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Screen-Free Week May 2-8, 2016

We love technology in our home! We are all gamers and enjoy the convenience of all our screens and devices. But we also enjoy a good power outage now and then.

The power goes out a little too often around here sometimes. When my kids were younger, as soon as the power went out they would burst into a flurry of activity. They eagerly gathered candles, started the fire in the woodstove, and gathered water from the pool (if it wasn’t frozen) so we could flush our toilets. A power failure can still be a fun time now that my kids are 12 and 17 – every one enjoys reading, playing boardgames together, and keeping the fire going if it’s cold outside.

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Screen-Free Week May 2-8, 2016

You can experience the fun without the inconvenience of a power outage. Screen-Free Week has been celebrated every year since 1995. Join in this year and get your child to turn off the TV, video games, computers, cell phones, and devices to celebrate the magic of being unplugged!

Children today often spend too much time glued to screens and this can lead to health and behaviour problems. Just think of how little your kids are playing outside compared to when you were a kid! So encourage your child to get some outside time, read, explore, and play this week! You may want to print off a certificate of achievement for them at the end of the week. And consider taking some screen-free time yourself as a parent.

Enjoy some of these Screen-Free Week ActivitiesDownload the official Organizer’s Kit. Check out this Screen-Free Week infographic for more information and ideas and go to Screen-Free Week on Facebook this week for more inspiration and ongoing support.

What is your favourite screen-free activity in your home or homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below to give other parents ideas!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Grade 8 Free Parks Pass 2016

It’s spring – a great time to get outside and enjoy Parks Canada’s beautiful and educational parks and historical sites! If your child is in Grade 8 (Secondary 2 in Quebec), they can get a free pass!

Grade 8 Free Parks Pass

Grade 8 Free Parks Pass 2016

“My Parks Pass” is available for all Grade 8 students and gives them free admission to over 200 Parks Canada parks and historical sites for a full year (valid until April 30, 2016).

By showing their “My Parks Pass”, they can also obtain an instant discount for the entire family by purchasing a daily family or group pass. The “My Parks Pass” enables you to purchase an annual park or historic site pass, or a Parks Canada Discovery Pass at a discount!

We took advantage of this deal when our son was in Grade 8 and he was quite proud that he was the reason we were able to enjoy some great family outings. We had fun going to the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, and more as a family, as often as we liked for a whole year. I highly recommend that once you have your child’s “My Parks Pass” that you take advantage of one of the family annual passes, for adventures the entire family can enjoy!

Public school students receive their passes at school with their class, but homeschool parents can request a student kit through the Parks Canada National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or through email at [email protected]

What Parks Canada parks and historical sites will you visit with your Gr. 8 child? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2016

Looking for Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2016? Check out these camps and activities for your kids to enjoy on the mainland!

Nova Scotia summer camps 2016

Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2016

Kids Bowl Free all summer across the province! Visit Kids Bowl Free for more information.

HALIFAX/DARTMOUTH AREA

Alderney Landing Art Camps
Dartmouth
Ages 6-12; $200
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
July 4-8: The Queen Bee – Theatre camp
July 11-15: The Art of the Fantastical – Art camp
July 18-22: Stories About Snakes – Theatre camp
July 25-29: The Circus! Art camp

Artech Summer Camps
Shambhala School, 5450 Russell Street, Halifax AND Veith House, 3115 Veith Street, Halifax
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. $279-$359 per week.
State-of-the-Art fun and high-Tech creativity. For kids age 6 to teens.
Choose from Animation, Minecraft, Movie Production, and more!
July 4 – September 2nd – tap on website link above for more details

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Summer School of the Arts
July 4 – August 26
Week-long half-day classes: Non-members $130.00 per week; Gallery Members $117 per week. Fees include all art materials.
For ages 5-7 and 8-12
Animals, mythical creatures, wearable art, journals, and more!
Register in person at the AGNS Gallery South Information Desk or by phone with credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard only) at 424-5280 during regular Gallery hours.

Athletics & Recreation Camps at Dalhousie University
All summer long, July 4-September 2nd for ages 5-17
Choose from Active Kids, Badminton, Climbing Camps, Lacrosse, Lifeguard, Leadership, Fencing, Shakespeare by the Sea, and more!
Click the link above for more info.

Atlantic Cirque – School of Circus Arts
Halifax
Summer Camps – for ages 5-6, 7-12, and 13-17
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm $275; 5-6 year olds = 2 day camps only $110
June 27 through August 19
Trampoline, juggling, stilts, human pyramids, trapeze, and more!
Classes and Workshops also available. See link above for details.

Coding Camp at the NSCC
June 27 – Tech Explorer Camp
July 4 – Minecraft Level 2
July 11 – Coding Girls
July 18 – Minecraft Adventure Camp
July 25 – Junior Robotics
August 2 – Mobile Game Maker

Discovery Centre
Halifax
6-12 year olds; 9am-4:30pm; $205/week; $185 for multiple weeks/children; MEMBERS: $190/week; $180 for multiple weeks/children
Seven weeks of Summer Science Camps to choose from July 4 through Aug 26
To register online, tap the link above.

