Activity Calendar

Things to do

Saturday, October 7, 2017

What's Happening this Weekend

October 7th

  • Thanksgiving at the Agriculture Museum. More info
  • Cascade Colourfest 2017. Mont Cascade. More info
  • National Perogies Day Day Celebration. Ottawa Perogies. More info
  • Pumpkinferno. Upper Canada Village. More info
  • Miwate. Chaudiere Falls. More info
  • Colours of Fall. Bytown Museum. More info
  • Harvest Festival. Watson Mill. More info

October 8th

  • Thanksgiving at the Agriculture Museum. More info
  • Cascade Colourfest 2017. Mont Cascade. More info
  • Pumpkinferno. Upper Canada Village. More info
  • Miwate. Chaudiere Falls. More info
  • Zoo Crew Drop In. Osgoode. More info

October 9th

Friday, September 22, 2017

The High Tea Social

The High Tea Social creates custom-designed events and gatherings, from elegant high tea to children's petite tea parties. We offer a wide range of services, from full- service catering to rentals of beautiful and unique dishes for any event or party. We will work with you our clients and your budget to help create an event that will delight you and your guests.

Starting in October The High Tea Social is excited to be hosting various High Tea Events in Kanata.  We've found two beautiful heritage buildings which are the perfect fit for our High Tea Parties. 

SS#1 an 1886 heritage schoolhouse at 400 Goldridge Drive and the Old Town Hall 821 March Road.

Events offered;

Ladies Day for everyone who just wants to be treated like royalty. 
Mom and Me (special memory for Moms and their little ones) 

Meet a Mom (for those stay at home Moms who want to meet other Mom's in the area to have some well deserved ME! time) 

Theme High Tea's as well as Senior Days are on the agenda moving forward. 

To accommodate all, we are able to offer a week day and a Saturday or Sunday option for our events.
Space is limited at each location and ticket orders will be on a first come, first served basis. 

More information here

My Little Pony- The Movie!!!


Release Date: Friday, October 6

Advance Screening: Saturday, September 30th – 10:00AM – South Keys

Cast: Emily Blunt, Live Schreiber, Michael Pena, Sia, Tay Diggs and Zoe Saldana
Synopsis: A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ottawa Geek Market 2017

We can’t let the grown-ups have all the fun, can we? The weekend will be host to many activities for children of all age groups and fandoms. Children 12 and under always get in for free and there are no costs to participate in any of our activities. 🙂
And yes we encourage kids of all ages to participate in our kid-friendly activities. If you’re a kid at heart, these activities are for you too! For more info click HERE
Parking and Ticketing Information
Tickets are only $6 per day/per adult in advance. All children 12 and under get in for free when accompanied by an adult. To purchase your tickets and to learn more about our promotions visit our Tickets page.
Parking is absolutely free at the facility. We recommend parking at the back of the building near Entrance 4.

The Princess Ball Daddy/Daughter Dance

Calling all Kings! (Dads, Uncles, Grandpas, or other adult male father-figures - sorry, moms this event is not for you) 

Treat your princess to a night full of royalty at the 3rd annual Princess Ball at the Maple Ridge Centre!

Friday November 3rd, 6-9, 2017
  • Dance the night away to our rockin' tunes
  • Enjoy tasty hors d'oeuvres 
  • A fabulous ice cream sundae bar and popcorn/candy buffet
  • Meet princesses
  • Have a royal portrait taken 
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  •  "royal gift bag" to take home. 

There is no age limit. Dress in your best or come in jeans - it's up to you!

Advance tickets are $40/couple and $10/each additional princess. Tickets at the door (unless sold-out) are $50/couple and $10/each additional princess. Advance tickets are available at the Maple Ridge Centre or online. We do anticipate this will be a sold-out event so purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment! As a thank you to our service members, we are once again providing a limited number of complimentary tickets to our military members. We do request the escorts to attend the ball in their full-dress uniforms and must provide a valid military ID to book their tickets.
Again this year, we have partnered with Ash Meadow Farm Carriage Company to offer horse-drawn carriage rides. This feature is not included in the admission price and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets cost $10/person and the ride will consist of a trip around the Maple Ridge Field in a gorgeous horse-drawn carriage. There is a limited number of tickets available and it is highly unlikely that tickets will be available at the door so be sure to purchase yours in advance.
Order your tickets online below. Please be sure to include the names of the Princess(es) and Escort at checkout in the additional comments field. Tickets will be mailed by Canada Post and should be received within 2 weeks of purchase. Tickets ordered after October 25th will not be mailed and can either be picked up in person or at the door - be sure to bring your purchase receipt in case you do not receive your tickets. Ticket are not confirmed until payment has been received in full.

