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Day 2 – Morning or Afternoon
BEST FOR ART-LOVING KIDS (The Family Lounge at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, 514-285-2000, www.mbam.qc.ca/en)
The new Family Lounge, which opened in September 2012 in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is one place you don’t want to miss. The beautiful studio space plays host to several free activities, workshops, games and tours for children, teens and adults. Kids (and parents) will enjoy exploring the space itself – from the black-and-white street-art wall mural to the 3,000 multicoloured stuffed animals. Parents with little ones can enjoy everything from the reading nook to animated films, concerts, short museum tours and more. Creative workshops include painting, jewellery making and illustrating. Moms and dads with teens will be happy too: sneak out to explore the museum on your own, while your kids have their artistic fun.
What the guide books don’t tell you: The amazing mural on the walls of the Family Lounge was painted by EN MASSE, a Montreal-based, multi-artist collaborative team.
Best time to go: The quietest time to visit is just after lunch.
Day 2 – Evening
BEST FOR THE OFFBEAT ADVENTURER (Fantômes Montréal Ghosts, 360 Saint-Francois-Xavier St., 514-844-4021, www.fantommontreal.com)
If you’re looking for something a little different, Fantômes Montréal Ghosts may be for you. They offer two ghost activities through Old Montreal in July and August, and some into the fall. The traditional ghost walk is a tour of the haunted locations, legends, unexplained phenomena and major historical events of the area, while the ghost hunt will get your adrenaline pumping as you search for spectres (played by professional comedians) hidden in the narrow, cobblestone streets of Old Montreal. Once you find them, these witches, swindlers and former criminals will tell you tales of their life and – death. This memorable street theatre experience is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
What the guide books don’t tell you: Tours are offered in both English and French.
Best time to go: Tours are quite popular around Halloween, but the stories are just as good (and just as scary) in the summer too.