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With tons of activities to choose from, here are the best things to do with kids in Winnipeg:
Visit Assiniboine Park. You could certainly spend an entire day with the kids at Assiniboine Park. With 1,100 acres of forest and gardens, there’s plenty of space to let loose. Everyone loves the newly renovated children’s Nature Playground, which is full of whimsical play areas, including a snakes and ladders inspired play area, willow tree tunnels, and gigantic bird nests. Explore the meandering pathways through the English Garden and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Say hello to the wildlife along the Duck Pond. Bring the family into the Pavilion Gallery Museum for a peek at the permanent Winnie the Pooh exhibit. For the animal lovers, spend the rest of your day at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, also in the park. While currently in the midst of major renovations, the kids will no doubt love meeting Hudson the polar bear, playing around in the Polar Playground, or seeing kangaroos up close in the new Australian Walkabout exhibit.
Check out the Manitoba Museum. Speak to anyone who grew up in Winnipeg, and they’ll recall fond childhood memories of their time spent at the Manitoba Museum. Famous for its large-scale walk through dioramas, the museum will impress kids and adults alike. Highlights include the natural science exhibits of moose, bison, and wolves; the replica of the Nonsuch (the ketch that sailed from England to Hudson Bay in 1668), and the recreation of a Winnipeg streetscape at the turn of the century — complete with working movie theaters and storefronts everyone can explore.
Have fun at the Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum is a whimsical space where the focus is hands-on fun for kids. Located in the oldest surviving train repair facility in Western Canada, the kids can explore a life-size steam train, make arts and crafts, or climb up a gigantic lasagna-inspired jungle gym, to name three of their of their 12 exhibits. Whether 10 years old or six months, the Children’s Museum will keep the young ones mesmerized.
Explore FortWhyte Alive. If outdoor experiences, nature, and local culture are important to your family, bring them out to FortWhyte Alive. See a herd of bison up close. Learn how to paddle a canoe and make bannock over a campfire. Explore an old-fashioned sod house and a traditional tipi encampment, or learn how to throw an indigenous atlatl. You’ll come back with a full new appreciation for Manitoba’s ecosystems, history, and culture after your time at FortWhyte Alive.
Spend time at the Royal Canadian Mint. Did you know that the Royal Canadian Mint makes all the circulation coins for Canada, as well as for 75 countries around the world, including the United States? Come for a guided tour of the facility to see how your money is made, and then have fun in the interactive exhibits where you can see real Olympic medals, hold a real gold bar, or see how much you would cost if you were made out of gold.