Montreal’s Must-See For Kids & Families includes some popular Montreal attractions along with popular Montreal festivals. Montreal is great for kids and has lots of family-friendly attractions, events and activities. Whether you’re looking for child-friendly restaurants, free attractions for kids, or ideas for your day out in Montreal, you’ll find it here!
There are plenty of kid-pleasing attractions in Montreal along with fun events and festivals. These must-see attractions and events are just as fun for the parents as they are for the kids. If you plan on visiting Montreal with your kids, then here are the must-see and must-do activities for kids & families.
|Biosphere (Biosphère, musée de l'environnement)|
| Canadian Grand Prix (Grand Prix du Canada) |
The Canadian Grand Prix (Le Grand Prix du Canada) is a 3-day Formula One event that has been taking place for over 30 years in Montreal. It is part of the Formula One World Championship and takes place on Montreal's Circuit Villeneuve which is located on Île Notre-Dame. Some of the most popular names in Grand Prix participate in the Canadian Grand Prix.
| Festival Montréal En Lumière (Montreal High Lights Festival) |
The Montreal High Lights Festival (Festival Montréal en Lumière) is one of the largest winter festivals in the world and Montreal's most popular winter festival. Occurring in the Month of February, the High Lights Festival is a 10-day celebration of light shows, free events, live music, performance arts and fine food and wine.
| Fête des enfants de Montréal |
Fête des enfants de Montréal is an annual festival for children that takes place in Jean Drapeau Park. La Fête des enfants de Montréal features over a hundred free activities including live performances, music, dance, creative workshops and sports, cooperative games and inflatable structures. The purpose of this festival is to provide children with an environment of discovery!
| Fête des Neiges de Montréal |
Montreal's Fête des Neiges de Montréal Winter Festival is an annual festival that is held yearly at Jean-Drapeau Park. This festival is a celebration of the essence of winter that turns the city of Montreal into a winter wonderland. It has been happening in Montreal for several decades. The purpose of this three week-end festival is to encourage everyone to have fun in the snow. The Fête des Neiges is one of Montreal's largest outdoor winter events.
| International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu |
The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (International des Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) is the largest hot air balloon festival in Canada. This gathering of balloons is very popular with kids of all ages. The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu features hot air balloons, music, rides and attractions. Along with hot air balloons, the festival also features activity areas with various games, inflatable structures interactive animated shows.
| La Ronde |
Montreal's La Ronde is an amusement park that is owned and operated by Six Flags. La Ronde is located on the eastern end of Saint Helen's Island. It is the only Six Flags theme park in all of Canada and also happens to be the second largest amusement park in Canada, right after Canada’s Wonderlad. La Ronde is also the host of L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, which is one of the most popular international fireworks competition in the world.
| Montreal Biodome (Biodôme de Montreal) |
The Montreal Biodome (Biodôme de Montréal) is a unique indoor zoo that replicates 4 distinct ecosystems found in the Americas. Each of the four environments occupies a section of the Biodome and features a variety of animals, flowers and plants that belong to each of these environments. Located in the Olympic Park, the Biodome is a combination of a zoo, an aquarium, a botanical garden and so much more.
| Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal) |
The Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal) is a large botanical garden that represents habitats and cultures from all around the world. It is one of the largest and most spectacular botanical gardens in the world. The Montreal Botanical Garden features over 22,000 plant species, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and a dedicated team of researchers and activities staff.
| Montreal Insectarium |
Montreal’s Insectarium is the largest insectarium in North America and one of the largest in the world. The Insectarium displays various insects from around the world in exhibits that are held year-round. Because Montreal’s Insectarium features insects from all around the world, it is a popular tourist attraction, with more than 400,000 people visiting the Insectarium each year.
| Montreal International Jazz Festival (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal) |
Montreal's International Jazz Festival (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal ) is the largest jazz festival in the world. This 11-day summer music festival takes place between late June and early July in the heart of downtown Montreal. Located inside the Quartier des Spectacles, around the Place des Arts, the festival features some of the most famous artists from around the world. Each year, over 2 million spectators attend the International Jazz Festival.
| Montreal Planetarium (Planétarium de Montréal) |
Montreal’s Planetarium (Planétarium de Montréal) has been helping visitors discover the Stars and Universe since 1966. The Montreal Planetarium is designed to help uncover the fascinating world of astronomy and space exploration to all. It offers various multimedia shows that feature content for all ages.
| Montreal Science Centre (Centre des Sciences de Montréal) |
The Montreal Science Centre introduces children to science and technology through various interactive activities. The Montreal Science Centre features both temporary and permanent exhibitions that encourage participation and really get children involved.
| Mount-Royal (Mont-Royal) |
Mount-Royal (Mont-Royal) is a large hill located in the middle of Montreal. At 234 meters, Mount Royal is the highest point in Montreal. It is affectionately called The Mountain by Montreal locals. Montreal is named after this 761 foot hill, which also houses the famous Mount-Royal Park (Parc du Mont-Royal), one of Montreal's largest green spaces.
| Nuit Blanche a Montréal (Montreal All-Nighter) |
The Montreal Nuit Blanche (All-Nighter) is an all-night event that takes place every year to mark the end of the Montreal High Lights Festival (Montreal en Lumiere).
| Place des Festivals |
The Place des Festivals is a large public urban space that is dedicated to festivals and entertainment within the Quartier des Spectacles. The Place des Festivals draws huge festivals, particularly, during the summertime because of the many free events that take place in the Quartier des Spectacles. As part of the Place des Arts, the Place des Festivals contains the biggest interactive fountain in Canada.
| Quays of the Old Port (Quais du Vieux-Port) |
Montreal’s Quays of the Old Port offers plenty of activities for Montreal locals and visitors. Located at the Eastern end of the Lachine canal, and just off the St. Lawrence River, the Old port is great place for locals and tourists to mingle. During the summer, it offers a riverfront destination for walking, cycling, pedal boats, rollerblading and even Segway rentals.
| The Magic of Lanterns (La Magie des Lanternes) |
The Magic of Lanterns (La Magie des Lanternes) is Montreal’s annual fall festival of lights that marks the arrival of autumn in beautiful style. It is a remarkable celebration of light in the Montreal Botanical Garden's Chinese Garden. The festival is marked by hundreds of silk lanterns that illuminate various areas of The Chinese Garden.