French Language Camps
June 6-10 – FrancoForum – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
July 10-16 – Nautical Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 10-16 – Sea Kayak Adventure Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 4-8 – Camp Chocolat I – St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Halifax
July 11-15 – Camp Chocolat II
July 18-22 – Camp Chocolat III
July 18-22 – Camp du Soleil I – Dartmouth Sportsplex
July 25-29 – Camp du Soleil II
August 1-5 – Camp Artistique, Barton, Digby County
August 21-27 – Camp de la Baie – Bayside Camp, Third Pond, Sambro Head

Mad Science Summer Camp
Halifax/Dartmouth
Ages 5-12
Hours (9am-3:30pm): $195/week, Extended Hours (8:30am-4:30pm): $35/week or $10/day extra, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $115/week, Half Day Extended Hours: (8:30am-12pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm): $15/week or $5/day extra
July 4-8 – Crazy Chemists (Hammondd Plains Community Centre, Halifax)
July 11-15 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School, Halifax)
July 11-15 – Flight Academy in French (Shambhala School)
July 18-22 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
July 25-29 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
August 2-5 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
August 8-12 – Flight Academy (Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth)
August 15-19 – Secret Agent Lab (Woodlawn United Church)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to [email protected]

The Nova Scotia Sea School
Halifax
Register for a 6-day ($695) or 7-day ($875) sailing expedition – AGES 14-18. No sailing experience is necessary. Tap the link above for more info.

NSCAD Summer Art Camps
Various Art camps available throughout the summer for various ages, 5 through 18, 8:30am-5pm.
For more info, click the link above.

SuperNOVA Camps at Dalhousie University
Camps for Grades 1-12
Cost from: $210-230 per week, 9am-4pm
Choose from: Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Oceans Combo, I.T.S. for Girls, and more
Contact: 902.494.6220 or [email protected]

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

Camp New Dawn – for Kids with Special Needs
Brigadoon Camps on Aylesford Lake
Camp See-Ya (blind and visual impairment): July 3-8
Camp Carpe Diem (epilepsy): July 10-15
Camp Braveheart (congenital heart issues): July 10-15
Camp JoinTogether (arthritis): July 17-22
Camp Kedooopse (bereavement): July 24-29
Camp Believe (parental mental illness): July 24-29
Camp Treasure Chest (asthma/anaphylaxis/respiratory): July 31-August 5
Camp Trailblazers (craniofacial/facial differences): August 7-11
Camp Lots-a-Wata (kidney disease): August 7-12
Camp Guts & Glory (Crohn’s and Colitis/IBD): August 14-19
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime (cancer):  August 21-26
Camp Silly Yak (celiac disease): August 28-September 2
Canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education
RSVP today at [email protected] or phone 1-888-471-5666 to register.

CANNING

Dance Summer Dance
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
August 14-26 for ages 12-18, $1100
Modern and Ballet.

FOREST GLEN

Forest Glen Bible Camp
July 6-9 Family Camp 1 – All Ages, cost varies by age
July 11-16 Teen Camp – Ages 13-18 $175
July 18-23 Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 $175
July 27-30 Family Camp 2 – All Ages, cost varies by age

KENTVILLE

Youth Theatre Camps
Centre Stage Theatre
$150 per week, Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Participants will learn stage skills such as voice, movement, character development and technical aspects.
July 4-8: Ages 5-8, Knee Deep Big Life in a Little Pond
July 11-15: Ages 8-12, Fairy Tale Mayhem
July 18-22: Ages 9-15, Eating Crow: The Pecking Order
July 25-29: Ages 8-12, Something Came Down
Aug. 1-5: Ages 5-8, Wizard of Oz
Aug. 8-12: Ages 9-15, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Aug. 15-19: Ages 8-12, Dogs, the Musical

LOWER SACKVILLE

Sackawa Canoe Club
Sackawa offers weekly camps July 4-August 19, Mon-Fri, $175 for 1 week or $325 for 2 weeks.
Introduces the sport of canoe/kayak racing . Water activities such as an introduction to kayaking/canoeing and swimming, and learn teamwork in the war canoe. Dryland activities include soccer, volleyball, and various co-operative games.
Contact [email protected] for more information.

MAHONE BAY

Youth Theatre Camp
Trinity United Church
July 4-8, Ages 7-12, The Worn Slippers
August 22-22: Ages 9-15, The Book of Time
Learn theatre skills including voice, movement, character development and auditioning skills; theatre games, team building activities and rehearsals for the final production.
Visit the link above or contact [email protected] for more information

POINTE-DE-L’EGLISE

French Immersion Camp at Universite Saint Anne
1 week camp for ages 10 and up, August 7-13
$259 tuition, $161 room, $156 meals – includes sports, socio-cultural activities

SAMBRO HEAD

Bayside Camp
Camps run all summer long, and are available for various ages, from
Grades 1 through 12
Tap the above link for more info.

