This was definitely the most talked about playground of Summer 2018 in Halifax. I finally made it to visit it this fall and have all the details and lots of pictures to show you Halifax’s newest natural playground.
This popular playground sits in the heart of the city and has something for kids of every age! With lots of variety and loads of amenities, like the Emera Oval and a public pool, it's a must-stop for every family heading into the city.
The Halifax waterfront submarine playground is a pretty amazing structure and my kids cite it as one of their favourites to play on. We live in the suburbs so when we take a trip downtown we always make sure to include it in our trip. When I was part of creating the 150 Coolest Playgrounds in Canada list (you can read more about that here), this was a no-brainer to include. Here's our thoughts on it and why, *gasp,* I don't actually like it much myself.
Victoria Park in Truro is a massive (ONE THOUSAND ACRES) park with a fantastic playground, trails everywhere, picnic tables, charming brooks winding through the woods, and a stunning waterfall. In short, it's the perfect destination for a fall road trip.
Our guest blogger today is Taylor Hansen is a mother and early childhood educator who has worked in the field of Child & Youth Care for over 10 years. She has a Masters in Child & Youth Study from Mount Saint Vincent University and is passionate about nature-based learning and creative experiences. She is the creator of Experience Childspace Early Learning, a unique ecocentric early learning program based in Herring Cove.
Playgrounds are great. They are outdoor spaces created for children that aim to encourage play, being active, and getting outside. All great things for little ones. However, there is a lot that play in the natural environment can provide that traditional playgrounds cannot.
Our guest blogger today is Alex Smith, the founder of the CanadaPlays Association and the award winning blog PlayGroundology. Alex has been working with a small team of volunteers over the last 3 months to prepare Pop-Up Adventure Play’s visit to Halifax.
‘Loose parts’ skirt the edges of nirvana. Ask any kid. Now they probably won’t call them ‘loose parts’. They’re more likely to use the generic and all encompassing ‘stuff’ prefaced by cool, awesome, or great. It might even go the way of ‘this stuff is epic’.
Wood, rope, tarps, tires, milk crates, cardboard boxes, fabrics. PVC pipes, pallets and all manner of scrap materials can make up a loose parts inventory. Kids take them and create. They build up and pull down. They improvise, they move, groove and PLAY!
There are themed playground, accessible playgrounds for people with special needs, and natural playgrounds inspired by and made with elements found in nature. But the main reason you need to incorporate playgrounds into your Canadian road trip is because so many of these playgrounds have taken cues from their home communities and incorporated the local values and history of the area into the design.
The yard/property attached to our house is both a blessing and a curse. We are surrounded by trees that are so dense during the leafy part of the year that you can’t even see our neighbours’ houses. This is exactly the privacy and connection to nature that we desired when we moved in, so there’s the blessing. The “curse” is that the property is oddly shaped with minimal lawn space which basically makes it impossible to have a traditional playground structure on it...so here's what we're going to do...