Events

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EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

Activities available for families and homeschoolers each month at your local library: Cape Breton, Halifax Region, Across Nova Scotia. And at your local community centres.

June

1 (Dartmouth) Titans Gymnastics fall class registration opens. The homeschool class is Tuesdays 1-2pm. All ages are welcome as they will accommodate according to skill level. (The current group ranges from 4 – 10yrs). Fall term is from September 11th – February 5th. Cost is $305 per child.

2 (Halifax) Point Pleasant Park Walk & Play at 1:30pm. Organized by Wild & Free Forest/Outdoor Adventures – HRM. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and a snack.

4 (Cole Harbour) Cole Harbour Fibre Frolic at Cole Harbour Farm and Museum, 11am-3pm. sheep shearing, a colourful fibre market, and demonstrations. Try out a new craft, talk to fibre artisans, meet the sheep and find the right materials for your next creation. Fun, family-friendly event! Free parking! Free admission! This event will take place outdoors in the Farmyard. The museum site and all farm buildings will be open. The Rose & Kettle will offer Farmyard take-out and indoor café service.

4 (Halifax) Music & Movement for Babies at Lake Echo Community Centre, 9-11am. FREE workshop designed for parents and babies up to 18 months – older siblings are welcome! Learn some new songs, practice some old favorites and spend time using your voice to communicate and bond with your baby!

5 (Halifax/McNabs Island) McNabs Island Beach Cleanup 9:30am-4:30pm. Celebrate Environment Week and Oceans Week by helping the Friends of McNabs Island Society clean up McNabs Island Provincial Park. (Rain Date is June 12th). Halifax Departure: Meet at Murphy’s Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water St on the Halifax Waterfront by 9:15 am for the 9:30 departure. Space is limited so everyone must pre-register here.

7 (Halifax) Homeschool Music Open House at Joyful Sounds Music School, 2:30-3:30pm. Come check out our beautiful facility and be treated to a performance from our Homeschool Concert Band.
An instrument petting zoo to try out some instruments for big kids and little kids.

7 (Halifax) Cantatrice Ensemble Girls’ Honour Choir Auditions at Georges P. Vanier School, 6:30pm. For Grades 7-12 (as of Sept 2022). Audition piece is O Canada. Book your time slot by tapping the link. Choir rehearsals will be 6:30-8pm Mondays from Sept – May at Cavalier Drive School.

8 (Halifax) Oceans and You at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 10am-3pm. This year’s theme is Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean. Participants include: Raina the Mermaid, Maritime Aboriginal People’s Council, Friends of McNabs Island, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans – Marine Planning and Conservation Program. All are welcome, with free admission for youth (17 years of age and under)!

10 (Hammonds Plains) Free Babysitting at First Baptist Hammonds Plains Church from 5-8pm. Go out for a relaxing dinner while your kids enjoy some fun. Email donna@firstbaptisthammondsplains.ca to reserve your spot.

13 (Halifax) Cantatrice Ensemble Girls’ Honour Choir Auditions at Madeline Symonds Middle School, 6:30pm. For Grades 7-12 (as of Sept 2022). Audition piece is O Canada. Book your time slot by tapping the link. Choir rehearsals will be 6:30-8pm Mondays from Sept – May at Cavalier Drive School.

16 (Hammonds Plains) Moms and Tots at First Baptist Church Hammonds Plains 9:30am-noon. Email donna@firstbaptisthammondsplains.ca.

18 (Dartmouth) HEMS Conference. 9am-3:30pm at Forest Hills Fellowship Baptist Church. $25 per family. Vendor hall. Second hand sale. Optional children’s program.

20 (Halifax) Cantatrice Ensemble Girls’ Honour Choir Auditions at Cavalier Drive School, 6:30pm. For Grades 7-12 (as of Sept 2022). Audition piece is O Canada. Book your time slot by tapping the link. Choir rehearsals will be 6:30-8pm Mondays from Sept – May at Cavalier Drive School.

24 (Halifax) Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo at Scotiabank Halifax homeschool field trip at 10am. $13/student. Email Stephanie to sign up by clicking here. Organized by HEMS.

25 (Halifax) MITE Theatre’s So You Think You Can Sync? The Musical at Woodlawn Library Auditorium. Performances at 1pm and at 3pm. Donations of nonperishables for FEED Nova Scotia appreciated.

30 (Halifax) Open House for Mindfulness Summer Camps at the Shambhala School at 1pm. RSVP at mainstreammindfulness@hotmail.com.

Click here for Nova Scotia Summer Camps & Activities

Register for fall Canadian Girls Baseball in Bedford, Dartmouth, and Truro here

PAST 2022 ONLINE EVENTS

May 3 & May 5 – Spring into Homeschool Transcripts Class with Lee Binz. Choose Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 3PM (AtlanticTime) OR Thursday, May 5 at 5PM (Atlantic Time). Free.

