Can you believe the winter break is almost over? There is just one more weekend before the kids return to school and life returns to normal as the chilly month of January rolls on. While it’s a pretty quiet weekend on the events front in Ottawa, here are some great family activities if you want to liven up your last few days of winter vacation:
Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
We’re sure there are a few lucky Sens fans who received tickets to this game for Christmas. If so, you can look forward to your 15-14-7 Senators, fresh off an awesome 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, clash with Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. Bobby Ryan will look to continue his scoring ways, and Chris Phillips and his colleagues will attempt to carry the momentum from a “Team Phillips” win in the annual Sens Skills competition on Tuesday afternoon. If you’re not one to brave the Canadian Tire Centre parking lot on a cold and snowy January evening, then Saturday’s afternoon road tilt against the Boston Bruins may be more your cup of tea…or mug of hot cocoa.
Alight at Night – Upper Canada Village
While it’s not in Ottawa, a scenic drive southward will land you at Upper Canada Village, decorated like a true winter wonderland. Nearly one million Christmas lights adorning the heritage buildings and surrounding trees and fences of this historic village. While Christmas may be over, it is still the perfect backdrop for fun, family-friend winter activities. With horse-drawn wagons and romantic carriage rides, a life-sized toy train, festive dining options, captivating carols, Upper Canada Village provides a breathtaking trip back in Canadian history with a seasonal twist. Saturday is the last chance to visit, so don’t miss out.
Winter Frolic On the Farm
The Canadian Agricultural and Food Museum, located in the heart of Ottawa at the Experimental Farm, continues to offer fantastic and educational activities for the whole family. This weekend, the museum explores how pioneers handled the long and cold Canadian winters. “Learn about the pioneer winter lifestyle by walking in their shoes. Get ready to roll up your sleeves to do chores such as milking, pumping water, and wool carding. Then sit by the fire and make an old-fashioned craft to take home, all while your pioneer guide explains the array of pioneer tools, props and artifacts on display in the very humble and cozy Pioneer Winter Homestead. To top off the pioneer experience, children can also try on a pioneer costume!”
Whatever events you choose, we wish you all a warm and happy final weekend of winter vacation!