Montreal Resources for Parents and Kids
Please note that just because I have listed an organization below, it does not necessarily mean this is a recommendation.
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Eat- Breastfeeding & Tot Focused
Melons & Clementines (NDG) – A great breastfeeding café with a large selection of nursing wear, nursing bras, baby carriers and pumps. They also offer classes and workshops.
Tasse Gamine (Plateau) – Breasfeeding café that has a large play area and offers kids activities.
Café Kali (Verdun) – Cafe and activities for kids. Includes a play area and is breastfeeding friendly. They also have a nice choice of meals (vegetarian options included), a boutique with the basics for mom and baby with natural products and gifts. They also we offer activities for the whole family from musical awakening to free encounters with breastfeeding professionals like La Leche League every month.
Montreal Families – Event listings and community news including articles and other resources. I highly recommend picking up this free magazine. Also their online event listing is very complete – check it out.
So What’s Doing? – A weekly event listing newsletter
The Kid Scoop – Fun activity listing and weekly newsletter
Montreal on the Cheap – Events and happenings that are free (or very affordable) and family-friendly around Montreal.
Okidgo – A directory of family services connecting parents to services and activities in their neighbourhoods.
Newborn/Breastfeeding/Parenting/CPR Help & Courses
Destination Sleep (Various) – Shawna Rose – Pediatric Sleep Consultant serving Montreal, Quebec and surrounding regions.
Nourished Mama (Various) – Jen Wende – Nourished Mama Wellness workshops in NDG and private sessions focusing on essential oils, functional movement and mindset practices (all also available online). Mom and baby barre classes at ELMNT in NDG and a Nourished Mama book club.
Nourri-Source Cavendish – (NDG) – A drop-in breastfeeding friendly session (this was my first outing with my first baby!) Consultants are on hand to help with breastfeeding, a scale for weighing baby is available, and each week there is a new talk. Meeting, weekly, on Tuesdays at 10 AM – 11:45 AM, CLSC Benny Farm, 6484 Avenue de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4B 1H3, Room 042 (Basement)
La Crème de la Prem – (Various) – Workshops for Pregnant & New Moms.
Sweet Dreams Consulting – (Various) – Lana Geller – Maternity and Baby Sleep Consultant
Prenatal Classes at Shaare Zion Congregation – (Cote St-Luc) – Topics include: Physical and emotional changes during pregnancy, relaxation and comfortable birthing techniques, interventions during labor, caesarean section, postpartum care, infant feeding (breast and bottle) care of newborn (0-12 months) as well as pain control during and after labor. Contact: Lishai at email@example.com or 514-481-7727 x226 to register or for more information, or go to http://www.shaarezion.org/calendar-programming/prenatal
Children’s Health and Wellness Center – (Laval) – Medical canter that also has pre-natal classes and parenting classes in house or at home.
Protect Enfant Inc – (Cote St-Luc, Decarie Square) – CPR and First Aid courses for both professionals and non-professionals (i.e. parents, nannies, etc.) that can be taken at the Jewish General Hospital or privately at home, in daycares, etc. They also do childproofing including installing appropriate gates for your needs.
Première Ressource – An anonymous and free service for professional consultations for relationships between parents and children. Anyone can call and questions might be about discipline, separation anxiety, etc. A great resource with solid advice.
Guide to Navigating the Montreal Healthcare Scene for Pregnant Women – A great resource for considering all your health care options in Montreal.
Tender Loving Babies – (NDG) – Weekly sessions for baby and parent(s) on different topics such as Routine, Daycare preparation, Language Development, CPR, Choking and First Aid, Nutrition, Sleep, Adapting to Parenting Role, Play Development, and more. Great place to meet others! CLSC René-Cassin, 6th floor, Room 21 Registration required by calling (514) 484-7878 ext. 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Baby Box Company Canada – Based on a Finnish tradition, FREE Baby Boxes are now available in Quebec as part of our safe sleep and infant mortality reduction initiative! Enjoy your portable bassinet and the confidence knowing that your little one will be sleeping safely in their Baby Box! We have monthly events all over the city.
Fitness – Mom & Baby/Tot
Music for Young Children – (NDG) – MYC provides the best quality music education to young children by blending the pleasure and the joy of music making with sound instruction. Lessons are in a group setting with parents and integrate keyboard, creative movement, rhythm, singing, ear training, sight-reading, music theory and composition. Call Liz at 514-290-1388 for more information.
Cardio Poussette (Stroller Fitness) – (Various) – Get in shape with your stroller outside! It’s a real workout. For babes under 12 months.
