Planning a fun day for the kids in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:05
Ottawa has endless attractions for the whole family, including some of the most prominent museums and galleries in the entire country. Canada's capital city is rich with culture, a variety of political venues and endless restaurants and shops that can fill weeks worth of time for travellers, especially those who have never visited Ottawa.
However, parents should consider leaving a day for the kids, and stepping away from the more adult-oriented attractions to ensure the whole family has a memorable time in the city. Luckily, there are several attractions and venues in the downtown area that are specifically geared toward younger visitors, but can be fun for mom and dad as well.
A place for fun
The Funhaven Entertainment Centre is located on Baxter Road in Ottawa, and is easily accessible via public transportation, car or even cycling. This establishment considers itself the premier destination for family entertainment in the nation's capital city, and is filled with a variety of attractions that are sure to bring smiles to every face, regardless of age.
Funhaven visitors will get a chance to test their might on the climbing wall, which is 20 feet tall and perfect for thrill seekers in the family. Travellers will also be treated to one of the more unique attractions among entertainment centres in the city - Laser Frenzy, which is essentially a high-tech interactive maze.
After conquering the wall and getting through the maze, patrons can also enjoy mini-bowling, laser tag, endless video games, skill-based games that come with prizes and bumper cars. The Funhaven Entertainment Centre also offers a toddler play area for children between the ages of 1 and 5, and has a variety of educational components for parents and their young ones to enjoy together.
As for food, the entertainment centre has a self-serve yogurt bar, pizza and a fun foods stand that will give the appeal of a state fair.
Paintball without the paint
For children who have not yet had their fill of fun following a trip to the Funhaven Entertainment Centre, parents should consider taking a trip to TagZone, which is an indoor paintless paintballing game located on Montreal Road in Ottawa. Children 10 years old and up are welcome to compete in this safe but exhilarating game, while referees ensure that all rules are followed closely.
This establishment receives roughly 12,000 visitors a year, so interested parties should plan in advance to ensure they get a spot in the competition.