Today and all weekend long at Parc Jean-Drapeau - More than a hundred activities await children and their parents at La Fête des enfants de Montréal

    MONTREAL, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - La Fête des enfants de Montréal, the
popular annual family gathering, got underway this afternoon at Parc
Jean-Drapeau, with a number of guests and dignitaries on hand for the official
launch. With more than a hundred free activities on the program, the event,
unique in Canada, is playing host to thousands of children and their parents,
under the evocative theme, 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, decided to extend the program over three days. Thus,
most of the activities are up and running, as of 1 p.m. today. This 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 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 outstanding partner
of the Fête is the Ministère des Affaires Municipales, des Régions et de
l'Occupation du territoire with a 50 000 $ contribution.
    "Every year, over the course of one weekend, the Fête des enfants de
Montréal manages to put smiles on the faces of thousands of children and their
parents," stated Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay. "This year will be no
exception, since organizers have clearly put together a diversified program
that is destined to be a lot of fun for the kids. The city of Montreal is
delighted to contribute to this festive event that encourages children to come
in the spirit of discovery and meeting other youngsters on this magnificent
Parc Jean-Drapeau site."

    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, including creative and sports workshops, introductions to various
crafts, science challenges, and a host of other things to do. Elsewhere on the
site, Zone 9-12 is presenting BMX demonstrations and there will also be an
introduction to hip-hop dancing, along with circus workshops.
    There are also dozens of shows, including the presence of personalities
from four very popular Télé-Québec kids shows. Toc Toc Toc, Sam Chicotte,
Tactik, and Kaboum are all on site, where screenings of the first shows of the
new season will be presented. Youngsters could also have the opportunity to
meet the comedians. Meanwhile, several shows will be presented on the P'tits
Clins d'oeil Jean-Coutu stage, including MOPPI the dog, and the lovable
SHILVI, who will be performing some of her most popular songs. Also noteworthy
is that the Société du Patrimoine d'Expression du Québec, which has been a
partner of the Fête des enfants de Montréal since its inception in 1998,
contributes to the preserving and disseminating of heritage expression to the
children of more than 60 cultural communities.
    Since getting to the Fête is easier by taking the subway, the STM will be
providing free transportation for families, throughout Montreal, on Saturday
and Sunday. Passes are available at participating Jean Coutu drugstores in the
Greater Montreal area.

    Open-house days

    Along with the activities occurring at Parc Jean-Drapeau, several
partners have joined the Fête des enfants de Montréal, such as the Botannical
Garden, the Biodôme, the Planetarium and the 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 visit the website at:

For further information:

For further information: Nathalie Lessard,  Senior Director, Public
Affairs and Sustainable Development, Parc Jean-Drapeau, (514) 872-3262;
François Cartier, Coordinator of Public Affairs, Parc Jean-Drapeau, (514) 

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