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.
Ever consider participating in one of those research studies for kids at the Early Social Development Lab but hesitated because you weren’t sure what it was REALLY all about?
I’ve got the scoop on everything you could ever want to know about how it works, the commitment required, privacy questions, and if they REALLY hook your kid up to machines (spoiler alert, NO!!! 😂😂😂). Also another spoiler alert, my kids always have a wonderful time and walk away with a fun prize.
Christmas and baking go together like Santa and his elves. When you have kids you want to include them in the process and there are safe and fun ways to do so from a young age. I’m sharing three family-friendly recipes (and suggested parts that kids of all ages can help with) to kick off your holiday baking binge this year!
This month’s book club is weather related which was a lot of fun for us! Our favourite weather forecaster, Frankie MacDonald, and local author Sarah Sawler worked on this book together. After reading it we were inspired to do a weather experiment by creating a cloud right in our own home. Read on for how to do this simple and fun experiment with your kids AND your chance to win a copy of the book!
This month’s book club book is called Mi’kmaw Waisisk/Mi’kmaw Animals by Alan Syliboy (published by Nimbus Publishing) and it is a board book for babies and toddlers. It has beautifully drawn images that will delight readers of all ages, along with the English and Mi’kmaw word for each animal, as well as the proper pronunciation of the Mi’kmaw word.
This book inspired our book club activity this month to teach babies, toddlers, and preschoolers about animal habitats, and learn a bit of a second language while they’re at it!
The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo runs from June 26 to July 2. We took our family for the first time and had an incredible time. We give you the scoop on this year’s show and all the information you need to plan your Tattoo experience with kids this year!
This month’s Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club’s pick is the much anticipated “100 Things You Don’t Know about Atlantic Canada for Kids” by Sarah Sawler, published by Nimbus Publishing. Sarah first wrote an article for The Coast called “100 Things You Don’t Know About Halifax” that was wildly popular and it started expanding into more articles, then a book, and now a book for kids!
Parenthood is the most incredible job, but it also has the biggest learning curve in the world. You can prepare all you want but, until you’re in the thick of things, you won’t know exactly what support you will need or who you can contact for help. buybuy BABY recognized that challenge when they recently hosted a Baby Registry Celebration and so they gathered up a group of industry experts to connect with expecting parents to help prepare them for the big event…and the days following.
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This month’s Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club pick tackles a challenging topic with kids, talking about mental health. Sheree Fitch’s EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street (illustrations by Emma FitzGerald) manages to do so in a way kids can get; and we show you how to create a special Feelings Basket and space, and a Calm Down Jar for your home.
Skip the frozen or delivery pizza and start a weekly homemade pizza tradition! This pizza recipe is my easy, quick way to have homemade pizza, from the crust up, on the table in less than an hour. You can customize it to white, whole wheat, or a mix, for crust and, of course, any toppings or cheese you’d like!