The cold, bitter days of January are here and after the bright lights and festive fun of the holiday season, you may be finding it harder to find fun, family activities. Fortunately, there are many ways to spend time together as a family, keep active, try something new, and discover a brighter January in the Ottawa area. Here are our recommendations for what to do with the kids in January in Ottawa.
Things To Do in Ottawa
Go skating (then to the Sunday Winter Market)
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You may have noticed outdoor community rinks are open in your neighbourhood, or you can plan a skating outing to one of the indoor rinks or community centres. There’s always the amazing and fun Rideau Canal, but we think you’ll love the outdoor skating court at Lansdowne, too. Its refrigerated rink is open 7 days a week and is free. You may want to note that the Ottawa Farmers’ Market is on Sundays at Lansdowne if you wanted to finish skating and get your market shopping done.
Enjoy a musical this weekend
We love sharing upcoming performances for the arts around the city, and there always seems to be an exciting new play or musical taking place on stage at one of our many centres. Between January 10th and 12th, enjoy the St. Peter Catholic High School performance of Shrek: The Musical in the Richcraft Theatre at Shenkman Arts Centre. Not only will you be supporting young, local talent, but you will also get to see this unique take on the beloved movie.
Head to the movies on Fridays or Saturdays
Speaking of movies, there are plenty of kid-friendly movies in theatres across Ottawa right now including the recent Golden-Globe winner Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse. But if you want to support a local theatre, check out the weekly family offerings at the Ottawa Family Theatre. Proceeds from their shows are donated back into the community so you can feel good about checking out a movie and eating all that popcorn!
Enjoy a museum exhibit (before one leaves!)
Many of the Ottawa area museums have been closed for their annual maintenance week (and will open back up on January 11), but when they re-open, it’s the perfect opportunity to take in one of the new exhibits (like the Survival of the Slowest Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature), or one that is leaving all too quickly (like the Medieval Europe exhibit at the Canada History Museum – in Ottawa until January 20!)
Take the kids for cereal
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The newly-opened Jam Cereal in the Glebe is going to give you all of the retro, Saturday morning cartoon and cereal vibes from your childhood, making it the perfect experience to share with your own kids. Munch on some Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. If you really want a sweet treat, try a cereal milkshake (and become the parenting hero of your children’s dreams!) Jam Cereal is located at 891 Bank Street, near Lansdowne Park, so you can plan a special trip or add it to your skating adventures.
Go shopping on Elgin
You may have read that Elgin Street is closed because of construction, but the local shops and restaurants are still open for business. There are many unique places to find a special birthday gift or to treat yourself now that the hustle of the holiday season has calmed down. You can take the kids for hot chocolates at a local cafe, like Happy Goat or Bridgehead, or take yourself to The Gifted Type and indulge in a new planner, pretty stationery and writing supplies to start your year off right. The good news is, parking is free at City Hall after 6 pm and on weekends!