Should You Take the Kids To: Montreal Museums Day
Montreal’s annual Museum Day – when museums charge no admission – will be held Sunday, May 30. As well as being free of charge, many of the 30 participating museums offer special family activities.
Although one museum trip will probably be enough when you have young kids along, you may want to take advantage of the six free bus routes that have been organized as part of the event. They are organized by area, stopping at several museums along the way, and may help avoid driving and parking hassles.
Here are some highlights of Montreal Museum Day for families. Note that the first two events run Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy!
Museum: Stewart Hall, 176 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe Claire. Call 514-630-1254.
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
The Stewart Hall Art Gallery is open for free as part of the Free Museums Day, but this Pointe Claire cultural centre is also hosting a two-day open house. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be medieval themed art workshops for kids age 5 and up, including collective mural painting, making crowns, making armor, princess necklaces and stained glass. There will also be puppet shows and circus workshops throughout the day.
Museum: Pointe-à-Callière, 350 Place Royale, Old Montreal.
Schedule: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cultural Feast, a celebration of cultural communities with 50 kiosks offering food, music and entertainment. For children, there is face-painting and badge-making throughout the day; there is also storytelling, a treasure hunt and chef’s fishing challenge. Every hour, there is a scientific workshop by Mad Science for age 5 to 12.
Museum: Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St. W.
Schedule: Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Make your own plaster fossil replica workshop (outside), and special presentations about the dinosaurs of Alberta at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Museum: Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, 185 Ste. Catherine St. W.
Schedule: Sunday, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Ciboulette Workshop: Inspired by Jacques Hurtubise’s 1968 work titled Ciboulette, children age 5 and up can make a cellophane image with vibrant motifs.
Museum: McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke St. W.
Schedule: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: As part of McCord Museum’s exhibition of costumes from the Cirque du Soleil, a mask-making competition for age 16 and under starts May 30. After visiting the exhibition for ideas and inspiration, participants can make their own mask at home (not at the museum). Contest rules are posted on the McCord Museum website. The first prize winner gets two tickets to see the Cirque du Soleil’s Totem.
Museum: Musée de Lachine, 1 Chemin du Musée, Lachine
Schedule: Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.: “Captain Artefact” invites families to participate in a treasure hunt at Musée de Lachine. Little pirates can also get their faces painted. Also, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be folk music and dance performances. Call 514-634-3478.
Museum: Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 Baile St., Montreal.
Schedule: Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.: Voyage in Space workshop, which introduces kids age 4 to 12 to imagining a voyage and creating a way to get there, at Canadian Centre For Architecture. Call 514-939-7026.