Escape the dog days of summer with family fun in the Glebe

July 18, 2017 | by glebeadmin

It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s muggy, what in the world are you going to do with the kids?

You don’t want them spending the day inside playing video games, or watching mind-numbing Netflix TV shows. You’ve played every board game in the house scores of times, and you’re convinced you’ll have to toss the stereo out the window if you listen to Raffi one more time.

Luckily we’ve got you covered with a list of fun activities in the Glebe that will get you out and about with the fam. Never fear the dog days of summer when you’re in the Glebe.

Splash it up

On those crazy hot days when the air conditioner just won’t keep up, head to Lansdowne and play around in the Water Plaza to cool down. The kids can run through the fountains, and on Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and weekends, the city brings out the pool toys for the kids to up the fun.

Skate, roll, play

While you’re at Lansdowne, bust out the rollerblades, scooters and skateboards and let the kids flip around the Lansdowne Skate Court. The park features ramps and rails for all ages and skill levels. Let your inner Tony Hawk fly. A few steps over is the Lansdowne Playground. Let the kids burn off some energy climbing the multitude of ropes and swings while you sit, sipping coffee in peace. They’ll be ready for bed before dinner is served.

Grab a cold one

There’s nothing better than sucking back a cold pop on a warm sunny day. A popsicle, that is. Try the many exotic flavours including Tasty Pink and Watermelon Kiwi at Playa del Popsical. You’ll think you’re sitting on a beach in Florida, lounging in the lawn chairs with sand slipping between your toes. Grab yourself a cold treat behind Mrs. Tiggy Winkles.

Babes in toyland

While your at Playa del Popsical, take the kids to the most fun store in town, just a few steps down Bank Street at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles. The kids will be wide-eyed as they browse hundreds of puzzles, board games, costumes and an array of fidget spinners that will keep your kids busy as bees. The Glebe toy store often has activity days and demonstrations for kids. It will feel like Christmas in July.

Grab some grub

If you’re spending the entire day in the Glebe, the kids will get hungry. There are loads of restaurants in the Glebe – everything from Mexican and Italian to Asian, British and Canadian Fare too. Check out our list of restaurants here.  Once you’re done lunch, head to grab some sweets at Cacao 70 Chocolate Bistro, Second Avenue Sweets, Sweet Bite, La Brioche, Marble Slab Creamery or Pure Gelato. Sugar rush!!!

Explore the fern gully

Take the kids to the park and let them burn off all that sugar. Bring yourself a good book and lay against a tree in the Glebe’s Central Park. The kids will find plenty to do in the expansive greenspace playing hide and seek, looking at bugs or flying a kite.

Show your kids the world

With Ottawa 2017 still in full swing, take the kids to one of the many Ottawa Welcomes the World Events happening at the Horticulture Building. This Saturday’s host country is Uruguay. Learn about the country’s rich culture, heritage and sample Uruguayan cuisine. Kids activities include a soccer day camp, tango lessons and live music and dance. These events are always free. The series continues the following weekend with Thailand July 28 and Lithuania July 29.

A flick and a picnic

What’s better than cuddling up with the kids and watching a movie under the stars? Every Monday night until the end of August, you’ll be able to catch a free movie on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park. This Monday will be the animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville, followed by The Water Horse July 31. Click here for the full movie listing.

Matinee madness

If you can’t wait for Monday to see a movie, and if the weather is dumping water on the Glebe, head to Cineplex Lansdowne for a mid-day matinee. Despicable Me 3 is currently playing with showtimes around 1 p.m. during the week. Click here for showtimes and movie listings.

Cute and cuddly

Kids always love cuddling cats and puppies. Check out our Glebe Pets Stores Pet Valu, PetSmart and play with Mookie at Cats R Us.

Get rolling

Strap on some old school roller skates and roll around the Horticulture Building during the Family Roller Disco July 29.  Put on some bell bottoms and rent some skates at Lansdowne and roll your way back to the 70s. It’s disco fever time. Children are $7.75 while youth and adults can roll for $8.50. Click here for more information.

Put them to work

Bring your kids to a Workshop Wednesday and have them do live interactive art, games and crafts at Lansdowne Park. This Wednesday is painting in the Garden. Email Jeanine.anderson@ottawa.ca to register.  Saturday, July 22 will also feature a Fairy Garden Party in the Civic Garden behind the Horticulture Building from 1 p.m to 2:30 p.m.

Dance the night away

Sunday nights at Lansdowne are full of music. The Lansdowne Summer Art Series is back with free outdoor concerts to get your family moving. This Sunday features Carolyn Fe Blues Collective Acoustic 4. The concerts start at 6 p.m. Click here for the full series lineup.