Top Ten Summer Family Fun Activities
- The Zoo and Assiniboine Park
Summer is wonderful time to visit the city's largest park with new attractions like the Children's Garden, the Butterfly Garden, the Park Cafe and of course the exciting Winnipeg Zoo. Check out the Polar Bears at Journey to Churchill , 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? Before you visit, check out their website to find out the Covid protocol.
- The Library
The Library is preparing to re-open so watch for that date . It holds thousands of adventures in books, magazines, 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! Many are still closed but will re-open in June. Check out their websites to find out their re-opening dates and to learn about summer exhibits and Covid protocols.
- The Beach
Take a drive to the Winnipeg Beach, Gimli Beach, Falcon Lake or Grand Beach or even closer, Stonewall Quarry Park, a man-made beach with fresh water pumped in and sandy beaches all around. Pack up the kids, beach blanket, sunscreen, hats, cooler, and toys and head to one of these wonderful places to celebrate the best summer days!
- Parks and Recreation Wading Pools and Spray Parks - 18 Spray Pad Parks are located throughout the city are now open and some are supervised by City Recreation Staff. Some have water spray cannons, fountains, columns and water slides. Visit winnipeg.ca/topics/wading-pools to find a location close to you and what the COVID guidelines are for each park.
Wading pools are not open so far but visit the website to find out that information in June.
- 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
- How about a backyard camp-out? Plan it for a warm evening in your enclosed backyard and pretend you are out in the wilderness sleeping under the stars.
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