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Earth Day

Kids will be off school tomorrow for the Easter long weekend.  Tomorrow also happens to be Earth Day, and luckily for parents looking to keep the kids busy, the Museum of Nature is offering free admission to celebrate.   

Kids off school + free admission to the Museum of Nature = lots of free fun!

Tomorrow’s Earth Day celebration at the museum includes a free children’s concert and award show from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, with musical entertainment by Keith Shackleton; kids are also sure to enjoy the Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild Show, a multimedia presentation which includes appearance by three live Animal Ambassadors.  We recently took the kids to the Museum of Nature for our first visit since the grand re-opening in May 2010. We had a great time exploring the Mammal Gallery and the RBC Blue Water Gallery (live turtles and fish!)  The Museum’s new glass tower, known as the Queen’s Lantern, is also a stunning architectural feature, and is worth a visit in its own right.

Museum of Nature

Night at the Museum by tcp900 Flikr, creative commons

I have a suggestion to make your visit to the museum even more fun – try an Urban Quest! Urbanquest.com is currently running a promotion, and most of their Quests are 50% off - including their For the Birds Quest which takes place inside the Museum of Nature. In case you haven’t heard about UrbanQuest.com yet, this is how it works (it’s pretty simple):

  • Visit their website and purchase the Quest of your choice. They currently have five Ottawa Quests, four of which are at the promotional price of $9.99+tax right now.
  • Lauch your Quest at home just before you’re ready to head out.
  • When you launch your Quest, you’ll be asked to choose a price range for the restaurant that will be the last stop on your Quest. (The restaurant isn’t revealed until you’ve figure out all your clues.) If you’re doing the For the Birds Quest at the museum and you’d like to keep your costs in the Almost Frugal range, you can have your home-made lunch in the museum’s cafeteria instead of following your last clue to a nearby restaurant. 
  • Print your clue package – now you’re ready to start your Quest!

I’m currently working with the great folks at UrbanQuest.com to put together a discount for Frugal Fun Ottawa fans (details coming soon!) In the meantime, UrbanQuest.com has provided me with some free Quests for my family to try. We’re planning on completing the For the Birds Quest at the museum tomorrow - look for me in the deerstalker hat!

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