2018 Top Ten Summer Family Fun Activities
- The Zoo and Assiniboine Park
Summer is wonderful time to visit the city's largest park that has tons of new attractions like the Children's Garden, the Butterfly Garden, the Park Cafe and of course the exciting Winnipeg Zoo. Check out the Xtreme BUGS exhibit featuring 19 giant, animatronic bugs along the forested trail inside the Zoo. Included with regular Zoo admission, the exhibit will transport visitors into a vivid, dynamic, and awe-inspiring new environment where they can experience how the world would appear from a bug's eye view. Check out Journey to Churchill with the Polar Bears, Polar Playground, Toucan Ridge, the tropical house, the butterfly garden and the Australian Walk-About. The Kinsmen Discovery Centre is especially interesting for kids, as are the antics of the monkeys in the monkey exhibit. Have lunch at the Tundra Grill! Lions, tigers, camels, bison, peacocks and leopards are all waiting for your visit. Did you know there is still a mini steam train as well as horse and buggy rides too?
- Get with The Fringe!
Take in the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. It is North America's second largest Fringe festival. Over 100 theatre companies presenting exciting and innovative new theatre over 12 jam-packed days. Outdoor stage and Kids Fringe feature street performers, buskers and bands from noon to midnight daily July 18 to July 29. Kids Fringe offers Free Hands-on Fun including crafts, games, live entertainment Noon to 3pm weekdays and noon to 6 pm on weekends.
- The Library
A place holding thousands of adventures in books, DVDs and more! All can be taken home with just a library card...Still Free. Kids can register for the TD Summer Reading Club and other summer programs at each branch and families can go there together and are guaranteed to find something of interest. Take the time to pick up a book that you can read together. If you love to read, chances are your child will too! Visit the downtown branch for a change from your local branch.
- Visit a Farmer's Market!
There are so many of them throughout the city and province! It is a great place to wander and enjoy the many locally grown fruits, vegetables, meat, candy and crafts. Check out the list of markets in this issue!
- Visit a Museum every week this summer!
The Manitoba Museum offers great fun for everyone! Visit the galleries, the Science centre and the Planetarium for a day of fun! Check out the new summer exhibit Hockey: The Stories Behind our Passion opening JULY 6. his one-of-a-kind travelling exhibition offers visitors an exciting interactive experience showcasing high points in the sport from both yesterday and today. Exploring the importance and influence of hockey, this exhibit looks back to the past 100 years and brings the history of the sport to life. Register your kids for summer camp programs too.
The Manitoba Children's Museum offers so much fun in their many galleries for kids and adults alike! Check out Castle Builder! Builders of all ages are invited to explore, build, and play in the Children's Museum's new travelling exhibition. Running until September 3rd.
In this exhibition, guests are transported to a kingdom where they become castle builders, building their own toy castle brick by brick. In Castle Builder, builders of all ages and skill levels can construct castles, learn about real-world castles and their building secrets, and plan their ideal castle's defenses. Guests can even explore the inside of the royal castle, test their fortress designs with a catapult, and spot a dragon. Sign up for the Children's Day Camp programs too.
The Manitoba Electrical Museum at 680 Harrow is a unique and interesting destination. They are open Monday to Thursday 1pm-4pm and admission and parking is FREE. Group Tours can be booked too.
The Royal Canada Aviation Museum is a hidden gem offering an interesting look at aviation history. There is also a hands-on exhibit for kids. Visit their web site for their latest exhibits.
- The Beach
Hate the long drive to the Winnipeg Beach, Falcon Lake or Grand Beach? There's good news about a beach that's even closer: Stonewall Quarry Park is a man-made beach with fresh water pumped in and sandy beaches all around. You may remember going there as a child. Good news, its still there for summer family fun! Lifeguards are on duty and there are snack bars, washrooms and change room facilities too. Pack up the kids, beach blanket, sunscreen, hats, cooler, and toys and head to one of these terrific places so close to the city, the kids won't have time to yell "Are we there yet?" Nothin' but sun, fun and family!
- Parks and Recreation Wading Pools and Splash Parks
90 pools and 20 Splash pad Parks are located throughout the city and some are supervised by City Recreation Staff. All pools have washroom facilities and pool toys and some have water spray cannons, fountains, columns and water slides. View the city's Aquatic Fun Guide in PDF format for all the details.
- The Forks
Be a tourist in your own city and head to the Forks for a fun time. Walk the river trail then visit the Forks Market for unique crafts, fresh baking and produce and great restaurants too. Check out the buskers that will entertain all summer!
- On a bad weather day...
Take out a puzzle or game that the whole family can enjoy. Puzzles take patience and cooperation and you can start with easy ones and build up to more difficult ones as the kids become more skilled at doing them. One the best summer games is Scrabble...a great way to develop language development, word recognition and spelling. Start with Kids Scrabble and graduate to regular Scrabble when the kids are ready. Keep it fun!
- Plan a Play or Puppet Show
It's a great way to channel their energy into something creative. It could be a month-long project to plan the event, practice, build the set, invite family and friends and even raise money for charity. Kids love being given a project and following through. You should be willing to help and support them through
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