Families enchanted with Montreal’s Botanical Garden quest

Botanical garden Shh! Can you hear the branches rustling? They’re saying that the new route for families introduced earlier this summer at Montréal Space for Life is a real hit. The Botanical Garden created a quest called Heroes of the Forest through its tree collection, the perfect place to experience the joys of childhood for the first time or all over again!

It’s wonderful to see kids jumping over the logs beneath the willows, a whole family working together to build the best shelter out of branches in the shade of the crabapple trees, and fathers pitching in to assemble the highest tower of wooden blocks! And on weekends, after all the organized fun, you have to see the pride on the young players’ faces as they’re awarded their Heroes of the Forest amulets. And there’s more!

Every Friday and Saturday, along with this exciting quest, visitors can relax under the crabapples and listen as virtuoso storytellers whisk them off to fabulous imaginary worlds, just as we used to enjoy as youngsters!

At the Botanical Garden, until August 28

  • Heroes of the Forest
    In co-operation with the TD Friends of the Environment FoundationStorytelling
    Friday and Saturday, at 3:30 p.m. in English
    In the shade of the crabapples, storytellers whisk audiences off on a fantastic imaginary journey:
    Stéphanie Bénéteau (July 22 & 23, August 19 & 20), Mike Burns (July 29 & 30), John David Hickey(August 5 & 6, 12, 26 & 27)
    Friday and Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. in French
    Stéphanie Bénéteau (July 22 & 23), François Lavallée (July 29), Franck Sylvestre (July 30), Renée Robitaille (August 5 & 6), André Lemelin (August 12), Robert Seven-Crows (August 13), Denis Massé (August 19), Alain Lamontagne (August 20 & 27), Michel Faubert (August 26)The quest – An all-new active game in the heart of Botanical Garden!
    Self-guided quest, available at all times; organized quest on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Head off on a captivating quest along a half-kilometre route through the trees. There are logs to hop across, shelters and towers to build, puzzles to solve… What kind of hero will you end up being?
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There are logs to hop across, shelters and towers to build

At the Biodôme, until September 5

  • Polar Immersion, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Get up close to penguins, killer whales and polar bears like never before, in an immersive augmented reality experience!
  • Poop Tales, at all times
    How do scientists count penguin populations in the Antarctic? Using satellite photos of the colonies’ droppings! Come learn all kinds of fascinating facts about animal habits on the new route through the Biodôme.

At the Insectarium, until September 5

  • Oh, Poop!, at all times
    You won’t believe all the things you can learn from tiny insect droppings!

At the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

  • Asteroid: Mission Extreme, showing daily
    Ready for an extreme mission? Are you up to the challenge? It’s both the ultimate risk and a fantastic opportunity. Asteroids are threatening to collide with the Earth in a cataclysmic event, and at the same time they could be used to transport cargo across the solar system.
    Produced by Sky-Skan, in co-operation with National Geographic and Lockheed Martin
  • One Day… on Mars, showing daily
    Take a “road trip” to the Red Planet and enjoy a fascinating, thrilling immersive experience set to an original soundtrack by DUMAS. You’ll dive into the depths of seemingly bottomless canyons and brave the violent winds that sweep across the icy dunes.

Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Biodôme, Botanical Garden, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada’s largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living. – CNW Telbec.

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