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“Tired, old, worn-down, hardly a "museum".” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Musee Pour Enfants

Musee Pour Enfants
3805 Cure-Labelle Blvd. | Chomedey, Laval, Quebec H7P 0A5, Canada
+1 450-681-4333
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Ranked #9 of 15 Attractions in Laval
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Owner description: N'avons-nous pas tous un jour prononce ces mots en revassant a ce que l'avenir nous reservait? Voici une occasion unique pour vous, parents et enseignants, de permettre a tous les enfants de vivre une experience des plus enrichissantes et amusantes. Le Musee pour enfants de Laval vous invite sur le chemin de la decouverte en vous plongeant dans l'observation du quotidien de l'humain. C'est a travers des ateliers tous aussi divertissants qu'educatifs que les jeunes et les moins jeunes decouvriront plusieurs metiers et professions. Bienvenue dans notre regard sur le monde des humains. Le musee est principalement adapte pour les enfants de 2 a 8 ans accompagnes de leurs parents ou educateurs.
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“Tired, old, worn-down, hardly a "museum".”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

I went with my daughter on a weekday morning - early. We almost opened the place. There were 2-3 other children there with us, at most. We had most of the "exhibits" to ourselves.

My daughter is a very active 2 1/2. She had a good time. She liked playing with the various toys in each area. She liked being able to touch everything. For a child, this is okay.

From my perspective, however, I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Yes, I know it's a "museum" for kids, and it's not about me, but....

1) To call this a "museum" seems a bit rich. It feels a lot more like themed play areas. The focus is definitely on play and less on learning. And the play is on very generic topics.

2) The condition of the spaces: Very worn down. Dated. Uninspired. It's as if they are just trying to milk the space for every last penny without putting in anything to maintain or even upgrade. The police car was worn down, ripped interior, the paint was gone from the floors, etc...

3) Whatever learning there was seemed basic and felt mailed in - as if they knew they needed *something* to call themselves a museum... I remember the microscope cards at the "vet". They showed a leaf and whiskers. Things that are easily visible to the naked eye without a microscope...

4) There wasn't enough space to accommodate a lot of people. My daughter only enjoyed as she did because she was able to play with the limited toys without interference. If it were much busier, this would have been a total bust.

5) Cost. At $26 for one adult and a child, I found this way too expensive for what we received.

This place is on its last legs. It's time to let it die and send it to the museum for old, worn-out museums.

My daughter and I went to the Children's museum in Boston, and were amazed. That one is light years ahead of Laval's attempt.

I don't see a reason to go back to this one.

Visited December 2013
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Vaudreuil, Canada
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“Old and not worth the pricey entry”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Do NOT go to this terrible place.

Since they opened, it seems like they haven't cleaned nor renovated the place. It is very expensive considering there is nothing to do for kids over 7. Parents pay the big price and all they get to see is the old materials and germy fabrics in the place. Avoid this visit. It is a waste of you time and money. There are much better places to see.

Overview: extremely disappointed and stinky place

Visited June 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Boring for kids over 5”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

It's very babyish, not a museum so much as a play center. My kid was 7 when she went there, and was not greatly amused.

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“Excellent for a birthday party!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Plenty of space for your kids to have fun. They can play in a cave, a restaurant, police car, boat, school, space ship, grocery and many other decors. We had a nice party and everybody had fun. Thanks!

Visited October 2012
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“Better than expected!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Despite having lived in Montreal for the past 4 years, I had never taken the kids to this museum. There are no other children's museums in all of Montreal except for this one.

After reading the negative reviews, I was ready for a bad experience and went reluctantly and with a critical eye.

I was very surprised by the many interactive rooms/areas/activities for the kids to engage in. My 3 yo loved everything about it, especially the real vehicles (police car, Fiat 500, Ambulance), an airplane and a rocket. The different rooms were fun and the construction site with a small scale digger was a hit with kids of all ages!

Pricey but cheaper with an Entertainment Book coupon for buy one, get one free.

The employees were nice, polite and helpful, a plus in the land of no-customer-service aka Montreal.

What could be improved? have an elevator for those with reduced mobility or strollers. Lower the volume of the very loud and old music (Michael Jackson) plus some very popular at weddings hits (I got a feeling, that tonight's gonna be a good time...uhuhhhhhhhhhh). Very annoying an typical of Quebec.

What would be nicer if it was different? no rude kids and parents. some activities require waiting your turn. Even supervising parents cannot discipline their kids to not push, hit, shove their way to cut in line. Really bad behavior but part of the culture you encounter in this part of the country.

Visited January 2013
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