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Family Day at Bois de Liesse Park Jan. 24

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Saturday, January 24 will see a Family Day in Bois de Liesse Park, one of the big nature parks on Montreal Island. The fun starts after 1 PM with the rendezvous point in front of the Acceuil des Champs chalet. A colorful afternoon is promised with snow sculptures and campfires. Free activates here include sledding (there are 2 sledding hills), snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, walks in the woods, and bird watching. There are many kilometres of woodland trails as well as two heated chalets in the park. Equipment rentals available include sleds, skis, and snowshoes.


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The 2015 Fête des Neiges Opens Saturday, Jan. 17

The  32nd annual edition of the Fête des Neiges de Montréal (winter festival), will be held on weekends from January 17 to February 8, 2015.  Mayor Denis Coderre (see photo, centre) was on hand Jan. 15 to encourage Montrealers to take advantage of this winter festival.

Access to the site (Parc Jean Drapeau) is free. Fees, however, apply for many of the activities which include:

·         Food trucks

·         Tube slide / Disco-tube (sledding)

·         Bing Bang Bulle (dressing up in a giant plastic ball)

·         Horse-drawn sleigh rides

·         Dog-sled rides

·         Ferris wheel with view on downtown Montreal

·         Live ice-sculpturing performances

·         Parcours Télé-Québec (obstacle course)

·         Boule de Neige (the polar bear mascot)

www.parcjeandrapeau.com/en/fete-des-neiges-de-montreal

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L’Hiver en fête à Côte-des-Neiges : A 7TH EDITION FULL OF ACTIVITIES FOR ALL!

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courtesy of the Table de Concertation Jeunesse de Côte-des-Neiges

Montreal, January 12th, 2015 – L’Hiver en fête à Côte-des-Neiges will be held Saturday, February 7th, from 1 to 4 pm at Kent Park, located at the corner of Côte-des-Neiges Road and Kent Avenue. In case of bad weather, the event will be postponed to February 21st 2015.

Several activities and games are organized by community agents, such as snow slides, hockey, broomball, sports tournaments, skating. The families are invited to participate to the activities, have a hot drink, a snack and maple toffee! All of these activities are free for the families. Skates will be available in exchange of a piece of I.D.

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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
 

Cold Temperatures Mean Discounts at Pointe-à-Callière Museum

release by Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Every Saturday and Sunday in January and February, Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, is reducing the price of admission to the Museum by a percentage equal to the outdoor subzero temperature recorded that morning. *

Weekends at Pointe-à-Callière… the colder it is, the less you pay! Has the mercury dipped down to -20° C? Come warm up and have fun at Pointe-à-Callière where you’ll enjoy a 20% discount on the price of each admission ticket to the Museum.

It’s the perfect opportunity to visit the temporary exhibition The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, which will come to a close on April 26th. And a visit of the Museum would not be complete without taking in a screening of the multimedia show Yours Truly, Montréal, as well as a tour of the archaeological remains and the site of Montréal’s birthplace in our permanent exhibition, Where Montréal Was Born.

Visitors can also take some time to stop in at the Museum Shop, now located in the Mariners’ House, where they will find a wide range of unique items.

This offer is in effect on January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, and on February 1, 7, 8 14, 15, 21, 22 and 28, 2015.

To learn the rabate, take a look at our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.

*The temperature is recorded at 10 a.m. and does not include the wind chill factor. May not be combined with any other promotional offer.


 

The 10th edition of TELUS Fire on Ice opens this Saturday near the Old Port Skating Rink Free / 4 nights only / December 13, 20 and 27 and January 3

Montreal, December 11, 2014 – The recent cold and snow are two good reasons to bring the entire family down to the Old Port of Montreal for the opening of TELUS Fire on Ice, starting at 8 p.m. this Saturday, December 13. Now in its 10th edition, this popular event will “heat up” the site with spectacular fireworks and music, offered free of charge. This year's musical theme is the familiar sounds and melodies of popular video games. For the inaugural show, it will be possible to recognize music from classic video games such as Mortal Kombat, The Legend of Zelda, as well as Assassin’s Creed 3 for the grand finale.

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Holiday Season Activities for all at the Montréal Science Centre

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press release by Old Port of Montreal

Montreal, December 3, 2014 – Running out of ideas for things to do over the holidays? The Montréal Science Centre has a wide range of continuous activities for visitors of all ages. And the holiday special is on again this year. Buy a ticket to an exhibition, and for just $5, add a ticket to the IMAX movie of your choice. The offer is valid for the entire Holiday season, from December 22 to January 4 inclusive.

Fabrik: Cosmos Image

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The Old Port of Montreal Heats Up All Winter Long With All Kinds of Activities for the Whole Family

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Montréal, November 12, 2014 The Old Port of Montréal is your best bet for fun this winter. Get ready for the first snow of the winter, dress up warmly and come on down for a tremendous variety of great activities for all ages. The excitement starts on Saturday, November 29 with the opening of the Old Port skating rink and will continue all winter long. 
 
