Cool Things to do in Montreal with Kids
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 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!
17. 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.
16. 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 trampoline-goers, the center does zone off sections for younger age groups.
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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!
14. Swim at the Aquadome
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The Aquadome in the Lasalle area has two 25-metre basins where kids can swim, enjoying the water jets, slides, and a mushroom waterfall! There’s also a hot tub for adults to enjoy. Learn more about the complex here.
13. Go skating in the Old Port of Montreal
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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. Click here for more information.
Photo credit: Laser Quest
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!
11. Great creative at the Céramic Cafe
Photo credit: Céramic Café Studio Montréal
Invite your child to explore their creative side at the Ceramic Cafe. With locations in the Plateau and West Island, this workshop allows you to choose from around 2000 different types of creations like cups, piggy banks, tea pots, boxes, vases, and more! For more information, click here.
10. See animals like never before at the Montreal Science Centre
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Animal Inside Out: BODY WORLDS allows kids and adults alike to discover new facts about their favourite animals. By using the plastination technique, visitors can see the inner workings of over 50 mammals, invertebrates, dish and birds. You can also catch a screening of Humpback Whales 3D which explores the homes, acrobatics, and beautiful melodies of these whales around the world.
9. 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! Twice a month, the Centaur Theatre is puts on various kid’s shows that the whole family can enjoy. Take a look at their schedule for dates and details.
8. Climb to new heights at Allez Up
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Rock climbing is a fun activity for people of all ages. It’s a great activity for energetic kids because, after all, what kid doesn’t like to climb things? Allez Up offers rock climbing and bouldering at their downtown location. Learn more about Allez Up here.
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.
6. Explore the Universe at the Planetarium
Photo credit: Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan
The Rio Tinto Alcan is a state of the art planetarium that lets you see the Universe like never before. Discover space, stars and planets in this interactive experience. Choose from one of the two planetariums: one experience is more poetic and visual while the other is more scientific. For more information, click here.
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.
4. Learn about climate change at the Biosphere
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A trip to Montreal’s Biosphere is an opportunity to learn about the world’s environmental facts and current problems. The exhibitions look at issues like air quality, climate change, water pollutants, sustainable development and many more. These stimulating exhibitions deliver their messages in fun and stimulating ways. Learn more about their exhibitions here.
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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.
2. Go on an adventure with Alfred at the McCord Museum
Photo credit: Elias Touil
Alfred the friendly teddy bear has lost his toys! He’ll need the help of his friends to find them by solving riddles, colouring, and matching games. This interactive exhibit, accompanied by music, story, and lights also incorporates the McCord Museum’s collection into the storyline making this fun and informative. The exhibit is free for children 12 and under. Check out their schedule here.
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!