A new month is upon us and the shortest month of the year has fun events for the whole family! February kicks off with Groundhog Day and Shubie Sam is making his prediction of whether we can expect spring to arrive soon, or if winter will be sticking around for 6 weeks. We also have lots to celebrate in February including African Heritage Month, Valentine’s Day, and Nova Scotia Heritage Day. There are many exciting exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the city, check out our list of Family-Friendly Exhibitions in HRM to see our favourites.

With the days getting longer and winter in full swing, February is the best month to get out there and enjoy the wintery outdoors. Grab your skates and head to the Oval, or if we ever get any snow, hop on a toboggan and check out the best places to sled the afternoon away!

Here is our month-at-a-glance which highlights some of the family-friendly events in February and if you are looking for upcoming events, the Family Fun Halifax calendar is continually being updated with the latest news. Also, each Wednesday, we publish our ‘Weekend Roundup’ – family-friendly Halifax events for the upcoming weekend. Happy February, everyone!

Dinosaur Exploration (February 2-June 23): Imagine walking among giants from a time long gone. That’s exactly what families can do at the Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit, “Dinosaur Exploration”.

DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN Halifax Light Show(February 1- March 20): DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN is the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s series of vivid light shows and installations around Downtown Halifax. It includes colourful light projection shows that help light up our dark winter nights.

African Heritage Month Events (February 1-29): The 2024 theme for African Heritage Month is ‘Our Smiles, Our Joy, Our Resilience as African Nova Scotians,’ which encapsulates the enduring spirit and resilience demonstrated by people of African descent throughout the centuries in our province.

Dine Around Halifax (February 1-29): During the month of February, you and your family can enjoy some of the city’s best culinary creations with meals starting at only $10! Enjoy new restaurants and try new menus curated by local chefs throughout Halifax!

February Events at Ross Farm (February 3-25): Want a great way to embrace these Atlantic winter days?  This February, Ross Farm has multiple events to help you enjoy winter, including snowshoe making, straw hat braiding, a winter frolic and more.

Family Friendly Valentines Day Events and Date Night Ideas ( Feb 11-14): Whether you decide to celebrate your love for your friends, love for your kids, or love for a special someone, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate LOVE! We have collected some of our favourite events happening in HRM for you and your family, and we threw in a few fun date ideas just in case you have a babysitter and you want to live it up!

Sackville Snow Days Festival (February 16-19): Celebrate winter by building a snow sculpture, colouring an icy scene, and exploring the business district to complete an outdoor scavenger hunt! Grab a bite from a participating restaurant for your chance to win dinner, courtesy of the Sackville Business Association.

Nova Scotia Heritage Day Family Events (February 19): Check back for events going on around HRM in celebration of Nova Scotia Heritage Day!

Halifax Convention Centre Invites You to Welcome Weekend (February 25): Bring the whole family along for a lineup of fun that’ll knock your socks off including tunes from some of Nova Scotia’s top musicians, yummy treats, bouncy castles and more.

Don’t forget, in addition to the events above, there are lots of ongoing activities at these great Halifax attractions:
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Discovery Centre, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Museum of Natural HistoryAfricville Museum, Halifax LibrariesArt Gallery of Nova ScotiaShearwater Aviation Museum, Ross Farm Museum, and Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.

Be sure to visit our calendar for current events happening in your community. Have a fantastic February everyone!