Makers at the Museum
Each workshop will tie into the rich history of Fairfields Heritage House and local artisans will be on site to share their diverse skills and talents with participants.
Itching for a Stitching: Embroidery Workshop
Saturday, August 4 – 12 pm to 4 pm
Ages 16 and up
Add a creative flair to your day with the art of embroidery! This traditional skill can bring new life to a mundane item, transforming it into a work of art. With a myriad of styles and stitches to learn, embroidery is a fantastic way to express yourself. Participants in this workshop will enjoy a tour of Fairfields Heritage House with a focus on leisure activities throughout history, including embroidery, followed by tea under the gazebo. Local artisan Lee Stach (Fraser Road) will guide participants step-by-step through a cheerful and colourful Fairfields-inspired embroidery design.
Cost: $40 per person
Registration is required. You can register for this program using the City of Ottawa’s online registration system. Enter the program barcode in the box labelled “Search for programs by barcode”. Click “Add” and log in to complete registration. If you do not already have an account, click “Create new family account”. A minimum of 3 participants is required for the program to run.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in August – 9 am to 12 pm
Ages 6 to 9
Each Curious Minds program will explore a different theme and will feature a hands-on activity or craft to allow children to engage with local history in a fun and unique way.
Cost: $6.50 per child
Registration is required. You can register for this program using the City of Ottawa’s online registration system. Enter the program barcode in the box labelled “Search for programs by barcode”. Click “Add” and log in to complete registration. If you do not already have an account, click “Create new family account”.
August 1 – Not Guilty!
Act out a trial scene as you learn about the Canadian justice system and interact with artefacts connected to the courtroom.
August 2 – Building Basics
Put your building skills to the test as you race to complete a construction-themed scavenger hunt.
August 3 – Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less
Let’s celebrate the inspirational women in our lives and throughout Canadian history!
August 8 – Greenthumb Gardener
Where does our food come from? Learn how early settlers grew their produce and plant your own vegetable to take home.
August 9 – Museum Chef
How does butter make it from the barn to our tables? Put your foodie know-how to work making a delicious treat.
August 10 – Exploring Your Roots!
Many families, like the Bells, have a long history in Nepean. Bring photos from home to help craft your family tree as you explore your own family’s story.
August 15 – Textiles Past & Present
Fashion has gone through many transformations through the years. Dress-up in period costumes, learn how fabric has been dyed, and get an introduction to the art of weaving.
August 16 – Heard It Through The Grapevine
Oral storytelling has always had an important place in local and family history. Write and perform your own story with costumes and puppets.
August 17 – Victorian to Modern Medical Practices
How do modern medical practices compare to the Victorian era? Learn about the history of hospitals and medical tools. Examine artefacts related to medical history and explore how remedies have transformed over the years.
Help us decorate a get-well poster for CHEO patients that will be signed by kids from across the city at museum programs throughout the summer!
August 22 – Step Into a Poet’s Shoes
Explore the power of words and the works of Canadian poets including Nepean’s William Wilfred Campbell. Write your own poem and have it displayed at the museum.
August 23 – Listen, Dance and Play
What role does music play in our lives and our communities? Build your own instrument and keep a beat.
August 24 – Constructing the Rideau Canal
Explore how the Rideau Canal was built and how it works. Become an engineer and build your own version of Ottawa’s famous canal and lock system.
August 29 – Immigration to a New Land
What was daily life like for early settlers such as Ira Honeywell or Sir Evan Nepean? Learn skills they would have used to find shelter, communicate with loved ones back home, and more.
August 30 – Behind the Badge
What did a day in the life of a Nepean police officer look like?
August 31 – Victorian Lawn Games
What activities did children enjoy in the Victorian era? Travel back in time with fun and games on the lawn and build your own Victorian-inspired toy.
Take your class to Fairfields for our unique school programs. Contact the Nepean Museum for more information at 613-580-9638, or email@example.com.
Food and drink
Fairfields Heritage House is the perfect picnic location. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and enjoy them in the park. To preserve the artefacts in the museum, no eating is permitted in the exhibition spaces.