- Read books with your child. You and your child can take turns reading out loud to one another. This can help practice reading skills and build confidence for the upcoming school year.
- Teach your child how to swim or sign them up for swimming lessons. Check out the offerings at your community recreation centre; oftentimes, they offer free or lower cost swimming lessons.
- Be a tourist in your own city. Explore Old Montreal, enjoy free tastings at Jean-Talon or Atwater markets and check out artwork at museums across the city. (Most museums offer free open hours once week. The Museum of Contemporary Art, for instance, is free on Wednesday evenings between 6 and 9pm, with a free tour being offered at 6:30pm.)
- Treat your child to ice cream. A Montreal favourite is Ca Lem on Sherbrooke Street. They offer fun, creative ice cream flavours such as Smores, watermelon swirl, Nutella, strawberry-lychee and black sesame. They also launch a new limited edition flavor every week!
- Go to street sales, local fairs and farmers markets.
- Visit the beach. There are many beaches situated near the city, such as Parc Jean Drapeau and Cap. St Jacques Nature Park.
- Go to the zoo.
- Go to La Ronde.
- Attend the Montreal Cirque Festival in July. Head to St. Denis Street for free events, open to all families.
- Attend the Mini Rogers Cup at the Olympic Park. (July 21st, 23rd and 24th; open to all.) On the first day, children will have the opportunity to play tennis and interact with a player from the Women’s Tennis Association. The finals take place over the weekend, with kids under 12 competing for the title.
- Attend the Just for Laughs Festival.
- Make popsicles or smoothies.
- Organize a lemonade stand with your child. This can provide practice with math skills and people skills.
- Exercise with your child. Activity ideas include taking walks, hiking, biking, jump-rope, playing Frisbee or playing in the sprinklers (a summer favorite.)
- Go to Parc Jean Drapeau. They offer a wide range of activities from the Aquazilla water park, to boat rentals, to public art and swimming just to name a few.
- Have a barbecue with your family and friends.
- Have a picnic at Beaver Lake. The mountain is teeming with activity during the hot summer months. Take a spin on the paddle boats, go on a walk and enjoy the abundant park and picnic areas.
- Attend free outdoor concerts, such as les Francopholies de Montreal from June 14th to June 22nd.
- Explore the Montreal Mural Festival from June 6th to June 16th.
- Organize a crafting activity. Tie-dye old t-shirts, make bracelets, press summer flowers, paint rocks…
- Make sidewalk chalk murals.
- Watch the fireworks at the Old Port. This is a summer classic – grab a poutine or quick dinner and enjoy the fireworks show with your family.
For more ideas, be sure to check out the following resources!
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