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Things to Do With Kids in Halifax

Things to do With Kids in Halifax

Things to do With Kids in Halifax: see Theodore!

Things to do With Kids in Halifax: See Theodore!
Kids’ reactions are always priceless when they stroll down Cable Wharf and see the giant smiling tugboat in the big red hat. Theodore Too is a loving life-sized re-creation of the eponymous Theodore Tugboat of PBS fame. Hop on board for a tour that lets your kids live the Big Harbour adventures they’ve seen so many times on television.
• Theodore Too Big Harbour Tours, Murphy’s Cable Wharf,1751 Lower Water St., 902-492-8847, theodoretugboat.ca
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Family Travel Q&A with Corinne McDermott of Have Baby Will Travel

Corinne with her kids in Cuba.

Corinne McDermott started her website for travelling families, Have Baby Will Travel, out of her own frustrated attempts to find travel info for parents with babies and toddlers while planning a trip with her young daughter.

The site is for parents of infants, toddlers and small children. Though McDermott calls it a “work in progress,” it includes a wealth of tips—everything from how to sterilize bottles in a hotel room to where to rent a stroller in the Italian Riviera—plus articles by Corinne and guest writers and trip reports from around the world, sent by real moms and dads. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Fun and Funky Holiday Gift Ideas

Now that we’ve officially hit December, the countdown is on. In just a few weeks, you’ll have tons of pretty presents under the tree. To make getting there a little easier, we’ve highlighted a few gift ideas that you can snag for someone on your list (including those out-of-towners), or use for inspiration. Happy hunting!

Black doesn't mean basic with this Empreinte bra.

Lingerie is a classic, and for good reason. Take the time to give your girl something she’ll love from Brachic (service is top-notch, so feel free to ask for help and suggestions). Along with higher-end brands like Empreinte (featured), Prima Donna, and Andres Sarda, this boutique has an extensive range of sizes (A to N with band sizes 28 to 46), as well as colours, materials, and fits. Thank us later. 433 Richmond Rd., 613-321-0401.

Hot Shopping: Delightful Dishes for Kids

Wean Cubes are cute and eco-friendly.

Take a page from celebrity parents and get yourself the Wean Cubes, a set of eco-friendly baby food containers from Canadian company Wean Green. These cute dishes — which were featured in one of the pre-Academy Awards gifting suites — are made from durable glass and come with an airtight seal, plus their cool factor alone should earn them a place in your diaper bag. $25-$28 for set of four. Available at Red Chair Kids, 1318 Wellington St. W., 613-798-5437, and Tag Along Toys, 499 Terry Fox Dr., 613-270-8697.

Hot Shopping: Fun Popsicle Moulds

Robot Popsicle Mold

Nothing says summer like popsicles, and now you can make your own delicious treats with the adorable Cuisipro Snap-Fit Popsicle Moulds. Just fill up the plastic containers with your flavour of choice (pudding, yogurt, juice, ice cream, or anything else your heart desires) and freeze. Even better, it’s no muss, no fuss for your kids because of a drip-catching handle. Comes in three styles: a robot (featured), a sailboat, and a rocket. $9.99 for a set of six. Available at Ma Cuisine, 269 Dalhousie St., 613-789-9225.

Cover Feature: Top Summer Attraction 2011

The Children's Museum is Where Winnipeg magazine's Top Summer Attraction 2011. Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

It took nine months of thoughtful planning and construction, and just over $10M in funding. The result? A dozen new and revamped permanent galleries at the Children’s Museum guaranteed to encourage laughter, playtime and learning. These big renovations were revealed just in time for the museum’s silver anniversary. While all those facts and figures are impressive, what really matters to its most precious audience is the fun factor. Here are some highlights that have kids buzzing, earning this family fun spot Where Winnipeg magazine’s 2011 Attraction of the Year.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

