Get set for the ultimate Family Day weekend in the Glebe

February 14, 2018 | by glebeadmin

"If you’re looking for an easy way to get the kids off the couch – away from the TV or video games this Family Day – entice them with a day full of magic tricks, juggling, a silly photo booth and a jaw-dropping crystal ball performance all in the Glebe this Monday.

The Glebe is the place to be this Family Day, as the area will be bursting with activity from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with street side entertainment, roaming magicians and performers and a free family photo booth complete with silly props to capture that perfectly goofy family portrait.

The day all starts at 11 a.m. with the Cow Guys, who will be performing mind-bending magic tricks throughout the Glebe – juggling, card tricks, illusions, and hilarious shenanigans that will have your kids chuckling all the way down Bank Street.

Montreal’s Lacey Lucidity will also be roaming the Glebe with her mesmerizing contact juggling show. The performer balances crystal balls and rolls them with precision along her body. The jaw-dropping performance is an instant show stopper. Look for Lacey around the Glebe from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How silly can you be? Head to Local Public Eatery at Lansdowne from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the wackiest family portraits you’ll ever take. Ever wondered what mom looks like with a moustache? Or dad with a top hat and spectacles? Take a few pics in our free family photo booth full of hilarious props that will turn boring old family portraits into gut-busting snaps.

The Ottawa 67’s also host the Kitchener Rangers for an afternoon game on Family Day and will look to extend their winning streak to five games. The 67’s currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but are climbing quickly. Puck drop is at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets.

But the fun begins well before Family Day on Monday, as the entire weekend is packed with Winterlude and Snowmania events that will keep you and your family more than busy.

It all starts with a beer lover’s dream Friday night at The Ottawa Winter Brewfest takes over the Aberdeen Pavilion for three days of craft beer at Lansdowne. Taste over 100 craft beers from across Ontario and Quebec from Friday to Sunday while bouncing to local DJs throughout the festival. Click here for more information.

Bring your snowman-building A-Game to the Glebe this Saturday, as the Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival is hosting its annual Snowmania Challenge, where the public is invited to build snowmen all around Lansdowne Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The initiative raises funds and awareness for mental health services in Ottawa with Crackup donating over $200,000 to date to mental health charities. Come and help us beat last year’s record of 3,000 snowmen. Click here to register. Build the best snowman throughout the month and you could be the first winner of the Glebe’s Snowphy Trophy – an honour bestowed on the Glebe’s Greatest Snowman in the month of February. Share your creation online using the hashtag #OttSnowmania, and you could have your name engraved on the trophy.

Saturday is also kids’ central at Whole Foods Market in the Glebe, as the grocery store is hosting their Kid’s Club from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. where children can eat a fresh fruit snack, and take part in a craft or activity. The Kid’s Club runs every Saturday. Whole Foods is also hosting a special Kid’s Club Postcard Colouring day with the Ottawa Children’s Festival on Family Day from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kids can simply show up at the 2nd level café at Whole Foods and take part in the activity.

Saturday also features a DJ Skate Night at the Arena at TD Place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. It’s the hottest party on ice, complete with a live DJ, giveaways, food, drinks and prizes. Tickets are just $5. Click here for more details. 

Sunday will be an all-out race for bragging rights, as hotels, restaurants and bars around the city will compete in the Waiters’ and Waitresses’ Race on Ice Challenge on the Rideau Canal from noon to 5 p.m. Who will win, who will lose and who will spill it all on the canal. Head down to the Rideau Canal at Fifth Avenue to catch the action. Click here for details.

Boston Pizza in the Glebe is offering a free hot chocolate with purchase during the Crackup Snowmania Challenge on Saturday and on Family Day. Also on Family Day, the Bank Street eatery will have board games for all ages available to play, a Family Day gift basket giveaway, and $4.99 kids meals all day long.

So, grab your boots, your skates, or your toboggan, and head to the Glebe for the ultimate family weekend.