If you’re looking for something new, fun and a bit retro to try – check out the open roller skating available in the multi-purpose room at Lansdowne Park. “For many adults it’s an enjoyable blast from the past,” laughs Cunningham. “If you’re over a certain age, you likely had roller skates as a kid.” The roller skating is available for children, youth and adults by registering at Lansdowne. For younger children, check out Dinosaur Discovery – available in various locations around the city. Planning a holiday to a foreign country? Adults can check out the language programs available. For fun and some practical knowledge, enroll your youngster in a sewing or cooking program. And for the artistic leaning child, check out the numerous offerings at the four arts centres across the city.
Cunningham suggests going through the many programs with your children and have a couple of backups in place, as the popular programs go fast. “My advice would be to set up a family account at ottawa.ca/recreation,” says Cunningham. “Then you can easily register online. Or you can visit the centre in your community and register with a customer service representative.” Cunningham also suggests signing up early for the seasonal workshops available across the city. The Pumpkin Patch, Haunted House, Gingerbread House building and tree-trimming events are onetime events and fill up quickly. “And don’t forget our before- and after-school programs for four to 12-year-olds. These programs are available at various locations and incorporate many different activities,” says Cunningham. “For many children it’s an eye-opening experience when they are exposed to something new.” There are PD Day camps available and don’t forget the Winter Break and March Break camps. Heck – there’s even a dog training program!
Cunningham says the city staff works hard to provide programs that are interesting and fun. “We want children and adults to experience learning something new,” she says, “and most importantly, it’s about socializing and enjoying being with other people in your community and neighbourhood – and that’s a good thing.” For more information on Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 programs and workshops visit www.ottawa.ca/recreation and create your account. Make sure you drop into a city-run centre in your community, sign-up and have fun.