Ottawa kids are not afraid to give in to their abundant imaginations, play some dress-up, get some golf in, and let some steam out! Here are some great adventures for Ottawa kids to try:
Cosmic Adventures (1373 Ogilvie Road, 613.742.8989)
This is what Ottawa kids wished was around instead of indoor recess. If it’s grey and rainy, or cold and snowy, don’t dispair! Cosmic Adventures is Ottawa’s largest indoor playground. Their regular hours are 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. For a full day of fun, the price is
|0 – 11 months||FREE|
|12 – 23 months||$13.99|
|2 – 3 years||$16.99|
* Note that youths from 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult and a child 12 or younger.
** Annual memberships are available to kids for $99.99 with discounts for siblings.
Fun Haven (1050 Baxter Road, 613.828.4386)
Family fun centre that includes activities like:
- Ottawa escapes
- Laser Frenzy
- Laser Tag
- mini-lane Bowling
- Ballocity & Jungle Gym
- Bumper Cars
- Climbing wall
- Simulators, Games and Prizes
For more information, please see their website at www.funhaven.com.
Fun Junction (1399 Triole Avenue, 613.745.1881)
Ottawa’s indoor entertainment centre is fun for all Ottawa kids ages 5 and up. Activities include:
- Laser tag (ages 7 and up) in a glow in the dark arena. The winner is the one with the highest score for shooting opponents at the end of a 15 minute round
- Rock climbing (ages 5 and up) on a 18ft rock wall
- Glow in the dark 9 hole mini putt course (all ages)
- Arcade games (ages 7 and up) covering sports, fighting, racing, shooting, and dancing games.
Different combinations of the above games are offered with package pricing. The packages will run between $7.00 – $25.00 depending on what you choose. They are open from Tuesday – Thursday (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.); Friday – Sunday (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.); closed on Mondays.
Laser Quest (1800 St. Laurent Boulevard, 613.526.4000)
Ottawa kids can get their adrenaline pumping at Laser Quest.
Mondays: for Private group events
Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(tax included, reservations recommended)
Midway Family Fun Park (2477 Kaladar Avenue @ Bank & Heron)
Their new 2-level facility is 50,000 square feet.
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Open Monday, Thursday, Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Summer Break Hours
Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
There is no admission fee for the Midway Family Fun Park. You basically pay per play. They have many combination packages available from $20 to $30, plus a family special of $80 which includes a meal, a few tokens, and unlimited play on the attractions.
Ahoy there all Ottawa kids! Unleash your secret pirate! All hands on deck starting May 25th, 2013. Make a reservation for this interactive tour which lasts 75 minutes and leaves from Mooney’s Bay. The admission includes face painting and pirate gear for the kids, treasure seeking, defending the pirate ship with water cannons, and other pirate adventures. They sail 7 days a week during the summer until Labour Day, and then every weekend in September. The price is $22 for adults, $12 for kids 2 and under. A group rate of $20 per person (regardless of age) applies for groups of 10 or more people.
Putting Edge (5 Roydon Place, Unit 1, Nepean 613.224.4887)
Putting Edge has glow-in-the-dark Mini Golf & Arcades. This attraction will amuse Ottawa kids in the west end.
Monday – Thursday: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fees are $10.50 for 13 and over, $8.50 for 12 and under. You can purchase unlimited play for $2.00 more.
ANIMAL LOVERS & FARM FUN
For Ottawa kids that aren’t the slightest bit squeamish, go check out Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. They have 250 animals on display that include snakes, alligators, tarantulas, marmosets, birds of prey and other animals. Admission is $12.50 general, Ages 2 and under: Free, Seniors $10.00, Family (for 4 people) $48 + $10 additional adult/child. Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Papanack Zoo (150 County Road 19, Wendover, 613.673.7275)
Papanack Park Zoo is located east of Ottawa just off of Highway 174. (Highway 417 splits into Highway 174 at the Aviation Parkway). Papanack Park Zoo, family owned and operated, has been amazing Ottawa kids since 1995. The zoo is known for breeding Snow Leopards and also has the largest collection of lemurs in North America. Their animals include canines, felines, primates, rodents, birds, “hoof stock” and other miscellaneous animals.
Parc Omega (399 route 323 nord, Montebello, Quebec 819.423.5487
The kids will enjoy Parc Omega, located in Montebello, Quebec: an outdoor haven with: buffaloes, wapitis, black bears, red deer, wolves, alpine ibexes, wild boar and other animals. Springtime is the nicest time to visit the park, when all the baby animals have arrived! The 1800 acre park is open all year round and provides the perfect opportunity to see many species of wild animals in their natural habitat. You can drive your vehicle around the 10 km path and tune in to their fm radio frequency to hear more about the animals and their habits. There are also walking paths and picnic areas so your kids can stretch their legs. The deer are so friendly, that they will eat right from your hand. Bring along a bag of carrots. They love those!
