Category Archives: Attractions

Butterfly Show at Carleton University

Butterflies

Until this Monday, you can see butterflies at Carleton University. This is a free event though they do accept donations.

Live butterfly show sign

Over 1000 butterflies, representing more than 40 species, are flown in for this event. The butterflies are let loose in the greenhouse and flutter around for everyone to see

.Butterfly show dates

What I recommend:

  • don’t bring your stroller or park it just past the entrance in the designated area;
  • wear bright clothing so the butterflies will be attracted to you;
  • don’t wear a sweater (it’s hot in there!);
  • be prepared for a line.

And don’t forget to snap a picture in front of the enormous butterfly in the hall before you leave!

Website for more info: Annual Butterfly Show at Carleton University.

Thanksgiving Weekend Round-Up

Phew, what a week! The blog’s been quiet while I was away at the Birth and Beyond Conference in London, Ontario. I’m back now, and dealing with all the email and work that’s piled up in my absence :)

One thing on my mind this past week was Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has always been a special time for my family. As a child, I spent the weekend up in Haliburton, Ontario at my grandfather’s cottage. Cold nights by the fire, marshmallows, canoe trips on the lake, and going for wheelbarrow rides (which ended by getting dumped in a pile of leaves at the bottom of the drive).

cottage

We’re far from Haliburton here in Ottawa, but we share the vibrant colours and crisp sunny days with cottage country. I’m motivated to plan fun activities for my family to do while I’ve got three days off. Here’s a list of the ideas I’ve gathered:

1) For families with older kids – a Haunted Village at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.

2) A hike in Gatineau Park to see the Fall colours.

3) If you’re up for a full day, you could pair your hike with a trip to a Quebec cranberry farm.

4) A walk along the Mer Bleu Bog Trail.

5) If you have a babysitter or are kid-free, you may want to get that last round of golf in!

6) The Ottawa Farmer’s Market is still open and it’s hopping! I’m planning on heading there on Sunday to stock up on veggies for soups and stews.

7) A country fair is perfect for this time of year! The Pontiac Country Fair is taking place in Gatineau Park this weekend.

8) Pumpkin patch! Saunders Farm, Millers Farm, and Cannamore Orchard are a few popular places.

9) Thanksgiving Weekend activities at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

10) Help others in need by making a donation to your local food bank!

What do you do Thanksgiving weekend?

 

 

Walking With Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs

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

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.