Written by Lexa Naguib on 06.04.15

For the mothers sick of getting stared down at Starbucks, sick of aimlessly pushing a stroller around the mall, and sick of always taking your kids to the same old park, this is for you. Check out our guide for the best activities and spots to take your kids to in and around the city.

Arts & Crafts Studios

Café Ceramic
Take your kids to one of Café Ceramic‘s three locations across the city and encourage their sense of creativity! Both you and your kids will have a great time painting your choice of ceramic mugs, plates or figurines. Create an adorable memento of your baby’s handprint on a mug. Once you’re done painting, your ceramic piece will be placed in a large oven-type room to dry and may be ready to take home the very same day. While you’re waiting, have a snack or enjoy a yummy latte!
4338 St Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2K8
(514) 848-1119

Head to one of 4Cats art studios in Montreal, where your kids can take part in various artistic activities that are too messy to do at home. Offered activities include clay sculpting, silkscreen painting and splatter painting. Their spring drawing classes are perfect for older kids aged 10-15; learn more about them here. 4Cats also does birthdays; choose from a fairy, knight, or pirate-themed party!
04-233 Avenue Dunbar, Plateau Mont-Royal, QC H3P 2H4
(514) 508-3889


Melons et Clementines
For those mommies with newborns, check out Melons et Clementines, your ultimate breastfeeding café. This is a place where moms (and expecting moms) can breastfeed in a comfortable setting, enjoy a healthy lunch (with gourmet coffee or David’s Tea), and browse through a speciality breastfeeding boutique. They even have their own lactation consultants. What’s more, they also have a playground to keep the toddlers busy.
5659 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4A 1W6
(514) 482-5248

La Tasse Gamine
At La Tasse Gamine, enjoy a cup of coffee and a vegetarian lunch menu (very reasonably priced) while your kids have fun in one of two sizable play areas. There’s also a reading area for those older kids or for moms who want to read to their little ones. What’s more, they offer various workshops and activities throughout the year; visit their facebook page for more information. Also, be sure to check out their awesome eco-boutique.
5658 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V
(514) 439-9950

Gyms & Exercise Centres

At iSaute trampoline centre in Laval, your kids will have a ball jumping around, all while getting some essential exercise. On Monday’s Family Jump Night, everyone can use the trampolines for just $35 per family, even mom and dad. iSaute has an extremely safe environment and will help your kids spend their infinite supply of energy, finally giving you an early night of sleep.
2045 Boulevard Dagenais Ouest, Laval, QC H7L 0B2
(514) 761-7373

Kidnasium, now reopened at a new location on Jarry Street, is so much more than a gymnastics centre. They also offer circus classes, hip-hop, as well as a special mom and tots program. Most recently, they began offering yoga classes. They also do birthday parties on the weekends.
2500 Rue Jarry Est, Montreal, QC H1Z 2C4
(514) 573-6927

Le Petit Gym
With 300+ locations across the globe, Le Petit Gym has built a strong reputation in providing many forms of physical education to children of all ages. Other than gymnastics, they offer dance, sports skills, karate, and parent-child classes. Check out their Parents’ Survival Nights‘ weekend babysitting program; mom and dad deserve some alone time once in a while.
100 Chemin Rockland, Mt Royal, QC H3P 2V9
(514) 733-1735

Educational Activities

Espaces pour la vie
One day will not suffice to explore everything in Espaces pour la vie. This large district is home to the Biodôme, the Insectarium, the Planéterium and the Botanical Gardens. At Espaces pour la vie, learning about wild animals and the universe is just the tip of the iceberg. With lots of displays, interactive exhibits and educational activities set up in all four venues, Espaces pour la vie provides hours of instructive entertainment for children and adults alike!
4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC H1X 2B2
(514) 872-1450

Place des Arts
Are you sick of taking your kids to the movies? How about the theater then? Place des Arts presents several child-geared performances throughout the year. With storytelling, music, and puppetry, these amusing shows will certainly captivate your young ones. To see the schedule for upcoming shows, click here.
175 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, QC H2X 1Y9
(514) 285-4200

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