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.
Our guest blogger today is Alex Smith, the founder of the CanadaPlays Association and the award winning blog PlayGroundology. Alex has been working with a small team of volunteers over the last 3 months to prepare Pop-Up Adventure Play’s visit to Halifax.
‘Loose parts’ skirt the edges of nirvana. Ask any kid. Now they probably won’t call them ‘loose parts’. They’re more likely to use the generic and all encompassing ‘stuff’ prefaced by cool, awesome, or great. It might even go the way of ‘this stuff is epic’.
Wood, rope, tarps, tires, milk crates, cardboard boxes, fabrics. PVC pipes, pallets and all manner of scrap materials can make up a loose parts inventory. Kids take them and create. They build up and pull down. They improvise, they move, groove and PLAY!
Halifax now has an all-ages free forest school that meets at the Frog Pond in Halifax once a week. We visited for the first time and share our thoughts on why we loved it (and give you the scoop on why the ticks shouldn’t keep you away)!
Be A Night Detective by Peggy Kochanoff encourages children to explore the natural world around them. It answers all those questions that kids ask us which, let’s be honest, we adults really don’t know the answers to (why don’t lightning bugs get hot like light bulbs? Are shooting stars really stars falling from the sky?). To explore the book further we created a night time Scavenger Hunt and constellation scratch art for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club that we’re sharing with you today.
Grand Lake Oakfield Playground may be a little off the beaten path for many Haligonians where it sits on the side of Highway 2 between Laurie Park and Oakfield Park, but with two playground structures, swings, climbing tires and more, we think you’ll agree it’s worth the trip.
Most children seem to go through a train fascination stage. Whether it’s Thomas or Chuggington, or just an excitement whenever you get stopped at the train crossing, there’s something about those engines that children adore. Luckily Halifax has plenty to choo-choo-choose from for these kids, both in the city and within about an hour of the city limits.
Deep in the heart of suburban Halifax, on one of the most popular trails in the area, I managed to get completely lost…Let me be a cautionary tale.
I USED to be very outdoorsy. Then I had two kids within two years and a “hike” turned into a slow walk pushing a stroller and waiting for a toddler to pick up yet another rock. Sound familiar? My first venture out alone in the woods was to a family favourite, McDonald Sports Park in Waverley.
Here are 5 year-round fantastic Halifax (Hali-tastic…is that a thing? If not it should be!) outings to keep in your pocket for an instant adventures – no advance planning required!
A is for Adventure, B is for Biking, C is for Canoeing…it’s the start of a charming children’s book, but it’s also become the inspiration for a locally created movement that encourages people to get outdoors and have adventures.