May 16-21 – Charlotte Mason Inspired Conference. For Christian parents ready to introduce their children to a feast of ideas and encourage a life-long love of learning. This year’s theme is “education is an atmosphere”. $25 US.

April 18-26 – Rethink & Refresh: A 5-Part Curriculum Q&A Workshop. Reassess your homeschool curriculum from a Biblical perspective.

April 20-22 – Canadian Homeschool Symposium. Free live online. Organized by The Learning House. Digital swag bag and vendor hall. Free.

April 30 Home Educators of New Brunswick Annual Conference. 9am-4:30pm. In person and online. Online: $10 per family.  Online and in-person vendors hall. Keynote speaker: Heidi St. John (streamed live).

March 14-18 – Crochet Summit – free online crochet classes. Crochet purses, clothes, toys, and more.

March 14-19 – 2022 ADHD Women’s Palooza Free online. Lineup of speakers include Ned Hallowell, Terry Matlen, Sari Solden.

February 1 – The ADHD Toolbox Live 1-7pm. This free event features top experts in ADHD, Autism and other challenges, and it’s packed with tools, strategies, and free gifts. Help your child overcome procrastination and more.

February 7-12 – Canadian Online Homeschool Conference. Free to attend live.

February 12 – Concordia University Undergraduate Virtual Open House. 10am-2pm Atlantic Time. Learn about studying at Concordia in Montreal.

February 19 – NSHEA High School and Beyond. 7-8pm Atlantic Time. Are you currently homeschooling a teenager, or planning to support your child at home through high school and beyond? A walkthrough of the key points you need to know to set you and your children up for success. And there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

February 21-25 – Life Skills Leadership Summit. Free to attend live. Homeschool, life, and business skills for you and your kids!

February 25-26 – Study and Go Abroad Virtual Education Fair – Register free. Meet virtually with universities from Canada and around the world from the comfort of your home. Chat live with representatives from universities and professional schools during the fair. Learn about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs at home and abroad. Ask about admission requirements, and available scholarships. Taking a gap year? Visit the student travel booths to find out more about gap year options, including work abroad.

PAST 2021 ONLINE EVENTS

December 3 – Virtual Museum & Lobster Trap Tree Lighting The annual Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum tree lighting is online this year on Facebook Live at 7pm.

December 5 – Facebook Live Christmas Trivia with Halifax Christian Church at 8pm. The questions will cover a broad range of Christmas topics and parents might need their kids help with some of these questions! Prizes will be awarded to those in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! Feel free to invite friends and family to participate with you.

November 1 – (In person & online) In Conversation with Holocaust Survivor David Korn, 7-9pm at the Canadian Museum of Immigration. As a young child living through the Holocaust, David Korn was hidden with his brother by clergy in Czechoslovakia. In partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council, the Azrieli Foundation and part of Holocaust Education Week, local resident and Holocaust Survivor, David Korn, joins us for a conversation on his experience, a reading from his portion of new book, At Great Risk: Memoirs of Rescue during the Holocaust, and an interview with former CBC personality, Olga Milosevich.

November 9 – How to Stop Stress & Find Joy During the Holidays. Free class with Kerry Beck at 5pm AT. Get solutions that will work for your family.

November 30 – 3 Clues to Keep Christ in Christmas. Free class with Kerry Beck at 5pm Atlantic Time. Slow down to remember the reason for Advent and Christmas.

October 19 – What Goes Where? Webinar hosted by the Halifax Regional Municipality, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Have you ever wondered whether something belongs in the garbage or recycling? This workshop will help you become a recycling champion by learning how to sort waste at home. To participate in the webinar via Microsoft Teams, click here. No registration required.

October 20 – Where Does It Go? Virtual Tour of Waste Facilities in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries, 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm. Have you ever wondered where your waste goes after it‘s been collected? This climate-friendly topic and information-packed presentation will provide attendees with a virtual tour of the municipality’s recycling facility, compost facility, and landfill. To participate in the webinar via Zoom, click here. No registration required.

October 21 – Food Waste & Single Use Plastics Reduction (Webinar), 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Learn tips to help reduce food waste and single use plastics. From meal planning, to shopping and food storage tips, we will provide tips for how you can save on your grocery bill while helping to reduce waste and single use plastics. To participate in the webinar via Microsoft Teams, click here. No registration required.

October 22 – Swap, Share and Thrift Webinar: A Guide to Sharing/Borrowing in HRM, Noon to 1 p.m. Do you ever wonder what to do with an old item that’s still in usable condition? Or maybe you need something but don’t want to purchase it new? This webinar provides a guide to the many resources that allow you to share and borrow useful items. To participate in the webinar via Microsoft Teams, click here. No registration required.

October 25 – Productive Homemaking: 5 Steps to a Chaos Free Home at Noon AT. Free webinar with Susan Cramer of Motivated Moms.

