Summer in WinnipegFamily Fun
With super fun festivals, world-class attractions, and no shortage of space for the little ones to run wild, Winnipeg is the place to be this summer.
Plus, we have outstanding Packages & Deals on right now that will be music to your ears (and wallet!).
Here's just a sampling of why Winnipeg is Too Good Not to Share with families this summer.
Festivals & Live Events
Summer for the kids kicks off right when school ends with the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival (June 6-9) where your little ones will be enthralled by all the performers, acrobats, and activities at The Forks.
The following week, the kids can also run wild at the Red River Ex (June 14-23), a midway extravaganza featuring all manner of rides, wacky carnival food, animals and agriculture exhibits (cue the cute baby animals), and a diverse lineup of live performances including Crash Test Dummies, Bif Naked, and plenty of country and pop music.
#FolkFestHappy is a hashtag approved for all ages, and there is seriously nothing more delightful than seeing all the little kids dancing by Winnipeg Folk Festival’s (July 11-14) many outdoor stages (okay, maybe baby tigers are cuter, but that is it). On top of a mighty fine roster of children’s performers (including Kacey Musgraves), the Folk Fest organizers do an amazing job creating a family-friendly atmosphere. Kids can catch performances, find tables filled with arts and crafts, and experience interactive games at the Family Area and its Chickadee Big Top.
Another gem that has become a tradition for families is the free performances by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Assiniboine Park. During Ballet in the Park (July 24-26), families flock – with blankets and chairs in tow – to the Lyric stage where they are treated to kid-friendly fare from one of the world’s most renown ballet companies.
Assiniboine Park Zoo, which features the Journey to Churchill – the world’s most comprehensive Arctic species exhibit – is always a great choice for families. Along with the star attraction polar bears that swim and play right over your head in the Sea Ice Passage, the zoo also has tigers, squirrel monkeys, snow leopards, and hundreds of other species of reptiles, birds and amphibians. New for summer 2019 is Stingray Beach, a tranquil indoor exhibit that allows you to pet and interact with numerous cownose and southern stingrays.
Within Assiniboine Park you will also find all manner of fun spots like the Nature Playground –with its giant sculptures, playground and splash pads, along with the ability to pedal a host of interesting bikes (including tandem ones and four-seaters) from Bee2gether Bikes (who also have rentals at The Forks and Birds Hill Park).
At the Royal Canadian Mint, you’ll find a family friendly experience that is worth every penny. This fascinating facility produces coinage for more than 60 countries, while experiences include the opportunity to hold a $500,000 gold bar and play interactive games that will test your knowledge of the world’s currency.
The Forks, Winnipeg’s most popular tourist area, is brimming with activities too. On its grounds are the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – which offers daily tours along with plenty of child-friendly programing, while the whole family can take a tour along Winnipeg’s scenic waterways with Splash Dash Guided River Tours, which depart from The Forks’ harbour. The Forks also contains Fort Parka, which features the city’s best splash pads and a really cool adventure park.
Right across the Red River, which you can cross via the striking Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, is historic St. Boniface, the city’s belle French Quarter. Here, Tourisme Riel can accommodate you with tours and advice on how best to experience all the French flavour.
Just east of the city is Tinkertown Family Fun Park – where all the rides are tailored for little kiddies and Fun Mountain – an outdoor waterslide park. Just to the west of the city you’ll find the go karts and bumper boats of Thunder Rapids Amusement Park.
As to teens, you can’t go wrong with the city’s escape rooms, which include Enigma Escapes, Codebreakers, The Real Escape and Activate Games – all of which house challenging interactive rooms where solving the thematic mystery will literally set you free. At Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park kids can jump around and have some high-flying fun in a mammoth trampoline park that includes dodgeball, basketball and capture the flag, while more muscle building fun can be had at Vertical Adventures, Winnipeg’s top-notch indoor rock-climbing facility.
And that’s just a start! You can find more family fun waiting for you in The Peg here.And that’s just a start! You can find more family fun waiting for you in The Peg here.