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Montreal Families

Labour Day Weekend Family Activities Montreal 2010

3897130706_313edbd1eeThough school is back in session, summer is not over yet and Labour Day weekend awaits!

If you want to head out of town, check out the great family getaway tips on the What You Did on Your Summer Vacation Contest page. If you’re sticking around, there’s also lots of fun stuff to do.

Labour Day weekend family events:

Wednesday, Sept 1 to Saturday, Sept. 4: Sidewalk sale in Verdun on Wellington Ave.

Friday, Sept. 3 to 6: Gatineau Hot Air Balloon festival, featuring an amusement park, petting zoo, craft market, classic car exhibit, graffiti contest, live entertainment and more.  More information.

Friday, Sept. 3 to Monday, Sept. 6: Brome Fair, an agricultural fair with rides, entertainment, animal shows, barbecue and more. More information.

Saturday, Sept. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.: Hockey Player Jaroslav Halak will sign autographs as a fundraiser for the Ste. Justine Hospital Foundation, in front of La Capsule Sportive at Fairview Pointe Claire shopping centre. Each autograph is $20.

Sept. 4, 5 and 6, 2 p.m. to around 5 p.m.:  Picnik Electronic, a weekly electronic afternoon dance party on Parc Jean Drapeau welcomes families. The event is held Sundays through October, but a few extra days are being added for the long weekend. DJs play music and there is a family area with inflatables and mini golf. More information.

Saturday, Sept. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 2 p.m.: Owl pencil case workshop for age 5 and up, at Le Musée des Maîtres et artisans du Québec, 615 Ste. Croix Ave., St. Laurent. Reservations needed, call 514-747-7367.

Sunday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Yo Gabba Gabba! live show at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts. Tickets cost $20.50 to $40.50. Read more about the show. Get tickets.

Sunday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Laval Family Festival, an end-of-summer celebration featuring shows, games, entertainment and many surprises at Laval Nature Centre. More information.

Through Sept. 4: Cirque Akya performs in Longueuil. Shows are usually at 7:30 or 8 p.m. near Collège Champlain, St. Charles St. W., Longueuil. Read show description. Get tickets.

Ongoing activities

Apple picking has started at local farms, including Quinn Farm in Ile Perrot. To find more local apple farms, go to La Pomme du Québec.

Family attractions open through Labour Day weekend

Open until Sept. 12: Au Pays des Merveilles amusement park in Ste. Adèle. Read an I Spy Montreal guided tour.

Open until Sept. 12: The recreational pool of the Aquatic Complex on Ile Ste. Hélène. As of Aug. 22, the complex is open on post-season hours. Check the schedule before going. Read an I Spy Montreal Guided Tour of the Ile Ste. Hélène aquatic centre.

Open until Sept. 6: St. Sauveur Water Park. More information.

Open until Sept. 6: Calypso water park. Billed as Canada’s biggest theme water park, it’s located 75 minutes west of Montreal in Limoges, Ontario. More information.

Open until Oct. 31: Granby Zoo is open but its Amazoo water park closed Aug. 30. Read I Spy Montreal’s Guided Tour of Granby Zoo.

Open until Oct. 11: Parc Safari is open, but only on weekends beginning in September. Check schedule.  Read I Spy Montreal’s Guided Tour of Parc Safari.

Open until Oct. 8: Shed 16 Labyrinth in the Old Port is open, but as of Aug. 23, only on weekends and official holidays. Read an I Spy Montreal review.

Open until Oct. 31: La Ronde amusement park is open, but only on weekends as of Aug. 30. Read I Spy Montreal’s Guided Tour of La Ronde.

The Ecomuseum is open year round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Swimming pools and beaches

The beaches at Parc Jean Drapeau and Cap St. Jaques parks are closed and many municipal swimming pools are also done for the summer. But, some municipal pools remain open through Labour Day weekend. (There may be more than what’s on this list – check with your local pool.) Also, water play facilities at local parks may still be functioning, depending on your borough.

Parks

To read guided tours of many great Montreal parks, go to I Spy Montreal’s park page.

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