MONTREAL, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - You've been out apple picking
and enjoying the fabulous fall colours? Now it's time for the highlight
of the season! From October 4 to 31, the Montréal Space for Life invites you to a colourful celebration and guarantees some Halloween
thrills and chills! The Botanical Garden will be celebrating all things Cucurbitaceae at the 27th edition of its Great Pumpkin Ball, with its ever-popular pumpkin-decorating contest and Esmeralda, the friendly witch, and her clever magic spells. At the Insectarium, spiders will be the stars of the show, showing off their spectacular
skills in a number of original presentations, like Acrobatic Spiders. It's an unusual experience that puts a different "spin" on things! At the Biodôme, you can watch the animals having fun with pumpkins turned into
surprise packages full of fruit, insects and other treats during a
special festive weekend.
The Great Pumpkin Ball - BOTANICAL GARDEN
October 4 to 31, daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Who will win the prize for the best-decorated pumpkin? Or the biggest
one? Put your creativity to work and see what you can make with
recycled materials! You can enter the individual, family or group
contests, in one of five age categories. Lots of cash prizes to be won.
The pumpkins will be on display in the Botanical Garden's Main
Exhibition Greenhouse from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day until October 31.
For details and contest rules, go to montrealspaceforlife.ca
Esmeralda the witch
Accompanied by her cat, Abracadabra, and her broom, Gontran, our
friendly witch invites children to recite some intriguing magic spells
Il était un petit Pépo - a play for ages 4 to 8 (in French)
Pépo is having an identity crisis. Marie, the market gardener, tries to
calm him down by explaining how he grew from a tiny seed into a
Showtimes available on montrealspaceforlife.ca.
Little Monsters Courtyard - Outdoor play area for the under-10 set
From pumpkin-aroos to battling monsters, Insect Soup, a hungry frog toss
and a squash hunt, children are sure to enjoy themselves in this
Halloween-themed play area. Games of skill, races, jumping - there's
plenty of fun in store! Can they make it across the shaky bridge?
The spotlight is on Cucurbitaceae, the stars of the show at the Squash
Kiosk! Come learn about the sixty or so different varieties. Test your
skills with the squash quiz and take home some pumpkin seeds and a
collection of tasty recipes!
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)
Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) kiosk
Come meet some growers who love what they do. They're the ones who put
healthy, delicious food on our tables. Draw for a basket of local
produce. Saturday and Sunday
Transform a simple square of paper into a pumpkin, spider or black cat.
Have fun discovering the art of paper folding.
Japanese Pavilion, Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Spiders Unmasked - INSECTARIUM
October 4 to 31, daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Acrobatic spiders: A dizzying experience!
Back for its second year! Spiders are true tightrope walkers, champions
at lassoing, sprinting, weaving and tagging. They're amazing athletes
who steal the spotlight wherever they go! One of the Insectarium's
nature interpreters and an acrobatic colleague offer a thrilling
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. (20 min)
Insects on Tour
Come meet the spiders and insects dressed up as superheroes and out of
their vivariums for Halloween. Give them a friendly "leg shake"!
11 a.m. and 1, 2, 4, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 8 p.m. (20 min)
Some odd characters who know all about entomology will be waiting to
reveal all kinds of secrets about spiders. 2:15, 4 and 6 p.m. (5 min)
Naturally Well Made
Jumping spiders are smart, and have some surprising tricks for
attracting the opposite sex. Come enter the amazing world of spiders!
10 a.m. and 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. (15 min)
Pumpkin Treats - BIODÔME
October 27 and 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The animals at the Biodôme will also be celebrating Halloween in their
own way. From mammals to birds and fish, they'll all have to find the
trick to opening the pumpkins turned into special containers full of
their favourite food (fruit, insects, etc.) This fun-to-watch
enrichment activity keeps the animals alert and curious, just as they
are in the wild.
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
For further information:
Karine Jalbert, Communications Co-ordinator
514 872-1453/ 514 250-3230
Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator
514 868-3053/ 514 250-7753