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August 1, 2018 - 09:00 - 12:00
An event every week that begins at 09:00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until August 31, 2018
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in August – 9 am to 12 pm
Ages 6 to 9
Each Curious Minds program will explore a different theme and will feature a hands-on activity or craft to allow children to engage with local history in a fun and unique way.
Cost: $6.50 per child
Registration is required. You can register for this program using the City of Ottawa’s online registration system. Enter the program barcode in the box labelled “Search for programs by barcode”. Click “Add” and log in to complete registration. If you do not already have an account, click “Create new family account”.
August 1 – Not Guilty!
Act out a trial scene as you learn about the Canadian justice system and interact with artefacts connected to the courtroom.
August 2 – Building Basics
Put your building skills to the test as you race to complete a construction-themed scavenger hunt.
August 3 – Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less
Let’s celebrate the inspirational women in our lives and throughout Canadian history!
August 8 – Greenthumb Gardener
Where does our food come from? Learn how early settlers grew their produce and plant your own vegetable to take home.
August 9 – Museum Chef
How does butter make it from the barn to our tables? Put your foodie know-how to work making a delicious treat.
August 10 – Exploring Your Roots!
Many families, like the Bells, have a long history in Nepean. Bring photos from home to help craft your family tree as you explore your own family’s story.
August 15 – Textiles Past & Present
Fashion has gone through many transformations through the years. Dress-up in period costumes, learn how fabric has been dyed, and get an introduction to the art of weaving.
August 16 – Heard It Through The Grapevine
Oral storytelling has always had an important place in local and family history. Write and perform your own story with costumes and puppets.
August 17 – Victorian to Modern Medical Practices
How do modern medical practices compare to the Victorian era? Learn about the history of hospitals and medical tools. Examine artefacts related to medical history and explore how remedies have transformed over the years.
Help us decorate a get-well poster for CHEO patients that will be signed by kids from across the city at museum programs throughout the summer!
August 22 – Step Into a Poet’s Shoes
Explore the power of words and the works of Canadian poets including Nepean’s William Wilfred Campbell. Write your own poem and have it displayed at the museum.
August 23 – Listen, Dance and Play
What role does music play in our lives and our communities? Build your own instrument and keep a beat.
August 24 – Constructing the Rideau Canal
Explore how the Rideau Canal was built and how it works. Become an engineer and build your own version of Ottawa’s famous canal and lock system.
August 29 – Immigration to a New Land
What was daily life like for early settlers such as Ira Honeywell or Sir Evan Nepean? Learn skills they would have used to find shelter, communicate with loved ones back home, and more.
August 30 – Behind the Badge
What did a day in the life of a Nepean police officer look like?
August 31 – Victorian Lawn Games
What activities did children enjoy in the Victorian era? Travel back in time with fun and games on the lawn and build your own Victorian-inspired toy.