How about grooming a calf or meeting the alpacas? You can’t beat the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum as a destination for Family Day.
There’s tons of hands-on stuff to do at the city’s most favourite farm, from snowman and ice sculpture building to bird feeder building and Snowman cake pops in the demonstration kitchen. Crafts, stories, afternoon cow milking in the dairy barn – it’s all happening here. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular museum admission prices are in effect for Family Day.
Last day for Winterlude
At Confederation Park, you’ll discover buskers performing and the Kettle Boys demonstrating rope-making, wood stamping and hand-crafting wooden toys. You’ll also want to check out the Inuit Circle, which involves Inuit youth from across Canada’s Arctic sharing their culture. Performances will include throat singing, drum dances and demonstrations of Arctic sports.
At Jacques-Cartier Park you can check out the Extreme Aerial Acrobatic and Trampo-wall Show. There’s also a zip line, dog sledding, a puppet show, live music, indigenous stories, songs and games, and more.
At Ottawa City Hall, you’ll find kid-appealing, hands-on activities and demonstrations. At Marion Dewar Plaza, you can play with uOttawa Gee-Gees varsity sports teams, try ringette, and skate on the Rink of Dreams, weather permitting. In fact, you can go skating with the mayor.
Mayor Jim Watson is hosting a Family Day Skating Party on the Sens Rink of Dreams from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s free coffee, hot chocolate and even soup.
At Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, you can try animal tracking on snowshoes. This two-hour activity starts at 1:30 p.m., it’s free and snowshoes are provided. It’s a good idea to make a reservation for this.
Weather and ice conditions permitting, there will also be activities on the Rideau Canal Skateway. And if you’d prefer to head further afield to have family fun, why not take a winter hike? There are tons of scenic trails and spots where you can feed chickadees from your hands, too.