Looking Back: Our Most Popular Posts from 2017

What a year it's been for Kids in the Capital! 2017 was #Canada150 which meant posts about all the fabulous activities there were to see and do in the National Capital Region. We had a lot of great posts this past year and we're sharing our most popular of 2017 - surprisingly, not all of them were written this year! Remember to bookmark your favourite posts - especially for summer when you're looking for fun outdoor activities!

Most popular posts of 2017

10) High Tea at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier: Every afternoon, High Tea is served in Zoe’s Lounge at the Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa. The decor in both the Chateau Laurier and Zoe’s is beautiful and posh. Scones, sandwiches, fruit salad and desserts served on fancy tiered dishes make eating fun! This activity runs all year long and is ideal for guests of all ages, just remember to book your spot in advance.

9) Ottawa's Best Splash Pads: There seems to be more and more splash pads popping up all over Ottawa every summer. They're a great way to cool down and enjoy the warm summer weather. If your kids love splash pads, bookmark this list  for next summer!

8) The New Millennium Park: The City of Ottawa has made major upgrades to the Millennium park in Ottawa's East end, including an awesome new splash pad. The two main play structures are still a big hit, and the trees are slowly growing to create some shade. A brand new shelter helps, as well as the ability to run to the water for a cool down - perfect for scorching summer days. 

7) Exploring the Outaouais with kids: Eco Odysee: Ottawa loves to explore the greater Ottawa area in the summer, and Eco-Odysée is a gem! Beautiful scenery, boats, maps, clues, and puzzle solving! It can't get much better for kids who love outdoor adventure and mystery! 

6) The Children's Museum: The Children's Museum at The Museum of History is a favourite indoor spot for children any time of year. The museum is great because there is a lot of hands-on stuff for kids to do, and they can enjoy it at so many ages.

5) 150 things to do and see in the Ottawa region for Canada's 150th Birthday: As the NY Times mentioned, there's always something to see, do or explore in Canada's Capital and 2017 was no exception! Between La Machine, MosaïCanada and Canada Day there were many exciting things to see and do this past year (and next year too!)

4) Ottawa's Top 10 Family-Friendly Neighbourhoods: Every year one of our most popular searches is on popular neighbourhoods in Ottawa. So this year, with the help of some of our readers, we wrote a post on Ottawa's top 10 family-friendly-neighbourhoods. Parks, amenities, schools and more - read what makes an Ottawa neighbourhood family-friendly.

3) The Holidays in Ottawa: 25 things to do under $25: If you're off during the holidays it can be a challenge to find activities for the family that don't cost a lot of money. Misty compiled a great list based on families of four, but of course many of the activities will accommodate larger families without too much of an additional cost! 

2) Giver’s 150 Canada-themed playground at Mooney’s Bay: This past spring TVO aired episodes of Giver about building one of the largest playgrounds in Canada located at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa. Among many other things, Canada’s playground at Mooney's Bay features a lighthouse slide, orca shaped monkey bars, a ship that rocks back and forth as you move, a log cabin, a canoe-shaped teeter totter as well as a multitude of play structures, each symbolizing something that kids can identify with for each area of Canada.

1) 50 things to do with kids in Ottawa:  Our readers love this post! As parents, we know how important it is to find things kids will love to do - regardless of the time of year. So, we put together the ultimate list with loads of ideas! From museums, indoor activities, outdoor activities and parks - there's always something to do in Ottawa, no matter the season!

Our readers love posts about things to do in Ottawa! Let us know what you want to read on KITC in 2018! Leave a comment and let us know!

What you might have missed: February recap

Activities for kids This month we went tumbling, we played video games WITH the kids and we checked out Disney on Ice.

Crafts

This month's Kids Create post was about Love and Kindness.  It's never too late to add your submission to the link up.  Join us every month for a great craft carnival run by Alicia!

We also made treats for the birds.

Events

We were thrilled to announce the introduction of a new section to Kids in the Capital - an events calendar! We invite you to check it out and to please contribute events to add to it!

Food

We made maple syrup on snow and we talked about some great tips to make grocery shopping easier.

Giving Back

Kindness week happens in February every year.  This month's Kids in the Capital Giving Back post was about the Youville Centre - an amazing place we should all know more about and endeavour to help!

We also got to hear about the Ottawa Children's Gala.

Parenting tips

We had another installment from our friend Krista who is spending a year abroad in India and we heard about the wonderful value of pregnancy massage.

Pinteresting

Pinterest is all the rage and a great way to find great ideas for things to do with or for the kids.  This month we had a post about Eco-friendly pinterest finds.

Sponsors

We welcomed a number of new sponsors this month (more to be introduced in March!)  We couldn't run Kids in the Capital without the support of our sponsors so we would really appreciate it if you took the time to read a bit about them and to say hi!

This month we met the Jewish Community Centre and Funnovation Imaginarium.

Valentine's Day

Do you do anything special for Valentine's Day? Carly wrote some fabulous posts on fun things to do for Valentine's day including a special kid-friendly dinner and decorating the windows.

Winterlude

February and Winterlude go hand in hand in the capital.  This month our library post was about books to read in the winter and we checked out Confederation Park.

We're always looking for new posts - if you'd like to contribute drop us a line at kidsinthecapital(at)gmail(dot)com

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Here's what you might have missed in January 2012

It's been a while since we've done a Monthly Roundup, but we're bringing it back in 2012! Here's what's been going on around here in the last month: January Craft Carnival The craft carnival by Alicia married two of kids' favourite things - reading and crafts. Go on over and see what everyone else did! Perhaps you'd like to use some Melissa and Doug art supplies for your next craft project.

