Whether you are visiting Nova Scotia for the first time or planning a family staycation, there are lots of things to keep the whole family busy this March Break. Here's our pick of 12 fantastic things to do.
Go Skiing. Head for the hills for some family fun this March Break. Are you a ski hill rookie? Take a lesson! Many ski hills are offering March Break day camps. Check out these learn to ski camps at Wentworth, Ben Eoin and Martock.
Spend a day on the Farm. Ross Farm Museum is always a fun place to play during winter. There are sleigh rides and wagon windes on weekends and farm animals like oxen, sheep and pigs to meet, along with plenty of activities planned for the kids.
Visit the Zoo. Just 40 minutes from Halifax, you'll find Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park. Home to our famous groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, the park is open year-round (from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm) and features both native and exotic species of wildlife. However, if the weather isn't great, it's a good idea to call ahead and ensure the park is open.
Relax at a Resort. Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort on the Cabot Trail provides a great getaway this March Break. Close to cross-country ski trails and Ski Cape Smokey, a community-run ski hill near Ingonish, you can go hiking or snoweshoeing and see bald eagles and maybe even a moose.
The kids will love to feed the famous bunnies at White Point Beach Resort and they will love the March Break activities too! White Point has lots of family fun planned - from beachside bonfires to learning to fish or to be a lumberjack. And when the activity is over, there is lots of fun to be had in the games room or at the indoor pool.
Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island has a full schedule of daily activities planned throughout March Break that are sure to keep the kids busy. Plus there are lots of spa treatments perfect for mom and/or dad.
There's lots happening in Halifax that you can build your family vacation around.
Go Skating. Bring your own skates and helmets or borrow them on site and spend some time skating the Emera Oval.
Go back in time at the Museum of Natural History - 65 million years back in that time that is. Currently the museum is running the 'Dinosaur's Unearthed' (January 30 to May 24, 2015) exhibit featuring fossils and animatronic dinosaurs that are sure to fascinate every dinosaur lover.
Visit Raina the Mermaid at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Interactive storytelling, lessons about marine life and hands on marine and ship trade workshops will be going on all week.
Take in a Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL hockey game at the Scotiabank Centre.
Go on a sleighride at Hatfield Farm Cowboy Adventures. After the ride, the petting zoo, mini golf and a rubber rodeo will keep your little buckaroos entertained for hours.
Check out the new Halifax Central Public Library. From the fascinating architectural details to the artwork, our new library is a sight to behold. Moms and Dads will love the two cafés featuring local coffees and freshly baked treats while the kids enjoy some quiet time with their favourite books. There are always lots of programs and events going on, so be sure to check in with the library to see what's happening during March break.
Solve a Mystery. The Discovery Centre is always the coolest place to play. There are two great exhibits currently running. The Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery exhibit will transport you back in time and is perfect for your little inquistive detective. Strange Matter is perfect for your little scientist, exploring modern materials and the science behind common things we use today. In addition to these great exhibits, the Centre has a full schedule of March Break events planned.
Photo: Can you uncover the forensic details in the Sherlock exhibit?
Indulge your inner artist. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia starting off March Break with Pop Goes the Easel! Family Sunday, an afternoon filled with live music from Symphony Nova Scotia, and a musical instrument petting zoo where you get to try the instruments yourself. They'll also be running March Break art classes for your little artist throughout the week.