MONTREAL, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Preparations are well underway for La
Fête des enfants de Montréal, the annual family gathering, at Parc
Jean-Drapeau on August 14, 15 and 16. There are already more than 100 free
activities on the program, along with plenty of new features and surprises in
store for the thousands of children and their parents attending the event,
which is evocatively themed Head for the Treasures.
On the heels of the resounding success of last year's event, which
attracted some 300,000 visitors, organizers of the Fête, in collaboration with
the city of Montreal, have decided to extend the program over three days. As a
result, most of the activities will be up and running as of Friday, August 14,
at 1 p.m. The opening day of the event will be capped by the staging of a
major evening show in collaboration with UNICEF Canada, a first-time Fête
partner. The international organization will be marking the 20th anniversary
of the signing of the Children's Charter of Rights, adopted by the United
Nations in 1989. Another great partner of the Fête is the Ministère des
Affaires Municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire with a 50
000 $ contribution.
"A one-of-a-kind event in Canada, the Fête des enfants de Montréal issues
an invitation to discovery and the opportunity to meet and talk with other
children at Parc Jean-Drapeau. See, touch, sing, dance and enjoy yourselves as
a family - come on over!" exclaimed comedian François-Etienne Paré, the
official spokesperson for the event.
An activity-filled program and free transportation
The many treasures waiting to be discovered at the Fête des enfants de
Montréal will delight children of all ages. While the inflatable climbing
structures, face-painting workshops and the Jumpai are back again, there is
plenty more. Personalities from four highly popular Télé Québec youth shows -
Toc Toc Toc, Sam Chicotte, Tactik and Kaboum will be on hand for a screening
of the first shows of the new season. And a few lucky children will also have
the opportunity to meet the comedians.
Elsewhere on the site, Zone 9-12 is presenting BMX demonstrations and
there will also be an introduction to hip-hop dancing, with the URBAN-ELEMENT
dance centre, along with circus workshops with LOS DE AHORRITA. Walk a bit
further and the P'tits Clins d'oeil Jean-Coutu stage will be presenting Les
Petites Tounes, a rock foursome whose music has captured the hearts of
children. Appearing on this same stage is MOPPI the dog, who will be
encouraging the kids to sing; the CREATIONS INC. art camp with a theatrical
work where children have a starring role, and, capping the program of
activities, the lovable SHILVI will be performing some of her most popular
Since getting to the Fête is so much easier by taking the subway,
anywhere in Montreal, the STM will be providing free transportation for
families on Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16 respectively. Passes are
available at participating Jean Coutu drugstores in the Greater Montreal area.
Along with the activities occurring at Parc Jean-Drapeau, several
partners have joined the Fête des enfants de Montréal. This group includes the
nature museums such as the Botannical Garden, the Biodome, the Planetarium and
Insectarium that will be opening their doors, with no admission charge, on
Saturday and Sunday. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will do likewise on
Sunday, while the Biosphere and its environmental museum, and the Parc
Jean-Drapeau Aquatic Complex, will also be accessible, free of charge, on
Saturday and Sunday.
The invitation is extended to children and their parents for an
unforgettable visit to the Fête des enfants de Montréal. For all of the many
program details, please go to the website at: www.parcjeandrapeau.com.
For further information:
For further information: Parc Jean-Drapeau: Nathalie Lessard, Senior
Director, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, (514) 872-3262; François
Cartier, Coordinator of Public Affairs, (514) 872-7318