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There is a reason why Vogue and National Geographic alike are praising Winnipeg. The city is alive and there is never a shortage of things to do.
In honour of this, ChatterBlock has compiled a list of the best activities for you and your kids to do this year.
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Summer is our favourite season here in the Peg. We love seeing parents and children outside and taking advantage of the sunny skies and hot weather.
Watch the Canada Summer Games
This year from July 28 - August 13 join the city for both sport and celebration. The Canada Summer Games will be held throughout WInnipeg, Kenora, and Gimli this year. Check out a game or race during the day and head over to the Forks for some entertainment at night.
Feast at Folklorama
Celerate the diverse cultures that make up this city with great food, catchy music, and unreal performances. Folklorama runs from August 6th to the 19th
Pretend you are a Viking on at the Icelandic Festival
Take a day trip out to Gimli, Manitoba to enjoy the 128th Islendingadagurin. There will be a parade, rides, a viking village, games, vendors, and tons of Icelandic pride.
Get golden at Grand Beach
Hands down one of the best beaches in the province is Grand Beach. This long sandy beach is always packed with sun lovers taking advantage of the sandy shores, cool canteen, fun play structures, and huge sand dunes. If you are taking a beach day this should be your destination.
Journey to Churchill (at the Zoo)
Discover the magic of the true north and the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Parents and children alike will be mesmerized by the polar bears. Try to come early in the morning to catch the best views of these amazing animals. If you are lucky they even swim over you!
Treat your family to BDI
Although there are so many amazing dessert places in the city, BDI will always be a crowd favourite on a hot summer day. Try not to be intimidated by the line, it moves fast, and the ice cream is more than worth it.
Cool down at a FREE Spray Pads
Have you been to the Central Park Spray Pad or the Variety Heritage Park yet?
Discover the CUBE
Did you know that during the summer months the CUBE in Old Market Square turns into a hub for culture and entertainment. This open-air performance stage is bumping all year, so check out their schedule to see when the next family friendly event is taking place.
Go for a drive to The Half Moon
Take the scenic drive down the Henderson Highway to lovely town of Lockport to step back in time with the retro inspired dinner. This place has unreal hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, and ice cream.
Be Amused at Tinkertown
With over 20 rides this outdoor amusement park is a great place for any family to go in the summer. The park is open everyday in the summer from noon until 6 or 7 pm.
Do it all at Birds Hill
Just 24 km outside Winnipeg is one of the best parks in the province. We love coming here in the summer. Whether you want to swim, play beach volleyball, bike, hike, or horseback ride, Birds Hill is your one-stop-shop for outdoor activity.
Check out the Best Playgrounds in Winnipeg
There are so many cool playgrounds in the Peg to visit. We love the Dr.Seuss looking Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park.
Support the Goldeyes
We want a pitcher not a belly itcher! Bring the kiddos out to one of the many Goldeyes baseball games this summer. Grab some cracker jacks and get ready to support our local team!
Make a splash at Fun Mountain
When the weather finally starts heating up and you need somewhere to cool off and have fun we recommend Fun Mountain. The park has plenty of events happening throughout the summer too like Pokemon Week and Disney Day.
When the leaves start changing colour it time to bring out your cosy sweaters and wool socks. We love all the activities that Winnipeg has to offer during this season. Here’s a sample of some of our favourites.
Explore the Nonsuch at the Manitoba Museum
On a cooler fall day a visit to to the Manitoba Museum is a great way to both entertain and education your children. A fan favourite is always the Nonsuch boat. We loving seeing handfuls of little kids exploring the ship and getting transported back in time.
Pretend you are Hansel and Gretel at the Witches Hut
Visit beautiful Kildonan Park to check out the cute and quirky Witches Hut. Here your children will be able to experience the fairytale in real life and explore a hut built out of “gingerbread cookies and candies”.
