Shows, activities and adventures for the whole family in les Jardins Gamelin

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Montreal, June 5, 2018 – Until September 30, Les Jardins Gamelin is the place to be for family fun – everything from kids’ entertainment at the Maison jaune and interesting things to learn at the Petits bonheurs workshops to the hilarious Gamélites, the little stone beings who live in the Jardins. Children will be amazed by the new butterfly tent run by Sentier Urbain. There’s also fun for teens, with the Randolph gaming club. All week including weekends, break out of your routine and be inspired by the joys of summer – spend some fantastic family time in Les Jardins Gamelin! And it’s all free, seven days a week, morning to night, with special family activities on Sundays.


Children are always welcome at the Maison jaune, a play space featuring plenty of games and other outdoor activities (hopscotch, self-service library, construction games). Throughout the season, the house’s activity leaders will welcome young children to creative workshops and activities inspired by life in the Jardins. In June, the Maison jaune is open every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. In July, from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This year, the Maison jaune is more welcoming than ever thanks to a new shaded area, furniture and games. Parents can have fun with their kids, or relax while the little ones play. Plus, Dominique St-Laurent and his snack bar team will serve up special kids menus on the Jardins’ sprawling green patio.

Every Sunday morning, families are invited to a special activity with Petits bonheurs. The organization presents shows for kids from infancy to age 12, introducing them to the performing arts (dance, music, theatre, puppetry, singing, circus arts) with workshops led by professional artists. All that, plus musical instrument exploration sessions, treasure hunts, story time, an introduction to opera and the art of mask-making. Family mornings with Petits bonheurs (in French only), every Sunday at 10 a.m.

  • Sunday, June 10, 10 a.m. to noon:

Treasure hunt (the story of Sinbad the Sailor) by Musique&Compagnie
During this treasure hunt, little ones from 18 months to five years dress up as pirates and have to brave a storm to explore the lost island where a treasure is hidden.

Le Petit Théâtre Kamishibai – La valise à histoires by Magali Bertrand
Magali gathers children (3 to 5 years) around a mysterious trunk transformed into a Japanese-paper theatre full of colourful tales, pictures, objects and puppets, both traditional and modern.

  • Sunday, June 17, 10:30 A.M. TO 11:15 a.m.:

Fine mouche by the La Nef musical company
Fine mouche is epicurean, curious and adventurous to the core; she leaves her hamlet to explore the great wide world. Told with affection, poetry, humour, songs and music, this wonderful tale is chock-full of magical encounters that take kids (ages 4 to 9 years) to the heart of Nordic legends.

The full list of activities can be found HERE (in French only)


Because it’s a green oasis in the heart of the city, Les Jardins Gamelin is the perfect place to celebrate nature. The Sentier Urbain organization hosts engaging educational workshops for children on Sundays June 17 and July 22. Don’t miss either the five thematic gardens, the system of aquaponie of the greenhouse and the butterfly tent.

  • June 17 and July 22, 11 a.m. to noon

Butterfly flight and garden tour for young children
Budding gardeners are invited to explore Les Jardins Gamelin and its butterfly tent. The activity concludes with a flight of butterflies.


While there’s plenty for very young children, there’s also a wealth of activities for older kids. Ever playful, Les Jardins Gamelin give teens and families all kinds of opportunities to have fun and get some exercise. From ping-pong to board games to the new foosball table, there’s something for everyone – all free and self-serve. On Sundays, the experts from the Randolph gaming club invite the whole family to play the all-time classics and the best new games. Club de jeux Randolph, Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m.


Another big new feature for the fourth season of Les Jardins Gamelin: the Gamélites! Their curiosity piqued by the music and dance going on in Place Émilie-Gamelin, a dozen charming little stone beings poked their noses above the surface and decided to move into Les Jardins Gamelin. The amusing characters, designed by the Le Pictographe collective, are part of everything going on in the Jardins, from urban agriculture and music to cooking. Discover their lively personalities and hilarious adventures by following them on Facebook – keep up with their adventures for the whole season. Don’t be surprised if your kids make some new friends!



Open daily until 11 p.m.
All activities are free.

For program details, subscribe to the Jardins Gamelin weekly newsletter (in French only) and follow the Jardins Gamelin on Facebook.

Dominic St-Laurent and his team serve up a snack-bar style menu found exclusively in Les Jardins Gamelin, including happy hour (5 to 7 p.m.) specials and kids’ menus.

Restaurant and bar service open 7 days a week:
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

SELF-SERVE GAMES: Football, ping-pong and board games.



In the spring of 2015, Place Émilie-Gamelin showed a new face to Quartier des Spectacles residents and visitors with Les Jardins Gamelin, open from May to October. A large, green and inviting civic space in the heart of downtown, Les Jardins Gamelin return every year with an original temporary layout and a versatile set of facilities. The space’s unique, accessible and human-scale programming, now in its fourth season, has become a part of daily life for residents and visitors, making Les Jardins Gamelin an inclusive gathering place in true Montreal style. The initiative, led by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, is produced in collaboration with Pépinière & co, Sentier Urbain and numerous partners, with the financial support of the borough of Ville-Marie.


The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 70 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination, and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership is supported by the Ville de Montréal.

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