Events

ONLINE EVENTS

October 5 – Preparing to Homeschool High School Free Hurricane Edition with Lee Binz, The HomeScholar at 4pm Atlantic Time (3pm ET). Invite a friend whose public and private schooled children were affected by the recent hurricanes so they can learn about the option to homeschool high school.

EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

Many activities available for families and homeschoolers each month at your local library: Cape Breton, Halifax Region, Across Nova Scotia.

September

2 (Halifax) Homeschool Informational Tea for those thinking about homeschooling or just getting started! At the MSVU Faculty Lounge 10am-noon. Contact Kimberly@homeschoolinginnovascotia.com with any questions.

4-8 (Caledonia) 17th Annual Nova Scotia Not Back to School Camping Trip at Mount Keji National Park. Organized by The Comedy of Errors Facebook homeschool group.

5 (Tantallon) Create a Magazine with Other Homeschoolers at the Tantallon Library from 2:30-4:30pm. To register your family for updates please contact Eric the Librarian at (902) 826-3333 or drewe@halifax.ca.

5 (Dartmouth) Indigo Kids Book Club hosted by Chapters Dartmouth, 6-7pm. Discuss The Little Prince.

10 (Halifax) Halifax Colour Festival 11am-5pm at Dalhousie University. Play with colours and dance to the music. All ages welcome. Ages 5 and under get free admission and one free colour pouch.

13-17 (Halifax) Halifax Celtic Festival at the Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre and around the HRM. Free admission. Culture, language, music, dance, food vendors, family friendly events.

14 (Iona) Highland Village Homeschool Trip at 10:30am arranged by Cape Breton Homeschoolers Facebook group. Please sign up in advance.

14 (Halifax) September Food Truck Party at the Museum of Natural History from 4-8pm. $2 admission. Kids are free. Pet friendly. Rain or shine.

14-23 (Halifax) Prismatic Arts Festival. Fun for the whole family. Performances in theatre, dance, music spoken word, visual arts, and media arts by artists from across Canada.

19 (Tantallon) Homeschool Board Game Day at the Tantallon Library from 2:30-4:30pm. To register your family for updates please contact Eric the Librarian at (902) 826-3333 or drewe@halifax.ca.

22-24 (Halifax) Hal-Con Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Gaming Convention at the WTCC and Scotiabank Centre. Fun for all ages.

23 (Halifax) Quinfest Family Fun Day on Quinpool Road, 11am until 3pm. Carnival games, food, fun, and the SwampDonkeys!

25 (Truro) RECC Active Classes for Homeschoolers ages 5 and up from 2-3pm. Every Monday through October 23 (no class on Oct. 9). Pay as you go- sign up weekly at welcome desk for $3 each ($5 for rock wall). Classes on a rotating basis: Bootcamp, DANCEPLE3Y Kids, Yoga, one session of rock climbing. Parents are responsible for supervising their children during each activity.

29 (Canning) Art Day Camp at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts for ages 5-12, 9am-5pm. Spend the day making art, playing games and meeting new friends at our PD Day Camps! Surrounded by the beautiful natural surroundings at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts kids will have the opportunity to explore the landscape and try out a variety of art activities in a studio setting. The registration fee includes all materials and a tasty homemade lunch! Cost: $50 per child, includes all materials + lunch and snacks!

29-30 Valley Homeschool Encouragement Conference at Weston Christian Fellowship. Friday 1:30-7:30, Saturday 9am-5pm. Friday supper and Saturday lunch provided. Cost: $55

30 (Sydney) Make Your Own Dress Form at 4-5:30pm at the New Dawn CSI (former Holy Angels), Room 205. Dress forms are handy for any costumer or clothing enthusiast for building costumes, altering clothing, or simply displaying outfits. This workshop will take you through the steps of building your own custom true-to-you dress form that you can take home. Limited class size so register early! Cost: $50 (materials included). Register by email at theatreHubHQ@gmail.com. Registration deadline: Sept 26th

October

Nova Scotia Scholastic Chess Association Free Tournament at the Central Library coming in October. Watch their site for details.

1 (Halifax) Free Chess Tournament at the Halifax Central Library, 12:30-5pm. Put on by the Nova Scotia Scholastic Chess Association.

2 (Truro) RECC Active Classes for Homeschoolers ages 5 and up from 2-3pm. Every Monday through October 23 (no class on Oct. 9). Pay as you go- sign up weekly at welcome desk for $3 each ($5 for rock wall). Classes on a rotating basis: Bootcamp, DANCEPLE3Y Kids, Yoga, one session of rock climbing. Parents are responsible for supervising their children during each activity.

3 (Bridgewater) Thrive! Preschool Open Play 10am-noon at HB Studios Sports Centre. Free. All equipment provided, no registration. Tuesdays and Thursdays. info@hbssc.ca

3 (Tantallon) Create a Magazine with Other Homeschoolers at the Tantallon Library from 2:30-4:30pm. To register your family for updates please contact Eric the Librarian at (902) 826-3333 or drewe@halifax.ca.

6 (Truro) Riverbreeze Corn Maze Trip, 10am-12:45pm. Organized by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group. $6.50 each (for a group of 20). $5 pumpkins available from the patch. Weather permitting, will go to Victoria Park afterward.

6-14 (Cape Breton) Celtic Colours International Festival. Activities all over Cape Breton, including free activities at local libraries.

12 & 14 (Halifax) Nocturne – Evenings of art and wonder.

