10 Family Day Weekend Activities Around Ottawa

| February 7, 2018 | 5 Comments

10 Family Day Weekend Activities Around Ottawa


Get ready, Ottawa! Many of the schools in the city are gearing up for a 4-day weekend to celebrating Family Day! You don’t have 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 while you have fun with your family.


10 Family Day Weekend Activities Around Ottawa

Children on a sled going down a snowy hill.


February 16th
1. PA Day Activities at the Ottawa Public Libraries

Looking for a more low key but structured activities to do with your kids on their PA Day? The Ottawa Public Libraries have you covered with different programs for your kids to do and enjoy!


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Photo credit: QUOI Media via Foter.com / CC BY-SA; People skating on an outdoor rink.


February 19th (Family Day)

2. Family Fun Day at the Royal Canadian Mint – 320 Sussex Drive, from 10 AM – 4 PM

Whether you are a coin collector or love spending time with the family, the Royal Canadian Mint is the place to be this Family Day! They are inviting families of all kinds to enjoy free tours the Mint at their Ottawa location. Take pictures with the Million Dollar Coin and gold bar. No reservations are required, but the tours are on a first come, first serve basis, with the last tour being held at 4 pm.

3.  The Activity Zone at the Museum of Nature – 10 am  – 4 pm  

Are you ready to get out of the cold for a bit during Family Day? The Museum of Nature is heating things up for families by making things tropical in their Activity Zone! Visitors can take part in various activities from being a junior scientist in their Explorers’ Tent to making their “spider monkey” slide down a zip-line. There is even a quiet area where kids can get comfy and enjoy reading books.

4. Family Day at the Canadian Museum of History – 10 am – 4 pm   

The Snow Exhibit at the Museum of History is inspiration behind the snow-themed fun for Family Day this year! Visitors can learn traditional Anishinabeg snowshoe-making techniques from Daniel “Pinock” Smith, and listen to La Ridaine’s French-Canadian folk music. Snow forts can also be constructed with Mega Bloks®, or have fun playing their huge toboggan version of the Snakes and Ladders board game.

5. Family Day on the Farm – Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm  A fun day on the farm waits for families at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum! Crafts, demonstrations, butter tasting, meeting some of the animals and even an afternoon milking is scheduled for a day the family will not forget! You are also able to tie up your skates for some fun on the Museum’s ice rink!

6. Family Day at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum – 10 am – 5 pm 

Families will be entertained all day long while visiting the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum! Thomas Cadabra will wow visitors with his amazing magic tricks. You can learn how make a print of a Russian Soyez rocket, blast off to the stars while listening to an out of this world story, and so much more!

7. Bytown Blizzard Snowflake Craft – Bytown Museum, 11 am – 4 pm   

Have your kids ever wondered what it would be like to create to make their own snowflakes? Bring the family to visit the Bytown Museum to create some and then add it to their indoor “blizzard.”


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Photo credit: john.anes via Foter.com / CC BY-SA; Father carrying daughter on his shoulders.


Throughout Family Day Weekend

8.  Winterlude – Various locations in the Ottawa-Gatineau region – February 2 – 19, 2018
One of Canada’s favourite celebrations will be back to entertain and enlighten revelers in its 39th 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.

9.  Canada 150 Rink at Parliament Hill – Until February 25, 2018, 8 am  – 8 pm (depending on availability)

Bring the family to skate at one of the last Canada 150 events in Ottawa. Set up in front of one of Canada’s most iconic buildings: Parliament Hill.

10.  Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park has so much to offer  visitors during the winter! There are activities for families who like to explore nature at different speeds to enjoy themselves. For families that have a need for speed, Gatineau Park offers activities such as cross-country skiing, and snow biking as a pilot project this winter. For those who enjoy nature at a slower pace, there are also winter hiking trails available to discover! There are also many amenities for visitors to use while visiting the park to make their visit more comfortable and one to remember!

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!


10 Family Day Weekend Activities Around Ottawa

10 Family Day Weekend Activities Around Ottawa


Indoors or outdoors? Which type of activities do you and your family enjoy more?

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  1. Calvin says:

    Very nice activities, family day is great.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Lots and lots of fabulous activities on offer for Family Day weekend.

  3. Kristi says:

    We would love to be able to take advantage of some of these events, it’s a great lineup, especially at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.

  4. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I can’t believe how many great things there are to do in Ottawa, it gives you so many options.

  5. Wanda Tracey says:

    This is such a wonderful list of fun things to do around Ottawa.I have been to winterlude several times. I think it would be fun to tour the Canadian Mint.

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