What to do with Children in Tow
Montreal promises quality time to both adults and kids. The ongoing year-round festivals are usually family-oriented, and so are most public places around the city.Some venues also offer child-specific activities. Some of them are:
1. Montreal Science Centre:
Location: 333, de la Commune Street West, Montréal (Québec), H2Y 2E2.
Telephone: 1 877 496-4724 or (514) 496-4724
Fax: (514) 496-0667
The ultimate sci-tech entertainment center for both youngsters and adults. Special attractions, shows, and activities that challenge young minds and motivate them to explore the realm of science through interactive games, puzzles, and intuitive learning experiences. Some popular section include the Science 26, a group of 26 separate islands, each denoted by an alphabet that abbreviated a scientific term; Mission Gaia, a simulation that allows you to view the ramifications of human action on the earth and our environment; IDTV, an enriching learning process where you work in groups to create television broadcasts while side by side learning the essentials of videomaking and editing; and Imagine, which offers an insight into creative thought processes and brain functioning.
Educational and fun for kids of all ages.
Also offers presentations on various topics all year round.
The IMAX Theater is also present within the Montreal Science Center. It offers screenings of various science-related movies, documentaries, and short films. Has a large five-story screen that truly brings movies to life. Movies are usually less than an hour. Tickets can be bought on site or online. Open 10am to 10pm.
2. Montreal Planetarium:
Location: 1000, rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal (Québec), H3C 1G7
Telephone: 514 872-4530
Fax: 514 872-8102
Tickets: adults $8, children $4, students $6, elders $6.
Presentations, shows, and interactive learning for kids, all under a breathtaking 66 ft dome. Special group activities for schoolchildren. Many free lectures throughout the year. Shows change seasonally, and every day usually has its own unique screenings.
3. Atrium Le 1000:
Location: 1000 rue de la Gauchetière ouest, Downtown, Montreal.
Fax: (514) 395.4511
Timings: Daily from 11:30am (10:30am some weekend days for children)
Tickets: Admission charges - Adults C$5.75, Children 12 and under C$3.75. Skate rent - C$5
Large indoor skating rink open all year round, closed only in summer.
A "Tiny Tot" hour, from 10:30am to 11:30am, is set aside especially for children under 13 years of age and their parents. This is on weekends during summer, and only Sundays during winter.
Saturdays nights, from 7pm onwards, are "DJ Nights", that add some cool ligthing and music to the whole skating scene. Children over 13 allowed only.
Skating lessons are offered for kids of all ages.
The place also has quite a few good restaurants, as well as a shopping promenade.
4. La Ronde Amusement Park:
Location: 22 Chemin Macdonald ,
Timings: Open daily from 830am to 430pm.
Tickets: Admission fee: C$37 for people 54 inches or taller, C$25 for people shorter than 54 inches. Children under 3 admitted free.
A complete family entertainment park. Contains 35 thrilling rides including rollercoaster and ferris wheels to make you go, quite literally, head-over-heels!
5. Insectarium de Montréal:
Location: 4581 rue Sherbrooke est, Botanical Garden, Montreal.
Timings: 1st Nov to 14th May open daily from 9am to 5pm, 15th May to 6th Sept open daily from 9am to 6pm, 7th Sept to 31st Oct open daily from 9am to 9pm.
Email: Website: http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/insectarium/en/index.php
If your little one is interested in creepy crawlers, this is the place to take him! The Insectarium is more than just another ordinary mini-zoo. It has on display live creatures including cockroaches, scorpions, manties, and tarantulas, among many other species. Around 3000 dead specimens also on display. The Buttefly House comes to life in the Summer, when you can see hundreds of colors flying about.
The Insectarium holds activities and displays all year round depending on the season, eg tagging and release of Monarch butterflies in summers.
The gift shop contains all kinds of whacky ideas and freaky objects.
6. Laurentian Lanes:
Location: 222 Montee de Liesse, St. Laurent.
Timings: Open 9am to 11pm.
Popular bowling alley, with special "bumper bowling" section for small kids, and "cosmos bowling" for young adults and grown-ups, featuring music, fog, and creative lighting. Also has billiard, mini golf, and videogames. The venue can also be booked for birthday parties and family events.
Location: 6263 Somerled Ave, Montreal.
Telephone: 514 482-8659
Fax: 514 482-8659
A fitness and recreation center for kids. Contains a gym that provides scheduled classes, an indoor playground for kids of 6 months to 7 years, a boutique/gift shop, and specialized party servies for kids' birthdays. Also provides daycare services. Arranges camp activities from time to time.
8. Montreal Public Library:
A not-for-profit organization that aims to increase the love for books among children. Contains large collections on various topics.
1. Atwater: 1200 Atwater Avenue, Montréal. Telephone: (514) 931-2304
2. Jean-Rivard: 4121 42ième rue., Montréal. Telephone: (514) 276-7309
3. Richmond Square: 870 Richmond Square, Montréal. Telephone: (514) 931-6265 ext. 28