Comment faire des sorties en famille à peu de fraisNovember 15, 2016

Going out ideas for families on a Budget

Activities for the entire family are sometimes prohibitively expensive for one’s budget. However, we have put together a list of some interesting ideas to help you save money while enjoying time with your family. Consider everything before you pack!

Buy your tickets online

Buying your tickets online helps you avoid the long lines, the delays, and the headaches. Using this method, you reserve a spot in the activities that interest you as well as benefitting from special promotions. 
In addition, an increasing number of website offer discounts and special promotions for customers registered online and subscribed to their newsletters. This presents you with a great opportunity to benefit from discounts throughout the year if you organize your activities in advance. 

Get the Access Montreal card

Do you live in Montreal? We strongly recommend that you get the Access Montreal card, which is very affordable at as little as $8 per person (and becomes one dollar cheaper per person for each additional user). This card gives you access to a wide variety of activities, stores, and museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Montreal Botanical Garden.  

In addition, more and more museums have reduced admission days or cheaper admission during annual events (such as the Quebec Museum Day). Sometimes, such reduced rates are simultaneously offered by transit companies, which means that you can enjoy the exhibitions with your children and save on gas and parking! 

A few ideas for going out with $50 or less

Here are some trip ideas we have unearthed for a family of four (two adults and two kids), food and transportation costs excluded:

  • Îles-de-Boucherville National Park: very affordable at $8.50 for those 18 or older and free for 17 or younger. Some 21 km of trails and parkland are a prime spot for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, and even recreational fishing. 
  • Quebec Archaeology Museum: located in Beauharnois, this museum’s collection includes archaeological finds dating back five millennia, as well as fossils and other prehistoric objects found on the banks of the Pointe-du-Buisson since 1960. Family admission is $30 (for 1 adult and 4 children or 2 adults and 2-3 children).
  • Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts: for $40 per family (2 adults and 3 children ages 13 to 17, free for children 12 or younger), you can discover time and time again the masterpieces of the great Quebec, Canadian, and world painters, and see temporary exhibitions. From 5 to 9 pm on Wednesday, admission is cut in half.
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