Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Ultimate List of Indoor Fun with Kids in Ottawa

Beaverbrook Library. Photo: Doublespace Photography

This post was inspired by my family - I often wonder what to do with kiddos when I don't feel like doing crafts at home or just simply need to get out. Unfortunately, no online blog/source encompasses a full list.

Here is the list of places to go and things to do with kids under 10 when the weather is not permitting or you just don't feel like being outside.

Activities marked with SAVE$ are free or almost free. Enjoy!

  • Kindergym at select City of Ottawa Recreation Centres

Schedule can be found under Gymnasium schedule for each RC.
SAVE$: drop in $2.30 per child.

SAVE$: Children's area with books and puzzles/games or free drop-in program such as Babytime, Toddlertime,  or Family story time.

SAVE$ Enjoy Starbucks coffee and stay to read or play with trains and other toys.
Check with stores for specific program times.
Chapters Pinecrest
Monday to Friday - 10:30 am, Storytime

 Chapters Kanata, Kanata Centrum
Monday to Friday -10:00 am, Storytime

Indigo Barrhaven, RioCan Marketplace
Monday to Friday - 10:30 am, Storytime

SAVE$. Relax and recharge inside Bayshore's Lifestyle Lounge, located on level 3 by Moxie's. Enjoy kiddie rides, colouring pages, complimentary Wi-Fi, and massage chairs. With comfortable seating and room for strollers it is the perfect place for you and your family to unwind. 
Open Monday – Sunday, 9:00am-8:00pm.

Zazazoo plush animal rides ($5.65 for 10mins); SAVE$ animal farm toddler play area (free, for kids under 4).

SAVE$. Free Story Time is held every Monday in the empty unit next to Razzor Sports at 10am. Come join other families and enjoy some stories and sing-a-longs. Story time does not operate on Snow Days and runs throughout the year. 

Saltwater pools, Starbucks cafe, Zone 525 games room.
Drop-in during our regular season is $15 (plus tax) for adults and $4.42 (plus tax) for kids aged 5 & under per visit.

SAVE$: Join our Activities partner in Zone 525 for free family weekend activities  Each week we have a different selection of activities including; cookie decorating, science experiments, treasure hunts, crafts, movie nights and more. Check with our guest services team when you arrive for the latest schedule.

SAVE$: Free Smaland playroom up to 1 hour - must be toilet trained, socks; ability to understand basic English/French.Budget friendly meals at IKEA restaurant.

  • Ottawa Museums - Our Favourites:

Not completely indoor - but there are many indoor exhibits.
Canada Science and Technology Museum (re-opens in Fall 2017)
SAVE$: On Thursday evenings, admission to the permanent exhibits of the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature is free from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is also free at the Canadian Museum of Historyand the Canadian War Museum from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At participating locations.
SAVE$ Enjoy free play structure and coffee or a meal.

From the indoor playground to the parents lounge, every aspect of Kids Kingdom is designed with comfort and safety in mind.
Adults: $3
Kids 3-12: $16
Kids 1-2: $8
Kids 0-1: $5 – unless accompanying an older sibling
Mondays: Parents FREE!
Thursdays: 1/2 price ADMISSION! (ages 3-12)

Toddler area, jungle gym, climbing wall, mini golf, etc.
$12.99 admission to Jungle gym for kids 4+.

0-11 months: FREE 12-23 months: $13.99 2-3 years: $16.99 4-12 years: $19.99 13-17 years*: $19.99 Adults - $8.99

·        30 minutes:     $12.39+tx = $14
·        60 minutes:     $17.70+tx = $20
·        90 minutes:     $22.12+tx = $25
·        120 minutes:    $24.78+tx = $28
·        Kids (4yo and under) 30 minutes:   $7.08+tx = $8 (kids are only allowed in Kiddie Kourt)

Am I missing a fun place? Please let me know in comments!

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