Our day started when we picked up our friends. We went to Parliament Hill and watched the changing of the guard. We then proceeded to the Parliament buildings for a tour. If I were to do this again I would probably book a private tour. This tour was very "adult" but the kids did well.
Next we went to the Museum of Civilization. This was our second or third visit. We spent most of our time in the Children's Museum but did manage a quick walk through of Canada Hall. On our next visit we will leave the Children's Museum until the end. Once the kids are there they don't want to leave. The wonderful thing about Ottawa is that most attractions are reasonably priced. At the Gallery, the kids were free. Some of the highlights at the Children's Museum were the ship (of course), the house under construction, the theatre, pyramid, and the special exhibit (until Sept.) on Architecture.
After 5 hours at the Museum the gang was ready for dinner. We met more friends at the Market for a dinner at Zak's. Fantastic day.