Free kids’ activities downtown all summer

The Jardins Gamelin at the Quartier des Spectacles is the hub of lots of summer fun for families



Photo credit: Martine Doyon

On weekends throughout the summer, Jardins Gamelin will be transformed into an urban playground and entertainment centre for the whole family. Families can make their way down to the Quartier des Spectacles — bordered by St. Hubert, City Councillors and Sherbrooke Sts., and René-Lévesque Blvd. — and take part in various activities until Sept. 29.

This area was created to promote inclusiveness and peaceful cohabitation with free programming that would reflect Montreal’s diverse arts scene. The space is designed to be a lively, enjoyable outdoor living space that all Montrealers can enjoy in the warmer weather. 

At La Maison Jaune, children under the age of 12 can enjoy games, arts & crafts, and nature-related workshops, or just unwind with a new book on bean bag chairs. During the Matinées familiales on Sunday mornings, there will be creative workshops where kids can explore dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and more.

On Sundays, little ones can dive into the world of literature and let their imaginations run wild during the Ma Petite Cabane sessions led by storyteller Iris Debauve.

With the warm weather in full swing, families can spend time outdoors and embrace nature with activities organized by Sentier Urbain. On Sunday mornings, take part in agricultural and educational workshops, learn how to plant and tend your own garden, then make your way to the butterfly tent where dozens of brightly coloured creatures will be fluttering freely. If you’re interested in learning more about these fascinating insects, three workshops detailing the butterfly life cycle will take place throughout the summer.

There is also programming for teens. Local gaming restobar Randolph will be offering young adults the chance to play mystery role-playing games and discover a vast selection of unique board games. Trivia fans can put their general knowledge to the test with a series of evening quizzes. Also hosted by Randolph is Loups-Garous, a live-action game where participants will take on different roles in a make-believe village overrun by werewolves to try and survive the night.

If you’re looking to relax between games and activities, Jardins Gamelin offers a bounty of green spaces where you can rest and grab a bite to eat. Concession stands will also be available on site.

For more information, visit  jardinsgamelin.com.

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