The most beautiful outdoor rink in Montréal
The Old Port skating rink, with its artificial surface guaranteeing always impeccable ice conditions no matter what the temperature, will be waiting for the first skaters on November 29. Visitors young and old are sure to enjoy Montréal’s biggest outdoor skating rink, including a ring of natural ice and spectacular views of historic Old Montréal. It’s open every day! And don’t miss the theme musical evenings, starting at 5 p.m. daily, not to mention Ballroom mornings every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

 
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Montreal Science Centre is ready for fall with a range of activities sure to please the entire family.

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The Montreal Science Centre is ready for fall with a range of activities sure to please the entire family. On the menu: Jerusalem 3D, an IMAX film with a unique view of Jerusalem, holy city to three religions; Fabrik – Creative Factory, an innovative new participatory exhibition; and the return of the ever topical Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition. All good reasons to discover or rediscover the Science Center this fall. 
 
Jerusalem 3D: A Journey into the Heart of the Ancient City at the IMAX®Telus Theatre
A tiny piece of land in the Middle East has fascinated millions of people for thousands of years. Jerusalem is an invitation to explore one of the world’s most venerated cities and to discover a mosaic of coexisting cultures and beliefs. Enter its most sacred sites and immerse yourself in its greatest mysteries through the lives of its inhabitants. For the first time in 3D, make a unique pilgrimage to the heart of the ancient city through outstanding aerial cinematography for a mesmerizing visual experience. A critically acclaimed production, written, performed and co-produced by Quebec filmmaker Daniel Ferguson.
In the IMAX®Telus Theatre from October 10, 2014.


 
A new exhibition Fabrik  – Creative Factory
Inspired by the Tinkering Labs movement, the Science Centre is presenting a new exhibition concept containing a number of participatory challenges. This interactive exhibition will encourage creativity in young people aged 8 to 14 and their families. Working in teams, groups will face challenges involving invention and assembly work. An assortment of materials will be available for creative experimentation and fun. Teams must devise technological solutions and build derby cars, parachutes, catapults, floating vessels and more. They will then test what they have made to develop an understanding of the relevant laws of physics and to improve their creations.
Opening to the general public on October 25
 
The return of Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition
Following its success here and abroad, this unique exhibition on sexuality, created by the Science Centre team, is returning to Montreal. Divided into five thematic zones, this interactive exhibition lets visitors explore the most relevant and the most sensitive topics relating to sexuality, in an unwavering response to more than 100 questions from young people 12 and over. It is a rare opportunity for young people to find frank and direct answers to questions about sexuality and to develop a critical sense for making informed and responsible decisions. The exhibition was designed in collaboration with young people, parents, educators, doctors, sexologists and health specialists.
From October 10, 2014 until March 2015.


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More exciting activities for the entire family
The Science Centre is always a cornucopia of activities. The IMAX®TELUS Cinema is showing two critically acclaimed films: Galapagos 3D: Natural Wonders and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D. Four permanent exhibitions, including Click! for ages 4-7, and the popular Science 26 for all ages, are also on the must-see list for a visit with the kids.

 

Free Day for Kids at Ecomuseum Zoo

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September 13, 2014 – It will be a free day for kids (aged 15 and under) tomorrow, Sunday September 14 at Montreal’s Ecomuseum Zoo. The regular admission fee for children (aged 3 to 15) is $9 while toddlers and babies (2 years and under) are free.

After a rainy day Saturday, the forecast is for sunny and cool (8° C / 45° F) for Sunday, Sept 14.

“Cool days are actually a better time to see the animals at the Ecomuseum,” says Karine Bélanger, Manager of Administrative Services. “The animals are more active on cool days; on hot days they don’t usually like to move around too much.” There should also be special animation on Sunday.


The Ecomuseum is a zoo featuring 115 species of fauna native to the St. Lawrence River Valley such as wolves, caribou, bald eagles, river otters, and snowy owls. Novelties at the Ecomuseum include the acquisition of two new black bears, the construction of a new enclosure for the red fox, and a new habitat will be completed soon putting the caribou and arctic foxes together (they cohabitate in the wild).

The Ecomuseum Zoo is open 364 days a year from 9 AM—5 PM (admission closes at 4 PM) and located in Ste Anne de Bellevue on chemin Ste-Marie. For more information, call 514.457.9449 or visit www.zooenville.ca.

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La Fête de la famille on Aug 31; Laval event is free

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 Laval’s Fête de la famille takes place this Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Centre de la nature. This is the 15th edition of this free, largely outdoor event that some see as competition for Montreal’s Fête des Enfants. On the menu are family activities, spectacles, and amusements for all.

 

There will be spectacles and performances all day. Starting at 10 a.m., the theatrical troop, Jambe de bois presents a play about the terrible pirate Captain Groanez who seems to have had a change of heart after surviving a big storm at sea. At 11 a.m., M. Mute, will entertain children aged 4—12 with juggling and acrobatics. Baratanga will perform with African rhythms at 12 a.m. The musicians Atchoum (Achoo) and the Microbes will take the stage at 12:30. Les Petites Tounes plays at 1:30 p.m., followed by Marco Calliari at 3:15 p.m.

 

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