School Break 2023

Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme From March 1 To 4, 2023

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From March 1st to 4th, 2023, families can make their way to Place des Arts to hear captivating tales, express their creativity, get moving, and have tons of fun! 

Place des Arts is your school break destination for an array of exciting free activities: from storytelling to Fabuloscope interactive exhibition… not to mention circus, craft, and culinary workshops! 

A perfect way for budding young artists to discover their hidden talents! 


Le souhait de Petite souris
Musical tale for 3-to-8-year-olds.

Petite Souris and Petite-Petite Souris, worried about their sick mom, make their way out into the storm, where they’ll meet a little fox, a bear, and a snowy owl. Who can find the right remedy to help their mom get better? 

Performers: Jacinthe Lavoie (storyteller), Jean-Luc Lavigne (guitarist and singer), and Sébastien Pellerin (bassist) 

Wednesday, March 1st and Thursday, March 2 
2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm (duration: 25 minutes) 
In Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme of Place des Arts

Orphée aux doigts de fée
Fairy tale for 6-to-10-year-olds.

Orphée draws exceptionally well—as everyone agrees. He’s so good, some even say he has magic fingers! Sadly, his little sister is sick, and the king is the only one who can save her. Fortunately, the king loves artists who can paint his portrait…

Performer: Mélanie Nadeau

Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 
2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm (duration: 20 minutes)
In the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts

Ongoing Activities from 2 pm to 5 pm 

Introduction to the Circus 

This workshop will give younger children a chance to try their hand at tightrope walking, juggling, and acrobatics—alongside professional guides from the École de cirque de Verdun (Duration: 20 minutes). 

In the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts

Interactive exhibition - Fabuloscope

Enter a world of Indigenous tales and legends with these mechanisms inspired by zoetropes and praxinoscopes—the ancestors of animated film—with an added touch of modern technology. Presented by Montréal en Lumière. 

In the Exhibition Room at Place des Arts

Culinary Workshop 

New this year, La Tablée des Chefs will satisfy your cravings with some hot soup served to all those who take part in preparing soup mix packets for community organizations that help feed people in need. 

In the Salon Urbain at Place des Arts

Craft Workshop

Tales and legends will serve as inspiration for the crafts children make in this workshop, and then take home with them! 

In front of the Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts


  • Producer / Presenter : Place des Arts
  • Venue : Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme
  • Partnerships : The school break activities presented are made possible thanks to the financial support of the Place des Arts Foundation and The Rossy Foundation. Additional thanks to La Presse, our media partner.
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