It may be the dead of winter, but it’s not dead in Halifax if you know where to look…and Urban Parent is in the business of finding awesome family friendly events for you to while away your weekends with! The Forum turns into a zoo, winter games excitement abounds, and the libraries have great programming in every corner of town!
- Always wanted to meet a sloth but never had the opportunity? This Friday from 1-8, Saturday and Sunday 10-5, you will have your chance when the Forum turns into an indoor zoo at the Diversity of Living Things – 2018. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is teaming up with Animal Ambassadors and Nashwaak Valley Farms and there will be 30 live, interactive animal exhibits including snakes and tarantulas, birds of prey, donkeys, emus, and more! Give the fam a good couple of hours to see and do everything. General admission is $14.50 per person, $12.50 if you share the Diversity of Living Things website or Facebook event page. Kids 2 and under are free and a family of 4 pass is $56, $48 with a share. Bring a screenshot or printout of your share along to get your discount at the door. Two lucky families who share a post will win a VIP meet and greet with an adorable young sloth.
- This Saturday at Pier 21, get excited about the upcoming Winter Games in PyeongChang. Learn about winter sports and Korean culture. The museum is open from 10-4 and this event is going on all day. The cost to attend is included in museum admission, children 5 and under are free, youths are $9.25, adults are $14.50, and a family pass is $34.50 taxes in. You can’t luge! Har har.
- If that wasn’t enough winter gaming for you, lace up your skates, sharpen those blades on your sledge, and enter a skating fun race! The Polar Vortex 3K starts at 10 on Sunday, check-in at 9:45, at the Emera Oval on the Commons. This is a non-completive race for kids, adults can participate if accompanied by a competing child. Participants can use any types of skates, or a hockey sledge. There will be separate classes for different skate types. The price to join is $15 and the spots are filling up fast! Or come to watch, there is no admission and the Polar Vortex Challenge is going on all morning, the 5K is at 8 and the 10K at 8:45.
- Free events at Halifax Public Libraries? Yes please! We are highlighting some great happenings taking place at library locations all around HRM.
At Halifax Central, a puppet show for preschoolers brings the book Delia’s Dull Day to life. The puppet show goes from 11-11:30 on Saturday and makes for part of a great winter outing in the city. Pair it with some shopping, add some lunch, and you’ve got yourself a day!
At Alderney Gate Public Library, drop in and paint some Watercolour Silhouettes any time between 10 and 3 on Saturday. All ages are welcome to experiment with watercolours and scissors to create silhouettes or cut outs.
Sackville Public Library is hosting a My Little Pony Party and screening of My Little Pony: the Movie from 10-12:30 on Saturday! All kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult and that shouldn’t be hard to do…who doesn’t like those little ponies? It would be like saying you don’t believe in the beautiful power of friendship. And friendship, as they say, is magic.
Up to Hubbards, JD Shatford Memorial Library presents Brain Games and Puzzles Saturday from 11-12. They have a variety of activities to give your brain a workout, games, puzzles, extreme dot-to-dot, colouring pages. This is listed as a 5+ event, but younger children are welcome to attend if an adult comes with to assist them. And bonus: there’s a great new kid-friendly café across the street!