Free Stuff to do with kids

 I just want to get a post up as a kind of ongoing list about all the free programs and activities available for kids in Ottawa and area.  I’m just going to start if off with the ones I know of and I’ll add in whatever is suggested in the comments.

  • The Ottawa Public Library runs free programs (Babytime, Toddlertime, Storytime etc) at many (if not all) of the branches.  You need to register but they are totally free and in my experience, really captivating.  There is a mix of singing, reading, playing with musical instruments and interacting with puppets.
  • Charlemagne Preschool Resource Center in Orleans offers a free drop-in playgroup every morning from 9-11 am and Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3pm  There are lots of toys and activities.  It’s mostly free play and there is a break for ‘circle time’ which is similar to the Library’s program.  Then there’s snack time (bring your own) and more play.  There are also some birds to look at
  • La Coccinelle in Orleans offers a French language only playgroup on Friday mornings.  I haven’t been yet but plan to check it out so I can give more feedback at that time. They also host a variety of workshops.

x-posted to ottawa_mommy 

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2 Comments on “Free Stuff to do with kids”

  1. Some useful links I have found:
    Andrew Fleck Child Care Services (Free Programs, Play Groups, Toy Library)
    http://www.afchildcare.on.ca/home-e.html
    Birth to Six – Parenting Young Children
    http://ottawa.ca/residents/health/families/birth_6/index_en.html
    DayCare Info & Central Waiting List (If you want to your child in the before&after school program when they start school, you can put them on the list now for that year. It sounds crazy but there are often 2+ year waiting lists and you can always decide no later.)
    http://ottawa.ca/residents/childcare/index_en.html
    Health Canadians (Kids Products and Food Recall Info, especially
    useful for toys you find at garage sales, etc…)
    http://www.healthycanadians.ca/index_e.html
    Kiddytown (great place to find kids/baby products that aren’t sold at
    other stores in Ottawa)
    http://www.kiddytown.ca/home_e.html
    City of Ottawa Online Registration (aquafit, swimming for infants, etc…)
    http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/parks_recreation/programs/guide/registration_en.html
    The Secret to Raising Smart Kids
    http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids&print=true
    You can buy a family pass for the Museums of Agriculture, Science & Technology, and Aviation which we found our kids loved going to visit, especially in the winter when you can’t do much outside. They loved the animals at the agriculture museum (which has free admission in the winter).
    http://www.agriculture.technomuses.ca/english/indexhpnagr.cfm

  2. Some useful links I have found:
    Andrew Fleck Child Care Services (Free Programs, Play Groups, Toy Library)
    http://www.afchildcare.on.ca/home-e.html
    Birth to Six – Parenting Young Children
    http://ottawa.ca/residents/health/families/birth_6/index_en.html
    DayCare Info & Central Waiting List (If you want to your child in the before&after school program when they start school, you can put them on the list now for that year. It sounds crazy but there are often 2+ year waiting lists and you can always decide no later.)
    http://ottawa.ca/residents/childcare/index_en.html
    Health Canadians (Kids Products and Food Recall Info, especially
    useful for toys you find at garage sales, etc…)
    http://www.healthycanadians.ca/index_e.html
    Kiddytown (great place to find kids/baby products that aren’t sold at
    other stores in Ottawa)
    http://www.kiddytown.ca/home_e.html
    City of Ottawa Online Registration (aquafit, swimming for infants, etc…)
    http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/parks_recreation/programs/guide/registration_en.html
    The Secret to Raising Smart Kids
    http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids&print=true
    You can buy a family pass for the Museums of Agriculture, Science & Technology, and Aviation which we found our kids loved going to visit, especially in the winter when you can’t do much outside. They loved the animals at the agriculture museum (which has free admission in the winter).
    http://www.agriculture.technomuses.ca/english/indexhpnagr.cfm


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