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Montreal Families

Under-the-sea theme park opens in Longueuil

I took my 6-year-old son Max to PI-O, a new indoor theme park for young kids in Longueuil at its official opening on December 13. With an under-the-sea theme, the centre features 16 rides, a small train that runs throughout the centre, a miniature bowling alley, a mirror maze, games and a party room.

Named after an octopus called PI-O, the centre is dotted with colourful, stand-alone structures of seahorses, dolphins, a giant frog and more. There is also a “winter room” where fake snow falls lightly from the ceiling. My son enjoyed this area the most because it was brightly lit and had some two-person rides that were pretty calm, a small iceberg slide and a fishing game.

The main area of the park with the rides is quite dimly lit (maybe because of its underwater theme), which was a bit off putting for Max. Although it says that it is geared to kids 1 to 10, the rides seemed more appropriate for kids under 8.

PI-O has a restaurant, with a healthy menu that includes penne or tortellini pasta with rose sauce, chicken vol-au-vent with vegetables, or various sandwiches. The food was very tasty and portion sizes generous. All meals are served with a salad, dessert, and milk or juice, and there are no peanuts, nuts or fish.

Individual tickets cost $18.99 per person with lunch included. (A small discount is offered for families, who can purchase a pass at $72 for two adults and two kids). This entry fee is for four hours and allows kids to go on each ride two times. Right now, there is no discount for people who don’t want to eat on the premises. A party package for eight children is $297. And there is currently a 10 per cent discount on all ticket prices.

The centre is open seven days a week and is located at the intersection of Curé-Poirier and Roland-Therrien Blvds. in Longueuil. Leaving N.D.G. at noon, it took us 35 minutes to get to PI-O. For more information, call (450) 448-0746 or go to www.piocentredamusement.com.

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