One of the highlights for our girls this summer was visiting a fire station. We visited Ottawa Fire Station 23 (Carling & Kirkwood) because my husband knows the Platoon Chief. But you can visit any station in the city and they will give you a tour as part of Ottawa’s Fire Safety Program. If you are interested in going for a tour call the fire education department of the city to set up a time (click here to find a fire station near you.
Our tour started in the Platoon Office where the staffing of all 29 fire stations is controlled. Next we were led through the station to the garage to meet our guide (a nice rookie who was great with kids) to see the fire trucks. Station 23 has two main pumper trucks and one ladder truck. Our guide explained how trucks are dispatched when a call come in and that some stations don’t have enough staff to operate all the equipment at any particular time.
The girls got to sit in the truck and see and touch the equipment that firefighters use when they are fighting a fire. The parents also got to pick up and carry bags of equipment to feel how heavy they are. The firefighters need to carry these bags of equipment up countless flights of stairs.
The kids were a little nervous about all of the big equipment so our very nice rookie took us to the kitchen to see where they prepared and ate all their meals. Firefighters are on duty for 24 hour shifts (yes, they sleep and eat at the station) and they have to be ready to go to a call anytime. This is why you often see firetrucks at the grocery store. One time they got a call when they were grocery shopping and had a full cart of groceries!
Station 23 is one of the older stations in Ottawa and even has a fire pole. Newer stations are only one floor and no longer have fire poles.
The end of the tour led us back to the garage where the girls got a chance to help wash the fire truck. They were happily scrubbing away when a call came in over the speakers. We moved to the back of the garage and got to see all the fire fighters get suited up, get into the trucks and drive out onto Carling Ave with sirens blaring.
Do you love dinosaurs? Have a dino-loving little one? You’ll want to check out Walking With Dinosaurs, on now at the Canadian Tire Center. This show is an arena spectacular with 20 life-sized dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurus Rex!
I was able to meet the baby T-Rex at an event last week and I can tell you that it was pretty awesome, and he only comes up to his mama’s waist. I can’t even imagine seeing the big dinosaurs. Not only that, at the show you get to see them move, hear them roar, and learn things along the way.
Baby T-Rex from Walking with Dinosaurs
This show is sure to be amazing, though probably not suitable for all children. My 3-year-old was petrified of Baby T, but my 4-year-old was excited. I would love to know if you’re planning to go and what you thought of the show!
You can buy tickets on the Walking With Dinosaurs website. The showtimes are:
Thursday, August 21 at 7 pm
Friday, August 22 at 7 pm
Saturday, August 23 at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm
Sunday, August 24 at 11am and 3pm
A big thank you to the organizers and evenko for the opportunity to attend the media preview and meet Baby T.
July 20th was National Ice Cream day, and the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum celebrated appropriately with the Ice Cream Festival!
We arrived early, and thank goodness, because the parking lot was jammed by the time we left at 11:30 am. As museum members, we got to bypass the HUGE lineup, and headed inside to see the cows and horses. My daughters were worried about all the noise the animals were making, so we made our way over to a demonstration of ice cream making with an old manual ice cream maker. Nearby the girls could play with hoola hoops and make giant bubbles.
Of course, the highlight of the day was free ice cream, which the girls gobbled up (and I do have to comment that normally our family tries to avoid Nestle products for these reasons, but I made an exception in the interest of toddler meltdowns). There were also ice cream sandwiches being made in the kitchen, and the girls enjoyed watching the bees working away in the beehive.
A visit to the Canadian Agriculture museum never disappoints, and you definitely want to add this event to you calendar for next summer!