April in Ottawa
With the start of spring finally arriving, and the weather warming, Ottawa is starting to come to life as it always does this time of year. The days get longer, the sun shines brighter, and everyone’s mood is enhanced as the anticipation of hot weather grows shorter. Here are some fun events for you and your family to enjoy during this wonderful spring month!
Visit a Sugar Shack
Soak up the last little bit of winter and visit a local sugar shack! Think pancakes and sleigh rides.
Until Apr 17, Proulx Farm. proulxberryfarm.com
Until Apr 16, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm. stanleysfarm.com
Visit the EY Centre the first weekend in April and enjoy a number of children’s events including the Junior JUNO’s, Little Rays Reptiles, a Magic Show with Mr. E from YTV’s show TRICKED!, as well as an appearance of Super Hero and Star Wars characters. There will be no shortage of fun for the whole family!
Apr 1-2, EY Centre. $15. kidsfestottawa.ca
Until Apr 16, The JUNO Photography Exhibit showcases the past 40+ years of Canadian music. Ottawa Art Gallery Annex, City Hall. Junoawards.ca
March 31, The JUNO Cup is a fun time for the whole family. NHL Greats compete with Canadian artists and celebrities for bragging rights on the ice! TD Place. $28+. Junoawards.ca
Mar 31- Apr 1, JUNOfest is a 2-night music festival featuring 100+ artists on various stages in Ottawa. Junoawards.ca
If you aren’t one of the luck ones attending the JUNO’s in person, be sure to tune into the JUNO Awards on April 2nd, hosted by Bryan Adams and Russell Peters with performances from Shawn Mendes, Sarah McLachlan and The Weeknd!
Originals Spring Craft Sale
The Spring Craft Sale features 180 of Canada’s most talented artists, artisans, and designers displaying their work for all to see.
Apr 6-9, EY Centre. $7. originalsshow.ca
Harlem Globetrotters 2017 Tour
Combining athleticism, theater, and comedy, the Harlem Globetrotters are a thrill to see! Playing over 26,000 exhibition games, they are a tried and true source of entertainment for the whole family.
Apr 7, Canadian Tire Centre. $40+. canadiantirecentre.com
Earth Day 2017
Get your family outside, discuss climate change issues, encourage environmental awareness and take a moment to appreciate the beautiful world we live in!
Apr. 22, earthday.ca
La Diva Malbouffa
It’s a disaster! La Diva Malbouffa and Maestro Figaro are expected to perform at the Opera, but Mimi is ill from gorging on junk food. Only the audience can bring her back to health!
Apr 1, National Arts Centre. $16+. nac-cna.ca
Peppa Pig Live!
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles!
Apr 23, National Arts Centre. $43+. nac-cna.ca
Stars on Ice
The three greatest Canadian men’s figure skaters will come together for the first time in 2017 to perform in the award-winning Investors Group Stars on Ice Tour presented by Lindt!
Apr 30, Stars on Ice. $12.50+. canadiantirecentre.com
Hunt around the children’s museum to find 12 golden eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny!
Apr 3-17, Golden Egg Hunt. historymuseum.ca
Spring is in the air and the barns have come alive with the arrival of newborn animals. Bring your family to meet the animals, participate in the annual egg hunt, and compete in the “signs of spring” trivia found in the barns.
Apr 14-17, Agriculture and Food Museum. cafmuseum.techno-science.ca
Enjoy Easter at Billings Estate with family crafts and egg dyeing.
Apr 15, Billings Estate. ottawa.ca
Thomas & Friends Explore the Rails
April is the last month to enjoy this special exhibition at the Children’s Museum.
Canadian Museum of History, http://www.historymuseum.ca/thomas/
Ottawa Parent & Child Expo
Join 130 leading local parenting exhibitors from toddlers to the teenage years, which special performances from the Mini Pop Kids, Ottawa group Triple Trouble, as well as Dora and Diego characters. Children will also be able to create at the Play-Doh Play Centre, have their faces painting, participate in arts and crafts activities, as well as hug friendly-mascots.
Apr 16-17, Nepean Sportsplex. $12+ https://parentandchildexpo.ca
Tartan Day on Parliament Hill
Come out to the Tartan Day Celebrations at Parliament Hill with highland bagpipers from all over the region, highland dancing and singing presented by the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band. Great fun for the whole family!
Apr 17, Parliament Hill https://www.ottawatourism.ca/events/national-tartan-day/
Dress up your kids as their favourite superhero and come out for a great evening. With dancing, making a superhero mask, face painting, games, costume contest.
Apr 15, Maple Ridge Centre, $15+ https://www.facebook.com/events/1678848735715894/
Toddler Games Grand Opening
This new non-profit drop-in play space is the perfect way to engage your toddler with other children!
Apr 4, www.toddlergames.ca