Let’s face it Ottawa has so many outdoor activities in the colder months for kids, but what if its too cold? Well, we sent our mom reviewer Shannon to review FunHaven Ottawa.
Here is what she had to say:
This past weekend I had the opportunity to take my daughter (almost 6 years old) and her best friend (7 years old) to FunHaven for a girls getaway morning.
We decided to go pretty early around 09:45 to avoid too many crowds. Upon arrival, we only had to wait a short time to be helped. When I had presented my passes for the Fun Pack (which includes all-day access to ~ bumper cars ~ laser frenzy ~ jungle gym ~ and the rock wall ~ as well as a $5 fun card); I was advised that the jungle gym was closed for maintenance. The girls while disappointed were also excited to be compensated with a few roller coaster rides J WIN for us! Way to go FunHaven for offering something else while you are making the play area safer.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed the roller coaster. Followed by a few games; I must note though that $5 won’t go very far in games. After some games, they enjoyed a turn on the bumper cars and rock wall before going back for some more games (I added some extra game money for them). Then they did a little bit of the “laser frenzy” … honestly, they thought it was ok; but a little boring, and the different levels didn’t seem to change the lasers inside. After all this they were hungry, so we proceeded to eat there (Something I would normally not do); and while I was glad there were options for food, I found the food sub-par and overpriced.
To finish off the day the girls did another bumper car round and rock wall. Then the fun of picking their prizes with all the tickets won. This concept is a great one, but once again I was a little disappointed; there was one lone worker at the prize counter, and we had to wait about 10 minutes; even though there was only one person in front of us. The prizes are what’s to be expected.
Overall I would recommend FunHaven as a place to just let the kids out and have some FUN. In fact, we have my daughter’s birthday party booked there. It’s nice that it is in the west end. My one hope would be that they incorporate an entry system similar to Chuck E Cheese. Where all kids are stamped with the same number as their parent or guardian. This extra security measure would prevent kids from getting lost or someone trying to take the wrong kid out. Sadly there have been stories of this, and the need for a little more security in my view is needed.
For more details about Funhaven or to plan your families visit or birthday parties
check-out their website