The Ottawa Children’s Festival returns to Arts Court and beyond 

Kaitlynn Steele

The Ottawa Children’s Festival de la jeunesse (OCF) is bringing its full festival back to LeBreton Flats Park and beyond!

This year we will have shows running from May 19 to 29 at Arts Court, the Canadian War Museum, and LeBreton Flats Park. This multi-day theatrical extravaganza features award-winning artists from around the world, taking the stage to inspire audiences of all ages to ignite their creativity and imagination through thought-provoking performances.

Sandy Hill residents can experience the following shows within walking distance at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.).

How to Catch a Star

Branar Téatar do Pháistí, Ireland – 45 minutes, Ages 4+, non-verbal, May 19-23

A Story of a House That Turned Into a Dot

Teatret Gruppe 38, Denmark – 40 minutes, Ages 8+, English, May 26-29

Countries Shaped Like Stars

Di Gaetano and Pearlman, Ontario – 45 minutes, Ages 6+, English, May 26-29

The Libravian

Brú Theatre, Ireland – 40 minutes, All ages, English, May 19-23

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The Kif-Kif Sisters, Quebec Ð 50 minutes, Ages 5 – 10, Bilingual production French/English, May 19-23


The remaining performances will take place at the Canadian War Museum and LeBreton Flats Park.

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Femmes du Feu, Ontario Ð 40 minutes, Ages 0 – 5, English

The original Machine de Cirque show, Machine de Cirque

Quebec Ð 90 minutes, All ages, Non-verbal

La grenouille au fond du puits croit que le ciel est rond / The frog, at the bottom of the well, believes that the sky is round

Vélo Théâtre, France – 75 minutes, Ages 6+, English and French


The OCF family is thrilled to welcome audiences back to in-person events in a safe, family-friendly environment. In addition to captivating performances, the festival will also include a variety of on-site educational workshops and activities.

For more information, visit OCF is proud to offer discounts for schools, daycares, and groups of 10 or more. For details, contact our festival coordinator, Joni Hamlin at or