Can You Dig It
Thursdays in July from 10:00 am to 11:30am
Get your hands dirty like Indiana Jones while learning about archaeology at the home of Canada's first paleontologist, Elkanah Billings. Dig for artefacts in our onsite pit, identify mysterious objects and learn hand-on techniques that archaeologists use every day! Portions of this program will be outdoors, please come dressed for the weather. Children ages 6 to 10. Registration required.
Fridays in July from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
What’s that hiding in the garden and lurking on the lawn? Bugs, of course! Each week learn about a different insect’s life-cycle, diet, and home before making a buggy craft! Portions of this program will be outdoors, please come dressed for the weather. Children ages 3 to 5. Registration required.
Wednesdays, August 2-23, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Who dunnit!? Search Billings Estate for clues as you try to solve a different mystery each week. Children ages 8 to 12. Registration required.
Step into the Kitchen
Thursdays, August 3-24, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Mix and measure your way through a heritage cooking lesson. With a new theme each week and a tasty treat to take home, kids will love learning where ingredients came from and how they made their way from the farm to their tummies. Children ages 5 to 7. Registration required.
Preschool Play Date
Fridays in August from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring your preschoolers to the museum each Friday morning in August to play, dress-up, and use their imaginations! Each week we will explore a different topic and parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds following the program. Portions of this program will be outdoors- parents and children are advised to come dressed for the weather. Children ages 3 to 5. Registration required.
Vintage Motorcycle Show
Sunday, August 20 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Join the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group, whose members will be displaying their prized possessions for the day! Work up an appetite by taking a tour of the museum and checking out the specs before enjoying a BBQ lunch.
Cost: $6.30/person, $10.45/pair, $16.75/family, cost of BBQ is extra.
Pride and Prejudice Garden Party
Sunday, August 27 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Does the thought of Mr. Darcy make you blush? Then this tea is for you! Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Billings Estate while interacting with some of your favourite Jane Austen characters. Play traditional Edwardian lawn games and try English Country Dancing, and work up an appetite fit for a traditional three-tier tea service! Reservations are required, and open on Friday, July 21 at 10:00 AM.
Cost: $22.60 per person (including taxes).
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 17 to September 3 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 10:30 am until 4 pm, rain or shine. Indoor tea service can be arranged for groups during the rest of the year. Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.
Tea on the Lawn
The afternoon 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). Reservations are highly recommended. Please call the museum at 613-247-4830.
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 or drinking is permitted in the exhibition spaces.