There is still plenty of summer left before the kids all go back to school! Not sure how to keep them busy if you are around Ottawa this summer? Here are some activities that you may want to check out (I’ve included ones that will be perfect for older kids and ones for younger toddlers and preschoolers too!)
Fun family activities to do in Ottawa this August
Explore the Canadian History Hall
The History Hall has been something we’ve been looking forward to, and it’s on our August list to visit. With so many Canadian artifacts and so much information in one spot, it’s sure to be an interesting visit.
Learn about Vimy at the Canadian War Museum
My son has been asking to go to this for a while, so if you have older kids or ones interested in military history, the limited Vimy – Beyond the Battle exhibit (it’s here until November) will be of interest to you. This is also on our August list!
Take in the fun programming at Billings Estate National Historic Site
This was brought to my attention by my sister who has three little ones under the age of five. She raved about the special programming at the Billings Estate National Estate Site (a place we love to go too!). I didn’t realize they had so much to offer during the summer. There are programs for preschools as well as kids up to age 12. Different days of the week offer a different theme. Check it out!
Learn about Farming at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
Another local museum that we love is the Cumberland Museum. On August 13, they have a special farming event where families can learn more about farm life, and get hands-on with experiments and more.
Go back in time at Upper Canada Village
We love visiting Upper Canada Village, and the summer is always a great time to walk around the village and explore. Plus, buy bread. Before you go: Print off the two free children’s tickets that Ontario has available!
I recently wrote an article on SavvyMom about all the fun activities at Petrie Island. It’s been a rough year for the Island, and some activities may have changed depending on how the location is doing, but it’s worth looking into the junior naturalists program so kids can learn more about the creatures and plants living there!
I keep talking about this event, but it’s for good reason. If you haven’t been, it’s worth checking out. It’s free and stunning.
Attend the Navan Fair
I love a rural fair. Probably because I grew up where every summer you couldn’t wait to attend the fair. I also love deep fried mini donuts. The Navan Fair is August 10-13!
I always find it fun when we are able to see art, acting, music and more on the streets, up close and out in the open. The Ottawa Busker Fest is sure to have the kids in awe as they watch! It’s on Sparks Street from August 3-7!