Looking for fun ways to spend summer holidays with kids in Winnipeg? Here is a list of fun things to do in and around Winnipeg during summer (June to Labour Day).
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Summer Family Events in and around Winnipeg
Join in the madcap journey from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the beaches of Madagascar! Madagascar, the Musical
Cost: Adult $20; Youth $15; Children 5 and under: Free
Dates: June 6 – 8, 2017
Don’t miss the spectacular RCMP Musical Ride at Assiniboia Downs.
Cost: Rush seating $14.95 plus GST and agency fees. Children 12 & under are admitted free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Date: June 11, 2017
Enjoy an evening of kayaking or canoeing at FortWhyte Alive.
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 13 to August 31, 2017
Cost: $10 per boat, per 40 minutes time slot
See what birds are at the Marsh this summer. Keep track of the species that occur at Oak Hammock Marsh during the summer. Summer Bird Census.
Dates: June 25, 2017
Cost: $5 + Admission fees
Get ready to welcome summer! Go to the EX – there’s no shortage of fun, excitement and a long list of activities that keep you and your little ones engaged for a whole day or more!
Advance Gate Admission (purchased in advance from May 23 to June 25): $10 (plus GST) for all ages. Children 6 & under: Free
Advance Pay-One-Price Ride All Day Wristband (purchased in advance from May 23 to June 25): $37 + GST
Gate admission: $15 (plus GST) for all ages. Children 6 & under: Free
Pay-One-Price Ride All Day Wristband – $45
Sunday, June 25 ONLY: Kids under 10 years old can purchase a pass to ride the Kiddieland Rides ONLY all they want on Sunday, June 25 ONLY – $15
Dates: June 16 – 27, 2017
Watch the story of Romeo & Juliet during Shakespeare in the Ruins at the St.Norbert Ruins.
Cost: $15 – $30
Dates: June 1 – 24, 2017
Date: June 21, 2017
Are you ready to sing Happy Birthday Canada? Attend one of the many events in and around Winnipeg during Canada Day and end the day by watching fireworks lit up the sky.
The Little Shop of Horrors is open at the Kildonan Park!
Cost: $28 – $65
Date: June 22 – July 14, 2017
Whether you are a Scot or not, enjoy pipes, drums, Scottish country dancers, highland food, at Manitoba Highland Gathering.
Dates: June 24-25, 2017 @ Legacy Park, East Selkirk.
Cost: $6 – $10
Listen to children’s music at the Chickadee Big Top stage and take part in the family activities during Winnipeg Folk Fest.
Dates: July 6-9, 2017 @ Birds Hill Provincial Park.
Cost: $50 & up. Kids under 12: Free
Come July, and Dramatic Theatre will be performing Hydronomous A. Frog at the Kids Venue during the Winnipeg Fringe Festival or participate in other free activities during Kids Fringe.
Dates: July 20 – 29, 2017
Cost: $5 (for youth 12 and under) & $10 (for patrons over the age of 12)
Thinking of getting to Calgary for the stampede? Why not enjoy the one closer to home? Visit Morris and enjoy the thrill of watching bronco-busting, tie down roping, bareback riding, and more at Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition.
Date: July 20 to 23, 2017
Cost: $15 – $28
Enjoy fireworks, midway, parade, markets and more during Board Walk Days at Winnipeg Beach.
Dates: July 28 – 30, 2017
Celebrate the sun loving yellow flower and everything Altona with plenty of music, food and entertainment during Manitoba Sunflower Festival.
Dates: July 28 – 30, 2017 @ Altona (90 minutes drive)
Enjoy Ballet In The Park presented by Royal Winnipeg Ballet in a unique outdoor setting complete with stage, lighting, and costumes!
Dates: July 26 – 28, 2017
Relive the Mennonite past of Steinbach, through pioneer activities, steam powered threshing, music and lots of good food during Steinbach Pioneer Days.
Date: August 4 – 7, 2017 @ Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
Cost: Adults $10.00; Seniors (65+) $8.00
Children ( 6-12) $4.00; Children (5-) Free
Dates: August 4 – 7, 2017
It’s time for Canada’s largest Multicultural festival. Folkorama is a good time to introduce your child to various cultures.
Dates: August 6 – 19, 2017
Cost: Single admission: $6.00 per pavilion. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult
Enjoy your favourite 90’s movies on Tuesdays at Memorial Park.
