School’s out… time for FUN! Here’s our list of cool things to do with the kids to make their winter break the best ever.
Arctic Glacier Winter Park
Open daily | The Forks
Head down to The Forks for the official celebration of winter at Arctic Glacier Winter Park! Skate on the many trails, slide down the toboggan run, or try your tricks in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park.
The Whiteshell in winter
If you haven’t experienced 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. Visit Experience The Whiteshell for more information and get a glimpse of skiing the area through the eyes (and skis) of Hike Bike Travel.
Open daily | Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
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 20 to January 4, kids ages 12 and under receive FREE admission to the Zoo!
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Dec 17 to 21 | Asessippi Ski Area & Resort,
Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort.
FortWhyte Alive Winter Day Camp
Dec 22 to Jan 2 | FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Experience a natural adventure at one of FortWhyte Alive’s Day Camps! The three camps this break are Wilderness Adventure Camp, Voyageur Ventures, Green Science & Fun-gineering and Arctic Animals. Fresh air, fun and learning are all part of the experience.
Open weekends | Adrenaline Adventures, Headingly
Put on the ski pants and get ready to tackle the snow tubing hills at Adrenaline Adventures! Winter activities begin this weekend with several lanes open for tubing featuring a variety of bumps and lots of speed. For those seeking something a bit more adrenaline-pumping, we’re introducing some extreme snow tubing lanes which will have you yelling in delight all the way down.
Riding Mountain National Park
There are 43 kilometres of groomed snowshoe trails, as well as the unlimited possibilities that await you when you set out “off trail,” including the challenge of snowshoeing Mt Agassiz. Riding Mountain’s snow conditions and six designated snowshoe trails make it one of the best places to snowshoe in Manitoba.
Oct 17 to Apr 17 | The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Argh, matey, it’s all about that booty (pirate’s booty, that is) at the interactive exhibitReal Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship at The Manitoba Museum. The exhibit tells the true story of the Whydah — a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago — and showcases treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, weaponry such as cannons, pistols, and knives, and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board.
Open daily | Birds Hill Park
Mosey on over to Birds Hill Park Ranch to enjoy a trail ride or sleigh 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.
Canadian Museum For Human Rights
Open Tuesday to Sunday | The Forks
Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others. All 11 galleries are now open.
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.
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
Open daily | Morden
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.
Nutcracker by the RWB
Dec 20 to 28 | Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
A heart-warming holiday tradition returns as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents its beloved and timeless classic – Nutcracker. The quintessential Canadian version of the well-known holiday classic features an exciting new addition during the 75th anniversary season! Thirteen polar bears – 12 baby bears and one adult bear named Hazel – have been added to the cast. The 12 baby polar bears will be played by 12 students from the RWB School Recreational Division. The new furry characters are sure to add more fun and entertainment on stage.
Peter Pan at MTYP
Nov 27 to Dec 23 | Manitoba Theatre For Young People, The Forks
Come away to Neverland for one of the most magical stories ever told! Witness Peter’s arrival into the lives of Wendy and John as they leave everything behind in pursuit of adventure. This swashbuckling classic features spectacular flying sequences and razor sharp sword fights. A definite must-see featuring Fred Penner as the villainous Captain Hook!
Winter camp at the marsh
Dec 29, 30; Jan 2 | Oak Hammock Marsh
Enjoy winter by joining the marsh for a frosty good time at winter camp! Activities may include snowshoeing, bannock baking, winter games and more. This camp has both indoor and outdoor components and is sure to please! For ages 6 to 9. Register today!
Open daily | The Forks
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.
Western Canada Aviation Museum
Dec 22 to Jan 4 | Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg
Enjoy activities for all the kids – young and old at the Family Holiday Events in the museum! There will be crafts, guided tours, dress-up stations, scavenger hunts, and much more.
Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
Dec 5 to Jan 3 | 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.