It has been a rainy Spring in Montréal, and while wondering what to do on a gray Saturday with three little Chipmunks, I turned to Soul.City for an answer! Built to host the 1976 summer Olympic Games that crowned Bruce Jenner and Nadia Comaneci, the Olympic Park is today a fantastic play area for kids and adults alike. Together, the Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme, and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium form the Space for Life, the largest natural sciences museum complex in Canada.
Easily accessible on the green metro line, the kids and I exited the Viau station, and headed first to the Biodôme. This unique attraction allows visitors to wander through ecosystems that replicate climates of the Americas. We first walked into a tropical rainforest, where exotic birds and monkeys could be watched from up close. The second exhibit took us through a typical Canadian forest, a real hit with its sliding otters! The peak was without a doubt the penguins in the Arctic region. The children absolutely loved their visit!
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Since the kids still had energy to spend, we then headed to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. The site uses cutting-edge technology to offer an out-of-this-world (literally) experience. We settled on bean bags inside a dome to watch an Imax-like movie about asteroids. While waiting for the projection, a complimentary hands-on exhibit got the children interested in learning about our solar system.
Word of advice: book your tickets for the Biodôme online, you will avoid a long queue! Packages with other Space for Life exhibits are also available.
Special thanks to: Chloé B., Marie-Rose R.L., and Clara B. for enthusiastically testing the Soul.City Making the Kids Happy itinerary!