When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free


It has been a few days since our move to Ottawa, Ontario. My husband went to the bank to open up an account. Processing went fast, he had help from the relocation specialist assigned by his company.

Additionally, he had a wonderful time chit-chatting with the bank officer about life and the new city we've moved to while filling up the forms. In their conversation, the bank officer mentioned a tip (for parents with kids) we couldn't pass. That is... when to visit the Canadian Children's Museum for FREE admission. Wanna know? Read on.

When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free

Best Time to Visit for FREE Admission

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.

Where to Park?

Parking is located in the basement. You can choose to park either in P1 (lower level) or P2 (upper level). I'd recommend parking in P2. This space is not as busy 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


Looking at the queue, I confirmed with my hubby, "Is it really free?" I still had last-minute doubts. You see, this is due to my misgivings about 'claiming free stuff' only to find there's a catch. 

"Let's line up anyway and see for ourselves!" Behold, we've proven it ourselves, it's true, we were admitted FREE. Yay! And yes, with no strings attached. How cool is that?

They even handed out a pencil and a fun passport where you can freely imprint on designated points around the museum. They also stamp on our hands for re-entry. Again, I had to reiterate, with no strings attached! Haha.

The experience is fun for parents and kids alike. Golly, the idea of FREE admission is already fun in my books anyway! Haha. I'm crazy for free stuff, I'm grinning from ear to ear. Are you the same?

Our son is 2 and has never been to daycare. He is bewildered by the sheer number of kids at the museum. His cute little face is filled with amazement amidst the plethora of things to get his hands on. 

When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free
When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free
When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free

We have a little problem going on here. This little boy wouldn't let the other kids take their turn. Oh no! Again and again, we had to gently coax him to get out.

Buy cute toddler shirts for boys here.

When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free
When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free
When to Visit the Canadian Children's Museum for Free

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. Be prepared for the crowd. Moreover, don't forget to check out the stunning views of the Parliament Hill from the lookout.

I hope our experience at the Canadian Children's Museum gave you an idea of what to expect during your visit to the area. Have fun! Talk to you soon then. ;)