"If you go out in the woods today....

by Julie You're sure of a big surprise. If you go out in the woods today You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain, because Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic"

Every year, CHEO hosts a Teddy Bears' Picnic as a way to say thank you to the community for their support.  Held on the beautiful grounds at Rideau Hall, the picnic usually includes a pancake breakfast, a parade, entertainment, often rides and/or a petting farm, a BBQ, and the most popular attraction: the B*A*S*H tent (Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital) where kids can bring their bears (or any stuffed animal really) to be checked over and patched up by a doctor. 

 In past years, the picnic has also featured face painting, a visit from several Mounties, a display from the Ottawa Police and/or Fire Services, a games area (with games perfect for 2-5 yr olds), and of course clowns.

Enterance to the picnic and most attractions is free.  A nominal charge applies to some games, rides and food concessions.

Since there is no parking on site, the organizors have teamed up with OC Transpo to provide a free shuttle service running to and from the Aviation Museum.  Let me tell you, this ride alone is sometimes half the fun: a bus filled with picnic goers and their bears what more could a kid ask for? 

If you're planning to check it out, be sure to pack hats, sunscreen, water and snacks....and don't forget your bear!  The grounds are woven with paved pathways making most of the area stroller, wagon and wheelchair friendly. 

The year, the picnic will take place on Saturday June 26th.  Hope to see you there!

“Julie is a mom to 7 year old Maya and 5 ½ year old Evan. She is photographer and samples of her work can be found at www.inspiredphotography.ca