Easter on the Farm
April 22nd to the 25th, 2011
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come celebrate spring’s arrival at the Canada Agriculture Museum this Easter weekend! After a long winter, the barns have come alive with the arrival of new-born animals. Come welcome the soft little lambs, marvel at the rabbits’ silky fur and observe the fluffy newly-hatched chicks from up close. Visitors can help make a variety of Easter breads and taste a delicious sample. What’s more, the annual egg hunt is on again – children 6 years-old and younger can participate in the hunt for tots while older children can take on the challenge of hunting for the “signs of spring” throughout the barns. All this from Good Friday through Easter Monday at the Canada Agriculture Museum!
Meet the Chicks
Can a chick hatch from one of the eggs in your fridge? How long does it take for a chick to hatch? What is a layer? Get the answers to your questions about chickens and meet the newly hatched, fluffy chicks.
Eggs aren’t just for breakfast anymore…they can be fun and fascinating too! At this station, visitors will discover all kinds of interesting facts about eggs, compare a variety of types of eggs and examine uniquely decorated eggs. An antique egg grading machine will be on display and in use and visitors can enjoy observing interesting eggs-periments in action.
Children can put their creativity on display in making a fun craft perfect for Easter.
Making Bread for Easter - Demonstration Kitchen
(10:00 a.m.; 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.)
Did you know that Hot Cross Buns aren’t the only type of bread eaten at Easter? Visitors will enjoy learning more about the many different types of traditional breads made around the world and here at home in Canada to celebrate the holiday. And, of course, samples to taste and recipes to bring home will be available too!
Meet the Rabbits
(10:00 and 11:00 a.m.; 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.)
Although rabbits are typically looked at as family pets, they are frequently raised on farms for both their fur and meat. Visitors will be able to learn interesting details about the rabbit’s life cycle as well as the reason behind the rabbit’s close association with Easter. Lastly, interested visitors will also surely get the chance to pet one the Museum’s resident rabbits.
Meet the Lambs
(9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.)
What would Easter be without soft, gentle lambs? Come meet the Museum’s woolly new-borns up close at this demonstration. Visitors can learn all about the sheep life cycle and the different breeds of sheep living at the Museum. A Guide will be on hand to make possible the opportunity to pet the lambs as well.
Afternoon Milking - Dairy Barn
The milking of the Museum’s dairy cows takes place twice daily. Over the course of this demonstration, visitors will be impressed by the technologies used in modern dairying as they see the herdspeople milk the entire herd. A Museum guide will be on site to explain the process and to answer questions.
Easter Egg Hunt for Tots
The Easter Egg Hunt for Tots will take place in the barns and exhibitions. Children 6 years-old and younger can take on the challenge of finding 3 paper eggs hidden throughout the Museum grounds. Once they bring them back to the Museum Guides, they’ll be rewarded with a sweet Easter treat (chocolate eggs).
Signs of Spring Egg Hunt
Children aged 7 years-old and older will need to work a little harder to be rewarded in this egg hunt…A Guide will explain how to locate the clues that will help them find the “signs of spring” on this Easter-themed scavenger hunt so that they can exchange their completed answer sheet for chocolate eggs.
Food Services ($)
The Hot Potato Company will be on site this weekend to offer food services ($). The menu includes baked potatoes and potato wedges available with a wide variety of delicious toppings, as well as salads, soups and cold and hot drinks including juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed December 25th.
The Canada Agriculture Museum is located on the Central Experimental Farm, Prince of Wales Drive, between the traffic circle and Baseline Road.
For more information, please visit our Visitor Information page or call 613-991-3044.
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