Have a kid who loves cars? You’re in luck: Ottawa hosts two car shows every spring. My lucky little guy got to go to both this year!
The first was the Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show downtown. We had planned a family outing but were derailed when my daughter got sick in the car on the way there. I dropped of my 3.5 year old son and my husband and took my sickie home.
The boys had a great time exploring at the car show but the highlight for my son was actually the bus ride home. It was his first time on a city bus and he loved it.
The show itself lasts from Thursday to Sunday and has special events like a cruise night, family day and fun day. So many cars to look at including concept cars which are always so sleek.
The second show was the Ottawa Classic and Custom Car Show at the new Ernst and Young Center. This time the whole family made it. This show is smaller but has some really interesting custom cars with funky displays.
The big highlight were the Batmobiles, two of them, and a Batman statue that the kids loved. I loved seeing all the little kids dressed up like Batman. Coming in a close second was being able to sit in a police car and multiple race cars.
While not a typical outing, the car shows were adventures for my little family. We will definitely be back next year.
If you went I would love to hear what you thought!
Kamerine is mom to 3 year old Little J and 1 year old Baby K. She documents her life with two toddlers, a husband and a cat at followk.blogspot.ca.
A little while ago my daughter saw me doing yoga at home. I have a DVD that I pop in occasionally and she was very interested in what I was doing. The next day we looked up some videos online, but I wanted to take her to a real class and I got the opportunity when my friend Amanda told me about a Little Lotus Yoga parent and preschool class at a new location in New Edinburgh.
When I asked her if she wanted to go she got very, very excited and made sure to ask when it was happening.
When it was finally time to leave the house she wanted to carry the yoga mat.
We got there early and settled in as the other moms and kids arrived. The instructor, Nicole was excellent with all the kids. I was worried that my daughter wouldn’t be able to stay still for the class, but quickly found out it didn’t matter, the kids were allowed to roam and invited to talk. The first portion of the class when we played a game called Huckle Buckle got my daughter into the class. She had been shyly hanging on to me, but when we were told to get ourselves belly to belly I took the opportunity to pick her up by her feet and hold her upside-down to do it.
After that, when she was given the opportunity to be a butterfly, a spider on the wall and a starfish on my back she went for it.
Yoga is something that I need to do for myself more, and it was wonderful to be able to do it together. It didn’t have quite the same calming effect, but I like to think it’s something we’ll grow into together.
The Ottawa International Children’s Festival is an annual 5 day celebration of the best in live performing arts for children ages 4 to 15. For over 25 years, the OICF has been attracting award-winning artists from around the globe. THe OICF is made up of free and charged events for all children. Events, shows and activities take place both indoors and out, so it goes on despite the weather! As usual, the lineup this year looks fabulous. Some of the scheduled shows, programs and events taking place in the 2013 festival are:
The Festival is also jam-packed with tons activities and attractions for the whole family, complete with an interactive play-space designed by YOWlab, the 100 Watt Earth Stage, the Baobab Community West African hand drum workshop, circus workshops and so much more! And don’t even get me started on the face painting. When we went a few years ago, the face painting was not only amazing, it was a truly interactive experience as well!
The Festival runs from May 28-June 2 at LeBreton Flats Park and the Canadian War Museum. Showtimes vary so be sure to check out their website for more information.
We’re so excited about the Ottawa International Children’s Festival that we’re offering tickets to one awesome show at the festival. In addition to the show, you will have access to all the other activities and programming. To enter just leave a comment below telling us you’re interested and what you’re looking forward to doing. Giveaway ends May 24th at 8pm.