Tag Archives: family fun

Cap City’s Xmas Lights Shine Tonight!  How’s this for a light show? Every night, starting tonight and continuing through January 7, Cap City will glitter and shine as more than 300,000 dazzling Christmas lights illuminate the heart of Ottawa–Gatineau. Why … Continue reading

Summer To-Do List

1. Do Ottawa, with all your senses. See, hear, smell, taste and feel the magic of the city’s festivals, food trucks, eateries, markets, shops, hot spots and splash pads. 2. Add some sparkle to your summer at Creatures of Light: … Continue reading

7 Family Traditions for Christmas

Christmas is a time to bond and build family traditions. To make your holiday more memorable, why not start traditions that involve the entire family? Activities that involve everybody create memories that can carry a lasting impact. Here are seven … Continue reading

Building Holiday Traditions

by Chris Read With hockey, dance classes and the hustle that go along with this time of year, it’s easy for family time to get lost in the shuffle. Not in this household! We’re determined to find that time and … Continue reading

Canada Day Cookie Pizza

Looking for a Fun, Easy Dessert for Your Canada Day Celebration? 
This is So GOOD it will disappear in minutes! 

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Dad Time: Fun Activities to Do with the Kids

As a dad, you stay plenty busy juggling the responsibilities of work, fatherhood and house-related chores. Between putting in long hours at the office and trying to get though your endless to-do list, you might feel like it’s hard to … Continue reading

Day Trips: Meet the Parrots

by Stephen Johnson Smiths Falls Ontario is about as far away from the Amazon Rain Forest as one could imagine. So you can understand my surprise when I found out there is a parrot training and adoption centre located near … Continue reading

Everyone loves the creatures of Niagara Falls

by Stephen Johnson It started with a television jingle.  You know the one: “Everyone loves Marineland.”  Last summer at our house, that was the theme song. It was always followed by a question, “Dad, when are we going to Marineland?” … Continue reading

Expert Tips for Family Halloween Fun

    Create New Traditions With These Seasonal Ideas From the Pros For most kids, Halloween is typically about trick-or-treating and trying to get as much candy as possible. But parents may be more focused on making memories and establishing … Continue reading

Family Dog-Sledding Adventure

  by Stephen Johnson Living in Canada, our family has always tried to embrace winter.  We enjoy cross-country skiing, skating and tobogganing.   This winter, we wanted to try a different activity.   We decided to try the ultimate winter sport: dog-sledding.   … Continue reading

Family Fun at Gatineau Park

Have you been to Gatineau Gatineau Park lately?  Just a short drive from Ottawa, this natural wonder offers incredible views and plenty of family friendly fun. Summer is the ideal time to visit Gatineau Park when outdoor activities like horseback … Continue reading

Family Fun in the Ottawa Valley

By Stephen Johnson Sometimes, we overlook the treasures in our own backyards.   For me, the Ottawa Valley used to be a place to get gas or order a double-double on the way to my friend’s cottage.  I did not … Continue reading

Family Fun with Bayou Outaouais

Have you heard of Bayou Outaouais? The Gatineau company offers an airboat adventure in Canada’s “northern bayous.” Stephen Johnson’s family loved it! Continue reading

Family FUNdraiser Saturday for School Garden Grant Program

Whole Foods Market Lansdowne Park is holding its first annual FUNdraising Day this Saturday, September 5, from 3 to 7 p.m in the Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia. This family event features garden planting activities and crafts for kids, live … Continue reading

Fun and Games in Ottawa

If you’re due for a family outing or an adults-only date, there’s a fun new alternative to the standard movie night or recreational swim. You can take game playing to a whole new level at the Loft Board Game Lounge. … Continue reading

Fun at Kinburn Swampfest

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the fifth annual Swampfest taking place in Kinburn. This end-of-summer celebration includes live musical performances— from classic country to bluegrass—by local entertainers as well as other activities for kids of … Continue reading

Fun at Ottawa Champions Baseball Game

by Stephen Johnson To me, nothing beats sitting outside on a warm evening and enjoying a baseball game.  I was thrilled to learn that quality baseball would be returning to Ottawa with the start of the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club.  … Continue reading

Fun at the Zoo

By Stephen Johnson So far, 2014 has been the year of animals in the Johnson family.  Whether it has been seeing ducks in the neighbourhood park or touching stingrays at the Granby zoo, our son, David, has been on a … Continue reading

Fun New Outdoor Game

Looking for something new to do on these lazy, crazy days of summer? Try Rollors, an award-winning game your crew is apt to love. A fun outdoor activity, Rollors can be entertaining for the entire family. Players “roll” disks at … Continue reading

Getting Outside in Ottawa This Fall

    By Chris Read I have a confession to make. While I love the summer heat, the winter sledding and the spring washing-away of leftover snow, fall is my favourite season of all. In Ottawa, we are blessed with … Continue reading

GO Ottawa! Canadian Museum of Civilization

No Matter how Many Times you Visit, the Museum of Civilization Never Fails to Dazzle

See the latest exhibitions. Take in the special programs. Catch a flick at the IMAX Theatre, have some hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum and check out the collection at the Canadian Postal Museum on site. Continue reading

GO OTTAWA! Carp Fair

It’s that time of year! Take the kids for the day, see some great concerts at night. Fun and games at the 149th annual Carp Fair. Continue reading

Go Ottawa! To The Dogs…

For Some Exercise, Free Fun and a Howlingly Entertaining Time, Take a Walk on the Wild Side – at One of the City’s Dog Parks!