The Benefits of Baby Massage

Massage can get your little one to sleep better, improve her health, and even help you form that all-important bond.

You know how it goes: You put your baby down, she cries. Pick her up and, presto -- she's serene and smiley again.  If just holding your baby can be so soothing, imagine how she'll benefit from a full-body massage?  In fact, studies have shown that massaging your wee one can reduce crying and fussiness, help her sleep more peacefully, and alleviate common wail-inducers like constipation and colic.  Some say that it even boosts a baby's ability to fight off germs.

"When you give your baby a massage, you're stimulating his central nervous system," says Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "That sets off a chain reaction: It makes his brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that's secreted in response to stress.  As a result, your baby's heart rate and breathing slow down, and he becomes more relaxed.” 

Not only does it have physical benefits, but giving your infant regular massages is good for his emotional well-being too.  Affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are among the most powerful forms of communication between babies and their parents. It will help you learn how to read your baby's signals and respond better to his unique needs, which can give you so much confidence as a new parent.

To me, the main benefit of massage is about connecting, I know that sounds a bit hokey, but it starts when they are small and it goes well beyond the new-born stage.  My 4 ½ year old loves having a massage, as does my 2-year-old.  The massage has changed over the years but it is rooted in all the basics I learned when I first took them to a massage class many moons ago.  Massage time still provides all the benefits it always has.  Time to connect and be with each other.  Time to shut out the rest of the world, put down the cell phone and be in the moment - just you and your baby.

Mellow Baby was started 2 years ago, in Edinburgh Scotland, and I have now returned to my home town of Ottawa with my family and I can’t wait to start sharing my Baby Massage classes with the community.  My first block of classes starts at the end of September and there will be more to follow.  

Please check out my website and Facebook page to find out when new classes open up.  Or better yet, drop me an email;

By Jenni Lloyd J

Friday, September 15, 2017

What's Happening this Weekend

September 16th

  • Polo in the Park. Wesley Clover Park. More info
  • Fall Fun Day. Leslie Park. More info
  • Barrhaven Food Truck Rally. 255 Tartan St. More info
  • Fall Family Fun Fest. Claudette Cain Park. More info
  • Carleton Place Family Fun Fair. Riverside Park. More info
  • Taste of Wellington and Brew Market. Hintonburg Park and Westboro Village. More info
  • Richmond Fair. Richmond Fair Grounds. More info
  • Capital Pop Up. Mrs. Doubtfire. Parkdale Market. More info

September 17th

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Magenta Photo Studio

Back to school and fall is one of my favourite times to take some photos, it starts a new phase of the year and new milestones. Magenta Photos can make that easy for you. Whether you come into the studio (St Laurent) or you choose on location, they can help capture your moments for you. I am always thinking about great photos for Christmas Cards too ;)

Magenta focuses on making this easy for families, walk in or book your appointment and photos are ready to choose from and select a package. They have packages for everyone. 

Our session was so lovely, the kids were excited to enter the Hollywood room, with mirrors and lights and then enter the studio with 2 wonderful photographers who made it easy and fun!! As you know a 1 and 3 year old don't sit still for long, I was hoping to get one great picture, and they had tons! Check them out below. 

Magenta Studio has been a favourite of Canadian families for 15 years, offering a full range of photo services and personalized products from its 18 studios across Quebec and Ontario. Whether you’re looking for a Magenta photo session, Magenta Flash session, a business portrait, or passport and identity photos, our dynamic and creative photographers are at your service 7 days a week.

