15 Family Day Weekend Activities Around Ottawa in 2016!
Get ready Ottawa! Many of the schools in the city are gearing up for a 4-day weekend to celebrating Family Day! No plans for this weekend? No problem! We have you covered with our guide of things to do and see around the city to make time fly by and have fun with your family.
Snowshoeing Under the Stars, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site February 12, 19 & 26 from 7 PM to 9 PM
Want to see the beauty of the outdoors at night with your family? Then bundle up and enjoy Snowshoeing under the Stars at picturesque Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. You will be taught the basics of snowshoeing and then go on a hike along the Ottawa River, taking in all of its beauty while under the stars. Hot chocolate will be served by the open fire following the hike. *Weather permitting. Cost: $6.15/participant, $10.20/pair, $16.35/family.
Ottawa Public Library PD Day Activities – Throughout the Day at Various Locations
The sky’s the limit where activities are concerned for the Ottawa Public Libraries. From movies and crafts, to games and drama, there is something for every child at a location near you.
TD Family Adventure Series with the NAC Orchestra – The Composer is Dead 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM (Bilingual)
You can meet the orchestra, decipher a musical crime and enjoy this event. Arrive minutes early to this performance to take part in Tunetown interactive activities that are put together by the Friends of the NAC Orchestra.
Valentine’s Day Crafts – Beaverbrook Location, Feb 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Families can pop in and make Valentine’s Day–themed gifts for someone special.
Valentine’s Day Fun! – Elmvale Location, Feb 13, 2016 (Bilingual) at 2 PM
Families can get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day together here with stories, activities and craft making! Ages 5-10. Free. Registration is required to attend this event.
Ottawa Children’s Gala – Shaw Centre
Kids can get glammed up for a great cause with their families as they attend the Ottawa Children’s Gala! This annual event is in support of “Plan-It-Safe” at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in order to help eliminate preventable childhood injuries in Ottawa. From a red carpet entrance with a professional photographer, a classy meal great entertainment and a dance, all who are in attendance will have a ball!
Winterfest, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum from 11 PM to 3 PM *Presented by the Cumberland Community Association (CCA)
The Cumberland Community Association (CCA) will host their annual Winterfest for residents of Cumberland at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Take part in their family-friendly winter activities such as snowshoeing and craft activities and spend some quality time with your family. Cost: Free
February 15th (Family Day)
Family Day at the Museum with Kids CBC – Canadian Museum of Nature, 10 AM – 2 PM
Visit the museum for some great activities which are included with Museum admission! Kids’ CBC hosts Patty and Sid will be at the Museum, along with their friends Bookaboo, Daniel Tiger, and Mamma Yamma! There will be two scheduled storytimes, meet & greets, crafts, activities and a digital zone. The Kids’ CBC team will be taping some segments for online broadcast, too! And there will be more Family Day Fun in the Queens’ Lantern where you can build your own bug using Crayola Model Magic (10 AM – 2 PM).
10:15 – 10:45 am Storytime
11:00 – 11:45 am Meet & Greet
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Storytime
1:30 – 2:00 pm Meet & Greet
Ontario Family Day Activities – Rideau Hall, Noon – 5 PM
The family can spend the afternoon at Rideau Hall! The skating rink will be open to the public (weather permitting), and guided tours of the residence will be available at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. No reservation is required.
Family Day at the Museum – Canadian Museum of History
Bring your whole family to the Museum for some flake-y The family will have fun and learn from the exhibition inspired by Snow. You can learn traditional Anishinabeg snowshoe-making techniques from Daniel “Pinock” Smith, dance along to La Ridaine’sFrench-Canadian folk tunes. You’ll have a ball while building snow forts with Mega Bloks® and playing their giant toboggan version of the Snakes and Ladders board game. There will also be musical performances at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall.
Family Day on the Farm – Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Families can discover what farm life is really like through animals, exhibitions, treasures from the collection, hands-on demonstrations, and delicious foods. You can also take part in putting together a “garbage soup” using what usually gets discarded. As an added bonus, families can participate in a yoga class to stretch your body and mind and get moving! Fees: Included with Museum admission.
Family Day at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
It will be an action-packed day for families as they attend the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum for Family Day! Budding thespians and musicians will enjoy taking part in their Music and Aviation Summer Camp Super-Challenge! The Printmaking Workshop is celebrating Canada’s first powered flight, and attendees can see how it has been captured in prints by artist Suzanne Walsh, then make prints themselves! Magician Ian Quick will delight audiences and make them laugh as he presents magic for all to enjoy. The family can also learn about assembling the International Space Station, learn what it takes to fly a Cessna and sit in an actual ejector seat from a fighter jet during their visit!
Throughout the Weekend
Winterlude – Jan 29-Feb 15 2016 Various Locations Once of Canada’s favourite celebrations will be back to entertain and enlighten revelers in its 38th season! From skating on the Rideau Canal, watching ice sculpting competitions or playing at North America’s largest playground, there are so many different activities those attending this festival can be a part of in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
Winterlude beetles-in-ice fun Confederation Park February 6th and 13th, 10 AM – 4PM
Help free plastic beetles frozen in blocks of ice with special tools! For Dino enthusiasts, there will also be a Dino Dig in the snow.
There are also various locations that offer skating and tobogganing fun for families to enjoy around the city throughout the winter that we have featured in our guide of Family Winter Activities.
Whether you want to get out and enjoy the outdoors or stay inside and keep warm, you can plan fun outings around Ottawa for Family Day this year. There are so many options to choose from, the only problem would be to pick which ones to take part in!
Indoors or outdoors? Which type of activities do you and your family enjoy more?