The title says it all. This list is a work in progress and has been compiled by Isabelle Green. A local resident and LifeinQuebec.com team member.
Things to do with your kids in and around the city
Are you out of ideas on what to do with your children? Here’s a list of activities to do with children of all ages in Quebec City. This will be added to over time. Have you got any suggestions?
Jeffrey Hale Community Services English-speaking activities for children and families.
Swimming lessons & playgroups
Ville de Québec
275 du Parvis Street
A toy-lending library and provides a play area for kids every Friday mornings at the Sainte-Foy joujoutheque.
A free play area in Limoilou with toys and more. No tidying-up required! Donations are accepted.
Festival de la jeunesse de Beauport (March 4-14 2011)
Indoor and outdoor sports, arts and crafts, cultural events, free movie, bingo and more.
Récréo-Fun: A huge jungle gym for kids of all ages. There is a play area just for younger children. A little pricey.
Le Centre d’amusement Carie Factory: Same as récréo-fun.
Méga-parc: Located at Galeries de La Capitale, there are rides for all ages and an ice-skating rink. They rent skates. It’s fairly reasonably-priced.
February 12-April 3 See 70 different species of butterflies
One hour of storytelling followed up with an activity for your child. Check with your local library for schedules. Free.
Go watch a movie with your baby on selected days. The selected movies are usually in French though.
Cinéma Parents-Bébés at the Clap
A toy store in St. Nicolas where you can shop while your kids play in a playroom full of toys. You can celebrate your child’s birthday there. Pick a theme and they will take care of the rest.
A place you can buy second-hand toys. Come on give those toys a second life!
The Musée de la civilisation links the past, the present and the future. While remaining strongly rooted in the reality of Québec, it projects a new, attentive and dynamic outlook on all of human experience in its whole, and on civilizations from the world over.
Free on Tuesdays for everyone. $12 for adults and free for 11 years and under.
Here is a list of museums in Quebec City.
The Citadel is the largest British fortress built in North America. There are tours, a museum and other activities. http://www.lacitadelle.qc.ca
From May to October, take your children to a farm in St-Jean-Chrysostome where you can see and pet many animals such as ponies, goats, rabbits, pigs, emus, ducks, geese and more. There are also outdoor activities such as volley-ball, horseshoes and a giant bean bag toss game. You can also take a stroll in the woods.
Cost is $5 for children and $7 for adults. They also do birthday parties.
Work out in the outdoors with your child in a stroller or a sled, depending on the season. Takes place at the Plaines of Abraham, Domaine des Maizerts or Base de Plein Air Sainte-Foy. Great way to keep in shape when you have a young child.
Outdoor winter activities for the whole family. Parc des Brumes, 6920, rue des Brumes (Les Rivières) http://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/idees_sortie/fiche.aspx?entID=2129
Treasure hunts and other organized activities to amuse the whole family. Located in St-Raymond. Call to reserve first. Check website for pricing.
The title says it all. The maze is changed on a regular basis so you can keep going back! Very fun for the whole family. Located in Sainte-Catherine de La Jacques Cartier.
Zip lining:Two places to go zip lining.
Domaine de la forêt perdue: A 10-kilometer trail to hike in the summertime or skate on in the wintertime. Treasure hunts are organized in the summertime. A great place to observe wild animals. Located near Trois-Rivière. Not in the Quebec City area but it’s worth the trip!
Centre de glisse Myrand, 2150, avenue Chapdelaine
Pointe-aux-Lièvres, 25, rue de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres (La Cité-Limoilou)
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
There are 47 national parks in the province of Quebec. The closest one to Quebec City is Parque National de la Jacques Cartier. Outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camping are done here. A fantastic place to enjoy wildlife and only 45 minutes away! Dogs are not allowed.
Adult: $9, Children 3 and over: $5, Family $21.
Base de Plein Air Sainte-Foy:
Summer and winter outdoor activities.
In the summertime, you can hike on the trails, rent a canoe or a paddle boat and there is a sandy beach where you can swim and have a picnic.
In the wintertime, there are wonderful cross-country ski and snowshoe trails and a chalet to rent skis, snowshoes and even baby trailers. The trails here are mostly flat. There is also a place to go sledding.
If you are a Quebec City resident, entrance is free
Similar to Base de Plein Air Sainte-Foy. In the summertime there are various trails to explore and in the wintertime, the trails turn into cross-country ski trails. They rent baby trailers. The trails are hilly so be prepared for a cardio workout!
Cost is $6 for Quebec City residents to access ski trails http://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/citoyens/loisirs_sports/equipements_loisirs/base_plein_air_decouverte/index.aspx
Trails (snowshoeing/cross-country skiing in winter or walking/biking in summer)
The Quebec winter carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world today, and is third on the List of Top Carnival. There is an array of activities for the whole family to enjoy such as winter sports, tobogganing, snow sculptures, contests and activities based on the traditional Québec lifestyle, such as canoe races and dogsled races. Warm up with some caribou in a glass made of ice at a bar made of ice and keep your eyes open to see the bonhomme!
Concerts and music for all tastes and ages, entertainers such as jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers, games, fire works and more.
Located in Levis, just across the bridge, this park with magnificent waterfalls and a kids play area is the perfect place to have a picnic on a summer day. There are various walking/bike trails.