Easter weekend is quickly approaching, and Ottawa families may be looking to celebrate with some fun activities and events that will have everyone hopping out of the house to participate. However, for families who travel over the long weekend, or who can’t make it on certain days, you’ll be happy to know that many Ottawa organizations are planning Easter-themed activities for the weekend before Easter too.
We’ve rounded up many Easter events taking place over the next couple of weeks so you have plenty of options to add one to your busy Spring calendar.
The Great Egg Race
Lansdowne Park is once again welcoming families to the Great Egg Race on April 13th. Kids can design an egg car and compete to try and get their egg safely the furthest! Registration to compete is required, and groups are broken down by age (and includes children aged 4-14 years old). There will also be activities for all families, even if you aren’t participating in the race, throughout the day between 9 am and 4 pm. For details on how to register and about the event, visit their Facebook page.
Hop into Spring and History
Photo credit: City of Ottawa Museums
The very popular Cumberland Heritage Village Museum‘s kick off to spring during Easter weekend returns on April 20th this year. This throw-back style Easter will include interactive traditions from the 1920s and 30s, as well as activities like egg dyeing and planting seeds. The kids will love a visit from the Easter Bunny! Museum admission applies, although if you have a family membership you can use that to attend.
Easter at the Log Farm
On Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday of the long weekend (closed Easter Sunday), head to the Log Farm to enjoy a tractor wagon ride, an Easter egg hunt in the forest, a visit with the farm animals, seeing the bunnies and lamps and more outdoor family fun. Admission is $6 each and the Log Farm is open from 10 am until 3 pm.
Easter Egg Hunt Place d’Orleans
Just before your family steps into the long weekend, take the little ones to Place d’Orleans on Thursday, April 18th for an Easter egg hunt. Bring your own basket or ask for one at Guest Services, then head around to participating retailers to gather eggs (while quantities last). The event happens between 10 am and 2 pm, but you also don’t want to miss the Zoo Crew who will be at the BMO court during that time with little hedgehogs, bunnies and other sweet animals your kids will adore.
Hoppy Easter at the Ottawa Humane Society
The Ottawa Humane Society is opening their doors for free family fun on Saturday, April 20th from 11 am until 1:30 pm. Participate in egg races, Easter-themed crafts, scavenger hunts and even take photos with the Easter bunny. There will be a fundraising craft and bake sale taking place at the same time.
Meet the Easter Bunny at Billings Bridge
Billings Bridge Shopping Centre has the opportunity to preserve your Easter memories by taking photos with the Easter Bunny. Every weekday and weekend between now and April 20th (on days the mall is open), you’ll be able to grab photos with the Easter Bunny. During the week, plan your visit between 11 am and 3 pm, or 4 pm and 8 pm. On the weekend, you can catch the bunny between 11 am and 5 pm. In addition, every Saturday and Sunday at select hours your child can have their face painted. You can try to time this before your photos (please note, the face painting is first come, first served). More details and times can be found on their website.
Easter at the Estate
Photo credit: City of Ottawa Museums
On April 20th, Billings Estate National Historic Site invites you to hop around their gorgeous grounds, explore Easter traditions of years gone by, and learn about historic life on a farm. Complete activities and earn tokens for an Easter treat! Big Sky Ranch will also be on site with animals to feed (feed can be purchased for $1 and is donated to the Big Sky Ranch animal rescue programs). Activities will take place inside and outside of the Estate so remember to dress for the weather. This is a drop-in program, no registration required.