634 Rue Saint-Jean
Quebec City , Canada G1R1P
Specialty Food Store
Choco-Musee Erico Description
The best parts of this spot lie behind the glass domes on the counters and in the cases (truffles, cookies, brownies and gelato among them), but kids will also get a kick out of the small museum's hands-on approach to chocolate history. Tools of the trade (past and present) are at kid height and ready for touching. Information is via placards on the wall and telephone handsets connected to video explanations. (Little hands seem more interested in playing with the phones than the description.) What will hold their attention? The viewing window that offers a peek at sweets being made.
Babies: A great one to visit during off-peak hours and while they're sleeping. The entire show is done with earphones which means you'll get to take in the show while they catch a nap.
Toddlers & Pre-K: They'll like the first 10-minute movie but may begin to fidgit during the second. Stick to off-peak times when headphone fiddling is unlikely to bother anyone else and you'll be fine.
School-Age Kids: The 10 minute intervals are perfect for this age group: Just as they start to wander they're up and moving to the next theatre. They won't retain all of the history but it's a great introduction.
Pre-Teens & Teens: With educational tie ins to the history they're learning in school (Boston Tea Party, European Explorers) they'll recognize some of the basics of the storyline while getting a kick out of the holograms, quick-paced flicks and eye-moving paintings on the sets.
- Bring your wallet. You'll come for the chocolate and stick around for the museum. The goodies aren't cheap ($1.60 for a muffin about the size of a short stack of quarters) but they are really, really good. Kids won't let you leave without at least one snack.
- Stay a while. This eclectic neighborhood is best visited in the afternoon. Work the shop stop into a walking tour of the area rather than making a special trip out.
Just the Facts
Hours: Monday through Wednesday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour