9 fun things to do with kids in Halifax

Nova Scotian Crystal - a fixture on the halifax waterfrontA friend recently headed to Halifax  with her husband and two young kids for a visit, and asked for recommendations on what to see. If a trip to Halifax with your preschool/elementary age kids is in your agenda, read on for my list of top 9 things to do in Halifax with kids!

First, my tried, tested, and true options:

Frog at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova Scotia1) Museum of Natural History

We visited here during our trip to Halifax for the Bluenose Marathon last May. This museum has something for all ages, but the special favourites for our family were the beehive and live animals!

2) Halifax Public Library

It might seem odd to recommend a library as a tourist destination, but this place is pretty amazing, both architecturally and in terms of their kids’ programming. Lego, song time, video games, book reading, arts & crafts time, the Halifax Central Library’s got it all. One parent could easily stay here all day with the kids while the other one takes in the fantastic shopping along Spring Garden Road… or takes in a quiet coffee on the top floor.

3) Halifax waterfront

Anthony blows the first gather of crystal from the pot.On a nice day, walking along the boardwalk offers plenty of sightseeing, shopping, and eating activities. Make sure you stop by Nova Scotian Crystal to see molten crystal turned into beautiful, and functional, art!

4) Point Pleasant Park

Sitting at the southern tip of the Halifax Peninsula are 185 acres of land set aside as an urban forest escape. Criss-crossed by trails, Point Pleasant Park is a great spot to watch the ocean, go for a run, or catch a Shakespeare play. Point Pleasant was one of the things I loved most about living in Halifax, and it’s a great outdoor spot for letting the kids run their energy off!

5) Halifax Harbour Ferry

Halifax Harbour FerryThe harbour ferry runs between Halifax and Dartmouth all day, making it a cheap option for a short water excursion. I’ve always loved taking the ferry, and if I recall correctly, the trip is only about 15 minutes each way, making it short enough to avoid taxing the attention span of your wee one(s).

 

And then there are the things that we haven’t done with our daughter, because sadly we just don’t get to spend as much time in Halifax as we’d like. These, though, are the things on our own personal “must-do” list:

6) Citadel Hill

Despite having worked in downtown Halifax for years, I’ve never been inside the Citadel, which makes it very high on my list of “must-do” activities. Officially named the rather unweildy “Halifax Citadel National Historic Site“, the Citadel dates to 1749 and has several different activities kids will enjoy. And the hill has a killer view!

7) Discovery Centre

Because science is awesome.

8) Harbour Hopper

With all those years of working downtown, I’ve waved to the tourists on this excursion many, many times. Eventually we’re going to check it out for ourselves!

9) Freak Lunchbox

Mural on the Freak Lunchbox building in Halifax

Halifax’s Freak Lunchbox recently acquired some new artwork. Apparently even animals love candy 😉

For the truly brave, I offer you one bonus option: the Freak Lunchbox. This nothing-but-candy store is a gem, but your children WILL leave with a large bag of candy, and then you will have to deal with the sugar highs – and lows. Not for the faint of heart.

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