26 Things to Do in Halifax with Kids

Published Feb 8, 2019

There are so many fun things to do with kids in Halifax. Check out the list below of our favourite indoor and outdoor activities - perfect for any season.

You are getting a little exhausted staying cooped up in the house with the kids, and they are restless from being there too.

No matter how intense your work week has been, Halifax offers plenty of options to get out of the house and explore the community.

This Atlantic Ocean port city is known for its maritime history and the star-shaped Citadel fort built in the 1850s. However, here are some other fun places for the family to consider releasing some of its restless energy.

1. Kiwi Kaboodle (9466 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Mahone Bay) - This tour company allows the whole family to create custom tours that will teach the kids about the history and local folklore through boat tours or allow them to hike or cycle along Nova Scotia's forest trails or coastlines.

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2. Show your pride for Canada Day at one of the many celebrations happening in and around Halifax! 

3. Dalhousie Art Gallery (Dalhousie University) - In addition to art exhibitions, this public art gallery offers family events, film screenings and off-site programming, including exhibition tours throughout the region and country.

4. Museum of Natural History (1747 Summer Street) - Young minds will never run out of things to explore at the museum. Cub Scout troops come here to follow and identify animal tracks and the museum offers a treasure hunt for beavers and brownies. An annual Salamander Meander also lets families observe these reptiles in their natural habitats.

5. Shearwater Aviation Museum - A former military base, this museum offers many facility options for the local community, especially meeting and presentation space. Kids can learn about the local connection as a United States Naval Air Station dating back to World War I.

6. Indoor Karting (66 Otter Lake Court) - The whole family can enjoy both karting and laser tag at this indoor facility. Because of its popularity, reservations are recommended.

7. Pier 21 (1055 Marginal Road) - Kids who come to Pier 21 can learn the story of the country's 1.5 million immigrants. Visitors can map family trees, play dress-up in period costumes, or listen to first-person digital stories. This is a great way to keep kids connected to their ancestors.

8. Join thousands of people at the largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada- The TD Halifax Jass Festival! From July 13-17 you can see a huge range in musical acts along with fun and educational activities.

9. Point Pleasant Park (5718 Point Pleasant Drive) - As the largest forested park on the peninsula, families have much to explore at Point Pleasant. Visitors can expect to see many park benches, off-leash dog walking, a supervised beach and St. Aspinquid's Chapel, where many notable people are buried in the stone amphitheater around the chapel. This is a popular place for weddings and family events.

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10. Clay Cafe Halifax (6415 Quinpool Road) - Messiness is definitely allowed here, as kids get creative making clay artifacts. Moderate prices and more than 300 shapes give little creative minds many choices for creative playtime.

11. The Play Box (530 Portland Street, Dartmouth) - The best way to host indoor parties that cater to kids' active imaginations is to plan an outing at The Play Box. Speed slides, roller squeezes, mazes spiral slides and tube crawls will keep the average 4- to 12-year-old busy for hours, and ready for bed when the party's over.

12. Black Cultural Centre (1149 Main Street, Dartmouth) - Both a museum and a social gathering place, the Black Cultural Centre showcases the history and culture of Nova Scotians of African descent. The whole family can enjoy workshops, jazz festivals, historic ceremonies and more.

13. Ambassatours (2631 King Street) - Even if you have lived in Halifax for your entire life, there are still things a well-planned tour can teach you and the kids about your city. Ambassatours offers sightseeing, bus, and boat charter tours as well as memorable culinary experiences. Murphy's Restaurant and Patio or Dave’s can give kids an adventure in eating lobster and other seafood.

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14. Memory Lane Heritage Village (5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte) - You can get a glimpse of rural coastal life during and after World War II with living museum. Families can attend a live dinner theatre and attend the Coldwaters Seafood Festival. Kids enjoy being immersed in the experience, as if they truly lived during this era.

15. Make a little road trip down to South Shore for the South Shore Exhibition, otherwise known as The Big Ex. From July 24th-29th there's live music, a midway with rides and games, vendors, petting barn, horse events, and old fashioned fun activities. On the Wednesday is "Kids Day" with face painting, balloon twisting, and kid-friendly entertainment. The kick-off parade on Tuesday evening is always a fun addition too!

16. Visit one of the free splash pads in the Halifax area to cool down on a hot summer's day. A perfect way to have fun on the cheap! We love trying a new spot as it takes you to explore some of the neighbourhoods we haven't before. Pack some snacks or a full lunch picnic and make a day of it.

17. For 6 days in August the Halifax Busker Festival is a must-see for families! With multiple stages along the Halifax waterfront, you'll see mind blowing shows from the world's top street performance artists.

18. Another August favourite is the Northern Lights Lantern Festival on August 11th. Get creative at this free event and make your own lantern, then listen to the live music as the sun fades and watch the parade of lit lanterns pass by. To top it off there's always an amazing fireworks display at the end!

Other Things to Do With Kids Nearby (50 to 100 miles away)

19. Atlantic Playland (Hammonds Plains)

20 Magic Valley (Salt Springs)

21. River Breeze Farm Market (Truro)

22. Action Jax Family Fun Park (Granville Ferry)

23. Historic Gardens (Annapolis Royal)

24. Upper Clements Parks (Annapolis Royal)

25. Kejimkujik National Park (Maitland Bridge)

26. Oaklawn Farm Zoo (Aylesford)

Hopefully, the list above helps you and your family find something fun and exciting to do in Halifax or for exploring the surrounding communities.

There really are so many great options to choose from, we know your kids will have a blast.

Looking for more awesome activities and events? Feel free to check out ChatterBlock's Community Events Page.

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