Monthly Archives: March 2010

Canada Agricultural Museum

by Lynn

It’s the perfect time of year to visit the Canada Agricultural Museum in Ottawa.

The Museum is a working farm featuring cows, sheep, pigs, and horses, as well as a beehive that makes summer appearances. Most kids love seeing the animals, and there are also crafts to create, baking to taste, and a playground to explore.

I love the experimental farm, and I force my kids to visit once a year right around Easter. I have to admit, they usually complain through most of the visit. They like seeing the animals and colouring pictures and running around there, and yet, every thirty seconds they are asking to go home. Don’t let my nutty children deter you, though! They also don’t like pie, hamburgers, chocolate cake, or merry-go-rounds. So by that reckoning, the Agriculture Museum must be amazing!

We made our annual visit last week and as usual for this time of year, there were plenty of newly arrived baby animals.

We saw this little lamb that had just been born that day. He was still struggling to get up on his shaky legs. SO CUTE.

New Lamb

If we could have taken him home with us, we totally would have – even my jaded little children were entranced. There were several other new lambs, and the baby goats were expected any day soon. One of the sows was resting, gigantic, underneath a heat lamp, so by mid-April there should be some adorable piglets to see, too.

Kids watching
Brown/Black one-day-old Lamb
Goat
Pig

In the cow barn, there were three new calves. They had a book out where you could write down a name suggestion. That alone took up a half hour of our day. Bring your best baby names!

They also had some baby bunnies in an outdoor pen:

Bunny

In the displays barn you can learn about how honey is made, and taste some squares and breads made with honey or maple syrup – they’re baking in there all day long and oh my, the smell is fantastic. There’s also a small area in the same building for toddler play, with some chunky animal puzzles, blocks, and farm playsets.

Play area

And if you can, try to hang around for the milking in the cow barn at 4 p.m. – it’s fascinating and informative, and my kids were quietly attentive. Of course, the occasional sighting of cow pee or poop probably had something to do with it. My kids, ladies and gentlemen!

Milking Time
Milker in Action

When we were there, they hadn’t opened the big climbing structure yet – they were still working on replacing the sand. It should be good to go for Easter Weekend, however, and although we visit our local park regularly, there’s something about the structure at the Farm that leads my kids – MY kids – to say that it’s the best ever. In fact, that’s usually how I lure them into the car for their Easter trip to the Agriculture Museum – reminding them about the play structure. That plus a good snack makes for a happy trip.

Lastly, if you do decide to go on Easter weekend, it’s worth it despite the increased crowds. In addition to the baby lambs, kids, and calves, they usually bring in baby chicks and bunnies that the kids can touch and hold. There’s colouring and crafts and an “egg hunt” (very easy for all ages, it’s basically a walk through the barn where you can pick up little chocolate eggs in obvious places). It’s a nice trip for little ones and adults alike.

The museum is located on the west side of Prince of Wales drive, just north of Baseline. It’s open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lynn is mom to 7-year-old Captain Jelly Belly, 5.5-year-old Gal Smiley, and 2.5-year-old Little Miss Sunshine. She blogs over at Turtlehead.

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Melonhead

by Lara

Kiernan has needed a haircut for awhile. But between the move and all the colds that have been plaguing us recently if I asked him if he wanted to get his hair cut and he said no I decided it wasn’t worth a battle.

Yesterday we decided to have dinner at Place d’Orleans and I decided to try again as we walked by Melonhead. He was intrigued and agreed that yes, he would get his hair cut, sitting in the Nemo plane.

I was a bit nervous because we took him there when it first opened (he was about 2) and we didn’t have a great experience. I also know people who haven’t had good experiences. But really, what it comes down to is the stylist, and we got a great one this time! Her name was Chelsea and she was patient with Kiernan when he got nervous and kept leaning forward, when he was wiggling all over the place and not fully cooperating, and she gave him what I think is a really nice cut!

She even went along without batting an eyelash when I stuck the babies into the plane with Kiernan.


And the other chairs provided great entertainment for the babies while we waited.


Quinn was having a blast in his sports car/airplane!


And all kids get to have a ponyride at the end of the experience which Kiernan kindly shared with his brother.


The haircuts aren’t cheap: $20 + tax + tip. Again, I can’t recommend the place all the time, but Chelsea was great and I think the money was worth the fun they had while we were there!

Lara is the mom to 3.5 year old Kiernan and 10 month old twins Quinn and Juliette. You can find her at her blog Gliding Through Motherhood.

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Proulx Farm

by Vicky

There’s nothing like living in a big city and still having access to everything the country has to offer. That’s why we love Proulx Farm, it’s only minutes away from Orleans and offers so much for kids no matter the season – Spring, Summer or Autumn.

This March break we headed out for a visit to the Sugar Bush and had a great morning! For $5 per adult (and kids under 2 were free) we were able to access the playground and giant slide, the old fort, nature trails and even a tractor pulled wagon ride. We also visited the small petting farm which had a cow, a couple of pigs, sheep, donkeys and some chickens.

This time we skipped the pancake meal in the sugar shack, but I’ve tried it before and it certainly has that rustic country feel to it. You can enjoy the traditional all you can eat breakfast buffet in the charming cabin with wood burning fire, and then visit the syrup shack to see the sap being transformed into real maple syrup.

The sugar bush is open until April 13, and on weekends from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The all you can eat buffet meal is served all day on weekends or by reservation during the week. It’s $20 for adults with different prices in for children.

Vicky is the mom to 3.5 year old son named Joel and 9 month old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Wondermom.

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Learning as we go

by Brie and Lara

The Ottawa we knew before kids is a very different one than the city we live in now. Before, we were up to date on the latest restaurant openings, movie showings and art exhibits. Now all we want to know is which restaurants have the best kids meals, where the play groups are and which park has a splash pad. The city has stayed the same but all of a sudden the hidden world of children’s Ottawa has become visible to us.

We have had to learn as we go. As the kids have grown we have searched out and discovered new activities and attractions around the city. We are always looking for something to do that will amuse the kids. And ourselves.

While we continue to find excitement around the city, we are also eager to learn of fun things we can do at home. Baking, cooking, reading, crafting and creating are all great ways to pass the time with kids. Ideas are a valuable commodity around our houses.

If you are on this crazy parenting journey too, come along with us as we share the things we like to see and do.

Brie is mom to 3.5 year old daughter “the girl” and eighteen month old son “the boy”. She blogs at Capital Mom.

Lara is the mom to 3.5 year old Kiernan and 10 month old twins Quinn and Juliette. You can read her blog at Gliding Through Motherhood.

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