Family Day in Ottawa, 2013 edition!

Looking for a great way to spend Family Day this year? On February 18th, why not check out some of the great activities happening right here in our own backyards!

Centrally located?

The quaint Bytown Museum is both centrally located and full of educational family fun! They’ll be celebrating the day by hosting a Create Your Own Timberstamp logo workshop! Admission is $15 for families (two adults and children under 18) and free for children under 5!


After the museum, trek on over to the National Gallery for Artissimo! You can explore the gallery’s collection, try on costumes or use a feely box to challenge your sense of touch! Budding architects will be sure to check out the wooden blocks in the Great Hall.  The activities are free with museum admission, and Under 12s get in for free!

The NAC Family Day Festivities are for children aged 5+ and include stories, games, interactive displays, and special workshops. Inspire your crafty little ones from 12-4pm in the NAC Lobby with this fun, FREE activity day!

Speaking of free- Have you been to the Rink of Dreams at City Hall? Skate with Mayor Jim Watson and special guests at the Family Day Skating Party on February 18th from 11-2pm located in Marion Dewar Plaza.

rink of dreams

Visit the Dovercourt Recreational facilities for a day filled with Family-Specific programming! For $20 per family you can take part in the All-Day Family Swim, Family Yoga classes, Hooping and more! Check out their website for a full calendar of activities!

A memorable – and totally unique – activity is certainly pottery-painting! The Mud Oven has extended their hours and will now open from 10-6pm on February 18th. Reservations are a must! Give them a call at (613) 730-0814.


Mom’s and Dad’s in the East End can stay close to home by visiting the Shenkman Arts Centre for Small Potatoes with Chris Patterson of the Arrogant Worms. He describes his shows as a balance of “unbridled, silly and serious.” Get ready to dance, sing and laugh along! Showtime is 11am and tickets are $15.

In the City’s South-End?

The Funatorium Explorium is back on at the Ernst & Young Centre located at 4899 Uplands Drive. This action packed day full of activities includes hands-on fun for parents and kids alike! Join in the rock climbing, jousting and obstacle courses or learn how to perform magic tricks and juggling feats! The show runs from 9 to 5 and is $19.99 per ticket, or $75 for a family of 4.

Further afield?

The Diefenbunker is hosting a Winter Scavenger hunt for budding super sleuths! Search for clues and cracks codes as you hunt for a missing artifact in the depths of the bunker. The activities are included in the cost of admission; Family rate (up to 2 adults and 3 youth) is $40.00 + HST and children 5 and under are free!

fulton sugar bush

Fulton’s Sugar Bush will be hosting a Backyard Sugar Markers workshop from 12:30 to 2pm. Learn how to collect your own sap and turn it into maple syrup! At $20 per family (including the cost of a kit!) you’ll want to call ahead to reserve your spot! They’ll also be hosting horse-drawn sleigh rides, face painting and making snow taffy from 10am to 2pm! Sign me UP!

Even CLOSER to Home?

Or maybe you’d prefer to stay in? We’ll be spending the week pinning our fave indoor-activities to our Pinterest! Stock up on craft supplies and have your very own Family Day Festivites!



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