Ottawa has been enjoying more openings this summer, which means your August family fun calendar will be easy to fill up! Save the dates for the following events, or mark down the locations that you and the kids want to check out. Grab a mask, and enjoy these family fun activities in and around Ottawa all month long before the S-word (school) is back.
Swim & Splash at Calypso
Cool off at Calypso water park, the classic spot for August family fun just outside of Ottawa in Limoges. With thrilling water rides, wave pools, and a fun play area for younger children, Ottawa families are happy to have this large water park open again, especially as the August temperatures continue to heat up. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and masks are mandatory when in line before crossing the gate. All of their restrictions are available online.
Experience Art in a New Way at Beyond Van Gogh
Art comes alive at the Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersion Experience temporary exhibit at Lansdowne. Step into Van Gogh’s artwork thanks to advanced technology while set to a musical journey. This is a timed, ticketed event (purchase your tickets online) and only in Ottawa until September 16. It’s open daily from 10 am until 11 pm.
Have a Hoot at the Museum of Nature
We are so happy to hear about more and more of our local museums opening up in and around Ottawa, and finally the Canadian Museum of Nature, a widely popular attraction for local Ottawa residents and tourists alike, is welcoming visitors once again. Timed tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. The Museum is now open Wednesdays until Sundays. Be sure to check out the Owls Rendez-Vous special exhibit that has just opened up. It’s included with your regular museum admission.
Shop at Baby Mama Hustle
The popular Baby Mama Hustle, Parent and Tot pop-up market, returns to Ottawa on August 21 at 10 am until 3 pm at Lansdowne. This outdoor event will feature over 45 local businesses. Admission is free, and there are 30 early access tickets available. Those tickets will be released on August 6. Visit the event to support local businesses and find unique and special items.
Catch a Flick at the Ottawa Drive-In
Remember the drive-in? Ottawa has two locations for the Drive-In Experience; At Wesley Clover Park and at RCGT Stadium’s parking lot (the baseball stadium). Look for the August schedule to be released on their website and choose your date-night drive-in movie experience or family friendly viewing party to attend!
Play at Saunders Farm
Saunders Farm is a family destination that we all love, and in the summer their daytime passes include outdoor activities like the bouncing pillows and mazes. In addition, your family can book a campfire experience with private campfire access, food (hotdogs, popcorn, and more) and a two-hour time slot to create memories. In addition, for teens, adults, and those who love a good fright, you won’t want to miss a Midsummer Night’s Scream on August 13th and 14th.
Experience The Log Farm
August family fun doesn’t get any better than exploring a historic farm, where imaginative play in encouraged, and new animal friends are made at the Log Farm on select days during the week. This is a great way to spend time outside, connect with nature, and let the kids have fun climbing structures and walking in the woods. Tickets can be purchased online.
Enjoy the Rides at the Kanata Fun Fair
The Fair is back in Kanata from July 31 until August 8. Take part in your favourite fair delights like the snacks or rides or games. Admission for the rides is $25 for each 5 hour time slot and there are capacity limits. There are no advanced purchases and it’s a first come, first served approach until capacity is filled. Find out more details on their Facebook page.
Do Yoga at the Library
Join Little Lotus Yoga and the Ottawa Public Library via Zoom on August 3 and 17th for an engaging children’s yoga session. This free event welcomes children aged four and up to explore movement, mindfulness and breathing techniques. Register on the OPL website.