September 22 – Traditional Indigenous Mathematics at 2pm. A Facebook Live. What is traditional Indigenous mathematics? Find out from firekeeper, grass dancer, fisherman and Ojibwe language teacher Bryan Bellefeuille, a father of three and Anishinaabe of Nipissing First Nation. From making tools and measuring trees to building canoes and cooking meals, explore the many uses of math in traditional settings.

August 9 – Back to School Facebook Party by How to Homeschool My Child. Start school right with the fun and encouraging ideas shared at the party at 9pm AT.

August 19 and 20 – How to Save Money for the Things You Really Want free webinar. Ashley Patrick of Budgets Made Easy will teach how to set financial goals, get rid of sabotaging expenses, how to make extra money, and more. Choose from August 19 at 8pm Atlantic or August 20 at 6pm Atlantic.

August 23-27 – Homeschool Super Heroes Week. Get your free pass to all 60+ sessions from veteran homeschoolers! Over 300 years of homeschool experience will be shared to help you reduce overwhelm.

August 23-27 – Annual NOT Back to School Summit put on by HECOA. Grab your pass to watch the live video sessions free.

June 7-11 – 5 Days to Identifying Your Unique Learner’s Strengths with Diane Geerlinks. Daily videos, Live, guidebook, and Facebook community. Only $10.

May 1-7 – Towards Higher Summits Québec’s ACPEQ conference. Over 30 workshops and plenary sessions to equip, inform, and encourage you. Whether you’re just starting to build your homeschooling dream, or you already have a solid foundation, this conference is for you. HSLDA will be presenting a session, “Continue without getting discouraged.” $30/person.

May 3-7 – Beginner Sewing Summit. Free virtual sewing classes.

May 17-22 – Free Canadian Curriculum Showcase. Q&As with Canadian curriculum providers and more.

May 25 – Telling the Difficult Story of the Acadians of Pointe Saint-Anne (1692-1759). A free public presentation (on Zoom) by Dr. Chantal Richard of the University of New Brunswick. Event by The Loyalist House & New Brunswick Historical Society.

April 5-9 – The God-Centered Homeschool Online Summit

April 12-16 – Space Week – Astronomy in Action. Four amazing streams that combine to cover the amazing basics of Astronomy from Earth to the ends of the Universe! $5 CAD each.

April 12-16 – Conference for Moms. $19.97. Includes Homeschool Mom Life Binder.

April 12-18 – Online Montessori Conference: Uncovering the Universal Potential of Childhood II. 50+ speakers. Recordings free for 24 hours each day.

April 21 – May 19 – Gardening for Wildlife Course. Offered free by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

April 24 – HENB Online Homeschool Conference 9 am – 12 pm. Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason and Diane Geerlinks from Geerlinks Educational Therapy and the National Institute for Learning Development Canada will be giving 4 main sessions. Also featuring: Curriculum reviews by local homeschool parents, many prizes to be won, special offers, free shipping codes and freebies from over 20 curriculum suppliers. Conference may be viewed until April 30. Sign up by April 23. $10 per family

April 24 – NSHEA Virtual Q&A at Noon. Ask questions, get advice, or offer support. Please register in advance. Only registered attendees will receive a Zoom link. Register here: https://form.jotform.com/201495470588262

April 26 – May 1 Exceptional Grace Conference Explore the various mountains which learners may have to climb, including but not limited to social, environmental, learning, and mental challenges. The cost is $30. Attendees will have access to 28 conference sessions throughout the week.

April 27 – Attitude Adjustment 101: 3 Tips to Encourage Bad Behavior Free Masterclass at 9pm Atlantic Time. Put on by Kerry Beck of How to Homeschool My Child.

April 30 to May 5 – iNaturalist City Nature Challenge 2021.

January 16 – Success in Teaching Writing: A Special Education Writing Conference presented by IEW. Noon-5:30pm Atlantic Time. Free conference. Includes a student writing workshop for your child.

PAST 2022 EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

May

7-12 (HRM) Mini-con activites at libraries across the HRM. Comic-con style events.

28 (Halifax) It’s Like That Breaking and All Styles Dance Battle at Halifax Exhibition Centre 1-7pm. 1-3pm warmup and registration, 3pm battles begin. Please sign up before midnight May 27th.

30 (Dartmouth) Dartmouth Waterfront Cleanup 9am-1pm at Alderney Landing. Bags and gloves will be provided. Participants can also download the Litteratti App to collect data on what we find. Please RSVP by emailing scotianshoresevents@gmail.com

April

8-10 (Halifax) Saltscapes Halifax Expo. Children 10 and under are free. Tickets at the gate for $14.50. Or purchase in advance for less at link above. From locally grown crops to fabulous local beverages, from jewellery and soap makers to home, cottage and garden products, there is something for everyone. Learn more here: https://saltscapesexpo.com

30 (Sussex NB) HENB Annual Conference at Encounter Church. 9am-4:30pm. In person and online. In person: $30 per person or $40 per couple. Online: $10 per family.  Online and in-person vendors hall. Keynote speaker: Heidi St. John (streamed live).

