Welcome to the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo at the Nepean Sportsplex!

(March 25-26, 2017)

This March, gather the kids and head over to the family-friendly Nepean Sportsplex (1701 Woodroffe Ave. & West Hunt Club Rd.) for the Ottawa Parent and Child Spring Expo, presented by Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine.

Be sure to mark March 25-26, 2017 on your calendar, because it will be an awesome weekend with a mix of 125+ exhibitors providing parenting information, play zones for the kids, superheroes, Dora the Explorer & Boots, Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol meet-and-greets,  plus the delightful musical performances of the Mullan sisters — also known as Triple Trouble — great prizes, and much more.

With the support of valued sponsors and exhibitors, the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo is presented in celebration of the seventh anniversary of Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine, providing Ottawa moms, dads and caregivers with fresh, relevant parenting information, heartwarming stories, and the latest on what’s happening in the Ottawa area, as well as plenty of great family activity ideas.

Our goal in hosting the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo is to provide families with affordable and exciting family entertainment, featuring leading local parenting experts in an atmosphere where parents can chat, ask questions, learn from each other and experience a morning or afternoon of pure family fun — without breaking the bank. Tickets on sale at www.parentandchildexpo.ca/tickets or at the door.

Parents, you’ll find valuable information from our 125+ fantastic exhibitors in one convenient location, including local education options, French immersion choices, new products, summer camps, family fitness, as well as local sports clubs and boutiques, just to name a few.

We hope you’ll visit the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo on March 25-26, 2017, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Sincerely,

Peter Ausland, Ottawa Parent and Child Expo

Kelly Roesler, Editor, Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine


All Events at the Main Stage in Arena 1

(All main stage entertainment FREE with paid admission to the Expo)

Saturday, March 25

9: 55 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies with Mayor Jim Watson

10:00 a.m.
Princesses LIVE Main Stage Musical Performance

10:15 a.m.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet with Marshall & Chase*

11:00 a.m.
Thomas the Tank Engine LIVE Main Stage Performance: FRANÇAIS/FRENCH

11:30 a.m.
Dora the Explorer and Boots Meet & Greet*

12:00 p.m.
BirthdayPartyMagic.ca LIVE magic
on the Main Stage

12:15 p.m.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet with Marshall & Chase*

1:00 p.m.
Little Rays Reptiles LIVE on the Main Stage – Presentation in English & French / Présentation en anglais et en français

1:30 p.m.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet with Marshall & Chase*

2:00 p.m.
Thomas the Tank Engine LIVE Main Stage Performance: ENGLISH/ANGLAIS

2:30 p.m.
Dora the Explorer and Boots Meet & Greet*

3:15 p.m.
Princesses LIVE Main Stage Performance

3:30 p.m.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet with Marshall & Chase*

4:15 p.m.
Triple Trouble Music LIVE on the Main Stage


 Sunday, March 26

10:00 a.m.
Princesses LIVE Main Stage Performance

10:15 a.m.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet with Marshall & Chase*

11:00 a.m.
Thomas the Tank Engine LIVE Main Stage Performance:  FRANÇAIS/FRENCH

11:30 a.m.
Dora the Explorer and Boots Meet & Greet*

12:00 p.m.
BirthdayPartyMagic.ca LIVE magic on the Main Stage

12:15 p.m.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet with Marshall & Chase*

1:00 p.m.
Little Rays Reptiles LIVE on the Main Stage – Presentation in English & French /
Présentation en anglais et en français

1:30 p.m.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet with Marshall & Chase*

2:00 p.m.
Thomas the Tank Engine LIVE Main Stage Performance: ENGLISH/ANGLAIS

2:30 p.m.
Dora the Explorer and Boots Meet & Greet*

3:15 p.m.
Princesses LIVE Main Stage Performance

3:30 p.m.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet with Marshall & Chase*

4:15 p.m.
Triple Trouble Music LIVE on the Main Stage

Meet & Greet Dora the Explorer and Boots on stage!

Meet, hug and say “Hola” to Dora the Explorer and Boots on the Expo stage. There will be multiple Dora & Boots appearances, with morning and afternoon times on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday & Sunday at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Note: A limited number of tickets to go on stage with Dora and Boots (together) will be distributed daily, free with price of admission to the Expo, on a first come, first served basis!

Dora the Explorer and Boots ©Viacom International Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
 

Meet & Greet Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol LIVE on stage!

Meet & Greet Times:
Saturday, March 25 at Main Stage in Arena 1*

10:15 a.m, 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet Times:
Saturday, March 25 at Main Stage in Arena 1*

10:15 a.m, 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

*Note: A limited number of tickets to enter the Meet & Greet lineup will be distributed daily, free with price of admission to the Expo, on a first come, first served basis!

Presented by Dovercourt.org


Triple Trouble Live on Stage!

Ottawa’s Triple Trouble are the Mullan sisters: Michaela, 19, Molly, 16, and Marley, 15, and music is their passion! They are accomplished musicians, featuring fiddle, piano, cello and step dancing in their energetic shows.

