When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free

It was a few days after our move to Ottawa, my husband went to the bank to open an account. Processing went fast because he received help from the relocation specialist assigned by his company.

He also had a wonderful time chit-chatting about life and the city while filling up the forms. In their conversation, the bank officer mentioned a tip (for children) we couldn't pass -- that is the best time to visit the Canadian Children's Museum for FREE admission.

We didn't waste any time, that same week we visited the museum. And we were so ecstatic to be admitted for FREE on the day & time specified by the bank officer.

Best Time to Visit for FREE

Admission is $20 CAD per adult. Children under 3 years old are free. More info here. To visit for free, come on a THURSDAY from 5pm onwards. This is exactly what we did. :D

Where to Park?

Parking is located in the basement. There are 2 floors to choose from P1 and P2. From our experience, we'd recommend parking in P2. This area is not as busy as compared to P1 and there are lots of available slots to choose from.

Rate is $2.75 CAD per half an hour. We paid $5.50 CAD for an hour parking.

The Experience

It is fun for kids. Our son is 2 and has never been to a daycare center. He is bewildered by the sheer number of visitors at the museum. His cute little face is filled with wonder; there are many things to do, check out and look at.

Once you enter, they will stamp your hand for re-entry and hand you a pencil and fun passport where you can freely stamp on designated points around the museum.

Our little boy is enjoying this. He had no plans of letting the other kids take their turns. We had to coax him out. Haha.

And oh... do check out the stunning views of the Parliament Hill from the lookout. The photo I took below would have been more striking if we had clear blue skies during our visit.

Visiting the Canadian Children's Museum is a fun experience for both kids and parents alike. It's true you can visit for FREE. Come on a Thursday from 5pm onwards. I'd say, be prepared of the crowd. Talk to you soon then. ;)