Closed physically, open virtually. As Winnipeg goes quiet during recent Code Red restrictions, our favourite local attractions have adapted yet again with online offerings.
Keeping us all safe and entertained, here are a few ways you can enjoy the city’s latest quarantainment.
For staying in touch with friends and family
Gaming folks can battle their friends and family like never before while controlling real-life robots from the comfort of their living room with new Winnipeg tech start-up, Portalbots. Offering three different game modes including racing, sabotaging (Mario Kart style) and team conquest, you can control these fast-moving robots in real life from a first-person viewpoint and play in groups with up to six people.
Back with a new round of virtual escape rooms, Enigma Escapes has created safe, family-friendly entertainment for you to solve as a team with your friends. Use your cursor to explore one of four available rooms -- all of which are real escape rooms -- led by an Enigma Escapes gamemaster.
For those looking for great team building exercises, or online party entertainment, Enigma Escapes also hosts gameshow puzzle parties where the tasks must be completed by those involved in under 60 minutes.
For the brainiacs, local company Quizmasters will create, host and run your quiz night for you and your friends. Show off your random fact trivia skills and compete to earn the most points with this interactive trivia made social.
For the remote learners
Classes, groups, and homeschooling families can take a virtual field trip to the Manitoba Museum, as they continue to offer live presentations, tours and up-close examinations. With different options for varying grade levels, the Manitoba Museum staff will bring the museum to you.
In partnership with VR Manitoba, you can now take tours of Winnipeg’s hidden gem museums: the Transcona Museum and Dalnavert. Explore the spaces in 3D and brush up on your history with important facts in each room.
Discover the brand new Inuit Art Centre with a 60-minute private tour, virtually. Book a tour with an experienced art educator to learn more about the stunning collection of Inuit art and enjoy lively conversation about the history.
The Winnipeg Royal Canadian Mint
For an educational tour right on the money, The Mint is offering 30–45-minute virtual experiences with your own personal guide. Through storytelling, history and seeing the facility in action, students and groups up to 35 people book a tour.
Heartland Travel: Virtual Magical Musical History Tour
Local music historian and author John Einarson explores the streets of Winnipeg explaining how the city was once the rock 'n 'roll capital of Canada. This one-of-a-kind tour is filled with facts about the city's storied music history, complete with vintage photos, videos and songs.
For the outdoor explorer
FortWhyte Alive’s Safe at Home virtual programming offers a wide range of online courses and videos on cooking, gardening, animal tracking and outdoor fun. These virtual activities are great entertainment for all ages, and will likely come in handy the next time you are birding on the trails!
Manitoba Museum: Dome@Home
The summer stars are now in sight, and since we are all spending a little more time than usual in our backyards, now is the perfect time to learn how to navigate the night sky and the constellations above your roof. The Manitoba Museum’s Dome@Home virtual programming has been a weekly series since the beginning of the pandemic helping Manitobas explore the skies. Be on the lookout for a lesson on the solar eclipse expected this June.