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Little Princess Party Fun
Little Princess Party Fun has been bringing dreams to life in Ottawa for over 20 years! See the magic in your daughter’s eyes when you invite a REAL princess to her birthday party. Let us entertain, while you sit back, relax and watch the magic unfold. Parties include magic, face painting, balloon animals, singing, games and a craft. We also provide Pop Star parties for girls who want to be singing and dancing divas! Check out our website: www.LittlePrincessPartyFun.com or call 613-797-9586
Starr Gymnastics & Fitness
Every person deserves the very best that life has to offer on their very Special Day, and at STARR we aspire to give them the very best and then some!
Parrot Party
Unique Kids Birthday Parties in Ottawa and surrounding areas. We are great for people who want a totally unique and fun party experience. You’ll love our feathered friends, big and small. When given the option between a cracker and a party, Polly always picks the party! Fun and Educational Birthday Parties at your home or in our ”Jungle Room” aviary. We entertain, educate, play games, do parrot themed crafts and take photographs with the birds. Our prices include craft materials and are a fabulous value. If you are looking for Ottawa Unique Kids Birthday Parties, call today!
Summit Entertainment Karaoke Party
Kids love to sing, so why not make them the STAR of their own Karaoke Party? Summit Entertainment’s Karaoke Party in a Box, is a portable Professional Karaoke Machine, perfect for your son or daughter’s birthday. The Karaoke Party in a Box, comes with 1000’s and 1000’s of songs (including Today’s Top 40), two microphones, and all the cables you need to connect to your TV or projector. You can even connect the Karaoke Party system into your 5.1+ stereo, or just use it’s built in speaker to rock the house! Contact Summit Entertainment: www.summitent.ca/karaoke | 613.797.7283
Busker Birthdays
Busker Birthdays provides fun shows / balloon artistry and circus workshops for kids parties in the Ottawa area. Shows include magic, interactive fun with the kids, juggling, and plenty of kid friendly comedy. Busker Birthdays provides Big Laughs, Big Fun for Little People.
Aerial Experience at Camp Fortune
Bring the kids ziplining for the utimate birthday celebration. Trapeze through the tree tops on monkey bridges, swinging on a Tarzan rope and more. Party packages for kids ages 5 to 14 on the children’s course and the full course. After their adventure, kids will celebrate their success and birthday with hot dogs, soft drinks and a birthday cake. Party supplies are included Located in the heart of the Gatineau park at the Camp Fortune Ski Centre, 15 minutes from downtown.. For details and pricing, call us at (819) 827-5517 or email us reservations@campfortune.com
FunLight Mobile Laser Tag and Mini Putt
FunLight can bring the joy of affordable Laser Tag and Mini Putt to your birthday party! Mobile laser tag is like bringing computer games people play in their basement on an Xbox or PS3 to life in the great outdoors. Players run around hiding behind trees and bunkers, tagging their friends while the computer keeps score. You get to decide when and where you play. It could be your backyard, a forest near your house, a sports field nearby or an indoor location. We use very safe infrared taggers that use the same technology found in your TV’s remote control – only modified to accurately travel more than 500 feet.
KidsCreate – The Birthday Party for Crafty Kids!
Honour your crafty child with a KidsCreate Party – perfect for birthdays and other special events. KidsCreate provides everything you need for a unique crafting party: expert instruction with Mrs Create, all materials, original craft ideas, custom designed invitation and party photos. Have KidsCreate come to your home or a location of your choice. Children love creating with their friends and you’ll love hosting a fun and stress-free party. Reserve your date today, call 613 836 0820 or www.kidscreate.ca for more.
Ottawa Super Parties
