The Laval Children’s Museum in Laval, Quebec, is a two story building dedicated to children being able to explore different occupations in a playful way. The museum is located on the island of Laval, just north of the island of Montreal, close to one of the main highways crossing Laval, the Autoroute 13. Have a look here for the directions and also the rate schedule, which is something very rare and interesting – children’s admission is a good bit more expensive than the adults.
The building and exhibits are not the newest, some things look a bit worn down, but with the amount of children coming through every day, touching and feeling, it is not surprising that not everything is in pristine condition, it should not be something making you reconsider visiting the museum, because the experience the child(ren) will have is extraordinary and will have then talk about it for a long time.
On the first floor you will find a fishing boat, a police station including police car, an ambulance, a grocery store (with everything at children’s height) and a gas station (including car and spare tire) as well as one set washrooms. In the police station and ambulance the children can put on uniforms and hats, while in the grocery store you have little shopping carts and plastic food and boxed/canned items that they can shop for and check out at the till, including a scanner, which is a great touch, since stores usually do not have carts and counters at their height.
On the second floor is a bigger variety, starting with a fire truck and a construction site (including a little excava-tor-like contraption the kids can use), over a stage with light show and real working microphone, a veterinarian’s office, a sandwich shop, a rocket, a plane (with cockpit) and more to discover, including a second set of washrooms.
There is no food on the premises, so you’ll either have to bring your own (they have some tables in the front) or go out for something to eat. The cleanliness of the washrooms was good, but we went early in the day (at opening), so depending on the number of kids coming through, that may change throughout the day.
You should calculate pretty much the whole day at the Museum, with everything that they have to offer (exhibits, interactive stuff, skits and presentations), in the end making it also value for money, since you can be pretty sure that the children will want to come back.