Celebrate Halloween 2015 in Winnipeg!
The weather is cooling off and the leaves are changing, you know what that means! Halloween! It’s the time of year we can all dress up and get a little spooky! Which Halloween events are you attending? Don’t forget to check out the shopping mall list at the bottom! [Read more…]
This is a show you cannot miss if you are or have a train lover in your family! We attended the show the past few years and my boys loved it. Now located in a bigger venue at Red River Exhibition Park, be sure you check both ways before crossing the 7.5″ scale train tracks that circle the outer perimeter of the room. My boys spent hours watching all different size trains going around their display tables and then rode the 7.5″ scale train around the arena over and over again.
Another thing you cannot miss is the giant Lego display, with trains circling complex themed Lego City, forests, and sea scapes. Look for the list of “Do you see” items, it can be challenging to find them all!
Outdoor movies has been a growing trend over the past few years, and I can’t see why not! [Read more…]
Manitoba Celebrates Canada’s Birthday!
As always, there are lots of ways to celebrate Canada Day. The biggest events are Canad Day at Assiniboine Park and Canada Day at The Forks. Both have entertainment and end the day with fireworks. You can also find events that include fireworks in all parts of the city and outside Winnipeg. Have a happy and fun filled Canada Day with your family! [Read more…]
Summer Arts & Entertainment Series
Each summer the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) presents a stellar Arts & Entertainment Series that includes weekly musical acts at the Lyric Theatre, jazz performances in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, art exhibitions at the Pavilion Gallery Museum, ballet in the Park courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Movies in the Park. The entire series is offered free of charge to the public and was made possible solely through sponsorship support.
Summer Music Series at the Lyric Theatre
There are few things better than spending a warm summer evening at Assiniboine Park listening to the melodies and harmonies from the Lyric Theatre mingle with the rustle of the leaves in the breeze.
Thursday, June 25 Winnipeg Pops Orchestra (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
Friday, July 3 Streetheart (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm)
Friday, July 10 Ultimate Escape, Journey tribute ban (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm)
Thursday, July 16 Ron Paley Big Band (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
Friday, July 17 Liona Boyd (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm)
Thursday, August 13 Ron Paley Big Band (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
Symphony in the Park
Featuring the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
June 28 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Sunday Night Smooth Jazz at the Lyric
Sunday, July 12 The Walle Larsson Band
Sunday, July 19 Soren Reiff
Sunday, July 26 Will Donato
Sunday, August 2 Marc Antoine
Sunday, August 9 Richard Elliot
Sunday, August 16 Steve Oliver with Mae Losa
Jazz in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
Presented by The Richardson Foundation
Showtimes: 3 pm to 4 pm
Escape the noise and heat of the concrete jungle and enjoy the very best of jazz in Winnipeg, in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden amid blooming flowers, flowing fountains, and beautiful works of art.
Sunday, July 5 Dr. Dave
Sunday, July 12 Dave Lawton
Sunday, July 19 Jay Harrison
Sunday, July 26 Janice Finlay
Sunday, August 9 Connor Derraugh
Sunday, August 16 Shannon Kristjanson
Sunday, August 23 Bill McMahon
Sunday, August 30 Klowak/Cummings Group
Ballet in the Park
Featuring Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
July 29 – 31 – 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Scotiabank Movies in the Park
Join us on the Lyric Lawn for free family entertainment. we’ll be screening your favourite summer blockbusters on a cinema-style outdoor screen. You bring the chair and blanket; we supply the fun!
Dates Early Feature (7 pm) Late Feature (9:15 pm)
Friday, August 7 Big Hero 6 Theory of Everything
Friday, August 14 Finding Nemo Tomorrowland
Friday, August 21 Cinderella Avengers: Age of Ultron
Friday, August 28 Home The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Spend A Day at Assiniboine Park Zoo!
We decided to visit the new Polar Bear exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and see what all the excitement is about. We were not disappointed! We arrived just before 9am and the line was not too long, it only took a few minutes to pay and get through the gates. The new Zoo Gate is beautiful, with ticket terminals just like the movie theater for credit card purchases, but the cash line was just as fast today. There were volunteers to help with the terminals and answer questions. Make sure you pick up a map on the way, and once you get through the gate you can follow the banners to the Journey to Churchill exhibit. Don’t forget to stop and see the other animals like bison and the cougars along the way.
We didn’t notice many animals outside in the Journey to Churchill exhibit, but once we entered the building and walked into the tunnel to find polar bears swimming above us! Just around the corner the seals were zipping around their pool, as one of the polar bears watched through the under water window. I wonder what she’s thinking…
There are lots of other exhibits in the building, including a short film about polar bears and their environment. The kids stuck their heads inside props to become seals for pictures.
Outside the Gateway to the Arctic building, you will see the giant skull and partial skeleton of a Bowhead Whale. My boys immediately tried to climb it. Yikes! But it’s ok! It’s actually a replica surrounded by rubber playground turf and sand, so let the kids play all day! (This appears to be the only outdoor playground located inside the Zoo at this time).
By this time we were getting hungry! After a quick look at the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, we decided to head to the Tundra Grill for a snack. The whole area looks like you are in Churchill, the kids had fun exploring and playing inside the helicopter.