Skate the Bowl at Skateboard Plaza
BMX cyclists and skaters alike flock to this 44,000 square foot urban park. Plaza highlights include the “Magic Carpet”, “Spirit Fish”, and the “Bowl”. Even if you are not a skater, there are tons of spots to spectate from.
Visit Narcisse Snake Pit
Every year thousand of red-sided garter snakes gather in Narcisse, Manitoba. The sight is something else and it billed as the largest gathering of snakes anywhere in the world. Warning: this suggestion is not for the faint at heart.
Go to a Pumpkin Patches or Corn Maze
Let’s be honest going to a pumpkin patch is adorable. Whether you are taking your child for the first time, or going on a first date, there is something satisfying about finding the perfect pumpkin
Fishing always provides a great opportunity to spend time as a family. Just remember to bring your fishing license and some snacks for the kids. (The link above takes you to a list of the 5 best fishing spots around Winnipeg.)
Visit The Forks
Rain or shine, there is always something to do at the Forks. From the Riverwalk, to the market, to free concerts. This is by far one of the loveliest public spaces in Winnipeg.
Cheer on the Bombers
There is something special when you walk into the Investor Stadium on Game Day and the crowd is there loud and proud. Get your kids to put on something blue or gold and stop in for a home game to join the fun!
Walk down Osborne Village
Voted one of the most trendy neighbourhoods in the city, Osborne Village is a great spot to take the family for a weekend walk. The village offers tons of places to window shop in and plenty of fun and kid friendly restaurants such as Kawaii Crepe and Baked Expectations.
Ride the Prairie Dog Central Railway
For a special occasion, take the Prairie Dog Central's vintage steam train for an epic ride. Your children will feel like they have gone back in time and will enjoy event like the Train Robbery.
Drool over Donuts
From Bronuts to Oh Doughnuts there are some amazing, local donut shops popping up all over the Peg. Even the gourmet variety is light on the budget and a little treat once in awhile never hurt anybody. ;)
Visit Variety Heritage Adventure Park
Unlike any other park in the city the Variety Heritage Adventure Park and Playground combines the Fork’s unique history with custom designed, interactive play features. Your children will both have fun and learn about Winnipeg’s history here.
Hang out at Kildonan Park
While the weather's still nice out we suggest bringing the family to Kildonan Park. Located on 2015 Main Street this green space is home to plenty of picnic shelters, bbqs, flowers, an outdoor swimming pool, and playgrounds. Entrance to the park is always free and parking is available throughout.
Sure it snows here, but that doesn’t slow down the city. From festivals, to sports games, to toboggan runs Winnipeggers seem to take full advantage of our winter weather conditions.
Skate the Red River Mutual Trail
Nothing is more Canadian than skating down a frozen river. Experience this Winnipeg tradition in full force every winter. Warning: closures occur thanks to our wacky weather conditions, however there is always a roaring fireplace to curl up next to in the Forks Market.
Watch the Santa Claus Parade
Since 1909 the Santa Clause Parade has been a hallmark seasonal event in the city. The parade marks the beginning of the Christmas season and is a must-do for most families in the area.
Celebrate at the Festival Du Voyageur
What is not to like about amazing food, great music, frozen maple syrup on a stick, and giant ice sculptures. Winnipeg’s French quarter become alive every winter and the Festival is why. We highly recommend taking the family for a visit. Just remember to bundle up.
Check out the Arctic Glacier Winter Park
Do your children like to toboggan and play in the snow? Silly question, of course they do!
Go to a Jets home game
Let your children experience what the True North is all about. The tickets are not cheap, but the experience is unforgettable. #GoJetsGo
Take your children ice skating on a pond
A great activity to do in the winter is to go to one of the many outdoor skating that the city operates. Most high traffic pleasure rinks have washrooms and warming shelters which are open to the public.
Visit the Human Rights Museum
On a cold winter day in the Peg, a visit to the Canadian Human Rights Museum is a great option to both entertain and educate your children. The building itself is spectacular and the exhibits rotate so there is always something new to see.
