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
- Experience a up-close encounter with the bisons this summer. Bison safari.
Dates: Thursdays, May, June & September
Wednesday – Saturday, July & August
Cost: Adults: $15 – $18; Children under 12 accompanied by an adult: $10
- Get ready to welcome summer! Go to the Red River 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!
Cost: Advance Gate admission: $12
Dates: June 14 – 23, 2019
- Head to the Forks to celebrate The Indigenous Day with fun and a whole lot of children’s activities.
Date: June 22, 2019
- 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.
- This year Shakespeare in The Ruins is playing the Shakespeare’s most popular play, Hamlet reinvented for the 21st century with a woman in the title role.
Cost: $8 – $40
Date: May 30 – June 22, 2019
- Whether you are a Scot or not, enjoy pipes, drums, Scottish country dancers, highland food, at Manitoba Highland Gathering.
Dates: June 22 – 23, 2019 @ Legacy Park, East Selkirk.
Cost: $6 – $10
- Gather your family around the campfire at Lower Fort Garry! Taste bannock cooked over an open fire, play a drum, join in bracelet making, and engage in traditional stories—there’s something for everyone! Stories at Sunset
Dates: July 5 & August 2, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Cost: $4.90 person; Reserve
- Listen to children’s music at the Chickadee Big Top stage and take part in the family activities during Winnipeg Folk Fest.
Dates: July 11 – 14, 2019 @ Birds Hill Provincial Park
Cost: $45 & up. Kids under 12: Free
- Escape from the city for a few blissful hours and join the Manitoba Master Gardener Association for a tour of speciality gardens around Winnipeg. Also enjoy gardening demonstrations and talk with Master Gardeners.
Dates: Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Head to the Kids Venue during the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and enjoy fun and entertaining plays by performing companies specially crafted for young families. Kids Fringe.
Dates: July 17 – 28, 2019
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 18 – 21, 2019
Cost: $12.50 – $32.65
- Enjoy fireworks, midway, parade, markets and more during Board Walk Days at Winnipeg Beach.
Dates: July 26 – 28, 2019
- Celebrate the sun loving yellow flower and everything Altona with plenty of music, food and entertainment during Manitoba Sunflower Festival.
Dates: July 26 – 28, 2019 @ 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 24 – 26, 2019 | 7:30 PM
- Relive the Mennonite past of Steinbach, through pioneer activities, steam powered threshing, music and lots of good food during Steinbach Pioneer Days.
Date: August 2 – 5, 2019 @ Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
Cost: Adults $12; Seniors (65+) $10, Children ( 6-12) $6; Children (5-) Free
- Head to the neighbouring town of Gimli in late July. Be transported to an 800 AD Viking age while you watch actors reenact an old Viking battle Icelandic Festival of Manitoba
Dates: August 2 – 5, 2019
- Come try out fishing @ FortWhyte Alive! There is no fishing fee, so you and your buddies can have a great start to the summer fishing season. Free fishing Weekend.
Dates: 2019 dates TBA
August 4 – 6 & September 1 – 3, 2018
- It’s time for Canada’s largest Multicultural festival. Folklorama is a good time to introduce your child to various cultures.
Dates: August 4 – 17, 2019
Cost: Single admission: $6.00 per pavilion. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult
- Watch movies under the stars for free at Memorial Park every Tuesday in August!
Dates: Tuesdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019
- On the centennial year of the Winnipeg General Strike, watch the re-imagined Strike! The Musical playing at the Kildonan Park.
Cost: $55 – $65
Date: June 18 – 28 & July 2 – 5, 2019
- 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
Dates: 2019 dates TBA
June 28 – August 26, 2018
- 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 23 – 25, 2019
- 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 23 – 25, 2019
Cost : Free admission
- Join Roger for a Whitemouth River trail followed by BBQ and potluck.
Date: August 10, 2019
- Interested in working for the Hudson’s Bay Company? Pick up an Xplorers booklet at the Visitor Centre to receive your contract and set of fun and exciting tasks for the day. Designed for children 6 to 11 years old, this program is packed full of exciting activities, fun facts and interesting ways to discover Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.
Dates: July & August
- 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
- The Zoo is opening a new exhibit for this Summer!!! Stingray Beach, an aquatic exhibit, is currently home to cownose and southern stingrays. The stingrays will be housed in a shallow 1,300 square foot pool. Visitors will have the opportunity to touch the stingrays. An optional feeding experience will be offered three times daily for an additional cost. Windows along the sides of the pool will offer underwater views of the rays.
Cost: Adults (18 – 59) – $20.50; Seniors (60+) – $17.75; Youth (13 – 17 years) – $17.75; Children (3 – 12 years) – $11.25; Under 3 years – Free. GST extra.
- Enjoy a scenic and historically informative tour of Winnipeg’s downtown waterways. This half-hour guided tour leave The Forks harbour every 15 minutes from 10:00 am to sunset, seven days a week. Boat captains provide commentary and historical insights on many points of interest along the way. Splash Dash Tours
Date: May long weekend to October long weekend
Cost: Adults: $11.50, Youth and Seniors: $9.50
- 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+) $8; Kids (5 – 17) $4.50; Senior (65+ with ID) $7; Family (Up to two adults and four children) $20; Infants (4 & under): Free.
