Apparently, kids are really into watching people play video games on YouTube these days. But, that’s just kids who have yet to visit The Peg.
Much like our Disney Kids, once you go Winnipeg, you never want to go anywhere else – particularly onto YouTube where some guy in his 30s is showing you some game called Fortnight. All jokes aside, Winnipeg has it going on this summer when it comes to family vacations.
On top of some sublime festivals, world-class attractions, and no shortage of space for the little ones to run wild, 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 7-10) where your little ones will be enthralled by all the performers, acrobats, and activities at The Forks.
#FolkFestHappy is a hashtag approved for all ages, and there is seriously nothing cuter than seeing all the little kids dancing by Winnipeg Folk Festival’s (July 5-8) many outdoor stages (okay, maybe baby tigers are cuter, but that is it). On top of a mighty fine roster of children’s performers, the Folk Fest organizers do an amazing job making a family-friendly atmosphere, which includes a Family Area and its Chickadee Big Top, where you can catch performances, find tables filled with arts and crafts, and have your kids experience interactive games led by their friendly staff.
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 (three shows; July 25-27), 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 to the summer is the Xtreme Bugs exhibit, which features 19 gigantic animatronic insects situated throughout the zoo’s forested paths.
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 all manner 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 over 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 Parks Canada’s Variety Heritage Adventure Park, which features the city’s best splash pads and a really cool adventure park that depicts the region’s history.
There’s also Tinkertown Family Fun Park, where all the rides are tailored for little kiddies, the outdoor waterslide park at Fun Mountain, and go karts and bumper boats at Thunder Rapids Amusement Park.
As to teens, you can’t go wrong with the city’s escape rooms, which include Enigma Escapes, Codebreakers, Ultimate Lockdown or The Real Escape – 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.