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2017 Top Ten Summer Family Fun Activities

  1. The Zoo and Assiniboine Park
    Summer is great 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 and updated Winnipeg Zoo. The Dinosaurs Alive experience is back again this new summer! These animatronic life size creatures will surely amaze the whole family! Check out Journey to Churchill, The Polar Bears, Polar Playground, Toucan Ridge, a 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?

  2. Get with The Fringe!
    Take in the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is North America's second largest Fringe festival. Over100 theatre companies presenting exciting and innovative new theatre over 11 jam-packed days. Outdoor stage and Kids Fringe feature street performers, buskers and bands from noon to midnight daily July 13 to July 24; Kids Fringe offers Free Hands-on Fun including crafts, games, live entertainment Noon to 6pm every day

  3. 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.

  4. The Manitoba Stampede
    The Manitoba Stampede in Morris, Manitoba, July 20-23, stars some of the top names in bull riding, bronco-busting, tie down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, and team roping. Also check out the fastpaced thoroughbred chariot and pony chariot and chuck wagon racing. For those looking for a laugh, look out for the Rodeo Clown. There is also an Agricultural Fair section featuring dairy shows, light and heavy horse shows, kid’s pig scramble and a Youth Stars of Manitoba Talent Competition. All this and balloon art, outdoor stage entertainment and a children’s petting zoo too make this a great event for all the family. Commercial displays and exhibits complete the line-up at this popular regional show.

  5. 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! The summer exhibit is World’s Giant Dinosaurs. This exhibit presents a touring collection of some of the world’s largest dinosaurs. Fossils, casts, robotics, videos, and other media are used to illustrate the story of how dinosaurs evolved to such immense sizes, and how they dominated life on land for well over 100 million years. Twenty dramatically-lit dinosaur skeletons and robots, up to more than 60 feet in length, illustrate new scientific discoveries that are allowing us to learn much more about these amazing life forms. This includes hands on activities like Dino Dig where kids can become paleontologists! You can register your kids for summer camp programs too;

    The Manitoba Children's Museum offers so much fun in their galleries for kids and adults alike! Check out the new RUN! JUMP! FLY! exhibit featuring Action-Packed Fun For All! This heart-pumping exhibition invites guests to explore action-adventure scenes where they can jump into Action Star Training. Adventure Scenes include Surf & Snow Boarding (balance), Kung Fu Forest (coordination), Climbing Canyon (strength), and Flycycle Sky (endurance). An Action Star Training Centre with Yoga Station, Strength Centre, and Dance Club are also part of the experience. Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures In Action™ stimulates the body and mind while simultaneously boosting physical development, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and activating cognitive development. 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 Western Canada Aviation Museum is a hidden gem offering really interesting look at aviation history. There is also a hands-on exhibit for kids. Visit their website for their latest exhibits.

  6. 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!

  7. 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. Visit the city's website to find a location close to you!

  8. The Forks
    Be a tourist in your own city and head to the Forks for a great time. Walk the river trail then visit the Forks Market for unique crafts, fresh baking and produce and great restaurants too.

  9. 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 of 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!

  10. 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 the project.

Feature Articles:

2017 Top Ten Summer Family Fun Activities

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