March

6 (Lower Ship Harbour) Deanery Project Open House 10am-3pm. 751 West Ship Harbour Road. Seed planting, music jam, building tours, stained glass demo.

12 (Sydney) Nova Scotia Regional Spelling Bee at the Boardmore Playhouse, Cape Breton University.

14-18 March Break Camps and Activities Across Nova Scotia

19 (Lower Ship Harbour) Maple and Birch Tree Tapping Workshop, 10am-noon. Cost: $15 Deanery members, $20 non members. Join horticulturist, Jim Turner as he shares his love of the science and lore of tapping maple and birch trees. From introducing tools, to why and when theory of how sap flows and hands-on experience tapping trees in our woods, this is a super informative introduction to the miracle of two generous local hardwoods. Bring your questions and dress to be outdoors. If you have any questions please contact Charles Williams: 902-845-1888 or email: thedeaneryproject@gmail.com

February

12 (Halifax) Parents’ Night Off: Kids’ Pajama Party at Lake Echo Community Centre. Bring your kids ages 5-12 for lots of fun activities such as Cookie decorating, Valentine’s crafts, gym games, movie time and more! Cost $5.00 per child.

PAST 2021 EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

December

3 (Truro) Holiday Horse and Wagon Rides at Truro Farmers Market. 6-8pm. By appointment only.

4 (Dartmouth) Holiday Fun Day at Cole Harbour Place. 11am-5pm. Holiday themed swims. Decorate a card for a senior. More.

10 (Truro) Holiday Horse and Wagon Rides at Truro Farmers Market. 6-8pm. By appointment only.

12 (Halifax) December Regular Chess at the Halifax Central Library, Noon-5pm. Register online at www.nssca.ca Registration Check-In: 12:00pm – 12:25pm; Tournament Play: 12:30pm – 5:00pm. Entrance is FREE! Players split into sections based on rating and experience. Medals awarded to top performers in each section. Open to students Primary through Gr 12!

17 (Truro) Holiday Horse and Wagon Rides at Truro Farmers Market. 6-8pm. By appointment only.

November

1 (Halifax & online) In Conversation with Holocaust Survivor David Korn, 7-9pm at the Canadian Museum of Immigration. As a young child living through the Holocaust, David Korn was hidden with his brother by clergy in Czechoslovakia. In partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council, the Azrieli Foundation and part of Holocaust Education Week, local resident and Holocaust Survivor, David Korn, joins us for a conversation on his experience, a reading from his portion of new book, At Great Risk: Memoirs of Rescue during the Holocaust, and an interview with former CBC personality, Olga Milosevich.

4 (Chester) Family Games Night at Chester Area Middle School, 6-7:30pm Thursdays starting Nov 4th. Under 18 = free; 18+ = by donation. Questions? Contact 902-275-3490.

October

10 (Halifax) Free Intro to Junior Curling at Mayflower Junior Curling Club. Start time depends on age group. Register at mayflowerjuniors@gmail.com.

13-16 (Halifax/Dartmouth) Nocturne – Free, contemporary art festival, primarily outdoors, every evening in the downtown areas.

23 (Lower Sackville) Shred Instead Event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at StoneRidge Fellowship. Do you have sensitive documents you would like to shred? Bring them to our Shred Instead event to have them securely shredded for free. Residents may bring up to three bankers boxes per household for shredding. No business waste will be accepted. This is a contactless event. When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle and pop your trunk when directed. Our on-site team will take your materials to the shredder.

September

14 (Halifax) Jui Jitsu homeschool class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30am at Halifax Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. $50/month for one child or $75/month for the family. All girls and boys ages 6-12 welcome! No need to pre-register just come out on the Tuesday or Thursday. (They have a comfortable waiting area for parents and siblings to watch.)

15 (Upper Tantallon) Homeschool Skating at St. Margaret’s Centre. Every Wednesday from September through June, 12:30-2pm. COST: $4/person or $10/family (or 10 punch pass for $80). All ages welcome. The arena does not provide skate rentals, but there is a shop on site where you can purchase used skates and helmets, or have your skates sharpened. Contact the arena for hours as the shop is generally not open during skate time).

16 (Halifax) Jui Jitsu homeschool class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30am at Halifax Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. $50/month for one child or $75/month for the family. All girls and boys ages 6-12 welcome! No need to pre-register just come out on the Tuesday or Thursday. (They have a comfortable waiting area for parents and siblings to watch.)

17 (Port Williams) Apple Picking at Willowbank U-Pick at 10am. Organized by Emily of HEMS Homeschooling. You can park down by the apple orchard. Emily will be there by the sign when you pull into the orchard. If you arrive a bit later, you can still find Emily, she’ll have a red flag on her backpack. Bring a picnic lunch.