THORBURN

Salvation Army Scotian Glen Camp
For ages 7-12
Holiday Camps, Moms & Tots Camps and Music & Gospel Arts Camps available
$210; Late Registration (After June 1) $230/person

WINDSOR

Mad Science Summer Camp
Ages 5-12
Hours (9am-3:30pm): $195/week, Extended Hours (8:30am-4:30pm): $35/week or $10/day extra, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $115/week, Half Day Extended Hours: (8:30am-12pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm): $15/week or $5/day extra
August 15-19 – Crazy Chemists (St. John the Evangelist Church, Windsor)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to [email protected]

YARMOUTH COUNTY

Learn 2 Camp
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Yarmouth County
July – Date TBA
$60 for up to four individuals, $10 for each additional child/adult,
maximum of 6 per campsite
A fun and informative camping experience for 16 families!
Email [email protected] or tap the link above to register

***Do you know of any other Nova Scotia summer camps 2016 on the mainland? Let me know and I’ll post them here***

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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2016 Cape Breton Summer Camps

Looking for 2016 Cape Breton Summer camps and activities to keep your child busy or enrich their Summer? Check out what’s happening across the island!

2016 Cape Breton summer camps

 

2016 Cape Breton Summer Camps & Activities

ARTS & CULTURE

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Creativity and Craft Camps
Sydney
Details TBA

Class Acts Drama School Summer Day Camps
Sydney
Registration June 18, 9am-3pm at the Southend Community Centre.
Schedule:
Improv 1 (age 9-12), July 4-8
A week of theatre game skills that conclude with a fun filled theatre games competition
Acting Primer (High School), July 11-15
A course in making choices: Script analysis, Character analysis, Objectives and Obstacles, Tactics, Physicalization, Staging a scene, Rehearsal techniques, Character Development, Emotional Expression and Response
Improv 2 (13+), July 18 – 22
This improv camp for older students will advance their skills in both short and long-form improvisation.
All camps run 9am – 3pm at the Southend Community Centre. The fee for each camp is $140 to be paid upon registration.

Fortress of Louisbourg
Louisbourg
The Fortress holds three camp-style programs for youth every summer. Must be a member – family membership is only $15 and you can buy a membership and register for programs online.
Children’s Program for ages 5-12. 5 days. Approx. $75
Dress up in 18th century clothing, eat period snacks, play period games, and more.
Youth Apprenticeship for ages 13-16. 5 days. Approx. $75
Must have completed one year in the Children’s Program. Dress in 18th century clothing and learn baking, soldiering, blacksmithing, gardening, cooking, lace making, fishing, music, craft making, or helping to supervise child animators (choose two).
Youth Fife and Drum Program for ages 12-16 with some experience playing the drum, fife, or flute. Audition required.

Savoy “Got Glee?” Summer Musical Theatre Program
Glace Bay
10 day camp, $350, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
July 4-15th, for ages 9-18
Directed by Gayle Lahey & Todd Marsh. Exposes students to modern music, movement, acting, and film! Students will also be rehearsing and preparing for a live musical theatre performance which will take place on the main stage of the Savoy Theatre on July 15th! Call 902-842-1577 to register.

SCIENCE

ACAP Cape Breton
Sydney p
Holds Eco Kids Day Camps every summer. Watch the website above for more info. or email [email protected]

CBU Science Camp
Sydney
Runs every year. For more information, contact [email protected]

SPORTS

Capers Summer Basketball Camps and Volleyball Camps
Sydney
Elite Player Development Camp: August 15-19, 9am-8pm for boys and girls entering grades 6-12, Day camper: $250; Residence Camper: $450
Capers Super Skills Camp: August 22-36, 9am-1pm or 9am-4pm for boys and girls entering grades 6+, Full Day: $200, Half Day: $150
Call CBU Athletics at 563-1277 or 563-1143.

CBU Camps
Sydney
Innovative Explorers Camp: July 6-10 for ages 8-11
Fun-Damentals Multi-Sport Camp in Sydney: July 13-17 for ages 4-12
Venture Fest Entrepreneurship: Aug 9-14 for Gr 10-12
Fun-Damentals Multi-Sport Camp in Sydney: Aug 10-14 for ages 4-12
Fun-Damentals Multi-Sport Camp in Cheticamp: Aug 17-21 for ages 4-12
Fun-Damentals Multi-Sport Camp in Inverness: Aug 24-28 for ages 4-12

Dream Stables Horse Camp
49 Oyster Cove Road, Main-A-Dieu
Details TBA

Potentials Yoga Camp
54 Prince Street, Sydney
Full day camp, 8:30am – 4:30pm, July 4th – September 2nd for kids 5 – 10 years.
$150 per child per week or $45 for daily drop in
Includes: swimming, outdoor activities, daily yoga sessions, arts and crafts, music, dance and so much more.
Contact Bev at [email protected] or 902 295-0414

