Even in a pandemic, June is no joke. The countdown to the last day of school is officially on, but this month is usually bursting with year-end projects, school assemblies, recitals, fun fairs, and report cards. Summer sports would cross over with school extracurriculars, meaning our weeknights were twice as busy (and we thought it wasn’t possible to be any busier).
Now we have an overabundance of “quality” family time. But we’re finally allowed to leave the house…
What to do? What to do?
Here are a few fun kid-friendly options happening in and around Ottawa in June…
**Events and attractions subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions**
Ottawa Children’s Festival
The Ottawa Children’s Festival de la Jeunesse is happening virtually from June 2-7 this year, with three virtual productions from nationally and internationally renowned artists for your family to view and enjoy from the comfort of your home. The Snail and the Whale is presented by London’s Tall Stories Theatre Company. It’s the story of a young adventurer and her seafaring father who reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s trip around the world. It’s inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book. Cyclo is a co-production by Chile’s Compania Aranwa and Germany’s Comedia Koln Theatre that highlights the cycles of life, combining music and dance from Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. And Canada’s Weefestival Productions’ Old Man and the River features beautifully designed puppetry work that’s performed without words to music, revealing a storybook world where rivers sing, trees laugh, and curious dragonflies come to visit.
Performances are free to watch through to June 7
Ottawa Garden Days
From June 12-20, explore Ottawa-Gatineau’s Garden Promenade during Ottawa Garden Days. This ten-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools, and tourists alike. Ottawa Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre, or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite garden.
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
Running from June 1-21, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that brings together Indigenous artists, performers, educators, students, and community members to share knowledge and celebrate Canada’s diverse Indigenous cultures.
This year, virtual programming includes The SSIMAs a new national Indigenous music awards program, Education Days bringing together thousands of students and hundreds of teachers online, streamed performances, interactive family activities, arts and crafts, culinary and cultural workshops with make-at-home DIY kits delivered to registered participants, an International Competition Social Distance Pow Wow with $40,000 to be won, and the Indigenous Marketplace which has been operating online since reopening last October. The Festival will open and close with drive-in movies and concerts at a local Ottawa venue.
Workshop pricing varies