Spring break is here. For some families, this means spending quality time with the kids, but it also means lots of planning. This week’s Hot this Week hopes to make planning fun time with your kids a little bit easier. Of course, there’s still lots of other things going on; one fairly new and interesting event is Opera by the Pint. So see for yourself what’s hot in Manitoba and have a great Easter!

Go on a GPS egg hunt

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March 30 to April 1
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

If you're on the hunt for a good, fun egg hunt, then make the long weekend a worthwhile one for the kids at Oak Hammock Marsh. There will also be with a host of other activities along with the GPS Egg Hunt, including spring crafts and Bunny Bingo.

Enjoy Easter brunch and an egg hunt at FortWhyte

Easter brunch

April 1
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Enjoy a delicious Easter brunch at the Buffalo Stone Café in the midst of FortWhyte Alive’s natural backdrop. The day’s menu will include all-local ingredients, fresh-baked goodies and salads. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for the kids beginning at 1 p.m.

Have home-grown fun at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon

March 26 to 31
Keystone Centre, Brandon

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is back for another year – and with it comes the best in agriculture, local food and equestrian competitions that the country has to offer. It is, in fact, the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and equestrian competition in Manitoba, where families return year after year to join in on the action.

Have some hair-raising fun at the Electrical Museum

Manitoba Electrical Museum

March 26 to 29
Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre

Explore the Legends of Electricity in an educational and entertaining visit to the Electrical Museum. There will also be a special scavenger hunt to track down symbols that represent these great inventors of electricity. Stop by the colouring stations, or try out a new look at the hair-raising electrostatic generator.

Discover the inhabitants of the marsh

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March 26 to 29
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

The marsh is home to some fascinating creatures. Visit Oak Hammock this week and discover some of these marshland inhabitants. During this spring break period, there will also be lots of activities, including movies, games and crafts.

Have a spring break bonanza at FortWhyte

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March 26 to 30
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Get active this season with a Spring Break Bonanza adventure to FortWhyte Alive. Each day is filled with different activities to keep things interesting, from footprint identification exploration to a toasty trek, an orienteering adventure, a guided birding walk, and a scavenger hunt.

Gain insight into the Indigenous voice

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March 26 to 31
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

The voices of Indigenous youth come to life in the second installment the Photovoice collection of photographs and stories this week in Brandon. The Photovoice Project aims to shed light on the impact that people, environment, and infrastructure can have on a neighbourhood and its residents. This second project is titled Planting Seeds of Change.

Spend a day at the zoo

Snow Leopards, Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

March 26 to April 1
Assiniboine Park & Zoo, Winnipeg

Take the kids to Assiniboine Park Zoo for spring break for a fun and informative visit. Kids will learn all about the animals, explore the polar playground, and can even take a wagon ride.

Have a big, fun day of science

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March 26 to April 1
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Museum is making way for a big and fun spring break with its Science of the Small event. This event is perfect for younger kids and inspired by the little things.

Get lessons in culture and human rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

March 26 to April 1
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

Explore culture and language rights at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights this spring. Activities are geared towards the entire family.

Get the kids building

Children’s Museum

March 26 to April 1
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

Grab a few construction hats for the kids and watch them as their imaginations run wild at the Children’s Museum. There will be tonnes of activities over the next seven days from castle building to science and other creative arts.

Introduce your kids to a new form of communication

Manitoba Theatre for Young PeopleMarch 27 to 29
MTYP, The Forks

If your kids can never quite sit still, enjoy interaction, dance and climbing walls, Manitoba Theatre for Young People has the show that’s just right for them. Tetris explores the manner in which people connect and communicate with one another using dance as its vehicle.

Celebrate spring at the Million Dollar event

Spring Break Million Dollar Coin and gold bar event

March 27 to 31
Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg

The Royal Canadian Mint invites guests to celebrate Spring Break at its Winnipeg facility. Tuesday, March 27 to Saturday, March 31, guests will have the opportunity to view and take pictures with the Million Dollar Coin and gold bar.

Celebrate Cannes Lions creativity with an Encore

Winnipeg Art Gallery Cannes Lions

March 27 to 31
WAG, Winnipeg

If you missed the Winnipeg premiere of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Cannes Lions, you can enjoy it this time around as the gallery presents Cannes Lions Encore, a special screening of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Celebrate award-winning commercials and the creativity of those selected from over 30,000 entries around the globe.

Enter the walls of an asylum play

The Black Hole Theatre Company

March 27 to 31
Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall, Winnipeg

The Black Hole Theatre Company is bringing its final production of the season to the mainstage of the Gail Asper Performing Arts. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum Charenton weaves its way through the walls of the Charenton Asylum in France in 1808, where French nobleman and eccentric Marquis de Sade has written and is staging a dramatization of the assassination of political writer Jean-Paul Marat by the rebel Charlotte Corday. As the patients of the asylum get into their roles, the play quickly devolves and threatens the continued existence of the asylum.

Celebrate the birthing experience

Pembina Hills Arts Council

March 27 to 31
Pembina Hills Arts Council, Morden

Gain new insight into the work of mothers and photographers in a new exhibit, Born, at the Pembina Hills Arts Council. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and strength of life and the transition from pregnancy to giving birth and ends its run on March 31.

Enjoy an evening of drinks and opera by the pint

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March 28
Little Brown Jug Brewing Company, Winnipeg

Flipside Opera is presenting its second Opera by the Pint this week. Make your way to the Little Brown Jug Brewing Co. for drinks and spontaneous opera, where emerging and established artists will perform unrehearsed. Opera newbies and devotees are equally welcome. Entry to this event is free of charge. For more details, send email to Flipside Opera.

Help save the town of Hamelin

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March 28 to 31
The Dramatic Arts Centre, Winnipeg

The town of Hamelin is infested with rats. And its mayor seems incapable of effectively handling it. In comes the Pied Piper with his huge ego to exploit the town in his search for fame and fortune, but it is the Piper’s assistant who ends up saving the day and the town. Head to The Dramatic Arts Centre and be a part of this story as it unfolds.

Explore the unconventional life of a character

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March 28 to April 8
Cercle Moliere, St. Boniface

Theatre Projects Manitoba’s latest production, A Short History of Crazy Bone, centres on the work of Canadian poet Patrick Friesen, Crazy Bone, which was inspired by his great grandmother. The story is a mix of poetry, dance and theatre and explores the life of Crazy Bone who lives her life outside of the society’s conventions.

Cheer along your favourite amateur country singer

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March 31
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie

The William Glesby Centre is the place to be this weekend for the second annual Manitoba Country Voice Amateur Talent Contest. Show your support for local talent and cheer along your favourites.

Meet The Humans

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John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Some measure of dysfunction runs at the heart of almost every family. In Royal MTC’s latest production, The Humans, expect nothing less. As the family descends on daughter Brigid’s New York duplex for Thanksgiving, they move through Grandma’s incoherence, Mom’s insecurities, and Dad’s secrets. After a few drinks, the conversation flows and secrets come to light showing us how human and relatable families can be.

Learn about storied pasts

Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba

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Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Canada has called itself home to a great multi-ethnic, multicultural group. But perhaps what makes it all work so well is the stories each culture brings with it. Discover some of those stories in Steinbach during its Storied Places Exhibit this week.

Attend two exhibits in one outstanding evening

Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery

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Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Winnipeg

The Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery is currently exhibiting the works of two incredible artists, Faye Hall (Seven Whole Days) and Anthony Chiarella (Poetical Movement within Art). There is no charge to attend either exhibit, but donations are welcome.