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    Broadway is back in Ottawa

    mom and teen standing beside the Hamilton musical poster

    When Hamilton was released on Disney+ early in the pandemic I was surprised by just how into the musical and all its music my kids would get. We listened to the songs in the car for months and all had our favourite songs. That meant that getting to see Hamilton live wasn’t just any old show we got to go to, it was one we really got excited about (even though getting some of my teens out of the house for family activities isn’t as easy as it used to be ;) )

    With two of my kids away at sleep away camp, my husband and I got a rare outing with just our oldest son to see Hamilton at the NAC on opening night.

    Seeing the show live and in person was just as great as we all hoped it would be, and not only that - my teen said he’d love to attend more shows in the future!

    I was under the impression Hamilton was sold out and it would be impossible to get tickets at this late date but there are still some tickets available if you want to check it out before the end of July.

    What’s coming next

    Because of COVID cancelations there are a lot of shows coming in the next 6 months as they try to catch up - plus there’s an exciting 2022/2023 season.

    Dear Evan Hansen opens on August 9th

    Anastasia opens on August 30th

    Means Girls opens October 18th

    I have incredible memories of going to see musicals with my family as a child and I love that we get to do that with our children too (and have been taking them to various shows at the NAC since they were toddlers!)

    It was great to be back and seeing a show again and we’re looking forward to many more in the coming year. Comment and let us know if your kids enjoy going to the theatre or musicals.

    Disclosure: we were provided tickets to the show free of charge but all opinions are our own.

    The arrival of a new sibling Ottawa Public Library

    Thank you to Doris Jordan, Children’s Programming and Public Service Assistant from the Ottawa Public Library – Beaverbrook Branch for this submission!

     The arrival of a new sibling can have a big impact on a family.   

    Welcoming a new baby to the family is a wonderful and exciting experience but for some toddlers and preschoolers, it can also be a time of uncertainty, confusion and anxiety.  Here are a few juvenile picture books from the Ottawa Public Library that can help prepare your child for the arrival of a new sibling.  

    New Baby and Me by Christine Kidney (Illustrated by Hoda Haddadi  )

    Awaiting the arrival of a new baby, five brothers imagine what their new sibling will be like. Will he be a scientist or a dreamer? An explorer or an artist?  It is a beautiful picture book with collage illustrations that celebrates individuality and imagination.  Additional ideas for art and collage activities included at the end of the book to help prepare for a new sibling.   

    It’s big brother Time!  By Nandini Ahuja 

    Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri 

    Beautifully illustrated featuring a multiethnic family, this book focuses on the possibilities for fun and companionship rather than the disruptions that a new member, especially a newborn, brings to the mix.  A lovely heartwarming story focusing on the developing bond between big brother and his new sibling.   

    The Big Sibling Getaway by Korrie Lear 

    A new baby means a lot of crying.  It becomes too much for big sister Cassie and she needs some space.  An empty box is the perfect getaway vehicle to any place her imagination can take her.  After a much-needed break, she realizes she misses her new baby brother and that it’s not always fun being alone.   

    Mama’s Belly by Kate Hosford (Illustrated by Abigail Halpin  )

    A beautifully illustrated book about a curious little girl awaiting the arrival of her baby sister.  This charming picture book tells the story of a family’s journey through mama’s pregnancy.  The story addresses both the joys and anxiety of becoming a big brother or sister and does it in such a heartfelt way.  It not only describes the excitement the family feels as they approach the big day, but it also describes the realistic side of pregnancy.  It tells us sometimes Mama is too tired to play and sometimes she is grumpy.  It also shares some of the little sister’s concerns when she wonders if she will need to share her favorite blanket with her sister and when she asks her mama, “when my sister comes, will you have enough love for both of us?”  However, with lovely comforting words and illustrations, the book shows the joys that the little girl feels as she anticipates becoming a big sister and sharing the world with her.  

