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Montreal Families

Just For Laughs Festival Family Activities

Just for Laughs Festival
*Note: Photos above from Just For Laughs 2009

Street Arts Festival, July 17 to 25. Click here for festival schedule
Festival site: Place des Festivals, between Ste. Catherine St. and de Maisonneuve Blvd., Jeanne Mance and Balmoral Sts.
Parking: Meter or lot parking in the area.

Most of us parents can’t afford tickets to see Steve Martin at the Just For Laughs Festival and get a babysitter. Talk about wild and crazy! Here’s a possibly fun alternative: Renting the movie Parenthood with Steve Martin – which we last watched in 1989 at age 15 – to see if it still makes us laugh. For sure the hairstyles will.

Hilarity ensues

But seriously, folks, Just For Laughs does offer a way for families to partake of the festivities. The Street Arts programming, from July 17 to 25, features tons of family-friendly activities in Montreal’s new Place des Festivals.

We had fun at the street arts festival last year, when it was held on St. Denis St. There were various activity booths (like dress-up, face-painting and fishing with magnets), a fun house, a guy getting soaked in a dunk tank and lots of street performers. We left with two happy boys wearing red clown noses and popsicle goo on their faces.

This year’s street arts programming includes shows, roving entertainers, giant puppets and inflatable characters, activity booths and games for kids, plus food and drink stands. Most of the activities start at around 3 p.m. on weekend days, 5 p.m. on week days and continue into the evening. See the full schedule.

Special Events

  • The Street Arts festival kicks off Saturday, July 17, with a musical parade from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring several hundred musicians. More information.
  • On Sunday, July 18 at 8 p.m. there is a satirical parade featuring 1,600 people wearing masks, costumes, and carrying giant lanterns. More information.
  • The Twins Parade will be held Saturday, July 24 at 4 p.m. More information.

Tip: Bring a stroller to help keep young kids contained; it’s easy for them to disappear in the crowd.

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