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June 1, 2013

Family activities abound in Montreal

MONTREAL — It’s time to celebrate the beginning of summer, and Montreal offers many options for family fun time.

Here are a few suggestions:


La Tohu, Montreal’s circus central, once again hosts the annual performance of the National Circus School of Canada.

This year’s graduating class presents “Swing Life,” a 1940s-inspired mix of music, dance and circus arts complete with swinging trapeze, aerial hoop, acrobatic bicycle and juggling.

The grads have spent years in training and are now off to join circus troupes all around the world.

“Swing Life” is presented now through June 9. Adult tickets range from $20 to $30. Children’s tickets range from $15 to $25.

At 2345 Jarry St. E. in the St. Michel neighborhood. Call (514) 376-8648 or

Then, mark the calendar for Montreal Completely Circus, a city-wide big top of circus-themed events and performances with many activities held at La Tohu. This year’s fest runs July 3 through 14. Visit


Does more knowledge equal less “ewww” factor? Maybe. Maybe not.

The Montreal Insectarium lets you get up close and personal with bugs of all kinds through a number of exhibits and activities.

“We are the Insects” explores why there are so many insects on the planet.

“Atta Ants” is a live viewing of leafcutter ants going about their daily gardening duties.

In fact, there are a dozen live insect collections in all — fuzzy tarantulas, noisy crickets and colorful beetles all present and accounted for. Don’t worry — they’re all well contained.

Later this summer, the Insectarium presents its annual Monarch Odyssey, where experts tag monarch butterflies before they set them free on their long migration back home to Mexico.

Tagging takes place at the Insectarium Aug. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 and Sept. 1 and 2 at 2:30 p.m.

At 4581 Sherbrooke St. E. Admission for both the Insectarium and the Botanical Garden costs $18.75 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, $14 for students (18 and older), $9.50 for youths 5 to 17, and $52.50 for a family (two adults, three children). Call (514) 872-1400 or visit

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