The sisters use their talents to support children’s charities, including the Children’s Wish Foundation and CHEO. The girls love to fiddle, and have played at Almonte Celtfest, Ottawa Folk Festival, local fairs, Ottawa City Hall and the House of Commons, as well as private and corporate functions.

You’ll often see them dancing in shows with Ottawa Valley favourite Gail Gavan. The girls have been successful in many competitions across Canada and the United States.


 

Starr Gymnastics & Fitness ‘Try-It’ Zone

The Starr Gymnastics & Fitness “Try It Zone” will have top Starr coaches ready to assist kids with various gymnastics challenges, including balancing, tumbling, jumping and fitness.

And for parents, Starr personnel will be available to answer your questions about Starr Gymnastics programs from new babies to teens.

Kids, come join us for some gymnastics fun, and parents, we invite you to check out why we are Ottawa’s best choice for family fitness.

And if you ask them nicely, the Starr coaches may just walk on their hands for you, or show off a flip or two!

 

Try your hand at Sport Stacking!

Sport Stacking is an amazing sport of fitness, agility, concentration and quickness. Thousands of teachers, administrators, and parents along with millions of kids have experienced the benefits of Sport Stacking. See why students are building physical literacy and having fun doing it!


GamesOnTruck Video Game Party!

GamesOnTruck video game party is a party on a truck! Loaded with video game consoles and a massive library of video games, a climate-controlled game theatre pulls up to the party/event venue (home, school, or church). You and your guests step inside to experience the ultimate video game party.

Your Game Coach supervises the video game party so you can focus on the fun! Your video game party with GameOnTruck will be a zero-stress success! Free with the price of admission to the Expo.

 


Drive a VEX IQ Robot from ProBots Ottawa!

Parents and their children will be able to experience the thrill of driving a VEX IQ robot around the VEX playing field.

The robot is one that the students participating in ProBots Camps will construct, program and use to solve various tasks. Free with admission to the Expo.

Discover the Magic of Ian Quick

BirthdayPartyMagic.ca, Ottawa’s premier birthday service, is proud to present “Ian Quick.” Come take part in our fun-filled magic show, where a few lucky audience members get to come up on stage and play the magician’s assistant with resident magician Ian Quick. It’s loaded with thrills, laughs, unbelievable surprises. It’s a blast for the whole family! Ian Quick has been delighting audiences as a magician and balloon twister since 1992. Calling on his decades of experience, he founded BirthdayPartyMagic.ca, offering the best in specialty birthday entertainment, including magic
shows, Balloon Twisters, Face Painters, Super Hero parties, Bouncy rentals and so much more. BirthdayPartyMagic.c
a…where the FUN begins! Free with admission to the Expo.


Thomas the Tank Engine LIVE (English/Français)

Thomas the Tank Engine has been one of the most beloved children’s characters for over 70 years. This year we have him LIVE at the Ottawa Parent & Child Expo! Thomas will bring joy and laughter to your children during his live performance, including many opportunities to dance and sing-along.Free with paid admission to the Expo.

Walk the Migration Tracks of Canadian Species

Where do Canadian species go when they migrate? Find out when you join the Canadian Wildlife Federation at the Expo and take a walk across our giant CWF Migration Map. Trace the migration patterns of iconic Canadian species from caribou to monarchs to whales, following scientifically researched satellite-tracked migrations of some of our most mobile species. You’ll learn about the challenges many animals face as they try to survive and get a whole new perspective on the resiliency of many of our most cherished animal friends. While you visit, drop by the Canadian Wildlife Federation booth and have your free picture taken in our photo space.


“Starstruck” by the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Take a journey through the stars in the Museum’s inflatable planetarium. Learn tips to find the major constellations of the night sky, and hear the fascinating stories behind them. Free with admission to the Expo. English and French.

 Check out the Vanderlaand Barnyard Petting Zoo!

See and learn about all kinds of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, chickens, a potbelly pigs, alpacas, and more. Free with paid admission to the Expo.

BIG kids, small kids, everyone loves our petting zoo!

Discover Radical Science for Some Science Fun!

Radical Science was created for the purpose of increasing scientific and ecological awareness for children through education and entertainment. Come join us for some science fun! We’ll have some potions and polymers to play with as well as other interactive activities and demonstrations.


Gladiator Colosseum from Partytime Inflatables Ottawa

The Gladiator inflatable obstacle brings out the gladiator in contestants. Kids can battle their way through obstacles, uphill over the climb to the curving slide, or if they’re feeling brave, enter the ring to spar with one of the pop-up gladiators. Participants can even climb through the belly of a lion and imagine the Roman crowd cheering. With exterior artwork made to replicate the original Coliseum and an oversized 3D gladiator leading the way, guests are sure to stop and try to compete in this inflatable obstacle course!

Meet & Greet your Favourite Princesses from Glass Slipper Princess Parties!

Enjoy meeting princesses from Glass Slipper Princess Parties! Say hello and get a hug from your favourite princesses! See the princesses perform live on stage and meet and greet them in the Glass Slipper Princess Parties booth beside the main stage. Meet & Greet free with the price of admission to the Expo.