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Best for Kids in Ottawa

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Showcasing the history of the oldest military settlement and early life in Goulbourn, the Goulbourn Museum is a must-visit for anyone who wants to learn more about the local history and culture of the city. The museum houses three permanent exhibitions as well as as a temporary exhibition space that features a rotating collection of historical artifacts. 100th Regiment of Foot is dedicated to the soldiers who lived in the township. Goulbourn Township Pioneers is devoted to early living in the village, its pioneers and the community. The third permanent exhibit is The Village Store. Designed exclusively for children, the store allows them dress-up in period clothing and shop the traditional way by employing the barter system. The museum also has a number of interactive displays, hands-on exhibits and regularly hosts Family Craft Days where children dress according to a pre-set theme, and participate in numerous games and activities. If you want to take your kids for a fun day out or simply learn about the local history and culture, head to Goulbourn Museum and immerse yourself in the stories it has to tell. Note that although entry to the museum is free, donations are encouraged.

Head to Pirate Life with your kids for a day of some family fun. Dress up your children as pirates and get ready to be surprised as the painted faces, vests, sashes, and headbands make them almost unrecognizable. Once everyone is ready, climb aboard and decode the map as you embark on a treasure hunt. Fight the perils of being a pirate by defending your ship from being taken over by other pirates. Participants are also given extensive pirate training courses before the cruise begins so they can indulge in pirating fun without any qualms. Whether you want to relive your own childhood, want your children to have fun with their friends, or immerse them in an activity that they'll cherish for a long time, Pirate Life can easily cater to your requirements.

Located a little away from the main city, the Valleyview Little Animal Farm promises tiny tots and their parents a fun-filled day. Watch your kids squeal with delight as they go along the area petting new-born animals such as chicks, baby rabbits, and lambs. One can even watch animals such as llamas and alpacas grazing around in their spacious enclosures. Get your kids some feed from the feeding station and revel in the joy on their faces as you watch the animals eat out of their tiny hands. There is also a farm museum on-site, which features old train wagons, steam engines, and farming instruments, evoking awe in both children and their parents. A train ride takes you through sunflower fields and passes budding crops of soya, hay, and corn. Additionally, there is also a playground, a puppet theater, and a café on the premises.

Built between 1827 and 1832 without the aid of powered machinery, the Rideau Canal is one of Ottawa's oldest landmarks. The canal runs from the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill to Hog's Back Falls on the south end of the city. During the summer months, a wide range of vessels, including tour boats, glide along the waterway. Come winter, the canal is transformed into the "World's Longest Skating Rink" and is a hub of activity during Ottawa's Winterlude festival.

For a blockbuster fix while on holiday, book a seat at Ottawa Family Cinema. With an exciting schedule of new releases, great sound and tech systems, this is the place to go for fun time in the city. The cozy inclining seat arrangement promises great views of the screen from each seat and assures you have a great time when here. In case you feel hungry, Ottawa Family Cinema offers a scrumptious menu that is a pure treat to your taste buds while you enjoy your movie here.

A walk through this heritage building, which chronicles Canada's natural history, will take you back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the landscape and glaciers covered 80 percent of the country's landmass. Exhibits at Canadian Museum of Nature examine the country's biodiversity, the history of Canada's aboriginal people and life in the far north. One of its key highlights is the expansive Bird Gallery, which showcases more than 450 species of Canadian birds, apart from interactive and multimedia experiences.

Arguably one of the most beautiful structures in the nation's capital, the National Gallery of Canada is a striking mesh of fused glass and granite that is home to an impressive art collection. The entrance of the gallery is dominated by Louis Bourgeois' Maman, a gigantic arachnid sculpture that shelters its 26 marble eggs from prying eyes. Once inside the building, visitors proceed along a long, glass concourse with a vaulted ceiling that leads to the Great Hall. From the hall, visitors can access the gallery's many rooms, each associated with an artistic style or period. Home to nearly 40,000 works of art and an astounding collection of Canadian creations, the National Gallery of Canada is acknowledged as one of the most eminent institutions of fine art in the world. Some of the gallery's most soul-stirring and evocative pieces of art include the religious artwork of New France, the Group of Seven paintings, Inuit sculptures, and Andy Warhol's masterpieces, as well as paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Claude Monet.

The Andrew Haydon Park is situated along the banks of the scenic Ottawa River and is dedicated to the old Reeve of Nepean, Andrew Haydon. Visitors can enjoy numerous beautifully landscaped walking trails that proffer breathtaking views of the river. The picture-perfect park is also home to migratory birds such as shorebirds and the Canada geese. Another attraction at the park is the bandshell, where dance performances, concerts and other local events take place frequently.

In operation since 1995, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo has garnered raves for its excellent animal education outreach programs, Eco-Education programs and its impressive collection of reptiles and other animals. The multiple award-winning zoo also hosts a number of exhibitions. The temporary collection could showcase anything from fiery anacondas and tarantulas to alligators and kangaroos. If you are feeling particularly brave, you can even head to the Public Feeding and Hands-On Room to interact actively with few of the animals. The zoo also houses a nature center on-site where visitors can learn more about the numerous endangered species of Canada. Whether you are fascinated by reptiles yourself or simply want your children to have a good time, head to Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and create some lasting memories.

Royal Canadian Mint has been producing Canadian coinage since 1908. Although coins in circulation are now struck at the mint in Winnipeg, Manitoba, special commemorative coins, tokens and medallions are still created here. Take the popular and extremely interesting guided tour, offered alternately in French and English. Though the boutique is open from 9a to 6p, guided tours are only available from 10a to 5p.

Come see one of the finest collections of vintage aircraft in the world at Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Creative exhibitions and programs in this delta-shaped building make learning about aviation fun. Experience hang gliding on a simulator, sit at the controls of a Cessna, watch films of aircraft in action, tackle the helicopter studio or test your skills at video games and computer quizzes. You can even soar over Ottawa in a historical aircraft for a small fee. The museum is located along the Eastern Parkway near Rockcliffe.

Depicting Ottawa’s rural life from the 1920s and 1930s, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is spread over 100 acres (40.46 hectares) of land. Home to a traditional general store, a working blacksmith shop, a carpentry and even a pump factory, the museum allows you to walk down history and see how life was before all the technological changes turned the world around. The village also has numerous, well-thought, authentic touches. For example, the display of antique vehicles in the village garage, items in the grocery store sold with vintage packaging and livestock displays during the summer make you forget you aren’t actually living in the early 20th century. Don’t hesitate to bring along your children to this vintage world. There are lots of exhibits and activities for the children as well. Wagon rides, model steam trains and animal visits are thoroughly enjoyed by kids of all ages. The museum also has an old-school canteen serving up a variety of refreshments. If you want to spend quality time with your family, or learn a bit more about the local history and culture, head to Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and get ready to walk back in time.

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