Montreal June 2019: 10 Things to do with Kids this Month
Teacher gifts, year-end concerts and recitals and the last onslaught of homework and tests. That pretty much sums up June, plus, getting summer camp-ready, and bottles upon bottles of sunscreen. While it may be an overwhelming month for moms, it’s also an extremely exciting one in Montreal as our city comes to life. Hello festival season! Between studying and shopping, I highly suggest trying to squeeze in at least a couple of these family -friendly Montreal June 2019 activities.
If you’ve got a firetruck loving little boy or girl in your house, like I do, this is one festival not to be missed. Now in it’s 13th year, the firetrucks will be out on display with firemen and firewomen putting on demonstrations of various kinds. Other activities include face painting, dance parties, shows and more.
Centropolis Laval, Starts at 9am, Free
To launch the summer season, the Old Port will be hosting a 2-for-1 promotion this weekend. So two people can enjoy fun activities for the price of one including: Voiles-en-voiles, SOS Labrynthe, pedal boat rentals, MTL biplane, Imax movies at the Science Centre and more!
Old Port of Montreal, 11am-6pm
Now in its 10th year, I have yet to visit but the slogan “country nights, carnival lights” is certainly enticing. Some of the highlights include: livestock exhibitions, equestrian events, agriculture displays, food, music, tractor pulls, a demolition derby and more. Not to the mention, the Midway with carnival rides and games…
Ormstown Fair Grounds, $7-$25/person, Friday & Saturday: 8:30am-12am, Sunday: 8:30am-4pm
Over 100 free family activities can be found at this three day science celebration in the Old Port. This year’s festival includes a range of STEM topics including “What exactly is the hyper loop?”, Ingenious Slime, Digital Music Lab and Electric Vehicles (shameless plug for my employer Mad Science) and many more.
Montreal Science Centre, Friday: 9:30am-3:30pm, Saturday: 10:30am-7:30pm, Sunday: 10:30am-6pm
Just in time for Father’s Day, kids can create the perfect gift for the golfer dad at Home Depot. Registration is required for this workshop so sign up early at your nearest location. Kids will learn how to build their very own mini putting green.
Home Depot, 10am-12pm, Free
350 Hot Rods and other classic vehicles will be on display in Ste Anne de Bellevue for this annual event for car enthusiasts. The action will span 1 km on Main Street with plenty of opportunities for family fun. There will be live music, inflatables, face painting and more entertainment for all ages.
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, 9am-5pm, Free
Parc Jean Drapeau’s obstacle course on water is a giant 30×35 inflatable structure on the shores of Jean Doré beach. It includes a trampoline, slides, monkey bars, a giant swing and many more opportunities for water fun. Note: only children 6+ are admitted and parents are required to join kids under 9.
10am-7pm, Family passes: $50/Hour or $95/Unlimited
This is one of Montreal’s hidden little gems that opens in Montreal June 2019 that my family visits at least once a summer. Located in a secluded Mile-End park, each Saturday, local vendors, activity providers and restaurants set up shop for a leisurely day of fun. The kids activities are always fantastic and range from puppet shows to art activities. The opening weekend will feature La Récré, a super cool concept that brings cultural entertainment to all ages.
5635 rue St-Dominique (corner Bernard), Starts at 1pm, Free
The circus comes to the suburbs with free magic shows in the street, acrobatics, circus performances and more. The kids will also love the amusement rides and fireworks on Sunday night. The majority of activities are free but a bracelet is required for the rides ($30/day).
9 Jeannotte St., Hours vary by day
While the grownups may have a night off to hear Blue Rodeo, the kids certainly deserve their own trip to the Jazz Festival. The Little School of Jazz lets kids participate in a musical workshop everyday at 11am and 1:30pm. The Rio Tinto Family Club is a great place to take a break before kids get hands-on at a cultural class (1pm to 10pm daily). Lastly, the Rio Tinto Musical Park (opens at 12pm daily) features musical installations and kid-friendly food including a popcorn stand and an ice cream bar.