2019 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 new Stingray Beach area and visit the Polar Bears at 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 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 17 to July 28. 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 BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT - fascinating & rare opportunity to see what's under the skin 100+ animal specimens. Experience the intricate biology of an octopus, horse, reindeer, bull, camel, ostrich, giraffe, as well as a human. Runs until September 1st. 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 their new summer exhibit TapeScape! An interactive indoor landscape made entirely out of plastic wrap and packing tape stretched over a huge metal frame; Running until September 3rd;
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 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! Visit Stonewall Quarry Park's website for more information.
- 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!
- 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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