    While We Wait by Judy Ann Sadler (Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau) 

    A lovely story of a little boy and his grandma as they knit a gift, dance, sing, talk and play with their dog while they wait for the arrival of a new baby.  A sweet, endearing picture book showcasing the bond between generations, the value of patience and that some things are well worth the wait.   

    Shhh! The Baby is Sleeping by JaNay Brown-Wood (Illustrated by Ellisambura)

    An adorable rhyming picture book.  A story centering around the one issue parents and family members can all relate to ---- don’t wake the baby! Filled with humor, bright bold illustrations and bouncy rhyming text, big brother tries to keep his loud and expansive family from waking up his baby sister.  


    Interzip - a unique zip lining experience from Ontario to Quebec

    4 white people (one man and 3 teenagers) standing in front of a sign for Interzip Rogers, holding orange helmets.

    Last week we got invited to experience zip lining from one province to another at the InterZip Rogers (last year Misty got to try it out and you can check out her recount of the experience here.)My husband and three teens (13 year old twins and a 15 year old) all got to try out the experience. My family is not one of thrill seekers and so I wasn’t sure how it would go but all four of them really enjoyed it! (The most nerve wracking part was climbing the tower (you climb 120 metres in the air which is about the heigh of 9 stories) - partially because it’s high and partially because of nerves for the upcoming jump).

    They enjoyed that the ride went slower than a lot of other zip lines (it travels at 40 kms a hour and lasts about 40 seconds.)

    View of the interzip tower with another building behind it

    Our consensus is that if your kids are the types who enjoy zip lines in general, this is a great activity for any kids who fit the minimum weight requirement of 70lbs.

    How it works

    You arrive at the ticket office on the Gatineau side and check in. You are then weighed and your equipment is chosen based on weight and size. You are given your equipment which is put on loosely, and then you walk about 5-10 minutes across the river and over to the tower.

    You are then led through safely strapping in to your equipment and through safety instructions for climbing the tower. There is a maximum of ten people on the tower at a time, and people zip down in pairs.

    3 white males and one white female wearing orange helmets and zip lining harnesses

    Once people reach the top of the stairs they are strapped in, given instructions for their journey down, and for the appropriate landing position at the end.

    To note, almost my entire family thought the ride went a little further than when they actually stopped (they had their eyes on the final bumpers) and were surprised when they stopped abruptly a little sooner than that.

    We also had a chance to celebrate at the end with ice cream from the restaurant located on site.


    14 and under: $29.99

    15 and over: $39.99

    It is recommended you book ahead of time as some days sell out completely.


    You can also purchase a video of your experience for $19 which is a nice keepsake. Here are the two we got!

    Are there age or weight restrictions?

    There are no age restrictions but there are weight restrictions. For kids under 18 a parent/guardian must sign a waiver.

    The minimum weight is : 70 pounds.

    And the maximum weight is : 250 pounds.

    You must also be able to climb the tower on your own. A few other restrictions include: pregnant women, intoxication, missing limb (arm or leg), extreme asthma or breathing problems, epilepsy, high blood pressure, skeletal, joint or ligament problems.

    Note that the participant must have full use of their arms, legs and hands and be able to walk up and down steps without fatigue or assistance.

    The right to restrict access to any person is at the discretion of the management.

    How should you dress?

    Closed shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. Helmet, harness and specialised equipment will be provided on site.

    Can I bring my camera or things with me?

    No, you need to leave all of your possession at the main office and zip with nothing in your pockets or hands.

    Any other questions? Check out the official FAQ

    Disclosure: we were provided free tickets to enjoy this attraction but all opinions are our own.

    In-person summer camps for kids in Ottawa

    This is the first summer in a couple of years that summer camps are starting to feel like they’re back to what we’re used to pre-pandemic. Check out this list of some of the summer camps available this year to see if they still have spaces available for registration!

    in-person summer camps for kids in Ottawa

    Dovercourt Day Camps


    Beginning August 4th, half-day camp programs are 4 hours – 4.5 hours with pick up and drop off. These longer half-day programs will now be offered to children who have just finished Kindergarten (5.5yrs old) to 12yrs old. 

