Jump to the future, step back in time, check out the world around or simply gaze at the stars – there’s no lack of choice when it comes to family outings in Montréal.
Museums that cater to kids
History, science or art? Montréal museums offer fascinating programs for children of all ages. Here, historical figures come to life to educate, entertain and engage young minds in a discussion about then and now. For hands-on fun, experiment at the Science Centre or create a masterpiece in an art museum workshop. You never know – it may be on display someday!
Space for Life
Montréal’s Space for Life is Canada’s largest natural science museum conglomerate, which includes the Botanical Garden (flora), the Biodôme (fauna), the Insectarium (bugs), and the all-new Planetarium (stars). Kids get a real kick out of seeing plants, animals and creepy-crawlers from around the globe; penguins at the Biodôme and the Insectarium’s 160 000 naturalized specimens are perennial favs of the younger set. What’s more, Montréal’s new Planetarium offers a novel approach to astronomy where visitors are encouraged to open up and see the world in a whole new light.
Space to run and play
Home to numerous green spaces, from charming neighbourhood parks to the majestic Mount Royal at the heart of the city and the Plateau’s Parc La fontaine,Montréal is the place to be for kids with energy to burn. From picnics to pedal boats to playing Frisbee in the summer to ice skating, snowshoeing and tobogganing in the winter, no matter the season, Montréal outdoors is loads of fun for everyone!
If you have a budding Tony Hawk on your hands, the Sun Life Olympic Park Esplanade is a must on your itinerary: a skateboarding and mini-tennis hotspot, it offers a wide range of original activities for active kids plus a full summer calendar of cultural, sporting, food and enviro-events sure to keep everyone busy and happy.
The best way to get about town with the fam is by metro and bus. Simple, safe and convenient, public transit also provides ample sightseeing between activities. And it’s affordable, too – children often ride for free