23 (Kingswood, Hammonds Plains) Shamanic Gathering Circle for Homeschool Families from 12:30-2:30pm. Organized by Jacquie in The Comedy of Errors Group. See original post to contact Jacquie for the exact address. Practice mindfulness, raising your vibrations, creating spiritual connection and growth during difficult times. Will plan on incorporating art, sharing and exploring as this weekly group grows. Come set your intentions for this year of homeschooling or wishes for your family. Bring pens, markers and you will smudge and send your hopes off to the universe around a big campfire. You can do some healing drumming. If you have a drum please bring. To create prayer flags please bring markers, scissors, and/or scrap material. No rain date.

25 (Mahone Bay) South Shore Orienteers Score-O Training Session 1:30-3:30pm. The start/finish is in the new parking lot to the south (the uphill side) of the tennis courts on Hawthorn Road. This is a general introduction to orienteering maps and the sport of orienteering. Come and try it. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS (FREE) EVENT WITH MODL.

August

7 (Lake Echo) Second Hand Curriculum & Resource Sale at 6 Brian Andrew Street, Lake Echo from 10 am —1 pm. Everyone welcome! The sale will be outside and adhere to all current Covid protocols. Admission—$2/family + a food bank donation (there will be a jar and a box at the end of the driveway). Table Rentals $10. All table rentals must be prepaid via etransfer to Stephanie (at) hems-ns.ca

21 (Halifax) Homeschool Informational Tea with Kimberly Charron, Homeschool Coach at 2pm at Fort Needham Park Playground in North End Halifax! Bring a blanket to sit on under the big tree beside the playground. And your own travel mug for the iced tea. The playground area is #17 here on the map: https://www.halifax.ca/recreation/parks-trails-gardens/parks-outdoor-spaces/fort-needham-memorial-park

24 (Halifax) Weekly TableTop Role Playing Games Tuesdays at 6pm will be starting up again at The Board Room Game Cafe. Kids welcome. If you have questions about TTRPG Night or Tabletop Role Playing Games in general, you can also contact our Retail Manager, Kat directly at kat@boardroomgames.ca

July

8-29 (Shubenacadie) Wood carving course with Jennifer Marlow Woodcarver. Four Thursdays, July 8-29th at 6pm. Free.

10 (Dartmouth) Pirate Party at Stevens Road United Baptist Church at 2pm. Free. We are celebrating the summer with a Pirate Party! Join us for games, face painting, loot bags, and a lot of fun in our church parking lot! (If it’s raining we will move to our gym inside).

10 (Parrsboro) Outdoor Kid’s Yoga at the Fundy Geological Museum. Call Museum at (902) 254-3814 to register. $5 donation. Please bring a beach towel (or yoga mat) and a water bottle. Meet on the grass by the rocks outside of the Museum after checking in with front desk staff. Children under 12 need to have a parent or guardian present.

10-11 (Halifax) East Coast Kite Festival. Come and Enjoy Fifth annual kite festival at Citadel Hill. It’s a Non-alcoholic, Family and Kids friendly event with FREE ENTRY. Display of big inflatable & small kites over two days by Atlantic Kite Festival Society volunteers and kite fliers. Food trucks and Food Vendors. Over 50 types of kites for purchase or rent to fly. The smallest kite is 24*24cm and biggest kite is 50 feet in diameter.

11 (McNabs Island) Discover McNabs Island: Nature Tour. 10:00-3:30. Departure Location: Eastern Passage: Meet at A&M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman’s Cove no later than 9:45 AM. The boat will depart promptly at 10:00 AM and leave the island at 3:30 PM to return to Eastern Passage by 4:00 PM. Join the Friends of McNabs Island for a guided NATURE tour of McNabs Island! Learn about the endangered barn swallows and the osprey that call the island home. Visit McNabs Pond and watch the tide roll in. Stroll along sandy Maugers Beach. Visit the Victorian Gardens that once rivalled the Halifax Public Gardens. Everyone must get their tickets in advance. Tickets are also needed for babies and toddlers under 3, who will travel for free, courtesy of the Friends of McNabs Island. There is NO rain date and there are NO refunds. Cost: $25 (members of the Friends of McNabs Island), $15 (children/youth under 16), $35 (non-members) Babies and toddlers under 3 are free. Tickets on sale via Eventbrite.ca
For more information on this event contact; info@mcnabsisland.ca or http://mcnabsisland.ca/contact.

May

28-30 (Halifax) 2021 Celebration of Nature – Symposium & Hike Weekend  hosted by Nova Scotia Young Naturalists Club, Nature Nova Scotia and Halifax Field Naturalists.Friday evening will be dedicated to a welcoming social, with Saturday and Sunday focused on natural history-themed presentations and guided hikes to destinations throughout the HRM. Stay tuned for more details!

April

18 (Dartmouth) Making Beeswax Wraps at LifeSchoolHouse. 315 Portland Street. Admission by barter.

24 (Lower Sackville) CANCELLED Acadia Park Cleanup. 9am-noon Rain date May 1st.

24 (Glace Bay) CANCELLED Tower Road Community Cleanup. Starts at the Tower Road Fire Department. 11am-2pm.

