March Break 2019: Canada at Play!

March 16, 2019 to March 24, 2019
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax

Daily programs between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (Sundays between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.)

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is hosting crafts, films and fun this March Break! Complementing the travelling display Canada at Play: 100 Years of Games, Toys and Play, staff and volunteers will be exploring the contrasts and connections between modern games, toys and sports and the traditional activities enjoyed by children and their families over the years.

Activities will include historical boardgames, crafts and the opportunity to learn Morse Code from volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club. Activities and demonstrations will also include an exploration of virtual reality, ranging from old school stereoscopes and View-Masters to modern VR technology (available on select days).

Saturday March 16

Crafty Corner

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run throughout the day, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Would you like to learn a new language made up of dots and dashes? Until satellites were fired into orbit, we relied on Morse Code to send messages around the world. Volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be here to teach you how to send your own name in Morse Code AND you’ll get a certificate too!

 

Boat Races  

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm– 4:00 pm

We’re off to the races!  The boat races, that is!  Join us at the Racer Table for some competitive fun!  Choose your boat and track and with a little help from our “wind”, see who will be the winner of the race!

 

Nautical Board Games

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

First League LEGO Robotic Demonstration

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join the Nova Scotia Community College for a LEGO Robotics demonstration and learn what makes these little marvels go. Instructors will be demonstrating how to construct and program a LEGO robot using a PC. Visitors will then have an opportunity to assemble, program and test the active movement of their small LEGO robot. Come explore, build and experiment!

 

Sunday March 17

Crafty Corner

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run continuously throughout the afternoon, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Would you like to learn a new language made up of dots and dashes? Until satellites were fired into orbit, we relied on Morse Code to send messages around the world. Volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be here to teach you how to send your own name in Morse Code AND you’ll get a certificate too!

 

Boat Races  

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’re off to the races!  The boat races, that is!  Join us at the Racer Table for some competitive fun!  Choose your boat and track and with a little help from our “wind”, see who will be the winner of the race!

 

Nautical Board Games

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

Monday March 18

Virtual Reality

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Staff from Nearby Planet VR will be here so you can explore:

Step right up to VR Funhouse and enter a virtual carnival full of fun and games. Be an archer with flaming arrows. Test your skill shooting skeet targets blasted from a cannon. See how many moles you can punch, whack, and much more.

You can also see some “old school” VR including View-Masters and stereoscopes! (First come, first serve. Space is limited).

 

Crafty Corner

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run continuously throughout the day, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

10:00 am – 4:00pm

Would you like to learn a new language made up of dots and dashes? Until satellites were fired into orbit, we relied on Morse Code to send messages around the world. Volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be here to teach you how to send your own name in Morse Code AND you’ll get a certificate too!

 

Boat Races  

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’re off to the races!  The boat races, that is!  Join us at the Racer Table for some competitive fun!  Choose your boat and track and with a little help from our “wind”, see who will be the winner of the race!

 

Nautical Board Games

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

Waltes

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Waltes is a traditional Mi’kmaq dice game played using a shallow wooden bowl and a set of flat dice. The dice are rolled by striking the bowl against a flat surface to flip them over, and a set of sticks are used to keep score. We invite you to join Aaron Prosper to participate in a game of Waltes and learn more about the Mi’kmaw myths surrounding the Waltes dish.

Aaron Prosper is a Mi’kmaq university student from Eskasoni First Nation, currently in his fifth year of the Bachelor of Science neuroscience program and President of the Dalhousie Student Union, the first Indigenous person ever to hold the position at Dalhousie.

In addition to his scholarly research interests, he is also an avid researcher in historical Mi’kmaq culture, language, and traditions, and participates regularly in community cultural gatherings throughout the Maritimes and New England States.

 

Tuesday March 19

Virtual Reality

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Staff from Nearby Planet VR will be here so you can explore:

Step right up to VR Funhouse and enter a virtual carnival full of fun and games. Be an archer with flaming arrows. Test your skill shooting skeet targets blasted from a cannon. See how many moles you can punch, whack, and much more.

You can also see some “old school” VR including View-Masters and stereoscopes! (First come, first serve. Space is limited).

 

Crafty Corner

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm– 4:00 pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run continuously throughout the day, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Would you like to learn a new language made up of dots and dashes? Until satellites were fired into orbit, we relied on Morse Code to send messages around the world. Volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be here to teach you how to send your own name in Morse Code AND you’ll get a certificate too!

 

Nautical Board Games

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

Boat Races  

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’re off to the races!  The boat races, that is!  Join us at the Racer Table for some competitive fun!  Choose your boat and track and with a little help from our “wind”, see who will be the winner of the race!

 

Wednesday March 20

Virtual Reality

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Staff from Nearby Planet VR will be here so you can explore:

Step right up to VR Funhouse and enter a virtual carnival full of fun and games. Be an archer with flaming arrows. Test your skill shooting skeet targets blasted from a cannon. See how many moles you can punch, whack, and much more.

You can also see some “old school” VR including View-Masters and stereoscopes! (First come, first serve. Space is limited).