Registration Dates
Monday May 30th 9am – 1pm and 3pm – 5pm
Monday June 6th 9am – 1pm and 3pm – 5pm

Redwood Stables
1806 Coxheath Road
Horseback riding – for more information contact Mona
[email protected]
539-5529

ZombieProof Martial Arts
Sydney
Ages 5-14, $25 per day
Call (or text Summer Camp): 902-371-3969

TECHNOLOGY

[email protected] Society of Cape Breton Technology Camps
For ages 8 to 13. 9am-3pm daily
Your child will get to work with cutting-edge technology education toys and learn fundamental concepts related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Register for a full week or for specific days: $30 per day or $120 for the week. Scholarships available: [email protected]

Coding Camp
Sydney
Ages 7-9 and 10-14
Six camps available. Each week is a mixture of learning and fun activities: building competitions and playing on servers. Every day students will get work on a STEM challenge and play games at a nearby park.
Click on the link above and then the Registration tab for more details and to register.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Cape Breton Bible Camp
June 10-12 – Little Leapers Camp (6-7 yrs) – $75
July 3-8 – Adventure Camp (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 10-14 – Discovery Camp (8-9 yrs) – $200
July 17-22 – Junior Teen  (13-14 yrs) – $250
July 24-29 – Skills Camp (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 31-Aug 4 – Explorer Camp (8-9 yrs) – $200
Aug 7-12 – Senior Teen (15-18 yrs) – $250
Sep 30-Oct 2 – Teen Retreat (13-18 yrs) – $75
Early Bird Rate of $220 if paid by May 15th
*check the website above for multiple child discounts

Camp MacLeod
2731 Trout Brook Road, Albert Bridge
Camp Registrar: 733-2560 (after June 24: 562-1085)
All camps are $135, and for additional children $110, $70 for Novice Camp
Junior Co-Ed (ages 9-11) July 4-10
Intermediate Co-Ed (ages 12-14) July 11-17
Junior Girls (ages 9-11) July 18-24
Novice Co-Ed (ages 7-8) July 25-28
Senior Co-Ed (ages 14-16) August 1-7
Intermediate Co-Ed #2 (ages 12-14) August 8-14
Junior Co-Ed #2 (ages 9-11) August 15-21
Intermediate Co-Ed #3 (ages 12-14) August 22-28

French Language Camp
June 19-25, ages 11-14 Canadian Parents for French
Sydney Camp at Camp MacLeod, Albert Bridge
Tap the link above for more information and to register

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
Stay overnight, or choose a day camp instead – everything from the Gaelic language to Highland dance, music, and weaving offered.
Ages 5 – adult

MISCELLANEOUS CAMPS & ACTIVITIES

Highland Village Programs
Wednesdays: Laithean Sona/Happy Days Chidren’s Living History Program
Take part in this special living-history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $30 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.
Thursdays – Na Deugairean/ The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth
Partake in this special living-history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $30 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.
Fridays – Spors/Fun Gaelic Games for Kids
Join us for a morning of interactive games that focus on language, song, dance and other aspects of Scottish heritage. Gaelic games such as Tunnag Tunnag Geadh, Duck Duck Goose, center on basic Gaelic vocabulary and phrases which are incorporated into fun and engaging games for children. Spors is for children aged 5-10. 10 am to 12 pm. Free admission.

Super Summer Day Camp
Not in operation this year, returning in 2017.

**Do you know about a Cape Breton summer camp or activity? Let me know and I’ll post it here!**

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Cape Breton March Break Camps 2016

What’s going on in Cape Breton for children and families during the March Break, March 14-18?

2016 Cape Breton March break camps

Cape Breton March Break Camps 2016

Basketball at CBU
CBU Sullivan Field House, Sydney
March 14-17, 9am-1pm
Ages 6-17
CBU Capers Men’s and Women’s basketball teams share their skills. Click on the link above or call Coach Matt at 902-563-1409 or Coach Fabian at 902-563-1874.

Cape Breton Centre For Craft & Design March Break Madness
Sydney
Madness #1 – Kids ‘N’ Screen Printing
Madness #2 – Kids ‘N’ Craft
Madness #3 – Kids ‘N’ Jewellery
Madness #4 – Kids ‘N’ Clay
Madness #5 – Kids ‘N’ Visual Narrative Artistry
Registration: Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register in person or by phone with credit card payment at 902 539 7491 ext 111. Space is limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. Deadline to Register is March 11, 2016.

Cape Breton Regional Libraries
Fun March Break activities typically take place at the McConnell Library in Sydney for children in grade Primary and up. For more information please call the library at 562-3161.

Dream Stables
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm, $350.
Everyone will have 2 lessons a day, covering Halter, Pleasure, Trail, Barrels, Poles, Reining, crafts, equine care and much more. Must bring your own lunch and snacks. Spots are limited.

