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post #21 of 39
cool! maybe i'll drop in and meet some of you this monday. off to check the link...

ETA: noticed that the LLL meetings are in the evenings. not good for me, unfortunately any other playgroups/meets going on?
post #22 of 39
We have been attending the Sackville LLL meetings for ages and there are lots of AP and extended nursers there. My dd is 31 months and I have a 2 month old, both are still nursing. As for play groups we attend a playgroup at Vineyard Church in Sackville. They have a huge indoor play space with lots of play houses, slides, ride ons etc. It is 2$ and they have a place you can buy a snack if you forget to pack one It is Wed and Thurs mornings from 9-11. I'm not sure about ap moms but I see lots of nursing moms and gentle parenting.
post #23 of 39
Thread Starter 
Nice to "meet" you all! I'm sorry I'm not on the computer very often, and sadly we were hit quite badly by the flu here so I didn't make it to the LLL meeting last week. We're off to Montreal for a few weeks (me and the boys - yay!), but when the weather gets nice, perhaps we should consider organising a meeting at a local playground during the day!

Oh, and I have been to the Sackville playgroup- it is indeed a lot of fun, but my 3-y-o is going through a weird phase now where he refuses to go anywhere except the playground and the grocery store . Fun.
post #24 of 39
meeting IRL would be great. looking forward to it.

we've been to the sackville playgroup a few times as well. i find now that my 4 yo doesn't have as much fun there as he did when he was younger. there's a whole lot of younger kids there and there's just no kids his age any more. it's a great outing for those bleak months though.
post #25 of 39
You know - I know alot of people like the Ice Cream church playgroup... But there is another in Sackville that may not be as fancy, but it's very open and free. It's also very small and since half of the children on any given day come from my home, it's at least half AP right?

Every Monday morning at 9:30am at the Sackville Legion. It's on the Sackville Cross Roads, just down from the library. Close to Corbin's Automotive.

Anyhow, it's totally free, and although it's done now until after Easter, I have a good time each week

Others are welcome!
post #26 of 39
Hi everyone,
We are moving to Halifax in June and are looking for advice on where to live. We have never been there and don't know where to start. We always live downtown in the cities we have lived in. We need to be walking distance to parks. library and groceries for sure and a farmers market near by would be a big plus. Is Dartmouth a nice area to live? I heard that the ferry is an easy way to get downtown Halifax.
I have a 3 1/2 yr old son and a 18mth daughter so I'm sure we will be out to that Toddler LLL meeting that was mentioned earlier.

Also looking for homeschooling groups or other homeschoolers with simularly aged kids.
post #27 of 39

Where to live in Halifax

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post #28 of 39
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We have been attending the Sackville LLL meetings for ages and there are lots of AP and extended nursers there. My dd is 31 months and I have a 2 month old, both are still nursing. As for play groups we attend a playgroup at Vineyard Church in Sackville. They have a huge indoor play space with lots of play houses, slides, ride ons etc. It is 2$ and they have a place you can buy a snack if you forget to pack one It is Wed and Thurs mornings from 9-11. I'm not sure about ap moms but I see lots of nursing moms and gentle parenting.
Hmmm... Another tandem mama? I feel like I know who you are but I'm not certain. PM me?
post #29 of 39
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Hi everyone,
We are moving to Halifax in June and are looking for advice on where to live. We have never been there and don't know where to start. We always live downtown in the cities we have lived in. We need to be walking distance to parks. library and groceries for sure and a farmers market near by would be a big plus. Is Dartmouth a nice area to live? I heard that the ferry is an easy way to get downtown Halifax.
I have a 3 1/2 yr old son and a 18mth daughter so I'm sure we will be out to that Toddler LLL meeting that was mentioned earlier.

Also looking for homeschooling groups or other homeschoolers with simularly aged kids.
Hi Mamawithstars,

I I'm a Dartmouth girl and recently moved back after living in another part of the province for a while. Dartmouth has some nice spots that are very accessible to Halifax. Downtown Dartmouth has several nice facilities - a library with a great children's section, a few restaurants, community centers, theater, and even a Farmers Market. (Not as old, large or picturesque as the Halifax one but nice and less crowded - the Halifax market is not too far from the ferry landing.)

A few areas you might consider are:

The area just to the left of the MacDonald bridge coming from Halifax, right around Pelzant Street. Not the most high end but has character, and a lot of kids and young families. A great playground and not too far from the family center.

Also, the "flower streets". Tulip, Dahlia, Rose - the streets crossing them are pine, maple, etc. This might be slightly more expensive but there are flats there and it is close to the library and Sullivan's pond park.

There is also an area of houses between Ochterlony Street and the Commons, right downtown, that is nice if you can find something.

Up Pleasant or Portland Street, not right downtown but around Hawthorn, is nice.

One place you might consider if you are willing to take a temporary place is these apartments. They might be slightly farther than you would like to be, but they are not far from the Pelzant street area I mentioned. They aren't exciting, but they are kept up pretty well and aren't loud, and I think they do month to month leases.

