Special Events

Join us for summer fun at one of our 56 wading pools across the City

All special events are held from 11 am to 4 pm, featuring arts and crafts, games, prizes, and lots of time to stay cool in the pool!

Highlighted events feature special guest activities a free barbecue lunch and a Lunchtime Performing Art Series performance between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.

Friday Fun Days are new! Visit one of our wading pools and participate in fun and games related to a specific theme each week. Children of all ages are invited! Parks closed on Fridays will host their Friday Fun Day on Thursday or Saturday. Your park staff have more details.

Summer 2013 Wading Pool Special Events


Event Locations

Wednesday, July 3


Thursday, July 4

Sylvia Holden (Formerly Lansdowne)

Friday, July 5

Alta Vista

Friday Fun Day Theme: Pajama Day

Monday, July 8

 Hampton, Alvin Heights

Tuesday, July 9

 Lisa, Parkdale, Westboro

Wednesday, July 10

 Strathcona, Iona, Optimiste

Thursday, July 11

Major Special Event: Bel Raven

Theme: Legends of Asia

Lunchtime Performing Artist: Oto-wa Taiko

Friday, July 12

Ev Tremblay, Frank J Licari

Friday Fun Day Theme: Sports Day

Tuesday, July 16

Champlain, Sandy Hill

Wednesday, July 17

Parkway, Owl

Thursday, July 18

Major Special Event: Reid

Theme: The Four Seasons

Lunchtime Performing Artist: The Musettes

Friday, July 19

Alexander, Alda Burt

Friday Fun Day Theme: Earth Day

Monday, July 22

Bingham, Dutchies

Tuesday, July 23

Bel-Air, Greenboro

Wednesday, July 24

Kiwanis, Carleton Heights, St Laurent

Thursday, July 25

Major Special Event: Frank Ryan

Theme: Secret Garden

Lunchtime Performing Artist: The Aboriginal Experience


Friday Fun Day Theme: Christmas in July

Friday, July 26

Weston, Agincourt

Monday, July 29

Michele Heights, McNabb

Tuesday, July 30

Cecil Morrison, Balena

Wednesday, July 31

Ruth Wildgen, Kingsmere, Pauline Vanier

Thursday, August 1

Major Special Event: Rideauview

Theme: Around the World

Lunchtime Performing Artist: Kuljit Sodhi

Friday, August 2

Lions, Brantwood 

Tuesday, August 6

Woodroffe, Liz Manley, McKellar

Wednesday, August 7


Thursday, August 8

Major Special Event: Pushman

Theme: Carnival “All That Glitters”

Lunchtime Performing Artist: Jump up with Tarrah Mauricette

Friday, August 9


Monday, August 12

 St. Luke’s, Windsor

Tuesday, August 13

 Bellevue Manor, Chaudiere

Wednesday, August 14

 Hawthorne, St. Pauls

Thursday, August 15

Major Special Event: Overbrook

Theme: Hidden treasures

Lunchtime Performing Artist: Junkyard Symphony

Thursday, August 22

Major Splash Pad Special Event: Centrepointe

Theme: Dance Fast

Lunchtime Performing Artist: Luv to Groove


Come join our team in fun-filled water activities as part of the Waterplay program! This program uses fun and interactive games and learn-to-swim activities to offer a basic instruction in necessary water skills that can be used continuously throughout life. This is an excellent opportunity for children to have fun at the wading pools while also building foundational swimming skills and learning water safety. Waterplay is an informal program available to the public free of charge at all wading pools across the city.

Wading pools are open and available for Waterplay daily from 11 am to closing time except for park-specific closed days, and will run from June 28 to August 16, 2013.  Please talk to the park staff or check online for information on specific wading pools. You can also call 613-580-2590 or send an e-mail to seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca