Easter Activities in Ottawa

It may still feel like winter outside, but spring will be here before we know it - which means Easter will be too! Easter is at the start of April this year though, which may mean outdoor egg hunts are not possible. Only time will tell!

Ottawa has many family-friendly Easter activities happening throughout Easter weekend including Easter egg hunts, decorating and ample opportunities for little ones to meet the Easter Bunny! Here's where to go in the Ottawa area for the very best in Easter activities the entire family can enjoy:

Easter Activities in Ottawa

Ottawa Egg Drop at the Aviation Museum

This free family event takes place over Easter weekend at the Aviation Museum. They are dropping 30,000 easter eggs from a helicopter in Ottawa’s first egg drop! Unfortunately, registration for this event proved to very popular, very early and is now closed for registration (but it’s something to keep your eyes out for next year!). For more information visit: EggDrop.ca

Canadian Agricultural Museum- Easter at the farm

Celebrate Easter at the Canadian Agricultural Museum from March 30th to April 2nd. The barns are sure to be alive with newborn animals, and what better way to celebrate Easter than with real live cute baby chicks and bunnies!

Valleyview Animal Farm – Easter Fun  

Easter egg hunts with hundreds of coloured eggs take place throughout Easter weekend at Valleyview Animal Farm. This farm is a great place for younger kids, who may want to stop and feed a goat or two while they hunt for eggs

Billings Estate Museum – Easter at the Estate

On Saturday March 31st Billings Estate hosts an Easter egg hunt as well as other fun and educational Easter activities. For more information visit the Billing Estate Museum website by clicking here.

Canadian Museum of History – Children’s Museum

Although not over the Easter weekend, the museum is hosting a Dragon Egg Hunt March 19th - this sends kiddos on a quest to find magical dragon eggs. You get a chance to visit the DreamWorks Animation Exhibition to immerse yourself in the fantastical world of Toothless from the film How To Train Your Dragon. Sounds eggcellent!!

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum - Springtime Adventure

On Saturday March 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. celebrate Easter with "Hop into Spring" - unscramble an easter puzzle, dye eggs and learn how people used to prepare for spring. For information and to register, visit the museum's website.

Diefenbunker – Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Located in Carp, the Diefenbunker has held an easter egg hunt on Easter weekend for the past few years - this year it is on Saturday, March 31st. With hundreds of places to hide in the 100,000 square foot bunker, it makes for a fun Easter egg hunt for all ages! For more details, click here.

What activities do you enjoy sharing with your kids at Easter? Or is there an Easter activity in Ottawa we should know about? Leave a comment and let us know. 

Getting kids outside in crappy weather

A popular Norwegian quote says that "there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."


The Norwegians are well known for their year-round love of the outdoors, unlike us North Americans who run inside at the tiniest drizzle. As a Canadian, I've been there - I know how hard it is to encourage some children to get outside on the best of days. Add snow, sleet and ice to the mix, and it can be extra tough.

We've had our share of yucky weather here in Ottawa, with a huge February melt and regular freezing rain. Although this may signal an early Spring (yay!) it's been tough for those who enjoy winter activities like skiing and snowshoeing. The ice has also made it hard to walk within the city and my daughter has taken a couple of big falls.

When I start getting depressed about weather, I always stop and try to observe my children. Here are a few things to consider when trying to encourage more outdoor play.

Kids don't care much about weather

Caveat: as long as they're dressed well! This early spring means you need to be prepared for anything. Plastic ponchos can keep kids warm and dry. Switching to rain boots instead of snow boots can result in cold toes, so I would suggest you buy some packs of disposable foot warmers. Pop those into your child's rain boot and they'll be good to splash in the puddles without risk of wet and cold feet!

I find it's often the adults that are running inside at the slightest threat of bad weather, and this kind of behaviour gets passed onto our kids. School is also tough, as administrators keep the kids indoors for recess for so many different types of weather (too cold, too hot, too rainy, too icy etc.) Try to encourage your child to play outdoors after school if this is the case!

Kids find joy in ANY weather!

While I'm cursing my way down the icy street, my 5 year-old is meandering slowly behind me. She is fascinated by the melting water under the ice; the air bubbles slowly rising to the surface. She has a great time poking holes in the snow with a stick she found. My daughter doesn't see the negative things that I tend to see: the dog poop, the yucky snow, the risk of falling on the ice.

We can learn a lot by observing our children and taking their lead. Slowing down helps me to hear the birds, observe the changes in the clouds and accept the weather as it is. Because let's face it - weather is ALWAYS changing and it's never in our control. We just need to make the best of it, and our children can point us in the right direction

Get out of the city

I love my city life, but as mentioned above, I find the changes in seasons can bring a lot of challenges. Lately it's been all of the melting and freezing (and freezing rain!) that's made my daily walks with the dog a lot harder.

Consider finding time to get away from the messy streets and head out to some green space. The snow may still be a bit icy, but I guarantee you won't get splashed by a passing car ;) Some fun ideas here in Ottawa include:

Mer Bleue

Hiking Trails

Parc Omega

Conservation Areas

If you're looking for an amazing program that will take kids outdoors (regardless of the weather!) check out Earth Path. My daughter has been doing forest school with them all winter, and she comes home exhuasted and soooo happy. They have March Break and Summer Camps as well as weekly programming!

10 March Break Activities in Ottawa

March Break is just around the corner! If you plan on sticking around the National Capital Region this March Break, then you’re probably wondering what there is to do to keep the kids busy, entertained and happy.

