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Action, adventure and excitement lives in Manitoba no matter the weather. This week, get lost in another world as you try to puzzle your way out of an escape room, celebrate the Lunar New Year at a high tea, or embrace winter by navigating the world's largest snow maze. Here are 10 things to do in Manitoba this week...

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1. Get in the game

Work as a team to beat levels at Activate Games

Activate Games is a state-of-the-art gaming experience where you can run, jump, climb, and crawl in a variety of unique and immersive games. Work with your team as you challenge your body and your mind to beat levels and earn rewards. There are multiple games to try in each room with levels for first-time players all the way to super gamers. 

2. Try to escape

Solve puzzles to escape at the Real Real Escape Canada

Get thrown into a new environment where you must escape in just one hour. The Real Escape Canada offers story driven adventures in their escape rooms that challenge your mind under a time constraint. Work quickly to solve puzzles with your team to pull off a bank heist, avoid a nuclear meltdown or escape the creepy Mavis House. 


3. Find your way through the world's largest snow maze

Snow Maze in St. Adolphe

Thursday through Sunday | A Maze in Corn, Saint Adolphe

That's right, the world's largest snow maze is right here in Manitoba. Wander through 2 kilometres of snowy twists and turns as you try to find your way to the exit. After you've made it out, warm up by the bonfires or slide down the snow hill. If you head out on a weekend you can also hop on a sleigh ride for an extra $3.

4. Get to know Shakespeare

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Various dates and locations in Winnipeg

This year the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has taken on the works of the bard himself for the 2020 Master Playwright Festival: ShakespeareFest. Catch traditional Shakespeare shows, ones that take on a modern twist and learn about the bard, his influence and the characters he created at events around Winnipeg.  

5. Try your luck on the ice

FortWhyte ice fishingJanuary 25 | Various locations

Get out on the ice and catch what you can at an ice fishing derby. This week there are two returning annual events in the province. The Oak Lake Fishing Derby celebrates its 10th year of angling this weekend and in the easternmost corner of Manitoba, Fish'n the Bay plunges below the ice at Buffalo Bay. 

6. Listen to new and noteworthy

WSO Winnipeg New Music Festival at the Centennial concert hall

January 25 to 31 | Various locations in Winnipeg

The week-long Winnipeg New Music Festival features a range of artists, from established musicians to emerging composers. Six main concerts take place at the Centennial Concert Hall while smaller events, including experimental percussion, choir and soundscape performances, pop up at locations around Winnipeg.

7. Have a laugh

#SeriouslyAdult Series – Comedy Night

January 25 | Keystone Centre, Brandon

Big Daddy Tazz is back for a third year of hilarity at his annual comedy show. This year he'll share the stage in Brandon with other big-name comics like Chad Anderson, Graham Chittenden and Kevin McDonald who will emcee the evening.  

7. Embrace winter in the Whiteshell

wooden cabin surrounded by trees in the snow

Falcon Trails Resort in the Whiteshell is a great place to embrace winter and actually live it, not just survive it. Try skiing, skating and snow tubing or enjoy the coziness inside the cabins. Whichever you prefer, this should be at the top of your list every winter. 

8. Sip tea for the Lunar New Year

Custard tarts and chocolate matcha mousse at the Lunar New Year High Tea at the Fairmont Winnipeg

January 25 | Fairmont Winnipeg

Photo by @gyk26. Welcome the year of the rat as you indulge in Chinese-inspired tea and sweets at the Fairmont Winnipeg's Lunar New Year High Tea. The menu features egg custard tarts, dark chocolate matcha mousse and savoury treats like warm pork belly bao. A truly delicious way to celebrate the Lunar New Year. 

9. Celebrate culture 

Brandon Westman Multicultural Festival

January 23 to 25 | Various venues in Brandon

Eleven pavilions set up across Brandon celebrate and showcase cultures from India to Mexico to Scotland at the Westman Multicultural Festival. You can visit any of the pavilions for free but make sure to bring cash to try some of the delicious traditional food from each country. 

10. Hear the roar at Monster Jam

Grave Digger – Maple Leaf Monster Jam

January 25 & 26 | Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg

The biggest and wackiest monsters on four wheels are back at BellMTS Place. This year's Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is more exciting than ever with six different racing, freestyle and skills competitions with three different vehicles.