By Trevor J. Adams
As school kids delight in spring break, Halifax offers lots of family friendly entertainment options throughout the month—science, art, championship sports and more.
The province’s largest gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street, marks March Break with day camps from March 16 to 20, allowing young aspirants to learn in the studio from established local artists. Advance registration is required; surf to www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca. And throughout the year, the gallery offers free admission on Thursday evenings, while Sunday is family day, with special exhibitions, in-studio activities and concerts.
GOING FOR GOLD
•A month of championship sports action begins with the Halifax Rainmen competing in the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs. This minor-pro development league features fast-paced, high-scoring action. Playoff schedules weren’t available at press time. Check TicketAtlantic.com for home-game times.
•Coming to Halifax for the first time, the CIS University Cup runs from March 12 to 15. The Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street hosts as Canada’s top men’s university hockey teams battle for the national title.
•Drawing loyal, raucous fans from around the globe, the World Men’s Curling Championship at Scotiabank Centre, is sure to be a lively affair. Top curlers, including many Olympic veterans, compete for the sport’s crown in internationally televised action from March 28 to April 5.
A trip to the movies is the ideal way to pass a blustery winter day. Cineplex Theatres has cinemas around the city. The mother ship is Scotiabank Theatre on Chain Lake Drive. It boasts daily matinees, an arcade and the city’s only Imax theatre. You’ll also find Hollywood hits and made-in-Canada fare in Lower Sackville, Dartmouth Crossing and downtown Halifax at Park Lane. Also in Halifax on Oxford street, you’ll find a single-screen Cineplex Theatre, the last of the city’s old-time movie houses, specializing in screenings you won’t see elsewhere.
Hands-on science activities abound at the Discovery Centre on Barrington Street. Learning disguised as fun is the philosophy here, as kids play with interactive exhibits and take in live science shows and field trips. Check thediscoverycentre.ca for details on March break day camps and special events.
DAY AT THE MUSEUM
Just in time for March break, the Museum of Natural History hosts a new visiting exhibit. Continuing through the month, Dinosaurs Unearthed features dinosaur skeletons, animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and more. On the shores of Halifax Harbour on Lower Water Street, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is always a favourite. Learn about pirates, the world wars, the glory days of sail and much more. Surf to maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca for details on special events and March break programming.