Bring children to Ottawa and have a blast this summer
Most kids can’t wait for their summer vacation to start; it’s a time for relaxing, cooling off and spending time on holiday with loved ones. Travellers who are planning a trip with their little ones should not miss all the amazing and interactive things to see while visiting Ottawa. It’s all part of what makes Canada's capital so fun to visit for families.
Indulge in outdoor wonders
Ottawa generally experiences gorgeous sunny weather throughout the season, so it’s the perfect time to take advantage of open air attractions. Many kids love animals, so a trip to the Valleyview Little Animal Farm can be a great start to a getaway. Children can pet the rabbits, baby goats, sheep and ducklings and help with their mealtimes, or take a trip to the play area and train ride station.
The Eco-Odyssee attraction is another wonderful way to connect with nature and be surrounded by regional beauty. Guests can glide down a waterway by paddleboat to view lush vegetation and discover the biodiversity of the region around Ottawa. Kids can point out the different species of flora and fauna while navigating through the water maze with plenty of twists and turns.
At Saunders Farm , there are plenty of activities to do together, including an exploration of North America’s largest collection of hedge mazes. Navigate your way through more than 23,000 square feet of intricate paths, before climbing aboard a beautifully constructed pirate ship on land, and cooling off in the water spray zone.
In the heart of downtown Ottawa along the Rideau Canal, Pirate Adventures a unique and unforgettable experience aboard a fifty foot pirate ship armed with 12 water cannons. Watch your child transform into a pirate with face painting tattoos and pirate gear then discover a treasure map and solve its secrets. Pirate Pete will make an appearance!
Learn something new at Ottawa's museums
Ottawa museums bring a whole lot of kids programming to the table, and summertime is one of the best times of year to come see why. This year, a visit to the Children's Museum at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) should definitely be on the itinerary. Children can take some fun art classes, such as learning how to make tie-dye clothes, or check out the recreated Japanese tea room where little ones can explore new cultures.
During the summer, parents can enjoy Artissimo with their kids while they peruse the National Gallery of Canada. This program offers young people various ways to explore and enjoy art.
And no visit to Ottawa is complete without a trip to the Canada Science and Technology Museum for a walk through the Crazy Kitchen – a dizzying household room that has become a staple childhood experience for local kids.
Let loose and cool off at a local waterpark
After experiencing some art at the city's fine museums and seeing the animals at Valleyview, kids can blow off some steam while exploring the Calypso Theme Waterpark. Boasting the country's biggest wave pool, this amusement centre also has a lazy river, massive water slides and aqua play areas.
There is a wealth of things the whole family can enjoy together throughout the summer – we look forward to seeing you in the Capital!