Imagineland access is FREE with a ticket to any show!

(including the shows at Arts Court)

Join us on the Festival grounds at Lebreton Flats (near the War Museum) before and after performances for a variety of fun and interactive extra features that will let you unleash your creative side!

May 11-14:
Activities 10:00am–2:00pm
The schedule may vary daily.

Face Painting


10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$5 per person

Pin City


Dive into a world of creativity with Rockstar Music’s “Pin-City”! Craft your own button badges, and then decide: do you want to keep your own creation or swap it for one created by someone else on the community’s growing canvas, Pin-City. This interactive exhibit celebrates individuality and community spirit, as each button adds to a collective masterpiece. Join us for some crafts and be sure to register for the raffle to win some special music prizes!!


Jeffery Banks of JB Arts (Almonte), and a team of Puppet Professors, will offer free puppet making and button making workshops for children attending the Ottawa Children’s Festival.  With help from the professors, participants can create and decorate a rod puppet to feature in their play theatre, and also design and make their own unique button.  The Ottawa Children’s Festival is pleased to be able to partner with Puppets Up! again and hope one and all will join them as they return for their fantastic festival in Almonte August 11-13.


Visit Aqua-Tots at the festival and spin the prize wheel! Learn about water safety with demos Saturday and Sunday, say hi to Ollie the Otter and the rest of the team to discover more about their swim lessons for all-ages!  


Although a bit clumsy with his long legs and large tail, Waykaru (Inhabited puppet on stilts) is very excited to discover the world around him. He enjoys interacting with people and is certainly very sociable and playful by nature! Also watch for IMAGICARIO’s The Inhabited Puppet Workshop where they completely disassemble a puppet  and share the creative process. 


Susan J. Atkinson, from Little Witch Press, a.k.a. Pip, the poet is thrilled to be part of the team at the 2024 Ottawa Children’s Festival. Along with Bella, the puppet, Pip will be on site to entertain and guide children of all ages as they experience the magic of the festival. Visit and

Pieced together Story Walk


Yard games such as giant connect-four, memory games, cornhole, ai-powered photobooth, prizes and more at the Ottawa Senators Street Team booth at the Ottawa Children’s Festival.

Mindfulness Workshops


Orbital Talent’s team of circus artists will engage and instruct children and families at the Ottawa Children’s Festival.  Visit them at Imagineland where you can learn balance skills, rolo-bolo, juggling, plate spinning, hula hoop, yo-yo, and so much more.  Come on by and discover your new talent!

Join Soccer Shots on the festival grounds for an exciting soccer activity that promises to keep your little ones active and entertained.


Expect to see tiny and giant-sized bubbles as well as the opportunity for kids of all ages and abilities to make and pop their own bubbles with wands and solution provided by Bubble Birthdays. If you love bubbles, you won’t want to miss this remarkable interactive experience.