Urban sugar shack and other fun activities at Pointe-à-Callière

The archaeology museum will be hosting a variety of workshops, quizzes and games during spring break at the Old Port



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Looking for educational and interactive family activities this spring break? From March 2-8, the Pointe-à-Callière museum will be hosting a variety of workshops, quizzes and games in the Old Port.

Families will be able to explore Quebec’s winter traditions as well as visit new interactive exhibits at the museum. Some activities will be free while others will be included in the museum admission price. A Tim Hortons truck will be on site Monday to Friday, giving out free coffee and hot chocolate.

Free activities will take place outdoors and include an urban sugar shack where children can learn about the history of the  centuries-old tradition of making maple syrup. There will be taffy-on-snow tasting for $2.50 and a variety of maple products for sale such as syrup, candy and fudge.

French storytelling will be held every day at 11 a.m. around a bonfire. Children’s entertainer Eveline Ménard will tell stories about a sugar shack, winter and knitting, and Sylvain Rivard and Christine Sioui will speak about the First Nations and the themes of spring and winter.

Children will be able to win marshmallows to roast on the fire by taking part in a game show-style interactive quiz, also offered daily. Parents and children will play in teams against each other or other families, and will have to be the fastest to answer questions. Trivia topics will include the history of maple syrup and the city of Montreal.

There will be demonstrations by craftspeople making snowshoes and barrels and using various old-fashioned tools.

Inside the museum, there will be additional activities throughout the week including workshops on screen-printing.

Families will also be able to experience the world of the Quebec TV show La Petite Vie, where children will be able to try on set costumes, visit a photo booth, take part in craft activities or create their own game.

For more information, visit pacmusee.qc.ca.

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