Eye on the Environment March Break Camp for Teens
CBU, Sydney
FREE March 14-18, 9am-1pm.
Documentary photography, documentary blogging, ethnography, documentary film, and documenting the past.
Email [email protected] to register.

Gaelic College March Break Fun Camp
St. Ann’s
March 11-14, Ages 5-18
Registration on Friday, Camp runs Saturday through Monday
Gaelic language, song & drama, guitar, step & highland dance.

Level Up Dance Workshop
Dance Sync, Sydney
14th of March:
Juniors 10:00 – 11:00 Improv
Juniors 11:00 – 12:00 Hip Hop
Seniors 12:30 – 1:30 Hip Hop
Seniors 1:30 – 2:30 Salsa
15th of March:
Juniors 10:00 – 11:00 Latin Jazz
Juniors 11:00 – 12:00 Alternative Hip Hop
Seniors 12:30 – 1:30 Improv
Seniors 1:30 – 2:30 Salsa

Reaching Strides Equestrian Centre Horseback Riding Camp
Port Hood
March 14-16
Learn about horsemanship and riding while playing games and making friends. Call 902-870-1583.

Sing: Vocal Boot Camp
New Dawn CSI (formerly Holy Angels), Sydney
March 16-18, 10am-3pm, Ages 12 and up
$150 per person ($50 of which is due March 1st)
A 3 day intensive stage performance program. For aspiring singers, actors, dancers, and storytellers. Yoga, movement, dance, vocal production, diction, visualization, body work, and master classes, with a concentration on auditioning and peak song-delivery.

March Break Daze at Ski Ben Eoin
Ben Eoin
March Break Day Camps for ages 6+
March 11-20th, 9:30am – 2:30pm
1 day=$55, 2 days=$100, 3 days=$135
call: 902-828-2804

Soccer at the CBU Dome
Sydney
Age 7-16
Play soccer games, work on drills, and enjoy the Soccer Nova Scotia skills challenge. Click on the link above or call 902-564-1222.

Town House March Break Activities
Glace Bay
March 14-18, 8:30am-3:30pm
$20 per day; $80 per week. Family rates available.
To register, call 902-849-2449.

Yoga at I Feel Great Yoga
Tapestry Yoga Studio, 440 George St, Sydney
March 14-18
Ages 6-14, daily from either 10-12 noon or 1-3pm for $70.00
Learn interactive fun poses for coordination and confidence and to be peaceful and in control with breathing and meditation practices. Create a mural with other kids and engage their imagination with visualization and art practices.

White Out Urban Snowboard Competition
Sydney Waterfront
March 19th, Noon – 9pm
An exciting, free, winter event for all ages. Snowboarders, get ready for a one of a kind experience on the Sydney Waterfront with lots of opportunity to WIN BIG! For everyone else, go to the waterfront for an exciting event with live music, sledding, and watching the talented snowboarders doing what they do best.


Do you know of a Cape Breton March Break Camp I’ve missed? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!

Click here for mainland Nova Scotia March Break camps.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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2016 Nova Scotia March Break Camps

2016 Nova Scotia March break camps

2016 Nova Scotia March Break Camps

What’s going on for children and families during March Break on the mainland, March 14-18th?

ART

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Halifax
In-Gallery Activities
March 14-18. Pre-registration required: 902-424-5280
For ages 3 to teen

Ross Creek March Break Art Camps
Canning
For ages 5-16. Camps run March 14-18 from 9am-5pm and are $65 per day or $295 for all 5 days of fun. Lunch and snacks provided at no extra cost. Bus service is an additional $15 per day or $60 per week.

CODING

Artech Studios MARCH BREAK CAMPS!
Halifax – Shambhala School
March 14-18, 9am-4pm. $339 + HST
All Things Mario & Minecraft for Ages 8-12
Minecraft & Beyond! for Ages 11-16
Artech Camps are all about getting creative with technology! All programs tap into campers’ creativity and incorporate the use of new media. It’s this blend of creativity and technology that makes Artech Camps so unique.

MISCELLANEOUS

Creative Kids Education Centre March Break Art Camps
Hammonds Plains
8:45am-3:45pm. Themed portion of camps is 9am-noon. Optional childcare from 7am until 6pm at no extra charge. Full week $150; Half day $100; Single day $32
March 14-18.
Choose from:
Young Campers (6 and under), March Mindcraft Madness, Star Wars Party, and Building-mania themes.

THR!VE Education
Dartmouth
A unique and enriching March Break experience.
March 14-18 for polite, eager kids in grades 4-7 (and their younger siblings in grade 3)!
Cost: $445; Monday to Friday, 9:00-5:00, with flexible drop-off and pick-up times. All lunch meals and healthy snacks included.
2 exciting full day outings (trampolines, indoor rock climbing, special restaurants and several hours of meaningful community service with The Salvation Army). Dynamic and interactive guest presenters (think African drumming, aerial fire trucks and Sable Island horses). A “THR!VING in Learning and Life” dream board workshop, and more!
Contact Wendy at 902-223-9023 or [email protected] to register.

