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Parc Safari celebrates 40 years;

Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec near the Champlain, NY is a great place to bring the family. And this mainly outdoor zoo is celebrating its 40th year in 2012. Here you can find 800 animals representing 33 species from around the world, including lions and tigers in specially-designed cages that let visitors get close to the big cats. The star attraction is probably the drive-through safari where visitors see giraffes, zebras, ostriches and buffaloes. Some of my own kids most vivid childhood memories are of being confronted by emus (large flightless birds) here.


Montreal cancels Fete des Enfants;

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The Fête des enfants has been cancelled for 2012 according to a terse announcement in French by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau. “La Fête des enfants de Montréal 2012 est annulée,” is all that this announcement says about the popular summer festival for children. For the past few years, this festival has been held in Jean Drapeau Park. The news was confirmed by an April 11 press release from the City of Montreal that evoked falling attendance at the festival.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:06

Bears ventured out March 12; Spring must finally be here…

The bears at the West Island’s Ecomuseum Zoo (EZ) ended their winter hibernation this week in what could be the surest sign of spring. Two black bears named Homer and Marge gingerly stepped outside their den on Monday, March 12, the third earliest ever recorded ‘Bears Day Out.’ The three adult black bears at the Ecomuseum started their winter slumber in early December. But the oldest bear there, Suzie, was apparently still sleeping on Monday. “Suzie is 27 years old, which is very old for a black bear,” explained Ecomuseum employee Lacey Hebert to excuse Suzie’s absence. About 50 people, including media, assembled to watch the bears step out.


A sampling of March break attractions

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Circus incognitus photo credit Amanda Russell

TOHU: A performance for the whole family

The TOHU Centre is offering many activities during the spring break from March 5—11 including its Circus Incognitus spectacle where Jamie Adkins puts on daily performances at 2 p.m. of “pure poetry of movement” and breathtaking acrobatics, punctuated with irresistible gags. This performance is described as being for the whole family (age 5 and up). “His incredible showmanship held the audience’s attention from start to finish and left onlookers wondering what he was going to do next,” is how the California-based The Daily Pilot described his act. Adults: $35 / kids: $12. TOHU also offers workshops initiating participants to circus arts, crafts workshops, and guided visits. 2345, rue Jarry East (Metro Jarry / STM bus 193 - East) 514 376-TOHU (8648) www.tohu.ca


Butterflies Go Free 2012;

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The Montreal Botanical Garden’s popular “Butterflies Go Free / Papillons en liberté” exhibit is back for its 15th annual edition. Since 1998, more than 1,500,000 visitors have been thrilled to find a greenhouse filled with thousands of colourful butterflies during the stark Canadian winter. The 2012 edition of the exhibit showcases not only butterflies—which are active by day—but also their cousins, the moths that are active by night. To do this, two greenhouses, the Main Exhibition Greenhouse and the Fern Greenhouse, are being used to create both daytime and twilight conditions.


Spring Break at its best at the Ecomuseum zoo!

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courtesy of the Ecomuseum zoo

From Saturday March 3 to Sunday March 11, break from the routine and come to the zoo for unforgettable experiences! Spring Break is the perfect time to top up your energy reserves before spring arrives. The Ecomuseum zoo and its multitude of fun outdoors activities is exactly what the doctor prescribed!


Fort Angrignon looks for new quarters; Venue might leave Montreal…

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MwK previously reported on the recent eviction of Fort Angrignon (FA) from the former zoo at Angrignon Park. This eviction was motivated by austerity measures on the part of the Southwest Borough of Montreal. Now the indoor challenge centre is looking for new quarters.

“We would need a space of 10,000 to 12,000 square feet,” FA general manager Gaetan Savoie wrote to us when we asked what kind of new quarters he is seeking.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:43

Chariot Carriers Recalls Child Bicycle Trailers and Conversion Kits Due to Injury Hazard

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release by CPSC

January 13, 2012 – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Chariot bicycle trailers and bicycle trailer conversion kits

Units: About 44,000 bicycle trailers and 70,000 bicycle trailer conversion kits

Manufacturer: Thule Child Transport Systems Ltd., d/b/a Chariot Carriers, of Calgary, Canada


Fort Angrignon to Close Dec. 31 UPDATED

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December 27, 2011 – We reported previously about the possibility that a popular local venue for young families, Fort Angrignon, might close at the end of this year. Unfortunately this has now been confirmed. In an open letter dated December 22,

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 January 2012 12:53

PI-O Indoor Theme Park for Kids Opens

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The PI-O Kids’ Amusement Centre, Quebec’s only under-the-sea themed amusement centre, officially opened this week in Longueuil. The Centre offers kids aged 1 to 10 a one-of-a-kind multisensory experience. The new centre targets clients from all over the Montreal area.

Among its attractions, the PI-O indoor theme park features 16 rides, a small sea train, a kid-sized bowling alley, a mirror maze, theme rooms which include the Christmas room on-the-sea, and a private reception room.


Crèche Exhibit at St. Joseph’s Oratory Museum

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One of Montreal’s most well-known landmarks, St. Joseph’s Oratory, is now showcasing an exhibit of nearly 200 crèches (nativity scenes) from over 100 countries. The crèche scenes have been exposed annually since 1955 at the Oratory Museum and this year there is also a section dedicated to Quebec's nativity scenes. The scenes mainly involve figurines, but also include tapestries, paintings, and puppet figures.

Cardboard nativity scene by Claude Lafortune

The original Christmas story began in a manger (stable) in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago. According to Christian doctrine, Jesus was born in a stable, surrounded by barn animals. “Most of our artists use a poverty of means to tell this story,” explains Father Charles Corso, CHC, who works with the museum. “They use cardboard, straw, or incense paste used as mediums. The Holy Family (Jesus and his two parents: Joseph and Mary) are depicted as the itinerants and immigrants that they were. They ended up in a stable where Mary went into labour. This poverty of means echoes the poverty of the Holy Family.”

Last Updated on Friday, 23 December 2011 15:03

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