16 (Truro) RECC Active Classes for Homeschoolers ages 5 and up from 2-3pm. Every Monday through October 23 (no class on Oct. 9). Pay as you go- sign up weekly at welcome desk for $3 each ($5 for rock wall). Classes on a rotating basis: Bootcamp, DANCEPLE3Y Kids, Yoga, one session of rock climbing. Parents are responsible for supervising their children during each activity.

17 (Tantallon) Homeschool Board Game Day at the Tantallon Library from 2:30-4:30pm. To register your family for updates please contact Eric the Librarian at (902) 826-3333 or drewe@halifax.ca.

19 (across Nova Scotia) NSCC Open House at all NS locations. Tours, demonstrations, displays, and interactive activities.

23 (Truro) RECC Active Classes for Homeschoolers ages 5 and up from 2-3pm. Every Monday through October 23 (no class on Oct. 9). Pay as you go- sign up weekly at welcome desk for $3 each ($5 for rock wall). Classes on a rotating basis: Bootcamp, DANCEPLE3Y Kids, Yoga, one session of rock climbing. Parents are responsible for supervising their children during each activity.

November

10 (Canning) Art Day Camp at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts for ages 5-12, 9am-5pm. Spend the day making art, playing games and meeting new friends at our PD Day Camps! Surrounded by the beautiful natural surroundings at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts kids will have the opportunity to explore the landscape and try out a variety of art activities in a studio setting. The registration fee includes all materials and a tasty homemade lunch! Cost: $50 per child, includes all materials + lunch and snacks!

21 (Tantallon) Homeschool Board Game Day at the Tantallon Library from 2:30-4:30pm. To register your family for updates please contact Eric the Librarian at (902) 826-3333 or drewe@halifax.ca.

December

19 (Tantallon) Homeschool Board Game Day at the Tantallon Library from 2:30-4:30pm. To register your family for updates please contact Eric the Librarian at (902) 826-3333 or drewe@halifax.ca.

30 (Canning) Art Day Camp at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts for ages 5-12, 9am-5pm. Spend the day making art, playing games and meeting new friends at our PD Day Camps! Surrounded by the beautiful natural surroundings at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts kids will have the opportunity to explore the landscape and try out a variety of art activities in a studio setting. The registration fee includes all materials and a tasty homemade lunch! Cost: $50 per child, includes all materials + lunch and snacks!

2018

April

6 (Halifax) Video Games Live at the Dal Arts Centre at 7:30pm. Video Games Live returns to Halifax with Symphony Nova Scotia and an ALL NEW SHOW for 2018! Sign up for the Video Games Live mailing list at https://www.videogameslive.com to get the info, best seats and prices.

7 (Halifax) Video Games Live at the Dal Arts Centre at 7:30pm. Video Games Live returns to Halifax with Symphony Nova Scotia and an ALL NEW SHOW for 2018! Sign up for the Video Games Live mailing list at https://www.videogameslive.com to get the info, best seats and prices.

8 (Halifax) Video Games Live at the Dal Arts Centre at 2pm. Video Games Live returns to Halifax with Symphony Nova Scotia and an ALL NEW SHOW for 2018! Sign up for the Video Games Live mailing list at https://www.videogameslive.com to get the info, best seats and prices.

27-28 (Lower Sackville) HEMS Homeschool Conference – with speaker Steve Demme from Math-U-See

PAST 2017 ONLINE EVENTS

August 22 5 Strategies to Encourage a Love for Learning online workshops by How to Homeschool My Child at noon, 4pm, and 10pm Atlantic Time.

August 30 and 31 3 Strategies to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed, free webinar by Crystal Paine, Money Saving Mom. What to say yes and no to, the number one trick to get more done every day, and more! Choose from August 30th at 3pm Atlantic or August 31 at 1 or 9pm Atlantic.

July 3-9, 2017 Digital Homeschool Convention  Online homeschool conference with sessions from each day available free for five days each!

February 2-15 Free Parenting Teens Summit. Sign Up Today for this FREE Christian Online Conference for Parents Starting February 2. 40+ Amazing Speakers Will Provide Tips and Encouragement to Help You and Your Teens Build Lifelong Faith.

February 3-7 Free Canadian Online Conference is a multi-day virtual event featuring many of the things that make an in-person conference a success: knowledgeable speakers, a vendor hall, opportunities to interact with other attendees, fun, giveaways, and more. It is absolutely free to attend live (with the option to buy a complete – access pass after the event). We are excited to have you join us – I am one of the speakers!!

January

20 (Windsor) Puppet Power, a 7-week puppetry course at Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. For children ages 9-12. The program will run Fridays from 6-8 pm, From Jan. 20 to Mar. 3.

27 (Sydney) Star Wars Day! at the McConnell Library, 6 PM – 7 PM. “Use-The-Force” Games and Crafts. For: Ages: 7-12 year. Call (902)-562-3161 to register! Featuring: “These are the Droids you are looking for” Droid hunt, stormtrooper target practice, make-your-own-lightsaber, and other fun-filled use the force activities! *If you wear a costume you will be entered into a draw to win a Star Wars prize pack!

31 Submit a photograph, drawing or piece of creative writing on the theme “Celebrate Your Future” to the #CanadaDayChallenge and you could win great prizes! You have until March 31, so don’t delay! http://www.canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1449069450337/1449069580788

PAST 2016 ONLINE EVENTS

December 6-10 – 4th annual Homeschooling Special Needs Conference – it’s a powerful conference exclusively about special needs and we also have a speaker who will address the gifted child.

