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 FREE with a ticket to any show!
The schedule may vary daily.
BIG JUMP STORYTELLING STAGE
Ottawa-based company, Big Jump Entertainment, one of Canada’s premier animation studios, is thrilled to be partnering with the Ottawa Children’s Festival to offer a storytelling stage at LeBreton Flats Park. In addition to free storytelling onsite, Big Jump will have special showcases from beloved Canadian authors. You’ll find an interactive, multimedia booth featuring Big Words, Small Stories – an animated series based on Judith Henderson’s books. Children will also have the opportunity to colour and learn to draw their favourite characters.
Ottawa Storytellers will be on the Big Jump Storytelling Stage every day with programming from their catalogue of amazing artists. Tellers will be presenting in French and English. Visit their website (www.ottawastorytellers.ca) to learn more about them and see our Storytelling Schedule to help plan your visit!
DISCOVERING YOUR CREATIVITY THROUGH MINDFULNESS
The Ottawa International Writers Festival and the Republic of Childhood, in conjunction with Dr. Erin McCarthy will be offering free mindfulness workshops during the Ottawa Children’s Festival de la jeunesse from May 19-23. Workshops will take place twice a day from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM and from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM.
Workshops will be offered in English only and will be limited to 30 participants (advance registration only, no drop ins). Click on the button below to reserve your spot!
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 juggling, balancing, plate spinning, hula hooping, rolling globe walking and so much more. Come on by and discover your new talent!
MAKER MOBILE WORKSHOPS
uOttawa’s Faculty of Engineering Outreach Office focuses on providing youth with accessible programming in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The uOttawa Maker Mobile Workshop is a Makerspace on wheels. Carrying the latest technologies, the Maker Mobile will deliver fun hands-on learning activities to the Ottawa Children’s Festival.
Their goal is to encourage creativity, problem-solving skills, and interest in technology among everyone in the community.
Artists, Robbie Lariviere and Tito Medina, will curate an interactive mural onsite at the Ottawa Children’s Festival. Children and families will be able to explore a themed piece through visual arts. Using water based spray paint, and markers, participants will be guided in the creation of a 45 ft long community mural. Participants will learn how to use these tools and help Robbie create a colorful and vibrant piece of art, which will be proudly displayed on the festival grounds. Children will learn what goes into creating a large scale mural, and how to properly use various creative tools. Children and families of all ages and skills will be able to participate in the creative process.
PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOPS
Jeffery Banks of JB Arts (Almonte), and a team of Puppet Professors, will offer free puppet making and hand casting workshops for children attending the Ottawa Children’s Festival. Participants will first make a hand cast, while it is drying they will create unique finger puppets with help from the professors, which can be displayed on your very own “hand” stand. 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 12-14.
BIRD OF PREY DEMONSTRATIONS
On Friday May 20 and Saturday, May 21 ONLY, on the grounds of Imagineland at LeBreton Flats Park, you will have the opportunity to witness birds of prey in flight! Falcon-Ed will visit us three times each day and offer 35 minute, free-flight, presentations with 4 trained birds of prey. Come discover these Masters of the Sky, and explore what makes hawks, eagles and owls so unique!
OAG ART TENT
The OAG Art Tent is a mobile art studio that travels to festivals and community events during the warmer months. The Art Tent provides a fun, friendly and bilingual space for adults and kids of all ages to explore their creativity. ART TENT ACTIVITIES ARE FREE! This is an all-ages activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult.