Children's Programs

To serve our youngest visitors to the Public Gardens, we are running a number of programs for children throughout the summer.


Story Time 

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30am for Story Time (rain or shine)! Co-hosted by Woozles Children’s Bookstore and Uncommon Grounds, this free program is ideally suited for children aged 2 – 6, though all are certainly welcome and no registration is required. When the weather cooperates, the group meets under the big tree outside of Horticultural Hall.  Otherwise, they meet inside. (Approximately 45 minutes). 

Children's Art Workshop 

Children's Art Workshop

On Wednesday, June 14, we will be hosting a children's art workshop. Details will be added here as they become available. Check back soon and see our calendar! 


Young Neptune (Rising Stars)

On July 22 and August 19, there will be a performance by the Young Neptune Company! It is sure to be a crowd pleaser!



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Summertime in the Garden

Do you have children 6 – 12?  If so, bring them to the family area of the Gardens on Wednesday mornings in July and August for a combination of activities, games, stories and workshops.

Parks Canada staff will provide Learn to Camp sessions July 26, August 16 and August 23.  Each Wednesday will include fun games for kids as well as a Learn To activity that is unique to that week.  Parents are encouraged to stay close by and if they choose can participate in the Learn To skill building activities.

Family Picnics

Look no further for the best picnic spot in downtown Halifax - we welcome families to bring picnics and enjoy the Family Lawn (located at the Spring Garden and Summer Streets area). The Family Lawn provides space where children can run and play. Otherwise, please use the established pathways rather than the grass to enjoy the garden vistas.


Puppets in the Gardens 

Join us on Thursday, July 6 for "Puppets in the Gardens" put on by Mermaid Theatre! 

Click here to learn more about the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Dates for Children's Programs 

Every Tuesday, 10:30am                Story Time 

Every Thursday, 10:30am               Story Time

July 5                    10:00 – 12:00                      Seek and Find

July 12                  10:00 – 12:00                      Victorian Toys (paper dolls, bring a doll,                                                                              toy; Victorian picture board

July 19                  10:00 – 12:00                      Scavenger Hunt

July 26                   10:00 – 12:00                      Learn to Bio Blitz (Species Identification                                                                             Games) Parks Canada Staff

                               1:00 – 3:00                         Learn to Bio Blitz cont’d

August 2              10:00 – 12:00                       Tall Ships andPirates (pirate hats,                                                                                      knots, face painting)

August 9              10:00 – 12:00                        Drumming with Children

August 16            10:00 – 12:00                        Learn to Set Up a Campsite (Parks                                                                                     Canada Staff)

August 23            10:00 – 12:00                      Camping (Parks Canada Staff)

August 30            10:00 – 12:00                      Storytellers


Other Events of Interest to Children

June 24                 10:00                                    Musical Sneak Peak – Peter Pan                                                                                        Shakespeare by the Sea

July 6                     10:00 – 12:00                      Puppet Workshop – Mermaid Theatre                                                                                (20 maximum)

July 22                   11:00                                    Rising Stars – Young Neptune                                                                                           Company

                               12:45                                   Rising Stars – Young Neptune                                                                                            Company

August 19               11:00                                   Rising Stars – Young Neptune                                                                                            Company

                                1:00                                    Rising Stars – Young Neptune Company

September 16        11:00                                    My Side of the Country - Neptune

                               1:00                                     My Side of the Country – Neptune