Dates: Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Enjoy free family fun and be entertained at the Summer Entertainment Series at the Assiniboine Park. From movies to live concerts, there is something for every member of the family
Does the thought of corn on the cob, spread with lots of butter, make your mouth water? Pack the kids into the car and head to Morden. Free, hot, buttered, Corn-on-the-Cob and the sweetest apple juice is a tradition at Morden Corn and Apple Festival. If you want more reasons for the drive (90 minutes), there are free entertainment, activities, buskers, parade and much much more!
Dates: August 25 – 27, 2017
Nothing says summer like the aroma of sizzling gourmet meats on the fired up smoking hot grills! Take your kids to attend the Ribfest held every year in August.
Dates: August 25 – 27, 2017
Cost : Free admission
This summer enjoy behind-the-scenes tours at the Manitoba Museum. See for yourself where we keep artifacts and specimens, rarely seen by the public, and experience the working environment of our talented curators, collections and conservation staff.
Dates: Human History – June 2, August 4
Conservation and Human History – August 27, September 1
Cost : $15
Take a 6,000-year journey with a Parks Canada interpreter and uncover what lies beneath your feet. Learn the fate of the four fur trading posts and hear the epic stories behind this meeting place. 6,000 Years in 60 Minutes!
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, May 15 – June 30, 2017 | 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM (English); 3:00 PM (French)
Daily, July 1 – September 4, 2017 | 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM (English & French)
There is always something fun going on for the whole family, any given week. See weekend activities article for more events.
Summer Family Fun Activities
Nature is the most creative artist. See the amalgamation of beauty, color, and life at the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden . Get acquainted with the animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. What does it take to be a paleontologist? This Summer go on scavenger digs and discover what’s hidden beneath. Don’t miss the spectacular Dinosaurs Alive exhibit at the Zoo this summer!!! For a Signature Experience embark on a journey to Churchill to meet Polar Bears. For more summer fun, head to the Summer Fun Zone (ages 2 – 15) near the butterfly garden.
Cost: Adults (18 – 59) – $19.75; Seniors (60+) – $17.50; Youth (13 – 17 years) – $17.50; Children (3 – 12 years) – $10.00; Under 3 years – Free. GST extra. Single Stroller – $4.50; Wheelchair – $6.00; Electric Scooter – $30.00
Summer Fun Zone: Single – $4.00; Additional tickets – $3.50; Bulk – 3 tickets – $10.00;
Zoo Members – $2.00; Socks -$1.00
Get to Assiniboia Downs, enjoy horse racing. During afternoon racing on select holidays and visit the petting farm south of the grandstand. Kids get to ride a pony free and jump around in the inflatable gym and other free fun.
Learn how coins are made at the Royal Canadian Mint.
Cost: Weekdays: Adult (18+) $6; Kids (5 – 17) $3; Senior (65+ with ID) $5; Family (Up to two adults and four children) $15; Infants (4 & under): Free.
Weekends: Adult (18+) $4.50; Kids (5 – 17) $2.25; Senior (65+ with ID) $3.75; Family (Up to two adults and four children) $11.25; Infants (4 & under): Free.
Wear your home team colours, get down to Investors Group Field and cheer Winnipeg Blue Bombers!
Cost: $25.75 & up.
Does your little one like birds, frogs, butterflies, wetland animals? Go on nature surveys at the Oak Hammock Marsh with an interpreter.
Cost: Adult $8.00; Senior (55+) $7.00; Youth (3 to 17) $6.00; Family (2 adults and up to 4 of their children) $26.00
Rent a canoe and explore Oak Hammock Marsh or go on a family tour in a voyageur canoes.
Hear the stories about the founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel and the daily life of the Métis at Riel House National Historic Site.
Cost: Adult $3.90; Senior $3.40; Youth $1.90; Family/Group $9.80
Go on a field trip to the Six Pines Petting Farm.
Cost: Petting Farm: May 23 – June 27 & July 10 – 23 : Monday – Friday: Admission is $9.53 + GST = $10 (minimum charge per group tour is $285.72 + GST = $300)
Are your kids bored spending time indoors in summer? Rent a canoe for a relaxing river tour with kids.
Who doesn’t enjoy berries? Go for fun-filled strawberry and raspberry picking at Boonstra Farms.
Cost: U-pick Strawberries $15.00 for 1 pail, $13 for 2 or more pails .U-pick raspberries $5.00 per pound. Pre-Picked $21.00 for 4 liters
For a fun family time go on a trip to the farm. Here, see animals in their pens or go on wagon train rides. Kids can try milking the goat or climb bale towers and tired mountains. Learn how to play Farmer Golf. Deer Meadow Farms.
