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.
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!
To plan your visit to the Biodôme, check out their website for more information here.
The Planetarium is located next to the Biodôme and has a permanent exhibit and two space shows.
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
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.
6. Montreal Science Center
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.
7. Play outside at Mont Royal
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
(Photo courtesy of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)
9. Museum of Contemporary Art
10. St. Helen’s Island – La Ronde Amusement Park
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.
12. Musee Point-a-Calliere – Pirate Adventure
(Photo courtesy of Pacmusee)
13. Redpath Museum
14. McCord Museum
15. Grevin Wax Museum
16. Chateau Ramazay
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
Looking to do something active with kids? Try indoor rock climbing at Allez Up.
19. Swim at Aquadome
20. Get a chocolate dessert at Juliette & Chocolat
21. Clock Tower Beach
22. Zipline Adventure
23.Fete des Neiges
24. Winter Sports at Mont Royal Park
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
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.
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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