A big family get-together to celebrate the queen of butterflies!

Espace pour la vie is holding the second annual Monarch Fiesta, put together by the Insectarium team, to be held August 24 and 25, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jardin botanique. It will be a wonderful fun-filled event for the whole family to celebrate the monarch butterfly—the iconic species of the Insectarium’s conservation efforts. The program will include a weekend festival filled with amazing discoveries, Mexican music, arts and crafts workshops, games for young and old alike, yoga, gardening tips and lots more! Join in these activities and you’ll not only learn more about monarchs, while having fun at the same time, but also become more aware of what you can do to help save these beautiful butterflies.


Craft your own butterfly antennae, choose your make-up (caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly or milkweed flower?), get your wings ready for the musical parade of young monarchs—all these activities are in the line-up for the two-day celebration! But that’s not all: you’ll also be able to make your own monarch kite with your family, and get to meet Chlo , a super shy caterpillar, at a puppet show for three-to-five-year-olds called Chlo , o es-tu? (10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.), play the giant game Travel Like a Monarch and discover treasures hidden in a huge pi ata.

On Sunday, the
winners of the Follow the Monarchs! contest, organised in
partnership with T l -Qu bec, will be announced. As part of the contest,
over 12,000 people have been taking steps to save monarchs. The grand prize
is a trip for four to a monarch sanctuary in Mexico in the winter of 2020,
accompanied by an expert from the Insectarium. The stand of the Consulate
General of Mexico in Montr al will feature the exhibition This
is my Mexico
, displaying the winning entries in the
international drawing contest, which asked children to illustrate their
love for monarchs.


At 11:45 a.m. and
1:30 p.m., the members of SoNSuRyLuNa, a traditional and fusion musical
group that is reinventing Mexican classics by fusing them with bossa nova,
reggae, cumbia, bolero, jazz and flamenco, will get you dancing to their
unique lively rhythms! Their music and songs, inspired by tales and
legends, will carry you to the different regions of Mexico.


Learn to relax
like a butterfly, in a yoga session, and cook for monarchs: two new
activities that will spice up the Monarch Fiesta experience.


Both kids and
adults can take part in workshops to learn how to identify young milkweed
plants, caterpillars and butterflies. Equipped with this knowledge, you’ll
be able to contribute your observations to the Mission Monarch
research program. With advice from the Insectarium guides, you’ll also be
able to create an oasis for monarchs at home, which means you’ll be able to
take part in the My Space for Life Garden certification program.


In 2019, Space for
Life explores nature and biodiversity through the lens of evolution. How
have phenomena taking place over thousands of years resulted in the
fascinating history of life on our planet? A complex, exciting story to
investigate and discover!

pour la vie
is made up of four attractions on the same
site: the Biod me, Insectarium, Jardin botanique and Plan tarium Rio Tinto
Alcan. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada’s largest natural
science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative
urban movement, encouraging all of us to rethink the connection between
humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

Photo credit: Mathieu Rivard