10 Things to Do in Montreal with Kids

Best Family-Friendly Places in Montreal

There are plenty of things to do in Montreal with kids. From captivating museums filled with interactive displays to amusement parks packed with thrilling rides to ice-skating rinks and more, the city is home to a wide range of attractions and activities that can please the whole family, children and parents alike.

Check out our selection of the best family-friendly places in Montreal. You’ll surely find enough exciting things to do to spice up your kids’ vacation in one of the largest cities in Canada.


Montreal Science Centre

Great interactive exhibitions in the city centre

On the west bank of the St Lawrence River, in the Old Port, Montreal Science Centre hosts interactive exhibitions, an IMAX 3D theatre and permanent displays on science and technology. Fabrik, Human, Science 26, the Zone for Curious Minds, the Windmills of the Imagination and Water in the Universe are the main sections of this captivating museum. Your kids can experiment, play and learn at the same time. A gift shop and a food court are available on site.

Location: 2 de la Commune Street West, Montreal, QC H2Y 4B2, Canada

Open: Daily from 10am to 5pm

Phone: +1 514-496-4724

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Jean Drapeau Park

Take a breath of fresh air in an extensive urban park

Jean Drapeau Park stretches across St Helen’s and Notre-Dame Islands, in the centre of the St Lawrence River, a few minutes by metro or boat shuttle east of Downtown Montreal. It’s home to a great range of attractions and activities that include a large children’s playground, the Biosphere Environmental Museum, an aquatic park, a beach and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, to mention just a few. The park is also just a very pleasant green area to stroll around. A choice of restaurants and snack stands are at hand throughout the park.

Location: 1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, QC H3C 1A9, Canada

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Montreal Ferris wheel

See spectacular views of Montreal

Known in French as La Grande Roue de Montréal, the Montreal Ferris wheel offers breathtaking views of the Old Town, St Lawrence River and the city skyline. Positioned on the shore of the river, between the Montreal Science Centre and the Old Port, the climate-controlled gondolas reach a height of 60 metres. Prices range between C$20 and C$25. Bistros and coffee shops can be found at the foot of the Ferris wheel.

Location: 362 Rue de la Commune East, Montreal, QC H2Y 0B4, Canada

Open: Daily from 10am to 11pm

Phone: +1 514-325-7888

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Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

Discover the aurora borealis and the Milky Way in an interactive museum

Part of Montreal Space for Life Museum Complex, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium features 2 movie theatres and several displays on astronomy, space and science. Many stations are interactive and the shows on the Northern Lights and the Milky Way, among many others, are really captivating. Several snack bars and restaurants as well as gift shops are available throughout the complex.

Location: 4801 Pierre-de Coubertin Avenue, Montreal, QC H1V 3N4, Canada

Open: Sunday – Wednesday from 9am to 5pm, Thursday – Saturday from 9am to 8.30pm

Phone: +1 514-868-3000

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La Ronde Amusement Park

Entertainment for the whole family on St Helen’s Island

One of the largest amusement parks in Canada, La Ronde sits on St Helen’s Island, in the middle of the St Lawrence River, just east of the city centre. Home to over 40 rides, shows and attractions, La Ronde can please children from toddler to teenager. Rides are classified as Kid’s, Family and Thrill and access to each ride depends on your child’s height. The park also features restaurants that serve a great variety of cuisines, from Mexican to Italian to classic North American.

Location: 22 Chemin Macdonald, Montreal, QC H3C 6A3, Canada

Open: Opening days and times vary. The park is usually opened from mid-May to late-October from 11am to 7pm, but it’s better to check before to get there

Phone: +1 514-397-2000

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Redpath Museum

Visit a quaint, vintage museum

Just a short stroll west of Downtown Montreal, Redpath Museum is a natural history museum that belongs to McGill University. Featuring a charming Night at the Museum type of design and layout, it has departments dedicated to palaeontology, ethnology, biology and geology. Children especially enjoy the dinosaur fossils and skeletons, including a full-size T-Rex. The museum is not too large and offers a pleasant stroll through the history of our planet in a quaint, vintage setting. The entrance of Redpath Museum is free.

Location: 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3A 0C4, Canada

Open: Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday – Sunday from 11am to 5pm

Phone: +1 514-398-4086

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Feast on maple taffy in a sugar shack

Give the diet a day off

Maple syrup is one of the Quebec’s most popular dishes, but the season is short, usually from late-February to early-May. Sugaring off in a sugar shack – cabane à sucre in French – is a cultural tradition; a kind of rite-of-passage in Montreal. You’ll find urban sugar shacks outside select metro stations, in Jean Drapeau Park and at Jean Talon Market. Many local restaurants also serve maple syrup-based specialities. Maple taffy on snow, maple sugar pie and Pouding Chômeur (French for ‘unemployed man’s pudding’) are just a few of the sweet treats available during maple syrup season.

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Atrium Le 1000 de La Gauchetière

Go ice-skating all year round in one of the tallest buildings in Montreal

Named after its address, the 1000 de La Gauchetière is one of the tallest buildings in Montreal. Mainly an office building and a conference centre, this skyscraper is famous for housing a large indoor ice-skating rink, which is open all year round. Bars and restaurants are available around the rink, so you can spend a pleasant time here. Connected to the Underground City, it’s fairly easy to get there.

Location: 1000 Rue de la Gauchetière West, Montreal, QC H3B 4W5, Canada

Open: Wednesday – Friday from 11.30am to 6pm, Saturdays from 12.30pm to 9pm, Sundays from 12.30pm to 6pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Phone: +1 514-395-0555

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Quays of the Old Port of Montreal

Enjoy many activities in historical surroundings

The quays of the Old Port of Montreal host a great range of family-friendly attractions and activities. Lose yourself in a maze at SOS Labyrinthe, take a tour on a quadricycle, run an obstacle course onboard a replica 18th-century galleon or thrill yourself at MTL Zipline & Quick Jump – these are just a few of the exciting things to do in the Old Port of Montreal. This historical district is also home to museums and a lively scene of bars and restaurants. During winter, there’s a large outdoor ice-skating rink. It’s a place that you can enjoy all year round.

Location: Old Port of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Barbie Expo

Discover one of the largest permanent exhibits of Barbie dolls in the world

As one of the largest permanent exhibits of Barbie dolls in the world, Barbie Expo is an impressive place to visit. You can see Barbie dressed by renowned designers such as Ralph Laurent and Christian Louboutin, Barbie dressed like world-famous singers or actors like Marilyn Monroe and Beyonce, and Barbie dressed as characters from movies including Cleopatra and Titanic. Entrance is free, and this beautiful expo is as pleasant for little girls as it is for their mum.

Location: 1455 Rue Peel suite 206, Montreal, QC H3A 1T5, Canada

Open: Monday – Wednesday from 10am to 7pm, Thursday – Friday from 10am to 9pm, Saturdays from 10am to 6pm, Sundays from 10am to 5pm

Phone: +1 514-380-3830

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