Cool Things to do in Montreal with Kids this Winter Season
Here are some wise words from a five-year-old: “You can’t build a snowman with ice, because then it would be an iceman”. Sometimes, we’re best off following our little ones when deciding on fun wintertime activities. A sure way to get us out of the house and having some good Montreal winter fun! Sometimes kids need to stay cozy indoors, and other times, they need to frolic in the sunny, snowy outdoors. Here are 13 things that will help you do both!
13. Go Manga crazy at Otaku Lounge
Does your little one like manga, and Japanese culture? Do they like reading in comfortable spaces with other curious minds? Otaku Lounge is a cafe, a book store, and an awesome reading room! For 5$ an hour, you can hang out, reading one (or more) of their 4000 manga books. For another 5$, you can have unlimited amounts of tea! Yum. They also have special events on Saturdays, if you’re looking for something a little more festive. Take a look at their website for details about all the wonders that go on inside this place.
12. Jump high at iSaute!
A trampoline park, you say? Yes! It’s true! Mom and dad might say they’re going for the kids, but everyone knows they’re going for themselves…right? Make the trip to Laval or Montreal East for an afternoon of intense excitement, jumping, and cardio! Although parents of minors need to fill in a waiver for their little trampline-goers, the center does zone off sections for younger age groups.
Source: Montreal Biodome
When its completely frozen outside, warm up and enjoy the fascinating spaces of the Biodôme. Meet some penguins while you stay warm, and watch your children be filled with wonder as they all kinds of different species!
10. Grab a bite to eat at Café Kali
Café Kali is a coffee shop that was built for families. Designed with a play area, kids can go play while parents can sit back and relax. To top it off, Café Kali even hosts a plentiful of activities and workshops for parents and children!
Source: Jean-Francois Hamelin
Want an activity that’ll keep you moving? Skate around the beautiful old port! Don’t have skates? You can even rent your skates at the rink. They keep this rink in top shape, and its location provides tons of after-skating activities. Check out our article here:
Laser Quest is great family fun: lasers, code-names, and sound effects … If you’ve got older kids, teens, and a few children-at-heart in the family… you’re in for a blast!
7. Create something at the Science Center exhibit Fabrik
Source: Montreal Science Centre
The Science Center’s dynamic “creativity factory”, Fabrik, is an imaginative workshop that challenges the creative minds of the young and old alike. An immersive experience for children ages 6 and up, make your way there from Monday to Friday from 2pm to 4pm, and on weekends from 12 pm to 5 pm. Entertainment and education at their best!
6. Theatre for kids at the Centaur!
Photo: Panadream Theatre’s “The Giant Magician”
Saturday mornings this winter are not for sitting in front of the TV watching cartoons! Not anymore! Throughout February and March, the Centaur Theatre is putting on various kid’s shows that the whole family can enjoy. Take a look at their schedule for dates and details.
Source: Musée Point-à-Callière
Discover the sailors that ventured the St. Lawrence River in the days of the New France, and embark on an adventure that takes place on a privateer ship—The Iberville! Aimed for children aged 6 to 12, this journey tests both their physical and intellectual skills all while letting them live out their wildest dreams.
Open until March 6th, Montreal’s “Village Mammouth”, formerly known as “Winter Village”, has reinvented itself into a ski resort atmosphered winter wonderland, with skating and tubing as its attractions. With 3 eateries to choose from, and all equipment rentable on site, the Mammoth Village is a must for every family this winter season. Check their website for schedule and details.
Bring your children for a ride of the Mile End’s most scrumptious foods! This walking tour is the perfect mix of entertaining guides, culture, historical facts, and of course… the best grub! Everyone can enjoy their favourite meals such as gnocchi and pasta, and maybe discover something new.
Source: McCord Museum
Mister Rabbit’s Circus isn’t like other exhibits: it’s an adventure that children must take in order to find the toys that went missing on the evening of the Circus’ premiere! Active fun and quirky toys are sure to help you forget about the cold. Make your way there on a Sunday for one of their hands on workshops, held from 11 am to to 4 pm. Exhibit is free for children 12 and under.
1. Play outdoors at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Fête des neiges
Source: Parc Jean-Drapeau
The annual Fête des neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau is back! You can head there on weekends, starting January 16th to February 7th. Come and participate in the many activities offered, such as: ice sculpting performances, live entertainment, a carousel, sledding and much much more!