Week ending June 13/14
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Turtlehead Events
for June 13/14

Ottawa area events for families and kids

Top picks: WestFest, Mothercraft's Touch-a-Truck event, the REDBLACKS opening game, and another sign of summer - most of Ottawa's outdoor swimming pools open this weekend.
The Savoy Society presents a Gilbert and Sullivan classic, The Pirates of Penzance, from Friday June 12 through Sunday, June 14, with a matinee on the Sunday. The shows are at Woodroffe United Church and tickets can be bought online through their website; tickets are $25 each. My grandparents took me to see Pirates when I was about 14, and it became one of my all-time favourites - so take your teen!
Odyssey Showcase brings their variety show CANADA ROARS, featuring all kinds of different music from Canada's history, to the Museum of History on June 11. The show is in the evening and tickets are $25 adults, $20 kids. If you're a teacher, there's also a special daytime showing for students only on the same day.
Festival Franco-Ontarien returns to town this weekend, running from Thursday June 11 through Saturday June 13 in Major's Hill Park downtown. The best stuff for families is on the Saturday morning, when kids' performers Jo-Jo and Les Petites Tounes will be appearing, followed by a fun picnic that lasts all afternoon. Presentations are exclusively in French. Tickets for the Saturday are $20 each (free for kids 12 and under) and are available online.
WestFest comes to down on Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14. I don't know how they do it, but they always get the BEST musical acts. This year Sarah Harmer and Lynn Miles are the headliners, performing Saturday and Sunday night respectively. But you don't have to hang around until nightfall to have fun - bring the kids and walk the strip on Richmond between McCrae and Berkeley - it's closed to traffic and features tons of musical acts, buskers, bouncy castles, food and treats, and local businesses setting up interactive activities and sample tables. All activities (even the concerts) are totally free and everyone is welcome.
The Ottawa REDBLACKS (man, it annoys me to have to type that in all caps, growl) have their opening game of the season on Saturday, June 13. It's an evening game, at 7:30 versus Montreal. Tickets for all games are now on sale through their website, but unfortunately their schedule is light on family-friendly matinee games - the best choice being a 4pm game on November 7 versus Hamilton.
The annual CHEO BBQ is on Saturday, June 13 - a major fundraising event for the children's hospital. The major focus is the adult volleyball tournament, but kids can participate in their 1km superhero run - which will feature superheroes and princesses in costume. You can register your family team over here.
Get out the sunscreen and swimsuits, because most of Ottawa's outdoor pools open this Saturday, June 13. Full swim schedules can be found on their website.
Over at Pinhey's Point on Saturday, June 13, they're having a cool Adventure Orienteering event all day, from 10 to 4. There's courses for all levels and the game is included with regular admission ($16 per family). Saturday is also Pinhey's day to host the Travelling Tent Show from 7 to 9, their last performance in town - so you can spend all day there!
This is kind of a weird one, but Just For Cats will be hosting a cat appreciation festival on Saturday, June 13, from 10 to 6 at the Horticulture Building in Landsdowne Park. The main feature will be a screening of the best cat videos, which will show at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and a VIP screening at 4 - tickets are $10 in advance from their website or $15 at the door. There's lots of free activities too, though, from bouncy castles to face painting to workshops on how to train your cat.
Mothercraft is running their Touch-a-Truck event at Lincoln Fields Mall on Sunday, June 14. It runs from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. in the parking lot and your tots will be able to get behind the wheel of over 45 vehicles, including fire trucks, police cars, army vehicles, buses, 18-wheelers, and more. There's also an entertainment stage featuring Ray's Repitles, Brad the Balloon Guy, and other musical acts. Entrance is a flat $7 per person (kids under 1 are free) and they are CASH ONLY, so make sure you bring some bucks. Because parking is limited, there's a shuttle bus that runs from Woodroffe High School.
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