1. Lasagna Lookout

No need to worry about spilled spaghetti sauce or sticky fingers at the Lasagna Lookout play structure as little ones interact with a favourite food in an unexpected way. The shrieks and giggles begin as the race is on up five ‘kid-sized’ storeys to the top of this jungle gym. Elements of Italian cuisine are cleverly integrated throughout the structure. Scurry through plastic macaroni tubes and climb through cheese holes, while hunting for red, foam tomatoes hidden throughout. These coveted tomato treasures are destined for jumbo-sized pasta sauce bins on ground level. Along the way, gigantic rubber meatballs triple the size of your head dangle from the roof, providing endless opportunity to punch, fall and duck these obstacles. An incredible bird’s eye view of the colourful gallery delights, and of course a wave to the pin-sized adults down below is part of the excitement. The yellow cube at the bottom creates a frenzy as foam ‘spaghetti’ noodles thread through holes in the wall to create a maze of fun patterns.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

2. Pop M’Art

‘Shop’ till you drop for the zaniest art supplies that stretch the imagination in this artistic zone. Part of the thrill comes from stepping on tip toes and peeking into multiple wooden bins to see what materials are destined to be the next hot piece of art. The stock is always changingplastic sippy cup lids, strips of foam, confetti and old register ribbon are diverted from waste and given new life. Long communal tables are creative hotbeds as kids work their wizardry with scissors, glue, crayons and paper.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

3. Illusion Tunnel

Picture a giant slide covered in a rainbow of colour blocks—black, white, blue, purple, yellow and orange. Kids relish the wind in their hair and the blur of colours as they slide down over, and over, and over again. At second glance, the tunnel looks like a giant smiley face from the front. The slide is the mouth and a flight of stairs up to two plastic bubble window lookout points—the eyes—offer another fun top-level view.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

4. Tumble Zone

Grab your most trusted pals for some serious teamwork in construction. Build your own unique cityscape using working toy cranes and lightweight, soft foam pieces that sub in for traditional building blocks. Caregivers are often called on to help place that final, satisfying brick on top. Of course, half the fun is knocking it all down and starting over again.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

5. Milk Machine

Cowabunga! A larger-than-life, hulking cow illustration appears to keep a watchful eye from the corner of the museum. Walk around to the other side of the wall and be amazed at a mind-boggling web of interconnecting plastic tubes, representing the process that milk travels from cow to carton. Here, only one tube is hooked up to a giant milk carton. It’s up to curious minds to solve the puzzle and direct white, fluffy pompoms and handkerchiefs to the final carton destination using blasts of air. Flick dials to find the correct route. Alter the air flow path and it sends the pompom zooming through tubes before it’s spit out and lands on tiny busy bodies below.Fun facts about dairy farming are written on interactive panels throughout.

Photo by Jeff Lowell.

6. Engine House

A prominent fixture in the Children’s Museum, this powerful train engine built in 1952 sets the playful stage. Get an  up-close-and-personal view of the gears, levers and pulleys that make a real train run in Engine House. Futuristic flashing blue, red, yellow and green lights take this train into the 21st century. A tiny tunnel running underneath the 100-year-old pullman car gives little ones an advantageous short-cutadults have to walk through or around the train to reach the other side.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

7. The Characters

The galleries aren’t the only interactive features in the museum. A playful, colourful cast of six costumed characters engage visitors with the galleries even further, calling on kids to help with quests. The loud and proud museum mayor loves to boast about the gallerybut he tends to lose his key, It’s up to guests to explore and hunt the hidden treasure down. The curious field trip kid asks precocious questions for additional knowledge and lots of laughs. Characters rotate every day, so adventures are always changing.

Magic and Make Believe

Step through a pint-sized gate into a secret garden where soaring imaginations create a thrilling land of play. The new Nature Playground boasts a whimsical troupe of musical frog topiaries, a sand and water play area, a range of colourful rubber mountains, willow tree tunnels, basket swings, net bridges and more. Joyous shrieks from little ones echo off tree trunks while caregivers keep an eye on the action from nearby garden seating. The Nature Playground is open year-round and located west of the Assiniboine Park Pavilion and south of the Duck Pond.