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Family Fun - Spring / Summer

NO TELLING HOW FAR YOU’LL GO!
We know how much your kids love Disney movies, and the recent hit film Moana had everyone excited to participate in nautical-based adventures. This spring and summer in Winnipeg, you may not be on the sea with your family but you will still have the wind in your sails calling you to all sorts of exciting adventures. There are many exciting venues and events where your whole family will be able to enjoy a day together. No one knows just how far you’ll go!

EXPERIENCE THE GREAT OUTDOORS
If you want to set the stage for a Moana-themed excursion, FortWhyte Alive gives you access to some epic sailing and canoeing options. Winnipeg’s urban nature reserve is brimming with wetlands, wildlife and family-friendly activities. For on-land entertainment, make sure you stop by the bison herd enclosure — you can get within feet of these majestic creatures. 

Water-based adventures continue at Assiniboine Park, where a mini waterpark complete with sandy beach are part of the incredible Nature Playground. After drying off, you’ll spend hours running through the Snakes and Ladders-inspired play area. 

Since you’re already at Assiniboine Park, don’t forget to say hi to the polar bears! Assiniboine Park Zoo features more than 200 animals — lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Journey to Churchill, the world’s most extensive Arctic species exhibit, offers a view of polar bears swimming right overhead that you won’t see anywhere else.

When thinking of the best places to spend a day outdoors, The Forks tops out most lists. Teens will flip when they see The Plaza at The Forks, where skaters and BMXers try out their best moves (this place is so mint that even Tony Hawk has shredded it). You can also hop aboard Splash Dash Tours for a riverboat experience that will have the whole family seeing the city from a unique perspective. 

Just outside the city, you can keep adrenaline junkies happy at A Maze in Corn. While the famous corn maze doesn’t open until August, drop by in June for a zip-lining adventure. In addition to a view of the humongous field, you will be zipping across six different lines. Unleash your competitive spirit on the dual racing line, and take a rickety walk across the rope bridge. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the petting zoo and enjoy a hayride.

On the other side of the Perimeter, the peaceful wilderness of Oak Hammock Marsh takes you away from the city hustle. This birding hotspot offers nature walks, critter dipping, canoe rides and more. With over 30km of walking trails, ditch the technology and spend a day getting up close with nature. 

If you want to get really wet, why not head to a waterpark? Fun Mountain Waterslide Park has waterslides, tunnels and multiple pools to beat the summer heat, while bumper boats will get you drenched. If you’d prefer to stay dry, head next door to Tinkertown, an outdoor amusement park for the weeones that’s filled with pint-sized rides and games. 

If your kids prefer the Disney movie Cars over Moana, hit the racetrack at Grand Prix Amusements. Rev your go-kart engines on Grand Prix (ages 10+) and Formula Fun (14+) tracks. Mini-golf, Spaceball trampoline and water balloon wars round out a whole day’s entertainment.

EXPERIENCE AN INDOOR ADVENTURE
Spring and summer rainstorms might keep you from an outdoor adventure, but there are lots of great indoor venues where your kids can still run themselves ragged. Bring on the rainy days!

At LaserTopia, set your phasers to fun and zap it up in a giant, two-level laser tag stadium. With a futuristic arcade to keep everyone busy between matches and customizable gameplay, this is a treat for kids (and adults!) of all ages. 

A new fad that has serious legs, escape rooms have quickly become a favourite for code-breaking Winnipeggers. Companies like Enigma EscapesThe Real Escape and Codebreakers invite groups of all sizes and ages to navigate their way through themed puzzles, codes and clues to reach freedom.

If it’s time to bounce, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park and Flying Squirrel Sports let your kids jump around for hours (and get some exercise in the most fun way possible). If you have a large group to entertain, might we recommend trampoline dodgeball?

Channel your inner Spiderman at the rock climbing walls of Vertical Adventures. Drop in and be introduced to bouldering, while large groups can book ahead for an uplifting party! This is fun for all ages–kids 5 and up can give it a try.

If your children are under 12, bring them to Great Big Adventure, a sprawling indoor play structure park. With speedy slides, oodles of climbing space and a section tailored specifically for toddlers, there is something for all the kids. Adults may not have their own slides, but there is a full-service café to enjoy. 

Whole families can swing for the fences at The Golf Dome. The driving range lets you channel your inner Brooke Henderson, while virtual golf will have you feeling like you’ve finally joined the PGA Tour. The always-delightful mini-golf rounds off the whole familyfriendly experience. 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES 
The Children’s Museum at The Forks provides hands on, colourful, inventive exhibits — a perfect diversion for creative young ones (9 and under) to explore new sights and sounds. 

The Manitoba Museum offers kids a chance to run their own experiments in the Science Gallery, journey through the cosmos in the Planetarium, and explore a whole suite of galleries — including the ever-popular dinosaur fossils. Sailors beware — the Nonsuch gallery is currently under renovation, and scheduled to re-open sometime this summer.

The ever-climbing exhibits of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) bring families on an empathetic journey through past, present and future human rights issues. Several of the interactive galleries demonstrate how kids have made a difference in the world, providing an inspirational model for your young ones. 

A tour at one of the most visually striking buildings in the city, the Royal Canadian Mint will have families exploring interactive displays including Olympic medals, while also witnessing how millions of coins are produced for countries around the world.

ALL THE FUN, AT NO COST
Many of Winnipeg’s museums and attractions are free of charge, and are a great way to discover the city’s history and culture. 

At the Manitoba Electrical Museum and Education Centre hands-on exhibits detail our hydroelectric history. Riel House is a Parks Canada National Historic Site that commemorates the life of one of Manitoba’s founding fathers, Louis Riel. Fort Gibraltar allows you to experience life as a 19th century voyageur. The historic inhabitants at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site will bring you back to the 1830s — part of the Fort is under construction this summer, but is still open for visitors.

EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Kidsfest will be at The Forks again this year, with a four day festival featuring some of Canada’s best children’s performers and other educational entertainment. Drop by to discover countless games and activities throughout the entire festival (June 7–10). 

The Red River Exhibition is a late-June staple for Winnipeg families. You name it, the Ex has it — amusement park rides, food stalls serving up some original creations, agricultural shows and nightly concerts featuring some of the region’s hottest acts (June 15–24).

There’s always a new act to discover at the Fringe Theatre Festival, with the Exchange District coming alive with live theatre of all genres, from local and international performers. Kid-friendly shows are always designated, and Old Market Square will have buskers, street performers and live music each night of the festival (July 18–29). 

Speaking of arts, there’s a tale as old as time happening at Rainbow Stage this year. From August 16–30, take in Beauty and the Beast at Kildonan Park’s covered outdoor venue, and try not to sing along the entire time. Be our guest! 

Folklorama, the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival takes over every corner of Winnipeg from August 5–18. Dozens of pavilions from countries across the world will be featuring their local song, dance, cuisine and teachings.

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