Join us at Ottawa Parent & Child Expo this October!

Dora&Diego_01Meet & Greet Dora the Explorer and Diego on stage!

Meet, hug and say “Hola” to Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego on the Expo stage. There will be multiple Dora & Diego appearances, with morning and afternoon times on Saturday and Sunday (check closer to the date for the full schedule and updates). A limited number of tickets to go on stage with Dora or Diego will be distributed daily, free with price of admission to the Expo, on a first come, first served basis!

Note: Dora and Diego is a meet-and-greet, not a musical stage show. Dora the Explorer and Diego ©Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Triple Trouble live on stage

Triple Trouble are the Mullan sisters of Ottawa: Michaela, 18, Molly, 15, and Marley, 14, 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.

Ottawa Gymnastics Centre ‘Try-It’ Zone

Within the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre activity area, their coaches will be available to assist kids with the OGC “Try-It” Zone. The zone consists of a typical gymnastic circuit, which is always a huge hit with the kids. A typical circuit includes a floor beam, an incline for rolling, a mini-tramp and floor parallel bars.

And for the parents, their Promotional Personnel will be available to answer your questions about Ottawa Gymnastic Centre programs from 5 months to adults.

Watch videos on display of their programs and demonstrations from community events and engagements. Children, come join us for some gymnastics fun and parents we invite you to check out our programs for all ages.
The OGC Demonstration Team will be on hand to show off their skills and routines for entertainment for all.

Usborne Books Reading Corner

Enjoy reading and listening to stories at the Usborne Books Reading Corner. Take time to sit, relax and listen to a fun story, look at books, or read with your child.

Ottawa Safety Council Car Seat Workshop

Certified children’s car seat technicians from the Ottawa Safety Council will facilitate this informative workshop to help you choose the right car seat for your little ones and to learn more about ensuring the car seat and your child are properly secured in the car. Topics include: types of restraints, injury prevention and location of the seat in the vehicle, as well as tips for installation and best practices. Get your questions answered from a certified car seat tech!

In celebration of Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine’s fifth anniversary, we’re thrilled to present the Ottawa Parent & Child Expo for Ottawa families this fall. This Oct. 24 and 25, gather the kids and head to the family-friendly Nepean Sportsplex for a weekend of family fun and information.

Parents will find a variety of their favourite exhibitors offering important parenting information, and kids will find the beloved Dora and Diego characters, live music by the Ottawa group Triple Trouble, as well as mascots to hug, and a variety of other activities that focus on fun, learning, being healthy and active. Including Ottawa Public Health, the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre “Try-It” Zone, fitness demonstrations, face painting, arts and crafts activities, an Usborne Books reading corner and much more. It’s an exciting family event where you and your children can play, learn, and explore – and it’s affordable!

For just $12 for a family of four (receive $2 off the admission price by using the coupon on the neighbouring page), you can enjoy your visit to the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo with free parking and a free show bag for the first 750 families each day!

For Parents:

• Over 40 exhibitors, including:
• New products
• Shopping
• Education options for your child
• Parent & child fitness
• Family health and wellness
• Summer camps
• Questions? Talk with local parenting experts
• And much more

For the Kids:

• Meet & Greet Dora the Explorer & Diego*
• Interactive Play Zones
• Enjoy entertainment & main stage performances
• Exhibitor demonstrations
• Face painting
• Gymnastics and fitness demonstrations
• Special mascot appearances

Pick up our Expo Event Program with all the show details in early October or checkout our Expo updates at