March is unpredictable, it brings spring weather and snow storms, but luckily there are tons of events and activities in Manitoba this week that are fun no matter the weather. Here's a mix of indoor and outdoor activities to keep your week full of excitement.
1. Learn the basics of Métis 2-needle beading
Weekends | Ste. Geneviève
Enjoy a weekend getaway in a cozy guest room with Borealis Beading in rural Manitoba. Métis artisan, Melanie Gamache offers unique experiential cultural and heritage workshops that explain the art and skill of distinctive beadwork completed by the Métis, known as The Flower Beadwork People.
2. Learn to ice fish
March 15 | Lyons Lake in the Whiteshell
Get out on the ice before it melts! Learn the techniques and regulations of ice fishing then head out onto Lyons Lake to a pre-drilled hole to try to catch a trout, raised at the local Whiteshell Fish Hatchery. Bring your own gear or use the gear provided by the provincial parks team who will lead the experience.
3. Be awe-struck by the northern lights
March is one of the best months to see the northern lights and Churchill, Manitoba is one of the best places in the world to witness them. But if a weekend in Churchill isn't in the stars for you this month, try heading out on your own search for the aurora. Check the aurora probability on an aurora tracking website, distance yourself from the bright city lights of Winnipeg and keep your eyes on the sky.
4. See Mickey Mouse on skates
March 13 to 15 | Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at this year's Disney on Ice Mickey's Search Party. See all your favourite Disney characters as they twirl across the rink and fly high into the sky while following Captain Hook's treasure map in search for Tinker Bell.
5. Take a cooking class
Various dates | De Luca's Specialty Food Store, Winnipeg
Step into the kitchen at De Luca’s Cooking Studio and learn culinary techniques to impress the guests at your next dinner party. De Luca's chef will demonstrate authentic Italian dishes and then the best part? You get to taste test them all! Public and private classes are available year-round.
6. Get your kids into film
March 8 to 15 | Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, Winnipeg
Now in its 24th year, the Freeze Frame, International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages rolls around again for 8 days of 40 films and 150 hours of workshops. This year’s incredible lineup includes animated, live-action, documentaries and short films.
7. Go to the theatre (en français!)
Until March 21 | Cercle Molière, Winnipeg
This month's show at Théâtre Cercle Molière is La Liste. A dramatic play that explores our responsibility to others is an age of isolation. The piece is performed in French but English subtitle devices are available for a handful of performances throughout the run.
8. Visit the Manitoba Museum
The Manitoba Museum is the kind of place that can work for all kinds of tastes. The Science Gallery will entertain kids and the kids-at-heart, while a show at the planetarium will dazzle those who want to contemplate the vastness of the universe. Head to the gallery upstairs for a replica of a Hudson Bay trading ship and a Winnipeg street scape circa 1920.
9. Get crafty
Feeling the urge to create? DIY Craft Bar has you covered! Pick from 17 crafts, grab your materials (all provided on-site), order a glass of beer or wine and start creating. The space has 60 crafting stations so you can book in advance and bring a big group. And the best part? You don't have to clean up all the glue and glitter when you're done, it's all taken care of.
10. Go snowshoeing
Take some time to explore Manitoba's winter beauty. Rent a pair of snowshoes and head out anywhere in the province where there's snow (so pretty much everywhere)! Even better – take a trip to FortWhyte Alive and travel down the path to their bison enclosure for great scenery and a bit of wildlife spotting.