30 & May 1 (Halifax) Spring Open Studio Series. Kinetic Studio’s 2020-2021 season continues with the Spring Open Studio Series, an evening bringing together an exciting selection of dynamic and innovative work from local & out-of-town contemporary dance artists. To be held at the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

PAST 2020 EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

December

12 (Halifax) Evergreen Holiday Ride at the Hydrostone Market at 1pm. To help celebrate the holiday season the Halifax Cycling Coalition will be leading a family-friendly bike ride to the Evergreen Festival on Saturday, December 12th between 1pm and 3pm. We will meet at the park in the Hydrostone Market, ride downtown, stop at some of the participating businesses and activities, and end on the Halifax Waterfront. We will be posting the route closer to the event date – stay tuned. We will use quiet residential streets and/or bike lanes wherever possible. If there is significant rain or snowfall on the day of the ride, our rain/snow date is Sunday, December 13th from 1pm – 3pm.

October

Fall 2020 Art Classes at Studio Rath: Art classes (8 weeks) starting the third week of October with the addition of COVID protocols, such as only teaching 2 at a time (for social distancing) and mask wearing by both students and instructor. Pick a day, a time, and a type of class you are interested in then contact Laura. (Monday at 4 is already full)

September

12 & 13 (Halifax) East Coast Kite Festival 10am – 7pm on Citadel Hill. What to Expect at the event :
– Display of big inflatable & small kites over two days by Atlantic Kite Festival Society volunteers and kite fliers.
– Food trucks and Food Vendors.
– Bouncing Castles, Face Painting and Kite workshops.
– Over 70 types of kites for purchase or rent to fly. Our smallest kite is 24*24cm and biggest kite has 50 feet of diameter.
– Come and see various kites like Ring, Frog, Panda, Bear, Octopus, Jellyfish, Cat, Tiger, Flower, Duck, Gold Fish, Whale, Heart, Turtle, Rainbow and many more.

14 – Coyote Classroom Nature Program Registration Deadline. A school alternative for free-range kids. Wednesdays, September 16-October 21,  9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Black Rock Community Trails. Cost: $245 per child.

23 (Dartmouth) Homeschool Meetup at Get Air. 1-3pm. Initial meetup with plan to arrange recurring meetups.

26 (Halifax) Youth Conservation Action with the Nature GuardiansNature Guardians is a program for 10-14 year olds, no parent or guardian required on once-a-month field trip. Explore interesting natural spaces around NS and learn about the awesome natural history this province has to offer!

27 (Halifax) Young Naturalists First Get-Together of the Fall. Details TBA. Before you attend your first YNC event of the year, please register your family and pay the member fee. This fee will supports work to maintain and grow the YNC, including all Chapters across the province.

October

22 (Halifax) Homeschool Session at the Discovery Centre.
We’re Wheely Moving – 5-7-years, 10:30-11:15 am and 1:30-2:15 pm. Explore the natural forces of motion teamed with a simple machine essential for rolling. We’re Wheely Moving challenges you to complete engineering tasks. This workshop about relative motion encourages you to think about design and purpose.
Cast the Past – 8-12-years, 10:30-11:15 am and 1:30-2:15 pm
Prepare to travel through time by revealing the hidden secrets of the past with the discovery of fossils. Learn the process of fossilization and the role weathering and erosion plays in mineralization. You will make your own casts of real fossils to take home.
To register, go to https://thediscoverycentre.ca/home-school/ and click Register Today.

August

9 (Halifax) East Coast Block Party 12-4pm every Sunday at the Halifax Harbour Waterfront. Live & Recorded DJ Streams & Mixes Pop-Up Event, IN PERSON, @ The Salt Yard Stage. You’ve been treated to many LIVE STREAMS since April, come join Dj’s OKAY TK, Dj IV, R$ $mooth, Dj Night Train, Mo Bounce & MORE Special Guests LIVE IN PERSON providing the soundtrack to this family friendly event every Sunday from Noon – 4pm ** KIDS own the stage from Noon – 12:30pm every week! **

15 (Lake Echo) Homeschooling Second Hand Sale  organized by HEMS. 10am-2pm at 6 Brian Andrew Street. Rent a table for $10. Tables will be provided but sellers must bring their own lawn chair (if desired). There will be no electricity provided. Table registrations can be sent via electronic payment to contactus@hems-ns.ca

15 (West Hants) – Butterfly Release in a field of sunflowers at Dakeyne Farm. All day event – appointment required. To Find out more.. or to order a butterfly or two…and book your release time visit DakeyneFarm.com/butterfly-release or email Butterflies@DakeyneFarm.com

16 (Halifax) East Coast Block Party 12-4pm every Sunday at the Halifax Harbour Waterfront. Live & Recorded DJ Streams & Mixes Pop-Up Event, IN PERSON, @ The Salt Yard Stage. You’ve been treated to many LIVE STREAMS since April, come join Dj’s OKAY TK, Dj IV, R$ $mooth, Dj Night Train, Mo Bounce & MORE Special Guests LIVE IN PERSON providing the soundtrack to this family friendly event every Sunday from Noon – 4pm ** KIDS own the stage from Noon – 12:30pm every week! **

