Mid-Winter Challenge at Billings Estate
Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16 from 12 pm to 4 pm
Ages: Adults or families with children ages 10 and up
Cost: $6.50 single; $10.75 pair; $17.25 family
Are you ready for a challenge 190 years in the making? Cold winters brought early settlers at Gloucester Township together. Team up with your friends and family to test your mental and physical skills as you explore the Estate in this self-guided challenge. Face off against a series of challenges inspired by 19th century winter life on the Billings farm to see if you have what it takes.
Note: Final admission to participate in the Mid-Winter Challenge will be at 3:30 pm. Challenges will take place both indoors and outdoors. Please check the forecast and dress for weather conditions. In the event of extreme cold (e.g. frostbite advisory), this program will not run as scheduled. Please contact the museum at 613-580-2088 or visit our Facebook page for updates.
Fridays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 10 am to 11 am
Ages: 3 to 5 years old
Cost: $6.65 per child
Enjoy a morning of discovery with your preschooler and explore different themes in local history through play and hands-on activities at the museum.
The program ends at 11 am but the space will be available until 11:30 am for socializing. Parents are encouraged to pack a light lunch or snack (nut-free).
Registration is required. A minimum of 5 registered participants is required for a session to run. Please use the barcode below to register for your desired dates using Service Ottawa’s online registration system. If you do not already have a family account, please create one before registering.
February 22 – Transportation (barcode: 1474001)
Registration deadline: Friday, February 15
Note: A parent or guardian must accompany the participating child. Admission for the parent/guardian is free. Some programs may include an outdoor activity. Parents are advised to check the forecast and to have weather-appropriate attire on hand.
Artisanal Sourdough Workshop
Saturday, March 16 from 12:45 pm to 5 pm
Ages: 16 and up
Cost: $70 + tax (registration is required)
Learn the art, and science, of sourdough bread making with Elle Crevits (Elle est Verte). Connect with the history of bread making and prepare your very own loaf of sourdough bread to bake. You will leave with the skills and knowledge required to carry on this delicious tradition at home.
This hands-on workshop will cover 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.
Enjoy the ambiance of Ottawa’s oldest wood-framed house and an introduction to the history of the Billings family and surrounding community.
The registration deadline is Sunday, March 10. A minimum of 6 participants is required for the session to run.
Please use the barcode to register using Service Ottawa’s online registration system. If you do not already have a family account, please create one before registering.
Note: All bread making ingredients and supplies are included in the cost of registration. Please bring a mixing bowl or bread pan and clean cotton towel to carry your bread dough home.
Mix it up! – Mix up the Garden
March 11 to March 15
Ages 7 – 12
Join us at your local Ottawa Public Library branch for some March Break fun! Get hands-on with garden soil, mix up a homemade pest repellent, and plant your own seed to grow at home!
For more information and to register, visit the “Programs and Events” page on the Ottawa Public Library website and search “Billings Estate National Historic Site”. Registration opens on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 am.
Note: This program will be delivered in English with bilingual staff (English/French) available to assist.
Monday, March 11
- Sunnyside branch (2:00 pm)
Tuesday, March 12
- Manotick branch (10:30 am)
Wednesday, March 13
Thursday, March 14
- Greenboro branch (10:30 am)
Friday, March 15
- Stittsville branch (2:00 pm)
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.