Montreal October 2019: Things to do with Kids

Montreal October 2019: Things to do with Kids

The temperatures dipped, pumpkins made their debut at the market and Cotsco is already sold out of Halloween costumes. It must be October in Montreal! Four weekends to go until the our kids’ favourite holiday of the year…but until then there’s plenty to keep them busy with in Montreal October 2019.

Halloween at the Botanical Gardens – October 4-31

great pumpkin ball

The Great Pumpkin Ball is back for yet another year of amazingly decorated pumpkins that are on show for all. Whether you’re looking for your own pumpkin decorating inspiration or want to let the kids run loose in the Little Monsters Courtyard, this is a great weekend destination. Tip: Last year we went in the late afternoon and had a lovely, bundled-up dinner in the courtyard cafe, and then got to see the Gardens of Light.

9am-9pm, $45/family

Pop Up Adventure Playground – October 6

Kamik and Earth Day Canada have teamed up for a cross country series of outdoor events for kids, one of which is stopping in Montreal October 2019. The focus is on outdoor free play for kids in an adventure playground environment.

10:30am-4:30pm, Parc Maisonneuve

Open House at Montreal Fire Stations – October 5-19

Calling all fire truck enthusiasts! You have 3 weekends in October to check out local fire stations as they open their doors to the public. Here’s the full schedule:
10/5: Pointe-Claire, Plateau Mont-Royal, Pointe-aux-Trembles
10/12: Ile-Bizard, Lachine, Lasalle
10/19: Mont-Royal, Saint Leonard

8:30am-4pm, Free

Railway Ghosts – October 12-31

The Exporail museum is pulling out all of the stops for Halloween with skeletons, bats, spiders and more lurking throughout the exhibits, and even in the train cars! One train car has even been outfitted as a Halloween mask creation station.

Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am-5pm, $54.10/family

Candy Course – October 19

A 5K run like no other that the entire family will be racing to attend. The Montreal edition of the run takes place through Centre de la Nature in Laval. It will feature various candy bars along the route as well as a live DJ and party.

Registration required, $24-$48

No Bears Allowed Book Launch – October 19

An old co-worker has turned into local children’s book author extraordinaire! Lydia Lukidis will be launching her “No Bears Allowed” book that helps cultivate empathy and understanding in kids ages 2-8. Get your book signed by the author, participate in a puppet making workshop and pick up some colouring pages to take home.

11am, Librairie Drawn + Quarterly, Free, Registration required:

Phantoms of the Island – October 26-27

The Stewart Museum is kicking off the spooky season with the opening weekend of its very own escape room. Families will be able to solve puzzles and complete challenges, all while dressed in costumes. A sweet treat will be rewarded to all upon completion.

Reservations required. Tickets go on sale October 7

Bach Before Bedtime – October 29

The October 20th shows for this musical performance are already sold out so now’s the time to get your tickets to the Halloween edition! This is a great opportunity to introduce kids to chamber music and instruments, at one of the three shows.

9:30am, 11am or 4:30pm, Place des Arts, $12

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