Get your Passport to Adventure! Join us on the Festival grounds before and after performances for a variety of

fun and interactive extra features that will let you unleash your creative side!  Imagineland access is $5 or FREE with a ticket to any show*!

(*The only exception being Kromatik Face Painting is an additional $5.)

Weekdays: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 4pm
The schedule varies daily.



ANTS is an interactive roving performance which has giant ants bringing children together in a gentle and intriguing landscaping project.

Faced with hundreds of large bread crumbs and three big insects, children are irresistibly drawn in to discover what the ants want them to do.  Gradually a world of meaning unfolds,

illustrating the human desire for order by transforming any public space with wavering lines and patterns, crossing adult lines and disrupting the everyday.

ANTS is an enchanting investigation into the nature of work and children’s relationship with their environment.



Local authors and storytellers will present family classics and original work on our Story Time Stage




The Ottawa Children's Festival "Exploring Music" series will provide an adventure in music for all ages.



We are very excited to be partnering with Nature Canada this year to help celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 9. Come out and learn about spring migration and some of the obstacles birds encounter when they travel the long distances to nest here in Canada. Nature Canada will lead nature walks where you will discover local birds and explore nearby nature in your NatureHood. And don’t miss the spectacular bird of prey show!  


Spend some time with animal guests.


Let's Talk Science

Let’s Talk Science in Ottawa (uOttawa and Carleton University) will be bringing some of their amazing workshops to the Ottawa Children’s Festival. Their workshops contain themed activities with adaptations to meet the Ontario curriculum for different grades and encourage a love of nature and being outdoors. Two workshops per day will be available. 


OPL Game Zone

Join in the fun with the Ottawa Public Library's Game Zone. 


Join puppet "Miss Mills" and her team of Puppet Professors as they guide you to build your very own puppet.   


Kromatik - Face Painting

The artists of Kromatik invite you into their unique universe for a thrill ride of high-speed face painting. The quality and the originality of their ideas will amaze you. Participate in this colourful performance and transform yourself into a work of art for a day! ($5)

Salsa Kids

Kids experiment with tempo and rhythm, learn the basic steps to popular Latin dances and have fun using their imagination.

Loose Parts Playground

Children will explore creative play using use parts.  The only limit is their imagination!