Looking for entertaining ways to spend a little quality time with the kiddies? You’re in luck. Below, we have listed a few places which welcome the little ones and yourself that you may not know about.
This newly expanded playspace (1373 Ogilvie Rd., Ottawa ON) encourages kids to crawl, swing, and bounce around in a multi-level softplay structure. There are ball pits, obstacle courses and everything is kid-friendly so parents don’t have to worry about sharp corners. There is a special area dedicated to toddlers filled with educational and developmental toys. Cosmic adventures is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Babies from 0-11 months enter for free (obviously!). If your infant is between 12-23 months, it’s $12.99. Toddlers between the ages of 2-3 enter for $15.99. Youngsters from 4-12 get in for $18.99 and in what is definitely a first, parents get in for less at a $7.99 rate. For more information, check out CosmicAdventures.ca
Featuring two floors of great food and good times, the Fun Junction (779 Maloney Est Gatineau, Ottawa ON) specializes in making sure your kids have a great time. There is a laser tag arena, a glow-in-the-dark mini-putt course and a variety of video games. Definitely a great way for kids to celebrate their independence from school! For more information check out FunJunction.ca
Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
If your kids are burgeoning zoologists, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo (5305 Bank St., Ottawa ON) is the perfect place to take them. Featuring one of the largest and most diverse animal education programs in Canada, you can expect to keep your kids occupied for a couple of hours in order to take in everything that is available. There are 25 permanent animal exhibits featuring some of the most famous reptiles in the world as well as 20 different animal exhibits that rotate every six months.
Are your kids a little more daring than most? There is a public feeding room where they can try their hand at dishing out food to some of the creatures (don’t worry, they won’t lose it!). Take in the beauty at a 3000 gallon aquarium where kids and parents alike can learn about some of the country’s endangered species.
The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $12.50. Kids aged 2 and under can enter for free and it is $10 for seniors. There is a special family rate available at $48 (for four people) with $10 for each additional child. For more information, check out RaysReptiles.com