Participants learn about healthy eating on earth and in space and how nutrition is essential to an astronaut’s overall well-being.” Teamwork and communication: “These activities call upon participants to think about space differently. From debates to learning voice protocols, they will be challenged to communicate effectively and work together to accomplish their goals.” You’ll also find lots of tools for parents and teachers.

Game on

Photo: Trevor MacMillan/Halifax Mooseheads

It’s been a cold-turkey few months for your sports fans, so you can bet the local puck-mad kids were celebrating when the Halifax Mooseheads announced that they’re returning to play, after the pandemic cut short last year’s junior-hockey season. Things will look a lot different when you return to Scotiabank Centre: with fans seated in zones containing a maximum of 200 people, mandatory masks, limited concessions, and assigned washrooms. With seating at less than 20% capacity, tickets may be elusive: tickets are only available in packages of two to six, with season-ticket holders getting priority. Check the schedule early to avoid disappointment.

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