Have your ever been to Conroy Pit? Bruce Pit?  Dogs think they’re Disneyland East and West. At these off-leash sites, canines come in all sizes and styles of cuteness to sniff, scratch and play, play, play while humans get to watch the happy-dog dancing and antics… Continue reading

Haunttawa: Halloween Horrors in Ottawa

Oh, the Horrors Ottawa can be a pretty scary place—and not just in the House of Commons. Once fall rolls around and the days darken earlier and earlier, it’s Canada’s ghostly capital. Fun and spooky events rise up, costumes and … Continue reading

High Fives for Colonel By

A Highlight of the Rideau Canal Festival, Colonel By Day Offers Fun for the Whole Family Continue reading

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Fear Not, Pilgrim
There’s still time to go somewhere special so your kids have something to write for their annual, back-to-school essays Continue reading

Keeping Toddlers Safe Around the Pool

Now that summer is in full swing, you’re probably spending some lazy afternoons with your kids in your backyard or neighborhood pool. While you want to keep a close eye on all of your children while they are in and … Continue reading

Make a Splash at Calypso

New Jungle Challenge Promises Wet and Wild Fun at Waterpark

Photos and Videos courtesy of: Calypso Theme Waterpark Limoges Canada © Copyright 2011 Continue reading

Make Family Time Fun!

As a parent, you understand the importance of family time. And as it turns out, studies have validated what you already know. Focus on the Family notes that spending a lot of quality time with your kids helps create a … Continue reading

March Break and spring fun in the city

The countdown is on for March Break. In just days, students will be off school for a week. YIKES! What are you going to do? Just because they get a break, it doesn’t mean you do. Continue reading

Midway Family Fun Park Birthday Parties

2477 Kaladar Avenue
(613) 526-0343

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Odawa Pow Wow this Weekend

The annual Odawa Pow Wow is this weekend at 200 Moodie Drive. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to learn about Aboriginal cultural traditions. Continue reading

Ottawa Folk Festival: Bring It On!

Ben Harper is in the lineup for this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival.
The five-day, family-friendly celebration starts September 6 at Hog’s Back Park. Continue reading

Otttawa’s Pirate Adventures for Swashbuckling Fun

Arrr, matey. Kids of all ages love Ottawa’s Pirate Adventures. This thrill-a-minute local pirate ship is the perfect spot for birthday parties too. Continue reading

Radio Flyer EZ Fold Stroll ‘N Trike

The EZ Fold Stroll ‘N Trike™ is designed to fold in one easy step so you can store or take it anywhere. This 4 in 1 trike is a great grow-with-me trike offering the many features and  fun for kids 9 months to 5 years. Continue reading

Science By Night at Museum of Nature May 5

Science by Night is happening at the Canadian Museum of Nature Thursday, May 5. At this free open house, from 5 to 9 pm, you can roam the museum, meet scientists, do a little gaming and dissection, join in a trivia challenge and more!
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Snow tubing at Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien

by Stephen Johnson This winter has been more unpredictable than the stock market.  When we finally had a perfect weekend for outdoor activities, our family wanted to make the most of it.  Snow tubing at Domaine Ange-Gardien has been on … Continue reading

Spooky Halloween Fun at Saunders Farm

by Stephen Johnson When I first moved to Ottawa fourteen years ago, everyone I met suggested that I visit Saunders Farm near Halloween for their haunted hayride.   I decided to check out what all the hype was about and was … Continue reading


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, We all Wonder What You Are
That’s why August is the perfect time for a family outing to watch the night sky Continue reading

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival? Dig It!

If you’re due for a fun family outing, head to the Ottawa Grassroots Festival April 23 to 26. A not-for-profit event organized by volunteers, it’s described as a “family oriented celebration of folk music, dance, and spoken word.”  Most events … Continue reading

The Wonders of the Imagination

  By Chris Read As hectic as life can get, there is one part of my day that always remains constant: the bedtime story. Since before they were old enough to understand what we were saying to them, my wife … Continue reading

Travelling for March Break? Gear Up!

 The countdown is on. In just a few days, the kids are on March Break and many families will be heading away on a spring adventure. If you’re travelling out of town, be sure to mmake To Do lists and … Continue reading

Upper Canada Village

When Ally and Bobby Montminy first arrived at Upper Canada Village during their 2011 summer break, they knew it was going to be an unforgettable week. Continue reading

Upper Canada Village’s Pumpkinferno is HOT!

by Candace Derickx     Since the early 19th century, pumpkins have been synonymous with Halloween. Originally carved with grotesque faces to represent goblins and ghouls, they were lit and placed outside home entrances to ward off the undead. Macabre, … Continue reading

Zombie Adventure Challenge

Zombie Takeover? You Bet!

Autism Ontario – Ottawa Chapter is raising the dead and raising funds at the Saunders Farm Zombie Adventure Challenge August 26 Continue reading