Spring break is almost here and the next couple of weeks are all about spending time with the kids. Our hot list is loaded with fun for the whole family, including a foolish festival, hot hockey games and a puppet show with a dog named Spot. Here’s our best of the week…

Festival of Fools

Festival of Fools

Mar 28 to Apr 5
The Forks, Winnipeg

On spring break, The Forks Market comes alive with clowning, magic and general tomfoolery at the 15th annual Festival of Fools! Enjoy nine days of smiles at this FREE event that features jugglers, clowns, acrobats, swinging trapeze and tons of hilarious shows! The kids can join in on the fun too! Register them for one of the circus, craft or trapeze workshops running throughout the event.

Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings

Mar 26, 27
Keystone Centre, Brandon

It’s the playoffs, baby! The Brandon Wheat Kings just capped off an outstanding regular season and will face-off against the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings in the best of seven opening round playoff series. The Wheat Kings compiled a 53-11-4-4 record this year, finishing with 114 points, which represented the teams third best finish in franchise history. Woohoo! Go Wheat Kings!

Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets Home Games

Mar 26, 29
MTS Centre, Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Jets are home this week and looking to maintain their hold on a wild-card spot with two big games (Thursday: Montreal Canadiens; Sunday: Chicago Blackhawks). As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like The PintShark Club, Rudy’sThe Met, and Tavern United.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Mar 26 to 29
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

Enjoy one of the most popular musicals of all time at Jesus Christ Superstar! First released as a rock opera concept album in 1970, this show re-invented musical theatre a year later with its ground-breaking opening on Broadway. At its heart, Superstar is a tale about faith, love, relationships and betrayal set to music that connects with audiences of all ages.

Spring break at the CMHR

Spring Break at the CMHR

Mar 28 to Apr 6
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks

Bring the family and take part in special activities throughout spring break at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. All special activities are included in the price of admission.

Aurora Winterfest

March 20 to 29
Various venues, Churchill

Watch the skies dance and experience the culture, history and heritage of northern Manitoba at Aurora Winterfest. This annual event showcases traditional winter activities like igloo building, dog mushing, snow carving, and also features local artists showcasing their skills in performances such as Aboriginal drumming, fiddling, square-dancing and jigging. Other events include a potluck feast, fireworks, North of 58″ Film Fest, Northern Lights Talent Show and Parks Canada Trek to Prince of Wales Fort “Spirit of the Northwinds” celebration.

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Mosasaurs at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Open daily

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” and “Suzy” two gigantic mosasaurs, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. Bruce is bigger than a T-Rex and just as scary. It’s because of these two that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.

Spot at MTYP

Spot at MTYP

Mar 23 to Apr 2
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg

Spot, the most famous and beloved little dog in children’s literature comes to the ‘Peg for Spring Break!  Enjoy show-stopping tunes and incredible puppetry… all while helping Spot and his friend Helen find the lost animals to bring them back to the farm!

The Woman in Black at MTC

The Woman in Black at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Mar 19 to Apr 11
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Your spine will tingle and your heart will race when you watch The Woman in Black – one of the scariest stories to ever hit the stage. A tragedy has shattered the lives of two families. A young lawyer in Edwardian England is hired to oversee the sale of a remote country estate, and finds himself embroiled in a tragic mystery that has been haunting the property for years. Decades later, he engages an actor to recount the tale in an effort to exorcise the demons of his past.

Cadence in Concert

Cadence In Concert

Mar 23 | Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach
Mar 24 | West Kildonan Collegiate, Winnipeg
Mar 25 | Deloraine Winchester Theatre, Deloraine
Mar 26 | Souris and Glenwood Community Hall, Souris
Mar 27 | Gladstone and District Community Centre, Gladstone

Four men, four microphones, no instruments. The melodies of Cadence will be heard around the province this week. They are a formidable foursome that thrills fans night after night by pushing a cappella music to new heights and demonstrating that the human voice has no limits.

2016 Chicken Chef Mixed Provincial Curling Championship

Curling Rocks

March 27 to 29
Gimli Curling Club, Gimli

Head out to Gimli to watch teams compete for the opportunity to represent Manitoba at the 2016 Canadian Mixed Championship.

Real Pirates

Manitoba Museum Real Pirates

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 exhibit Real 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.

Velibor Božović and Greg Staats at AGSM

Velibor Božović at Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Mar 12 to May 9
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

The AGSM’s latest exhibit features the work of two artists, Velibor Božović’s Deep in the Woods (Some Kind of Nature) and Greg Staats’ It dropped down their minds.

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