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Our 7 Favourite Activities in Ottawa for the Whole Family

Last updated on May 11th, 2021 at 12:56 pm

Looking for some fun ideas to do with the kids this year? Here are our 7 favourite activities in Ottawa for the whole family to enjoy together. 

Visit A Museum

Ottawa is also home to an impressive number of museums that are fit for the kids. For the animal lovers in your family, the Canada Agricultural and Food Museum is a must. Or if your kids love learning about space, be sure to stop off at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. And for those science buffs, the Canada Science and Technology Museum or the Canadian Museum of Nature will provide hours of fun inside during those stifling hot days.

Go On A Pirate Adventure

If you’re looking for a fun way to entertain the kids for a day, a Pirate Adventure won’t disappoint. Your kids will get to sail with a band of pirates right along the Rideau Canal. They’ll also enjoy theatrical performances, storytelling and an interactive ride. Plus, they can get dressed up in costumes and take home some buried treasure.

See The Changing Of The Guard

Need to kill some time this summer? The Changing of the Guard is a free outing that will amuse the entire family. This ceremony and show are just like the ones in London, England. Each summer, you can catch soldiers from units all across Canada as they perform this historic ceremony. There’s music from the band, pipers and a parade. 

Don’t Miss These Festivals

There are a ton of exciting festivals year-round to enjoy with the kids. In the wintertime, Ottawa hosts Canada’s biggest winter festival – Winterlude. There’s snow tubing, skating, and plenty of exciting activities for the entire family to partake in. In the summer, there’s the International Busker Festival, which fills the streets of Spark Street every August, or the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival with rides and fireworks. With so many festivals and events hosted here, there’s never a dull moment in the city!

Visit An Indoor Play Space

Ottawa is also known for its large selection of indoor play spaces for kids. From laser tag to bumper cars to arcades and climbing walls, there’s something for every type of little adventurer in Ottawa. The most popular in the city are Kid’s Kingdom, Funhaven, SkyZone and Altitude Climbing Gym. 

Check Out A Waterpark

No summer is complete without a ride down a water slide! And, you don’t have to go far to find one in the city. There’s Calypso, Canada’s biggest theme waterpark, Eco Odysee that features a water maze, along with Mont Cascades waterpark and aquatic playground close by.

Play With The Animals At The Farm

Saunders Farm has been a family favourite for decades. It boasts one of the best mazes and discovery barns in the area and has a number of exciting activities and events all year long. Don’t miss their Haunting Season that turns the farm into an eerie attraction. If you’ve already visited Saunders this year, be sure to check out Parc Omega, Valleyview Little Animal Farm or Proulx Farm which offer animal petting experiences and rides that your kids will love.

Ottawa is the perfect place to raise a family. If you’ve been considering moving here or are looking to relocate closer to all the action in the city, contact us at Geoff and Bobbie. We’ll help you find the perfect family home!