Just a friendly reminder in case you had forgotten — Mother’s Day is this Sunday! It’s the day to make the mother in the household feel special by showing her your appreciation and love. We’re sure a breakfast in bed would be highly appreciated, but maybe this year you can go beyond that. Instead, take your family to one of the many exciting events happening in Ottawa this weekend. We have selected our top 5 activities happening in the Nation’s Capital this weekend that are guaranteed to make your mom smile on her special day!


Visit the Canadian Tulip Festival

When: May 12th – May 22nd

Where: Commissioner’s Park-Dow’s Lake, ByWard Market and Lansdowne Park

Who wouldn’t love spending a day with their family surrounded by colourful and vibrant flowers? The annual Ottawa tulip festival is a celebration of beauty, culture, heritage, friendship and horticulture. A beautiful experience for the whole entire family!


Spend some family time at the Ottawa Children’s Festival

When: May 11th – May 15th

Where: LeBreton Flats Park

The Ottawa Children’s Festival hosts an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts not only for children, but the entire family. Activities will include rock climbing, a petting zoo, mobile archery, face painting, an art gallery and much more.


Fill your belly at the Free-Play Brunch Buffet

When: Sunday 11am – 2pm

Where: House of TARG

Everyone loves breakfast in bed, but how about switching things up this year with an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, with entertainment for children as well? There will be a full buffet menu and arcade games on free-play available for children. A relaxed and casual, yet special and fun, idea for the entire family.


Learning about history at Canada’s Cold War Museum

When: Saturday May 12th and Sunday 13th

Where: Diefenbunker Museum

Celebrate Mother’s Day by touring the amazing underground facility of the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War museum. The museum will be offering free admission for mothers along with their child. Not only will you learn a lot about the Canadian history, but you will also be able to kick back and relax with a coffee or tea while kids will be able to create retro-themed Mother’s Day cards.


Watch a Family Movie: Sherlock Gnomes

When: Sunday 1:30pm

Where: Lansdowne Cineplex

Grab some popcorn and get comfy at the Lansdowne theatre in front of a movie the whole family will love. Not only will the kids enjoy it, but we can guarantee you won’t be able to stop laughing either. Take it easy, sit back, and relax.


Whether you want to spend time outside, listen to music, eat amazing food or educate yourself and your family, there is something to suit every taste in Ottawa this weekend. We hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day and get to appreciate some enjoyable quality time spent with your children and family. For more fun activities happening in Ottawa this year, check out our latest Gogabo listings!

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