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February is the BEST month of winter. We have hopefully left the frigid January temperatures behind us and we are getting so much closer to spring! Although Omicron has really put a damper on so many things, we can still enjoy the best of our wonderful Winterpeg with a multitude of free outdoor activities and places to explore with our families. An incredible amount of snow has fallen this year which helps make winter activities like cross country and downhill skiing as well as snowmobiling that much more fun. Bundle up on pleasant days to head to the Forks to walk or skate the River Trail. Enjoy the smiling faces of fellow Winnipeggers along the way enjoying fat tire biking, walking, skating, sledding, or ice biking. What a blast it is to see the city from the centre of the Red or Assiniboine River! Enjoy the warming hut installations and the ice art creations and rinks that people create along the river. Head to a local park for a walk down beautiful trails or enjoy tobogganing on great slides built throughout the city. One of the largest is at Fort Whyte Alive. Check it out! Why not create a winter scavenger hunt for your kids to explore their neighbourhood looking for a list of things like animal tracks, animals, coloured objects etc. You can also take in a hybrid Festival du Voyageur this month in St. Boniface. It is the biggest French winter festival of fun and culture in Western Canada and because it is mostly outdoors, we can still enjoy the activities and entertainment.

This issue is our Focus on Education issue which offers a peek into many schools and their programs. School Open Houses will be virtual again this year but how cool is it that you can make an appointment or register to learn about different schools without leaving your home. We have both public and independent schools that offer your child a great education from nursery to Grade 12. There are schools for kids with learning issues, schools that focus on sports or theatre arts and STEM to name a few options. What ever your childís interest or learning style, you can shop for the best education option for them. During the pandemic and remote learning, some children have fallen behind, but you can also find great tutoring programs to help your child catch up or even work beyond their grade if they need to be challenged. Please read about the many educational options in this issue!

I hope by the time you read this, the Omicron surge is over and maybe, just maybe we can see the places we love to visit like the Manitoba Museum and Childrenís Museum re-open. I know we all feel the same about getting our lives back on track to a more normal life. Stay Warm and Safe!

Let's stay safe and get our kids vaccinated and ourselves boosted with the third shot!

Happy February!

Susan



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