Kids and parents who want to attend Montréal en Lumière's Nuit Blanche have a variety of free, kid-focused options to choose from this year.
The festival attracts over 1,000,000 visitors every year. Families should aim to go early to avoid the crush of partiers which fill the outdoor site after dark. For those wanting to stay out late, the metro is open all night and free shuttles operate between the different festival locations until 3 a.m.
Place des Festivals is the nerve centre of Nuit Blanche and the China Ferris Wheel is one of its most visually stunning attractions. The always popular Urban Milk Slide and mini slide is also free and just on the other side of the MAC from the Ferris Wheel.
Tip: Bundle up before venturing out. Lineups can be long for these attractions.
What: A ride on the Ferris Wheel at Place-des-Arts and mini-sled run
Where: Place des Festivals, facing MAC
Address of MAC: 185 St-Catherine West
When: Saturday, noon to 3 a.m.
Brass Plus One, Flash-Back 57/97, Eclectic Django and Gypsy Vadrouille perform during this free show. This is a great place to take in some music between festival stops.
What: Metro musicians perform for free!
Where: Berri-UQAM Metro, St-Denis exit
Time: Saturday, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The About Face workshop invites participants to draw inspiration from the MAC's drawings and make their own unconventional portraits. This is a chance for families to show their creative side.
What: Create a self-portrait for free
Where: Montreal Contemporary Art Museum
Address: 185 St-Catherine West
When: Saturday, 6 p.m. to midnight
This is a geek-themed art exhibit featuring local artists presenting their artwork and sketches and discussing them with visitors. The event will offer free sweets and hot beverages to festival-goers.
What: Videogame/geek-culture themed expo
Where: Boutique Geekatorium
Address: 4323 rue Saint-Denis
When: Saturday, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
5. Jammies Jam
A post-bedtime pajamas dance party for kids and parents. It's a musical evening for children ages three to 12. Snacks and refreshments will be offered. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own Slippers).
What: Pajama party for kids with music and snacks
Where: Jeunesses Musicales Canada House
Address: 305 Mont Royal Ave. East
Time: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.