Have you been to the Ottawa International Children’s Festival before? For whatever reason, I haven’t. I had the opportunity to take both kids today and I have to say I really wish I had gone in years past! We had a really fun time. The weather was beautiful, which didn’t hurt, but there were plenty of tents for shade as we walked around the grounds at Lebreton Flats. The Festival highlights arts and theatre and encourages kids to learn and appreciate what music, dance, theatre and more have in common. There are stage shows, musical performances and interactive tents – from painting, to science, to musical instruments. My kids both had a really fantastic time. We also took in a live show called Frogz which had no speaking but was all dance/masked theatre and it was fantastic (bonus: Everyone laughed – a lot!) You can buy tickets online or at the show. The Ottawa International Children’s Festival runs through May 14. Visit the website for full program details and have fun! Tips: ♦Bring some cash. Most vendors take cash only and there’s a chance you’ll want to treat yourself to a waffle cone, or the delicious wood stove pizza that’s available! ♦There are plenty of picnic tables for snacking if you pack your own lunch, plus places to refill your water bottles! ♦Check the show times and work your schedule a bit around that. Frogz, the show we saw, was fantastic, but started the same time as another really wonderful performance by Junkyard Symphony. We went back to a later performance of Junkyard Symphony instead.