Ten things to do over Christ­mas break

The South Shore is full of ways to keep the kids en­ter­tained

South Shore Breaker - - Page Two - HEATHER LAURA CLARKE ed­i­[email protected]­breaker.ca

Christ­mas Eve is the first of­fi­cial day of your child’s hol­i­day break from school, which means they shouldn’t start feel­ing cooped up and bored un­til, oh, Box­ing Day?

It might feel like a very, very, long time un­til school starts up again on Jan. 3, but we’ve got you cov­ered!

From rosy-cheeked fun in the chilly win­ter air to in­door ac­tiv­i­ties like bowl­ing, crafts, and mu­seum-hop­ping, we’ve got 10 sug­ges­tions that will keep ev­ery­one en­ter­tained ...

1. Where’s the fire?

If you want to get in out of the cold, you’ll warm up quickly at the Fire­fight­ers’ Mu­seum of Nova Sco­tia in Yar­mouth (451

Main St.). You can check out the dif­fer­ent types of fire en­gines used from the 1800s to the 1930s — in­clud­ing hand-op­er­ated mod­els like Canada’s old­est horse-drawn steam en­gine — and imag­ine what it must be like to run bravely into the hot smoke of a burn­ing build­ing.

The mu­seum is open Mon­days through Fri­days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Satur­days from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $5 per adult, $3 per child/teen (chil­dren un­der six are free) and $4 for se­niors, or $10 for a fam­ily with school-aged chil­dren.

2. Get frosty!

Yar­mouth Recre­ation re­cently shared the great idea of fill­ing bal­loons with wa­ter and food colour­ing and putting them out­side — or in your freezer — un­til they freeze solid. Re­move the bal­loon and you’re left with some very cool gem-like orbs for dec­o­rat­ing your lawn or turn­ing into a frozen sculp­ture.

You can also turn it into a sci­ence ex­per­i­ment as you de­ter­mine how cold the

wa­ter needs to be in or­der to freeze.

3. Glide and twirl.

Grab your skates and head for the Yar­mouth Mariners Cen­tre (45 Jody Shel­ley Dr.), which holds a fam­ily skat­ing ses­sion Sun­days from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Kids aged 7-12 can skate on their own from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and teens can skate from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ad­mis­sion is $4 per adult, $3.50 for se­niors 55+ or youth over 14, $3 for chil­dren ($2 if they’re un­der five years old) and $10 for a fam­ily of four or more. If you get to­gether and come as a group of 10 or

more, it’s just $3 per per­son.

4. Hit the play­ground.

Just be­cause it’s freez­ing out doesn’t mean the play­ground’s closed! Bun­dle ev­ery­one up in their snow­suits and head to an out­door playspace like the neat nat­u­ral play­ground in Ma­hone Bay (63 Clair­mont St.).

5. Go for a dip.

Bring your swim­suits and tow­els to the YMCA of Yar­mouth (275 Main St.) for a com­mu­nity swim on Satur­day (Dec. 22 and Dec. 29) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., or 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or on Sun­day (Dec. 23 and Dec. 30) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s just $3 for non­mem­bers.

While the pool will be closed Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day, those with lit­tle ones can sneak it a par­ent/tot swim on Christ­mas Eve and New Year’s Eve between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

6. Get your farm on!

When was the last time you vis­ited Ross Farm? It’s open year­round and full of things to see and do, so it’s a per­fect chance of scenery for bored fam­i­lies over Christ­mas break. Dur­ing that long stretch between Box­ing Day and New Year’s Eve, drive over to

Ross Farm Mu­seum (4568 Hwy. 12 in New Ross) to learn more about the province’s rich agri­cul­tural his­tory.

They’re open Wed­nes­days through Sun­days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $10 per adult, $8 per se­nior or univer­sity/col­lege stu­dent (with stu­dent ID), $4 per child (any­one five years old or younger gets in for free), or $25 for a fam­ily. Psssst, bonus sav­ings alert! Ad­mis­sion is free for ev­ery­one on Sun­day morn­ings between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

7. Fri­days are for splash­ing.

Did some­one say FREE SWIM? The Lunen­burg County Life­style Cen­tre (LCLC) in Bridge­wa­ter

(135 N Park St.) has once again part­nered with the Govern­ment of Nova Sco­tia to of­fer a weekly free swim on Fri­day nights from 6 p.m. un­til 8 p.m.

This spe­cial event in­cludes the lap pool, the play pool and the ther­apy pool, so ev­ery­one can en­joy their pre­ferred spot for swim­ming, splash­ing or re­lax­ing.

8. Get cre­ative.

Need to get out of the house? We hear you! Luck­ily, the Mar­garet Hen­ni­gar Li­brary in Bridge­wa­ter (135 N. Park St.) is all set to wel­come fam­i­lies over the Christ­mas break.

Even on days when they don’t have ac­tiv­i­ties sched­uled, branch co­or­di­na­tor Kather­ine Sharp says you can ask for craft sup­plies at the desk. She used to be a teacher and loves set­ting chil­dren up with cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing their time at the li­brary.

9. Go on a scav­enger hunt. Li­braries across the South Shore are run­ning a colour­ing con­test as well as a fun scav­enger hunt through Dec. 23. Head over to the Alean Free­man Li­brary in Green­field (5060 Hwy. 210), the Lunen­burg Li­brary (97 Kaulbach St.), the Mar­garet Hen­ni­gar Li­brary in Bridge­wa­ter (135 N. Park St.) or the Thomas H. Rad­dall Li­brary in Liver­pool (145

Old Bridge St.) to take part. Kids who fin­ish the hunt re­ceive a book as their prize!

10. Throw a strike.

Bowl­ing is fun for peo­ple of all ages, even if you’re so small you need to bend over and roll the ball between your legs. (Actu- ally, some­times that ends up work­ing well and the tod­dler wins.)

Head to a lo­cal bowl­ing al­ley, like Bowl-more Lanes in Bridge­wa­ter (240 Duf­ferin St.), Brunswick Lanes in Yar­mouth (80 Brunswick St.), Pajo’s Bowl­ing Al­ley in Lunen­burg (79 Vic­to­ria Rd.), Swans­burg's Bowl­ing Al­ley in Shel­burne (155 Mowatt St.) or Wil­son's Bowl­ing Cen­ter in Digby (312 War­wick St.) to bowl a few strings with the whole fam­ily. Bonus points if you all get per­fectly-sized shoe rentals on the first try!

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