Presented by The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Get ready for tons of really great March Break Fun in Halifax and surrounding areas, including food workshops, crafts, activities, movies and outdoor adventures. Best of all, many of the events in our ultimate guide are reasonably priced, or even FREE! We’ll be updating this guide as we discover more fabulous family March Break events in Halifax, so make sure you check our calendar and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Concerts, Shows and Special Events
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the Halifax Charitable Irish Society, will be held on Sunday, March 11th at 1:00 pm. The route begins on Terminal Road and ends at Historic Properties.
A Visit with Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo: Join Little Ray’s for an educational and entertaining experience featuring some cool and scaly creatures! They will be at the Woodlawn Library on Monday the 12th (11:00 am), Musquodobit Harbour Library on Thursday the 15th (11:00 am), Shatford Library on Friday the 16th (11:00am) and Keshan Goodman Library on Friday the 16th (3:00 pm).
Magic Show: Prepare to be amazed by magician Tim Gavel! He’s at the Captain William Spry Library on Tuesday the 13th (11:00 am), Alderney Gate Library on Tuesday the 13th (2:30 pm) and the Sackville Library on Wednesday the 14th (3:00 pm).
Daily Events at The Library: There are over 100 FREE events at the Halifax public libraries, including movies, puppet shows, lego olympics, mad science demonstrations, music and much more. Search the library programming website to discover what daily events are happening near you. (Tip: use their side bar to search for “location”).
Museums and Galleries
March Break at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21: March Break at Pier 21 features different activities each day, including movement mornings and food workshops! There is also an exciting NEW activity where kids and families can get swept up in an immersive theatre-meets-escape-challenge called ‘In Time’! Activities are included with Museum admission.
Discovery Centre: There will be plenty of fun activities and exhibits to keep you busy at the Discovery Centre, including their newest exhibit, ‘Cats and Dogs’. Don’t forget, the Discovery Centre is FREE on Wednesday evenings!
Museum of Natural History: The current exhibit at the Museum of Natural History is Body Worlds! Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo will also be back at the Museum this year from March 3rd – 25th.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: Anchors Aweigh! Sail on down to the Maritime Museum this March Break, for different hands-on activities daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. You can also register for one of their family workshops (families with children ages 8+) on March 13th, 14th and 15th.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Family Sunday: On Sunday, March 11th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, work with clay, plasticine, and other materials to explore faces and figures, inspired by 3D art works in the gallery.
Sketching at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Drop-in for the afternoon Sketching in the Gallery program on Wednesday, March 14th or Thursday, March 15th. No registration – or prior drawing experience – required!
Argyle Fine Art: Come by for their first ‘Sketching Around’ day on Thursday, March 15th for all ages and levels, where they will be joined by a LIVE animal from Hope for Wildlife (possibly, Arielle the Owl).
Africville Museum: Explore local history and heritage at the Africville Museum at Seaview Park, Tuesday-Friday.
March Break Movies
March Break Movies at Cineplex: Cineplex has an awesome lineup of March Break movies, all for only $2.99, each weekday at theatres in Bayers Lake, Dartmouth Crossing and Lower Sackville.
Shubenacadie Wildlife Park: Go wild with a different Wildlife March Break activity at Subenacadie every day, from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at the DUC Greenwing Legacy Centre.
Hands-on Fun at Ross Farm: At Ross Farm, there will be a different theme each day with lots of hands on activities and crafts. Hot chocolate will be served. Weather permitting, there will be sleigh rides.
Wagon Ride n’ Hot Dogs at Hatfield Farm: Go into the woods for some inflatable fun and all the hot dogs you can eat at Hatfield Farm. Their Family Weekend Round Up departs three times a day over March Break.
Sugar Moon Farm: March means maple season! Register for the ‘Maple Magic’ Tour at Sugar Moon Farm, Earltown, Nova Scotia for a great day out and a sweet treat!
In the Retail World
Saturday Build at Home Depot: You can build your own ‘Periscope’ on Saturday, March 10th, as part of Home Depot’s regular monthly kids’ workshops, at Lacewood or Dartmouth Crossing.
Home Depot: At the Home Depot, there will be a different Kids Workshop every weekday from 10:00-12:00. Note- this is NOT a drop-in! You must register, either by phoning, or dropping by the customer service desk. There is a limited number of participants for each build.
Amos Pewter: If you visit Amos Pewter in beautiful Mahone Bay, you can finish and personalize your own pewter Sand Dollar and enjoy a tour of the Amos Pewter workshop. This is a great side-trip from Atlantica Oak Island Resort. There are workshops in Halifax too, at 1521 Lower Water Street. Cost is $5/person.
Kids Activities at Chapters: Chapters (Bayers Lake or Mic Mall Mall) has a FREE March Break activity each day of the week at 11:00 am. Phone to register.
Saturday Kids Club at Michaels: You can make your own ‘Foam Easter Eggs’ on Saturday, March 10th and ‘Easter Characters’ on Saturday, March 17th as part of Michaels regular weekly kids’ workshops, at Bayers Lake, Bedford Common and Dartmouth Crossing.
Michaels: Michael’s has a fun kids project every day between 10:00 am and noon.
Mastermind Toys: There will be different activities going on each day during March Break at both the Bayers Lake and Dartmouth Crossing locations. Join them at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm to join in on the fun. Registration required.
Have a Great March Break, Families!
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 resides in a National Historic Site where nearly one million immigrants arrived in Canada. A historic space, modernly renovated to hold exhibits, displays and opportunities to engage with history, in hands-on ways.
In the Pier 21 Story, wander through replicas of a ship’s cabin, dining lounge, immigration hall and a colonist train car. Rummage inside children’s packed trunks, read stories and try on period costumes to imagine what it would have been like as a newcomer to Canada.
In the Canadian Immigration Hall Exhibition, listen, see, smell and touch how waves of immigration influenced our multicultural country. Hear powerful stories in the Oral History Lounge and add your own to the digital Belonging Quilt.
Bring your comfy shoes and be prepared to spend a half-day of immersive learning and fun engagement. Check pier21.ca for special events for all ages planned year round.
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.