Ottawa Super Parties sends Ottawa’s most authentic superheroes straight to your home to make sure your kids have a super birthday! Choose from one of our four superhero characters, then sit back and relax as they perform live for sixty super minutes. Up, up and away!
Funhaven Birthday Parties
Kid tested – parent approved, Funhaven has the birthday for you! Our Funhaven scientists have discovered the secret formula for a memorable birthday party experience, whether you are turning 4 or 40. Here at Funhaven, we guarantee an amazing experience for all of our guests, particularly our guest of honour who gets the royal treatment on their special day. From beginning to end, our trained Fun Experts take care of everything. With such an amazing cast of multi-talented Fun Experts, just let us know if you have any special requests so we can find the perfect Fun Expert to host your perfect party!
Birthday Parties at Dovercourt Recreation Centre
The best Parties in Ottawa are right here at Dovercourt Recreation Centre! Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or team celebration, we’ll make your event a piece of cake! Choose one of our theme, pool or specialty party packages, check the party times and availability online, and then call 613-798-8950 ext. 0 to book.
Loot Bag Lady
The Loot Bag Lady makes funky unique quality loot bags for children’s parties. Check out my web site www.lootbaglady.com or call me at 613-720-2861.
Pedalheads
Pedalheads® is a 10 level instructional bike safety and skills program for kids aged 2-12. From training wheels to trails, each level includes 5 learning categories: safety knowledge, safety skills, trail riding, street riding, and bike maintenance.
Nanny Perfect
Nanny Perfect is a Canadian online nanny placement service that puts Canadian families in touch with locally-based nannies. Families can use our website to find and contact candidates matching their requirements, without having to deal with an agency and at a fraction of the cost of a regular nanny placement service. Search for matching nannies online, contact candidates to discuss requirements, and create a free profile to advertise your vacancy on our popular website.
SOSsitter.ca
A Canadian online service that connects families to local, pre-screen nannies and babysitters and other caregivers. Choose from many available candidates from Ottawa for all types of needs: occasional, regular, live-in, live-out. Each caregiver has a Mom reviewed detailed profile with contact details, references and background checks. Select, contact and hire with confidence at a fraction a nanny placement agency would charge. We also offer candidates for Special Needs, Senior Care, Pet Care and Housekeeping. Also available in French as SOSgarde.ca
Funhaven
Funhaven is Ottawa’s newest and best entertainment centre destination. We offer a world-class Laser Tag Arena, award winning Comfyland toddler play centre, a jungle gym with built-in Ballocity cannons, the latest high-tech Mini Bowling Lanes, Video and Prize Games, Simulators, crazy fun Bumper Cars, Mission Impossible style Laser Frenzy and other award winning attractions that will leave you thrilled. Whatever you consider fun, you’ll find more of it at Funhaven, The Fun Experts!
Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine
An Ottawa based parenting magazine home delivered in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Parenting Times covers issues and topics important to parents and families for helping to raise their children. Parenting Times strives to give parents the information they want on health, education, family fun, the arts, community profiles, and so much more. From interesting, and informative articles, Ottawa Parenting Times provides in-depth editorial and information for today’s busy parents.
FITMOM Ottawa
If you’re expecting a baby, have recently given birth or would just like to get back into shape, FITMOM has a fitness class to suit you. We provide prenatal, post natal and beyond fitness classes to help you become lean and strong! Instructors are certified to help you safely exercise for the stage of life you’re in. We have been helping moms get fit and have fun for more than 8 years in Ottawa! For more information, please see www.fitmomottawa.com or contact us at info@fitmomottawa.com.
