As a mother, I know there is nothing I want to hear less than "Mom, I'm bored", especially if there is a whole week off school in which to be bored. As the mom of a 12 year old, I know she would probably like nothing more than to be dropped off at the mall every day. But I still think there is some fun to be had for the kid in all of us. So here are some of my picks for March Break fun in Nova Scotia.
Visit a Farm - Many of our farms have extra special plans formed for the young and the restless during March break.
At Hatfield Farm close to Halifax, there's a great Mark Break special planned. It includes a two-hour wagon or sleigh ride, as well as all you can eat hot dogs and unlimited time in the heated rubber rodeo. No matter what the weather brings, they can bounce away the boredom and who knows, maybe you might get a little work out as well. Kids young and old will also love the petting zoo.
At Ross Farm in New Ross on the South Shore there is a new theme planned every day related to life on the farm, with lots of hands-on activities, crafts and hot chocolate. As Ross Farm is a working farm, there is always lots to learn about farm life and lots of animals to visit.
Sheep at Ross Farm - Photo by Outskirts Dawn on Flickr
Usually only opened on weekends, the folks of Sugar Moon Farm in Earltown have opened their doors between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. You can rent snowshoes if the weather is right, or go on a family hike, learn about where maple syrup comes from, then visit the pancake house to taste it!
Mmmaple - Sugar Moon Farm
Hit the slopes - Choose from one of three great hills or take the week to explore them all. March Break is a great time to explore a new hill. Beginners can find lessons and experienced can just hit the trails. Ski Wentworth and Ski Ben Eoin are offering March Break camps.
Skating at the Oval - There is nothing quite like the thrill of skating outside, a big part of what many a Canadian childhood memory is made of. If you can't find a frozen pond around, there's always the Oval in the heart of downtown Halifax. You can check the website daily for ice conditions.
A Trip to the Zoo - There are educational activities, animals and crafts galore every day throughout March Break at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. They will open from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm during the week and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on weekends.
Indulge Your Inner Artist - Pack your little Picassos up and bring them to The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia featuring art classes for all ages from March 12 to 16.
Gaelic Fun in Cape Breton - The Gaelic College is offering a fun camp for all things Gaelic with lessons in everything from Highland dance and music to Gaelic drama for all levels, from beginner to advance.
Discover Fun- There's always something new to explore at the Discovery Centre, like current exhibit Let's Go! Animals in Motion, which teaches kids to move like the animals do. The hands on exhibits are so fun, the kids often forget their learning something...adults too!
The bubble machine at the Discovery Centre - always a favourite of my daughter Claire.
Visit a Museum - The provincial museums have a great pass deal. One pass will get you into 27 museums around the province year round. Though not all museums are opened year round, March Break is a great time to take advantage of the pass to visit museums that are open. The Museum of Natural History in Halifax, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg, The Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro or the above mentioned Ross Farms, are all open year-round, just to name a few. If you plan to take the kids to a few places throughout the year, you can't go wrong with the family pass.Fossil from the Fundy Geological Museum - Photo by Scott Baltjes on Flickr