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BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Top Spots for Kids

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Top Spots for Kids

After over 20-years writing about life in Ottawa, we think we have
a pretty good idea of the best of what this city has to offer.
In this weekly summer series, we’ll share our picks with you - 
our top hotels, live music venues, local brews,
bands and more. Check, share and discuss
#OLMBest every week!

Photo courtesy of Cosmic Adventures

Cosmic Adventures

This mega jungle gym is a mecca for young kids across the capital. The multilevel play structure covers 20,000 square feet and is designed for safety, covered in padding and with rounded corners. Ball pits, slides, tunnels, mazes, obstacle courses, an arcade and a restaurant add to the fun. It’s suitable for kids 0-12, but there are two specific areas created for toddlers. They’ve even prepared for parents, with free Wi-Fi throughout the building and a "Cone of Silence".

Photo courtesy of Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

Everyone loves the Children’s Museum. Part of the Canadian Museum of History, it’s the perfect stepping stone to start teaching children about social and cultural history. Visitors can travel through the museum at their own pace, stamping a passport to learn about different cultures through costumes, artifacts, games and other interactive activities. Kids stay occupied for hours and it can be just as fun for parents.

Photo courtesy of Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum

Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum

The folks at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum are experts at making food science kid friendly. Their brand-new soil lab teaches kids about how crops grow and there are exhibits on how space technology and preservation techniques impact the food they eat. They’re hosting plenty of Canada Day activities, as well as the Ice Cream Festival in July. You can download their Bee Odyssey mobile game for even more interactive fun.

Photo courtesy of Sky Zone

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Hop, leap and bound your way to a good time at Sky Zone, Ottawa’s local trampoline gym. Kids can get in on the aerial action and practice their flips on the traditional trampolines, challenge their friends to a race on the obstacle courses, jump into the foam zone or shoot hoops at the SkySlam. Open to kids of any age, jumpers are separated by weight to ensure safety. They also have dedicated toddler times on Fridays.

Photo courtesy of Upper Canada Village

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Take a trip back in time – to 1866 to be exact - when you visit this living-history site, one of the biggest in the country. Kids can brush up on their history in a multi-sensory way and can watch demonstrations of traditional farming and crafts techniques. See more than 40 real historical buildings, including houses and workshops, and chat with costumed interpreters to learn “firsthand” what daily life was like back in the 1800s. Follow a tour route or wander around at your own pace.

Photo courtesy of Little Ray's Reptile Zoo

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Little Ray’s is committed to animal welfare and conservation, boasting one of the top animal outreach programs in the country. Kids get a real hands-on experience by watching animal feeding and maybe even getting to hold a snake or two. The zoo has 25 permanent exhibits and 20 featured animals that change every six months. The educational aspect makes it perfect for summer camps or classroom visits.

Photo coutresy of Saunder's Farm

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Saunders Farm is a fully-operating farm sitting on 25 acres, complete with vegetable fields, gardens and their very own arboretum. Jumping Pillows, a Farm Pedal Cart Racetrack, a Discovery Barn, Witch Mountain’s slide, play structures, the Saunders Mining Company, 10 mazes, wagon rides and various nature walks make for a busy afternoon. Saunders is especially great around Halloween (they call it “Haunting Season”), when they feature themed family fun.

Photo courtesy of Mont Cascades Water Park

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This ski hill morphs into an epic water park for the summer season. Lounge by one of the heated swimming pools or indulge your competitive side by racing each other on the Proracer. Tube rides, slides and a splash forest dedicated to “active waterplay” provide fun for the whole family. A 20-minute drive from the city, it makes for a great day trip. Season passes are also available.

Photo courtesy of Pirate Adventures

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Travel down Mooney’s Bay and the Rideau canal on an authentic pirate ship. An interactive theatre show gets kids into the pirate spirit with sword fights and water cannons. Costumes and face paint help you look the part while you use a map to search for buried treasure. They can take large groups and are great for birthday parties.

Photo courtesy of Valleyview Little Animal Farm

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Located in Nepean, the Valleyview Little Animal Farm features a wide range of animals and birds for kids to see. Learn about agriculture at the Old Farm Museum, watch a puppet show or take a train ride on the Valleyview Express. They also have a creative play area and a country walk. Holidays are celebrated with special activities, such as an Easter egg hunt, sheep shearing or a corn roast.

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