With the beginning of March comes the week-long break for most Montreal-area students. If you’re not packing up to leave the city for warmer climates, there are tons of options around town to entertain the kids. Need inspiration? See our roundup of activities here – from tubing and ice fishing to circus demonstrations and bouldering, there’s something for all interests and ages.
March is a great time to take advantage of the last bits of winter and what Mother Nature has to offer. Here are some of our favourite outdoor outings for families to enjoy during the break.
Visits with animals
Admire the otters, owls, lynx and more. And who knows, maybe the bears will be waking up from their winter snooze.
A winter visit to the Ecomuseum
Visit Project Pace for an interactive farm tour and the chance to feed and pet ducks, bunnies, chickens, goats, sheep and alpacas.
Winter Farm Tours for Toddlers & Kids (Ile Bizard)
Rent an alpaca for a unique (and adorable) outdoor stroll.
Kids can take a stroll with a furry friend
Play in the snow
There’s no need to spend any money at these free sledding hills around town
Free sledding hills around Montreal
If you’ve never tried cross-country skiing, find a groomed trail and give it a go.
How to get kids interested in cross-country skiing
Stellar cross-country ski trails
FREE Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe & Kite Rentals at TOHU
Parc Jean-Drapeau has a ton of activities including skating, sledding, bird-watching, and cross-country skiing.
Winter fun at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Get creative outside, because everyone’s invited to enter this snow fort contest.
Frosty fun with a snow fort contest
Make a day of it at these spots that offer all sorts of outdoor fun. There’s snowshoeing, tubing, skiing and more!
Snow much fun at these outdoor centres
Skating around town
Try out the new rink located at l’Esplanade Tranquille in Quartier des Spectacles.
New skating rink unveiled in Montreal
Spring break is your last chance to skate beneath Montreal’s Grand Roue as the rink is only open until march 6.
Old Port reopens skating rink
You still have time to explore these gorgeous-looking skating trails.
Magical skating trails near Montreal
Try out a new activity
Ice fishing at the Old Port? Too cool!
Families can ice fish at Old Port
Spark up the break with a day trip to Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook and the nearby Parc Découverte Nature. There’s ice fishing, kicksledding, skating, an outdoor game, hiking, and other great outdoor fun.
Winter adventures await in Coaticook
Take along the binoculars and stop to listen because our feathered friends are on their way back home for spring.
Birding with kids soars to new heights
Discover all the fun at Laval’s huge park
Winter Activities at Laval Nature Centre
Go for an invigorating walk
A beautiful walk AND a delicious treat? Yes please!
Explore Montreal’s largest nature park on foot, snowshoe, or ski, and then stop into the traditional sugar shack in the forest.
A sweet treat at Montreal’s largest park
Pack some snacks and enjoy a walk at these lovely spots.
Nature trails to enjoy year-round
The apples may have already fallen, but the orchards are open for a visit.
Hike the orchards at this cidery
Take it easy with a stress-free scavenger hunt. (And there’s also one for indoors!)
Scavenger hunts for indoor and outdoor winter fun
There is plenty of spring break fun to be had at children’s museums, play centres, and art museums.
Museums and arts centres
Visit one (or more) of Espace pour la vie’s museums: Biodome, Biosphere, Botanical Garden and Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan.
Space for Life offers all-access passport
Explore your creativity at the MMFA with various activities and free admission to the permanent collections for everyone from March 1 to 6.
Spring break at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Make your own puppets and experience circus arts.
Spring break creativity at Place des Arts
Enjoy the break at the Science Centre as it just reopened recently; four exhibitions and two IMAX®TELUS films.
Montreal Science Centre
A family favourite, this museum has interesting and fun interactive activities for everyone.
Enjoy spring break at Pointe-à-Callière
Indoor play for all ages
Enjoy a playdate with your little one.
WOWMOMSWORLD play centres
Have an online battle between friends
New home for Nemesis Video Gaming Lounge
View films in person or from home.
Film festival to be held March break
Families can enjoy this energizing sport at Dorval’s Beta Bloc.
It’s nothing but up at bouldering centre
Test out your concentration and aim in this uniquely awesome sport.
Extreme archery — a fun and safe activity for kids
Get ready for summer
Crafts and activities to do at home:
Unpredictable March weather can put a damper on your outdoor plans during spring break. So have a back-up plan in place with indoor activities to keep kids busy.
Learn all about this classic game that has a whole new generation of fans.
A primer on Dungeons & Dragons
When you can’t meet your friends in person, make a virtual spot where you can play together.
How to set up a free Minecraft server
Tired of cooking? Call ahead to order a complete sugar shack meal to go. Mmm
Sugar shacks bring the experience home
Travel the world from home.
Nine apps to explore the world
Preorder everything you’ll need for a fun activity at home.
Montreal mom creates activity kits for kids
Craft time! Get out your paints and decorate a rock to brighten up the neighbourhood.
Decorated rocks inspire and uplift
Is it just too gross to go outside? Keep the kids active with these Youtube channels.
5 favourite (kid-tested) YouTube channels
This week is a super time to learn a new instrument.
New app offers music lessons
Set aside some time to work on an original letter, essay, story, poem, or play for this writing contest.
Youth can enter a writing contest
Make sure to also check out your city for public swim and skating, library activities, musical performances, and cultural events. There’s lots to do, so get out there and enjoy!