Never mind that many of Montreal's shops, museums, and other kid-friendly attractions will be closed over the Easter weekend. There will be plenty of egg hunts, Easter Bunny meet-and-greets, and even cake decorating to keep the family busy.
Quebec's largest city is brimming with holiday happenings to suit Easter revelers of any age, from ice skating to sugar shacking (and if you don't know what that is, you're about to find out). When possible, be sure to make reservations in advance.
Open every day throughout the Easter holiday weekend, Atrium Le 1000 is an indoor ice-skating facility located in downtown Montreal. Although it can get rather crowded on holidays and weekends, the skating rink is a great way for your kids to get some exercise this holiday weekend.
As an added bonus, staff members at Atrium Le 1000 hide Easter eggs in random lockers at the facility throughout the holiday weekend, so your kid might even win a special prize. Afterward, you can fuel up on some of Montreal's best pizza at Il Focolaio, a 10-minute walk from the Atrium.
There's nothing quite like a sugar rush to get kids in the mood for egg hunting. Fortunately, Montreal is famous for the many sugar shacks serving up homestyle foods and a plethora of desserts in and around the city. You can certainly find quality sugar shack experiences in the metro area, like at the high-end Scéna's Un Chef à l'Érable in Old Port. The urban versions are pretty basic, some only offering the obligatory hot taffy on snow (boiled maple taffy drizzled onto crushed ice). Otherwise, you might have to head to the outskirts to Érablière Charbonneau or Érablière Au Palais Sucré, both in Mont-Saint-Grégoire.
Easter and cake go together like cookies and milk. Provigo supermarkets will be hosting a number of kid-friendly kitchen tutorials in its stores around the city and cake decorating is one of them. The Easter Bunny Cake Day event in Rosemont allows children to create their own cake masterpiece with icings, candies, and trimmings.
Other locations, like the one in Lasalle, will be doing kids' cooking demonstrations: pancake bunnies, ham and egg cups, confetti bars, and so forth. These events cost $15 per person and will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Families must register at least 24 hours in advance.
Libraries across the city (Sainte Anne de Bellevue Library, Beaconsfield Library, Cote Saint-Luc Public Library, Dollard-des-Ormeaux Public Library, and more) invite kids to join in on egg hunts for free on Easter. The plastic eggs that kids find in the children's book area are exchanged for chocolate ones. Depending on the location, you may have to register in advance.