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.
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum May 10 Onwards, 2940 Old Montreal Road
For a fun and easy day of learning with the family, a visit to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is a great place to go. You will be going back into time when you visit this historic museum where your family can learn about the over 19 000 artifacts on exhibit. For animal lovers, Rare Breeds Canada has rare breeds of Canadian farm animals on site to educate visitors. Train enthusiasts will enjoy the miniature railway of the Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Engineers. Museum-goers will be able to experience model steam trains and learn about railway operation and history. This attraction occurs on alternating Sundays this spring starting May 10 until June 21. There are also Radio Flyer wagons, go-carts, two really big board games, wagon rides, a sawmill, demonstrations by a blacksmith and so many other activities that you may have to make more than one trip back to experience everything this museum has to offer!
Creative Sundays is held throughout the school year from October to May at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The OAG allows family and friends to enjoy their exhibitions, and to bring out the artist in you by creating your own masterpiece to take home. No registration is necessary for this activity. For more information or to join the Creative Sundays mailing list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-233-8699 ext. 250.
Gatineau Park, 33 Scott Road, Old Chelsea, QC
Gatineau Park offers families so many different options to spend a fun and active day together in the outdoors. This spring, your family can spend time together hiking or biking along its over 200 kms of trails, picnicking on the escarpment overlooking the Ottawa Valley, take advantage of the Park’s year-round camping, so you can swim, cycling, kayaking or canoeing! There is also Lusk Cave your family can go exploring in. A favourite attraction Mackenzie King Estate for families to wander around. There are endless possibilities by planning a visit here!
Ottawa Grassroots Festival – April 23 – 26, 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, 330 Kent Street, Ottawa
The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is celebrating its fourth year of their unique volunteer-run three-day multi-disciplinary arts event that is focused on the community. This festival values inclusion and its goal is to make this event accessible, family-friendly and to get people to participate in what is going on around them. The activities during the day are free to attend, and ticketed concerts planned in the evening. Festival goers are encouraged to take part in such activities such as singing, drumming, ukulele building, dancing, songwriting, gardening, origami, interactive theatre, visual art, gardening and community dialogue. Many of these activities are created to allow children to take part.
Ottawa International Children’s Festival May 4-13, 2015, Lebreton Flats, Canadian War Museum, Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre
For 30 years, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival has been delighting festival goers with another season of performing arts for young people. Visitors will be viewing award-winning dance and music performances from all around the world. Some of these performances will include fun and interactive activities, an impromptu playground, an instrumental petting zoo, food and beverage vendors and a picnic zone.
Canadian Tulip Festival May 8-18, 2015, Commissioners Park, Dow’s Lake
A favourite of horticulturalists, the Canadian Tulip Festival is North America’s largest tulip festival. With the festival’s Dutch royal history, the tulip has become Ottawa’s official flower. This family-friendly festival features a display of floral gardens at parks and locations around the nation’s capital, an opening ceremony featuring several musical acts, a Flora Plaza showcasing competitive floral artwork, The Bulb (Big Urban Living Boutique) which displays arts and crafts, fashion, design and jewellery, free musical performances by local musicians and bands from Capital Sounds, performer and artwork showcasing the diverse cultural communities within Ottawa, a Kids Corner providing arts, crafts, music and fun and a closing ceremony featuring traditional Lake of Fire Fireworks display over Dow’s Lake.
These are just a few of the many activities and events families can do together in Ottawa this spring! Which activity or event would your family like to enjoy?