Bounce at Sky Zone
Whether your children want to freestyle jump, skyslam, play ultimate dodgeball, or fly into the foam zone, if you love jumping on the trampoline we recommend trying out Sky Zone for a fun time.
Watch a production at Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Located in the Fork, this massive 28,000 square foot space is home to a group of amazingly talented children and adults interested in performing arts. MTYP offers shows and performances all year round and would be a great activity to do as a family.
Go to the Library
There are so many public libraries in Winnipeg to choose from. Whether you are looking for a children’s club, or just a quiet space to read a book this is always a good (and free) activity to do with your children. Our favourite library in the city is the Millennium Library, the space itself is huge and is great for exploring and discovering cool new books.
Sweeten your soul with a Cinnamon Buns
On a frosty January morning nothing sounds better than fresh baked cinnamon buns. There are tons of renowned places in the city to grab this sticky treat. Our favourites include: Jonnies Sticky Buns (gluten free options available) and Tall Grass Prairie.
Burn off some energy at Vertical Adventures
If your children are going a wee bit stir crazy a quick trip to Vertical Adventures is sure to fix them up. This indoor climbing facility has both bouldering and belay courses. The establishment also offers youth courses and birthday parties.
Visit the Children’s Museum
With 12 permanent galleries to spark your children’s imagination the Children’s Museum is a hands-on, colourful, learning experience that would be a great winter weekend activity.
Experience FortWhyte Alive
Even in the winter, FortWhyte Alive has many exhibits and attractions to take advantage of. We love the 7km of trails, Tipi Encampment, Winter ice skating rinks, and cross-country skiing trails.
Take a tour at the Royal Canadian Mint
Did you know the Mint offers a friendly tour, in both English and French, to walk you through the newly renovated facility?
When the snow finally melts in the Spring, get the kids out of hibernation and explore all the wondering Spring activities that Winnipeg has to offer.
Laugh at the Festival of Fools
Every year towards the end of March, the Festival of Fools is held at The Forks. This free family event links up with spring break so it is the perfect activity to get the kids out and laughing.
Hit a hole in one at the The Golf Dome
When the weather is wet and soggy a trip to The Golf Dome is a must. You can rent the field to play sports games, book a birthday party package, hits some balls on the driving range, or put around with your kids on the mini golf course.
Go Brunching at Stella’s
Locally run and operation, Stella’s is the place to go for brunch in the city. With an eclectic menu that your children are sure to enjoy the food here will surely put a smile on their face. Pro tip: you can purchase a take-home jar of their famous jam.
Enjoy the Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Every year the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba puts on this unbelievably cute event. Bring your teddy, or stuffed animal and enjoy visiting over 50 tents of free and fun educational activities. We love getting a mini cast put on our teddy bear and having the doctor give it a check up.
Check out Oak Hammock Marsh
Bring the kids out the Oak Hammock to visit the interpretive centre. Here your children will get to learn about nature, while being surrounded by nature. How cool is that?
Visit the Golden Boy
Have you taken your children to see the landmark of our city up close and personal? If not, a quick trip the Golden Boy is a great idea. The statue is 5.25 metres tall and is supposed to embody the spirit of enterprise and youth.
Step back in time at Lower Fort Gary
For a fantastic history lesson we recommend checking out Lower Fort Gary. Here, at the site Canada’s oldest collection of stone fur trade buildings, your children can experience what it was like to be a trapper or a trader back in the days of the Hudson Bay Company.
There are tons of public pools in the city. On a rainy day … when you are bound to get wet anyways, why not wander down to one of the many locations to splash around for a while.
Any visit to this Franco-Manitoban community will have your children feeling cultured. From the french stops signs to the cute cafes this is a lovely community to take a stroll through in the spring.
Watch the races at Assiniboia Downs
A unique activity to do with your children this spring is to take them the races at Assiniboia Downs. This historical spot has been a destination for decades and would be a great spot to visit it your children love horses.
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