Montreal Botanical Gardens – Fall Festivities
We’ve started an annual tradition in our family. Every October we make the trip to the Montreal Botanical Gardens to get in a fall state of mind. Sure, the roses and other beautiful flowers may not be in their prime but we take an afternoon to enjoy the vibrant colours of the changing leaves and a slew of kid-friendly activities. Here are my tips for a great afternoon at the Gardens.
Little Monsters Courtyard
This outdoor obstacle course is a great way for kids of all ages to get out some energy. Plan this to be your first stop before strolling through other exhibits at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. A mini ropes course features a slide, a tug-of-war station and plenty of interactive games. Most kids can spend a good hour here running around in the fresh air.
The Great Pumpkin Ball
Every year, children and adults from around Montreal let their creative juices flow as they decorate their own pumpkins to be featured in this exhibit. While some are in it for the contest grand prize, visitors will appreciate their creativity with dozens of decorated pumpkins on display. From Minions to witches to gumball machines, this is the place to find inspiration for your own pumpkin decorating. In the centre of the ball lives Esmerelda, the Witch, who entertains (in French) children passing through.
Garden of Lights
If you’ve never been to the Japanese Garden at the Montreal Botanical Gardens, fall is the time to go. The display changes every year, but a magical experience is guaranteed every time. If you plan your day closer to dusk, you’ll get the full experience as the lights are lit for a shimmery evening.
Tips Before you Go
On-site is an amazing little restaurant with many healthy food options. If you want to pack your own snacks/lunch try to grab a seat just outside it. You’ll be able to eat among European inspired fountains.
Wear lots of layers. If you’re staying into the evening it can get chilly so be sure to pack mitts and hats to keep complaints at bay.
Check the website to plan your visit to coincide with story time (in French) or any other special kid-friendly events.