Activities for Kids As we all know, there is so much to do with children in Ottawa. We started out by sticking close to home with a little YouTube time. The best part was all the videos everyone posted in the comments! When you're done flipping through a few YouTube channels, it's time to get up and MOVE. So, how about doing some gymnastics? Or perhaps you'd prefer to go skating? But if you're already a skater, ringette or soccer might be just thing thing for you! The Ottawa Public Library (sponsor) gave us a number of timely book suggestions - all about hockey.

Parenting Tips We've had some great advice, from the birth of a second child to Kindergarten registration and even when to register a child who's birthday falls close to the cut-off.

Cooking Making healthy snacks for children can be challenging so Ezmy shared a few of her ideas with us. Of course, special days come along every once in a while and they call for colourful cupcakes!

Child Safety We shared a great video from Tail-Wags Helmets about bicycle safety and the need for helmets.

Speaking of Videos - and other technology Lara shared her thoughts about taking video of your children and how much they enjoy watching themselves.  It's pretty easy to see the benefits of having video of your kids, but the question of when to get cell phones is not nearly as straightforward.

Moving Abroad We've started a special series - written by contributor, Krista - about her family's adventures living in India where they moved last fall. Don't miss out on these posts - her pictures are stunning and gorgeous!

Kids in the Capital Finally, in this month's KIC Gives Back post, I shared about One Laptop Per Child. We got a response from the organization and they made sure we knew about their Canadian operations. This is a great program - if you missed it the first time, you can read all about OLPC here.

We did a lot of calling on contributors this month - for pictures and posts. Before you know it, we'll start to see the snow melt and the green will come back and we'll need more pictures to update our new banner - did you get a chance to see it yet? Here it is:

Keep coming back in February as we add new contributors and share more about what's going on in Ottawa as well as adding enhancements to the site to serve you even better!

April: What you might have missed

April showers bring May flowers! Which means lots of fun, outdoor activities around Ottawa this May. But before we enjoy May, let's look back on April. Activities for kids We enjoyed a ton of great activities this month, including playing Dragon Soccer, trying out Salsa Baby and visiting the Valleyview Farms. We also spent sometime outdoors creating treasure hunts for your kids, taking a walking adventure and exploring Andrew Haydon Park.

Books We sprang into Spring with the Ottawa Public Library and some more great book suggestions!

Crafts We had a lot of fun crafts this month including a Pirate craft, turning nursery rhymes and fairy tales into puppets, painting with marbles , making place mats, and making things with found materials.

Easter Easter has come and gone but there are some fabulous ideas here to keep in mind for future years, or crafts that can be done for fun any time! We spent some time making Easter eggs, had an Easter egg hunt, made a bunny puppet craft and chicks. We also spent some time talking about Easter traditions.

Gardening Lara wrote about gardening without a green thumb and Alanna planted seedlings in egg shells!

Parents in the Capital Ottawa has some great parent bloggers, many of whom are Kids in the Capital contributors. This month we had the chance to get to know Sara and Carly.

Parenting Tips A great parenting tip we talked about in April is babysitting swapping. And in anticipation of May 2, Election day in Canada, we talked about teaching your kids about an election.  Don't forget to go out and vote tomorrow, and bring your kids with you!

Sugar Bushes The sugar bush season is coming to a close but we visited one more in April: Sand Road Maple Camp.

Kids in the Capital turns one We turned one this month! It's been such an incredible first year. Thank you so much to everyone who reads, writes and takes part in our community!

Don’t forget, if you want to share an activity, event, service or attraction for kids you love in Ottawa email us at kidsinthecapital(at)gmail(dot)com to blog for Kids in the Capital.

Have a great May!

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March: What you might have missed

Spring is here... I think... maybe.... sort of.... some days....  yay! :) Here's what we talked about this past month.  (In case you want an email reminder, subscribe to our newsletter. We send out this recap, plus some information about upcoming events in the city!)

Activities for kids

We visited some polar bears and penguins at the Museum of Nature, went shopping at Value Village, explored Chinatown, and enjoyed the cold to do some tobogganing. We learnt how to throw a Fiesta of a birthday party, build things with marshmallows and spaghetti and about the fun to be had at A Gym Tale. We also saw the horses at the RCMP stables and conducted some science experiments.

The Ottawa Public Library also told us all about the Spring break programs.

Cooking

We had lots of great recipes this month for food kids love, like oatmeal and waffles and cupcakes! We also had a great post on how to cook (and keep safe) with kids in the kitchen.

Crafts

We had more crafts than usual this month (because it was too gross to go outside I imagine ;))

We talked about what to keep in your rainy day survival kit, we turned books in art, made murals, and streamer paper mache.

Out of town ideas

This one isn't too far out of town, just near Montebello.  Parc Omega is open year round and a great place to visit in the winter!

Parents in the Capital

We introduced a new bi-weekly series of posts introducing you to bloggers, who are also parents, in Ottawa.  This month we met Yumi and Ezmy and we look forward to meeting many more!

Parenting Tips

We heard about the Multiple Birth Association sale and talked about the importance of checking for change tables and highchairs at your favorite restaurants.

Social Media Monday

Blog syndication - how and with what do you do it?

Sponsors

We welcomed three new sponsors this month - The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, the Canada Agriculture Museum and the Cow Guys.

Please remember to visit our sponsors.  They're great Ottawa businesses and they help us continue to provide Kids in the Capital to you. :)

Sugar Bushes

It's Sugar Bush season and this month we heard about Proulx Farm andStanley's Olde Maple Farm. (Have you been somewhere else? We'd love to hear about it!)

Have a great April everyone! And don't forget, if you want to share an activity, event, service or attraction for kids you love in Ottawa email us at kidsinthecapital(at)gmail(dot)com to blog for Kids in the Capital.

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