This is the weekend to get jazzed about! That’s right, Nova Scotia’s biggest music festival is jazz handsing its way all around HRM. But wait, there’s more! Peter Pan is still a boy, outdoor movies are everywhere, and don’t forget that we have one of the funkiest amusement parks there ever was within an hour’s drive of downtown!
- Jazz Fest! Halifax is jumping and jiving to some fresh summer sounds and you cats can bet there is a choice of free live shows and musical activities! The Main Stage on the Halifax Waterfront has free concerts every day from 12-5 Wednesday through Sunday. Hydrostone Park will be hopping over the weekend with free concerts in the afternoons. For the full Halifax Jazz Festival Schedule, check them out, ya dig?
Part of Jazz Fest is a morning cruise on Theodore Tugboat. Hop on with the littles for Splash Bang Boom! with lively and entertaining musician Ross Burns. Every morning until Sunday, passengers are taught basic rhythms using simple percussive instruments while the lovable watercraft chugs around Halifax Harbour. Get to Murphy’s Cable Warf well before the 10 o’clock departure; it’s first come, first served. The ride is free, children must be accompanied.
- Feel like the kids will never grow up? Well that only happens in fairy stories…like Peter Pan! Shakespeare by the Sea presents an all new musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale about the boy who never grew up at The Cambridge Battery in Point Pleasant Park this Friday at 7 (tickets $25) or at The Park Place Theatre Saturday and Sunday at 1 ($20). The show runs all summer, check The Urban Parent Calendar for additional dates.
- Outdoor Movies are all the rage! There are many spots to watch films outside this summer, here are three which are screening flicks on this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Two rules of thumb for attending outdoor movies: bring something comfy to sit on and warm to snuggle up in.
Moana, the lovely new Disney movie, is being shown at the Viola Desmond Outdoor Theatre at Murray Warrington Park, behind Halifax North Memorial Public Library. The free BBQ hosted by Hope Blooms and Halifax Public Libraries starts at 8 and screening is at 8:45.
Head to the Hubbards Waterfront Amphitheatre for the first in their Summer Film Series. Ok, so this one might just be for us, it starts at 9, and it’s PG-13…but it’s Ferris Beuller’s Day Off! And haven’t we loved that guy ever since we were 13? Later in the summer when the days get shorter, the films will start earlier. In August they’re screening The BFG and Pete’s Dragon.
Family Movie Night will be every Saturday evening from 8-10:30 all summer long (weather permitting) at The Outdoor Classroom & Community Garden at Harbour View Elementary School in Dartmouth. The Take Action Society hosts AND gives away free popcorn, veggies, and water!
- Hit up Atlantic Playland! Why not? It’s got this iridescent, mystical charm, it’s not crazy expensive, it’s not wildly busy, and has both rides and waterslides. That’s this Weekend Wrap-Up’s road-trip worthy recommendation—and it’s not even a long haul, just to Upper Hammonds Plains on Lucasville Road, you’re out of the car and getting tickets within an hour of leaving downtown Halifax. A super family bracelet is $76.50 and that’s for four people to have unlimited rides.
Atlantic Playland is open daily from 11-6. There’s rides for little and big kids, waterslides, batting cages, mini-golf, a go-cart race track, and more.