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Winter attractions 2015

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Winter attractions 2015

Normally, I like to put the spotlight on outdoor activities such as sledding, cross-country skiing, etc. But current conditions in Montreal are cold & icy with sparse snow cover. So maybe this is a good week to discover the great indoors. But I would also like to make quick plug for crampons; something you might want to reduce risk of slipping on the ice while getting from place to place this week in Montreal; I recommend the new types of crampons  that use coils instead of spikes.

Pointe-à-Callière Museum in the Old Port currently has temperature-sensitive pricing on weekends. This means that if it’s -20C on a day that you visit, the entrance fee is discounted 20%. So instead of paying the $42 family rate, you pay only $ 33.60. Among the exhibits here is one called “Pirates or privateers” that is billed for 6 to 12 year-olds. This exhibit brings history to life and children form the crew of a 17th century sailing ship to learn about life for sailors of that period. Other exhibits there include Archeo-Adventure and an 18-minute video of Montreal’s history. 514-872-9150. www.pacmusee.qc.ca

St Joseph’s Oratory , the largest church in Canada, includes a museum which notably offers a crèche exhibit with over 200 nativity scenes from 100 countries. Christmas is over, but this exhibit continues through April 2. You don’t need to be a Catholic to appreciate this site, there is something universally appealing about artwork depicting the birth of Jesus surrounded by farm animals. I visited last weekend with Jewish friends and spoke with a Sikh family there. Kids can expend their energy climbing up 500 steps and looking at the view. Also some great architecture here. Family admission $9.50 www.saint-joseph.org

A visit to the Biodome feels like a little mini-vacation to the Amazon section surrounded by flora and fauna native to that tropical rain forest where you can check out the newborn baby sloth. There are special children’s programs here including “tropical adventure” where you can bring your little monkeys through Feb. 8. This indoor centre closed Mondays but otherwise open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Family admission for Quebecers is $42.75, but you can save $14.25 with an Acces Montreal card. 514 868-3000

Ecomuseum Zoo in Ste Anne de Bellevue has native animals (wolves, caribou, lynx, coyote, owls, etc)

Bowling allies can be a fun place to take kids to let them burn off some energy. Many of them are quite kid-friendly. Indoor putting sites offer a similar thrill.

At the downtown McCord Museum, kids can have fun at The Island of Toys exhibit and can search for a crew of shipwrecked monkeys who have taken refuge on an island of lost toys. This is activity is free after paying the regular admission fee and the self-guided tour might take 90 minutes. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 514-398-7100

Make a splash at the Aquadome, LaSalle’s family aquatic centre! The leisure pool is open from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday - Wednesday - Thursday – Friday and 1:00 to 7:55 p.m. on weekends.  The slides here is a big hit with youngsters, but not always open when the leisure pool is. Don’t forget your bathing caps! 514-367-6460.  Similar venues: The Pointe Claire Aquatic Centre and the Club Aquatique Rivière-des-Prairies

Montreal’s Botanical Gardens offers a brief getaway to a greenhouse where you can feel warmth, see flowers, and smell fresh earth,. The facility is stroller friendly and you can rent a stroller there. Outdoors there is a cross-country ski trail set up for bird watching. This indoor centre is generally open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 514 872-1400


What’s new:

Many people are still unaware that you can do indoor surfing near Montreal. Maeva Surf in Laval is a specially-designed facility where you can put on your bathing suit and ride a surfboard. This facility is in Laval near the Centropolis. It’s fun, but perhaps a little pricey at $50 for a 30 minutes of theoretical and 30 minutes of practical instruction, equipment rental, etc.

Grevin Wax Museum is filled with life-like mannequins of some 120 famous politicians, scientists, musicians, athletes, etc, many of them Canadians. This is a great venue to take photos of yourself beside some of your heroes whether they be Maurice Richard, Nelson Mandella, Marilyn Monroe, or Elvis.  All of the characters are found in their milieu (i.e. astronaut Julie Paquette is wearing a spacesuit) except for singer Robert Charlebois who is unexpectedly is found on the hockey rink, but that was his choice. Reopening on Saturday, January 10, family admission costs about $15 for this museum in the old Eaton Building downtown.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is somewhat like a movie cinema where the domed roof is the screen. There are 2 shows currently playing, Vertiges and Tempo (about time and calendars) as well as the exhibition Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe; allow 90 minutes for everything. These shows alternate between French and English and are suitable for children aged 7 or older. Peripheral kid-friendly activities include making sundials and charting the visible side o f the moon. The Planetarium is open Tuesday to Sunday. Family admission for Quebecers is $42.75, but you can save $14.25 with an Acces Montreal card.

Sky Venture Montreal offers parachute jumping in a wind tunnel. I am not an authority, but understand it’s very close to the real thing at a fraction of the cost. This Laval site offers initiation packages, including instruction, all equipment and two “jumps” for $71 or four jumps for $99 until Jan. 15. 514 524-4000

The Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame, located adjacent to the Bell Centre, is where you can learn about the 106 year history of the Habs. This museum is dedicated to the Montreal Canadiens professional hockey team that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009--and to the game of hockey. An estimated 800 objects are on display here together with interactive electronic displays. There is also a 15-minute introductory film to be seen at a theatre off the main lobby. Soundtracks, plaques, and inscriptions here are fully bilingual.514.932.2582. http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=59997

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:58  


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