Updated May 11, 2014

Circus festival July 2-13, 2014

Les Week-Ends du Monde July 5-6 and 12-13, 2014

Fête des Enfants July 19-20, 2014

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu hot air balloon festival August 9-17, 2014

18th-century market August 23-24, 2014

See our festivals page for dates of the many other festivals in the Montreal area.

Also see the official city site's portal page of all its activities for kids (available in French only).


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Espace pour la vie

The Biodome, Planetarium, Botanical Gardens and Insectarium are all located around the Espace pour la vie (Space for life) in the Olympic Park and can be seen conveniently on a single visit. Consult the website for package deals on entrance fees. Adjacent to the Botanical Garden is Maisonneuve Park, a large green space with plenty of room for a picnic or just a pleasant walk (or cross-country-skiing and snowshoeing, in wintertime).

The Botanical Garden

This magnificent garden includes Chinese, Japanese and First Nations gardens, greenhouses, a touch garden with braille labels for the blind, alpine garden, arboretum and more. There are day camp activities for different age groups all summer. These activities are in French only and are ongoing, requiring registration – there isn't anything specifically for tourist children passing through.

In early spring, butterflies are set free to roam around inside the biggest greenhouse. In autumn, throughout September and October, the Chinese garden is lit with thousands of lanterns and is a very popular evening visit. Winter brings Christmas decor and choral concerts to the greenhouses.

If you're a Montreal resident you can get the Accès Montréal card for $8 yearly which offers discounts on entry fees for these installations and many other local services and attractions.

4104 Sherbrooke East
Metro Pie-IX
514 872-1400
Schedule and rates vary throughout the year.

The Biodôme

Four eco-zones: tropical forest, Laurentian forest, polar world and St. Lawrence marine ecosystem. Essentially, this is an indoor zoo.

4777 av. Pierre de Coubertin
Metro Viau
514 868-3000
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (summer closing 6 p.m.)
Rates vary and can include package deals with the Botanical Garden, Planetarium, Insectarium and Olympic tower.

The Insectarium

A bug's world. Popular field trip for schools.
4581 Sherbrooke East (inside the Botanical Garden)
Metro Viau or Pie-IX
514 872-1400
The Insectarium is inside the Botanical Garden and access is included with some Botanical Garden tickets.

Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

The new Planetarium opened in April 2013. The new installation has two separate theatres as well as exhibits on space and astronomy.


The Old Port


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The Montreal Science Centre is located in the Quais of the Old Port, which has many other fun features like bicycle, quadricycle, Segway and inline skate rentals, an urban beach (no water access), boat rides, food trucks, the Amphi-Bus, an outdoor skating rink in winter (with ice skate rental), and ethnic and other festivals throughout the summer.

Montreal Science Centre

Science displays and IMAX cinema. Adult access to exhibits is $20 and it's less for kids and seniors – the website has the full price list and various deals.

Summer 2014, the Science Centre show is The Cave of Lascaux - Prehistoric Masterpieces showing replicas of the treasure trove of prehistoric art found in the caves of Lascaux, France. (Even in France, the original caves are closed to the public to better preserve them, and visitors see copies.)

King Edward Pier in the Old Port, at the foot of Saint-Laurent Blvd.

Metro Place d'Armes or bus 55 to its southern end of line
514 496-4724 or 1-877-496-4724



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Parc Jean-Drapeau

Metro Jean-Drapeau
The Expo 67 islands in the St. Lawrence are the site of adult attractions like the Casino and auto racing on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve – site of the Grand Prix du Canada in June – but they also contain acres of parkland, La Ronde, the Biosphere and a public beach. They're also the site of the annual winter Fête des neiges festival in January.

La Ronde

Big traditional amusement park now operated by Six Flags: games and rides, fireworks festival in June and July. Seasonal.
Metro Jean-Drapeau or bus 767
514 397-2000
Website has details on schedules and rates

Biosphere

Interactive exhibitions and multimedia presentations about water and ecosystems inside the geodesic dome on Île Sainte-Hélène.
160 chemin Tour-de-l'Île, Île Sainte-Hélène
Metro Jean-Drapeau
514 283-5000

In 2013 there was news that the Biosphere museum would be closed, but as of May 2014 it's open and there are brochures about the ongoing 2014 season.

During 2014 the metro's yellow line will be closed on weekends for tunnel maintenance work from March 8-May 25 and then from September 13 till the end of the year. Please check the STM website for details on the bus shuttles that replace the metro line to Jean-Drapeau and Longueuil stations on weekends, although this will not be in effect for peak summer activity.


Grande bibliothèque (big library)

The Grande bibliothèque on Berri has a spacious children's section below street level. There are spring break events and a summer day camp. Any resident of Quebec can join the library for free. Events are all in French, but some books and materials are in English and parts of the website are available in English.
475 de Maisonneuve E. at Berri
Metro Berri-UQÀM
514 873-1100


International Children's Film Festival

takes place in March to coincide with many students' spring break. Some films are in French and some in English.

Petits Bonheurs

is a May festival of live shows for younger children, all in French.

Geordie Productions

English-language professional theatre for young audiences, both classics and new scripts staged regularly downtown for families and school groups. 514 845-9810.