22 (Halifax) Homeschool Informational Tea with Kimberly Charron, Homeschool Coach at 2pm at Fort Needham Park Playground in North End Halifax! Bring a blanket to sit on to make it easy to space out and social distance. And your own travel mug for the iced tea. The playground area is #17 here on the map: https://www.halifax.ca/recreation/parks-trails-gardens/parks-outdoor-spaces/fort-needham-memorial-park

23 (Halifax) East Coast Block Party 12-4pm every Sunday at the Halifax Harbour Waterfront. Live & Recorded DJ Streams & Mixes Pop-Up Event, IN PERSON, @ The Salt Yard Stage. You’ve been treated to many LIVE STREAMS since April, come join Dj’s OKAY TK, Dj IV, R$ $mooth, Dj Night Train, Mo Bounce & MORE Special Guests LIVE IN PERSON providing the soundtrack to this family friendly event every Sunday from Noon – 4pm ** KIDS own the stage from Noon – 12:30pm every week! **

28 (Bedford) Movies in the Park at 123 Gary Martin Dr at 8:30pm for A Series of Unfortunate Events.

30 (Halifax) Freaky Friday Outdoor Field Movie at École du Sommet at 8:30pm. Hosted by Pop Up Cinema. Join us for an open-air, outdoor movie in a field under the stars! Showing Disney’s Freaky Friday.

29 (Halifax) Michael Jackson’s Birthday Tribute at Sackville Landing 8-10pm. Family friendly. Free.

29-30 (Spryfield) Greystone Youth Basketball Camp by The Tunnel Vision Association. Free for ballers of all genders, skill levels and abilities living in Greystone age 10-17. 10:00 am – 3:30pm(both days) at the Greystone outdoor basketball court. Lunch will be provided. Limit of 25 children.

30 (Halifax) East Coast Block Party 12-4pm every Sunday at the Halifax Harbour Waterfront. Live & Recorded DJ Streams & Mixes Pop-Up Event, IN PERSON, @ The Salt Yard Stage. You’ve been treated to many LIVE STREAMS since April, come join Dj’s OKAY TK, Dj IV, R$ $mooth, Dj Night Train, Mo Bounce & MORE Special Guests LIVE IN PERSON providing the soundtrack to this family friendly event every Sunday from Noon – 4pm ** KIDS own the stage from Noon – 12:30pm every week! **

31 (Kentville) Coyote Classroom registration deadline. For ages 7-11. A school alternative for free-range kids Wednesdays, September 16-October 21 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Black Rock Community Trails. Cost: $245 per child. Only 8 spaces, 2 facilitators! A 6-session forest school approach that honours the whole child and fosters community among all involved. We will establish a rhythm together with the children that encourages curiosity and fun, play and imagination, exploration and movement, awareness and care for the natural world, personal and group awareness, and self-sufficiency. We foster these attributes through a set of core routines and nature based challenges. Sessions will be co-led by Judy Lipp and Emily LeGrand. Email valleyflyingsquirrels@gmail.com for more info.

February

5 (Bedford) Homeschooler Art with Kim Floyd starts. For ages 4-10, Wednesdays 11am-noon for 4 weeks. $85. Register with your $40 deposit by contacting kimberleyfloyd@hotmail.com.

12 (Spryfield) Tinkering Club at 3:15pm. Geared towards ages 6ish-10 (sidekicks are most welcome). We have plenty of things to tinker with, but feel free to bring some stuff too if you’d like. Contact Kelly Briggs in the Comedy of Errors Facebook group for more information.

17 (Halifax) Heritage Day at the Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from 10am-5pm. Art and activities. Admission is free.

17 (Halifax) Heritage Day at the Museum of Natural History. Free admission 9am to 5pm.

17 (Dartmouth) Meet Your Farmer on Heritage Day. Come to Cole Harbour Place and connect with farmers from across Nova Scotia! Enjoy a smoothie, taste test apple varieties, hear a story and pull up chair to speak one-on-one with an NS farmer!

23 (Halifax) Taking Steps to Fly – Young Dance Choreographer’s Showcase at 7pm at Dalhousie University Student Union Building in the McInnis Room. Come support emerging choreographers in the community. $15 for adults, $5 for students & seniors.

27 (Lower Sackville) Sackville Community Arena Free Public Skate at 10am. Helmets are mandatory and they ask that children are not left unattended.

29 (Halifax) Celebration of Creation – Community Art Show at 1129 Sackville Drive. A community art & talent show for encouraging the artist in all of us. Every medium & skill level accepted. This event is FREE and for all ages. To learn more or to be part of the show contact Amanda Ingram by emailing: amandajoyingram@gmail.com

29 (Halifax) Kids’ Capoeira Classes by Capoeira Group Dende at Citadel High Community Center from noon-1pm. For kids age 6-9.  Cost: $84 for all 7 classes, or pay what you can. Proceeds support youth programs in Brazil.

