Educators/Schools/Daycares

Bring a class or group to the Festival and take advantage of ticket discounts, free on-site activities, complimentary tickets and more! Bring a picnic, see a show, get your face painted then enjoy the on-site entertainment. Let us help you plan an unforgettable day!

The Ottawa Children’s Festival was founded in 1985 and hosts an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts for children. We:

  • present a 5 day extravaganza of the finest quality award winning theatre, dance and music, curating productions for children aged 2 to 15
  • focus on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral part of children’s education
  • offer a variety of FREE onsite workshops and activities

"For many, going to see Boxy George is a product ... an end.  For my kids today, it was a moment ... a part of a wonderful process.  From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of my students, I thank you so much for this opportunity!

I challenge anyone who tells me that going to the Children's Festival is not a valuable learning experience."

Michelle Richardson, Teacher at Connaught Public School (May 2018)

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About the OCF

Since 1985, the Ottawa Children’s Festival (OCF) has existed as a community based program to surround young people with excellence in the performing arts that:

  • engages instinctive creativity
  • excites boundless imagination
  • encourages individual expression

The theatre I have seen at the OCF goes far beyond mere entertainment - it engages the minds, the hearts, and even the bodies of my students. It fulfills the purpose of Arts education in one of its highest forms: a full soul experience that feeds students’ imaginations, shows them what is possible and what it is to be human.

~ Barbara Brockmann, Glashan Public School

Mandate

Our mandate is to create a variety of programs for children aged two to fifteen, focusing on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral part of children’s education.

Experience

The OCF provides a unique opportunity for children and their families to experience the rich heritage of other cultures right in their own backyard. We strive to present work that excites and challenges audiences of all ages, and the Festival prides itself on developing and producing award-winning programming that comes to us from across Canada and around the world.