March Break at the Ross Farm Museum
New Ross
March 12-18
Each day of March Break will have a theme relating to the farm. As always there will be lots of hands on activities for everyone to enjoy and crafts that everyone can participate in throughout the day. Hot chocolate will be served. Weather permitting, there will be sleigh rides.
Saturday 12th ~ Tasty Treats
Sunday 13th ~ Traditional Skills
Monday 14th ~ Spring Time on the Farm
Tuesday 15th ~ For the Birds
Wednesday 16th ~Tasty Treats
Thursday 17th ~ St Patrick’s Day
Friday 18th ~ Easter
For more information, contact Joan Lenihan at 1-902-689-2210 or
1-877-689-2210 or [email protected]

YMCA Day Camps
All Across Nova Scotia – contact the YMCA near you, or click on the link above

March Break Activities at Your Local Library
See your local library branch for what’s happening in your area or click on the link above.

SCIENCE

Discovery Centre March Break CampsHalifaxMarch 14-18
Digging Dinos
A prehistoric adventure set 65 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and pterodactyls soared the skies. Unearth new discoveries in this week-long day camp and come face to face with a terrifying, flesh-eating Tyrannosaurus rex named Sue!
Ages 6-12. Registration: $180 non members; $165 members

Digital Discovery March Break Camp
Explore the ever-changing world of digital technology, from robotics, video game development, to drone technology. This industry led camp, in partnership with Digital Nova Scotia, aims to build the next generation of technology leaders!
Ages 9-12. Registration: $275 non members; $250 members

SPORTS & RECREATION

Dalhousie University Day Camps
Halifax
March 14-18 for kids and teens, ages 6-14
Climbing Camp
Ages 7-15. Members: $265; Non-members $295

Mount Saint Vincent University March Break Camp
Bedford
March Madness For Primary through Grade 6
March 14-18, 8am-5:30pm
$37 per day or $155 per week per child

Soccer Nova Scotia Annual March Break Camp at SNSTC
Halifax
March 14-18, 9am-noon. Ages 9-12. $145

**Do you know of an activity that I have missed? Let me know and I will add it to the list. Thanks!**

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Happy Back to the Future Day! #BTTF2015

Back to the Future Day
It’s Back to the Future Day! Why? Because this is the day, Wednesday, October 21, 2015, that Marty McFly arrived (from 1985) in Doc’s time machine in the movie, Back to the Future 2!

Back to the Future Day

Happy Back to the Future Day!

Are you celebrating today in your homeschool? We are getting started by watching the entire Back to the Future trilogy together, which we own on DVD because we are big fans! We are also dressing up a bit, just for fun. My daughter is donning a pink top and pink tutu much like one of the girls in the 2015 diner in Back to the Future 2. I am dressed up in cowboy style garb a la Back to the Future 3. For supper, we are having meatloaf, which is what Marty was served by his grandparents when he travelled back to 1955.

We have been having a lot of fun discussing everything Back to the Future 2 got right about 2015. We have video chat, thanks to Skype and FaceTime. We also have such a thing as phone glasses – Google Glass – although they haven’t taken off in the mainstream market. Sadly, there are no flying cars, but there are hover board prototypes!

If you don’t own the movies, check out your local Cinexplex movie theatre for the #BTTF2015 Event. In many locations, they are showing the first two movies in the trilogy today and all three movies on Sunday. Unfortunately, we have schedule conflicts, or we would be at the theatre for sure!

So, whether you dress up, bake the jailbird cake from the first movie, or just have fun discussing the 50s, 80s, and today as shown in the trilogy, have fun enjoying Back to the Future Day in your homeschool! If you’re looking for more ideas to celebrate today, check out this Back to the Future party board on Pinterest that I stumbled across.

What are you up to in celebration of Back to the Future Day? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Sock Knit-Along: Vanilla Latte Socks

Fibre Friday

Fibre Friday: Sock Knit-Along

It’s been a while since I shared anything for Fibre Arts Friday! I have been busy knitting and spinning. Today, I’ll share what I’ve been working on since the beginning of July; I’ve been taking part in a local knit-along!

Vanilla Latte Socks

sock knit-along
We’ve been meeting every week to knit these socks at our local yarn store, The Bobbin Tree. The pattern we’ve been using is a free, online pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks. It’s a simple pattern, so it’s a good one to start with if you’ve never knit socks before. I am using this yummy, 100% merino super wash yarn from The Bobbin Tree, but you can knit with any sock yarn.

I love knitting socks! They knit up rather quickly and are a great portable project. I spent some time knitting these socks while I was waiting to renew my licence at Access Nova Scotia.

Here is my first, completed sock. I used the eye of partridge style heel for the first time and I love how it turned out:
knit-along
 
Some others in the group are working with self-striping or variegated yarn, which looks fantastic. However, the eye of partridge heel isn’t as visible as it is here, with a solid colour yarn.

