Staycation: Kid-Friendly Things to do this Winter Break in Montreal

Staycation: Kid-Friendly Things to do this Winter Break in Montreal

Updated December 2022

School is wrapping up for the year and the kids are slowly getting into vacation mode. And hopefully you are too! Entertaining the kids for two weeks may seem like a daunting task but planning a staycation is really quite easy this season. With so many fun things to do over winter break in Montreal, the two weeks will likely fly by. I’ve rounded up local, special activities as well as some tried and true outings that both you and the kids will love.

1. The McCord Museum

If you’re searching for the Oglivys holiday window display, look no further. One can be found outside the museum in a large container, placed next to a free warm beverage bar and marshmallow roasting station. The second is inside in The Enchanted Village, complete with bean bag chairs to sit back and watch this classic scene. This holiday season, the museum also features daily workshops.

2. Luminotherapie

This spectacular light show is back in Quartier des Spectacles and makes a great evening activity when everyone is bundled up with a warm drink in hand. Dozens of lit structures will be spread outdoors, each featuring unique sound and light effects.

3. Le Taz

This indoor skate park in the East End is definitely on our list this winter break especially since snow doesn’t seem to be in the forecast for some of our favourite outdoor activities. From BMX bikes to skateboards and scooters to rollerblades, you can bring your own or rent them on site (along with a helmet). 

4. Exporail 

Located in Saint-Constant (about 30 minutes from Montreal), this train museum features a Railway Christmas this holiday season. Guests can walk through train cars decorated and illuminated with gifts, toys and more. Special activities include a craft workshop and cookie decorating activity.

5. Westmount Summit

Sometimes you don’t need an elaborate museum or invigorating activity to make the family happy. Being out in the fresh air can often times be enough… And since the weather can’t quite seem to make up its mind between rain and snow, the Westmount Summit is a great bet, when tobogganing may not be an option. Located at the top of Westmount (Summit Circle), the wooded trails are the perfect place to get kids running and rosy cheeked. This is a prime dog walking spot so this outing is ideal for pet-loving families.

Plus so much more!

  • Other fun ideas that may not have special holiday programming but are always a good bet for winter break in Montreal:
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – free admission over the holidays
  • Voiles en Voiles Winter adventure park!
  • Montreal Botanical Gardens & Insectarium
  • Laval Children’s Museum
  • Montreal Science Centre
  • Pirate ships at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum
  • $1 family-friendly movies at the Dollar Cinema
  • Indoor play centres like Kazoom and Woohoo
  • And the STM will be offering free transportation to kids 6-11 when travelling with an adult.

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