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This Week: June 7 to 13, 2012

This Week: May 31 to June 6, 2012

This week in Ottawa:

Have a great week!

Thank You!

You may have noticed that I’ve taken on some new challenges recently. (I blogged about them here and here.) One of the side effects of launching a new business venture is that old hobbies sometimes fall by the wayside, even the ones that are near and dear to us. I haven’t felt like I’ve been doing Frugal Fun Ottawa justice lately, and I decided to do something about it. So though I’m sad to announce that I won’t be running Frugal Fun Ottawa and frugalfish anymore, I’m very happy to announce that I’ve found a whole team to fill the void. They’ll be taking over as of June 1st, and will continue providing fun and frugal weekly events lists as well as terrific contests, and they want to make the site better than ever!  

If you’d like to stay in touch with me, you can follow my personal twitter account, @JoseeInOttawa, and I’ve also started a personal blog, Josee In Ottawa. I would love to stay in touch with all of the wonderful people I’ve met through Frugal Fun Ottawa – I know some of you have been following the site for years, and I appreciate all the heads up about events as well as all of the kind words that you’ve shared.  Thanks, and best wishes.

This Week: May 24 to 30, 2012

This week in Ottawa:

  • Thursday is Taiwan Movie Night at the Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch;
  • The Taiwan Sublime Photo Exhibit continues at the Stittsville and Blackburn Hamlet branches of the Ottawa Public Library;
  • The Ottawa Dressage Festival takes place Friday through Sunday at the Nepean National Equestrian Park – admission and parking are free;
  • On Saturday the Hintonburg Community Association hosts ArtsPark 2012 in the Parkdale Market park. Activities include free children’s programming and a bike parade;
  • Lowes is offering a Kids Build and Grow Clinic on Saturday (build an ice cream truck). Register by calling 613-830-6370 for the Orleans store or 613-836-3971 for the Kanata store;
  • Participating Cineplex Theatres are offering family favourites for $2.50/person – this Saturday’s movie is The Muppets Take Manhattan;
  • Catch a movie at Rainbow Cinemas at the St. Laurent Centre – this week’s family-friendly showing is Dr. Seuss The Lorax (Almost Frugal); and
  • Find more suggestions in the monthly calendar for May and in my Year-round Activities listings.

The terrific Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation contest closes on Monday – you can find details on my contest page.

Have a great week!

This Week: May 17 to 23, 2012

This week in Ottawa:

Friday is the last day to enter to win two passes to Capital Vélo Fest’s Tour la nuit, and you can find details on how to enter to win a Household Membership from the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation on my contest page. Good luck!

Have a great week!

Win 2 entries to Capital Vélo Fest’s “Tour la nuit”!

Capital Velo Fest

Last year I blogged about a new bicycle festival that took place in June - Capital Vélo Fest. I’m pleased to say that last year’s event was such a great success, this year’s festival has been expanded to a full weekend of fun!

Capital Vélo Fest 2012 will take place on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd, and will include a Bicycle Rodeo and Tour la nuit, a nighttime ride under the stars on closed off streets. Dick Louch, the driving force behind Capital Vélo Fest (or should I say, cycling force? :) has once again provided Frugal Fun Ottawa with two passes for Tour la nuit to give away. If you’d like to enter to win both passes (so that you can participate with a friend), just leave a comment below telling my why you’d like the passes. I’ll use random.org to choose a winner on Friday, May 18th at 7 pm. Please leave an email address that you check frequently – if I don’t hear from the winner by Sunday at noon I’ll have to move on to someone else.

Good luck!

