Not sure what to do on a rainy day in Ottawa? Don’t let the rainy Spring weather deter you from having a fun day in the National Capital Region. Don’t let a dreary day prevent you from enjoying the city. There are many options available if you are feeling stuck at home because of the weather.
Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Ottawa
Indoor Play Places
Ottawa has a large variety of indoor play places for children of all ages. From Funhaven to Cosmic Adventures to Kids Kingdom, you will find indoor play spaces all across the city. At most indoor play places you pay for a full day pass so make it worth your time and head there first thing in the morning and spend the morning running, playing, laughing, and meeting other families in the area before heading home for afternoon nap or some chill time before prepping dinner. Want to extend the day? Check out some of our favourite family dining places and head out for dinner after your day of play!
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Hit Up a Museum
Whether your little one is into dinosaurs, science, airplanes, farm animals, hands on play learning, or polar bears there is an Ottawa museum for you! Head to Hull and enjoy a day at the Canadian Museum of Civilization which also includes the Childrens Museum. The Childrens Museum will invite you to ‘travel’ to different countries for fun play experiences and then roam through the Civilization museum visiting and learning about our wonderful Nation. The Science Museum located off St. Laurent is part of the Ingenium group of museums which also includes the Agricultural Farm and the Aviation & Space museum. Spring is a great time of year to visit the Agricultural Farm as many of the new baby animals are born. The Nature Museum downtown Ottawa has multiple floors of fun from dinosaurs to birds to polar bears to many mammals and is always a hit with the whole family.
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Play Tourist Downtown Ottawa
Grab an umbrella or enjoy the many underground parking options and head downtown Ottawa. The NAC has free “Toddler Tuesdays” which is a fun filled musical event that will get your little ones up and moving. Then head over to the Rideau Centre and visit the new Indigo and pick up some of Sue Ann Hall’s favourite picks for your family reading library. Then head over to the Cupcake Lounge or Mavericks Donuts for a yummy treat before heading over to La Bottega Nicastro to pick out ingrediants for a home cooked meal to prep together (or grab one of their ready to cook items!).
For the Adventurer
If your kids are a little older and looking to burn off some steam or be challenged mentally then you may want to check out some of these favourites…
The Yard is a playground for those who love to skateboard, scooter and /or enjoy BMX riding. Pay as you go or purchase a membership and don’t forget your helmet!
Prefer to jump and tumble? Flying squirrel will not only bring bouncing fun you can also experience climbing walls and ropes courses.
Escape Rooms are an outing that encourages teamwork, communication and fun. There are a variety of options in the Ottawa area including different themes and challenges for a variety of ages.
Altitude Gym‘s ‘Clip n Climb’ will invite your child to climb and explore for hours and all you need is indoor shoes.
Splash & Read
Some of the wonderful community centres in Ottawa have both a library and a pool in the same building! Why not head to St. Laurent Complex, Ray Friel or Walter Baker Centre for a fun family swim followed by a visit to the library. The Ottawa Public Library also hosts childrens events throughout the year so make sure you check out the calendar before to see if there are any happening!
Don’t let a rainy day in Ottawa dampen your family fun. There are lots of things to do in the Ottawa area that are fun, engaging and will leave the whole family having a great time!
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