29 (Dartmouth) Nautical Embroidery Workshop at Trainyard General Store from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Do you have the itch to stitch? Thinking of trying embroidery but are unsure how to start? Join Hook, Line & Tinker and The Trainyard General Store for an introductory workshop! Take your pick from one of two nautical themed designs (“Release the Kraken” or “Industrious Octopus”) and stitch along while learning introductory embroidery stitches. You’ll have all the know-how and materials you need to finish your masterpiece at home. We’ll also talk hoops, floss, needles, and ways to display your finished hoop. $55 per person, all materials included.

29 (Halifax) Leap Year Contra Dance at All Nations Church on Robie Street.
– Quick orientation for beginners at 7:30 pm sharp.
– Beginner-oriented dancing goes 7:30 – 8:45pm
– More advanced dancing 8:45 – 10:30 pm.
Admission for dancers is $10, and $8 or less for small budgets. Kids, families and non-dancers enter by donation. As always, all are welcome at our dances: Beginners & experienced dancers, all ages, all genders. Even non-dancers are welcome – come hang out in the cozy lounge, bring your knitting or school work and enjoy the live music and a free cup of tea.

January

13 (Dartmouth) Kids’ Drawing Class begins – 10-week session Mondays, 6-7:30 at 84 Shore Road. Contact Laurel Rath at lcrath@gmail.com

14 (Halifax) A History of the Mi’kmaq Peoples to the Water and Land in Mi’kma’ki at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7 pm. Cheryl will help navigate the history of the Mi’kmaq peoples to the water and land in Mi’kma’ki by focusing on both her legal and political background and as a daughter of a great chief. She will discuss, treaties, spiritual role of women as Matriarchs and the modern fight of Indigenous women on the water as protectors, rights holders and harvesters.

14 (Stellarton) LEGO® Builders Club begins – runs Tuesdays from 3 to 4 pm at the Museum of Industry. Explore new ideas, meet new friends or bring a friend. Play on the Kids’ train afterwards. No registration required. Free Admission.

15 (Spryfield) Tinkering Club at 3:15pm. Geared towards ages 6ish-10 (sidekicks are most welcome). We have plenty of things to tinker with, but feel free to bring some stuff too if you’d like. Contact Kelly Briggs in the Comedy of Errors Facebook group for more information.

16 (Sackville) Sackville Community Arena Free Skate at 10am every Thursday. Free public skate.

18 (Dartmouth) Junior Chefs: Fresh Pasta at Kitchen Door from 2-4pm. In this class, your Junior Chef will learn all the tips for making fresh pasta dough – leave the boxed stuff behind! In addition, the secrets to making the tastiest (and easiest) authentic Marinara sauce will be shared. This class is strictly for children aged between 9-15.

18-19 (New Ross) Tatting Demonstration at Ross Farm Museum. Chat with interpreters as they demonstrate the beautiful art of both needle and shuttle tatting.

21 (Halifax) Fisheries: Photographing Fisheries in Mexico and Canada at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7pm. Sylvia Calatayud began photographing fisheries in her native Mexico in 1988. Her first experience was on the coast of Baja California with the yellowfin tuna fisheries, when she was working as a photojournalist on the border with the USA. This experience led to a 9 year project that took her to different oceans, from the Pacific to the North Atlantic, and the Caribbean, photographing the different ways of fishing a wide variety of species.

23 (Sackville) Sackville Community Arena Free Skate at 10am every Thursday. Free public skate.

25 (Halifax) Speed Cubing at the Discovery Centre 10:30am-4:30pm. Come into the Discovery Centre to meet Graeme Watt, a 16-year-old Haligonian speed-cuber! He’ll be showing off some his skills with various cubes and working hard to create a piece of art on the mosaic wall in the Beyond Rubik’s Cube featured exhibit.

25-26 (New Ross) Toboggan Making Demonstration at Ross Farm Museum. Interpreters will be demonstrating how to make a wooden toboggan.

26 (Bedford) Laser Triggered Rubber Band Shooter at Halifax Makerspace from 2-4pm. Learn to make a laser-triggered rubber band shooter with Arduino! Ages 13+. No experience necessary. And it’s free!

28 (Halifax) The Mary Celeste and Sherlock Holmes at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7 pm. The legend of the Mary Celeste was born in December 1872, when the ship was found adrift and empty in the North Atlantic near the Spanish Azores. Eleven years after the ship’s ill-fated voyage, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned a short story about the Mary Celeste titled “J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement.” In this illustrated presentation, JoAnn Alberstat, co-editor of the literary journal Canadian Holmes, shows how Doyle helped create the Mary Celeste legend and how the “ghost ship” put him on the path to fame and literary success.

30 (Sackville) Sackville Community Arena Free Skate at 10am every Thursday. Free public skate.