Saturday, February 8, 15, and 22
Available timeslots: 12:15 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm
Age: 15 +
Cost: $6.75 per person
Harsh winters required early settlers to work together to survive. Are you and your friends smart enough and strong enough to overcome the challenges of a 19th century winter on Billings farm? Organize a team (2-5 people) and race against the clock as you try to complete a series of mental and physical challenges so you can end up atop the leaderboard. (Note: Challenges will take place indoors and outdoors. Please dress for weather conditions. This activity may not be fully accessible to all individuals. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact the museum at 613-580-2088).
Reservations are required. To book your preferred timeslot, call 613-580-2088 (if leaving a message please include your name, phone number, preferred date and timeslot, and the size of your group).
Friday, February 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 10 am to 11 am
Ages: 3 to 5
Cost: $6.65 per child
Enjoy heritage-inspired playtime with your preschooler. Discover local history through hands-on activities with a different theme each week.
Parents are encouraged to bring a light lunch or snack (nut free) as the programming space will be available for 30 minutes after the program for socializing.
Registration is required. Please use the barcode(s) below to register using Service Ottawa’s online system. A minimum of 5 registered participants is required. The registration deadline is the Tuesday prior to each session date (unless the minimum number of participants has been met and space remains).
*This program is delivered in English with bilingual (English/French) staff available to assist.
February 7 – Dino Dig
Dig in and make discoveries like Elkanah Billings. This program will include sensory-based digs for rocks, dinosaurs, and fossils.
February 14 – Heritage Cookies
Introduction to baking (and how farm animals help provide ingredients) with a heritage cookie recipe and special Valentine’s Day flair.
February 21 – Animal Tracks
We’ll search the house for critters who might be calling the museum home for winter and then head outdoors to investigate animal tracks in the snow. (Please make sure your preschooler is dressed for weather conditions).
February 28 – Billings Bridge Village
Learn about transportation, farms, and markets as you work together to build a version of early Billings Bridge Village.
Artisanal Sourdough Workshop
Saturday, March 14 from 1 pm to 5 pm
Ages 15 and up
Cost: $96 (taxes included)
Barcode: 1544745 (registration is required)
Learn the art and science of sourdough bread making with Elle Crevits. Connect with the history of breadmaking in the unique setting of Billings Estate National Historic Site and prepare your own loaf of sourdough bread to bake. You will leave this workshop with the skills and knowledge required to carry on this delicious tradition at home. Topics covered will include: sourdough starter, kneading, autolyze, proofing, shaping, scoring, and baking. There will be ample time for questions with our visiting expert and, of course, some sampling of fresh baked bread. Museum staff will also share stories of early settler recipes, Lamira Billings, the first woman of the household, and Ontario’s culinary history.
- Please inform staff of any allergies to gluten, dairy, eggs, and nuts (contact the museum by phone at 613-580-2088).
- Bring a mixing bowl (or bread pan) and a clean cotton towel to take your bread dough home.
- This workshop will be delivered in English with bilingual (English/French) staff available to assist.
A minimum of 6 participants is required. The deadline to register is Friday, March 7. Use the barcode above to register using Service Ottawa’s online system.
“The Inheritance”: An interactive mystery experience
Saturday, March 21 at 10 am; 2:00 pm, and 8:00 pm
Recommended for ages 15 and up
Cost: $22.75 (taxes included)
Registration is required
Something isn’t right at the museum and you’ve been called in after hours to help discover the source of the disturbances. How does the strained relationship between Sally and Sabra Billings connect to the mischief? Is the house still divided to this day? Characters from the exhibitions have come to life and are eager to share their sides of the story but which one is responsible for the present troubles? Succeed in solving the case or you risk finding yourself trapped behind glass as part of the exhibition forever.
The Governor General’s Award nominated Live History troupe uniquely combines escape room-inspired puzzle solving and interactive theatre experiences pulled from local history.
Please use the barcodes below to register using Service Ottawa’s online system.
March 21 at 10 am – 1544746
March 21 at 2 pm – 1544747
March 21 at 8 pm - 1544748
- Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your showtime; there is no admittance after the show has begun.
- The show will require movement throughout the museum and includes stairs. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact 613-580-2088 or email@example.com.
- This show is presented in English only.
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.