Enlist your Kids in the Army! Hands-on Adventure with A Soldier’s Life at The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

A Soldier's Life, Parks Canada program at the Halifax Citadel. Photo by Debbie Malaidack

Photo: Debbie Maladaick

Who says history can’t be fun?  To experience history hands-on, I dispatched two very special envoys to check out A Soldier’s Life, now in its fourth year at the Halifax Citadel and Historic Site. With a strong sense of adventure and a keen interest in military history, my Godson and his brother, aged 8 and 10, were eager recruits. Plus, like so many of us in Halifax, they have a strong family connection to the military. Now it was their turn to sign up!

First, the young recruits signed their enlistment papers. They had the choice of different uniforms based on jobs including Artillery, Bagpiper, and Drill.

A Soldier's Life at the Halifax Citadel

Photos: Debbie Maladaick

During the exclusive tour, the children looked down on life at the busy Halifax Citadel. The guide was amazing: very knowledgable, and really great with the kids.  She welcomed curiosity and always had the answers.

A Soldier's Life at the Halifax Citadel

Photo: Debbie Malaidack

Together, the group raised a flag to send a coded message – just like soldiers did in 1869!

A Soldier's Life at the Halifax Citadel

Photos: Debbie Maladaick

And how can you be a Highlander without learning to play the drums?

A Soldier's Life at The Halifax Citadel

Photos: Debbie Malaidack

They experienced what school was like for a soldier’s family…

A Soldier's Life at the Halifax Citadel

Photo: Debbie Malaidack

…and finally, got a chance to learn about the defence systems of the Citadel. That’s right, the BIG guns!

A Soldier's Life at The Halifax Citadel

Photos: Debbie Malaidack

As an added bonus, the morning  program ended with the firing of the famous Halifax noon canon. What a blast…literally!

Halifax Citadel A Soldier's Life

Photo: Debbie Malaidack

After the tour, families are welcome to roam the Halifax Citadel, join another guided tour (one leaves each hour), visit the exhibits, have a snack in the cafe, or browse the gift shop.  You could easily spend most of the day at the world-famous Halifax Citadel, before venturing into Downtown Halifax to explore the rest of our beautiful city.

A Soldier’s Life is suitable for children ages 6-12 years old. There are two sessions per day, and the sessions last about 90 minutes.  Not to be confused with the adult program, Soldier for a Day, this tour is for kids only, although parents are more than welcome to tag along, have some fun and take photos – just like we did!

A Solider’s Life at The Halifax Citadel 

When: July 2nd to August 31st, 2019
Time: Daily at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Note: You must purchase tickets at least 30 minutes prior
Where: Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Cost: $7.30 per child, plus park entry fees.
Duration: 90 minutes
Contact: 902-426-1990

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