Les Grands Explorateurs

Films accompanied by talks about exotic places and civilizations. In French only. Downtown Montreal events are held at the Salle Pierre-Mercure, 300 de Maisonneuve East, but shows are also held elsewhere in the Montreal area and throughout Quebec and New Brunswick.
Metro Berri-UQÀM
514 521-1002
See website for schedules and rates


Aquadôme and public swimming pools

Heated pools, diving boards and water slides
1411 rue Lapierre, Lasalle
Metro Angrignon, then bus 113
514 367-6450
Times and days vary, see website.

Municipal pools are listed by borough on the city site.


Croisières AML

1-800-563-4643

Tour boat company offers different kinds of river trips during the summer season.

Rafting Montreal

514 767-2230
1-800-324-RAFT
Rafting and jet-boating (minimum age 6) over the rapids of the St. Lawrence River. Summer only.



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The West Island

Cap Saint-Jacques park, the Ecomuseum and the Morgan Arboretum are located fairly close together. Technically accessible by public transit, they're a long haul from downtown.

Insect repellent is recommended in mosquito season – i.e., late spring to midsummer.

Ecomuseum

The Ecomuseum is a private, non-profit, 11.3-hectare educational wildlife park where you can observe and study indigenous fauna and flora in their natural habitats.
21125 Chemin Ste-Marie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
514 457-9449
9 a.m. to 5 p.m every day except Christmas
Adults $15, seniors $12, ages 3-15 $9
Pets are not admitted.

Morgan Arboretum

Trees and wildlife. Cross-country skiing trails in season.
150 chemin des Pins, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
514 398-7811
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day
Adults $6, seniors $4, children $3-$4.
Website has details on how to get there. Dogs restricted.

Cap Saint-Jacques Park

Beach in summer, cross-country ski trails in winter. Organic farm, lots of green space for hiking, cycle paths, two historic houses.
20,099 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds
Bus 68 (but unless you live in that direction, it's a long, long ride).
514 280-6871


A number of major parks are located in different parts of the Island of Montreal and all offer picnic spots, cycling, walking, cross-country skiing in season, nature observation, and various seasonal events scheduled throughout the year.

Īles de Boucherville

The closest provincial park to Montreal, the Īles de Boucherville are accessible via the L-H-Lafontaine tunnel by car, and by ferry from east-end Promenade Bellerive in summertime. They offer trails for walkers and cyclists through fields and woods and even a few farms.


Bell Amphitheatre

Has a year-round indoor skating rink which rents out skates and has various admission deals – see their website.

1000 de la Gauchetière West
Metro Bonaventure
514 395-0555

Go-Karting

Action500

is an indoor karting track in east-end Montreal that allows anyone over 3'6" (106 cm) to drive a kart, and allows shorter kids to ride with an adult. They also have a paintball area.
5592 Hochelaga
514 254-4244
Also in Laval at
2025 Autoroute 440
Both locations open 24/7

Kart-o-Mania

is at the corner of Decarie and de la Savane. Their limit is 4'4" (132 cm) and/or 8 years old.

Hockey, soccer and football games

Our page on Montreal sports teams has information on how to get tickets for games. We also have a special page on the Canadiens hockey team.


La Récréathèque

900 Curé-Labelle, Laval

Closed for good in summer 2013.


Montreal marathon

The September 28 event includes, besides the main race, a "p'tit marathon" of 1 km for younger kids and a 5 km run for students, and other shorter-length trials.


Museum activities for kids

Some of Montreal's museums have summer day camps, workshops and school outing possibilities for kids.


Out-of-town ideas

Skyventure Montreal

Simulation of the freefall experience.
2700, avenue du Cosmodôme, Laval
514 524-4000

Exotarium reptile farm

846, Chemin Fresnière, Saint-Eustache
450 472-1827

Exporail Canadian railway museum

The Exporail railway museum in Saint-Constant on the south shore has a large collection of train-related exhibits and has special events throughout the year.
110, rue Saint-Pierre, Saint-Constant
450 632-2410

Upper Canada Village

Re-creation of Canadian homestead life in the 1860s.
13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg ON K0C 1X0
1-800-437-2233

Granby Zoo

A modest-sized zoo with more than a thousand species on display. Adjacent to it is the Amazoo water park.
1050, boul. David-Bouchard, Granby, QC
1-877-472-6299

Cité de l'Énergie

Park presenting technology and technological history with emphasis on hydroelectric power stations. River cruises and other tours.
Shawinigan
1 866-900-2483

The Electrium

Hydro-Quebec's museum about electricity generation.
2001, boul. Michael-Faraday, Sainte-Julie
1-800-267-4558

Mont-Saint-Sauveur Water Park

Water slides galore.
350 rue Saint-Denis, Saint-Sauveur
450 227-4671

Super Aqua Club

Water slides, a beach, picnic areas.
322 Montée de la Baie, Pointe-Calumet
1-877-473-1013

Links to other sites with further suggestions

Sorties en famille
Montréal pour enfants
Top 10 choses à faire avec vos enfants
Tourisme Montréal's Sortir en famille page