Musée canadien des enfants, Gatineau

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#1 of 11 in Childrens Museums in Quebec
Inspire your child's imagination at Musée canadien des enfants, offering kids a wide array of hands-on experiences of art, culture, and history. Let your child lead you through the colorful museum: visit the market bazaar to discover different foods, then climb aboard the Pakistani bus or a rickshaw from Thailand. History comes alive in the grand hall dedicated to First Nations cultures, and temporary shows focus on specific subjects. Interactive exhibits and workshops complete the engaging, educational experience. Our Gatineau route planner makes visiting Musée canadien des enfants and other Gatineau attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This museum is really fun for children and adults as well. Every section is made with extreme care and attention to detail. It was a wonderful experience. We had a great time. We'll come back when our...  more »
  • I'm going with my p' little 3 year old son. Absolutely all concerned. Sometimes there is culinary activities. Kitchen games, bus, painting, renovations and construction. Grocers, boat market. One can easily spend 3 hrs. Before we bought the annual family plan, but the rate is on the rise and with parking it's a ridiculous price.
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  • Located in the Museum, this place is just great for children (and their parents) who put on costumes and take the stage, climb on a bus for the India or overlap a push push, before leaving South America or end up working at the docks of the low countries after discovering the Interior of a pyramid. Children take pleasure in stamp their passport (given free of charge at the entrance) at every stage of their world tour
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  • Great place to take your kids so they can explore, learn, play and run around too. We had a good time and it was fun to learn facts about different countries. If you visit with little kids, always check on them as they can easily get lost. We went on a Monday and stayed 2 hours , not busy and loud, just a few kids running around .
  • My granddaughters, 4 and 2, love it. They can run and play with other kids and experience so many activities. My main complaint is the cost. Folks only going to the Children’s museum should not have to pay the full amount for entrance to the entire museum. If we were able to go through the rest of the museum sections, it would be well worth the cost. But you can't do that with small children.
  • Very busy on the free (Thursday) night, but kids still really enjoyed it. It is a "world travel" theme. Kids really liked getting all their passport stamps. Lots of hands on activities. The place is a bit like a maze, so its easy to lose your kid for a while (I like the ikea style layout a little more for this reason). We spent about an hour there.
  • Love it. Be warned it is always busy and you are highly likely to lose a toddler at some point, but the children's area is separate from the larger exhibits and has a single entry point so they can't get too far. There are crafts, dress up, tactile toys and lots to see. Pack a picnic lunch and check it at coat check for free!
  • Entertaining for the whole family. This is an interactive museum that will give the whole family a day of fun. The only setback is that I do not think they clean the toys often enough so they are grungy and germy. Stay away during cold and flu season 😷

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