Category Archives: Attractions

Checking out the Diefenbunker with kids

Diefenbunker with kidsI wasn’t sure if the Diefenbunker would be a great place to bring my kids (5 and 8), but after a few of my friends had taken their children and assured me there was lots for them to do, we headed out to Carp to check it out for ourselves.

The kids had a blast and my only complaint is that there is so much awesome information to be read and learned and 5 and 8 year-olds don’t want to stop and read everything. I’ll need to head back one day without them.

The more I learn about the Diefenbunker, the more amazed I am at all the cool stuff they have there and the fun activities they plan within the museum.

I made a short video (my first of this kind) on our trip out there.  Have a look and let me know what you think.  And leave a comment letting my know if you’ve been to the Diefenbunker with your kids and how they liked it!

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?