October 11-13 – Free Online Mom Conference! Includes 20 online classes by 20 rock star speakers.

August 29-September 2nd – Best of Homeschool Super Heroes Week. Listen in 8-11pm Atlantic Time (7-10pm ET) nightly to interviews with homeschool super heroes such as Andrew Pudewa from IEW. FREE.

July 5-11 A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts, a free webinar from The HomeScholar available to watch all this week on demand.

July 22-25 The Digital Homeschool Convention offers more than 30 different sessions. Topics vary from special needs homeschooling, to creating homeschool portfolios, to finding margin as a homeschool mom! You will enjoy these encouraging uplifting words from amazing homeschool moms.

PAST 2015 ONLINE EVENTS

September 2 Creating Transcripts for Your Unique Child webinar with Lee Binz, The HomeScholar at 9pm Atlantic (8pm Eastern)

June 7 – Roadschooling radio show with Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff and special guests at 10pm Atlantic (9pm ET).

June 25 – Getting Organized Amidst the Chaos (with Evernote) at 5pm Atlantic Time (4pm ET) presented by HECOA.

May 4 – HTML 101 for Kids: Basics of Web Programming, free 14-week online course! Open to ages 9+

March 30 – April 3 – Easter Facebook Co-op with Amanda Bennett. Easter tips, treasures, and Printables.

April 2 – A Course Description Pajama Party with The HomeScholar, Lee Binz. Free online webinar at 9pm AT (8pm ET).

April 6 – HTML 101 for Kids: Basics of Web Programming, free 14-week online course! Open to ages 9+

April 15 – Andrew Pudewa is partnering with CollegePlus to teach YOU The Art (and Science) of Motivation at 9pm AT (8pm ET). A half-hour packed with topics like: Three laws of motivation, four forms of relevancy, and two secret weapons successful moms use to motivate their children

April 23 – You Can Do This! Homeschool Encouragement Chat with Joe and Zan Tyler – a Hip Homeschool Moms Google Hangout at 4pm AT (3pm ET).

March 10 – How to Make HUGE Projects Feel Easy at 1pm AT (noon ET). Put on by Power of Moms.

March 11 – How to Make HUGE Projects Feel Easy at 1pm AT (noon ET). Put on by Power of Moms.

March 12 – How to Make HUGE Projects Feel Easy at 4pm AT (3pm ET). Put on by Power of Moms.

March 12 – From Clutter to Clean in 60 Minutes: Tips, tools and strategies to get you and your family organized. For good. 2pm AT (1pm ET). The Great Parenting Show interviews organizational expert Andrew Mellen.

March 26 – Brookdale House Facebook Party at 9pm AT (8pm ET). Enjoy learning about great books and homeschool curricula and win prizes such as a Kindle Fire!

February 2 – Help, My Child Wants to Be an Artist! webinar by Landry Academy at 10pm AT (9pm ET). Should they pursue their artistic passion, be it music, dance,
painting, filmmaking, or some other creative path? How can we encourage and equip our children in a creative path
that releases their God-given passion and special ways of seeing the world?

February 3 – How to Love Your Transcript! Free webinar with Lee Binz, The HomeScholar at 9pm AT (8 ET).

February 12 – Logic: The Beginning of Wisdom? Free webinar by Landry Academy with Bethany Barnosky at 10pm AT (9pm ET). In this brief logic sampler, discuss argument, reasoning, and propaganda. How can you distinguish truth amidst lies? How do you convince a guerrilla to choose peace? Explore the various branches of logic, their power, and their limitations.

January 6 – My Child Has Trouble With Math, Now What? Free webinar by ShillerMath at 3pm Atlantic (2pm ET). How to pinpoint the problem, effective, easy-to-use strategies, and the tools for taking action. Includes free e-book and money-saving promo code. Space is limited.

January 7 – Making Sense of Attention Problems online course offered by the Neufeld Institute. Runs for 5 weeks.

January 15 – The Teachability Factor online course offered by the Neufeld Institute. Runs for 9 weeks.

January 27 – Bullies: Their Making and Unmaking online course offered by the Neufeld Institute. Runs for 5 weeks.

PAST 2017 EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

August

16 (Halifax) NSHEA Homeschool Registration Writing Support Workshop at Keshen Goodman Library, Room C, 6-8pm. Whether it’s your first time, you’re transitioning to a new home ed approach, or you’re a pro and would like to just get it over with – come join us! We’ll be providing the nibblies with coffee and tea (decaf options too). There is a limit of 30 people in that space so we will need to have your attendance confirmed by clicking GOING on the event page so I can get you on the list. Table space will be available to bring laptops, notebooks, pens, etc. should you wish. We booked an evening to hopefully allow for child care support after work hours if possible. But if you need to bring little ones, feel free if you think they’ll be ok with whatever you bring to keep them occupied.

18-20 (Parrsboro) Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show at the Fundy Geological Museum, 10am-5pm. $5 admission. Thirty vendors. Demonstrations.

19-20 (Denmark) Artisan Soap Making Workshop at Sutherland Steam Mill. $105 for two half day workshops.

20 (Clam Harbour) Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition 9am-6:30pm. Rain or shine.

23 (New Ross) Nothing But the Flax at Ross Farm Museum. Staff will be on hand to inform and demonstrate the steps involved from the planting of the seed to the spinning of the fiber.

24 (Louisbourg) Fortress of Louisbourg Homeschool Trip at 10am arranged by Cape Breton Homeschoolers Facebook group. $2.40 per child. Please sign up in advance.

