25 Things to Do in Montreal With Kids
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25 Things to Do in Montreal with Kids

If you’re heading to Montreal and are looking for a kid-friendly trip so they can have lots of fun too, here is our top roundup of things to do with kids in Montreal. You can see our non-kid oriented recommendations of things to do in Montreal here.

Start your trip out at Explore the Space for Life at Olympic Park where you can visit all four different attractions – Biodôme, Planetarium, Insectarium, and Botanic Gardens. It may be too much to do all four of these attractions in one day, so you can plan for the Biodôme and Planetarium on one day and the Insectarium and Botanic Gardens for another.

1. Biodôme

Biodome in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Espace pour la vie Montreal)

The Biodôme contains recreations of five different ecosystems of the Americas – Tropical Rainforest, Laurentian Maple Forest, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador Coast, and Sub-Antarctic Islands. You can even see penguins here!

Penguins at the Biodome in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Espace pour la vie Montreal)

To plan your visit to the Biodôme, check out their website for more information here.

2. Planetarium

The Planetarium is located next to the Biodôme and has a permanent exhibit and two space shows.

Planetarium in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Espace pour la vie Montreal)

Buy tickets for the shows in advance online or at the Planetarium before going to the Biodôme to make sure tickets aren’t sold out. Find more information about the Planetarium here.

Space Show at the Planetarium in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Espace pour la vie Montreal)

2. Insectarium

Insectarium in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Expedia)

The Insectarium is next to the Botanic Garden in the Espace pour la Vie complex in Montréal’s Olympic Park. See rare insects from around the world in the permanent collection.

You can also relax in the Insectarium’s outdoor spaces. There is an insect-themed playground and picnic tables to spend some down time.

More info about the Insectarium can be found here.

4. Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Amusing Planet)

The Botanical Garden has so much to see with beautiful displays of interesting horticulture! Definitely worth a visit. You can visit 10 greenhouses and thirty some thematic gardens. Here is a map for your visit.

5. Quays of the Old Port

Head over to Quays of the Old Port where you can take a boat ride, walk along the riverfront, go to the Science Center, watch an IMAX movie, or ice skate in the winter.

Quays of the Old Port in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Montreal Visitors Guide)

6. Montreal Science Center

Montreal Science Center
(Photo courtesy of Old Port of Montreal)

Visit the Montreal Science Center for some interactive fun for kids. There are five permanent exhibition rooms and a featured temporary exhibition, all with education and entertainment combined!

There is also an IMAX Theater where you can watch an IMAX movie in the Science Center.

Find more information here or purchase your tickets online to avoid the wait.

7. Play outside at Mont Royal

Mont Royal in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Montreal Visitors Guide)

Mont Royal is a large hill and park located in the middle of Montreal. You can get some of the best views of Montreal from here. During the summer on Sundays, locals gather for tam-tam jams, where people sit in a large group with hand drums, along with musicians, dancers, and artists, to enjoy the sunshine.

Find more information about Mont Royal here.

8. Museum of Fine Arts

(Photos courtesy of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a great place to stop by if you’re looking to add some art into your day. They have children’s programs too, which can be found here.

9. Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of MAC)

Your kids can also attend an Art Workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art, if you’re in more of a mood for modern art. Both art museums are located near each other.

10. St. Helen’s Island – La Ronde Amusement Park

St. Helen's Island - La Ronde Amusement Park in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Montreal Visitors Guide)

Looking for a thrill? You can head over to La Ronde Amusement Park, owned and operated by Six Flags, in St. Helen’s Island for some fun! There’s also an area for young kids and toddlers, so kids and adults of all ages can have fun.

11. Biosphere

Also on St. Helen’s Island is the Biosphere, so if you go here for the Amusement Park, make a stop in front of the Biosphere to take some photos and learn about the environment!

Biosphere in Montreal

12. Musee Point-a-Calliere – Pirate Adventure

(Photo courtesy of Pacmusee)

At Pointe A Calliere you can explore the history of Montreal. There is a hands-on children’s exhibit called Pirates or Privateers that children can engage in.

13. Redpath Museum

Redpath Museum in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Musee Redpath/Tripadvisor)
Redpath Museum is a natural history museum where kids can enjoy seeing dinosaurs and museums. Take a look at all the exhibits on display here.

14. McCord Museum

McCord Museum in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Musee Mccord)
At the McCord Museum, you can learn about Canadian history by seeing a collection of costumes, decorative art, aboriginal objects, paintings, and more . Free admission for children under 12 at all times.

15. Grevin Wax Museum

Grevin Museum in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Grevin Montreal)
The Grevin Wax Museum has eight different themed exhibits go go through. Be enamored with wax figures that look real!

16. Chateau Ramazay

Chateau Ramazay in Montreal

Chateau Ramazay in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Chateau Ramezay)
Chateau Ramezay is a historic site where you can learn about the early history of Montreal and Quebec. Find more info on Chateau Ramazay here.

17. Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

(Photo courtesy of Musees Montreal)

Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site is a Victorian home that gives you a glimpse into the world of the wealthy.

18. Allez Up

Allez Up in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Montreal Gazette)

Looking to do something active with kids? Try indoor rock climbing at Allez Up.

19. Swim at Aquadome

Aquadome in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Inscriptions Aquadome)
If you want to have some fun in the water, go for a swim at the Aquadome. There are water jets, slides, a mushroom waterfall, and a hot tub for adults.You can get a schedule of their public swim schedule here.

20. Get a chocolate dessert at Juliette & Chocolat

Juliette & Chocolat in Montreal
Looking for a little break between activities and attractions? Grab some dessert at Juliette & Chocolat. The entire menu is filled with all sorts of chocolate treats. We recommend the chocolate fondant!

Summer Activities

21. Clock Tower Beach

During the summer, go to Clock Tower Beach at Old Port and get some beach time! Just 5 minutes from downtown.
Clock Tower Beach in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Old Port of Montreal)

22. Zipline Adventure

If you’re looking for some adventure, try a Zip Line Adventure to see Montreal from an entire different vantage point. This 30 minute zipline takes you through Montreal to see the sites. What a fun way to see the city!
Zipline Adventure in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of MTL Zipline)

Winter Activities

23.Fete des Neiges

Fete des Neiges is a snow festival that happens only for a few weekends starting mid-January through early February at Parc Jean Drapeau. It has many different winter activities to enjoy – cross country skiing, skating, tubing, sleigh rides and more. It’s only open for a few weekends in the winter, so be sure to plan according to their schedule if you want to make this event!

24. Winter Sports at Mont Royal Park

Winter Sports at Mont Royal in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Bonjour Quebec)

During the winter months, families head to Mont Royal Park for lots of winter sports – sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There is a rental facility that offers all the equipment needed to participate.

25. Ice Skating

Ice Skating at the Old Port in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of Montreal Visitors Guide)

During the winter, you can go ice skating at the Old Port, where you can enjoy the harbor view. During the holidays, there are fireworks at 8pm on Saturday nights.

Ice Skating at Atrium Le 1000 in Montreal
(Photo courtesy of LE1000 Skate)

If you can’t take the cold, but still want to go ice skating, to to Atrium Le 1000, Montreal’s indoor skating rink. There are also shops and restaurants and it connects to the Underground City.

Want more? Find more activities to do in Montreal here.

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Have you tried any of these activities or attractions in Montreal? What did you enjoy the most?

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