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18 Spring Family Fun Activities in Ottawa

| April 11, 2016 | 2 Comments

Now that spring has finally sprung in the nation’s capital, families can get outdoors more and enjoy more of what this city has to offer! Ottawa is a great city that offers many events and activities for families to enjoy and take part in during this time of year. Below are just a few of the many places and events your family can go to and have fun this spring.



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18 Spring Family Fun Activities in Ottawa

Specific Dated Events

RCMP Musical Ride, RCMP Musical Ride Stables, 1 Sandridge Road, April 22, 2016

View the intricate routine riders and their horses perform to music that demand precise control, timing and coordination with your family at the RCMP Musical Ride! These officers give the communities they perform for the opportunity to experience the heritage and traditions of the RCMP. They also act as goodwill ambassadors of the RCMP around the world. It will be a fun show for the whole family to see!

Camp Fortune Aerial Park, April 30 – June 2, 2016

Want to take your family for an exhilarating adventure through the trees just 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa? Visit Camp Fortune’s Zipline and Aerial Park for the ride of your life!

Mothers’ Day at the Ottawa Municipal Museums, May 8, 2016

Take mom out for a day of fun and learning at some of the city’s municipal museums! Learn about some historic Canadian women, and take part in fun activities.

Canadian Tulip Festival, Commissioners Park, May 12 – 23, 2016

Commissioners Park is in full bloom for this world-famous festival with 300 000 tulips, and about a million in public areas around the city.

Ottawa International Children’s Festival, LeBreton Flats Park – May 10 – 15, 2016

The world of the arts is on display at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival! Performers from around the world come to Ottawa to deliver world class theatre, music and dance to children and their families.

Heritage Power Show, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, May 22 from 10 am – 4 pm

Take the family to learn and discover what life was like before conveniences such as the fridge, stove and washing machine. Presented by Vintage Iron Traditions of Eastern Ontario, (VITEO), the Evolution of Technology will be a show the family will never forget!

Travelling Tent Show, Billings Estate Historic Site (May 27, 2016 from 7 pm – 10 pm) and  Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (May 28, 2016 from 7 pm – 10 pm)

The Ottawa Story Tellers take visitors back in time to show them one way people were entertained before radio and cinema through tent shows to bring the community together.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Tea, Billings Estate National Historic Site, May 29, 2016

Visit the Estate for a ‘Mad-Tea-Party’ and experience what Alice did after she went down the rabbit hole. You will be greeted by the White Rabbit, then meet other characters from Alice in Wonderland. Visitors can also engage in a game of croquet, solve riddles and enjoy a traditional tea service! ***Reservations are required and costs $20/person. Reservations will open on April 25, 2016 and only accepted via phone.**

Doors Open Ottawa, Various Locations, June 4 and 5, 2016

Business owners from Carp to Cumberland open their doors and invite the public in to show off and explore 129 of their architecturally and historically significant buildings for free!

Fire Fighters’ Day – Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, June 5, 2016 from 10 am – 4 pm

Play with some of Ottawa’s Fire Fighters at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum at their second annual Fire Fighters’ Day! There will be interactive family activities, and a day that includes relay races, tug-o-war and hands-on activities.

WESTFest, Laroche Park –  June 10 and 11, 2016

Take the family for a visit this festival of music, art and life at the biggest free street party in Canada! There will be fun for every member of the family with concerts and a Kidszone for even more fun for kids make this a great event to go to.

Festival franco-ontarien, Major’s Hill Park – June 16 – 18, 2016

Plan to visit the biggest French celebration in Canada’s capital region at the Festival franco-ontarien. Concerts, street art and entertainment are awaiting visitors taking in Franco Ontarian culture.


Outdoor Adventures Throughout the Spring


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Need to take an adventure in the great outdoors? Below are a few ideas you can enjoy with your family any day of the week!

Gatineau Park

From trails for various sports, camping and boating to learning about how to use a map and searching for creatures in nature, Gatineau Park has something for everyone in the family to enjoy!

NOKIA Sunday Biking

Dust off those helmets and get the family out on the bike trails over 50 kilometres of some of Ottawa and Gatineau’s scenic routes on Sunday mornings without the worry of cars! These road closures take place from 9 am – 1 pm.


Museum Amusement Throughout the Spring



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If rainy days make getting outdoors impossible, or if it is a spur of the moment outing you are looking for, then head over to one of the museums in the Ottawa region for some family fun all spring long! They have special exhibits, films and activities that will entertain your family.

Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum

Hopefully, these 18 Spring Family Fun Activities in Ottawa have given you some inspiration to plan some great adventures this season!


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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me! Author's website.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d love to go and watch the RCMP Musical Ride and see the Canadian Tulip Festival too. The Heritage Power Show would make me appreciate my appliances more that I take for granted now and there is so much more to see and do. A wonderful list, thanks for posting.

  2. I love Ottawa and I’m hoping to visit this summer. Thanks for the fun family suggestions!

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