Guided Tour: Piknic Electronik

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Piknic Electronik
Schedule: Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., until Oct. 3, 2010
Location: Place de l’Homme, Parc Jean Drapeau (view map). On park Jean Drapeau, follow the signs to the La Ronde parking lot. The Piknic Electronik site is a short walk from the parking lot, follow the music – there are no signs for it. If you’re going by metro, bring a stroller for kids age 4 and under. The Piknic site is 500 metres from the metro station.
Cost: $10 per adult, free for children 12 and under.
Parking: $15
Piknic Electronik website

It’s not often that family outings take us to places that have kids activities and a Jägermeister tent operating at 2:30 in the afternoon. (“Honey, if you watch the kids on the bouncy castle, I’ll go get us some shots.”) But good clean family fun coexists with a slice of Montreal’s club scene at Piknic Electronik. It’s a weekly gathering at Parc Jean Drapeau, where various DJs play electronic music starting at 2 p.m. on Sundays, through October 3.

So you think you can dance?
This in-broad-daylight dance party was started by local electronica fans who wanted to bring the music out of the underground, and offer it in a safe, outdoor environment. This recent Montreal Gazette article describes Piknic Electronik as a place where the dance floor gets young children shaking their booties along with the adults.

Because of the growing family presence at the event, Piknic Electronik has a Family Zone with an inflatable structure and mini-golf setup. It’s great that organizers make parents feel welcome. Yes, we still enjoy music other than The Backyardigans, and we still have “get funky” somewhere on our to-do lists.

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On our recent afternoon visit, the music was pumping but the fire was not exactly burning on the dance floor yet. We had the family area all to ourselves, which was great for the kids. They’re new to mini golf and spent about half an hour trying to bend their golf balls through various obstacles. The inflatable structure was wet from a previous rain, so they weren’t into it.

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After mini-golf, we headed back to the dance floor, which is under a very cool metal sculpture and has a beautiful view of Old Montreal. It’s surrounded by big lounge chairs and beanbags, which were a novelty for the kids. Just as more people were showing up and the kids were starting to bust out some of their moves, one of those flash rainstorms blew in.PiknicElectronik4It would be fun to go back in better weather and with another family(ies). We still have until Oct. 3!
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Have you been to Piknic Electronik? How was it?