Spring break activities to do as a family in Montreal

It's spring break! Your children are full of joy and energy, while you are racking your brain for ways to occupy them. Here are some suggestions for things to do in Montreal to create lasting memories with the family this spring break.

Les amis de la montagne

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1260, chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2

The Montréal en lumière festival invites you to the Esplanade de la Place des Arts and rue Sainte-Catherine to discover the Place de la famille Le lait from February 18 to March 5, 2016. At this free outdoor site, several surprises await you: Le Lait mini-slide, the gigantic 110-metre urban slide (a crazy descent with sound effects and multicoloured lights), giant parlour games, and, on Sainte-Catherine, a grilled cheese bar using regional cheeses. And don’t leave without a ride on the ferris wheel!

Place des Arts

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260 boul de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H2X 1Y9

The Montréal en lumière festival invites you to the Esplanade de la Place des Arts and rue Sainte-Catherine to discover the Place de la famille Le lait from February 18 to March 5, 2016. At this free outdoor site, several surprises await you: Le Lait mini-slide, the gigantic 110-metre urban slide (a crazy descent with sound effects and multicoloured lights), giant parlour games, and, on Sainte-Catherine, a grilled cheese bar using regional cheeses. And don’t leave without a ride on the ferris wheel!

Botanical Garden

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4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2

The Botanical Garden is presenting the Butterflies Go Free event, where hundreds of butterflies flutter above the visitors, accompanied by music. It’s all set in a tropical greenhouse environment to meet the needs of these beautiful insects, and to create a unique experience. Your children will enjoy finding caterpillars with amazing and varied colours under the foliage of the tropical plants. Green, yellow or blue, furry or striped, they have everything it takes to surprise you! More details on the schedule and rates at espacepourlavie.ca

IMAX TELUS of Montreal Science Centre

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2, rue de la Commune Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E2

The Montreal Science Centre is presenting the exhibition Dinosaurs Unearthed 2 until March 20, 2016. Your little explorers will be fascinated by 14 full-sized animatronic dinosaurs and spectacular prehistoric scenes through the story of two major excavation sites, two skeletons and 20 fossils. To their delight, they can even control one of the roaring, animatronic dinosaurs. Bring them on an exciting adventure!

Bell Centre

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1909 av des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montréal, QC H3B 5E8

Disney celebrates 100 years of magic with its show, Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic, from March 2 to 6, 2016. To the sound of classic songs, your children will have a blast watching this awesome ice show featuring 14 timeless stories and 50 unforgettable characters, including Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen. The cost of tickets varies between $26 and $96. More details on evenko.ca

TOHU

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2345 rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H1Z 4P3

Do your toddlers have energy to spare? TOHU offers a flurry of activities, inside and out, where your children can let loose and move. The Festival Montréal Joue will take place from February 29 to March 5, 2016! On the program: circus workshops, movement video games, social games, quizzes and tastings in the yurt, guided tours, musical awakening workshops, makeup and many other surprises.

Olympic Stadium

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4141 Av Pierre-de Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3N7

No need to get out of the city to go sliding! Visit the Esplanade Financière Sun Life, at the foot of the Olympic Stadium, and enter at the Mammoth Village. A 24-metre long family slide awaits you, and zipping down it on a tube is sure to entertain both children and adults. Visit the Mammoth Village website for weather conditions and rates: villagemammouth.com

Cinema Beaubien

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2396, rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1N2

Do your little ones adore cinema? The Montreal International Children's Film Festival (FIFEM) presents its 19th edition from February 27 to March 6, 2016. Choose from hundreds of unreleased and recent films from 50 countries. As a kind of Cannes, Berlin or Sundance for the young, FIFEM offers the best of world youth cinema. In addition to the Cinéma Beaubien, the festival takes place in several other parts of the city. Complete details can be found at fifem.com

While big action blockbusters may appeal to the masses, there’s something to be said for the more nuanced, dare we say intellectual, productions from independent film houses. You won’t find these artful films playing at your local multi-screen movie theatre; rather, you’ll have to seek out one of Montreal’s handful of independent cinemas. [Image credit: iStock.com]
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