by Carissa Hickok
Montreal is North America’s largest French-speaking city, so brush up on your French and take your family to Montreal for an unforgettable vacation. Here are 7 family-friendly attractions in Montreal.
Pointe-à-Callière is where the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History is located. There is a 30-minute video that shows the history of Montreal. Aside from its permanent exhibits, the museum also offers temporary exhibits that showcase other civilizations, heritages, and archaeology. Pointe-à-Callière offers many hands-on experiences for children (and adults) who are interested. The Archaeo-Adventure workshop allows visitors to experience a simulated archaeological dig, find authentic artifacts and remains, work in the archaeologist’s tent and laboratory, and learn how people in Montreal lived through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
The Montreal Science Center is a great place to children to use their imagination and creativity. For children 4-7 years old, they can play in the Clic! The Zone for Curious Young Minds. The area is decorated with shapes and colors. Children can build houses and roller coasters, design forms and patterns, and mix colors. For children 6 and up, there is Fabrik-Creativity Factory, where little ones can design derby cars, catapults, parachutes, boats, or anything else they want to create. The IMAX Telus Theatre shows films that engage children of all ages.
The Montreal Biodome, which is located at the 1976 Olympic Stadium, takes the natural outdoors and displays it indoors. The Biodome has more than 4,500 animals from about 220 different species and around 500 plant species. The Biodome has 5 ecosystems: tropical rainforest, Sub-Antarctic Islands, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador Coast, and Laurentian Maple Forest. There is also a Botanic Garden inside the Biodome that is dvided into 30 thematic gardens such as Aquatic Garden, Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Medicinal Plant Garden, and Tropical Food Plant Garden and 10 greenhouses. The Naturalia Room provides children with a hands-on experience in learning about: how animals adapt to their habitats; how animals travel; animal senses and how they are unique; how animals defend themselves; what the animals eat; and more. Nature Interpreters in the Naturalia Room play games with the children and offer demonstrations for young and older children.
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is conveniently located next to the Montreal Biodome. The Planetarium shows films in two theatres that teach children about astronomy and the solar system. The Planetarium also offers many activities for educators and parents to complete with children to learn about astronomy.
Granby Zoo is one of Canada’s largest zoos with more than 1,000 animals. There is a petting zoo where children can have fun feeding goats, a stingray touch tank, and camel rides. During the warmer months, Granby Zoo also offers a waterpark with amusement rides.
The Montreal Insectarium has around 160,000 living and naturalized insects. You can see an ant farm, a beehive, and other insect habitats. Learn about different insects, and how they eat, hide, defend themselves, and find a mate.
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? At Redpath Museum, children can see dinosaur skeletons and skulls. But that’s not all! Egyptian mummies, marine vertebrates, marine reptiles, fossils uncovered from different places in Canada, seashells, and international cultural objects are all on display in the Redpath Museum. Scavenger hunts and Wild Nature learning activities are available at the museum.
Make your way to Montreal! You’ll love it!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.