Easter on the Farm
March 29 – April 1, 2013
9:30 to 4:00
- what lambs, rabbits and chicks look like up close;
- how lambs, rabbits and chicks are cared for and why they are raised on farms;
- numerous facts about eggs;
- about a variety of traditional Easter breads.
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!
Easter recipes available here
Meet the Chicks - ongoing activity
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.
Extraordinary Eggs! - ongoing activity
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, examine uniquely decorated eggs and enjoy observing fascinating eggs-periments in action.
Colouring Activity and Reading Corner - ongoing activity
Children and parents can take a break from the excitement and colour an Easter themed page or read a springtime story together.
Demonstration Kitchen (exhibitions)
Making Bread for Easter - 10:00, 12:30, 2:00
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!
Small Animal Barn
Meet the Rabbits - 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00
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 of these special Easter animals.
Meet the Lambs - 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30
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 - 4:00
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 (chocolates).
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 chocolates.
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.
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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