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