Friday, February 18
As part of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society’s winter series, take your little ones to a performance of the Hans Christian Anderson classic The Snow Queen. This fairytale sees a young girl rescue her best friend from the icy monarch, and is set to an original score by Canadian composer Patrick Cardy (performed by the award-winning Cecilia String Quartet). Praised for its thoughtful story and captivating choreography, it’s touted as suitable for ages five to 95. Enjoy either a Friday evening performance or one of three afternoon sets on Saturday.
Today is the start of Kindness Week (Feb. 18 to 25). Now in its fourth year, this city-wide initiative encourages community members to make a conscious effort to show some love to to their fellow people and recognizes those who engage in everyday acts of kindness. There are activities and events taking place throughout the week, which include “Kindness Cupcakes” in the ByWard Market, a blood drive, musical performances, “Grandparents’ Night” at the movies, and plenty of other feel-good fun.
Saturday, February 19
In honour of this Family Day long weekend, check out The Long Weekend, playing until Feb. 26 at the Ottawa Little Theatre. This comedic romp by Canadian playwright Norm Foster circles on two couples who spend a weekend together. A hideous living room chair, canary coloured walls, and pina coladas all play surprisingly important roles in this laugh fest.
Fulton’s kicks off another season at the sugar bush with Maple Syrup Fun. On this day only, enjoy a two-for-one pancake meal, along with the usual activities on the bill: adventures on the walking trails, games, camp visits, horse-drawn sleigh rides, music, maple taffy, and face painting.
Sunday, February 20
While you’re out for the last weekend of Winterlude, cheer on the participants in the third annual Winterman. Taking place by the Canadian War Museum, these brave souls compete in anything from a 3K to a marathon relay. Bundle up!
Enjoy classes run by the ladies of Flock Boutique and Workshop Studio + Boutique. “Crafts for Kids!” is suitable for ages six to 10. Art instructor Laura Fauquier will take the children through an underwater adventure with a mixed-media aquatic-themed collage. The class will also include a section on pop-up art. How hip!