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Montreal's semaine de relâche: What to see and do

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By Renee Tratch
Digital Writer, theweathernetwork.com
@ReneeinTO
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 5:58 AM

Semaine de relâche or spring break is already here and for those still searching for ideas to fill the week, it’s easy. Whether you choose to embrace the chill or stay indoors, Montreal offers tons of kid-friendly activities. Here are a few ways to keep the whole family busy while school is out. 

Go all night: Kick off Spring Break on Saturday, March 1st with free indoor and outdoor activities for all ages as part of Nuit Blanche. Keep the party going on March 2nd, the final day of the city’s annual winter festival Montreal en Lumière. With an illuminated ice slide, ferris wheel and marshmellow roasting, this is the place to be. And it’s free.

Sweeten up: The maple syrup season has arrived and no need to travel far for that authentic sweet buzz. There are so many to choose from. Add a train or sleigh ride through the forest at Cabane à sucre Bouvrette or bouncy castles and pony rides at Chalet des Érables. And parents, if you can manage to part from the kids, enjoy an upscale version at La Cabane in the Old Port.


Be sure to keep an eye out as we preview what to do in each province in the weeks to come right here at theweathernetwork.com


Bug out: Enjoy a different type of buzz at the Montreal Insectarium, home to thousands of insects from around the world. Interested in the colourful fluttering type? The newly-opened Butterflies Go Free exhibition at the Botanical Garden is a must-see. While you’re there check out the Biodôme and latest shows at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, all part of the Montreal Space for Life

Burn some energy: Little speed demons out there have the choice of inline skating, skateboarding and BMX at Le Taz Roulodome and Skatepark. Up for the challenge as well? Book a parent and tot lesson.

Atrium Le 1000 in the heart of Montreal has special Spring Break programming, including a free skate and maple snacks on March 1st as part of Nuit Blanche.

Set sail: Ahoy! Young archaeologists can explore the history of New France with the ongoing Pirates and Privateers exhibition at the Pointe-à-Callière museum. Travel south to the depths of the Pacific Ocean in the Imax presentation of Galapagos 3D Nature’s Wonderland at the Montreal Science Centre


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