Cost: $10/person ages 3 & Up
Head to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame this Summer to see brand new feature exhibit called “50 Years of Canada Games”.
Cost: Admission will be by donation until further notice
Visit the Children’s Museum in the heart of downtown Winnipeg for a highly rewarding experience in education and entertainment. Step into an illusion or build a cityscape. Learn how the cow produces milk or how an engine works and more.
Cost: $11.00 (+GST) per person
Attend summer classes or workshops at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Cost: Member Free; Adult 18; Senior/Student $14; Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under 18 living in the same household) $46; Children 5 and under Free; Classes/workshops: $100+.
See the seasonal colours at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory. Involve your child in planning a water-wise garden at home. Later visit the Garden near the Assiniboine Park. Do you hear it? Chuk, Chuk, Chuk, Goes the train! Get your toddler and go for a ride abroad the miniature steam train at the Assiniboine Park.
Cost: Garden: Free; Train ride: $3/person
Go on an Eco Tour at FortWhyte Alive and spice up your visit with fresh air, outdoor activity, wildlife, cultural heritage, and environmental education.
Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $7; Seniors: $6; Students & Children: $5; Children under 3: Free;
Eco-tour: Prairie Legacy $40/person; Eco-tour: Bison Safari Children $5, Adult $15
Tour Manitoba Legislative Building and understand the significance of all the displays and statues. Later explore magnificently landscaped grounds.
Cost: Tour of Legislative building: Free
Take the kids to Winnipeg Goldeyes ball game.
Cost: Summer Admission Rates (May 15-Aug 31): $10/person ages 3 & Up
Let your family engage in a friendly kart racing! Speed World.
Cost: Arrive & Drive Race Kart | 1 race $16; 2 races $30.00; 3 races $39.00;
Arrive & Drive Sprint Kart | 1 race $13.00; 2 races $24.00; 3 races $32.00
Go on a scavenger hunt! Explore Winnipeg through geocaching.
Cost: Free. Needs a GPS device.
Don’t have a GPS Device? Not to worry. Play the old-fashioned way. Try letterboxing.
Ride the train with family and enjoy the entertainments abroad at the Prairie Dog Central Railway.
Cost: Varies with the ride: $20 – $45
Encourage your young ones in learning about respect, inclusion, co-operation and fairness. See the stories on human rights and freedom at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Cost: Adult (18 – 64 years) $16; Youth (7 – 17 years) $8; Post-Secondary Student (with ID) $13; Senior (65+ with ID) $13; Family (Up to two adults and four children/youth) $45; Children younger than 7: Free; Members: Free.
Go back in time to the fur trade era at Fort Gibraltar.
Cost: Adult (18+) $10.00; Youth (6-17)/Senior (65+) $6.00; Child (5 and under) Free with purchase of an adult admission; Family: $26 (Up to 2 adults and 4 youths or seniors)
Spend the night camping at one of the many provincial parks in Manitoba.
Cost: Vehicle Permits: Explorer Pass $40.00; Casual $12.00 (valid for 3 consecutive days from the date of purchase); Daily $5.00
Journey back in time to this family-friendly Mennonite Heritage Village. Explore Dutch windmill, and an ever-changing list of activities for everyone in the family.
Cost: Adults $10.00; Seniors (65 and older) $8.00; Students (ages 13-22) $8.00; Children (ages 6-12) $4.00; Children (ages 5 & under) Free; All-Day Family Pass $30.00
Walk in St. Riel’s footsteps while experiencing this unique theatre during Theatre in the Cemetry.
Cost: $10 (Public Show times 2017 – TBA)
Gather your friends for a friendly competition to the top at Vertical Adventures.
Cost: Adult $15; Youth $11. See detailed pricing information from the website.
Have fun at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park – a one-of-a-kind fun way to learn more about Winnipeg and its history.
Cost: Adult $3.90; Senior $3.40; Youth $1.90; Family/Group $9.80
Take your kids to visit one of Manitoba’s most important archaeological sites at the Lockport Provincial Heritage Park.
Cost: Regular Park Fees
Cost: Golf $7.50; Laser Tag $7.50; Bumper Cars $5.00. Under 2 free with paid admission.