actKIDvity
actKIDvity provides a safe and comfortable van charter and transportation service that serves to provide busy and otherwise engaged parents, a Round Trip Pick-up/Drop-off service from home to after-school programs and activities (team sport practices/games/competitions, educational tutoring, artistic lessons, birthday parties, camps, field trips, amusement parks etc).
Tumblers Gymnastics Centre
Tumblers Gymnastics Centre has recreational and competitive gymnastics programs for children of all ages and skill levels. From Kinder classes that teach fundamental movements for children as young as 18 months, to youth recreational and competitive programs, special needs programs and day camps. For more information visit our website www.tumblers.ca
Kids in the Capital
Kids in the Capital is a blog written by parents who share some of the activities, attractions, events, tips and tricks they love to do with their kids in the National Capital Region.
Ottawa Swordplay
Ottawa Swordplay is dedicated to teaching medieval European martial arts. The medieval warrior depended on these skills for survival; their systems and training were as elegant as any modern martial art. We offer both adults’ and childrens’ classes, as well as private events and birthday parties at our sword hall.
Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics
Discover Ottawa’s most innovative and dynamic gymnastic school offering something for everyone. Corona has classes designed for beginners and the experienced, from babies to teens and for recreational and competitive gymnasts. We offer energetic birthday parties as well as camps and private lessons! Explore our facilities and register for our winter session at www.coronagym.ca
Camp Can-Aqua
Camp Can-Aqua is one of the greatest experiences you can give to your child. Situated on our very own private lake and surrounded by hundreds of acres of stunning Ontario landscape. A camp where your kids develop, grow & experience, the CanAqua world is safe, supportive & fun. Located 2.5 hours from both Toronto & Ottawa.
Golden Lake Camp
Golden Lake Camp (near Eganville, 1.5 hours from Ottawa) offers an exceptional summer camp program for ages 6 to 18. Options include cabins or tents (our Outdoor Adventure program). Rates are affordable, with subsidized rates on request. Activities: swimming, canoeing, archery, mountain-climbing, campfires, Talent Night, and much more.
Elmwood School Camps
Elmwood’s recreational day camps have the right mix of active play, learning and creative exploration for girls from 4 and 11. Each week features a unique theme with new knowledge and skills to acquire, and an exciting off-site excursion or special guest visit. Visit camp.elmwood.ca for details and to register.
Manotick Montessori Summer Camp
Let’s Play, Bake, Create, Dance and Learn! Summer daycamps in the Montessori tradition, run by professional staff. Manotick Montessori encourages children to explore independent and self-motivated work, aided through individual instruction and a wide variety of proven learning methods. We are located on 15 acres of beautiful woodland backing onto a private pond. Half day and full day programs available.
Spring Action Trampoline
Fun-filled, active days will expose participants to the wonderful world of circus and the exciting sport of trampoline.
JCC of Ottawa Summer Camps
JCC Day Camp, (2-14) years old, includes instructional swim lessons and a daily free swim. Campers love art, drama and a different theme each week. Day Camp takes place at the Soloway JCC’s outstanding air conditioned facilities which include indoor and outdoor pools, gym and two multi-purpose fields.
Pirate Adventures Birthday Party
Ahoy Maties welcome to Pirate Adventures on the Rideau, a unique, unforgettable experience for the entire family, aboard a pirate ship in the heart of downtown Ottawa along the Rideau Canal (by Mooney's Bay Beach), Canada's newest World Heritage site.
AcadeCamp
Does your child love Science, Art and also enjoy playing outdoors? Académie de la Capitale is offering its well-rounded unique camps for children ages 3 to 9.
Fiddlers Green Stables
Riding lessons for all ages, summer camps and competitive programs.