24 (Iona) Evening Ceilidh Tour at the Highland Village Museum. Céilidh from house to house for a guided storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This special folk life experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. The group will have an opportunity to enjoy some tea and traditional Cape Breton oatcakes. Cost: $25.00 per person. Reservations preferred. Call to pre-book your tickets: 902-725-2272.

24 (Bridgewater) Spinning Demonstration at Wile Carding Mill. Join Karen Wentzell , Ice House Spinners, for an educational and entertaining afternoon as she demonstrates the heritage skill of spinning wool into yarn. Regular museum admission fees apply.

25 (Dartmouth) The Maritime Conservatory’s Coming Home Gala at Alderney Landing in celebration of 130 years as a performing arts institute. Dance performances by Conservatory alumni and students, including an excerpt from the Anastasia ballet and more. Tickets are available for $20 online at www.ticketpro.ca or at the door.

26 (Lower Sackville) Genealogy Workshop at the Sackville Public Library, 2-4pm.

26 (Mount Uniacke) Sunset Secrets at Uniacke Estate Museum Park. What happened at Uniacke house when the sun went down? Explore the rooms behind the ropes. Discover the secret language of courtship and the life of an old maid.

26 (Dartmouth) Celebrate 100% Connection of The Great Trail at Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association, 10am-3pm. Install bird, butterfly, and bee houses along the Trans Canada Trail and then celebrate with a BBQ and cake.

26 (Bible Hill) Back to School Bash (organized by Bible Hill Recreation) from 10am-2pm at the Bible Hill Recreation Park.

26 7th First Annual Time Travellers’ Picnic at Halifax Public Gardens, 2-4pm. Put on by the Jules Verne Phantastical Society, you can dress up in any costume or cosplay, it doesn’t have to be Steampunk. Attendance is free and you are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.

31 (Bridgewater) Spinning Demonstration at Wile Carding Mill. Join Karen Wentzell , Ice House Spinners, for an educational and entertaining afternoon as she demonstrates the heritage skill of spinning wool into yarn. Regular museum admission fees apply.

31-Sept 10 (Halifax) Fringe Festival Full lineup of plays HERE.

June

9-10 (Lower Sackville) HEMS Homeschool Conference

24-25 Storytelling: The Heart of Waldorf Education. Featuring keynote speaker, storyteller & Waldorf educator Dawne McFarlane plus 12 other workshops to choose from, including: how to make up stories on the spot, discovering the story a rock can reveal, simple puppetry, and creating stories with others through movement.
Cost is $150 for the full weekend, $100 a day for Saturday or Sunday, and $25 for individual workshops. Snacks and lunch are included. Childcare is available at additional cost.

March

Click here for a list of Mainland Nova Scotia March Break Camps

Click here for a list of Cape Breton March Break Camps

1 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

7 (Iona) Caidreabh na Tì at the Highland Village from 2 pm – 4 pm. You are invited to join us for our Gaelic tea and Social. Drop in anytime between 2-4pm for tea and Gaelic conversation. Only Gaelic will be spoken. All are welcome.

7 (Halifax) Ghosts and Maritime Folklore at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7 pm. Join Andrew Aulenback, Heritage Interpreter, Historical Re-enactor, Librarian and Folklorist for a hair-raising tour of some of the Museum’s darkest corners. He’ll be recounting tales of the Sambro Island Light, Sable Island also known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic and many more.

7 (New Ross) Rug Hooking Workshop – Sheep in a Box at Ross Farm Museum from 1 pm – 4 pm. If you would like to try rug hooking, join us for an afternoon workshop to create a charming Ross Farm sheep. No previous hooking experience is required. Fee – $75. Class size – minimum 8 and maximum 15. The workshop fee includes: A kit with backing, fibres and a shadow box ; Expert instruction for hooking and finishing; use of Ross Farm hook and hooking frame; Afternoon coffee break. Registration Required.

8 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

10 (Iona) Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Hector’s Poin at 7 pm. This hike will see you walking around the snowy Highland Village by moonlight. It will be approximately 3km and will end back at the Frolic’n Folk Pub. There you will receive a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolatea or for those that are 19/over a 10oz pint. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes are available. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve online at ionaheightsinn.com/events/ Everyone will meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub to start off the walk.

11 (Dartmouth) Don Bidgood Children’s Chess Tournament at the Alderney Gate library 9am-3pm. Contact the library at 490-5748 for more information and to pre-register. Pre-registration begins March 1. Free.

11 (Kempt) SCHOOL FIELD TRIP FOR THE LOVE OF TURTLES, 1:00pm – 4:30pm at Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, 9 Mount Merritt Road. Learn some interesting facts about the life and habits of both freshwater and sea turtles species, several of which are now deemed at risk. Learn what is being done, and what we can all do to help them survive and thrive. There will be a Mi’kmaq story about these iconic creatures, as well as crafts, games, and snacks! Free. All ages welcome. No pre-registration required. For more info: 902-682-2371

15 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

19 (Iona) Daytime Walk at Hector’s Poin at 1 pm. This hike will see you walking around the snowy Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km and will end back at the Frolic’n Folk Pub. There you will receive a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate or for those that are 19/over a 10oz pint.Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes are available. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve online at ionaheightsinn.com/events/ Everyone will meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub to start off the walk.