Buy Two Activities Per Person, save $1.00/person; Buy Three Activities Per Person, save $3.00/person
Eat out at one of Winnipeg’s Exchange District restaurants with your picky eater. Walk off the extra carbs by touring the district.
Enjoy sliding down 20-feet slides at the Great Big Adventure.
Cost: Toddler: $9.25; Children 4 and up: $11.95. Monday – Thursday from 5 PM – 8 PM | Toddler: $6.25; Children 4 and up: $9.25
Introduce your kids to contemporary art! Explore contemporary art galleries in Winnipeg!
Enjoy a glorious summer day at the beaches in Manitoba Provincial Parks.
Cost: Park Admission
Cost: $8/hour for adults; $6/hour for seniors; $6/hour for children
Star-gaze at the award-winning Manitoba Museum. Build a race car and put it through its paces on the test track and many more interactive activities. This summer, get acquainted with the “World’s Giant Dinosaurs” featuring a touring collection of some of the world’s largest dinosaurs. Visit the latest addition to the Earth History Museum: Pliosaur, one of the largest marine reptiles of the dinosaur era.
Cost: Dinos + 1 Area: Adults: $19.50; Senior (65+)/Student (with ID) / Youth (13-17): $15.50; Child (3-12): $12.50;Children (3-): Free
With an amazing array of games, Lasertropia takes you and kids on a fun journey.
Cost: 1 Game $7.99; 2 Games $14.99; 3 Games $19.99
Enjoy getting lost in the maze or get to the top of the Giant Bale Pyramid at A Maze In Corn.
Cost: General Admission: $11.00 (13 years old and up); Kids (4-12 year olds): $9.00
3 and under are free
Head to this outdoor amusement park with over 20 rides and attractions – the place for fun in the summer! Tinkertown.
Cost: Admission to Tinkertown is free. Everyone must have a Wrist Band or Ride Ticket (except adults holding a child on the carousel) in order to use rides. Unlimited Ride Wrist Band: $17.00; Single TIcket $2.50; Five Tickets $11.00; Ten Tickets $17.00. One ticket per person per ride.
Gear up for the excitement only racing can provide! Includes mini-golf, bumper cars and boats, batting cages, water balloons, space ball, shooting gallery, and more! Grand Prix Amusement
Cost: Admission is free. Tickets for activities varies.
Spend time indoors at this fun-packed play centre. Kid City.
Cost: Kids (3 & up): $11.95; Toddlers: $9.95; Infants (under 12 months, with a paying admission): Free; Adults
(2 adults per paying admission – $2.95 otherwise): Free
Take your kids to visit the live pig barn at the Farm & Food Discovery Centre. Here, they can learn all about the agricultural practices in Manitoba. Journey the path of food from the field to the table.
Cost: Adults $5.00 (plus GST); Youth (6-16), student, senior (60+) $3.50 (plus GST); Family (1-2 adults & 1-4 youth) $14.50 (plus GST)
Satisfy your inner Katniss and have a la Hunger Games fun at Heights Archery Range.
Cost: Shooting Pass: 10.00/Hour; $5.00/ 1/2 Hour
Accompanied Youth (14 & Under): $8.00/ Hour
Bow and Arrow Rental: Traditional Bow $4.00; Compound Bow$ 7.00
Go on a drive with your family to Miracle Ranch for horseback riding fun. Beginners can take riding lessons. Enjoy a trail ride.
Cost: Trail rides: 1 hour rides: $30/person; Pony ride: $35 per person – 1/2 hour, $45 per person – 1 hour
Splash around at Fun mountain, an outdoor water park with water slides, heated pools, splash pads, bumper boats, mini-golf and more activities to keep you cool during hot summer days.
Cost: Basic General (Over 48″ tall): $22; Basic Junior (48″ or less): $20
All inclusive General/Junior: $25.00.
For the 2016 season, all seniors (60+) accompanying kids are FREE (gate admission)
Send your pulse pumping at Adrenaline Adventures.
Cost: Paintball: Admission Fee $13.00; Wakeboarding Pass $18.00 for 2hours; Climbing Structure & Zip line $20.00 (1 hour)
Enjoy a little bit of history, a little bit of knowledge and a whole lot of family time. Visit Grant’s Old Mill Museum on the banks of Sturgeon Creek and learn about Metis people and how they used the mill to make wheat flour. Later enjoy a picnic on the grounds nearby. Enjoy BBQ while celebrating Cuthbert Grant Day on the second Saturday of July and Pioneer Picnic on the second Saturday of August.