If you would like to knit these socks, I have a couple of Vanilla Latte errata for you. First, after you’ve finished your ribbing and move onto the pattern, start on pattern row 2 instead of row 1. Second, when you reach the heel flap, shift your stitches around on the needles so your heel flap starts and ends with a garter stitch on either side.

What are you knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, or sewing this week? Please share!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Canada Day Things to Do, Places to Go

O Canada! There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day! Here are some Canada Day things to do and places to go to mark this annual occasion with your kids in your home and homeschool.

Canada day things to do

Canada Day Things to Do, Places to Go

About Canada Day

Start with a brief history of Canada Day – the birth of Canada as a nation on July 1, 1867 at DLTK’s Growing Together. You’ll also find a Canadian Trivia Game to play along with songs, crafts, Printables, and recipes.

Patriotic Canada Day Snacks

Mmmm … yummy snacks for your kids to make for Canada Day! All you need are skewers and yummy red and white treats! Creative Mama on a Dime:

Things to Do on Canada Day

Canada Day Events gives us a great list of Canada Day things to do, wherever you are in Canada, from going to the beach to attending a citizenship ceremony.

Canada Day Activities & Crafts for Preschool & Kindergarten

First-School gives us this great collection of Canada Day activities, crafts, lesson plans, and colouring pages for young children.

Canadian Crafts

Kindergarten, preschool, and elementary crafts, maps, and more from Enchanted Learning.

Canada Puzzles for Kids

Canadian crosswords, word searches, quizzes, jigsaw puzzles, and more at About.com

Canada Paper Quilt Craft

Canada paper quilt craft and preschool lesson plan printable activities for Canada Day.

Free Canada E-Book

Check out this free downloadable Canada E-Book.

Canada Day Activities Across Nova Scotia

Are you in Nova Scotia? Check out local activities and events on the Event Page!

Need more ideas? Check out the other Canada Day resources bloggers across Canada have shared at The Canadian Homeschooler!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015

Looking for Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015? Check out these camps and activities for your kids to enjoy on the mainland! Know of a camp I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!

nova scotia summer camps 2015

Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015

Kids Bowl Free all summer across the province! Visit Kids Bowl Free for more information.

HALIFAX/DARTMOUTH AREA

Alderney Landing Art Camps
Dartmouth
Ages 6-12; $200
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
July 6-10: Pop! Goes Your Art!
July 20-24: Art Goes Viral!

Artech Summer Camps
Shambhala School, 5450 Russell Street, Halifax AND in South Shore at Lahavre Fire Hall, 50 School Road, Lahavre
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. $279-$339 per week.
State-of-the-Art fun and high-Tech creativity. For kids age 6 to teens.
Choose from Animation, Manga, Robots vs. Zombies, Minecraft,  Game App Design, Movie Production, and more!
$269-337 per week – June 29 – August 7 – tap on website link above for more details

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Summer School of the Arts
Art Express for ages 3-4
Kids Art Classes for ages 5-7 and 8-12
Special Teen Workshops for ages 12 and up
Full or half-day classes. Week-long Classes: Non-members $130.00 per week for half-days; $260 for full-day classes. Gallery Members $117 per week for half-days; $235 for full-day classes. (+ HST for all classes). Fees include all art materials.
Register in person at the AGNS Gallery South Information Desk or by phone with credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard only) at 424-5280 during regular Gallery hours.

Athletics & Recreation Camps at Dalhousie University
All summer long for ages 5-17
Choose from Active Kids, Badminton, Climbing Camps, Lacrosse, Lifeguard, Leadership, Fencing, Shakespeare by the Sea, and more!
Click the link above for more info.

Atlantic Cirque – School of Circus Arts
Halifax
Summer Camps – for ages 5-6, 7-12, and 13-17
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm $275; 5-6 year olds = 2 day camps only $110
June 29 through August 21
Trampoline, juggling, stilts, human pyramids, trapeze, and more!
Classes and Workshops also available. See link above for details.

Discovery Centre
Halifax
6-12 year olds; 9am-4:30pm; $205/week; $185 for multiple weeks/children; MEMBERS: $190/week; $180 for multiple weeks/children
Eight weeks of Summer Science Camps to choose from June 29 through Aug 28
To register online, tap the link above.
French Language Camps
July 3-8 – FrancoForum – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
July 12-18 – Nautical Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 12-18 – Sea Kayak Adventure Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 7-11 – Camp Chocolat I – Kaye Street United Church, Hydrostone, Halifax
July 13-17 – Camp Chocolat II – Kaye Street United Church
July 20-24 – Camp Chocolat III – Kaye Street United Church
July 27-31 – Camp Chocolat IV – Kaye Street United Church
July 13-17 – Camp du Soleil I – Dartmouth Sportsplex
July 20-24 – Camp du Soleil II – Dartmouth Sportsplex
August 3-7 – Camp Fran-tastique, Barton, Digby County
August 24-29 – Camp de la Baie – Bayside Camp, Third Pond, Sambro Head