With that in mind, here are 10 March Break Activities in Ottawa:

March break Activities in Ottawa

1)   Visit a Sugar Bush

Over the March Break, you won't have to wait until the weekend to visit a Sugar Bush. The Log Farm in Nepean is open March 12th to the 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes a bonfire and wagon rides! Visitors will not only see how the pioneers would have collected maple syrup, but also learn how maple syrup is made using modern wood fired equipment.

2)   Try Downhill Skiing, Winter Tubing or Snowshoeing! 

March break is a prime time to take the kids downhill skiing or enrol them in downhill ski lessons. But if you aren’t skiers, hills such as Mount PakenhamEdelweiss and Domaine de l’Anne-Gardien offer winter tubing too! And ski hills, such as Calabogie also offer snowshoeing (including rentals). Fun in the snow for all ages and abilities!

Downhill skiing

3)   Visit a Museum

Ottawa has many great museums that appeal to a a variety of interests. Whether you want to teach kids about farming and agriculture at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum or learn about dinosaurs or Canada's Arctic at the Canadian Museum of Nature, there are plenty of things for kids of all ages to see and do at a local museum.

This year the Canadian Museum of Nature has a special Butterfly Exhibit that is only on until April 3rd. March Break is a great time to go check it out (tip: it's really busy, so make sure you book your time slot ahead of time).

For younger kids the Children’s Museum at the Museum of History is always a hit! They currently have a special Dreamworks Animation exhibit that features over 350 items including rare and never-before-seen concept drawings and interactive displays from DreamWorks  animated classics.

From March 3rd to the 18th, the Canadian Space and Aviation Museum has something space-oriented for children of all ages going on each day. The museum will focus on a different aspect of basic astronaut training, including flight training, parachute training, and more – with fun, interactive activities. There will also be daily demonstrations of Shaping the Future in Space, or take part in self-guided craft activities. 

And we can't forget - the Canadian Science and Technology Museum is open again! March Break is a great time to reacquaint yourself with this beloved museum and its new, updated exhibits and galleries. We recently wrote a post all about the museum's new look and what you can expect on your first visit.

Exploring a museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours or an entire day!

4)   Take a Haunted Walk (for older kids)

Older kids, who are also fans of a good ghost story, may appreciate the fun and mystery of Ottawa’s Haunted Walk. They run every night from downtown Ottawa and are definitely a memorable way to spend an evening as a family. There are usually a couple of different tour types to choose from and each offer a unique way of seeing our city!

5)   Go Cross Country Skiing

 March Break is usually a goot time to check out the groomed cross country ski trails in Gatineau Park or the new multi-use Sir John A. MacDonald trail. If you don’t own skis you can usually rent them from places such as Mountain Equipment Co-op and Fresh Air Experience. 

Cross Country skiing

6)   Skate as a family at the Sens Rink of Dreams and Rideau Hall

Weather-permitting, the Sens Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm and unlike many other public skating rinks there is also a heated changing facility. If you don’t own skates (or you just discovered your kids have outgrown theirs) you can rent skates right on site (during designated times).

Rideau Hall also has a public outdoor skating rink which is open until March 25th, weather-permitting. 

7)   Slide or Dive into a City of Ottawa pool

The City of Ottawa offers a wide range of public swimming schedules during the March Break and have locations all over the city that offer everything from standard swimming, to slides to waves! The great news is that it isn’t expensive, in fact kids 2 and under are free!

8)   Sign up for a program at the Ottawa Public Library

Every year the Ottawa Public Library offers free programs for school age children and teens as part of their March Break. Program themes and length vary depending on the library, but past programs have included programs about science, technology, arts and more!

9)   Paint Pottery

If your kids love to be creative bring them to a ceramic painting place in Ottawa. There are several including Pottery Playhouse in Stittsville and The Mud Oven on Bank Street. Kids can paint something as simple as a plate or mug and make it their own – or get a head start on birthday gifts for family and friends. It’s a lot of fun and the mess is left behind!

Painting Pottery

10)  Try Bowling

If you’re anything like me the last time you went bowling was on the Nintendo Wii. Bowling is great exercise and a fun way to play together as family. Ottawa has several bowling lanes to choose from including Walkley Bowling Lanes and Orleans Bowling Centre. Merivale Bowling Lanes even has glow in the dark bowling!

How do you plan on spending your March Break this year? What are some of your favourite family acitivities? 



Easy and cute Valentine's Owl

On Sunday we hosted a group of 5 year-old girls for a special Valentine's Day party at our house. There were cupcakes, Valentine's Bingo, and a couple of crafts - including this sweet little owl!


What you'll need:

  • toilet paper roll
  • pretty Valentine's paper (or paint)
  • red and orange construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • hot glue gun

I didn't have any fancy Valentine's paper, so I ended up having the kids paint their toilet paper roll white. If I ever do this craft again I will *not* use paint, as the glue was having a lot of trouble sticking! Wrapping your roll in patterned paper would be a better option.


Once the paint dried, we bent the top of the roll to create the owl's ears. Next, I helped the kids to glue all of their individual pieces on. You COULD use white glue I'm sure, but 5 year-olds are not exactly patient when waiting for glue to dry. I also pre-cut all the pieces for the kids, but older ones (like my 8 year-old) would be able to cut her own pieces no problem.

Finally, I let the kids decorate their owls by colouring hearts or adding stickers on the body. Again, the paint did not help us out here - paper would be much easier!!