Cost: Admission by donation
Go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, bumper boats, arcade games are all here at the Thunder Rapids Amusement Park.
Cost: Regular: Green Tickets (Kiddie, Jr, Indy, Double Kart, Bumper Boat & Miniature Golf) $6.95; Thunder Kart (Purple Ticket, Must be at least 14 years old) $7.95
Have a fun day with your family, barbeque picnic in a park in Winnipeg.
Wednesdays in July and August Hudson’s Bay Company (Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site) hires junior labourers to help keep the Stone Fort running smoothly. Sign up for a day of ‘humble service’ to win a special prize once all the chores are complete.
Cost: Free Admission in 2017
Cost: Museum: Adults: $7.00, Seniors (60+): $6.00, Students : $5.50, Youth (6–17) : $5.00, Child (6-) : Free, Family :$18.00. Cathedral: Free
Let your teens and tweens help you escape the locked rooms. Take their help in finding the Lost Jewel of Zanzibar or the treasure in Grandma’s Attic.
Which kid doesn’t love seeing aircrafts? Visit the Air Park and Museum.
Participate in the many fun programs and activities held by City of Winnipeg Recreation. Details
Cost: Pools: Child (12 & under) $3.00; Youth (13 – 17) $4.70; Adult (18 – 64) $6.75/ $5.35; Senior(65+) $6.75/$5.35; Family $13.20
Wading pool: Free
Relax while your budding chef experiment in the kitchen. Expand their skills at the Food Studio‘s summer camp for kids and teens.
Show your kids how you can read time from a sundial at the Oodena Celebration Circle. Teach them about aboriginal people and constellations depicted in the armature.
Enjoy an evening of bowling at a nearby bowling alley.
Manitoba Electrical Museum is the best place to teach your kids about the safe use of electricity. Learn all about electricity generation and get ready for some hair-raising time.
Enjoy mini-golf with your little one at The Golf Dome.
Cost: Children 12 and under: $4.50 tax included; Adults: $6.50 tax included; Additional Round: $2.00 per person
Teach kids about sustainable farming, seasonal produce, get them to spot exotic vegetables, and the importance of supporting local farms by visiting the farmers markets in and around Winnipeg.
Fish with your little ones in the Red rivers or in the Assiniboine rivers.
Located an hour from Winnipeg, the Northern Pike Provincial Park is popular for swimming, fishing, waterskiing. Spend your day picnicking and enjoy yourself at the playground.
Cost: Vehicle Permits: Explorer Pass (annual) – $40.00; Casual – $12.00; Daily – $5.00
Explore Manitoba’s largest open-air market – St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.
Go back in time and explore what Winnipeg was like in older days with a tour of the Dalvanert Museum. Visit the home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald and family and get a glimpse of our city’s past.
Cost: Adults:$6.00; Seniors: $5.00; Students: $5.00; Children: $4.00
Fill up your summer days… with reading! Join the TD Summer Reading Club at Winnipeg Public Library.
Take your kids to meet Winnipeg’s Fire Fighting heroes. Learn about the proud history of the Winnipeg Fire Fighters at the Winnipeg Fire Museum.
Cost: Adults $3.00; Youths $2.00; Children 6 to 12 $1.50; Under 5 Free
Join in exciting activities, learn fun facts and enjoy interesting ways to discover Riel House National Historic Site. Once the activities are completed, participants earn a certificate and a souvenir. Xplorers program for Children 6 to 11 years old.
Explore Hansel and Gretel’s Witch Hut in the Kildonan Park . Open Thursday -Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Experience the thrill of soaring high with Sundance Ballons
Cost: Weekday Morning Flight: Monday – Friday $250; Weekday Evening Flight: Monday – Thursday $295; Anytime Flight: Monday – Sunday (AM & PM) $325
Hit them with paintballs!!! Paintball Paradise.
Cost: Admission $15; Admission, equipment & 100 paintballs $28
The 8 Winnipeg civic museums have joined together this summer to offer an exciting adventure through Winnipeg’s Heritage. Get your “I ♥ Our Heritage” Pass stamped to win exciting prizes.
Go on a GPS-triggered guided tour of St. Andrew’s Rectory National Historic Site. This fun tour will help you discover the stories and features of St. Andrew’s Church and Rectory, a vital centre of missionary activity for the people living in the lower Red River Settlement, part of Rupert’s Land.
Cost: Regular National Historic Site fees. Free in 2017.
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