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March Break in Montréal

Family Activity Guide
Published on
February 19, 2018
March break is just around the corner! We have quite a few activity ideas that could be fun for the whole family.

Thousands of butterflies go free

Jardin botanique

For a summery ambiance, discover our greenhouse, maintained at temperatures between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius, and home to the activity kids rave about every year at the Botanical Garden. Thousands of butterflies will enchant you with their shimmery colors!

Educational activities led by science animators also provide the opportunity to learn more about setting up the most inviting butterfly garden, both in the city and out in the countryside. This will help you prepare to add colors to your garden this summer.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, February 22 to April 29, and exceptionnally, on Monday, March 5, to kick start the school break.

March Break at the Planétarium

Demain l'espace

The Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan offers various shows for all ages, as of February 27.  

Little ones (4 to 8 years old) will be amazed by the movie The Blind Man with Starry Eyes (23 minutes), the story of a tyrant, a wise old man and the mysteries of the universe. A multimedia show (40 minutes) completes the double feature, providing a unique opportunity to embark on a virtual spaceship exploring the solar system.

For older kids (7 years and older), there will be two shows. Space Next (25 minutes) showcases our impressive journey in the discovery of space and EXO (40 minutes) exploring the quest for extraterrestrial life and its potential impact on humanity.  

Look up show times, at d’Espace pour la vie. The Planétarium is open Tuesday through Sunday, but will also be open on Monday, March 5, exceptionally.

Treasures of the Accès Culture Network

Avril et le monde truqué

Looking for a low-cost cultural break? The Accès culture network offers a plethora of interesting activities.

For March break, get carried away by Mozart’s Flight of Fancy,a musical show for children aged 3 to 7. Young Mozart and his big sister find themselves home alone, until their good friend, Anton, shows up with a magnificent instrument: the clarinet!

Molinari in the Attic, for a target audience aged 6 to 12, is the story of Sebastian and his grandpa, who is a great admirer of Québec artists Guido Molinari. The Molinari Quartet is made up of two violins, a cello and an alto. 

See the entire programming online, on the réseau Accès culture website!

Festival Montréal joue

Montréal joue

For a little entertainment, the Festival Montréal joue, organized by Montréal’s public libraries, offers more than 300 activities to please the whole family during March break.

This 6th edition provides intergenerational, intercultural and accessible programming. The wide range of activities, from video games, to role-playing games and board games, will entertain even the pickiest of children (and their parents)!

The 2018 edition will take place from February 24 to March 11. For more details, check out theMontréal joue web page.

Day Camps

Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse

Did you know that several day camps are open for March break?

It is an excellent way to keep your little ones busy for a few days, or even a day or half a day. They offer a variety of activities ranging from sports, to culture and science.

It is always preferable to save a spot early on, so look upour day camp list and check with your borough.


For your transportation needs, consider the STM’s Family Outings program! The offer allows for up to five children aged 6 to 11 to travel for free during certain periods, when accompanied by an adult with a valid fare.

The offer applies from Friday, 4 p.m. to Sunday evening, on legal holidays and during some school breaks. It will be in effect during March break, from Friday, March 2, to Sunday, March 11.