21 (Halifax) Climate Change: A Panel Discussion at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 6 pm. The Rotaract Club of Halifax is hosting an Academic Panel discussion. Climate, Political and Social Scientists will provide the most up-to-date facts about the climate change happening in Canada and the world at large. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer period. The panel will consist of Kate Ervine, PhD, John Cullen, Professor Emeritus, John Loder, Emeritus Scientist and Christine Stortini, PhD Candidate.

22 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

23 (Halifax) Devour! The Sea – A Maritime Fundraiser at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. A special fundraising event for the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. Join us for a historical “magical mystery tour” where our museums spaces and exhibits bring alive our Maritime heritage, regional food and films of “the ocean”. Experience the world’s largest film festival on the waterfront, support a wonderful organization and attend this intimate, exclusive evening that’ll be a feast for the senses!

25 (Dartmouth) HEMS Annual Science, Art & Technology Fair at Bedford Institute of Oceanography at 10am. To register, contact mn.daniels@hotmail.com. $5 per participant.

25 & 26 (New Ross) Wonders of Maple Syrup at Ross Farm Museum. Sample maple syrup and pancakes in Rosebank Cottage, learn about the process of tapping trees, collecting sap and boiling sap down over an outdoor fire.

26 (Halifax) Nova Scotia Provincial Chess Challenge at Mount Saint Vincent University. Registration: 11:00 am to 11:45 am; Tournament: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Entrance Fee: $30.00 (Pre-register: $20)

28 (Halifax) The Magic and Mystery of Sable Island at 7:00 pm at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
Join Bill Barton as he presents a new documentary film on Sable’s history and environment. Bill has sailed his boat from Massachusetts to Sable three times. In 2010 and 2015 he combined his historical research on Sable with Dan Finamore, Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum, to conduct the first on-island archaeological investigations on Sable. The film is narrated by world renowned sailor and America’s Cup commentator, Gary Jobson. Bill will be on hand for a Q&A session following the film.

29 (Halifax) Welcome Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. We are inviting young families, day cares and newcomers to the Museum every Wednesday morning for a chance to explore the Museum and engage in a number of fun, self and staff guided activities. Enjoy our puppet theatre so little ones can explore their creativity and imagination, activity and colouring sheets, crafts and books in both official languages, and Arabic for young readers.

29 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

April
1 Girls Get Wise Science Retreat at Mount Saint Vincent Univeristy in the Multipurpose room of the Rosaria Student Centre, 10am-3:30pm. For girls in grades 7-12 to explore science through hands-on activities, and discover careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by meeting and chatting with women working in STEM fields. A limited number of spaces are available so be sure to register early.

8 (Dartmouth) HEMS 7th Annual Mother Daughter Day at Forest Hills Fellowship Church, 8am-3pm. $25 each. To register, contact stephanie@hems-ns.ca.

February
8 (Halifax) Homeschool Fun at the Playbox at noon. Kids Up to 12 on the apparatus have discounted rate. Adults, Babies, and 13+ are free. Discount is calculated by number of kids on apparatus which is calculated using the sign in sheet. About an hour or so after the start time the discounted prices are calculated. We let you know how much per child and per family.
9 (Port Williams) Clean Foundation Puppet Show at the Booker School 10:30-11:15am for ages 3-6 years. “Eddie’s Litterless Road Tour” – Eddie is a loveable cat (puppet) and environmental superhero standing up for all the “critters” of the world and the environment they live in. Through humour, rhymes and song, children learn the importance of keeping their neighbourhoods clean from litter and the importance of energy and its conservation. RSVP at admin@bookerschool.com
18 (Head of St. Margaret’s Bay) Unicorn Theatre Pegasus Program Lighting & Sound Workshop 12-3pm. Ever wonder how theatre technicians, lighting designers and sound designers set up and adjust their equipment and pull a show together with light and sound? Your Instructors, JoAnne and Ron Noël, will teach you about setting up the necessary equipment and give you all the tips and tricks needed to design your own show. Workshop cost is $20.00, please email unicorn.theatre.pegasus@gmail.com to sign up or for more information.

PAST 2016 EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

December

7 (Dartmouth) NSHEA FESTIVE FUN at PLAYBOX from 12-3pm. Chances to win AWESOME raffle prizes from generous community and homeschool vendors. Please bring a FEED NS Grocery donation.

9 (Dartmouth) HEMS Christmas Pool Party 10:30am – 2pm at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. $15 per family. Registration deadline December 2nd.

18 (Big Bras D’or) Winter, Fire & Snow at St. James Presbyterian Church, 7pm. An annual concert celebrating the Christmas season with a diverse mixture of holiday standards, sacred, folk, musical theatre, jazz, and pop. Tickets: $20; $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available at the church or book tickets by phone: 902.202.2155.

19 (Bridgewater) South Shore Homeschoolers’ Christmas Pot Luck Supper from 5 pm to 7 pm. Join the South Shore Homeschoolers Facebook group at the link above for more information.

20 (North Sydney) Winter, Fire & Snow at The Black Spoon Market & Cafe on
Convent Street, at 6pm. An annual concert celebrating the Christmas season with a diverse mixture of holiday standards, sacred, folk, musical theatre, jazz,
and pop. Tickets: $20; $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available at the church or book tickets by phone: 902.202.2155.

21 (Baddeck) Winter, Fire & Snow at Knox Presbyterian Church at 7pm. An annual concert celebrating the Christmas season with a diverse mixture of holiday standards, sacred, folk, musical theatre, jazz, and pop. Tickets: $20; $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available at the church or book tickets by phone: 902.202.2155.

