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Your cure for winter

Published on
February 28, 2018
As we get to the end of a particularly finicky winter, getting out and about with your family, all while staying sheltered from inclement weather, could seem like quite the tall order! Luckily, the Festival Montréal joue emerges during this less-than-inspiring part of winter.

Until March 11, the 6th edition of this Festival proposes activities for all tastes, most involving creativity and collaboration. This is definitely the case for the board game creation workshop and the Timeline card challenge!

Create your own games!

Who among us has never dreamed of creating their own game? Many have tried, but few have succeeded. The board game creation workshop allows young minds to make this happen!

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The activity takes place during March break, is designed for children aged 8 to 12, and is offered in four workshops. From discovering different types of video games, to creating them, to brainstorming on the topic, expert animators will guide your young ones through the entire process of creating 5 different games based on the books by the finalists of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards.

The workshop ends with a public presentation, where prizes will be awarded to the aspiring designers in various categories.

“The goal is to create a fair where people can discover games created by children.” Said Maxime Beaulieu, librarian.

Registration is mandatory, as places are limited for this four-day free activity. Contact the participating library of your choice for more information:

Drawing history


Do you know Timeline? It is an illustrated card game in which you have to guess the location of historical events by creating your own timeline. Over the years, this game was adapted in a variety of ways, and there is even a 100% Quebec version now! This year, the libraries of Le Sud-Ouest borough have set out to become the libraries with the greatest number of gigantic Timeline cards colored by children.

Until March 11, cards representing 18 different preselected inventions are available for kids to explore their creativity. 

All the required material was prepared at participating libraries.

“We find it important to do things that don’t come in kits», said Marie-Christine Lamarre, librarian at the Bibliothèque Saint-Charles.

The activity is first and foremost a place for leisure and fun for children. “It’s March break, so we take a real break!”, says Marie-Christine, laughing.

Since the point of the game is to outline the chronology of important historical elements, children can then place their cards on the library’s clothesline to play.

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Tens of playful activities

Are you looking to discover games with your friends and family? Montréal joue offers playful activities everywhere in the city!

Look up the event’s complete programming at: montrealjoue.ca or at: le calendrier des bibliothèques de Montréal for the full list of activities offered in libraries.