If you want to expose your kids or grandkids to the value of travel then take them to the Children’s Museum, which is part of the Canadian Museum of History across the river from Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings. The message here is that there are different reasons to travel and one is “to see and try new things” and “let our imagination grow wings”.
Each child is given a passport that they get stamped at official checkpoints along the way, something that my grandkids were very keen to do.
The first activity was a ride on a colourful Pakistani bus.
There are several quite different homes to visit including a Bedouin tent. Kids can beat drums in Nigeria, make tortillas in Mexico, shop at a French boulangerie as well as a Chinese market stall, and watch an Indonesian shadow-puppet play.
There’s a theatre and kids dress up and take turns performing on stage—a popular place.
The older children in particular lined up to be a crane operator, unloading a crate in the port of entry. The little ones loved being the captain.
It’s an animated place with lots of happy kids running from one activity to another and photo-snapping parents striving to keep up.
By Sylvia Fanjoy
Photo credits Sylvia Fanjoy
Riding the buses™ 2015