Fun Family Activities to do in Ottawa in February

Amanda DeGrace February 12, 2023
Family Fun in Ottawa in February - SavvyMom

It’s the shortest month, but you still need plenty of ways to fill your days with activities and family fun in and around Ottawa in February. Bundle up, embrace the winter weather and experience all that Ottawa has to offer! Along with these fun events you may wish to head out and visit some local restaurants as a family.

Fun Family Events & Activities in Ottawa in February

RCMP Musical Ride Stables Open House

Visit the RCMP Stables on Saturday February 4 and get up close with the beautiful RCMP Musical Ride horses.  It’s the RCMP’s 150th year in service so get ready for a year of celebration. Kicking off the year is their annual Open House in collaboration with the Ottawa Food Bank. Admission is free to this event but please consider bringing non-perishable goods to donate to the Ottawa Food Bank and /or cash donations. Meet some mounties and meet some of the amazing riders and horses that take part in this magical ride.

National Ice Carving Championship

Head down to Sparks Street Friday February 3 – Sunday February 5th to see ice carvers artistic adventures as they create with only 20 hours to sculpt and 15 blocks of ice you will be inspired by their “Creatures of the Sea” theme. Sparks Street, now known as SoPa (South of Parliament) has plenty to explore with great food, coffee and lots of parking options close by.

Drag Story Time with Capital Pride

Enjoy Drag Story Time with Capital Pride and Monkey Rock at the NAC on Saturday February 8th. This bilingual free event is approximately 2 hours in length and is for all ages celebrating inclusivity. The National Arts Centre runs weekly events that are free for families and enables you to explore the arts and all that this wonderful centre has to offer.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month and Black History Ottawa will be live-streaming on Sunday February 12th “Virtual Children Stories From The Black Diaspora” This event will be available for free on Facebook and YouTube. Please consider making a donation which can be done via their website to support this event.

From Pepinot to Paw Patrol

Visit the Museum of History & Civilization to explore 70 years of Canadian children’s television! With something familiar for all ages to explore this exhibition will take you through childhood favourites with original clips, puppets, and costumes. This special exhibit is on now for a true “blast from the past” and is free with your membership and included in the price of a regular admission ticket.

Paddington Bear Gets in a Jam

See Paddington Bear at the Meridian Theatre this Friday February 10th and experience a fun theatrical experience for the whole family. This 60 minute experience is a great introduction to little ones to the world of theatre and will also capture the interest of older children with the nostalgia of Paddington Bear.

Garden For Little Souls

Family Day Weekend visit the National Arts Centre (NAC) Saturday February 18 – Sunday February 19th for some fun toddler play and experiences. They will visit different islands that each have tactile stations for children to explore. This event is completely free and is encouraged for children ages 2-7. It runs Saturday from 11-5:30p.m. and Sunday from 10-5p.m.

Mini Pop Kids Live!

Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Lizzo, and MORE will be the beats you will experience in this Mini Pop Kids Live! Performance at Meridian Theatre on Saturday February 25th. Top 40 hits, sprinkled with some fun throwbacks, this concert is for kids, by kids. Incorporating lots of movement and singing this event will be sure to make for a fun afternoon for the pre-teen crowd. Tickets are on sale through Meridian Theatre and range from $35-$70 (for VIP) each.

Disney On Ice

Head to the Canadian Tire Centre for Disney on Ice “Find Your Hero” March 9-12 with tickets now on sale! Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy for an adventure on ice alongside your favourites- Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Little Mermaid, Rapunzel and Moana! This on ice show will mesmerize your entire family as you see your favourite Disney characters skating to your favourite Disney songs!

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