Orchestra and Video Games

My kids loveSuper Mario Bros.  They've never played but for some reason adore them.  If I let them, they could watch clips of super mario bros on youtube for hours so when I saw this family activity I knew it was perfect!  Les Concerts Campbell is putting on a concert with an orchestra of 50 musicians playing themes from popular video games.  It's a chance to introduce kids to classical music with something they will actually listen to.  The concert is completely free and presented in Jarry park.

When:  Aug. 20th, 2011, 4:00pm
Where: Parc Jarry
Price: free!


Pinocchio Play in the Park

Going to the theatre is a great family activity.  Theatre la Roulotte is putting on the play "Pinocchio" in French in parks around Montreal.  Here's a great opportunity to introduce your kids to theatre without having to spend any money.  These, like shakespeare in the park, are completely free.  The company is putting on shows until Aug. 23 around the city.

Price: Free!

Website: http://www.accesculture.com/activite/Pinocchio

International Hot Air Balloon Festival- Saint Jean sur Richelieu

The International Hot Air Balloon Festival is an annual event about 30 minutes away from Montreal in St. Jean sur Richelieu. There are 115 hot air balloons, including many special shapes, major shows, and a huge site that hosts an incredible variety of animation activities. There is a fair with rides for older kids and adults as well as a designated area for toddlers. There is face painting, a petting zoo, mini putt, concerts... too many things to describe in one post. It's also a family friendly area with changing tables, breastfeeding room and stroller rentals available.
Their website is very extensive and even offers tips for families with young children.
My kids loved this festival!  There was so much for them to do and see that they didn't get bored.

  • 5, chemin de l'Aéroport, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, J3B 7B5
Phone #:
  • 450-347-9555
  • 0-2: free
  • 3-12: $7.00
  • 13 +: $20.00 ($25.00 on Sat.)
  • **Family rates available
  • **Nine day passes available
  • Parking: $7.00
  • Aug. 13 -21, 2011
  • Weekends: 12:00 pm - end of the show at night
  • Week: 1:30 pm - end of the show at night
Website: http://www.ballooncanada.com/

Virgin Radio- Movies in the Park 2011

Virgin radio 96 is offering movies in the park again this year in different parks across the city. All you have to do is bring your lawn chair and they provide the movie and even free food! Typically they are on Wednesday nights and the food starts around 7pm.

Price: free!!!


  • July 20th - Parc Berthiaume-du-Tremblay (Laval) for the screening of Due Date

  • July 27th – Centennial Park (D.D.O) for the screening of Never Say Never

  • August 3rd – Hampstead Park (Hampstead) for the screening of Arthur

  • August 10th – St-Thomas Park (Hudson) for the screening of Something Borrowed

  • August 17th – Pierre-Laporte Park (Greenfield Park) for the screening of Life As We Know It

  • August 24th – Bellevue Park (Pincourt) for the screening of No Strings Attached

  • August 31st – Vanier College for the screening of TBD

  • September 7th – John Abbott College for the screening of TBD

  • Website: http://montreal.virginradio.ca/Events/MoviesInThePark

    Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth

    Free theatre in the park from July 28, 2011 - Aug. 21, 2011. Bring your older kids and teens to see a Shakespeare play right in your own neighborhood park. This year the repercussion theatre is performing the tragedy "Macbeth". It is absolutely free - although donations are accepted to help the troupe keep running. Just bring yourself a folding chair and enjoy the show!

    Location: various parks around the city

    July 28: Dorval, Parc Pine Beach, 7:30pm
    July 29: Outremont, Mount Royal Cemetary, 8:00pm
    July 30: Ville-Marie, Cabot Square, 8:00pm
    Aug. 2-3: Westmount, Parc Westmount, 8:00pm
    Aug. 4: Verdun, Parc George O'Reilly, 7:30pm
    Aug. 5: Pierrefonds, East Community Centre, 8:00pm
    Aug. 6: Parc La Fontaine, theatre de verdure, 8:30pm
    Aug. 7: NDG, Parc NDG, 8:00pm
    Aug. 9: Hudson, Parc Thompson, 8:00pm
    Aug. 10: Kirkland, Parc Ecclestone, 8:00pm
    Aug. 11: Cote St.-Luc, Parc Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 8:00pm
    Aug. 12: Senneville, Parc Senneville, 8:00 pm
    Aug. 13: Morin Heights, Parc TBC, 4:00pm
    Aug. 14: Saint-Laurent, Parc Philippe-Laheurte, 7:30pm
    Aug. 16: Parc Extension, Parc Howard, 8:00pm
    Aug. 19: Beaconsfield, Centennial Park, 8:00pm
    Aug. 20-21: Westmount, Parc Westmount, 8:00pm

    Price: free!!

    Dates: July 28, 2011 - Aug. 21, 2011

    Website: http://repercussiontheatre.com/productions/shakespeare-in-the-park/

    Free Family Movies in French

    Here's a cool free family activities on the weekends especially when the weather doesn't cooperate.  Beaubien cinema is offering free screenings of family movies in the morning from June 25 to September 4.  The movies are in French so keep that in mind in case the little ones don't understand French.
    The movies are shown Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am.  Tickets can be obtained as of 9:30

    Here is the schedule for the rest of the summer:

    July 23 & 24: Megamind
    July 30 & 31: Rango
    Aug. 6 & 7: Rio
    Aug. 13 & 14: Yogi L'Ours
    Aug. 20 & 21: Frissons des Collines
    Aug. 27 & 28: Kerity et la Maison des Comptes
    Aug. 30 & 31: ?? Surprise ??

    Where: Beaubien Cinema,  2396 Beaubien Est, Montreal, H2G 1N2

    When: Saturday and Sundays at 10:00 am

    Website: http://www.cinemabeaubien.com/fr/evenements.aspx