Downtown with the family - Tourisme Montréal Blog


Downtown with the family

  • When: All seasons
  • What: Family
  • Where: Downtown
With its full range of outdoor and indoor activities, many of which are walking distance to one another, Montréal is a great city for kids. Downtown, you’ll find enough action to keep them busy for hours. And when those little feet get tired, the metro, our terrific subway system, will help you and the tiny tots get back to your accommodations in a flash.



Grande Bibliothèque

Montréal’s ultimate book repository is also an avant-garde centre for whole-family entertainment, where lectures, movie screenings, readings, exhibitions and more happen every day, mostly for free. The Espace Jeunes includes computer games, story times, plays, workshops (how about learning to knit?)… even pajama parties!

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Place des Arts

From the latest by Opéra de Montréal show to the Nutcracker by Grands Ballets Canadiens to musical magic by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and blockbuster shows put on during the Jazz Festival or Just For Laughs, this mecca of culture in the centre of Montréal has it all, year-round. Find a calendar of all the family-themed programming here.

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Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

This contemporary art institution is a hotspot for local creativity, always bustling with events, classes and tours perfect for kids, including a renowned series of workshops introducing them to basic concepts of contemporary art. Sign the tots up and tour the museum’s exhibitions featuring artists from Québec, Canada and abroad as you wait.

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McCord Museum

Get the inside scoop on the city’s history at the playful, interactive McCord Museum. The permanent exhibition, Montréal: Points of View, is flanked by a series of temporary shows like After Facebook, a photography exhibition about the future of social media. In summer months, don’t miss the outdoor activities in the Urban Forest on Victoria Street.

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Redpath Museum

Budding natural history buffs will enjoy a visit to one of Canada’s oldest free-standing museums. At this history museum, kids can pretend they’re in Night at the Museum as they explore prehistoric whales, sea turtles and even dinosaurs! Or how about turning back the clock to unlock the secrets of the Egyptian mummies?

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Montréal Eaton Centre

If shopping is more your speed, you’ve got to visit this emporium, Montréal’s largest downtown shopping mall. Go crazy in one or all of its numerous stores, and then enjoy an array of cuisines and some free Wi-Fi in the largest food court in North America. And when you’re done, just hop on the metro from there.

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Grévin Montréal

See Brad Pitt, Céline Dion, Marilyn Monroe and others… in wax! At Grévin Montréal, you’ll find wax replicas of over 120 Canadian and international celebrities. The figures were created by the Grévin Museum in Paris, world renowned wax figure makers since 1882. Located on the top floor of the Montreal Eaton Centre, it’s the first Grévin museum outside of France.

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Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

The MMFA is the place to go for inspiration for the whole family. The city’s largest museum has a spectacular family lounge featuring a one-of-a-kind mural by local street art collective En Masse and surrounded by windows. After a tour of the amazing collection or one of the visiting exhibitions, take in an art workshop guaranteed to delight your kids’ senses and unleash their creativity.

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Atrium Le 1000

Kids can’t get enough of the Canadiens? Let the whole family test their own skating skills at this beautiful indoor ice rink open all year-round, located right on the ground floor of this downtown office tower. It’s conveniently surrounded by the food court, so every member of the family can pick their perfect post-workout snack!

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Montréal Forum

If you’re looking for variety under one roof, you’re sure to find it at here. Let the kids loose in the Games Centre, bowl a few frames as a family or catch a flick in one of 22 theatres that include digital sound, Real 3D and IMAX capabilities.

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Outdoor fun for the family at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Welcome to Montréal’s oasis: two huge recreational islands (Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame) just a handful of subway stops from central Montréal, offering the perfect green getaway from the bustling city for tourists and locals alike. From musical festivals to an…

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Family adventure in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

HoMa for short, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a neighbourhood that has adventure at its core. Site of the Games of the XXI Olympiad, the sprawling Space for Life complex, the beautiful Parc Maisonneuve and the Saputo Stadium, featuring soccer matches, HoMa is a…

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Old Montréal: Everything for the family

Filled with history, charm and unique architecture, Old Montréal is an absolute must for strolls and exploration with the family. Walk its cobblestone streets, and you’ll discover everything from cool spots for a bite to historical sites, museums and loads…

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