Calling all scientists! Grab your beakers, scissors and test tubes, and get experimenting! Families can take a creative workshop, enjoy an electrifying show or exchange ideas with professionals for whom science and technology is a lifelong passion.
Free. Montreal Science Centre, Montreal. eurekafestival.ca
Festival D’ete De Quebec
You’ll be excited by the big-name acts (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Metric) taking to 10 stages. This is one of the largest outdoor performance events in Canada. Kids will be ecstatic with their very own stomping ground — the Family Place hosts workshops for children, a skate park, street arts, zip lining, equestrian activities and music shows for pint-sized tastes.
Free entry to Place de la Famille (Family Place); Prices vary for other venues and shows. Espace 400E, Port of Quebec. infofestival.com
International Circus Arts Festival
Everyone loves the circus, so this festival is sure to impress by bringing more than 100 circus artists from around the world to Montreal. Families can enjoy a range of outdoor and indoor shows as artists perform aerial manoeuvres, clown around, breathe fire and contort their bodies. Check out the show by Bande Artistique, which combines singing, acting and juggling.
Outdoor performances free; others vary. Various locations, Montreal. 514-374-3522; montrealcompletementcirque.com
Fete Des Mascottes
Fun and lovable mascots parade the streets of Granby and strut their stuff on stages throughout the city’s downtown. Other children’s entertainers — buskers and magicians — will keep kids smiling with tricks and awe-inspiring feats.
Free. On La Rue Principale (between Dufferin and St-Hubert), Downtown Granby. 450 361-6069; fetedesmascottes.ca
New France Festival
Live like the early settlers during the French regime in the 17th and 18th centuries by donning a period costume (wear your own or pay to try one on and take photos) and watching street performers re-enact historical events. Young explorers can even try fencing.
$8 and up; children 12 and under free. Various locations in Old Quebec. 866-391-3383; nouvellefrance.qc.ca
Casino Du Lac-Leamy Sound Of Light
A standout show of fireworks synchronized to music that has garnered a host of awards brings family entertainment to greater heights with a gymnastics show, high-flying buskers and face painting.
$10; Children 11 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Parc Du Lac-Leamy. 100 CH. Du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau. 819-771-FEUX (3389), 888-429-FEUX (3389); feux.qc.ca
This family fun fair combines agricultural events with fairground attractions. A mini train, mini coaster and merry-go-round may entice little ones.
$13 and up; Children under 6 free, Expocite, 250 Blvd. Wilfrid-Hamel, Quebec. 888-866-EXPO (3976); expoquebec.com