Family Friendly Activities in and Around Ottawa in May

Things to Do in Ottawa in May - SavvyMom

Ottawa in May is a time of excitement. The city comes alive with a large variety of activities for families to enjoy together. Whether you are a family of foodies, sports enthusiasts, or a lover of hands-on creative activities, Ottawa has something for everyone this May. Plus, don’t forget all the great parks that Ottawa has once the weather invites you to explore outdoors.

Family Fun in Ottawa in May

Foodies Unite!

Calling all foodies! Ottawa is kicking off the month with a mouth watering poutine & mac and cheese festival from Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th at Ottawa City Hall. Or head to Orleans (255 Centrum Blvd) from May 3-5th instead. Prefer delicious ribs? RibFest is coming to Barrhaven from Sunday May 19th to Wednesday May 22nd, with another festival happening in Kanata from Sunday May 26 – Tuesday May 28th. Don’t forget to bring lots of wipes, a picnic blanket, and your appetite for this foodie family outing!


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Summer Sports Season Is Here!

Sports fans…..tis the season.  Catch the Ottawa Black Jacks in action as they hit the court for their home opener on Wednesday May 29th. Football enthusiasts can prep for the Ottawa Red Blacks home opener on Friday May 31st against the Montreal Alouettes. And don’t miss the Ottawa Titans’ first home game of the season on Tuesday May 21st. With Ottawa Atletico also hosting several home games throughout the month, Lansdowne will be buzzing with energy and excitement.

Ottawa Children’s Festival

The Ottawa Children’s Festival returns to Lebrteon Flats from Friday May 10 – Tuesday May 14th, offering a variety of engaging shows for kids of all ages. With many engaging performances throughout each day there is also an on site tent with a variety of crafts and creative activities.

Toddler Mornings at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Looking for creative and engaging activities for your little one? Head over to the Ottawa Art Gallery on the first Wednesday of the month for Toddler Mornings. Your child’s imagination will soar as you experience hands on activities and experiences.

Dinosaur World Live

Enjoy a prehistoric adventure at Algonquin Commons Theatre on Sunday May 5th with Dinosaur World Live back in action! This is a vibrant show that brings dinosaurs to life for a fun filled experience.

Monster Spectacular

Get ready for a loud and roaring time at the Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday May 25th with Monster Spectacular. With stunts, racing, and engine revving you will want to bring your noice cancelling headphones if you are sensitive to sound while you enjoy this exciting event.

Great Glebe Garage Sale

End the month with a fun treasure hunt through the Great Glebe Garage Sale on Saturday May 25th. Explore the vibrant streets and find hidden gems as you explore street upon street. Plan out your parking ahead of time and bring a wagon to easily transport all your special finds!

Whether your family enjoys exploring parks, loves poutine, art, are theatre aficionados, or like to just explore the City, Ottawa in may has a variety of family fun for you and your family to enjoy!


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