As everyone knows, Montreal is a family-friendly destination. There are many activities for kids of all ages in our science centre, our Planetarium, our Insectarium, our Botanical Gardens, and our Biodome. These are all great places to bring the young ones for some excitement – and you can be sure that they’ll be all tired out after their action-packed days out on on the town (just don’t tell them all this fun is educational, too!
As any parent knows, practical considerations are very important when planning days out with the kids. Below are some suggestions to help you optimize your enjoyment at some of Montreal’s favourite family attractions.
According to Nadia Paquet of the Montreal Science Centre, all of the Centre’s activities are intended for families, so it’s an ideal destination for kids. There’s also a brand-new section, Clic! The Zone for Curious Young Minds, that’s especially for very young and curious minds of 4-7 years old. Here, kids can play in a stimulating environment while also learning about scientific concepts. In this sense-stimulating, wonder-filled space, kids can have fun playing with shapes and colours, all while developing their creativity and dexterity in an environment that encourages teamwork and social skills. Admission to the Montreal Science Centre is free for under-3s, strollers are permitted in the exhibition rooms (though not in the IMAX theatre), and there are lockers for gear storage.
Espace Pour La Vie is the umbrella term for the Biodôme, the Insectarium, the Botanical Gardens, and the Rio Tinto Planetarium, all of which have many facilities for family outings. There are change tables in all the restrooms, indoor and outdoor picnic tables for families who are brown-bagging their lunches, and free, accessible parking.
If you’re planning to tour Montreal’s downtown and Old Port on foot, Guidatour’s Elizabeth Tremblay suggests you dress appropriately, and wear sunscreen, and make sure everyone brings water and snacks. She also suggests using washrooms before you set out on your adventure, since the tours don’t stop, and go on rain or shine. Guidatour offers tours that can be customized to appeal to all family members, young and old. If you opt for a private tour, you can even choose the time, date and location of the route.
Similarly, Catherine Roberge of the Pointe-a-Caillere Museum and the Mariners House suggests that their new feature, the Archaeo-adventure, is super–fun for the young ones – just make sure they’re appropriately dressed to go rummaging around in the sand, Indiana Jones-style!