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Kids’ Guide to Halifax

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.

Halifax Kids' Guide Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

Halifax is located on Mi’kmaw territory, 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 & territory they are visiting. Today a land acknowledgment remains a way to express one’s gratitude to the Mi’kmaw people for being stewards of the land that we live and work on.

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.

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.

Halifax Kids' Guide Mi'kmaq words

Fern = ma’susi (sound-it-out: maa-su-si)

Things To Do With Kids in Halifax

Halifax Kids' Guide Hali-Facts Fun Facts

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!

Skating on the Emera Oval
Kids at the Emera Oval

Family-Friendly Itineraries

Halifax Kids' Guide Hali-Facts Fun Facts

Did you know that Halifax is closer to Dublin, Ireland than it is to Vancouver, BC?

Halifax Waterfront skyline
Halifax Kids' Guide Mi'kmaq words

Kuowaqe’jk is the Mi’kmaq place name for Citadel Hill.

Where To Eat

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Activities & Printables

Halifax Bingo

How many of these local adventures can you cross off your bingo card?

Share your adventures with us on social media using #halifaxkids!

Halifax Kids' Guide Bingo card

Send a postcard from Halifax

Halifax Kids' Guide Postcard front
Halifax Kids' Guide postcard back

Maps

Upper Musquodoboit Wooden Playground
Halifax Kids' Guide Hali-Facts Fun Facts

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 or on page 26 of the Halifax Kids’ Guide!

Safety Basics

Safety first! Here’s what you need to know before you go.

Check out page 51 of the Halifax Kids’ Guide for more safety information before heading out to explore.

Halifax Kids' Guide safety information

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

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Whether you’re a local looking for staycation ideas, visiting from further away, or planning a future adventure, get inspired to discover the Halifax region with the latest local and traveller photos from Halifax.

Tag @DiscoverHalifax on Instagram and Facebook, and @hfxnovascotia on Twitter, or simply use #DiscoverHalifax to share your Halifax adventures with us!
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