25 Best Things To Do in Ottawa, Canada with Kids

Even if you are not considering a post-election move north, Canada’s bilingual capital is a fine family vacation. Ottawa beckons with a full plate of both indoor and outdoor activities all year, so don’t dismiss a winter visit. Be sure to pack the long underwear because residents don’t let tundra-style weather keep them indoors.

As Canada’s capital, this city is a showplace for the country, so the feel is similar to Washington, D.C., with a fine array of national museums and cultural offerings to complement the active adventures. It’s urban, but the manageable size, expansive green spaces and excellent public transportation makes it easy to navigate. As the government seat, the dashing young Prime Minister has been spotted at local playgrounds with his kids and participating in the weekly free yoga class on Parliament’s lawn, so look forward to the possibility of excellent political eye-candy.

Ottawa is closer than you might think, a one hour flight or seven hour, 336-mile drive from New York City. Here’s our guide to the best family activities in town.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday With These Upcoming Events

From The Cat in the Hat to The Lorax to Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss has touched the lives of so many through his whimsical rhyming children's books. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries and community centers bring kids and books together to celebrate Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd. 

Sponsored by the National Education Association, this nationwide celebration of reading has helped to promote and foster a love of reading for nearly 20 years. Here's a a round up of Read Across America events happening across the state this week and be sure to check out The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, slated to open this June. 

Weekday Picks: Presidents Day, Oscar Screening, and Camellia Festival, Feb. 20-24

We start the week with a holiday, and LA families have some creative options to learn more about history through several Presidents Day activities in LA and OC. We are lucky to have two presidential libraries in the area, both of which have big plans Monday. At the Reagan library celebration, free activities for the family include crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady look-alikes, with hot dogs, pie, and other all-American food available for purchase. At the Nixon Library celebration, family-friendly activities include meeting a Mt. Rushmore of presidents and a free slice of cherry pie for the first 300 guests.

Meanwhile at the Battleship Iowa: Presidents Day and Birthday Celebration, the "Battleship of Presidents" celebrates its 74th birthday and Presidents Day with $6 off general admission. Holiday visitors can be among the first to experience the ship's newest interactive exhibit that features the 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, returning to the ship he sailed on in 1943.

For more go-do activities, take a look at the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, our GoList for February, and our picks for this week below.

Weekday Picks: Eagle Watching, Day Camp, Nature, February 20-24

With the unusually warm weather this week, make sure to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. You and the kids can attend one of these great family events happening all over the state, from Bald Eagle Viewing to free admission to White Memorial in Litchfield. Check out our frequently updated Event Calendar and monthly Go List for even more great fun. Be sure to check our our Winter Guide too. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses in our Bestie Awards Contest.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: A Magic Show, a Scavenger Hunt, and Engineering Fun

Even if your kids are on school break, it happens to be a terrific week to boost their brain power. There's a physics-defying magic show by one of the area's most entertaining hocus-pocus masters, a scavenger hunt for clues to local wildlife, and some STEM-oriented events  to celebrate National Engineers Week. Even the annual Children's Winter Festival has some activities that exercise kids' minds along with their hearts and legs, like the "Snow Mazing" maze. 

If you're still looking for ideas to fill up your February vacation week, we've rounded up a slew of ideas for free events as well as worth-the-money happenings all over the city. Craving even more family-friendly options? Check our complete Event Calendar

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Circus, Yoga, Food Fun

If your family is staying in town for winter break, you’re in luck! With so many fun—and mostly FREE—activities ahead, you can enjoy a winter staycation without breaking the bank.

While we bundle up in hats and scarves this time of year, other animals have different survival tricks to compensate for their lack of textiles. Learn about their techniques at Animals in Winter. Other highlights allow you to learn to make guacamole at Fun with Food or participate in a mock TV game show at Jeopardy.

These, of course, are just the tip of the iceberg. Because we know the challenges of keeping kids occupied during cold-weather breaks from school, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, stimulating activities.

Read on for our top picks and more February fun--and have a great Winter Break!

Presidents Week for LI Kids: Cooking Class, Swim or Skate, Crafts

Happy Presidents Week! With many schools across Long Island closed, check out our 30 Things to Do on February Break With Long Island Kids, along with our Presidents Week Camp and Classes for Long Island Kids.

Besides camps and classes this week, kids can choose from storytimes, music instruction, and plenty of open-play sessions. For a full listing, check out our Calendar Guide and our February GoList.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Family Day, Arts & Crafts, Chocolate Works

Presidents Day kicks off this week of winter break, with family-fun events such as President’s Day at Morris Museum and Family Day at State Theatre New Jersey. While the kids are out of school, you can help them keep their creative juices flowing at arts and crafts events that include Tree of Life Pendant Craft Workshop, Stars and Stripes Pottery Wheel Workshop, Winter Break art Workshop, and Mommy & Me Painting.

Read on for our best children's events the week of February 20–24, and check out our list of 30 things to do on February break for more ways to keep the kids entertained while school's closed. Look to our Event Calendar and February GoList for even more February fun.


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