If you decide on Halifax, North end is the most affordable but only some parts are nice.

There is a group on yahoo called HomLearnersNS you might like to look at. We will be just starting homeschooling with my daughter this fall, though we've been doing a little reading work.
post #30 of 39

we're officially moving to Halifax!

So, DH is officially accepted to Dal, so we'll be moving to Halifax for August 1st().

Now, to find a job and a place to live....

I hope it all turns out well. Ideally I'll get a teaching job close to the university and we can all be local and keep life simple. If not, we might just find the cheapest place we can find on a month-to-month basis until I know where I'll be working, then settle into a place that works for us all (Dh going to Dal, DS going to school, and me teaching).
post #31 of 39

A place to stay?

DS and I will be coming to Halifax on July 24th/25th to look for a place to call home for August 1st. DH may come with us if our family back here is willing to load up the trailer, otherwise he'll stay back to load up all of our stuff and meet us there for the first.

We've been looking into camping or hotels for the week, but I got to thinking if someone has a room to spare it might be nice to meet some folks out that way and get any tips you might have (beats trying to do it all on my own).

We can talk about re-compensation if you're interested in having us. Let me know what you think if you might be interested and we can follow up.
post #32 of 39
My friend has a basement apartment. They had some long term tenants that left in December and they are doing renos to it to upgrade and rent it out again. It has a separate entrance, full bath, kitchen and 2 bedrooms. She backs onto a closed lake in Dartmouth. If you're interested in short term, I could see if she'd be willing to let it out and how much she'd want in rent for the time. There are no beds or anything though. I might have a connection to borrow a queen sized air bed in a bag (off the ground on a frame type) along with other stuff you might need.
post #33 of 39
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My friend has a basement apartment. They had some long term tenants that left in December and they are doing renos to it to upgrade and rent it out again. It has a separate entrance, full bath, kitchen and 2 bedrooms. She backs onto a closed lake in Dartmouth. If you're interested in short term, I could see if she'd be willing to let it out and how much she'd want in rent for the time. There are no beds or anything though. I might have a connection to borrow a queen sized air bed in a bag (off the ground on a frame type) along with other stuff you might need.
That would be lovely if you could look into it (and who knows, maybe we'd stay!?). We have an air matress so no worries there. I'd be comfortable paying about $40/night.
post #34 of 39
Thread Starter 
So I met Wookie IRL!!! Totally a fluke, considering our boys went to the same preschool and we play at the same playground all the time. Nice to know you, wookie! Anyone else up for a playground meeting?
post #35 of 39
We'll be arriving Wednesday afternoon (and booked up with rental-viewings Wednesday evening). We can come to a park near you...DS will need to run off as much steam as possible!
post #36 of 39
Thread Starter 
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We'll be arriving Wednesday afternoon (and booked up with rental-viewings Wednesday evening). We can come to a park near you...DS will need to run off as much steam as possible!
where are you looking, eirual?
post #37 of 39
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So I met Wookie IRL!!! Totally a fluke, considering our boys went to the same preschool and we play at the same playground all the time. Nice to know you, wookie! Anyone else up for a playground meeting?
It really was neat, the way we`d been unknowingly crossing paths, eh mamadedeux. We`ve been on vacation last couple of weeks but would love to meet up with you guys any time now that we`re home. Pm me or I`ll prolly see you at our usual indoor haunt!
post #38 of 39

Halifax for young family

I, too, would like information about moving to Halifax (from the States). We have 2 yo and 4 yo boys. I would be working at Dalhousie and husband would be staying at home w/boys, at least initially.

We are looking for a walkable, bike-able city with great parks, good public schools and lots of things for preschool and early school-aged boys to do. We love good restaurants, good coffee and farmer's markets.

Does Halifax fit the bill?
post #39 of 39
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I, too, would like information about moving to Halifax (from the States). We have 2 yo and 4 yo boys. I would be working at Dalhousie and husband would be staying at home w/boys, at least initially.

We are looking for a walkable, bike-able city with great parks, good public schools and lots of things for preschool and early school-aged boys to do. We love good restaurants, good coffee and farmer's markets.

Does Halifax fit the bill?
Halifax is very walkable. Opinions on bikes vary - drivers are not always that respectful. It depends somewhat where you are biking.

There are some nice parks throughout the greater Halifax area, and overall it is a city with decent amounts of green space and trees.

Public schools are fairly good, there doesn't, I think, tend to be the large variations there can be in American public schools. Nova Scotia does give less funding than some other provinces to education though. All in all, they are comparable to American schools.

There are a fair range of restaurants in Halifax these days, though not so many really fine dining places - the population isn't large enough for a lot of them. There are a number of Farmer's Markets - the old Brewery Market, which is the oldest in North America; the new market which just opened in a "green" building on the waterfront - this one is open throughout the week - and a number of smaller local ones. (I go to the Dartmouth market just across the harbour from the peninsula.)


Dalhousie has a lovely campus with some nice old buildings. I have a couple of friends who work there and they seem fairly happy, though I think a lot depends on the department.
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