Kids can learn about science in a fun, interactive way June 8-10 at the Old Port. For its 11th edition, the Eureka! Festival will feature a variety of science shows and experiments, workshops, and new, exciting scientific discoveries. It’s all free and open to everyone.
Presented by Concertation Montreal, the event aims to build ties between the scientific community and Montrealers of all ages. “It is important, as a society, to spark the interests of the younger [generation] in science,” says Martin Carli, spokesperson and co-host of the popular game show Génial!. “They can be the scientists of the future finding new discoveries and creating new technologies in order to stay at the forefront of innovations in the world.”
This event is one of the “can’t miss” events of the summer with more than 100 activities, interactive demonstrations, presentations, and never-before-seen shows. With so much to see and experience, it can be daunting for newcomers to know where to start. But don’t worry; the simple solution is to find what interests you or your kids because there is something for everyone.
“Start with what is most interesting to you, and then if you have more time, go around and explore topics that you may have not thought about as interesting,” Carli explains. “If you are fans of everything revolving around space and rockets or maybe medicine and pharmacology, there are zones for that.”
Divided into five zones, families can take part in activities and demonstrations about health, nature, aerospace, engineering, discovery, and regions presented by real scientists. At the Sustainable Development zone, kids can learn about the importance of composting or how the water cycle works. The Air and Space area allows kids to become engineers for the day, build a glider and put their work to the test to see if it soars.
This year’s edition also includes the Flying Bike, the Hoverboard Exploit, and the Science Cabaret. Pedal to the treetops on a flying bike and see the aerial view of the festival; witness Alexandru Duru, Guinness world record holder for the longest hoverboard flight, in an exploit worthy of Back to the Future; or take part in a quiz show that makes the link between stand-up comedy and science hosted by comedians Korine Côté and Cassandre Charbonneau-Jobin.
Trivia fans will be glad to know that Télé-Québec will put on another edition of its award-winning game show Génial!. With humour and flair, hosts Stéphane Bellavance and Martin Carli will present new science demonstrations and experiments. Take part in the show that will captivate the entire family on June 10 at 8 p.m. The evening of fun will be followed by a spectacular display of lasers and water jets.
The Eureka! Festival will take place at the Montreal Science Centre in the Old Port from June 9 to 11. It is a good idea to download a copy of the program before you go so you have some idea where the zones are located.
For more information, visit festivaleureka.ca.
This article was originally published in June, 2016 and updated in June 2018