There will be two weeks of fun and games in Montreal as the annual Joue Festival returns for its 8th edition, giving families an opportunity to explore the gaming world while chasing away those winter blues.
Children of all ages will be able to participate in more than 300 indoor and outdoor activities, including traditional board games, video games, role-play and interactive animations as well as workshops. Most of the events and activities are offered free of charge.
The 2020 edition will run from Feb. 22 to March 8. Activities will be held at different venues, including la Grande Bibliothèque, Théâtre Paradoxe, Quartier des spectacles and the 45 libraries that are part of the Bibliothèques de Montréal Library Network.
According to new festival spokesmen and comedian Denis Drolet, the festival is a fun, unique experience, and they invite Montrealers to join them in discovering new games and supporting the city’s local libraries.
Until March 1, families and children 5 and up can head to Quartier des spectacles to experience a playful interactive media installation that will light up the public space, created by the graduates of the UQAM interactive media program.
Missions Ludiques in Montreal’s neighbourhood libraries will be taking place from Feb, 22 to March 8 and is geared to kids 6 to 12. Participants will be invited to complete missions, games and challenges to defend their library’s honour. Parents are encouraged to call ahead to find out if these events are being offered at their local library.
Montreal Joue will host outdoor games and activities during the Nuit Blanche festivities, and will have an event on Feb 29 at la Grande Bibliothèque.
At Paradox Theatre on March 7, from 10 a.m. to midnight and March 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., families can enjoy board games and video games (more than 500 of them.)
The popularity of this festival has grown immensely since it was launched in 2013; in the first year, there were 5,000 participants and last year there were 60,000.
Most events are free and open to all ages, but some require advance registration.
For more information, visit montrealjoue.ca.