A Summer Fairwell

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The summer holidays can be and should be a fun-filled time for children – a time for relaxation, exploration, adventure and meeting new friends and perhaps even relatives not met before.

This year, living in our nation’s capital, we should have ample opportunity to expose children to places and events that are also historical in nature as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Be sure to pick up a copy of “What’s on in Ottawa” or google the latest details to find out what is happening in Ottawa on a daily basis. Below, we have listed a few items to get you started.

Commencing on Friday, June 23, the RCMP Musical Ride will be performing at N Division at the north end of St. Laurent Blvd. This will be complete with other displays, including their dogs. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket and enjoy the musical accompaniment until sunset.

On Saturday, June 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Annual CHEO Teddy Bear’s Picnic will take place at Rideau Hall, home of the Governor General. There will be rides and games and a celebrity pancake breakfast.

On June 25 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., there will the annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard at Rideau Hall, followed by the launch of Storytime, which celebrates reading and literacy.

Storytime will continue every Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. over the summer months.

Other favourite venues to visit in Ottawa include the following:

  • The Experimental Farm
  • The Museum of Nature
  • Go to Vincent Massey Park and see Hog’s Back Falls where there was some faulting many years ago. On the left-hand side, there is signage to indicate the fossil evidence of the ancient sea floor!
  • Take a drive along Sussex Drive and point out to the children the home of the Prime Minister at 24 Sussex Drive (after it is renovated!).
  • Also, along Sussex Drive at the curve in the road where there is a grey stone house with the flag of Great Britain flying (now the home of the British High Commissionaire), is the home where Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister lived!
  • Children love to plant their own small garden that they can be in charge of watering and caring for in the summer. This is especially true of plants where they can see the full cycle of a fruit or vegetable growing where the blossom once was.
  • If you are taking a road trip, make an extra copy of the map so the children can learn to read a map, help navigate and estimate distances from one city to the next.
  • Help your children to create a summer logbook or journal of things they did or places they visited to encourage writing skills. Encourage them to create illustrations so their book can be bound into a nice summer booklet.
  • Children are often fond of making collections. Perhaps make a visit to the dollar store and find an attractive box they can use to start a collection of shells, rocks, seeds or whatever interests them.
  • Sometimes the purchase of a small magnifying glass will pique children’s curiosity to begin a “Super Sleuth Detective Club” to look for and examine different types of bugs, leaves or flower specimens. Activities that strike their imagination and excite them about going out and exploring nature are excellent ideas for a summer day!

Here’s hoping this short list of ideas helps you and yours to have a wonderful summer!