Dovercourt Day Camps
The largest selection of camps in the region with more than 300 programs to choose from. Day (and overnight) camp programs for ages 3-teen, located in Westboro.
Pirate Adventures
Ahoy Maties welcome to Pirate Adventures on the Rideau, a unique, unforgettable experience for the entire family, aboard a pirate ship in the heart of downtown Ottawa along the Rideau Canal.
Funhaven
Funhaven is Ottawa's ultimate destination during March break! With a world-class Laser Tag arena, the latest high-tech Mini-Bowling lanes, Video and Prize Games, Simulators, crazy fun Bumper Cars and a huge Jungle Gym, there's no break from FUN at Funhaven!
AcadeCoders, Minecraft & Coding Camp
Académie de la Capitale is offering its well-rounded unique camps for children ages 6 to 14. AcadeCoders is a series of challenging summer camps for techy kids.
Alcorn Music Studios
We rock summer! This year's camps include "Princess-A-Day Music Camp" and "Ottawa Saxophone Camp 2015".
Ottawa Art Gallery
Summer Art Camps are a one-of-a kind creative experience for kids aged 7 to 12. It includes hands-on projects, artist-led workshops, tours and visits to art galleries.
Partytime Inflatables Inc.
Easy to order Bounce House Rentals and Carnival Games. Full service delivery setup and pickup. Great for any backyard birthday party. We are the biggest and the best. Get 10% off with this Ad. Coupon Code 56778.
Serving families with children aged 18 months to 4 yrs.
My name is Derek McKinley and I am a singer and children's entertainer and the creator of SING SONG PARTY TIME, a super fun musical time with a focus on environmental awareness.
Just a short drive from the City, the Ottawa River Canoe club is an easy place to access, and enjoy many kinds of paddlesport right in Kanata's back yard.
Cloth Diapers That Don't Cost the Earth
The next step beyond a sleep sack.
French Language Training & Cultural Centre
Pure, Natural & Timeless Newborn Portraiture.
The 2015 March Break Photography Workshops offer a fantastic opportunity for teens to learn about photography and their cameras in a fun and hands-on environment.
An amazing activity for the whole family!
For a day camp that has GRIP, try Altitude Day Camp!
The UNIQUE climbing EXPERT in the Outaouais region. This breathtaking experience will build your skills and turn you into an awesome climber!
Adding FUN color with Face painting, Balloon twisting and Glitter tattoo to your special event!
Little Voice is a Canadian children's book written to both inspire its readers and encourage them to believe in themselves.
Our 10-day camps for young string, brass, wind and percussion musicians are led by some of Ottawa’s finest professional musicians and teachers.
March Academy - private school in Kanata
Académie de la Capitale is offering its well-rounded unique camps for children ages 6 to 14. AcadeCoders is a series of challenging summer camps for techy kids. Each week campers will explore concepts, acquire new skills, work on projects, and progress through more complex adventures.
Our summer camp offers unique theatre training for children 6-15 years old.
Summer camp, leadership and outdoor recreation programs for children and youth with physical disabilities.
Children Stuff their Own Plush Animals
March Break Programs: Settlers through Time. Daily drop-in: Monday March 16 – Friday March 20, 9:00am – 12:00pm (with early drop off at 8:30am)
Great Drama Camps for kids!
Precious Posies Photography is a new home based studio in Gatineau, QC. We specialize in newborn, babies, children and maternity photography.
Claire's hosts birthday parties for kids of all ages!
Ottawa Valley sleep over summer camp
Bright Math camps 2015, 24rth edition, located at Carleton University, July 6 to 10 (students entering grades 4-5-6) and July 20 to 24 (students entering grades 7-8-9).
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Non-for-profit camps
Ottawa Rowing Club's Discover Rowing Summer Camps for ages 12-17.
Our program is designed to ignite a passion for dance and a desire to grow and develop a passion for dance in a nurturing, disciplined, fun environment.
The Youth Enterprise Camp is designed to encourage youth into exploring entrepreneurship and considering self-employment as a viable career option.
Adventures in Engineering and Science at the University of Ottawa offers rewarding and fun week-long programs for children and teens 5-17 years old!
A fun and exciting sleep-over children's summer arts camp.
Glass Slipper Princess Parties proudly offers the most authentic and enchanting princess entertainment for your magical party or event. When you book an event with us, we ensure a performance that will leave your guests thrilled and your little princess with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!
A quality camp that introduces girls to the challenging and exciting sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics.
DOUVRIS is part of one of the best summer camps in Ottawa at the Ottawa Athletic Club (OAC) location. This Summer Camp is designed to promote personal growth and development for boys and girls ages 5-13 years. It is open to members and non-members.
Each incredible week is filled with art, yoga, calligraphy, games, and MORE!
I bring the art studio to you! Lets get creative and have some fun!
Make your child's party rock! Includes one rock star on guitar, instruments for the kids to play, and all the rock you can handle. 100% participatory.
This summer, your child could have a lot of FUN, be SAFE and really IMPROVE their golf game at Pine View Golf Course’s Summer Golf Camps.
Summer Day Camps 2015 at the National Gallery of Canada
Themed S.M.A.R.T Camps with a splash of fun!
Ottawa and surrounding area, face painting and glitter tattoos
Craft-a-Palooza is the perfect choice for a crafty children’s event or party!

Blogs

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Daycare, babysitters & nanny services

Resources for kids

  • Child & Youth Friendly Ottawa
    CAYFO strives to engage, inspire, support, and celebrate children and young people in our community.
  • Kids Help Phone
    1-800-668-6868. Available anytime of the day or night, in English and French, by phone and by web, it is the go-to resource for kids in Canada from five to 20 when they need help or trustworthy information on issues that are difficult to discuss with anyone else.
  • Turn Around Project
    Helping youth and their families to deal better with the prevalence of dugs and drug use.
  • Youth Canada
    From the Government of Canada, resources for teenagers and older youth.

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Stores, services & more

Special Thanks

Thanks to Andre Ouellette for his assistance in creating our Kids Guide.