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Experience Pack – March Break at the Museum – March 10 to 14 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If structured and scheduled programs aren’t your speed during March Break, our Experience Pack offers something for families that like to learn and discover at their own pace. We’ve developed a custom backpack full of age-appropriate activities that will pique your interest as you explore the exhibit and uncover the stories it tells.
We’ve brought together drawing activities, word puzzles, charades, and other hands-on games (like Taboo!) to discover our museum, its history, and its artefacts with your child. All of the activities are designed to not only encourage learning about our heritage, but also help young visitors practice and express observation, creativity, and literacy skills. The Experience Pack is designed to keep you busy for more than an hour, but we encourage everyone to go at their own pace. Ages 6 – 12.
Cost: Regular admission
Victorian Fortune Telling - March Break Museum Programs at the Ottawa Public Library – March 10 to 14, times and locations vary as below.
It may not be all the rage at children’s birthday parties now, but in the not-so-distant past fortune telling played a pretty big part in celebrations for children and adults. Using all things apple, we’ll encourage learning about Victorian history, social practices, and entertainment as we find out the secrets that apples have to tell us about love, marriage, and our destinies. It’s all in good, educational fun – we promise!
March 10 at the Stittsville Branch - 10:30 am
March 11 at the North Gower Branch – 2:00 pm
March 12 at the North Gloucester Branch - 1:30 pm
March 13 at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch - 10:30 am
March 13 at the Richmond Branch - 2:00 pm
The Victorian Era, named after Queen Victoria and lasting from 1837 to 1901, is characterized as a time of peace and prosperity with cultural trends towards romanticism and mysticism. Spiritualism, the idea that the living could communicate with departed souls - and perhaps learn some secrets about the future - began in Upstate New York, with the movement quickly making its way to Victoria’s Britain. The Queen embraced the practice herself.
During a time when most women were struggling for prominence in society and in established churches, Spiritualism offered them an opportunity to take on positions of authority since most mediums in the movement were women. They were seen as more “sensitive” to the “other side”.
In the 1930s, fortune telling evolved into entertainment for both adults and children rather than any serious attempt to communicate with departed souls. Particularly in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, people felt a sense that they had very little control over their futures. The practice of fortune telling gave them back some sense of “control” over their own lives in knowing what the future would hold rather than feeling suffocated by a constant sense and dread of the unknown. In many ways, it may have provided hope in times of despair.
Our Victorian Fortune Telling program encourages young people to think about how entertainment has changed over the years, and how our memories of people are now, in some ways, much easier to access with the advances in technology like photography and videography.
Easter at the Estate – Saturday, April 19 from 10 am to 4 pm
One of our most popular events, Easter at the Estate has all the things you’d expect– egg dyeing, egg races, an Easter egg hunt, and of course the Easter Bunny himself is there to visit with families and he loves to have his photo taken! But did you know we take Easter to another level with our depictions of rabbits throughout popular culture (think Bugs Bunny, the Velveteen Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, and more) and our custom Elmer Fudd “shooting gallery”?
Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family
Ever wonder why bunnies are an iconic image for Easter? Since rabbits were associated with goddesses of spring and fertility in 13th century Teutonic culture and because the date of Easter was traditionally chosen based on the date of the spring equinox, rabbits and Easter became linked.
The first known record of the Easter bunny tradition occurred some 200 years later in 15th century German literature. German settlers brought the Easter bunny tradition with them to Pennsylvania another 300 years later, in the 18th century.
Similar to leaving out cookies for Santa Claus, German children would leave out carrots for the Easter Bunny in hopes he would leave them extra special candy.
Our event explores the images of bunnies and rabbits through the course of modern history, focusing on the images present in popular culture. Children will learn-age appropriate information about these popular bunnies like Bugs Bunny, Peter Rabbit, the White Rabbit (from Alice in Wonderland), Thumper (from the movie “Bambi”), and several others - including the Duracell and Energizer bunnies. Adults might learn a thing or two about these images while they’re on site, too!