This Week: May 10 to 16, 2012

This week in Ottawa:

  • The Taiwan Sublime Photo Exhibit continues at the Stittsville and Blackburn Hamlet branches of the Ottawa Public Library;
  • The Currency Museum celebrates International Museums Day with special presentations on Saturday and Sunday;
  • Chinatown Remixed takes place on Saturday;
  • Participating Cineplex Theatres are offering family favourites for $2.50/person – this Saturday’s movie is Chicken Run;
  • Lowes is offering a Kids Build and Grow Clinic on Saturday (build a picture frame planter). Register by calling 613-830-6370 for the Orleans store or 613-836-3971 for the Kanata store;
  • Carleton University’s Light Up The Night chemistry show takes place Saturday evening;
  • Taiwan Movie Night takes place Tuesday at Library and Archives Canada;
  • The Museum of Nature is offering a free public lecture Wednesday evening in honour of Asian Heritage Month. The topic is “Protective Equipment:Why Turtles Have It and Humans Need It” (reservations required; call 613-566-4791); 
  • Catch a movie at Rainbow Cinemas at the St. Laurent Centre – this week’s family-friendly showings include The Secret World of Arrietty and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Almost Frugal); and
  • Find more suggestions in the monthly calendar for May and in my Year-round Activities listings.

 If you haven’t yet entered the two great contests I have on right now, you can find details on how to enter to win a Basic Household Membership to three are museums on my contest page, and details on how to enter to win four tickets to Rumpelstiltskin at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival in this blog post.

Have a great week!

Win tickets to see Rumpelstiltskin at the International Children’s Festival!

Ottawa International Children's FestivalLast year, I added the Ottawa International Children’s Festival to my exclusive Not frugal but worth it! category after B.G. and I attended a terrific performance. This year’s Festival will take place from May 30th to June 3rd, and the lineup of shows and activities is, as always, impressive - I was trying to pick a few favourites but I just couldn’t do it, they all look like so much fun! (I do have to mention that the Mobile Circus School is open to the public for the first time this year. :) 

And… I’m so pleased to have four tickets to give away! The winner will get to see Rumpelstiltskin on Sunday, June 3rd at 10 am. If you’d like to enter to win the tickets, simply visit the Festival website and leave a comment below telling me about which show or activity you think your child would like best. I’ll use random.org to choose a winner on Thursday, May 17th at 7 pm, and contact the winner by email. Please use an email address that you check frequently – if I don’t hear from the winner by Sunday, May 20th at noon, I’ll have to move on to someone else.

Good luck!

This Week: May 3 to 9, 2012

This week in Ottawa:

  • The Taiwan Sublime Photo Exhibit continues at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library;
  • The Tulip Festival kicks off on Friday!
  • Participating Cineplex Theatres are offering family favourites for $2.50/person – this Saturday’s movie is Short Circuit;
  • Jane’s Walk takes place on Saturday and Sunday (if you’ve never participated, I highly recommend it!);
  • Kids can make a one-of-kind-creation for mom at the Nepean Museum on Sunday (a minimum $1 donation per child is requested);
  • Celebrate Music Monday on May 7th with the NAC’s free luchtime concert at Ottawa City Hall at 12:45 - you can also take in the NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition in the NAC studio at 3 pm;
  • Enjoy Asian American Film Night on Monday at Library and Archives Canada; admission is free but you must RSVP;
  • Catch a movie at Rainbow Cinemas at the St. Laurent Centre – this week’s family-friendly showings include The Secret World of Arrietty and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Almost Frugal); and
  • Find more suggestions in the monthly calendar for May and in my Year-round Activities listings.

I have a terrific contest on until May 28th – you could win a Basic Household Membership to three area museums! Details are on my contest page.  I’ll also be blogging about another great contest on Monday so be sure to check back then. Good luck!

Have a great week!

 

 

Contest: 3 Museums, 1 Card!

I”m back! And I have a fantastic contest to start out the month. The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation has provided Frugal Fun Ottawa with a Basic Household Membership to give away! This is a fantastic prize that will keep you and the kids busy with unlimited admission to not one, not two, but three area museums – all year long! For details on the contest and on how to enter, please visit my contest page.

See you Thursday when my weekly events listing comes out. :)