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Easter Weekend Activities in Ottawa


As the Easter Bunny hops into town this weekend, we know families across Ottawa may be looking for ways to celebrate, get outside and participate in hands-on activities with the kids during the week and weekend. As an added bonus (beyond the special family time together) these activities will help burn off the extra chocolate the kids will be eating. We’ve rounded up some fun events the entire family will love to participate in for Easter. From egg hunts, to meeting the Easter Bunny, get ready for an excellent time.

Hunt for Eggs Underground at the Diefenbunker

Want to head underground just like a bunny would do? Visit the Diefenbunker for an egg hunt like no other. This is a ticketed event (the cost is $12 a person) and includes your exploration of the Diefenbunker Museum. The egg hunt is set up like a scavenger hunt for the kids to find hidden paper eggs around the exhibits, and at the end there is a nut-free goodie bag to enjoy. The event is on Saturday March 31 from 10 am until 4 pm.

Learn About Egg Dyeing

Once again, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is hosting their popular Easter event on March 31. This is always a hit with kids as the village welcomes visitors to celebrate spring and Easter and participate in a relay race and decorate eggs. There is a cost for admission but it includes the visit to the grounds which the kids always enjoy.

Hop Over to a Heritage House

Explore the grounds of Fairfields Heritage House and hunt for Easter eggs on March 31 from 10 am until 4 pm. Hop over to make a bunny mask and enjoy everything the museum has to offer.

Collect Easter Treats at the Mall

If you need daytime plans with your little ones before the weekend, check out the special events that Place D’Orleans has planned on Thursday, March 29 from 10 until 12 pm. Bunny Bags can be picked up at Guest Services and little hunters can find participating stores around the mall.

Enjoy a Victorian Easter

Photo credit: Billings Estate National Historic Site

The Billings Estate National Historic Site is readying the grounds and historical home for a Victorian Easter. Some kids will love meeting the Easter Bunny while others will be drawn to decorating eggs with traditional dyes. The event only takes place on March 31 from 10 am until 4 pm.

Hunt for Eggs at Monkey Around

On March 31, from 4 pm until 7 pm, join Monkey Around for their annual Easter Egg Hunt at their play centre! This event is for all ages and a great way for the kids to bounce and hop out all their extra energy.

Meet the Easter Bunny

All week long, leading into the weekend, there are Easter activities happening at Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, like a scavenger hunt and even photos with the Easter Bunny. The website lists various photo times, but please note the mall is closed on Good Friday.

Search for Dragon Eggs

Forget about traditional Easter Eggs and let your kids find Dragon Eggs! This weekend at the Children’s Museum, the How to Train Your Dragon egg hunt may be an unusual but welcome twist for your family. There are 10 hidden dragon eggs to find and there’s a chocolate treat as a reward.

Eat All the Pancakes

Proulx Farm in Ottawa’s East End is flipping pancakes for Easter Weekend and is open each day for different sitting times. In addition to delicious breakfast drenched in maple syrup, the Farm has various family-friendly activities for kids of all ages like their petting farm. There’s also an Easter Egg hunt to participate in.

See the Baby Animals

Spending Easter with baby farm animals is the cutest way to spend the weekend. The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum  has bunnies, lambs, and baby chicks to interact with, plus, take part in special demonstrations throughout the weekend.


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