Visiting the Agricultural Museum

by Kamerine

Fall, with its cooler weather and beautiful colours, is the perfect time to get out with the kids.  We love this time of year for visiting Ottawa's museums.  Recently we went to the Agriculture Museum. Have you been?

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My kids love seeing the animals and race around checking out all the stalls.  First we see the cows and horses, stopping to gawk at the size of Goody, the bull.  We then check out the outside animals and the chicken coop.  This leads to a stop at the playground which is always packed on a nice day.  I drag them away to go see the goats and sheep, the bunny and pigs.  Finally we get to the back building to see the cows and calves, but we always end our trip with another stop at the playground.  There is more to see and do but that's our usual circuit.

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We love going to the Agriculture Museum so much that we bought a two-year membership.  The thing with having a membership is if my kids throw a huge fit and we have to leave after only having seen the cows, so be it.  We can always come back.  If we spend our entire trip at the playground, that's fine too.

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Membership is great and gets you in to not only the Agriculture Museum, but the Science and Tech Museum and the Aviation Museum too.  These museums are all perfect for kids - lots to see and do and quite stroller-friendly.  We save the Science and Tech and Aviation museums for rainy days.

There are other benefits of being a member such as a discount in the gift shops and admission to museums elsewhere in Canada.  If you're still debating, let me tell you about the members Hallowe'en party coming up.  The Agriculture Museum is hosting a fun party for the kids the weekend before Halloween with crafts and treats and and costumes and more, but you need to be a member and you need to RSVP.

Hopefully I convinced you to get out to the Agriculture Museum.  You can check it out and if you love it put your admission towards a membership.  How nice is that?  Say hello to Goody for us.

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

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Museum Membership

by Lara Do you have a museum membership?  The first time we bought one was on Kiernan's first birthday.  We went to the Experimental Farm and by the time we left we were convinced that $90 was more than money well spent.  We've renewed our membership ever since and now, with three kids, the value is even more apparent!

Museum of Agriculture

A family pass to the museum of science and technology is $28.  A family membership is $90.  Four time and it's paid for!

This past Saturday we went to Science and Tech for the first time in about a year.  My twins are finally old enough that they can be at a museum without it being a horrifying experience for their parents!

Museum of science and tech

Museum of science and tech

We had such a wonderful time exploring we decided to take on another museum on Sunday!  This time we hit the aviation museum.

Aviation museum

Aviation museum

We plan on making many more excursions to the Farm, the "train museum" (science and tech) and the "plane museum" (aviation - there is so much more than just planes) this summer.

Do you have a membership to any museums?

Lara is mom to five year old Kiernan and three year old boy/girl twins Quinn and Juliette. Between the kids and her social media consulting business, she spends most of her time running frazzled.

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Giveaway: Family Passes to Ottawa Museums!

We've always been big fans of the Museum of Science and Technology, the Canadian Museum of Agriculture and the Canadian Aviation Museum. We're lucky to have them as sponsors of Kids in the Capital and excited to announce they've given us NINE family passes (for two adults and three children) to give away!

To enter, simply leave a comment telling us which of the museums you've most recently visited, have visited or would most like to visit.  We will be drawing three family passes for each museum on Thursday morning at 9am.

Good luck! Wouldn't be be amazing to visit all the newborn animals at the farm this long weekend!?

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Summer of Awesome - Canada Science and Technology Museum

by Lynn Ever since the Museum of Nature reopened last year, it's been getting the love. I've read more than one post here at KITC about how great it is, and we're certainly believers - we had an annual pass this year, went many times, loved it every time, can't say enough good things about it.

As a result, the Museum of Science and Tech kind of got pushed into the background. We'd gone there so many times when our kids were younger that we kind of had a been-there, done-that attitude towards it. It just didn't seem as shiny and new.

This week my eight-year-old son asked to go back to the "train museum," and since we hadn't been in ages, I said yes. And it's true that there are a lot of displays that are getting older, and areas that are in need of an update.

But the thing I didn't realize is that they have so many cool outdoor activities there in the summertime. We barely spent any time inside during this visit. Instead, we explored the grounds and did a TON of super cool stuff. It was well worth the visit.