22 (Sydney River) Winter, Fire & Snow at Sydney River United Church at 7pm. An annual concert celebrating the Christmas season with a diverse mixture of holiday standards, sacred, folk, musical theatre, jazz, and pop. Tickets: $20; $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available at the church or book tickets by phone: 902.202.2155.

November

4-5 (Blockhouse) Waldorf East Fall Conference at South Shore Waldorf School. Time to Play: Promoting outdoor play for a healthy childhood. Friday 7:30-9pm. Saturday 9am-3pm. REGISTER online by clicking here. You can also call 902-688-1857 to register or for more details. $65 including lunch and snacks.

24 (Tantallon) Religion and Mythology for Homeschoolers at the Tantallon Library. Contact (902) 826-3333

October

8 (Halifax) Lake Echo Fire Department Spaghetti Fundraiser and Fire Demonstration. Kick Off to the 2016 Fire Prevention Week. Tickets are available now ($12.00 or $6.00 for kids under 10 years old). Contact any Lake Echo firefighters to purchase your ticket or contact the Syation Chief, Pierre Cadieux, Call: (902) 237-7413 Fire demonstration starts at 2 PM (Vehicle Extrication, Fire apparatus tour and kids’ activities). 50/50 Raffle. Spaghetti dinner fundraiser starts at 4:30 PM.

13 (Tantallon) Philosophy for Homeschoolers at the Tantallon Public Library. How to make arguments, how to listen. Discuss the four schools of philosophy: ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Contact (902) 826-3333 or drewe@halifax.ca

21 (Wolfville) NSHEA Noggins Farm Day at Noggins Farm at 10:30am. Apple picking, wagon rides, corn maze, playground, and more. The event is open to ALL AGES and homeschool families. The cost is $6.50 per child (includes access to everything plus they can pick their own bag of apples). Chaperones (parents) are free. NSHEA will be on-site with membership cards and to answer your questions about homeschooling in the province. Please register in advance. Dress appropriately, bring water and a picnic lunch.

22 (All over NS)Cineplex Community Day. Free Movies at a Cineplex theatre near you.

September

5-11 (Annapolis) 16th Annual Not Back to School Camping Trip! At Keji National Park, homeschoolers in Nova Scotia gather to celebrate and connect with other families. Generally, all stay in the Jim Charles Loop. Stay the entire week, or just a few days.
Park fees can be found here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/kejimkujik/visit/tarifs-fees.aspx

15 (South Shore) Growing Green Festival Earth Savers of Tomorrow event, 9 am – 2pm. For students in Grades 3 – 6. The focus of the presentations is local, green, sustainable, environmentally friendly. We want students to teach students about their special talents. If you have an idea and would like to see if it is a fit please contact Bernice Theriault 902 521 6046 or email growinggreenfest@gmail.com.

16 (Hantsport) NSHEA Not Back to School BBQ Picnic at Hantsport Memorial Community Centre at Noon.

21 (Halifax) Fox Talk: Decoding Domestication at the Keshen Goodman Library. For Grades 3-6. Ever wonder where domestic animals came from? Why they look the way they look and act the way they do? Learn about a remarkable experiment that decoded domestication. Based on Lindsey’s award-winning book Fox Talk, this program includes video of experimentally domesticated foxes and answers the eternal question, “What does the fox say?”

23 (Sydney)Free Public Lecture with Sarabeth Carnat (goldsmith, artist, designer) at 7:00 pm at the Centre for Craft and Design. The lecture will discuss the fine craft scene in the 21st century in Canada, the U.S., and the world. For more information, contact Diane at 902 539 7491 ext 112. Please RSVP to info@capebretoncraft.com by Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

30-October 1 (Weston) Valley Homeschool Encouragement Conference at Weston Christian Fellowship Church, Friday 2-8pm and Saturday 9am-4:30pm. $40 admission or pre-register by August 31st to save $10.

August

3 (Halifax) Playdate at the Park at Flinn Park, 1-4pm. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

9 (Tantallon) Tide Pools of Nova Scotia at the Tantallon Public Library. 10:30-11:30am.

11 (Dartmouth) Playdate at the Park at Northbrook Park, 1-4pm. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

13 (Glace Bay) Movie Under the Stars at Town House. Watch Homeward Bound: The Incredible Story out under the stars at 8:30pm.

17 (Halifax) Summer Fun at The Play Box. Noon at The Play Box. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group. Must RSVP.

25 (Dartmouth) Playdate at the Park at Northbrook Park, 1-4pm. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

26 (Dartmouth) Learn to Needle Felt Drop-in at Art Happening Bridgewater, 9:30am-12:30pm. All ages. Come on by and learn to needle felt with Kacy.
No cost – donations appreciated.

29 (Halifax) Playdate at the Park at Halifax Commons Playground, 1-4pm. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

30 (Halifax) Artist of the Day: Create Crazy Sea Creatures at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 2-5pm. Create creatures from the depths of the ocean or the depths of your own imagination. Our artist of the day, Peter Lockerbie, will guide you as you paint and draw sea creatures, real or imagined. Kids can also draw inspiration for their sea creatures from the museum’s exhibits and the waterfront. This program is FREE and will take place outside the museum at the Art Boat. Registration not required, just drop by the Art Boat outside the Museum on the waterfront (‘moored’ on the boardwalk outside the Small Craft Gallery).

31 (Weston) Pre-registration DEADLINE for Valley Homeschool Encouragement Conference. Save $10.

