Pirates, art and dance: what to do this March Break in Nova Scotia

If you're looking for fun activities for your children during March Break, there are plenty of options in Nova Scotia.

The Charitable Irish Society will hold its 10th annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Halifax at 1 p.m. Sunday. 

The Museum of Natural History is hosting a series of special events in addition to its ongoing Here Be Dragons exhibit. With Science on a Sphere, staff will bring the night sky inside for Night Sky Stories scheduled throughout the week. The new tide tank will be the focus of Close Encounters of the Tidal Kind, while Scents and Sound explores some of the strange ways animals communicate.

Art for kids

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax has some spaces left on its March Break art classes, or you can drop by Wednesday or Thursday afternoon for Sketching in the Gallery, where a local artist will help kids explore their artistic side.

The Yarmouth AGNS will host a free event (registration needed) teaching how to use gesture drawing to create a body in motion on Sunday, March 19.

Also in Yarmouth, the Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia will host heritage hunts from March 13-17.

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is usually open only on weekends until mid-May, but it will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily during March Break. Special programs will teach visitors about black bears, foxes, animal tracks, swamp monsters and rocks and minerals.

At the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, kids are invited to "eat and dance your heart out" during March Break. Daily activities include a Peace by Chocolate workshop and tasting, Indian dance lessons, a workshop from the Rope Skipping Association of Nova Scotia, Capoeira lessons and Mongolian dance.

Feed the Ross Farm animals

The new Discovery Centre has a couple of camps focusing on tech skills like robot-building and video-game development, plus the visiting Science of Rock n Roll exhibit. 

At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the focus will be on the Arctic. Visitors will learn about crafts from the Canadian North, arctic winter games, underwater archeology, and the search for HMS Erebus.

Ross Farm Museum has special events planned for each day during the break, including learning traditional skills, a chance to do farm chores, try quill writing and feed the animals. 

In Birchtown, the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre will have games, crafts and treats for kids in grades P-6 on Wednesday, and fun and games for kids in grades 7-2 on Thursday. 

In Stellarton, the Museum of Industry promises real pirates, real parrots, and piles of plunder from March 11-19.