Om West – (West Island) – Om West offers drop-in pre-natal classes/services (yoga, barre, acupuncture and massage) and drop-in mommy-baby classes (barre, interval training, yoga) for your pre and post-natal fitness needs all year around. email@example.com
Studio Vie – (Westmount) – A fitness studio in Westmount specializing in pre and postnatal fitness and personal training. They offer prenatal fitness, prenatal yoga and mama baby fitness.
Studio Bump – (Various) – A maternity fitness and wellness studio. Classes are available at Plateau, Downtown and TMR locations.
Westmount YMCA – (Westmount) – They offer some Mom & Baby activities including free fitness classes for moms & babes under 12 and drop in activities. As at the time of writing (March 2013) there is a free Mom & Baby fitness class on Tuesdays at 11:00.
Vidalia Yoga – (NDG) – Offer Mom & Baby and Prenatal Yoga in NDG
Happy Tree Yoga – (Little Burgundy) – Parent & Baby and Tot Yoga classes near Atwater on Ste-Catherine.
MamaDances – (various) – MamaDances Parent and Toddler Dance Class offer toddlers a chance to be swept off their dancing feet. Parents have fun and engage with their children and each other through dance, physical (non-competitive, non violent) playful contact, rhythms and songs in various languages from various cultures. Designed to inspire movement through observation, dance and creative expression, these classes focus on child development stimulus and cultivating healthy autonomy within a group.
Centre Sportif de la Petite Bourgogne – (Little Burgundy) – Aqua pousette and pre & post natal aqua fitness classes
NDG Sports Center – (NDG) – Bootcamp and Mom & Baby Yoga classes
Maxine Grossman Personal Training & Group Classes – (NDG) – Maxine offers personal training or bootcamp/circuit style classes. She is also a specialist in pre- and post-natal fitness. She’s open to creating small group classes for 3-5 people as well so gather your buds and create your own class!
The Schubert Pool – (Plateau) – Swimming lessons and other classes include aqua poussette and pre-natal aqua form.
Studio Barre Plus – (West Island) – Studio Barre Plus offers Barre group exercise classes for everyone including pre-natal (expecting mothers) and post natal (mom & baby). We also offer regular classes and a less intense gentle barre class.
PLAYFIT – (Beaconsfield & West Island) – PLAYFIT offers outdoor children’s yoga classes at Beaconsfield Centennial Park (ages 4 and up). We also provide toning, conditioning and interval training classes for adults, including pregnant women (strollers also welcome). Our motto is: be fit, have fun!
Sports and Activities for Babies/Tots
Le Petit Gym – (Various) – Fun kids activities in Laval, and St-Laurent.
Sportball – (Various) – Non-competitive sports instruction for kids 16 months – 12 years. Look up courses by your postal code and see what’s on offer. Using my NDG postal code I found activities at LCC, and the Westmount YMCA
Montreal Children’s Library – Bibliothèque des jeunes de Montréal – (Westmount) – Offers After School Programs at the Green Centre and Story Time and Mom and Tots at the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf.
Centre Greene – (Westmount) – All sorts of kids activities in Westmount including Tumbling Tots and a Saturday Arts & Crafts session
Happy Tree Yoga – (Downtown, Westmount Adjacent) – Parent & Baby and Tot Yoga classes near Atwater on Ste-Catherine.
4 Cats Art Studio – (Outremont & NDG) – An art studio in the Plateau/Outremont and NDG with classes and workshops for ages 3 and up including PED day workshops, and spring break camps.
Centre Communautaire NDG – (NDG) – various classes offered such as play group and music groups
Ateliers d’education populaire du Plateau – (Plateau) – Indoor play spaces, events, and children’s educational courses. They have mom and tot classes, bio puree, french lessons, music classes, a toy library, etc. There is a $35 annual membership fee, but it’s not-for-profit and everything is VERY economical. Check out their facebook page or website. www.aepp.ca
West Island Music Academy – (West Island & Cote St-Luc) – They offer mommy & me and music for toddlers programs and have a location in CSL.
Kosa Academy – (NDG) – It’s not super clear from their website but I read an article in Montreal Families that there is a “Jamming Kids” program for children 3-5. Their centre is in NDG on Beaconsfield below Sherbrooke.
Centre Vida Sana – (Outremont) – They offer a variety of classes for kids, and mom & tot/baby classes. They are in Outremont
MamaDances – (Various) – Parent and child (babies and toddlers) dance classes all over the city including Westmount.
