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Montreal Families

Spring break creativity at Place des Arts

Place des Arts is offering children and families a week-long series of hands-on and performing arts activities to explore during this year’s spring break. From March 2 to 5, 2022, it will host free arts and cultural events.

On the schedule

Puppet-Making and Puppet Theatre

March 2 to 5, from noon to 5 p.m.
Have fun with make-believe play and see what stories can be brought to life. Children will get a chance to develop their art skills and expand their imagination while colouring Nordic animal puppets. After completing their one-of-a-kind creations, kids can entertain friends and families with a show in the puppet theatre.

Introduction to the Circus

March 2 to 5, from noon to 5 p.m.
Get ready to wiggle and giggle. Professional facilitators will inspire the next generation of performing artists with this introduction to the circus arts.

Circus Performances

March 2 to 5, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Welcome to the big top! Enjoy brief demonstrations of various circus disciplines that are sure to impress young spectators and instil a lifelong love of the circus and performing arts. They’ll see juggling, acrobatics, and much more in this impressive display.

The recommended age range for these free activities is 4 to 12.
No reservations are required – First come, first served.

Photo credit: Maryse Boyce

A Window on Creativity – Montréal d’hier et d’hiver

Place des Arts Exhibition Room
February 17 to March 5
Monday to Wednesday: noon to 5 p.m.
Thursday to Sunday: noon to 8 p.m.

Showcasing Montreal and skating through winter images from the NFB archives, the immersive film installation Montréal d’hier et d’hiver — created by multidisciplinary artist Karine Lanoie-Brienis — can be viewed from February 17 to March 5. But, bundle up and head outdoors for this part, because the film is being projected on the façades of the Wilder Building and UQAM’s Président-Kennedy Building as part of Montréal en Lumière.

Afterwards, Place des Arts invites you to visit its exhibition room, free of charge, to explore the creative process behind the installation. History buffs will enjoy the images dating back to the turn of the 20th century when renowned inventor Thomas Edison visited Montreal. Also, witness hockey great Maurice Richard surrounded by his fans and watch footage of snowstorms filmed in the streets of Montreal.

A Window on Creativity – Montréal d’hier et d’hiver is a collaboration of Place des Arts, Montréal en Lumière, and the National Film Board of Canada, presented through the support of the Fondation de la Place des Arts. The exhibition is free and open to all.

Health and safety measures

All participants of ages 13 and up must show their vaccination passport and a form of identification at the entrance to the activity zones. Photo ID is required for people of ages 16 to 74 inclusively. Participants of ages 10 and up taking part in the various activities must wear a mask at all times.

The complete program for the school break activities is available here: placedesarts.com/fr/evenement/semaine-de-relache-2022.

If you want to make a day of it, Place des Arts’ downtown location provides an ideal starting point to visit some of the other attractions in the area including Montréal en Lumière. Until March 5, the whole family can enjoy the all-new aerial and musical skating loop, interactive light installations, and the ice show Cadence. The dazzling lights make it worth a trip.

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