Hey Halifax, because we’ve made it through a slew of storms, does that mean we get smooth sailing for the rest of the winter? Fat chance! Well, for this weekend, we’ve got your family covered with some outdoor and indoor activities can weather anything! Go to Ross Farm if there is snow to frolic in, Africville if the elements are fair, and if the air out there is just plain heinous, hit up a family gym day or a short film screening.
- Instructions for the best snow day: join the old-timey folks at Ross Farm Museum this Saturday and Sunday between 9 and 5 for their 13th annual Winter Frolic. Take a sleigh ride, enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate made over an open fire, visit the farm workshop and sample some homemade ice cream, go tobogganing or snowshoeing. Bring your toboggan, skis, or snowshoes—they even have some authentic snowshoes to lend. Family day passes are just $20. Take exit 9 off Highway 103 and head towards New Ross for snow day delights this weekend.
- If conditions are ideal for travel by transit on Sunday, join Trips by Transit and do just that for an adventure to Africville. More focused on conversation Africville’s history than hiking, it will be a moderate adventure; nonetheless, bring good walking footwear, water, a snack, and of course, be dressed for the weather. The group will meet in front of the Killam Library at 11 Sunday morning to catch the #7 bus to Africville Park. There is no cost besides bus fare thanks to Dalhousie Student Union’s sponsorship. If cost is a barrier, there will be free bus tickets available.
- If it’s necessary to stay inside but there is energy to burn, Birch Cove Baptist Church at 50 Donaldson Avenue in Rockingham is hosting an Open Gym this Saturday. Play whatever you want or get in on what’s going! Families with preschool and elementary school-aged kids are invited to use the play space and equipment. It starts at 10 and goes all day.
- And for our second indoor option, Halifax Central Library is showing a series of NFB short films especially selected for young audiences on Sunday from 2:30-3:30. The five animated shorts, rated G and sure to entertain the whole family are Janice Nadeau’s Mamie, Janet Perlman’s Bully Dance, Pierre Sylvestre’s Cot Cot, Ber-trand Langlois’ Demon, and Marvels and Judith Klein’s Catuor.