First of all, we rode the steam train:

Steam Train

It's a real steam train from the early 1900s, and with the Wakefield steamer out of commission, it's your best bet for a train-loving child this summer. It's a short ride but still a lot of fun, especially if you make pronouncements in Sir Topham Hat's voice for the entire ride. The train costs $2 extra per person, but if your kid likes trains, it's worth it. Oh, I should mention that the train only runs on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Then we took a tour of the lighthouse:

The lighthouse

I looooooooove lighthouses. And I love this one best of all, because it's in my very own home town. Did you know it was moved from Cape Breton Island in over 1000 pieces? It used to be that you had to go to the museum on special "lighthouse days" to see the inside. Now there are a few tours a day. AWESOME.

The light fixture is so fascinating (I won't spoil it, but you'll be surprised at what is making the light), the spiral staircase gives you quite the thrill (but was easily handled by my four-year-old), and the view from the top is charming:

View from the top

There's also daily tours of the observatory for those of you who are into astronomy, and on the days when the train isn't running, you can take a tour of their storage area featuring all kinds of goodies that didn't make it out onto the main floor - we'll be going back to see that, for sure (think we'll find a secret pirate treasure back there?).

We did go inside for a little bit, because the kids love the Crazy Kitchen, and the light tunnel system never gets old (even if it is in need of repairs in a few areas):

Light tunnel

We also checked out their current special exhibit, which is a history of cars in Canada, featuring several unusual models that were manufactured or designed in Canada. Nothing makes you feel old like seeing the first ever Chrysler minivan - man, I remember when those came out, for heaven's sake. Now they look like your grandfather's car. SHEESH.

The kids had a really good time at this exhibit playing with some funky interchangeable cars that were out - in fact, they liked them so much that my oldest two decided to spend some of their own piggy bank money to buy themselves a small car to take home from the gift shop.


Then it was back outside because it was time for WATER ROCKETS. AWESOME.

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You put a little water in a bottle and screw a special adapter on the end. Then you pump it up and watch it rocket hundreds of meters in the air. SO COOL.

Plus, the water rocket experiments took place at the foot of an actual Atlas rocket that is on the grounds, which is on loan from NASA. Did you know that if the rocket wasn't kept under constant internal pressure, it would crumble like a pop can under its own weight? Now that is awesome science.

We were there for almost five hours, and we didn't even get a chance to check out the internal presentations (on lasers, physics, and deep freezing, all of which we have seen before but the kids still want to see every time), see the big engines inside, hear the talk about the Titanic, visit the space station, or even see their brand new exhibit which is on eco-power - renewable and safe energy sources. And there's also a simulator ride which we have never been on, because I always assumed it was for bigger kids, but now my kids actually are bigger, so I think we are ready.

Good thing we bought a membership, because we'll be back again, soon.

If you get a chance in the next couple of weeks, it's worth a trip out to the Science Museum. Turns out the old lady still has a lot of life left in her.

(But not on Mondays. It's closed Mondays.)

Lynn is mom to three tombliboos, age 8, 6, and 4, and blogs over at Turtlehead.

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Baby H and The Children's Museum

by Natasha

My husband and I recently took Baby H to The Children’s Museum for the first time.  It was quite a colourful affair.  There was many different exhibits and activities for the children to learn from and explore. Baby H is too young to grasp everything, he’s also not walking yet so the experience is a little different to him than it would be to a more mobile toddler.

There are approximately thirty exhibits showcasing different countries and bits of their cultural representations. Upon entering the Children’s Museum, we were given a passport that gets stamped once we enter each country on site.

We started our journey in India, where Baby H and his dad boarded a bus and pretended to drive off into the sunset.  Baby H was fascinated by all of the flashing lights and colors.

After India we proceeded to the marketplace housing vendors from different countries.  Baby H played with Swiss cheese, then moved onto Dutch clogs and Chinese fruit and veggies. We even made it to Egypt for a camel ride and a short stop at the pyramids.


Each country’s exhibit was set up to better display the cultural and traditional elements, with a small area for children to participate in local arts and crafts. Once again, our little boy was too young to participate - but the children that were in the area seemed to really enjoy themselves.

With the great number of activities and spots to visit in the museum, I would suggest that trips be planned for no less than a whole afternoon just so you can get the most out of your outing.

If you go for a full day, there is a cafeteria in the basement of the museum where you can purchase snacks and sandwiches. They also have a patio with beautiful view of Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa River.

We will definitely be back to the museum.

Natasha is a new mommy to her first born, Baby H. She runs ShopHaven, a blog that reviews products and profiles local businesses and individuals from the Ottawa area. Natasha is also the creative force behind ShopHaven Baskets; a highly customized gift baskets service.

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