Quality family time is an important part of raising children. This blog is a compilation of different family activities that can be done in and around Montreal including some cheap and even free activities! It was created to help parents organize fun outings that they can do with their kids.
The Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec is a neat little museum in St. Laurent that is offering creative art workshops for families. Each weekend there are worskhops that last about 1 hour that explore a different artisanal art form. The main series on right now is focused on glass. Glass painting, beading, and mosaic will all be explored on different days. Families with children 7 and up can participate for only 10$ for the whole family (2$ extra per person if more than 4). Other projects allow families with children 5 and up to participate. Please make sure to call to reserve first. Should be a fun way to get creative with the kids!
Saturdays and Sundays
615, avenue Sainte-Croix, Saint-Laurent, Montreal Qc H4L 3X6
Here's another Easter Farm happening around the city. This time at Plaza Pointe-Claire. A great chance for little kids (even toddlers) to see some of the animals they sing about in "Old MacDonald Had a Farm". There will be goats, ducks, chickens, piglets, and more. What makes this mini farm stand out from the others I've talked about is that on Friday, April 2nd you can actually get a free colour photo of your child with a baby animal (between 10 am - 3 pm). What a great experience and a wonderful keepsake.
I have been waiting to find out if Carrefour Angrignon is holding an Easter Farm again this year and I am happy to see that they are! It's a great activity especially for toddlers because they get to see animals up close and, for the parents, it's free so you don't have to worry about spending a lot of money just to have your two year old throw a tantrum and have to leave. As soon as I mention the word animals to my toddlers they become good as gold and are very excited to go on this adventure. You can see the usual mini farm animals, rabbits, chicks, sheep. Bring some change to get food to feed the animals.
March 24 - April 5
** closed on Easter Sunday (April 4)
Regular store hours
Monday - Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Botanical Gardens is once again having the wonderful exhibit "Butterflies Go Free". It's a great chance to get to see a great variety of butterflies live and flying around. It's presented in the main greenhouse of the botanical gardens and should be a fun activity for children and parents alike. It's quite hot in the greenhouse (about 29oC) so it's important to bring layers of clothing that can be removed. To really pique the interest of the older kids, you might consider renting "The Blue Butterfly", a beautiful movie about a boy in search of the rare blue butterfly. It was filmed partly in Montreal!
February 18 - April 25, 2010
Tues. - Sun. : 9 am - 5 pm
** Will be open Monday, April 5 (Easter Monday)
Seniors and Students: $9.00
Children 5 - 17: $6.00
Children 2 - 4: $1.75
Children under 2: free
*** Note: fees are reduced by 15% because the insectarium is closed due to labour disputes.
*** These are the rates before the reduction
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal (Québec), Canada, H1X 2B2
If you have preschoolers in the house you probably are very familiar with the Australian children entertainers of the "The Wiggles". A Wiggles movie will be released for 2 days on April 10th and 11th. It is a concert movie entitled " The Wiggles - BIG, BIG, SHOW in the Round" and is inspired by the circus theme. It should be a fun movie for kids to see.
I was driving to work this morning when I heard about a neat little event happening this weekend. There are 7 children between the ages of 12 and 8 who are organizing a screening of the movie "Up" to raise money for Haiti. The movie will be shown from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Westview Bible Church in Pierrefonds for 5$ a person. Not only is this an oppurtunity to see a good movie at a good price but you will be supporting a really good cause as well as encouraging these children's efforts. They will also be holding a raffle during the intermission where you could win some really great prizes including an autographed hockey stick, ski passes, movie passes and more.
Here's an activity that should be fun for both parents and kids. For the 18th year in a row Jean Coutu is hosting a Parents and Kids Fair at Place Bonaventure from April 8th to 11th 2010. It's actually a consumer show for parents with exhibits showcasing different products, resources and services for families with children from 0 - 6 years old but it's also full of fun activities for the kids. That's great because you can enjoy learning about all the new and innovative services for parents of little children without worrying that they will be bored. There's even free babysitting for children 2 and up if you want to be able to listen to a special speaker. Some of the other activities at the site will be a giant indoor sandbox, colourful playground for babies, kids shows and concerts, and a kid-friendly food court. It's free for kids 12 and under and 12 per adult but you can find some coupons for the event in your Jean Coutu flyer.
Dates and Times:
Thursday, April 8 : 10 am - 8 pm
Friday, April 9 : 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, April 10: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, April 11 : 10 am - 5 pm
Place Bonaventure, Montreal
Mansfield and de la Gauchetiere entrance
seniors and students: 10$
kids 12 and under: free
*** 1$ coupon available from March 25 and April 8 Jean Coutu flyers
From March 18th to April 3rd, Place Versailles is also having an Easter Farm. Animals like ducks, geese, peacocks will be on site for all to see. Place Versailles is also having children's "mini rides" and the Three little pigs house. Kids will be able to ride on little rides and participate in a colouring contest for a chance to win a giant chocolate bunny. This should be a fun event for small children.
7275 rue Sherbrooke est
March 18th - April 3
Easter Farm: Regular Store Hours
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Easter is coming up fast this year! With that comes a really nice, free activities for families with small children: The Easter Farm at the local malls. My kids love to see animals and have been feeling a little deprived with the winter. At these Easter farms you can see ducks, llamas, chicks, sheep, and other little farm animals. Children can even feed them if they are brave enough.
My kids review: They love it!
Les Jardins Dorval is the first mall that I have noticed so far that is advertising it but I imagine that others will be continuing the tradition too. I will post the malls to the blog as I find out about them.
Going to the theatre is such a great experience! I can't wait for my children to be old enough to bring them. For parents who do have children that are old enough, the Centaur Theatre is putting on a play appropriate for children aged 7 - 15. This play, comprised of three stories, will have music, dance and theatre. It is called "Far Away Tales, Close to Home" and promises to be a magical experience for the new theatre-goers and is even less expensive then going to the movies!
A great tradition in Montreal is the annual St. Patrick's day parade. According to some research it's been going on since 1824! It's a great event for the whole family and if the weather keeps staying as nice as it does these days it promises to be even better this year. The 2010 Parade is on Sunday, March 14th. It will start at noon on St. Catherine Street and Fort (a little further east from Place Alexis Nihon). It continues along St. Catherine until Phillips Square. There will be lots of music, floats and wonderful costumes and it is completely free! Keep in mind that it's the same day we change our clocks so make sure to be there on time :)
Where: Downtown Montreal - Starting at Fort and St. Catherine, heading East
When: Parade starts at noon on Sunday, March 14, 2010