Cows, Pies and Butterflies

Fun Family Activities for Thanksgiving Weekend
Cows, Pies and Butterflies

Grandma’s special sweet potatoes, our savvy make-ahead green beans, the tablecloth with the little embroidered turkeys, and Uncle Henry snoring (while eating) at the table every year—it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without these traditions.

We’re also eager to establish new ones with our own families though, and we’ve decided that an easy way to do that is to get out and explore a few things our city has to offer over Thanksgiving weekend.

Visit Carleton’s Biology Department Butterfly Show
Imagine walking around a greenhouse packed with lush tropical plants—while butterflies flit around, settling on the occasional branch, t-shirt, or flower-shaped feeder. There are over 30 different species to observe and admire. Keep in mind that the paths in the greenhouse are narrow and not very stroller compatible and that it is very humid in the greenhouse so dressing in layers is a good idea. BYOOS (Bring Your Own Orange Slices) in a small container. Butterflies love them and you might even attract a new friend. (On October 3 to 12, 9 am – 4 pm)

Pick Up Some Thanksgiving Treats at Ottawa’s Biggest Bake Sale
Local community groups and bakeries will be selling baked goods just in time for Thanksgiving. Proceeds will benefit the participating groups as well as the Christmas Exchange. There will also be a secondhand cookbook sale and raffle prizes which include a $500 gift certificate for Billings Bridge. Imagine winning this before Christmas…hello, Santa. (On October 10, 10 am – 2 pm)

Celebrate the Fall Harvest at the Valleyview Animal Farm
If the weather’s good we are happy to pack a lunch, stay all day and let the kids burn off some steam in Valleyview’s Creative Play Area and bond with the farm animals. Pack hot chocolate in a thermos if it’s chilly; you’ll be glad you did!

Have a happy Thanksgiving and let’s raise a glass (maybe not Uncle Henry’s) to new family traditions.

How to Find

Carleton University Butterfly Show
Nesbitt Biology Building, Carleton University

9th Annual Ottawa’s Biggest Bake Sale
Billings Bridge, Riverside Drive and Bank Street

Valleyview Little Animal Farm
4750 Fallowfield Road

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Tested by Andrea T., Ottawa
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First published 2009.10.08

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