RCMP Musical Ride Centre (RCMP Rockcliffe Stables, 613.741.4285)
Check out their website http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca to see when and where they are touring. You can also catch some of the action at the RCMP Rockcliffe Stables. The headquarters of the RCMP Musical Ride offers behind-the-scenes action. There, Ottawa kids can meet the horses, tour the stables, riding school, tack room, farrier station, see the carriages used in royal escorts and browse through the Mountie Shop–full of unique Canadian gifts. June 26-30, they will be running their popular Sunset Ceremonies in Ottawa.
From May – August, you can visit daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. From September – April, they are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Mountie Shop is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (May – August) and Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (September – April)
Saunders Farm (7893 Bleeks Rd., Munster 613.838.5440)
This 100 acre farm provides fun summer activities that include 11 Mazes, a water-spray zone, pirate ship, tree house, wagon rides, puppet shows, fairy gardens, giant slide, century-old log buildings and other farm fun. The season starts June 1, 2013.
Valleyview Little Animal Farm (4750 Fallowfield Road, Nepean 613.591.1126)
For a very reasonable admission price, Ottawa kids can visit the Valleyview Little Animal Farm to see a wide variety of animals and birds up close. Hop a ride on the Valleyview Express and have fun on the creative farm playground. There’s also Bill’s Old Farm Museum, puppet shows, the Sunflower Cafe and Robyn’s Nest Gift Shop.
Ottawa kids can learn interesting facts and experience education in a hands-on style that appeals to them. With the high concentration of national museums in the area, Ottawa kids have a wide variety of learning topics to choose from. Here are a few that are especially interesting to children.
Canada Science and Technology Museum (1867 St. Laurent Boulevard, 1.866.442.4416)
This is a great museum to spend the day at. The kids can explore many hands-on exhibits, enjoy science demonstrations, watch videos and learn science at the same time. The museum encourages kids to touch and explore and includes an indoor train yard where kids can climb aboard!
Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod Street, 1.800.263.4433)
The newly renovated “castle” museum is open for business! The huge dinosaur exhibits are always a favourite of kids. But with exhibits covering the Arctic, mammals, water, earth, animals, fossils, birds, and more, there is much to learn about nature and our wonderful Earth!
The Children’s Museum occupies over 86 500 square feet of space in the interior and exterior of the Museum of Civilization. The museum is child-centred: it allows children to dress up, play and learn with exhibits and programs that are designed specifically with them in mind. Our favourites of the permanent exhibitions include the “International Village” and the Market Bazaar among other things. Port of Entry is also a fun exhibit.
Ottawa Public Library
With 33 branches across Ottawa, you are bound to find a library near you. The Main Branch is found at 120 Metcalfe Street (613.580.2945) With their convenient on-line catalogue and reservation system, it’s easy to find the book that you want. If you are a visitor, you can register for a visitor’s membership which is valid for a maximum of 3 months at the cost of $5 per month. With this card, you can borrow three items at any one time. You just need ID with your permanent address or photo ID & proof of temporary Ottawa address to get your card. Check their website http://www.biblioottawalibrary.ca for information about events at the library like age-appropriate workshops, crafts, and storytelling.
Ottawa International Children’s Festival
From May 28 – June 2, 2013, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival is held at Lebreton Flats Park, the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. This festival celebrates live performing arts aimed at Ottawa kids age four to fifteen.
The Ottawa Storytellers offer workshops throughout the year. They also perform throughout the year at the NAC Odyssey Theatre, the Shenkman Arts Centre, 4th Stage at the NAC, Billings Estate, and Bytown Museum. No news on the dates for the Ottawa Storytelling Festival this year yet. Stay tuned at http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca
All Ottawa kids love to eat!! Sample great local produce during the Spring, when local Farmers’ Markets start opening up. Although the Byward Market is open all year round, other farmers’ markets are pardon the pun “springing” up everywhere! Depending on the season, you can take your family to one of the many orchards or pick-your-own produce farms in Ottawa and go apple picking (in the fall) or berry picking (late summer). Sugar bushes are an option in the early spring– one located west of Ottawa is Fulton’s.
Ottawa kids know how to beat the heat! Two words: Water Parks! Whether you decide to bring your children to one of many (free) Ottawa Water Parks this summer, or splurge on an all-day trip to Calypso Water Park in Limoges, Mont Cascades Waterpark, or take the family to one of the local wave pools, you’re in for a treat!