Indoor activities for kids in Montréal

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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This article was updated on July 27, 2020.

When you’re on vacations with your kids, indoor-fun options are a must no matter what the season. Montréal saves the day with all kinds of activities, from adventurous physical feats to skill-testing games and educational entertainment.

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Fun and games

Skateboard and scooter indoors at Le TAZ or play glow-in-the-dark mini-golf at Putting Edge. There's more fun in the dark at Laser Quest's high-energy games of hit-or-miss, while combat meets archery at nearby DodgeBow. Kids of all ages are welcome to navigate the obscure mazes at Laser Game Evolution. Bowl or aim to win at the largest multi-level laser tag arena in Québec, BoulZeye, Pub & Attractions

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Explore the planet and beyond

No matter what their age, kids will be wowed by the wonders of the outside world indoors at Space for Life, where the vastness of the universe is within reach at the Planetarium (the critters, birds and fish of the Biôdome and the Insectarium return in 2021 after major renovations). Over at Parc Jean-Drapeau, explore a fort dating back to the 1820s and learn about local history at the Stewart Museum. And indoors (temporarily closed) and outdoors at the Ecomuseum Zoo, spot over a hundred animals native to Québec, like bears, otters, wolves, hawks and caribou.

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Great escapes

Engage in some serious mind games as you work together to get out of tricky scenarios in escape game adventures in Montréal. A/Maze Escape Games features a prison break, an alien maze, an interactive game with actors and more, challenging each team to come up with solutions in a white-knuckle countdown. Get into more exciting problem-solving and code-cracking fun at Laser Quest's Key Quest Escape Room. And less tense but just as fun, find your way through the Old Port's SOS Labyrinthe in the daytime or as the sun sets.

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Climb the walls

If you’re a family who thrives on physical challenges, reach new heights at indoor rock climbing gym Horizon Roc Climbing Center, with dozens of top-rope climbing and rope-free bouldering routes, short intro-to-climbing classes for all ages. Horizon Roc also features the Acro∞Parc high-ropes obstacle course and 25-metre zip line for ages 8 and up. Refuel at these great places to eat with kids.

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Geek out with the gang

Among Montréal's kid-friendly museums, play and learn at Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal History and Archaeology Complex's Pirates or privateers? and Archaeo-Adventure interactive exhibitions and immersive cinema experiences. A trip to the Montréal Science Centre is a must for giant-screen adventures in the IMAX® TELUS Theatre. Kids can climb aboard historic locomotives and hear stories all about trains at Exporail / The Canadian Railway Museum. Young fashionistas can see Barbie through the decades at the Barbie Expo downtown.

In the driver's seat

Let kids get behind the wheel and drive to their hearts’ content at Action 500 Karting & Paintball, the largest indoor go-cart centre and paintball arena in Canada, with 5 asphalt courses covering more than 73,000 square feet, equipped with juniors-only courses and double carts for parents to accompany kids. 

High-flying fun

Climb into the cockpit of the Aerosim Experience full-scale flight simulator with a professional pilot instructor and choose from thousands of destinations, views and weather conditions—a 60-minute junior package lets 13 to 16-year-olds fly a Boeing with friends or family as passengers. Or catch some air with every jump at state-of-the-art trampoline park iSaute.

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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