    Starr Gymnastics


    National Kids Camps


    Tennis, mountain biking and more!

    ORC Academy


    Full-day camps in their indoor obstacle course

    GNAG at the Glebe Community Centre

    GNAG at the Glebe CC offers fantastic recreational day camps and a wide range of specialty camps including: Acro Dance, Art/Pottery, Musical Theatre and Cooking. GNAG’s well loved Leadership camps offer an opportunity for youth to be their best self. Camps are geared to children ages 3-16 years; we do our best to send everyone home happy and excited for the next day!


    YMCA Day Camps - Camp Otonabee



    City of Ottawa


    Summer camps (full day) with lots of outdoor time, sports, games and crafts.

    Gloucester Pottery School


    2-hour pottery camps, morning or afternoon.

    Ottawa Circus School


    Full day, outdoor seasonal location behind the church at 55 Appleford Street in Ottawa, Ontario. 8 weeks of camp beginning July 6th for kids aged 8-15 years old.

    The Ottawa New Edinburgh Club


    Sailing and Tennis camps for ages 7 to 17.

    Rideau Canoe Club


    The Canoe Fun Summer Camp is a one-week half-day camp with an introduction to all aspects of safe paddle sports, including canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) for kids aged 7 to 12.

    ORCC Ottawa River Canoe Club


    Ages 8 to 14. Campers receive instruction in various types of paddling from certified coaches and enjoy spending time on the water practicing what they’ve learned in both single and team boats. 

    Good Morning Creative Arts & Preschool


    Located on First Ave, camps run daily for kids 3-8 from 9am- 1pm and have weekly themes. Contact them directly at goodmorningpreschool@gmail.com for more information.

    Pedalheads Biking & Trail Riding Camps


    Ottawa School of Art


    uOttawa Camps


    Corona School of Gymnastics


    RA Centre camps


    Carleton Athletics Camps


    Ottawa Art Gallery


    Ottawa Catholic School Board Camps


    Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East


    Old Ottawa South Community Association

    This year’s programming has options for ages 3-17 including some programs like Dungeons and Dragons (for 3 hours in the afternoon) and pottery, for older teenagers.


    Nepean Sailing School Camps

    Nepean Sailing School offers a variety of summer sailing camps for children and youth, ages 7 to 17. Our programs create the perfect mix of learning and fun for all levels from never sailed to the advanced racer. Programs are offered Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm during July and August. After Sail child care is available to 6 pm. Non club members are welcome.


    Patro Ottawa day camps

    Located in Vanier, the theme for these day camps all summer long is Patro Lympique.


    School of Rock

    Located in Orleans these camps are great for students 7-13. Students will put on a live performance at the end of the week.


    Naming the city's new swim programs

    The City of Ottawa is developing a new swimming program to start in January 2023 and they are looking for the public’s help to name the levels! 


    The list of names for toddler classes was developed in consultation with the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. The names are written in the Anishinabemowin Algonquin language, English and French. All of these can be found in the Ottawa River, making our swim classes truly local.

    These  include:

    • Amik / Beaver / Castor

    • Mikinàk / Turtle / Tortue

    • Nigig / Otter / Loutre

    • àwadòsì / Minnow / Méné

    • Mànameg / Catfish / Barbotte

    • Nika / Goose / Oie

    • Ogà / Walleye / Doré

    • Omagakì / Frog / Grenouille

    • Màskinòje / Muskie / Maskinongé


    You can help with some of the decisions that need to be made!

    Choose colours for their six to 14 year-old levels, creatures for their three to five year-olds levels, and come up with original ideas for the under-3 toddler level names.

    Residents can look for ballots at indoor pools.  They’ll be given out at swimming lessons or can be requested at the front desk, even if you’re not currently registered for lessons.  

    Ballots need to be completed and put in the ballot box at one of the 18 locations by June 22. You can also enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card for City of Ottawa recreation and cultural activities.

    Will you go and add your votes to the conversation? We’ve added copies of the ballots below for you to check out and talk about before heading in to submit your official ballots!