Now that it’s summer vacation, you and your family are likely trying to make plans to maximize the opportunities you have to be a tourist in Ottawa.
The city really comes alive in the summer, and there are many events and activities for your family to enjoy. We’ve gathered a list in one place to make it easier for you to plan. Grab your calendar and host a family meeting to chat about which one of these activities need to be added to your summer bucket list!
Re-connect on a patio
When the weather heats up, there is something about sitting outside on a patio with an ice cold drink that feels like summer. Bring the kids to a new spot and experience this summer tradition with them at one of the many local patios across Ottawa. We think they’ll love a unique, and trendy location like Tavern on the Hill where they can grab a hot dog too!
Head to the library
All summer long, the Ottawa Public Library is hosting special events and programs for kids of all ages. The library is already a great place to take the kids on a rainy or hot summer day where they can browse the books and fall in love with reading, but paired with one of the upcoming events, you’ll be able to spend even more time at your local library branch. Check out the summer toddler time drop-in groups, or a session like the Manotick location’s flora and fauna, a program to educate kids about plants and animals.
Go to the movies
The summer is always a great time to take in the latest blockbuster, and with a line up of family-friendly showings (like the new Spider-Man or Toy Story 4), you won’t have difficulty convincing everyone to go. We have a listing of Ottawa-area theatres that offer great prices on tickets too! Look for budget-saving opportunities like Tuesday pricing, and matinee pricing.
See Shakespeare in the Park
Why not introduce the kids to the Bard with an outdoor park performance? All summer long, the play Romeo and Juliet will be performed at park locations across the city, presented by A Company of Fools. You can browse to find the park nearest you. The event is a ‘pay-what-you-can’ admission.
Celebrate with ice cream
There are many places to cool down with an ice cream cone this summer, but if you want to take your family’s love of ice cream one step further, mark your calendars and plan to attend the Ice Cream Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on July 21. This fun-filled day will include a kids zone at the Museum, special activities and crafts, ice cream treats, and ice cream making workshops!
Stay Active with Yoga
Encourage the entire family to focus on their health by attending one of the free Yoga in the Park events happening in Orleans weekly, all summer long. This family-friendly yoga practice is presented by the Greater Avalon Community Association and EVO Studio. Bring your own mat and visit their Facebook event page to find out which Orleans Park in Avalon is hosting the next event.
Go to an Ottawa Fury’s Game
Ottawa’s own soccer team, the Ottawa Fury, are in town for games during the month of July and ready to welcome you to the stadium at Lansdowne. Your family will love this exciting outing where you can cheer for the home team, indulge in the concessions, and have some outdoor fun. There’s even a dog-friendly day if you wanted to bring your furry family member too! Look for their special family fun day ticket packages.