31 (Halifax) DEADLINE to register for fall THR!VE homeschoolers day camps for kids 8-13 for as little as $35 per session. From exceptional public speaking training, to autumn nature adventures, to life-changing community service opportunities, to incredibly unique “VIP” field trips – there’s something for everyone’s budget and schedule! Minimum enrolment is 8 children and deadline is August 31, so contact NOW (via Facebook or at wendy@thriveeducation.ca) to express your interest and they’ll send the details.

31 (Halifax) Summer Fun at The Play Box. Noon at The Play Box. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group. Must RSVP.

 

July

1 (Mount Uniacke) Canada Day at Uniacke Estate from 10am to 5pm. Discover Canadian inventions on display in the Museum. Treats will be available in the Tea Room.

1 (Windsor) Old Fashioned Canada Day at Haliburton House. Old fashioned toys and games on the lawn, birthday cake and refreshments. Regular Admission.

2 (New Ross) Making Do – Curator Talk on the Quilts of 1800-1920 at Ross Farm Museum from 1 to 3pm. Join Polly for a conversation about the antique quilts displayed in the Learning Centre this summer, how and why they were produced, and what we can learn about the people and the time period from these textiles.

3 (New Ross) Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers at Ross Farm Museum, 10 am to 4 pm. Members of the Atlantic Spinners and Weavers Guild will be demonstrating in the Learning Centre.

July 5-8 (Franey Corner) Homeschool Camp – Specialty Week at Sherbrooke Camp, 420 Church Camp Road.
How it works:
– Families can sign up to attend together as a family camp (all ages) OR you can choose to send your children (age 6-16) to come on their own. *If not enough interest in sending just campers we will make it fully a family
– Big home cooked meals provided!
– Depending on registration numbers, families may be asked to share a cabin. Once cabins are all accounted for, they have unlimited amount of space for tents!
– Program staff, lifeguards, first aiders & counsellors will all be on site with director and assistant director

6 (Halifax) Play date at Flinn Park, 1-4pm. Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

8 (Dartmouth) 100 Kids United meeting at 6:00pm in the hall of Port Wallis United Church! Charities being presented include Out of the Cold, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club, and Feed Nova Scotia. All kids 15 years old and under are welcome to attend. Bring $5 and be part of the vote to make a difference in your community.

8 (Dartmouth) Playdate at Northbrook Park 1-4pm. Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

9 (New Ross) An afternoon with Writer Christy Ann Conlin from 1:30 to 3 pm at Ross Farm Museum. Join Christy Ann Conlin for a reading from her new novel, The Memento, a literary ghost story, published by Doubleday/Penguin Random House. Christy Ann will share her love of ghost stories, discuss the haunted embroidery in the novel, and how growing up in rural Nova Scotia and participating in 4-H shaped her literary career.

9-10 (New Ross) Tatting Demonstration in Rosebank Cottage at Ross Farm Museum and chat with interpreters as they demonstrate the beautiful art of both needle and shuttle tatting.

13 (Starr’s Point) Fun Fungi and Likable Lichens Children’s workshop at Prescott House Museum from 10 am – 12. A hands on workshop with Acadia Mycologist Allison Walker. Age 5 and up. $8 Please register in advance by contacting the museum 902 542 3984 or diana.baldwin@novascotia.ca

14 (Dartmouth) Playdate at Northbrook Park 2-5pm. Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

17 (Starr’s Point) Strawberry Social at Prescott House Museum from 1:30 to 3:30. You are invited to join us in the garden for an afternoon of music and delicious homemade strawberry shortcake. Lively music provided by the Forever Young Fiddlers. $8 includes a tour of the museum. Rain or shine.

20 (Halifax) Medicinal Herb Walk at 10:30am at Fort Needham Memorial Park. Come for a walk in the park with herbalist Savayda Jarone, a wonderful teacher who loves sharing her knowledge of plants and their healing powers! Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

20 (Halifax) Playdate at Flinn Park 1-4pm. Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

23 (Mount Uniacke) 200th Anniversary Opening Ceremonies at Uniacke Estate, 2-4pm. Featuring guest speakers, a town crier, a theatrical performance by the Maitland Theatre Group, and more!

24 (Starr’s Point) Public Talk – A Brief History of Crazy Quilts and Other Embroidered Treasures at Prescott House Museum at 2pm. Lisa Bower Assistant Curator/Registrar for the Nova Scotia Museum’s History Collection will present a brief history of crazy quilts and other embroidered treasures from Prescott House and the Nova Scotia Museum’s Textile Collection. $10 Please register in advance by contacting the museum 902 542 3984 or diana.baldwin@novascotia.ca

June
4 (Halifax) FREE Sea School Day Sail in Halifax Harbour. Departs at 10am and 1:30pm.
10-11 (Windsor) Free History and Archaeology Symposium from noon to 7:30pm at Hants County War Memorial Community Centre. Learn about World War I.
10-11 (Lower Sackville) HEMS Homeschool Conference at Stoneridge Fellowship Church, 85 Temple Terrace. Speakers: Paul Faris, Stephanie Jackson, Kristen Habermehl, Tracey Bigney, Stephen Michels, and Kristen Ortiz.
25 (Halifax) HEMS End of Year Beach Party at Martinique Beach.

May

3 (Lower Sackville) Art and Craft classes for homeschool children from Primary to Grade 6. Choose from Tuesdays May 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 9:30-11 or Thursdays May 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9:30-11. $20 for four classes. Contact Jody at sjfillmore@gmail.com

4 (Halifax) Homeschool Fun at the Playbox. Kids Up to 12 on the apparatus have discounted rate. Adults, Babies, and 13+ are free. Discount is calculated by number of kids on apparatus which is calculated using the sign in sheet. About an hour or so after the start time the discounted prices are calculated. We let you know how much per child and per family (Usually around $3-$4 per child – the regular rate is $7.70!)

