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Winter Family Fun for Haligonians

For many Haligonian families winter brings to mind sledding, ice skating and building snowmen — or perhaps cozy blankets, books and hot chocolate. Those are all excellent winter fun ideas, but if you’re looking for something a little different this year, we’ve rounded up 10 outings in the Halifax Regional Municipality (OK, nine in the HRM plus one bonus day trip) to fit into your family’s winter plans for 2020.

Top Baby Names in Nova Scotia for 2019

Vital Stats released the top baby names of the year in Nova Scotia. With two new names as the top monikers, take a peek to see if your baby’s name made the list, or was bumped off this year?

The Snow Family | Royale Hemlocks in Halifax

Travel is an important part of the Snow family’s life but despite all of their experiences, they’ve made a conscious choice to make Halifax their home base and raise their kids as Haligonians.

“I want my children to have many opportunities for different types of education and experiences, as well as learn to have an appreciation for the little things in life, like going to the beach or knowing your neighbour,” Laura says.

Read on for more about the community they’ve chosen to call home in this month’s Raising Haligonians.

Sackville Splash Pad

If you haven’t been to this splash pad, what are you waiting for?? This location opened up about four years ago and is always a huge hit every summer. It’s big, it’s got loads of variety in water features, and it even has a “gentler” section for a smaller, or more timid, kids.

From Halifax to Moncton: Family Vacation Itinerary

Moncton is the perfect getaway for Halifax families. It’s only about two and a half hours away so it’s an easy drive for all ages and it’s packed with family fun activities and adventures. We recently spent a long weekend there and can’t wait to go back for more. Here is our itinerary for you with suggested places to visit, see and stay.

Dartmouth North Library Playground

If you have a child who LOVES to climb, you need to check out this playground. While definitely geared towards five and up, there are still parts of this playground that any age can enjoy (and parents will love the outdoor shaded patio!).

From the Kitchen to the CEO: Halifax Mom Patty Howard

When Patty Howard started her own catering company during her maternity leave eleven years ago, she expected it to be a part-time business where she would cater a couple of events a month.

Instead, as she says, things “blew up” within the first year.

“The wave came and I had to decide, am I going to ride this wave and see where this goes or am I going to say ‘oh no’ and back off?” she says. “I decided to ride the wave.”

The Stevens Family | Spryfield

It wasn’t just a stroke of luck that the Stevens family (parents Anitra and Jeff, seven-year-old daughter Jorja, and their Shih Tzu Zoie) ended up living in Spryfield. When they started looking for a new home, they spent a lot of time checking out all of the neighbourhoods in the Halifax region before finding the perfect one for their family.

From Halifax to New Hampshire, USA: Family Vacation Itinerary

New Hampshire is such a wonderful place to vacation with a young family. North Conway has lots of great shopping and a charming little town; and Bartlett is home to Storyland (which is basically a small version of Disney World for kids). Here is our detailed itinerary of how to get there and what to see when you’re there!

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