New feature: I Spy Montreal Newsletter
Today, I’m launching I Spy Montreal’s weekly newsletter, which will arrive in your inbox weekly with a fresh batch of weekend activities. The list will include events like plays, workshops, movie openings, festivals and seasonal goodies.
I’m hoping that one day it will also include the addresses of several Montreal locations that happily entertain children of all ages while parents receive free massages and intravenous coffee.
If you know about such a place, or a family event or activity coming up, don’t keep it to yourself. Give us the goods!
In the meantime, here’s a sample newsletter about activities going on this weekend. Many of them are Halloween-related. Here’s the newsletter sign-up.
Friday, Oct. 16: Movie opening: Where the Wild Things Are. Based on Common Sense Media preview, the movie will be targeted at children over age five. Watch the trailer. Check www.cinemamontreal.com for show times.
Saturday, Oct. 17: Halloween at Granby Zoo: Halloween activities will be held at Granby Zoo the weekends of Oct. 17, 24 and 31. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Halloween night). Halloween activities include several indoor activities (pirate island, house of creatures, vampire grotto, etc.) as well as outdoor activities like parades, a ghosts’ dance. Call 450-372-9113 for information. Click here for the schedule, address and prices.
Oct. 17: Merveilles et Magie: Contes tziganes (Marvels and Magic: Gypsy Stories), a storytelling show that is part of the Intercultural Storytelling Festival of Quebec for ages 5 and up at 1:30 p.m. at Théâtre de l’Esquisse, 1650 Marie Anne St. E. Suggested voluntary contribution: $5 for children, $7 for adults. Call to reserve a place in advance: 514-527-5797. www.theatredelesquisse.qc.ca
Saturday, Oct. 17: The Calabash Children and Other Tales, part of the Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival, a show for ages 6 and up at 10:30 a.m. at Centaur Theatre, 453 St. François-Xavier St., Old Montreal. Read show description. Call 514-288-3161 for tickets.
Sunday, Oct. 18: Une Forêt dans la Tête, a play for 4- to 8-year-olds at 3 p.m. at Maison Théâtre, 245 Ontario St. E.Read play description. The play runs until Nov. 1. Call 514-288-7211 for tickets.
Sunday, Oct. 18: Family Workshop at Verdun Circus School from 1 to 4 p.m. Kids get to try out circus equipment including trampolines, balancing acts, trapeze, juggling, etc. Reservations not required; pay at the door. Call 514-768-5812. www.e-cirqueverdun.com Read I Spy Montreal review of a family workshop at Verdun Circus School.
Sunday, Oct. 18: Les Aventures de Samuel de Champlain, a storytelling and music show for ages 6 to 12, presented by Planète Rebelle, at 11 a.m. at Place des Arts (Piano Nobile). Cost: $8/person. Here’s a description of the show: http://jeunesse.laplacedesarts.com/Spectacle.aspx?s=131
Saturday, Oct. 17 to Nov. 1 (weekends): Grand Festival d’Halloween de Blainville: This family festival is for all ages, bilingual, and includes a haunted house, ghost town, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, contests, performances and more. It is held at the Equestrian Park in Blainville, and 80 per cent of the activities take place indoors. On Saturday, it goes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Sundays, it goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family-friendly services include areas for breastfeeding, as well as a big variety of food vendors (Subway, Moozoo, etc.). Cost: $35/family of four, or $10/person, free for age two and under. The website offers super photos of the event in past years: www.festivalhalloween.com. Call 450-205-0703 for more information.
Oct. 18: Sorciers et Sorcières: Contes pour l’Halloween (Sorcerers and sorceresses: Halloween stories), a storytelling show that is part of the Intercultural Storytelling Festival of Quebec for ages 5 and up at 1:30 p.m. at Théâtre de l’Esquisse, 1650 Marie Anne St. E. Suggested voluntary contribution: $5 for children, $7 for adults. Call to reserve a place in advance: 514-527-5797. www.theatredelesquisse.qc.ca
Ongoing October activities:
Friday, Oct. 2 to Nov. 1: The Great Pumpkin Ball, the Montreal Botanical Gardens annual display of hundreds of decorated pumpkins continues throughout the month, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. This year, three giant pumpkins have been decorated by visual artists. From Oct. 2 to 16, you can enter your own decorated pumpkin in a contest. Other Pumpkin Ball activities include visiting the homes of Esmerelda and Abracadabra, the Little Monsters Courtyard and a pumpkin-themed play. Also, on Sundays throughout October at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., a Halloween origami workshop will be held. Also, The Magic of Lanterns Exhibit continues to Nov. 1, so it’s not a bad idea to do an early evening visit to see the lanterns. More info: http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/en/propos/halloween.htm
Until Oct. 31: Spooky wagon rides at Quinn Farm, from sundown until 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10. “Monsters” may appear during the tractor ride around the corn fields. You can also pick pumpkins at the farm. Address: 2495 Perrot Blvd., Notre Dame de l’Ile Perrot. 514-453-1510.
Until Nov. 1: Pick a Peck of Pumpkins at Château Ramezay Museum, 280 Notre Dame St. E., Old Montreal. The museum has an exhibition on squash (including pumpkins!) for families. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 514-861-3708.
Weekends throughout October: Halloween at La Ronde: On weekends in October, La Ronde has a Halloween theme, with special activities including a haunted house. To find out more about rides and family-friendly services at La Ronde, read I Spy Montreal’s Guided Tour, which was posted in July.
Oct. 10 to Nov. 1: Halloween-themed Labyrinth at Shed 16, Clock Tower Pier, Old Montreal. Open 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. http://www.labyrintheduhangar16.com/en/index.html. Read I Spy Montreal review of visit to Shed 16 Labyrinth’s Pirate Academy in July.
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