Mad Science Summer Camp
Halifax/Dartmouth
General Hours (9am-3:30pm): $195/week, Extended Hours (8:30am-4:30pm): $35/week or $10/day extra, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $115/week, Half Day Extended Hours: (8:30am-12pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm): $15/week or $5/day extra
July 6-19 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School at 5450 Russell St, Halifax)
July 13-17 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
July 20-24 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
July 27-31 – Secret Agent Lab (Bridgeway Academy at 3 Valleyford Ave, Dartmouth)
August 10-14 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School)
August 17-21 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to [email protected]

The Nova Scotia Sea School
Halifax
Register for a 6-day ($695) or 7-day ($875) sailing expedition – AGES 14-18
Youth 6 Day Adventure at Sea: August 8-13 or August 15-20
Youth 7 Day Coastal Adventure: Choose from: July 3 to 9th or August 23 to 29th
No sailing experience is necessary

NSCAD Summer Art Camps
Various Art camps available throughout the summer for various ages, 5 through 18.
For more info, click the link above.

SuperNOVA Camps at Dalhousie University
Camps for Grades 1-12
Cost from: $180-230 per week, 9am-4pm
Choose from: Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Oceans Combo, I.T.S. for Girls, and more
Contact: 902.494.6220 or [email protected]

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

Camp New Dawn – for Kids with Special Needs
Brigadoon Camps on Aylesford Lake
Camp See-Ya (blind and visual impairment):  June 30-July 5, 2015
Camp Carpe Diem (epilepsy): July 5-10, 2015
Camp Braveheart (congenital heart issues):  July 5-10, 2015
Camp JoinTogether (arthritis): July 12-17, 2015
Camp Kedooopse (bereavement):  July 19-24, 2015
Camp Treasure Chest (asthma/anaphylaxis/respiratory): July 26-31, 2015
Camp Trailblazers (craniofacial/facial differences):  August 2-6, 2015
Camp Lots-a-Wata (kidney disease): August 2-7, 2015
Camp Guts & Glory (Crohn’s and Colitis/IBD): August 9-14, 2015
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime (cancer):  August 16-21, 2015
Camp Silly Yak (celiac disease): August 23-28, 2015
Canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education
Contact Sally Banks: 902-422-3387, [email protected]

FOREST GLEN

Forest Glen Bible Camp
July 8-11 Family Camp 1 – All Ages, cost varies by age
July 13-18 Teen Camp – Ages 13-18 $175
July 20-25 Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 $175
July 29-Aug 1 Family Camp 2 – All Ages, cost varies by age

KENTVILLE

Youth Theatre Camps
Centre Stage Theatre
$150 per week, Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Participants will learn stage skills such as voice, movement, character development and technical aspects.
July 6-10: Ages 5-8, Peter Pan (Waiting list only)
July 13-17: Ages 7-10, The Worn Slippers
July 20-24: Ages 4-6, A Little Bull
July 27-31: Ages 8-12, The Battle of Burp Street
Aug. 3-7: Ages 9-15, Thumbelina
Aug. 10-14: Ages 6-9, How the Pea Came to Be
Aug. 17-21: Ages 7-11, Fleeced (Waiting list only)

LOWER SACKVILLE

Sackawa Canoe Club
Sackawa offers weekly camps, Mon-Fri, $175 for 1 week or $325 for 2 weeks.
Introduces the sport of canoe/kayak racing . Water activities such as an introduction to kayaking/canoeing and swimming, and learn teamwork in the war canoe. Dryland activities include soccer, volleyball, and various co-operative games.
Contact [email protected] for more information.

MAHONE BAY

Youth Theatre Camp
Trinity United
Ages 8-15, August 10-14, 2015
Learn theatre skills including voice, movement, character development and auditioning skills; theatre games, team building activities and rehearsals for the final production.
Visit the Facebook link above or call 902-624-0024 for more information

POINTE-DE-L’EGLISE

French Immersion Camp at Universite Saint Anne
1 week camp for ages 10 and up, August 1-8
$259 tuition, $161 room, $156 meals – includes sports, socio-cultural activities

SAMBRO HEAD

Bayside Camp
Camps run all summer long, and are available for various ages, from
Grades 1 through 12
Tap the above link for more info.

THORBURN

Salvation Army Scotian Glen Camp
For ages 7-12
Holiday Camps, Moms & Tots Camps and Music & Gospel Arts Camps available
$210; Late Registration (After June 1, 2015): $230/person

YARMOUTH COUNTY

Learn 2 Camp
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Yarmouth County
July 18-19 (Registration Deadline: July 7)
$60 for up to four individuals, $10 for each additional child/adult,
maximum of 6 per campsite
A fun and informative camping experience for 16 families!
Email [email protected] or tap the link above to register

***Do you know of any other Nova Scotia summer camps 2015 on the mainland? Let me know and I’ll post them here***

Click here for 2015 Cape Breton Summer Camps & Activities.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly