Tuesday, 11 July 2017

City of Ottawa - At Your Museum - July 2017

Swing Into Summer at Your Local Museums

Play in the past. Make happy memories for the future.

Fun for the Kids

Are you looking for ways to keep the little ones busy now that the Canada Day festivities have quietened down? Our museums have plenty of children's programs this month! On Thursdays, kids can get their hands dirty as they learn about archaeology at Can You Dig It (ages 6 to 10), or on Fridays, explore every corner of the garden looking for Little Critters (ages 3 to 5) at Billings Estate National Historic Site. At Nepean Museum,  Wednesdays are for discovering life as an early settler at Home and Away (ages 6 to 9), Thursdays are all about delicious explorations during Farm to Food (ages 6 to 9), and Fridays is an imaginary journey By Land and Sea (ages 6 to 9) looking at transportation throughout history. Can't make it to the Thursday Can You Dig It program at Billings Estate National Historic Site? Then check out Pinhey's Point Historic Site on Saturdays where you can conduct your dig by the Ottawa River. Registration is required for all children's programs, so please contact us to reserve your child's spot.

Gear up for the Classic Car Show

Do you love the roar of an engine? The call of the open road? Share that love with your family at the annual Classic Car Show at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on Sunday, July 16. Check out the selection of classic cars and chat with their owners as you walk around the heritage buildings on site. Up for a challenge? Make your own cardboard car to race against your friends and family. With lots of things to see and do, it's sure to be a great day out for all ages!

Happy Birthday Nepean!

This year may mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, but did you know that it is also the 225th anniversary of the founding of Nepean? On Sunday, July 16, come to Fairfields Heritage House, homestead of the Bell family, one of Nepean's founding families, to celebrate with the community. Enjoy activities from days gone by including butter churning and wool carding, and help us to create a special community "quilt". Come out and celebrate Nepean's rich heritage with traditional games, and hands-on activities that will bring the past to life for the whole family. 

Reach for the Skies

Ever dream of flying? Throughout history people have longed to soar through the air. Join us at Taking Flight at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on Sunday, July 30. Kites, airplanes, hot air balloons, dirigibles… learn more about how humans have taken to the skies. Discover the science behind flight through experiments, games, and other hands-on activities at this brand-new event.

Become a Saturday Explorer

Become a Saturday Explorer at Nepean Museum on the last Saturday of each month. Investigate a different topic through crafts, games, and hands-on activities. The theme in July is Building in the Past. Plan and build a miniature log cabin, a bridge, and even a tasty candy house.

Artefact Showcase

  Have you enjoyed a pleasant bike ride on one of Ottawa's many bike paths this summer? In this day and age, we may take bicycles with comfortable, convenient bicycle shorts for granted, but that has not always been so. Bikes like this one symbolized freedom for women in the early 20th century. This CCM (Canada Cycle & Motor Co.) bike dates from around 1925 and once belonged to a woman from Nepean. You can see this bicycle on display at the Nepean Museum this month as part of our new exhibition, "Ottawa Through the Eyes of a Woman".

Did You Know?

The invention of the bicycle allowed women to travel short distances and gave them an independence that they did not experience before its creation. Many sports were thought too exhausting for women, but by the late 1800s, new activities like cycling and more modern fashions allowed women to participate more in sports. People began to think that some exercise was good for women, and for ladies, cycling was deemed a "proper" activity.

Women in the late 1800s wore cumbersome skirts. To allow for easier bicycle riding, split skirts, bloomers, and early wide-legged pants were introduced. These new fashions allowed women to straddle the bicycle and permitted much more freedom of movement. Learn more about the history of the women of Ottawa at our special exhibition, "Ottawa Through the Eyes of a Woman" on display this month at the Nepean Museum.

Hands-On History

Summer holidays mean time together with friends and family, so why not head out to Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for some Hands-On History? From 10 am to 2:30 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 4 pm on weekends, drop by for fun activities and workshops – all included in the price of admission! Challenge your friends to a scavenger hunt, make your own wooden tool box, help out with the farm animals, or simply enjoy some tea while playing vintage board games. Every day there is something new to do! Contact the museum to find out what's happening the next time you visit.

Volunteering at the City of Ottawa Museums

Are you or someone you know looking for a way to meet new people, have some entertaining, new experiences, and give back to the community? Do you need community volunteer hours or perhaps some spare time in your retirement? Consider volunteering with the City of Ottawa Museums! With many different opportunities, from helping out in our tea room to gardening to helping with program preparations and delivery to playing a scary role at the Haunted Historic Village, there's something for everyone.

To learn more about how you can become a part of our team, please contact us

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