There’s lots new this year for March break at Espace pour la vie. Our ever-popular Butterflies Go Free event is back, sure to delight your senses. This year, you can reserve fixed-time tickets to visit the Main Exhibition Greenhouse at the Jardin botanique with fewer crowds. Make an appointment with the butterflies! At the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, you can choose from a whole line-up of experiences designed with families in mind, to plan a perfect outing. Don't miss our all-new show, Polaris, taking visitors of all ages on a trip around the Earth. Loads of fun and wonder in store!
See our website for the full March Break program.
BUTTERFLIES GO FREE – NATURE'S MASTERPIECES (February 28 to April 28)
Jardin botanique de Montréal - Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Open Mondays, March 4 and April 22 (March break and Easter)
Starting February 28, the Insectarium’s science educators will be waiting for you amongst the butterflies in the Main Exhibition Greenhouse at the Jardin botanique. In this tropical setting, you can admire the fabulous spectacle of hundreds of colourful butterflies browsing from one flower to the next... With all the flamboyant winged marvels flitting about, it’s like being inside a natural work of art!
Given our success with fixed-time tickets for the Gardens of Light, Espace pour la vie is using the same formula for Butterflies Go Free. It will allow visitors to enjoy an even more memorable experience in the Main Exhibition Greenhouse at the Jardin botanique. Make an appointment with the butterflies at
A WHOLE UNIVERSE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES AT THE PLANÉTARIUM RIO TINTO ALCAN
Since a general admission ticket now gives you access to all the shows playing during your visit, you can design your own custom experience. For March break, the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan has put together a special line-up of activities sure to appeal to kids! On March 5 and 6, the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan is inviting you to put on your snazziest sleepwear and come and spend the day with its team of science guides. Free hot chocolate will be available all day to ticket holders. And those in PJs will get bonus chocolates.
Open Monday, March 4 (March break)
Reservations required during March break weeks, from March 1 to 24. The Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
FOR AGES 4 TO 8
POLARIS, NEW SHOW STARTING MARCH 1
James, a travelling penguin from the South Pole, and Vladimir, a funny bear from the North Pole, meet on the Arctic sea ice. The two are amateur astronomers, trying to solve the mystery of why the night is so long at the Earth’s poles. In an exciting scientific adventure, they build a spaceship to take a trip around the Earth.
THE SECRETS OF GRAVITY
Why do things fall to the ground rather than floating in the air? Limbradur, a young apprentice magician, is intrigued. He’s fascinated by the stars and the mysteries of the universe, so he uses his magic powers to sneak into the Albert Einstein Museum, where he meets ALBYX3, a small, clever but rather quirky robot. The two friends embark on an exciting journey, during which they not only discover the secrets of gravity, but also learn about friendship.
Why is the sky blue? Where do stars go in daytime? To find out, climb aboard SSE-4801 and discover what’s hiding in the Solar System, our celestial neighbourhood. Guided by a fun stargazing expert, you'll soar in orbit for an incredible journey between the Sun and Neptune, to explore eight planets, new moons and a mysterious comet. Ready for take-off?
NIGHT SKY, FOR AGES 7 AND UP
Beneath the 360° dome at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, enjoy an immersive experience whisking you through time and space. Stars, planets, the Moon, constellations, legends and the latest astronomy news… there’s plenty to surprise and amaze you.
YOUR HEAD IN THE STARS, FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
To add to the already exciting line-up of family fun at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, face-painting sessions will be offered every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The whole family can also enjoy different astronomy-related activities in the new workshop zone set up in the bistro area.
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Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Jardin botanique, Biodôme, Insectarium and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. 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.