Museum of Natural History, Halifax

Frog at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova ScotiaThink about your hometown for a minute. How many places to go/eat at/experience have you meant to visit for years and yet have never made it to the top of your list? Despite living in Halifax for over a decade, I’d only been to the Museum of Natural History once. I remember liking it, and I remember the bee hive, but somehow I never visited again.

Thanks to my mother, we rectified that oversight on our recent trip. Like most grandparents, she was more concerned about making sure the wee one had a good time than anything else. With just enough time to squeeze in one child-centered stop, and a great many enticing options, the impending conclusion of the dinosaur exhibit (it was over at the end of May, I believe) settled us on the Museum of Natural History. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at NovaScotian Crystal

NovaScotian Crystal showroomWatching the craftsmen at NovaScotian Crystal take material from molten goop to a sparkling piece of fine crystal is mesmerizing. When the weather allows they open up the door to the glassworks and you can see these master craftsmen at work right from the boardwalk.

Ever since the shop opened up on the Halifax waterfront in 1996, I’ve made a point to stop and watch the spinning, shiny, hypnotic process every time I’m there when the doors are open. It’s one of the iconic images of the Halifax waterfront for me.

So when Larissa Law, NovaScotian Crystal’s Marketing & PR Coordinator, offered to give me a behind-the-scenes tour I didn’t just jump at the chance – I drove 826 kms round trip to make it happen. Continue reading

What’s new at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium

Touch pool at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St Andrews-by-the-seaThe Fundy Discovery Aquarium in the coastal town of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea here in New Brunswick was such a hit with our toddler last year that it made my recent top 5 list of things to do with the kids in Saint John.

We recently revisited the aquarium for our daughter’s third birthday and found some old favourites as well as some great changes. Continue reading

Sugar Bush Weekend – King’s Landing Historical Settlement

Maple sap cooking down to syrup at King's LandingParents of young children are all slightly mad.

Our particular brand of parental insanity drove us out into the frigid snow and gusting arctic winds this past weekend to eat maple candy and pet cows during the first Sugar Bush weekend at King’s Landing Historical Settlement.

What? That sounds perfectly normal to you? Wholesome, even?

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3 reasons to visit Peggy’s Cove in the winter

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We recently had a chance to spend a day, child-free, exploring the Halifax area, and since the Peggy’s Cove drive is one of life’s great pleasures, it was automatically on our list. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to Peggy’s … Continue reading