Family Fall Activities in Ottawa

Cannamore Orchard- Chrysler, Ontario. Day Passes $10 (additional fees for some activities)
  • Picking apples, or pumpkins
  • Walk through the orchard
  • Play in the Family Activity Area
  • Use the canteen facilities
  • Go for a wagon ride
  • Ride the cow train
  • Use the pedal cars
  • Try the different GIANT hedge mazes! 
  • Visit the animals

Saunders Farm- Munster, Ontario- $17-19/pp

  • Family Hayrides
  • Mazes
  • Jumping Pillows
  • Park
  • Pedal Cars
  • Puppet Shows
  • Tree House
  • Slides
  • 3D Puzzles

Proulx Farm, Cumberland, ON, $11-14/pp
  • Crystal, face-painting artist Picnic area (indoor and outdoor)
  • Hay structures Snack bar and canteen 
  • Tree house and slides Farm boutique featuring maple, honey, and homemade
  • John Deere tricycle tractors Pyramids, walls, and bins of pumpkins
  • Pedal buggies Plenty of parking
  • Play parks
  • Mazes
  • Children’s show
  • Family-friendly wagon ride through the mysterious forest
  • Visit the petting farm: Touch, feed & learn
  • Inflatable bounce house from Circus Delights
  • Art contest (3-11 years). Make us a farm-themed picture and bring it with you. Judging and prizes at 12:00.
  • Costume contest (judging starts at 1:30)

Miller’s Farm and Market- Manotick Ottawa, Free entry
  • Corn Maze
  • Tractor Ride ($2)
  • Hay Bail play area
  • Pick your own Pumpkin
  • Market Store

Haunted Walk of Ottawa- We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: A Haunted Walk Kid’s Adventure!- Ottawa, ON, All Tickets $14.75

There’s something strange in our neighbourhood! Peculiar events have been happening lately at the old Carleton County Jail. We need to get to the bottom of this mystery! Bring your family for a lighthearted and exciting ghost-busting adventure. Full of fun, jokes and a few (light) surprises, this interactive adventure is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon with the family leading up to Halloween. This tour is designed to be enjoyed best by brave young ghostbusters ages 8 – 12.
2016 Dates: October 15, 22, 29 and 30.

Pumpkinferno, Upper Canada Village, $11-16/pp, free under 5

CANADA 150 – PUMPKINFERNO GOES PATRIOTIC, Award-winning Pumpkinferno returns to Upper Canada Village in 2017, featuring a selection of specially designed Canada 150- themed pumpkin-carved displays! Take a tour through this spectacular outdoor art exhibit of 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins all lit at night along a kilometer long path in a picturesque 19th century backdrop.This mesmerizing installation of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins is a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages!

Fall Rhapsody , Gatineau Park, FREE
An annual event organized by the National Capital Commission (NCC), Fall Rhapsody invites everyone to enjoy over 90 kilometres of trails that run through the Park and to take part in family activities at the Park’s Visitor Centre. Mackenzie King Estate, the historic home and surrounding grounds built by Canada’s 10th and longest-serving Prime Minister, is not to be missed. 
Fall Rhapsody takes place from September 30 to October 21, 2017.

Upper Canada Cranberries , Upper Canada, Free
  • Tour the farm
  • Spectacular cranberries for sale
  • Beautiful drive in the country

Mountain Orchards , Mountain ON, Free
  • Apple Picking
  • Wagon Ride
  • Donuts
  • Hay Jumps
  • Kids Park
  • Corn Mazes

City of Ottawa Before and After School Programs

One of the most important things to me, is if my children are not with me, I need to feel confident that they are having fun, and safe.The other issue what to do with them when there is no school. Unlikely that you can take all the time off.  There are lots of great options, but one I came across was the City of Ottawa, they have great options for before and after school care, as well as March Break, PD Days etc. Check it out here
Staff: qualified and enthusiastic!

Start and end the school day with fun! Get active with games and sports and be creative with arts and crafts. Some quiet time for homework, too. Make new friends when you join our Club. City of Ottawa is an accredited HIGH FIVE® organization. Who commit to healthy child development and safety for children's recreation programs. Choose quality for your kids! 

HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality assurance standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children aged 6 to 12.
The Ontario Ministry of Education is implementing the Child Care Early Years Act (CCEYA), which has replaced the Day Nurseries Act.
Effective September 1, 2017, the following changes will come into effect:
The City of Ottawa is only permitted to offer before or after school programs to children 6 to 12 years of age, including children who will be turning 6 years old by December 31, 2017. The City of Ottawa is only permitted to provide a child with EITHER before OR after school care. We are not able to provide both services to the same child. For a list of locations click here.