Ottawa, on the border of French speaking Quebec and English speaking Ontario, is the capital of Canada and a culturally complex city. Ottawa also offers a wide variety of options for celebrating a birthday party with kids.
Dows Lake Pavilion
Dows Lake Pavilion (dowslake.com), on the historic Rideau Canal in the heart of downtown Ottawa, is a waterfront complex that offers outdoor activities both summer and winter. In summer, rent kayaks, canoes and bicycles to explore the city's waterfront and in winter rent ice skates or sleds to play on the frozen waters that surround the complex. Three restaurants are available in the complex and you can reserve private rooms with views over the water.
A 20,000-square-foot multi-level indoor playground, Cosmic Adventures (cosmicadventures.ca) is designed to provide hours of active fun for kids 2 through 12 during the city's long and harsh winters. The center features mazes, tubes, slides, bouncing balls and two designated toddler areas that are free of sharp corners. Available birthday packages include everything from cake and party treats to free credits for the video game arcade.
A Putt Above
A Putt Above (aputtabove.ca) is an indoor miniature golf course that is entirely black lit so that all the obstacles glow in the dark. The 18-hole course features a variety of three-dimensional obstacles and scenery that must be maneuvered through by the golfers. Birthday party packages include pizza, birthday cake, party favors and a private party and dining area for the guests.
Thunderbird Go Karts
Featuring a half-mile paved track, Thunderbird Go Karts (thunderbirdgokarts.com) can accommodate up to 40 cars racing at the same time. Several double cars are available for parents who want to ride with small children. The track is open both day and at night and offers discounts of up to 40 percent for birthday party groups.
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