Art Classes for Kids – (St-Henri) – Kids get the chance to learn to draw and paint from two contemporary figurative artists. Classes take place in St-Henri near the Atwater Market on Saturdays. For more info contact Sharon Okun at 514-914-0814
Mon Gym – (West Island) – Gym classes & activities for kids from 6 weeks to 13 years.
Precious Days Playcare – (NDG) – Mom and Tot Art classes weekday mornings, Art classes on Saturdays for children 5 and up, Friday night babysitting 4-8pm and Ped day child care. 514-481-5504
Bach Before Bedtime – (Downtown) – For 45 minutes, your children will be treated to a short concert, have a chance to meet our musicians, examine our instruments and listen to some wonderful music.
Amuza – (Mile End) – Workshops for all ages but for kids and babies there are all sorts of workshops. Check out their website for listings.
TrèsStudio – (Plateau) – Mom and baby barre class (they also have pre-natal).
Bricks4Kidz – (Kirkland/West Island) – Bricks4kidz is an educational and fun learning centre for children 3-13! They use LEGO Bricks to create unique builds with motors so they move, which the kids love! They have drop in classes, weekend workshops, parent and child play days, birthday parties and more!
Gym Gadbois – (Atwater) – Gymnastics starting at 3 years old.
Milton Park Recreation Association – (Plateau) – A community center offering a whole lot of classes for everyone including language classes, dance classes and swimming lessons. Kids activities include sports, day camps and swimming.
The Schubert Pool – (Plateau) – Swimming lessons and other classes include aqua poussette and pre-natal aqua form.
Musique&Compagnie – (various) – Stimulating musical workshops for kids from 0 to 5 years old. During the workshops, kids will discover a world of sound and music through global development using play and exploration of different instruments. Parents will enjoy seeing their children grow and will marvel at their curiousity … Always with a smile!
Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle – (LaSalle) – Our after school program offers homework completion help in English, French and Math, as well as hot meals and extracurricular activities everyday. The charge is 6$ a day, with no obligation to come for any set number of days.
Chickadee Music (Various – Little Italy, NDG, Plateau) – Music classes for young children (birth–age 5) plus parents or caregivers. Your child will be immersed in a rich world of participatory music-making, where the combination of singing, movement and instrumental play is facilitated by a Quebec-certified music teacher licensed to teach the Music Together® curriculum. Contact them to learn why they are truly unique! (Chirp!)
Pregnancy Resources & Doulas
Laurel Tidman – Birth Doula
Motherwit – Doula Care, Pre and Post Natal services
Yvonne Pelling – Birth Doula in NDG who offers services for women and families prenatally as well as postpartum
Megan Howarth – Birth Doula in NDG who offers services for women and families prenatally, during childbirth and postpartum
Marylène Dussault – Birth doula and perinatal yoga teacher in Plateau-Mile-End offering bilingual services for women and families prenatally, during childbirth as well as postpartum.
Rock the Cradle – Group and private prenatal classes, birth and postpartum doula services, workshops and activities for new parents.
MontrealMT.com – (Verdun, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Laval, Mobile) – Montreal MT is Montreal Massage Therapy, Montreal Mothers Therapy. Licensed massage therapist and insured birth assistant offers Doula Services, Hypnosis for Birthing, Prenatal & Postpartum therapeutic massage care, Infant Massage & Bodywork, Infant Massage & Childbirth ateliers.
Pre-natal courses: see Newborn/Breastfeeding Help & Courses above
Michelle Little Photography – Newborn and Family Lifestyle Photography. Capture the joy and magic of childhood from your own home and favourite places. (And yes, that’s me!)
Other – Online
Plateau Playgroup Google Group – An online bulletin board which is not restricted to the Plateau. You can find out pretty much anything here from where to get used toys to recommendations on babysitters. I suggest you get a daily abridged version otherwise you will be inundated with emails.
Mummieslist – Online resource with a savings card, shopping, activities and resources.
Kiid – (Montreal-wide except: West Island, Montréal Set, Montréal Nord) – Kiid provides parents with a stress-free way to find top quality baby-sitting services–even for last-minute emergencies. Parents can book baby-sitting services in just a few clicks. All they have to do is create a profile and enter the details they wish to share with the baby-sitter, who will receive the information in advance. All of the babysitters have a minimum of 3 years of experience, first aid certification, professional training and a clean background check.
Murphy & Ritchie – I get a lot of people moving to Montreal asking me about schools, and I don’t feel I’m the best resource for this. I suggest that you get in touch with this consultation firm who will be able to provide you with a more solid understanding.