KidCon gets its game on

Jamie O'Meara

No one knows fun like a three-year-old – they want to do all the things. And the again-expanded, three-year-old Montréal KidCon really does have all the things: a truly head-spinning array of activities, the latest toys and other attention-getting products, innovative workshops and play stations, live performances, a star-studded cast of TV/movie characters and way, way more. It’s the ultimate two-day playground, for both the kiddos and the kids-at-heart.

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First, the nuts and bolts…

KidCon gets its game on Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22, from 10 am to 5 pm at Montréal’s Stade Uniprix (which many will know as the home of the annual Rogers Cup pro tennis tournament). A variety of passes are available, ranging from one-day single passes to family-of-four and family-of-five passes and more. KidCon is geared towards children aged 3-12 and their parents, and wee ones aged two and under get in free of charge.


Cartoon stars in the, um, flesh

Who wouldn’t want to meet their cartoon character heroes? This year KidCon’s got some A-List level two-dimensional TV stars in the form of PAW Patrol’s Chase (“These paws uphold the laws!”) and his lifelong crush Skye (“This pup’s gotta fly!”). Also – and how cool is this – Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello, a.k.a. the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. All of the aforementioned will be on hand for hugs, high-fives and photos, and there is a special preview pass that can be purchased if you and your gang want a photo with both PAW Patrol characters together, or all the Ninja Turtles together (it’s the only way to meet them together).


Québec tastes like fun

The Tournée des chefs “Goutez le Québec” is a one-of-a-kind culinary tour that sees acclaimed Québec chefs cooking, creating and educating with local food products in a highly entertaining way. This year, KidCon is hosting the tour’s Montréal dates, where two chefs will be giving stage presentations (followed by samplings) and special culinary workshops where the whole fam can prepare simple and delicious recipes, including a Chocolats Favoris workshop for making chocolates.


KidCon puts the “active” in activity

Calling all bicyclists: the Pedalheads Obstacle Course awaits you at KidCon. Pedalheads runs bike camps across Canada and the U.S., and their instructors will be on hand to help beginner cyclists learn how to ride a bike, as well as challenge experienced riders on a course specially designed for the event… In the four-wheel category, the L&P Skate Zone will be holding skateboarding demos by kids aged 4-11 (and some of older friends). And you and the young’uns are invited to bust a few of your own moves at skatepark installations courtesy of Montréal’s Taz Skatepark.

Jamie O’Meara

Jamie O’Meara, blogger

Jamie O’Meara is a writer for The Montreal Gazette, C2 Montréal, Moment Factory and more. He also manages the PR Team at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and is the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.