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Though April showers have come your way…

They’ve brought the flowers that bloom this May!

For those of us living in the Ottawa region, or visiting the area, you’re in luck! This month is one of the nicest times of the year to come visit the city, because May brings the Tulip Festival!

It’s always lovely wandering around the city, listening to Music in the Tulips, checking out the Tulip Art installations you can find at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, or the Canadian Aviation Museum.

Check the weather forecast! Bring out the bicycles and take the family on a beautiful ride through some of the many parks that are blossoming right now!  If the weather forecast looks a little wet or chilly, you’re in luck!

The Canadian Aviation Museum is hosting a few really interesting events in conjunction with the Tulip Festival.  On May 15th & 22nd they’re hosting a wide array of sessions based around the Liberation of Holland, but a few of the more family friendly ones are:

Lancaster Bomber Paper Model Workshop

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Ages 7 and up

Color, cut and assemble a model of this famous bomber. The Canada Aviation Museum has one of only seventeen Lancaster bombers left in the entire world — can you spot it in the Museum?

Printmaking Workshop

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — All ages

Make a print using images inspired by real photographs, taken by the Dutch during Operation Manna in the spring of 1945. (Source  aviation.technomuses.com)

For those of you unfamiliar with the origins of the Tulip Festival, you can learn more here. Brief synopsis?

“In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War.

The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that she would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.”

– Source Wikipedia, April 28th 2010

That’s all for now! Hope you get the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather, scenery, and interesting festivals going on in Ottawa this May.

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