Weekends: Adult (18+) $6; Kids (5 – 17) $3.50; Senior (65+ with ID) $5.25; Family (Up to two adults and four children) $18; 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 Free
- Go on a field trip to the Six Pines Petting Farm.
Dates: May 21 – June 26, 2019
Cost: $10/pp (includes GST)
- 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: Varies with the berry
- 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: $11/person ages 3 & Up
- Head to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame this Summer to see brand new feature exhibit called “Reflections of the Great War: Manitoban Athletes-In-Arms”.
Cost: Adults (18-60) – $5; Teens (13-17) & Seniors 60+ – $3; Children (12 and under) – $2
- 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+.
- Involve your child in planning a water-wise garden at home. Later visit the Garden near the Assiniboine Park.
Cost: Garden: Free
- 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: $10; Seniors: $9; Students & Children: $8; Children (0-2): Free;
Eco-tour: Prairie Legacy $45/person; Eco-tour: Bison Safari Children $10, Adult $18
- 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: $11/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 $40.00;
Arrive & Drive Sprint Kart | 1 race $14.00; 2 races $26.00; 3 races $35.00
- 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) $21; Youth (7 – 17 years) $10; Post-Secondary Student (with ID)/ Senior (65+ with ID) $17; Family (Up to two adults and four children/youth) $52; 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 $12.00; Seniors (65 and older) /Students (ages 13-22) $10.00; Children (ages 6-12) $6.00; Children (ages 5 & under) Free
- Walk in St. Riel’s footsteps while experiencing this unique theatre during Theatre in the Cemetry.
Cost: $12; Family $40
- 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 $3.40; Youth Free; Commercial Group, per person$ 3.40
- 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.
- 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 (3 & under): $6.25; Children 4 and up: $9.25. Monday – Friday from 4 PM – 8 PM | Toddler: $4.25; Children 4 and up: $7.25
- 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
- This summer, get ready for the best anatomy lesson ever – at the Manitoba Museum. Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out presents the fascinating and rare opportunity to see what’s under the skin of more than 100 animal specimens. Animal Inside Out will take visitors on an anatomical safari. Adventurers will experience the intricate biology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures including an octopus, horse, reindeer, bull, camel, ostrich, giraffe, as well as a human.
Cost: 1 Area: Adults: $19.50; Senior (65+) $17.50; Student (with ID): $16.50; Child (3-12): $11.50; Children (3-): Free
- Mark your calendar for the Friday Campfire Series at Lower Fort Garry this summer. This new after-hours series of events invites you to experience the Fort through fresh eyes with a variety of hands-on workshops, themed tours and engaging activities.
Cost: Ghost tours on July 12, July 26, August 23 – Adults $12.70; Youth (17 and under) $4.90; Seniors $11.45
- 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: $12.00 (13 years old and up); Kids (4-12 year olds): $10.00; 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: $19.00; Single Ticket $3.00; Five Tickets $13.00; Ten Tickets $19.00. 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, otherwise $2.95): Free, with a paying admission
- 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 (3-16), student, senior (60+) $3.50 (plus GST); Family (1-2 adults & 1-4 youth) $15.00 (plus GST); Ages (0-2) Free
- 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): $25; Basic Junior (48″ or less): $22; All inclusive General $30, Junior: $27.
- 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: Adult $ 7.80, Senior $6.55, Youth Free
- Does your child love to climb trees in your backyard? Chances are they would love the Tree Climbing Adventures by Travel Roots. For indoor climbing, head to the various climbing walls in Winnipeg.
- Tour the French community of St. Boniface. While here, visit the St. Boniface Cathedral, and the St. Boniface Museum.
Cost: Museum: General (12+): $7.00, Child (1-11) : Free, Family :$20.00. 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) $3.10; Youth (13 – 17) $4.83; Adult (18 – 64) $6.93/ $5.51; Senior(65+) $6.93/ $5.51; Family $13.65
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: $325
- Hit them with paintballs!!! Paintball Paradise.
- 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.
- Transcona Museum runs Drop-In programmes for kids take place in July and August! Every week there is a different theme (like space, history, sports, etc.) and related activities. The Drop-In programmes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 PM to 4 PM.
Cost: FREE (donations welcomed)
- In July and August, we run our ever-popular KidsQuest scavenger hunt throughout Transcona. Our KidsQuest booklet leads our visitors around Transcona to discover major landmarks and highlights within the community. There are different versions of the booklet based on age.
- Watch a new take on the classic story with new characters, songs, dances, and unforgettable moments. An enjoyable time for hte whole family!!! Beauty and the Lonely Beast
Dates: July 17 – 28, 2019
Cost: $10 – $12
- The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) has captured Fort Gibraltar from the North West Company (NWC) and taken the bourgeois and the NWC brigades of voyageurs hostage. The HBC has agreed to free the bourgeois and voyageurs ONLY if they complete a series of mental and physical challenge within the prescribed time limit. Évasion du Fort Gibraltar Escape
Cost: $100 – $140
- Learn about our animals from the people who know them best! Our summer schedule includes 13 Zoo Chats offered daily from May long weekend through the September long weekend. Summer Zoo Chats
- Still have no idea what to do during the summer holidays, why not be a tourist in Winnipeg or plan a Manitoba Road Trip.
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