New and now: Family adventures, Brandywine Valley, Montreal

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Posted: May 18, 2015 10:29 AM

APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB ADVENTURES

The Appalachian Mountain Club is offering new guided adventures for families in Maine and New Hampshire.

The AMC says its newly expanded family trip options are part of a "more challenging range of experiences for families as they gain confidence in the outdoors and kids get older."

They include family adventure camps, introduction to backpacking, multi-sport adventures and Wee Wanderers weekends for preschoolers.

Details at http://www.outdoors.org/familyadventures.

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BRANDYWINE VALLEY PASSPORT FOR ATTRACTIONS THIS SUMMER

If you plan to spend time this summer in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley area visiting gardens and museums, the 2015 Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport might save you some money.

The pass provides one-time admission to 11 of the regions attractions between Memorial Day and Labor Day, including the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Mount Cuba Center, Nemours Mansion & Gardens, Rockwood Museum and Park and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. (The Delaware History Museum is closed until early 2016 for major improvements, but the pass gets you in to the Read House & Garden in Historic New Castle.)

Individual passports are $45 and family passports, good for two adults and up to three children under 18, are $95, a substantial savings over individual admissions.

Passports can be purchased online at http://www.brandywinetreasures.org, in person at the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 100 W. 10th St. in downtown Wilmington or any of the attractions. Passports are valid between May 25 and Sept. 7.

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JAZZ FESTIVAL AND MORE IN MONTREAL

Baz Luhrmann, Joss Stone, Erykah Badu, King Sunny Ade and many more performers will all be playing Montreal's famous Jazz Festival. The event runs June 26-July 5, http://www.montrealjazzfest.com.

But there's plenty more to do in Montreal this summer. Mural, which is the Canadian city's public art festival, runs June 4-14, with artists adding designs to streets and public spaces in live art installation projects. And Canada's newly opened, first urban zipline circuit will take you flying over Bonsecours Island in Old Port. There are also fireworks scheduled for July 1, 4, 11, 15, 18, 25 and 29, and Aug. 1, at 10 p.m., with best viewing from the grandstands at La Ronde.