Holidays

Halifax's Christmas and Holiday Parades 2018

Halifax's Christmas and Holiday Parades 2018

Part of the magic of the holiday season is that moment when your family is perched shivering on a curb, waiting eagerly for Santa to go by on his float, and then finally seeing that sleigh and red suited man coming into view! Luckily in the Halifax region we have several chances to make that magic happen for your family.

Ten Ideas for Earth Day Resolutions

Ten Ideas for Earth Day Resolutions

It can be easy to forget the the Earth is in crisis on beautiful blue-sky, sunny days, or crisp, colourful autumn mornings, but the truth is unavoidable. Big change needs to happen ... but big change starts with helping the smallest people on the planet understand the issue and build good Earth-friendly habits into their life from an early age.

Groundhog Day in Nova Scotia

Groundhog Day in Nova Scotia

February 2 is Groundhog Day. Did you know that Nova Scotia boasts the first stop on the North American groundhog forecaster loop with our pal Shubenacadie Sam at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park? And did you know Nova Scotia is home to a second groundhog who has this same talent in Cape Breton at Two Rivers Wildlife Park named Two Rivers Tunnel? I think that may make us the highest per capita groundhog forecaster region...we've rounded up some fun ways to celebrate Groundhog Day.

Valentine Literacy Scavenger Hunt

Valentine Literacy Scavenger Hunt

Holidays are always a wonderful time to take a simple learning activity and turn it into a fun, themed game. We made this literacy game a few years ago and it still gets pulled out with our Valentines decorations each year and ignites new enthusiasm every time. Plus, as is my way, it's super simple to create and play (and cheap!).

Five Halifax Family Christmas Traditions

Five Halifax Family Christmas Traditions

I know, I know. I'm the same person who wrote about my problem hoarding traditions but I do still have plenty of favourites and, yes, I still add a new one here and there...I'm a work in progress!

Of course we get to our share of holiday parades, Christmas tree lightings, and Santa visits...but, that being said, I've been trying to focus on the traditions that are most important to our family and connect us to the community we choose to live our lives in, and so I've rounded up five of our favourite Maritime family traditions.

This post is part of a #MaritimeChristmas blog hop with some other local family bloggers.

Tinsel, Sackville's Talking Christmas Tree

Tinsel, Sackville's Talking Christmas Tree

Sackville filled the talking tree void left by Woody a few years ago with Tinsel. He puts on a fun animatronic twenty minute show with sing-a-longs and storytelling that the children adore. The show is free to all, though food or monetary donations to Beacon House are encouraged. His shows start this weekend and run for just a few days so read on so you don't miss his visit this year!

Maud Lewis Inspired Greeting Cards and Cookies

Maud Lewis Inspired Greeting Cards and Cookies

If you're a Maritimer, well, actually, even if you're NOT a Maritimer, you've likely heard of Maud Lewis, especially after that blockbuster movie last year profiling her life. Her distinctive folk art and fascinating life story makes her a memorable artist, and she is particularly appealing to children.

This month's pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club is Maud Lewis 1 2 3. It's a board book filled with images of her colourful iconic paintings that encourages children to count items found in each piece of art (ex. 10 roofs, 4 blue tulips). One of the things we loved about this book was it's a bit of an I Spy style book so my children were both immediately drawn to it. We've talked about who Maud Lewis was and her impact on the Nova Scotia art scene and we were inspired to create two reading extension activities from this book to explore their natural interest in her style of painting and her life story - one Christmas card one, and one Christmas cookie one!