 

Crafty Corner

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run continuously throughout the day, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Would you like to learn a new language made up of dots and dashes? Until satellites were fired into orbit, we relied on Morse Code to send messages around the world. Volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be here to teach you how to send your own name in Morse Code AND you’ll get a certificate too!

 

Boat Races  

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’re off to the races!  The boat races, that is!  Join us at the Racer Table for some competitive fun!  Choose your boat and track and with a little help from our “wind”, see who will be the winner of the race!

 

Nautical Board Games

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

Waltes

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Waltes is a traditional Mi’kmaq dice game played using a shallow wooden bowl and a set of flat dice. The dice are rolled by striking the bowl against a flat surface to flip them over, and a set of sticks are used to keep score. We invite you to join Aaron Prosper to participate in a game of Waltes and learn more about the Mi’kmaw myths surrounding the Waltes dish.

Aaron Prosper is a Mi’kmaq university student from Eskasoni First Nation, currently in his fifth year of the Bachelor of Science neuroscience program and President of the Dalhousie Student Union, the first Indigenous person ever to hold the position at Dalhousie. In addition to his scholarly research interests, he is also an avid researcher in historical Mi’kmaq culture, language, and traditions, and participates regularly in community cultural gatherings throughout the Maritimes and New England States.

 

Thursday March 21

Virtual Reality

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Staff from Nearby Planet VR will be here so you can explore:

Step right up to VR Funhouse and enter a virtual carnival full of fun and games. Be an archer with flaming arrows. Test your skill shooting skeet targets blasted from a cannon. See how many moles you can punch, whack, and much more.

You can also see some “old school” VR including View-Masters and stereoscopes! (First come, first serve. Space is limited).

 

Crafty Corner

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run continuously throughout the day, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Would you like to learn a new language made up of dots and dashes? Until satellites were fired into orbit, we relied on Morse Code to send messages around the world. Volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be here to teach you how to send your own name in Morse Code AND you’ll get a certificate too!

 

Boat Races  

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’re off to the races!  The boat races, that is!  Join us at the Racer Table for some competitive fun!  Choose your boat and track and with a little help from our “wind”, see who will be the winner of the race!

 

Nautical Board Games

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

Friday March 22

Virtual Reality

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Staff from Nearby Planet VR will be here so you can explore:

Step right up to VR Funhouse and enter a virtual carnival full of fun and games. Be an archer with flaming arrows. Test your skill shooting skeet targets blasted from a cannon. See how many moles you can punch, whack, and much more.

You can also see some “old school” VR including View-Masters and stereoscopes! (First come, first serve. Space is limited).

 

Crafty Corner

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run continuously throughout the day, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

10:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Would you like to learn a new language made up of dots and dashes? Until satellites were fired into orbit, we relied on Morse Code to send messages around the world. Volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be here to teach you how to send your own name in Morse Code AND you’ll get a certificate too!

 

Boat Races  

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’re off to the races!  The boat races, that is!  Join us at the Racer Table for some competitive fun!  Choose your boat and track and with a little help from our “wind”, see who will be the winner of the race!

 

Nautical Board Games

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

Saturday March 23

Crafty Corner

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run continuously throughout the day, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Would you like to learn a new language made up of dots and dashes? Until satellites were fired into orbit, we relied on Morse Code to send messages around the world. Volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club will be here to teach you how to send your own name in Morse Code AND you’ll get a certificate too!

 

Nautical Board Games

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

Sunday March 24

Crafty Corner

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come experience a crafty way to play! There are crafts available every day for children of all ages that bring your imagination to reality. Create unique toys inspired by 100 years of Canadians at play or make your own board game to enjoy with family and friends.  

 

Warehouse Theatre

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tales, History, Adventure and Vintage fun for everyone! Delve into the rich films of the Nova Scotia Archives and National Film Board of Canada! Films will run continuously throughout the day, stop by for a few minutes or an hour … it’s up to you.

 

Nautical Board Games

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Board games are something we’ve all played, but did you know that sailors played them at sea as well? Join museum interpreters for a variety of board games, both new and familiar, from cribbage to nine men’s morris.

 

This spring, we are is hosting a travelling display called Canada at Play: 100 years of Games, Toys and Play. This is a travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibit celebrates historical games, toys and sports equipment from our past. Celebrating this tradition of play will be at the heart of our March Break program.

With our admission ($11.85 for a family) you’ll be able to explore our galleries and try your hand at a variety of fun games and activities while exploring the contrasts and connections between modern games, toys and sports and the traditional activities enjoyed by children and their families over the years.

Activities will include historical boardgames, crafts and the opportunity to learn Morse Code from volunteers from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club. Events and demonstrations will also include an exploration of virtual reality, ranging from old school stereoscopes and View Masters to modern VR technology. (select days)

You can also grab your sou’wester and oilskins and visit our historic William Robertson and Sons Ship Store and invoke the age of the famous schooner Bluenose by exploring our Days of Sail Gallery.

Vintage films will be shown throughout the day in Warehouse Theatre. Please check the daily in-house schedule when you arrive to see which movies are playing.

Follow us on Twitter  Facebook and Instagram for more information, fun photos and news happening during March Break, and don’t forget to share your March Breaks experiences with us!

 

For additional information:
Richard MacMichael
902-424-8897
Richard.macmichael@novascotia.ca