No place delivers memorable family experiences quite like Halifax.
This family-friendly guide to Halifax provides all the info you need to plan what you can, and enjoy the unexpected – Halifax will take care of the rest. Browse the guide for inspiration and ideas for things to do with kids in Halifax, family-friendly activities and attractions, and all the important information you need to create your own unforgettable family adventure in Halifax.
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The Ultimate Guide to Halifax for Kids
The Halifax Kids’ Guide is the ultimate resource for anyone looking for family-friendly things to do in Halifax. Find ideas and inspiration for grown-ups planning a family trip to Halifax, and keep kids busy and engaged with fun Hali-facts, interactive activities, and lots of silly jokes.
Halifax is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. The people of the Mi’kmaw Nation have lived on this territory for millennia, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.
What is a land acknowledgment?
Historically, a land acknowledgment is a traditional practice shared amongst Indigenous groups to recognize the Indigenous land and territory they are visiting. Today a land acknowledgment remains a way to express one’s gratitude to the Indigenous people for being stewards of the land where we live and work, and to remind us that we are all treaty people.
This guide was created by locals!
The information found in this guide was sourced from a wide collection of local and provincial partners, including Family Fun Halifax, TripAdvisor, Halifax Trails, the Halifax Regional Municipality, Mi’kmaq Online, and many more.
Special thanks to NSITEN for their support in the creation of this content.
GREEN FACT: The ink used to create the printed version of our Kids’ Guide is completely vegetable-based AND the paper is recyclable!
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Did You Know
The fiddlehead fern design often found on traditional Mi’kmaq clothing, baskets, and art emphasizes the importance of the plant to the people of the Mi’kmaw Nation.
The design shows the way that the fiddlehead fern curls just before a person eats it. You split it as you put it in your mouth to enjoy the richness of its flavour.
Fern = ma’susi (sound-it-out: maa-su-si)
Things To Do With Kids in Halifax
The Emera Oval is the largest outdoor, artificially refrigerated ice surface east of Quebec City. The Oval is the size of 3 NHL hockey rinks!
Did you know that Halifax is closer to Dublin, Ireland than it is to Vancouver, BC?
Kuowaqe’jk is the Mi’kmaq place name for Citadel Hill.
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How many of these local adventures can you cross off your bingo card?
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Did you know that the Upper Musquodoboit Wooden Playground is Nova Scotia’s largest wooden playground?
Check out more must-play Halifax playgrounds via the blog, 10 Best Playgrounds in the Halifax Region.
Safety first! Here’s what you need to know before you go.
See page 2 of the Halifax Kids’ Guide for more safety information before heading out to explore.
Write these numbers down in case of emergency:
- Emergency Phone: 911
- Kids Help Phone: 1 800-668-6868
- Halifax Police (non-emergency): 902-490-5020
- Health Information (non-emergency): 811
- Halifax Transit: 311