Best of the Month

Here are the Ottawa Kids Events highlights for each month.  To see ALL the events for kids in Ottawa go to the Kids Event Calendar Ottawa tab.
November 2011

Ottawa Area Santa Parades 2011

Santa Claus is coming to town.  Here's a brief rundown of the 2011 Ottawa Area Santa Parades:
Saturday, November 12
 Kanata Santa Parade
WhenSat, November 12, 10:00 – 11:00
Wherekanata, ON (map)
Saturday, November 19
 Help Santa Toy Parade Ottawa
WhenSat, November 19, 17:00 – 18:00
WhereOttawa, ON (map)
DescriptionThe parade will start at 5 PM. at Lansdowne Park, head North on Bank Street, turn right on Laurier Ave and continue past City Hall onto the Queen Elizabeth Driveway. This is the End Point for the Parade. Floats and vehicles will then be directed to return to Lansdowne Park to the break down area. Participants will then be invited to attend the Toy Parade reception in the Jean Pigott Hall at City Hall.
Sunday, November 20
 Barrhaven Lions Club Santa Parade
WhenSun, November 20, 17:30 – 18:30
WhereStrandherd Drive, Barrhaven, On (map)
DescriptionWHERE The parade runs down Strandherd Drive, starting at Beatrice Drive and ending at the park n ride, where it turns north for dispersal. FOOD You'll find a variety of local food vendors along the parade route. See our sponsorship section for food vendors. WASHROOMS Several portable units will be stationed along the parade route. CHARITIES Please remember to bring non perishable food items or cash donations for the needy. We will collect these items along the parade route
Friday, November 25
 Gatineau Santa's Parade
WhenFri, November 25, 19:00 – 20:00
WhereRue Principale, Gatineau, QC (map)
DescriptionBefore the fascinated eyes of thousands of spectators, a procession of illuminated floats, bands, puppets, mascots and marching groups pass by on Main Street. The excitement mounts and finally Santa Claus arrives. Cost:Free Event At: Rue Principale Entre la rue Front et Wilfrid-Lavigne, Gatineau Event Info: Phone:819 213-3541
Saturday, November 26
 Santa's Parade of Lights (Orleans)
WhenSat, November 26, 18:00 – 19:00
WhereSt-Joseph Blvd, Orleans, ON (map)
DescriptionOnce again the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association will be hosting SANTA'S PARADE OF LIGHTS on »Saturday, November 26th 2011 @ 6PM on St-Joseph Blvd. in Orleans. Toys and cash donations will be collected by firefighters along the route.

July 2011
Canada Day - Friday July 1, 2011
There's no better place to be on Canada Day than in Ottawa.  As always, there are a tonne of things to do in the Capital.  So get out there and wave your flag!
Kanata (Walter Baker Park) -
City of Ottawa Splash Pads and Wading Pools - Open until August 19 or 24, 2011 (depending on location)
Where: Locations throughout the City of Ottawa
Description: It's summertime and the living is easy.  Get out there and cool off in one of the City's splash pads or wading pools.  Check out our dedicated splash pad page, where we're putting together an inventory of Ottawa splash pads.
June 2011
Westfest KIDZONE - Saturday June 11, 2011 - Sunday June 12, 2011
Where: Westboro Village, 298 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, Ontario (map)
WESTFEST KIDZONE Circus Delights, one of Ottawa’s most established and diverse entertainment companies, will be around all weekend long to make the Scotiabank WESTFEST KIDZONE the coolest place to be! They’ll be setting up a 30 foot Inflatable Slide, a giant Bouncy Castle, a Mechanical Horse, and all kinds of traditional carnival games! From tiny tots to teenagers, and of course the young at heart, there’ll something to delight you at Westfest! You can also check out Chess-in-the-St​reet, an outdoor chess event everyone can play - from kids to adults and from those who have never played before to the seasoned tournament player. Chess-in-the-St​reet will also have Giant Chess, a giant-sized chess board on the street.
Cost: FREE!
Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival Children's Entertainment- Saturday June 18, 2011 - Sunday June 19, 2011
Where: Mooney's Bay Park, Ottawa, ON (map)
Description: On June 18 - 19, 2011 head to Mooney's Bay to check out the Children's entertainment at the Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival.  The Children's Area entertainment includes: Magician Chris Pilsworth, Little Ray's Reptiles, Lil' John, Radical Science, Circus Montreal with Balloon Sculptur, Clowns, etc.  This is a FREE festival with lots of fun activities for the kids.
Cost: Free
Ottawa International Children's Festival - June 1, 2011 - June 5, 2011
Where:   Lebreton Flats Park, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0M8
Description: The 2011 Ottawa International Children’s Festival is one of Ontario’s only festivals dedicated to presenting the performing arts for young people, their families, and educators.
The Festival invites you to explore this wonderful world of excitement, imagination, and innovation with theatre, music, and dance from across Canada and around the world! Discover the world at your doorstep!
Cost:  □ Single Tickets: $11.50 per person, except for Barbieri and ZooZoo: $13.60, □ Three-Show Pack: $29.00 per person (Any three shows)
May 2011
Touch a Truck - Sunday May 29, 2011 (10am-3pm)
Where: Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre, 2525 Carling Avenue, Ottawa (map
Description: Get Your Engines Started ... It's Time for Touch-A-Truck! It's your child's chance to get up close and personal with all types of vehicles from police cars to fire engines to back hoes.  Come join us at Touch-A-Truck, for a fun family day of honking horns and smiling faces!
Cost:  The cost is $5.00 per person, to a maximum of $20.00 per family. All proceeds support the programs of Mothercraft Ottawa.

Victoria Day Festival and Fireworks - Monday May 23, 2011
Where: Queen Juliana Park, 870 Carling Ave (at Preston), Ottawa, ON (map)
Description:  Celebrate Victoria Day with us! Make a day of it, incorporating Ottawa's beautiful Tulip Festival, in neighbouring Commissioner's Park. This is a family event with something for everyone: midway rides; petting zoo; food, drink, and dessert concessions; buskers; children's activities; and live musical performances. The festival wraps up with a spectacular FIREWORKS display.
Cost: Free