4 (Halifax) Holocaust Memorial Day at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The Struggle to Maintain the Human Spirit During the Holocaust at 7:30pm.

5 (Lower Sackville) Art and Craft classes for homeschool children from Primary to Grade 6. Choose from Tuesdays May 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 9:30-11 or Thursdays May 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9:30-11. $20 for four classes. Contact Jody at sjfillmore@gmail.com

7 (Middleton) Valley Homeschool Expo, 11am to 1pm at the NSCC Annapolis Valley Campus, 295 Commercial Street. Learn about homeschooling and view work from homeschool families for the past year. Light refreshments will be served.

7 (Halifax) Artist for a Day at NSCAD Port Campus, Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, and Museum of Immigration. Free full day of art making for all ages, 10am-4pm.

7 (New Ross) Grand Opening of the Learning Centre at Ross Farm Museum at 10am.

8 (New Ross) Mother’s Day at Ross Farm Museum. Free admission for mothers.

10 (Halifax) From Cabin Boy to Master Mariner by Jane Baird Barry at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7:00 pm. The Times and Travels of Nova Scotia’s Baird, Stoddard and Bigney Families since 1752

14 (Halifax) Become a ship portrait painter at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic from 1 pm until 3 pm. Registration spaces for 8 participants – Cost: $20.00. For those interested in registering, it is necessary to have some previous experience working with acrylic paint. There will be a supply of paints, brushes and sketching paper on hand for use during the workshop. Feel free to bring along your own personal supply of brushes. Participants will receive a 10 by 12 flat canvas to take home. This is a whimsical workshop and will be taught by an amateur painter for amateurs painters. This workshop is ideal for ages 15 and up. Registration deadline is May 12th. For more information contact Krista at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 902- 424-7491 or krista.jordan@novascotia.ca

14 (Parrsboro) Four Billion Years Presentation at Fundy Geological Museum at 3pm.

20-22 (Halifax) Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in downtown Halifax

21 (Halifax) Merlin the Macaw’s Hatch Day at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 10am-4pm. Scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and cake.

21-23 (New Ross) Wooly Weekend at Ross Farm Museum. Sheep shearing, and washing and spinning demonstrations.

21-22 (New Ross) World War II Encampment at Ross Farm Museum.

28 (Parrsboro) Tour of Clark Head with Ken Adams at Fundy Geological Museum. Departs at 9am. Cost $20 per person, must register by May 27th.

31 (Halifax) Telling the Empress of Ireland Story at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7:30 pm. The sinking of the Canadian ocean liner Empress of Ireland in 1914 comes close, and in a few ways even exceeds, the tragedy of the famous Titanic disaster. Far more Nova Scotians perished in the sinking of Empress of Ireland on the Saint Lawrence than died on Titanic but Empress has often been forgotten in Nova Scotia and the rest of the world.

April

2 (Halifax) Sci-Fi Fantasy Family Fun at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 11am-3pm.

9 (Bedford) HEMS Science, Art, Technology, and History Fair
at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography from 19:30am-12:30pm.

9 (Halifax) Cape Breton All Ages Dance and Ceilidh at St Agnes Church Hall,
6903 Mumford Road, from 6pm to 9pm. Admission: $7 per person, $20 per family, Children under 5 years free

12 (Dartmouth) Free Zumba – Kids Welcome at 10am at 44 Cumberland Drive.

19 (Halifax) S(t)able Island: The Beauty of the Free, a documentary film about Sable Island and its mysterious wild horses. 7:00 pm at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

20 (Halifax) The Significance of the Battle of the Atlantic and HMCS Sackville to Canada at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7:00 pm. The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of the Second World War, stretching from 03 September 1939 to May 1945. It was a battle between German forces, particularly U-boats, and Allied convoys and their escorts which maintained the lifeline of food, fuel, war materiel and troops to Britain and other Allied ports.
Against the backdrop of the Battle for the Atlantic, Dr. Marc Milner (Director of UNB’s Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, and well-respected author of numerous books and articles about World War II – particularly the war at sea) will chart the fascinating development of the battle, and the important role Halifax, the Royal Canadian Navy, and many ships like HMCS Sackville played in winning this pivotal campaign.

22 (Lower West Pubnico) Cerfs-volants, 16-18h a Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Entrée Gratuite!
Faites voler votre cerf-volant! Cadeau pour enfants.

22 (Lower West Pubnico) Kite Flying at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, 4-6pm.

March

10 (Windsor) Homeschooler Trip to Ski Martock from 1-7pm.

February

2 (Sydney) Homeschool Field Trip to see Hamlet at CBU’s Boardmore Playhouse. $5 per child. Parent chaperones free. Email kimberly @ homeschoolinginnovascotia.com (remove spaces first).

6 (Sydney) All Ages Square Dance Workshop at CBU in the Verschuren Centre from 4-6pm. FREE.

18 (Halifax) Pier 21 Homeschool Field Trip, 1055 Marginal Road. An interactive day exploring the history of immigration in Halifax and modern immigration throughout Canada. The moring will begin with a contemporary video highlighting the experiences of immigrants and then move into the Immigration Simulation for ages 8+ and Teddy Bear’s Journey for the little ones. Registration must be received by February 1st. Cost: $9.20/student; parents & children under 5 FREE