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Day 4 – Morning
BEST FOR KIDS WHO LIKE TO DIG AND GET DIRTY (Pointe-à-Callière Museum, 350 Place Royale, 514-872-9150, www.pacmusee.qc.ca/en)
Located in a complex of historic buildings in Old Montreal, Pointe-à-Callière Museum is home to an impressive collection of First Nations artifacts and popular cultural activities. Pointe-à-Callière showcases trade goods, household and industrial items, bones and shells discovered in archeological digs. Permanent exhibitions include Where Montreal Was Born (underground!) and Montreal Love Stories. The award-winning museum also offers plenty of kid-friendly activities: musical performances, theatre, lessons and simulated archaeological digs. The site is also home to a research program through the archeological field school.
What the guide books don’t tell you: Admission for children under five is free; and families of three or four can take advantage of discounted rates.
Best time to go: To get in on the youthful excitement, field trips are often hosted weekdays during school months. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Day 4 – Evening
BEST FOR FUTURE MUSICIANS AND DANCERS (The Montreal International Jazz Festival, 400 Maisonneuve Blvd West, 9th floor, 514-523-3378, www.montrealjazzfest.com)
Youngsters love to sing and dance – so why not take them to the Montreal International Jazz Festival? This popular music event hosts hundreds of indoor and outdoor concerts for millions of visitors each year. The 2013 festivities will take place June 28 to July 7 and have quite the incredible lineup, including Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. This is the world’s largest jazz festival, featuring thousands of artists from more than 30 countries. Whether your kids are dancing to the beat at one of the free outdoor concerts or learning about music at the bilingual Little School of Jazz, they’ll be sure to have a blast.
What the guide books don’t tell you: Looking to rest your feet (and ears)? There is a play area for those little ones, with craft activities and interactive play.
Best time to go: Plan your visit around the music, of course! Check the website for dates and times.