In less than a week, the kids will be officially off for their Christmas/winter break. If you want to try and squeeze in some extra fun before everyone heads back to school and work after Christmas, here are some great options in the Ottawa area.
There are, of course, holiday events like going to see Christmas lights that you can fit in if you haven’t had a chance in the busy weeks leading up to Christmas, or maybe you want to book tickets to one of the stage shows taking place at a local theatre.
If you are still in need some inspiration for activities happening in the Ottawa area during the school break, we’ve rounded up a few more to help prevent the boredom fights that siblings seem prone to as the weeks go on.
Daniel Tiger Exhibit
When: Only in Ottawa until January 5th
This is your family’s last chance to see the popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum. It’s only in Ottawa until January 5th. Also, until December 24th, there are many holiday activities happening for families to enjoy too!
Holiday Glow Skate
When: December 28
We already know that skating is fun, but have you done it on a glowing rink? On December 28, Glow Sport is hosting a special glow skate event at the RA Centre from 6 pm until 7 pm. Tickets are $15 each or a family pass is $45 when purchased online (you’ll pay more at the door, so it’s beneficial to plan ahead). The event includes family-friendly music. Bring your own skates, and helmets.
Wizard of Oz Sing A Long
When: December 29th
Everyone can be off to see the wizard thanks to the Mayfair Theatre’s sing-a-long on December 29th. This event welcomes the entire family to participate in the sing-along of the classic Wizard of Oz. Doors open at 11:30 (give yourself plenty of time to grab popcorn) and the movie begins at 12 pm. After the movie, there is a costume contest for adults and kids! It’s recommended to purchase tickets online in advance (it’s a cash-only event the day of).
When: December 26 until January 5
The Holiday Magic event at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum happens daily during the winter break beginning on December 26. Special demonstrations and hands-on activities are available for you and the kids. Mark the calendar for a special cookie day on December 28 to help bake cookies for the Ottawa Mission. Throughout the week there will be crafts, movie presentations and more!
Sens Skills Competition
When: January 5th
Your mini Sens fans will delight in this family-friendly skills competition. Sens players are split into two teams for a fun, family-friendly game that is all in the spirit of giving. You’ll watch them compete in 6 different skills competitions and delight in how your kids develop a new appreciation for their favourite team players after seeing them in action. Tickets are $20 each. Parking is free. Doors open at 11 am and the event kicks off at noon.
Even More Hockey
When: December 28
Want another activity with the Sens? Their game-day experience offers the opportunity to check out a Sens practice for free! Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank. Doors open at 9:45 and the practice begins at 10:15. The first 500 children through the doors will receive a poster too.
Robin Hood Musical
When: December 28-January 5th
The Gladstone Theatre presents Robin Hood: An annual Panto. Cheer for Robin Hood and his friends and boo the villains during this family-friendly performance. Tickets are available online for evening and matinee performances. The show is about 2 hours long with an intermission.