Between indoor and outdoor options, there is always something fun to do as a family in and around the Ottawa area. February is the shortest month, but you’ll be able to create plenty of memories thanks to some of these activities and events.
Here are some ways you can spend time together as a family this February.
Winterlude is in full swing until February 18th. There are special events taking place at all of the official locations (the giant slides and outdoor activities at Snowflake Kingdom will be a family crowd please). Also, events occur in other areas in Ottawa like at the Canadian History Museum, Ottawa Art Gallery or in the Glebe. You can read all about our Winterlude roundup in our recent post.
Join in on some of the winter fun at Rideau Hall during their annual Winter Celebration on February 9th between 12:30 and 4 pm. Try some skiing, snowshoeing or lace up your skates and grab helmets to skate on their skating rink. There will be tasty bites to try and plenty of new traditions to discover.
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The Ice Dragon Boat Festival invites families to watch the races, enjoy some of the free concerts and take in a few spirited activities like face painting. The Ice Dragon Boat Races will be at Dow’s Lake and the Rideau Canal Skateway from Friday, February 8th and 9th.
The Anthropocene Exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada will engross kids (especially older ones) with their virtual reality iPad integration into the exhibit and the stunning photographs throughout. However, it’s only in Ottawa until February 24. Bonus tip: Check out the weekend schedules because the National Gallery of Canada has special programming for kids, so you can take part in the exhibit and then let the kids create their own art.
At Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe, your family can watch Emily Brown and The Thing, a magical, musical performance following Emily and her grey rabbit stuffy as they explore some fears and learn that they don’t need to be afraid of the dark. There’s also a pre-event craft included with your ticket.
This booming sound and music festival at the NAC is sure to be a hit with kids. The Big Bang Festival is happening on February 17th and 18th and admission is free for some events and ticketed for others (like the special mini concerts happening in the music rooms). There are package options to so you don’t miss any of the events.
Included in your Children’s Museum admission are special hands-on activities and crafts, like making a musical instrument! This mini maker activity is a part of the Winterlude Celebrations. You can find out more about what the Museum has going on this month on their website.
The Canadian Science and Technology Museum is hosting their Cool Science Saturday on February 16th, from 9 am – 5 pm. The event will showcase cool science experiments, workshops, demonstrations and the exploration of cold temperatures.