PA Day Program
Monday, January 30 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Play inside and out as you experience winter life in the 1800s. Complete a scavenger hunt, play traditional outdoor games, and participate in some snowshoe games (weather dependent) in this fun day for 6 to 10 year olds at the museum. Participants should bring a lunch, snacks, and drinks. Registration is required.
Preschool Play Date
Fridays from 10 am to 11 am
Meet other parents and their 3 to 5 year olds in this interactive and hands-on program. Each week features a new theme that invites participants to learn about the natural world through play. This program will take place inside the museum and on the grounds of the Estate; please come dressed for the weather. Registration is required.
Saturdays from 10 am to 11:30 am
Gather ‘round the fire and make a traditional recipe at Billings Estate this February. Campfire Cooking invites 8 to 10 year olds to explore the history of cooking and the Billings family while playing games, exploring the site, and handling artefacts. This program will take place inside the museum and on the grounds of the Estate; please come dressed for the weather. Registration is required.
Preschool Play Date
Friday, March 3 and Friday, March 10 from 10 am to 11 am
Meet other parents and their 3 to 5 year olds in this interactive and hands-on program. Each week focuses on learning through play with themes ranging from winter fairytales to creative colours. This program will take place inside the museum and on the grounds of the Estate; please come dressed for the weather. Registration is required.
March Break: Imagine. Create. Play.
Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17 from 10 am to 5 pm
Drop-in to the museum any day this week and use your imagination as you create and play with your family. Guided and self-guided activities are available for adult visitors and families.
Regular admission prices apply.
Different Times, Different Lives
Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17
Life in the past was a lot different than it is today. Or was it? Join a staff member from Billings Estate at an Ottawa Public Library location near you for an outreach program that explores stories of the Billings family through historic household objects, toys, and photographs. Create your own story about life in early Ottawa as you make an animated flipbook. Locations and times are available on the Ottawa Public Library Program and Event website.
Easter at the Estate
Saturday, April 15 from 10 am to 4 pm
Celebrate the arrival of spring with your family as you complete crafts, explore the Estate, and try traditional egg dyeing. Bring along your camera to see if you can capture the Easter Bunny as he hops by! Activities will take place inside and on the grounds of the museum; please come dressed for the weather.
Cost: $6.30 for one, $10.45 for two or $16.75 for a family (two adults and children under 18)
School Programs and Educational Activities are offered for students from kindergarten to Grade 8 from Wednesday to Friday during the months of May, June, September and October.
Food and drink
The museum's food service is known for both its quality and affordability. Specializing in refreshments and baked goods made from scratch and served overlooking heritage gardens, our food service is a unique addition to the site.
Tea on the Lawn and Boxed Lunches are available from May 11 to September 4 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 11 am until 4 pm, rain or shine. Indoor tea service is also available to groups by reservation during the rest of the year. Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.
Tea on the Lawn
The high tea service overlooking this National Historic Site's beautiful flower gardens is one of the museum's most popular features. Choose a scone and tea served with Devonshire cream and jam or order our 3-tier service with finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts ($13.00 + tax per person).
Because we use the freshest ingredients possible, it's best to contact the museum at 613-247-4830 for the daily menu.
If you're interested in refreshments but would prefer a more casual meal than the tea-on the-lawn service, the museum can prepare a small boxed lunch for you and your family to enjoy on the park grounds of the museum. For $6.50 per meal, you'll receive one of the sandwiches being prepared as part of the tea service that day, a dessert, a drink, and a piece of fruit. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.
Bring Your Own
Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and picnic in the park. To preserve the artefacts in the museum, no eating is permitted in the exhibition spaces.