Planning Summer Family Activities

| June 21, 2013 | 10 Comments

Today is the first day of Summer! I have been waiting for warmer days for weeks now! Unfortunately, I can’t say that we have been spoiled with a nice, warm spring, but I am looking forward to spending the summer months with my family. To be more precise, 9 whole weeks while the kids are off school. This year, I am actually setting up an agenda and planning fun summer activities to keep us busy. I would like to share some of them with you hoping they might be of interest to your family!

Destiny USA-Photo credit: Smaku / / CC BY-NC-ND

In July, we have a trip all booked up to visit Syracuse, NY, our 1st trip to the U.S.A. as a family. My son can’t wait to visit another country.  He says he is the only one out of all his friends not to have been abroad, and it lays heavily on his shoulders. On mine too, since he always keeps reminding me of this. Kids! We will visit the Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) and Wonderworks, as well as try Poll Position Raceway, and of course shop at Destiny USA mall. Syracuse is only about a 3 hour drive from Ottawa which makes it an ideal weekend family getaway!

A family favourite attraction is Calypso Water Park in Limoges, the biggest theme waterpark in Canada. The 100-acre facility has over one hundred different water adventures  to keep children of all ages cool and busy. They offer Canada’s largest wave pool, thrilling rides, a river run, a gift shop, restaurants, a picnic area, and much more.


It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to a relative’s cottage in the Outaouais. It’s nice to have a family gathering, since we pretty much only see our relatives at weddings and funerals, so these yearly reunions help us bond, reconnect, and see how much the kids have grown! I really enjoy a ride on the Pontoon, also called the Party Boat by my kids. You can relax on it with a wine cooler in the middle of the lake while the kids swim close by.

Last year, I was curious to see how it felt to be in command of a recreational boat, so I asked if I could drive it. I was told I couldn’t… I thought he was pulling me leg! Apparently, I need to obtain the Pleasure Craft Operator Card, alias Boating License, if I want to operate a powered watercraft in Canada. I can take the course online or in a classroom. If I was stopped by a coastguard while driving without the Card, I would be fined $250. Better take the course! It totally make sense to show proof of competency and understand the rules of the water and how to safely operate a boat. On my to do list!


We will also spend a day at the Canadian Children’s Museum to see the Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD with my nieces.

Photo credit: Canada’s Capital – Capitale du Canada / / CC BY-NC-ND

We always wanted to view the spectacular narrative sound and light show of Mosaika on Parliament Hill, so I am really hoping we will before September 7th!

Photo credit: S.L.M. / / CC BY-NC

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest is definitely on our list of events to see this summer. I think getting all of us to agree to attend a specific day will be difficult with the incredible line up of entertainers!


We will head out to the Agricultural Fair in Navan this August. The $20 Bracelet Day is worth purchasing, since you can enjoy unlimited amounts of rides. I am usually a judge at the Navan Fair Baby Show. Proud parents attend this fun event with their babies, notably newborns up to 18 month old. As each baby is presented to the audience, we learn about his/her favorite food, animal, and activities. The babies compete in categories such as “longest lashes”, “chubbiest cheeks”, “curliest hair”, “best performers”, “most peaceful”, etc.. There is no cost to enter the babies, and the show is all for fun as every baby wins a special gift bag and a certificate for winning a category.

3 museums

We have a family membership to 3 museums 1 card,  so we are entitled to visit, as many times as we want, the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The family membership is only $90 and gives unlimited free admission to over 330 museums and sciences centres across Canada and around the world. We will also take advantage of using our membership when we visit the MOST Museum in Syracuse. I am an avid Star Wars fan, therefore I definitely want to see the Star Wars Identities the Exposition at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.


Just before school starts, we always spend a weekend in Montreal shopping for fall clothes and to watch an Impact soccer game at the Saputo Stadium.

Now if only we can get hotter days, so we can start swimming in our backyard pool!

To view other activities and events in the Ottawa area this summer, please visit OMC events calendar and the Attractions page!

Which activities are you planning with your kids this summer?  I would love to hear them. Please share in the comments below!


Photo credit: Smaku / / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo credit: Canada’s Capital – Capitale du Canada / / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo credit: S.L.M. / / CC BY-NC

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Category: Attractions, Family, Living, Ottawa and Surrounding Area, Travel, USA

About the Author ()

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says:

    Wow! You have a busy summer ahead!
    Love the idea of going to the Mr. Potato Head exhibit and like I’ve mentioned before Syracuse is one of my favorite places to go and shop 🙂

    Can’t wait to read about your summer adventures!

  2. Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen says:

    It sounds like you have a great summer of traveling ahead of you.

  3. Candace says:

    Great ideas. Love raising my girls in Ottawa, so much to do and see!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I love that you can visit three museums with one card/price, I wish more venues would team up and offer something like that!

  5. Maya Fitzpatrick says:

    oh wow! you guys have a busy but fun-packed summer planned. We’re doing the cottage thing. 1 full week up at the cottage and then every weekend. I’m also doing the warrior dash which I’m pumped about. I spend time around the city (in Toronto) during the week with my kids. Toronto Zoo, Wonderland, Centerville Island are just some of the places we go to (some almost weekly). Love the sound of Calypso Water Park. Never even heard about it – I’m totally going to check it out.

  6. Brenda A says:

    I would love to do so much with my girls this summer as it will most likely be my last as a stay at home mom! I have loved every minute of these last 6 years! We hope to spend a day at MacKenzie King Estate, hit the beaches and splash pads, library and read lots of books!

  7. Nicole B says:

    Lot’s of things to do! I will have to add a few to our list. Mainly the Mr. Potato head exhibit and the Navan Fair.

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Calypso Water Park sounds like a lot of fun for children and with so many different things it doesn’t sound like they could get bored in a week let alone a day! 🙂

  9. kathy downey says:

    That must have been a summer to remember

  10. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I love your list especially the water park that I’ve never heard of and the family cottage because we have a family cottage and it’s always the best time

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