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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6 responses to “Canada Agricultural Museum

  1. yeah for the first blog entry for kids in the capital. and about one of my favorite places to bring the bean. the play structure will definately be open for the weekend. they have actually added some pieces to it, so it’s even better now. and your right, the crowds on easter weekend almost make it not worth the while. the babies animals will still be there next weekend and the crowds will be gone. you can find all of the easter acitvities here :http://www.agriculture.technomuses.ca/english/activities_events/index.cfm the summer camps at the farm are also way cool. but the sell out within 5 minutes of opening the phone lines, no joke. i so want the bean to go to the camps there. how cool would it be to adopt a cow for the week and take care of it!

    • I will have to keep the camps in mind. I agree that it sounds pretty awesome. If the bean goes to camp there, maybe you could write a post about it!

  2. oops! didn’t realise there were previsous posts. i’m obvisouly not up to date enough!

  3. I haven’t been to the agri-museum in a while because I have never seen this play structure you all speak of. I think next week we may have to make a visit! Thanks Lynn

  4. Perhaps a group visit would be in order? I was thinking I’d like to take Kiernan some time soon too!

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