Fun Things for Kids to Do in Montreal and Beyond

Montreal offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages but is especially well known for its kid and family friendly offerings. From insects to giant swimming pools to scary mazes, it's all here for kids to enjoy in Montreal. Several of the options listed here cannot be found anywhere else. This list also includes activities that all family members will enjoy including art museums with special programs just for kids. In and around Montreal, kids and adults can also visit an amusement park and a zoo along with museums devoted to the natural world including a planetarium. Whatever they're into, kids are sure to find it in Montreal. Within the city limits, Montreal has a wide variety of nature parks so kids can exercise in the great outdoors while learning about the natural world first hand. If you're visiting in the winter or happen to encounter a rainy day, we've listed plenty of activities that can be enjoyed indoors, rain or shine. Throughout the year, during school break times you'll find special family programming at many museums and often free admission for kids to many of these attractions.  When choosing a destination for your next family vacation, you can't go wrong with Montreal.

This nature preserve in the northwestern section of the Island of Montreal offers visitors a peaceful look at local plants and wildlife. The Parc Nature du Bois-de-Liesse, with its majestic hardwood forest, is a unique conservation park in an...  Read More

Also know as SOS Labyrinthe, it's the world's largest indoor maze - perfect for all weather entertainment. The idea here is to solve a mystery while finding your way through an intricately designed maze. The maze has several obstacles (slides,...  Read More

Thrills, spills and bragging rights are what it's all about on a visit to La Ronde. Part of the Six Flags family of amusement parks, the facility, opened as part of Montreal Expo '67, features 40 rides and attractions, including the Goliath,...  Read More

Just because you're traveling, you don't have to abandon your usual exercise routine. Swimmers will be pleased with the Aquadome, which has two large indoor pools. You can do laps, but if you're just looking for some splashy family fun, there...  Read More

Located about an hour's drive southeast of Montreal, the Granby Zoo is a great day-trip destination, particularly if you have kids. Among the animals are chinchillas, poison dart frogs, stick insects, Amur leopards, capybaras, colobus monkeys,...  Read More

This nature park is also a true historical destination. Located along the riviere des Prairies, at the very heart of the history of Sault-au-Recollet, the park offers historical elements, such as the site des Moulins ruins, the maison du...  Read More

The Montreal Planetarium brings astronomy to Montrealers and visitors alike who appreciate the clear, light-pollution-free skies and the chance to handle samples of meteorites. The regular show is comprised of three events: the main...  Read More

Montreal's Biodome is the only one of its kind in the world with over 4,500 animals from 250 different species and 500 plant species, all under one roof. The Biodome features four distinct ecosystems recreated in the former 1976 Olympic Games...  Read More

The Musee des Beaux Arts, founded in 1860, is Canada's oldest museum and boasts some of the finest paintings in the country. Among its permanent holdings are artworks from Canadian artists and those created by European masters. The museum also...  Read More

Begun with two donated collections of insects from more than 100 countries, the Montreal Insectarium today maintains about 144,000 specimens. Along with an amazing variety of mounted insects the museum has 75 vivariums, displays of live critters...  Read More


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