Family Fun / Seasonal May 23, 2018

10 Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer in Halifax

As the mother of a toddler, this summer I won’t be dealing with the ‘mom, I’m bored’ comments … yet!

2018 marks my first summer with a mobile toddler and I’m really excited to explore with her and show her the best that Halifax has to offer – even if she’s more excited about the packed snacks than anything else.

Here are 10 fun things to do with your kids in Halifax this summer!


1 – Visit Great Playgrounds

Looking for a fun, accessible and free activity? Halifax has a whole slew of great playgrounds to explore.

From the new eco-playgrounds at both Sir Sanford Flemming and Fort Needham Memorial Parks, to the submarine park on the waterfront, there are plenty of spaces to get outside and run around. Pack a picnic lunch and you’re set for the afternoon!


2 – Machine de Cirque Acrobatic Circus Show

Alderney Landing

Mark your calendars for June 20th so that you don’t miss out on Quebec-based Machine de Cirque’s free show at Alderney Landing!


3 – Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Scotiabank Centre

Running from June 26 – July 2, there are many opportunities to catch the the 2018 edition of the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo. The theme this year is Heroes & Legends, and there will be a special emphasis on Women in Service, the First World War and the Battle of the Atlantic.


4 – Celebrate Canada Day

Alderney Landing and Halifax Common

While the big party for Canada 150 might be over, it doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to celebrate!

The major Canada Day concert and fireworks will be taking place at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, and on the Halifax side, there will be a free Family Fun Fest on the Halifax common from 11am-4pm!


5 – Go For a Swim

There’s not much better than a Nova Scotian beach in the summer. Here’s a handy post on the top 10 beaches in Halifax you need to visit. Let 2018 be the year you check them all off your list!


6 – Afrifest

Halifax Waterfront

The Africa Festival of Arts and Culture takes place July 20th – July 22nd on the Halifax Waterfront.

Through live performances and visual art, Afrifest celebrates the unique and diverse heritage of people of African descent living in Nova Scotia.


7 – Halifax Busker Festival

Halifax Waterfront

Running from August 1 – 6, the Halifax Busker Festival has something for everyone. Grab a snack, take a seat on the boardwalk and prepared to be captivated by performers from around the world!


8 – Mother Goose Festival

Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park

Who doesn’t love a good nursery rhyme? On Saturday, August 4th join Mother Goose and all her friends for a day of fun. Petting zoos, face painting and marionettes are just some of the fun things that await – I’ll see you there.


9 – Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition

Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park

Always a hit with people of all ages, the Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition draws a huge crowd to the provincial park. If you’re planning on checking out the competition, consider packing a lunch and getting there early – it gets busy!


10 – 6th Annual Children’s Festival

Victoria Park

Make plans to visit Victoria Park on Sunday, August 12th for a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment, bouncy castles, treats and more!


What adventures do you plan on taking this summer? 

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