Start planning your winter break now! Here’s our list of cool things to do with the kids to make their winter break the best ever.
Arctic Glacier Winter Park
Various activities | The Forks
Head down to The Forks for the official celebration of winter at Arctic Glacier Winter Park! Skate on 1.2 kilometres of trails, slide down the toboggan run, or try your tricks in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park.
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
School’s out, nature’s in! Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area & Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort.
There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit Hudson and all his furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails.
This just in: From December 21 to January 5, kids ages 12 and under receive FREE admission to the Zoo! Just in time to visit the two new female polar bear cubs, Aurora and Kaska.
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” their 43 ft Mosasaur, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. He’s bigger than a T Rex and just as scary. It’s because of him that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.
Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
Dec 6 to Jan 4 | Red River Exhibition Park
Grab your friends and family, pack into the car, and celebrate the season of lights – all three million watts of them at a Canad Inns Winter Wonderland! From the comfort of your car, drive around the 2.5 km park to see a brilliant presentation of over one million lights in 26 different theme areas.
Enjoy time with your kids laughing, playing and learning at the Children’s Museum! The museum’s 12 galleries are both fun and educational. People of all ages are encouraged to use their senses, as they experience each exhibit.
Feel the exhilaration of flying across the tundra on a dog sledding adventure you’ll never forget. Snuggle in for the ride or grab the reins, either way the energy of a team of friendly dogs is contagious.
FortWhyte Alive Winter Day Camp
Dec 30, Jan 2, Jan 3 | FortWhyte Alive
Experience a natural adventure at one of FortWhyte Alive’s Day Camps! The three camps this break are Survival of the Fittest (Dec 30), Winter Fun Day (Jan 2) and Kickin’ It Cold Style (Jan 3). Camps are open for children ages 6 to 11. Fresh air, fun and learning are all part of the experience.
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
Nov 23 to Dec 28 | Daly House Museum, Brandon
Get touched by a little magic in Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine at the Daly House Museum! This exhibition explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.
Open daily | Birds Hill Park
Mosey on over to Birds Hill Park Ranch to enjoy a trail ride in and around the park while breathing in the crisp air and viewing the spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You may see deer, owls and various other wildlife.
Lace up: Canada’s Passion for Skating
Nov 22 to Feb 16 | New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
Learn about the special mark skating has left on our national identity at Lace up: Canada’s Passion for Skating – a new exhibit at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli!
Egypt is taking centre stage at The Manitoba Museum right now. During the month of December, you can experience Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed with your whole family. There will be mummification demonstrations, you can learn to write your name in hieroglyphs or take part in a fun-filled scavenger hunt.
New at the Planetarium is Back to the Moon For Good, a show that follows the journey of teams from around the world as they compete to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years. Stars of the Pharaohs and The Alien who Stole Christmas is also on the holiday show schedule.
Dec 19 to 29 | Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s holiday classic Nutcracker is back again to captivate children, families and the young-at-heart! This sparkling Christmas tradition is a festive feast for the senses with enchanting costumes, timeless choreography and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky.
Riding Mountain National Park
Create your own trail anywhere, anytime, and explore special nooks in the park. There are also designated snowshoe trails from which to choose. Here’s a glimpse of what snowshoeing is like in the park.
Open daily | Adrenaline Adventures, Headingly
Put on the ski pants and get ready to tackle the Snow tubing hills at Adrenaline Adventures! They have several lanes open for tubing featuring a variety of bumps and lots of speed. And for the extreme thrill seekers, there’s tubing lanes that will have you yelling in delight all the way down.
Western Canada Aviation Museum
Dec 27 to 30, Jan 2 to 5
Enjoy activities for all the kids – young and old at the Family Holiday Events in the museum! There will be crafts, guided tours, scavenger hunts, and much more.
Whiteshell Provincial Park
If you haven’t been to the Whiteshell in winter, it’s time to give it a try. A paradise for nature-lovers, in the park you can glide along cross-country ski trails, get back to nature on horseback, sled over groomed snowmobile trails, wait for the big catch while ice fishing, or break through fresh snow by snowshoe all while keeping your eyes peeled for all sorts of wildlife.
We hope you have a wonderful winter break! If we missed a fun activity or two, please let us know in the comments.