Bring the kids to the Ottawa International Children's Festival
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:35
Children and the young at heart will want to start planning their holiday in Canada's capital city this spring to take part in a fantastic family-friendly event. The Ottawa International Children's Festival (OICF) has been a favourite of locals and travellers for years, bringing the best of children's entertainment to the city for a weekend full of thrills and excitement.
Since 1985, this extravaganza has been hosted in Ottawa, highlighting the best of the best in children's performing arts. Over the years, the idea has steadily grown and blossomed into what it is today - a much-anticipated event that has more than 20,000 people attending every year. For five days, festivities embrace the theme of international talent and culture, as artists from across the globe head to the city from countries such as France, China and Kenya. The success of the OICF has also been recognised by other organisations for its accomplishments. For instance, in 2006 it was given an honourary patronage by Her Excellency Governor General Michaëlle Jean.
When families head to the festival, they will be able to choose from a wide array of shows and attractions, all of which cater to different age groups of children. If little ones are into puppets, they should not miss the Hans My Hedgehog show performed by master puppeteer Matthias Kuchta from Germany. He has put an interesting spin on the classic Brothers Grimm stories to create a visual spectacle that those aged 6 and up will enjoy.
Hailing from the United States, Black Violin is another act that will be performed during the festival. Kev Marcus, Wil B and DJ TK combine their talents and background in classical music and hip-hop to create a unique sound that is suitable for all ages.
When travellers are deciding what to do with their children on their getaway, taking some tours of Ottawa and attending the festival can be great ideas. Not only will the event occur while travellers are on holiday this spring, there are fantastic museums, movie theatres, parks and more that are sure to delight little ones while on vacation in town.