The Tundra Grill is a definite must see during your visit. They have a great play structure for the kids to play on and you have to go into the middle of it and check out the cool floor. It reacts to your footsteps, the ice cracks and the water waves when you walk across it. A very cool experience! Once the kids have done playing, check out the restaurant and you might get lucky like we did! Both male bears wandered over the hill while we were eating and started wresting right outside the window! Everyone jumped up to watch and they played for quite a while.
After visiting the rest of the zoo, we circled back to the Journey to Churchill exhibit for one more look at the polar bears only to find all five wolves had come down to the viewing area. It was pretty exciting, the volunteer said she had never seen all the wolves at the same time.
So start planning your own Journey to Churchill at The Assiniboine Park Zoo and let us know how your trip went in the comments below!
A hidden oasis in the heart of the City
A few years ago, there was some excitement in the news about the completion of construction on the playground and wading pool in Central Park, so I took my boys to check it out. I have to tell you, they were impressed and so was I! They loved the slides on the hill, I’ve heard these are going to be iced over in the winter for tobogganing, but they worked just fine for sliding. We didn’t spend a lot of time on the play-structure because the boys were distracted by the water. Next to the play-structure there is a water table and a pump. Alex worked hard pumping the water, then Tyler turned an auger to bring the water up into a trough. Once the water was high enough, they would open the floodgates and watch the water flow into a little river. I can see kids loving this part of the park, especially since most families in the area live in apartments and don’t have the opportunity for rainy days in the backyard. In the middle of the park you will find a sunken soccer field with artificial turf, there was a game being played on the day we were in the Park.
The wading pool is the best I’ve seen so far in Winnipeg! There are sprayers everywhere! There is water shooting up from the cement surrounding the pool, coming up from purple islands in the middle of the pool and sprinkling down from giant yellow sunflowers over head! There is also a spray tunnel and 3 waterguns that reach pretty far. The pool has a waterfall into the pool from the roof of the washroom building. The pool has wavy sides and 2 beach type entries on either end so little kids can enter and exit easily. When the kids get tired of the water, they can play on the spinning chairs. The pool area itself is fenced and has lots of seating, including benches and picnic tables under the big shade trees. Central Park has been cleaned up, the Cadets were seen patrolling the Park and I’ve been told there are security guards at night to keep it clean. The people I spoke to are very happy with the changes to Central Park.
Oh, did you know Central Park is in a residential area of downtown? That means there is 2 hours of free parking on the street, and even if you don’t find a free spot, I think the parking fee is worth it.
Have you tried a new wading pool lately? Which one and what did you think of it? Leave a comment here and let other parents know where to take there kids!
Some of the play grounds around Winnipeg have been re-vamped, and it’s about time! The Children’s Garden playground at Assiniboine Park is an unbelievably beautiful transformation from its former dilapidated swing-set mess. Even better is Kildonan Park’s playground that has emerged from what was previously a decrepit compilation of railroad ties and painful ancient slides. There are two big structures with some moving parts, ropes, instruments, a multi-level sand box and, a rock-climbing-rock and two swing sets. It may not be a ‘Garden’ but there are some flowers around it and it’s the best playground around! After two hours we were still not bored! Here are my reasons why:
Activities: there are moving/rotating parts to spin on, different areas to climb that are made of rope and plastic saucer ‘things’, there are musical instrument parts, little seats and different areas to pretend-play in. The ramp style entries to the main structure mean even the grandparents will be on this up there! Kids can run on the surfaces to different areas and try a bunch of different slides and poles to go down (or up!). The sand ‘box’ has different levels so there is room for everyone to build.
Safety: The ground under the structures is a super spongy and attractive foam surface; better than wood chips or pea-gravel! The structures have ratings on them: one is rated age two to twelve years and the other is rated five to twelve years. The two structures are separate from each other just enough that the toddlers won’t wander onto the big kids’ structure but close enough that if you have a child in each area you can keep an eye on them both. The swing sets are set just away from the structures at each end of the play ground; far enough that running kids by the structure won’t get struck by swinging kids.
Location: Kildonan Park is located on Main Street. It’s a bit far north for most but easy to get to by car or bus and worth the trip. There is a lot of parking along the road way throughout the park and there are two parking lots that are a short walk to the play ground.
Cost: Free! Unlike indoor playgrounds this outdoor park is free and way more fun. The pool area is not free (see Winnipeg.ca or call 311). Other than the cost of getting there and any food you may bring or buy (concession stand and ice cream bikes available) it’s a pretty cheap activity.
Accessibility: not only are different age groups accommodated on the structure, so are different abilities. Wheelchair users can wheel right onto the structure from two entry points. They can wheel up to the upper level of the sand box and not have to get out of their chair to build a castle. There are even two swings that are full support swings with high backs and a front-torso support that swings over the child’s body and securely locks into place between the legs.
Washrooms: it’s a short hike to the washrooms where it is cool and there is a water fountain to get a drink from.
Other things to do: There’s an awesome supervised pool with a beach-entry, huge splash pad and water slides (see Winnipeg.ca or call 311 for costs and hours), picnic areas, volleyball net, Rainbow stage, a duck pond, witch’s hut, green fields and the river nearby.
Downside? If I had to be picky I’d say the washrooms were old and a bit creepy, there are not enough benches for adults to sit on and watch their big kids play, the play ground is a bit close to the road that winds through the park and would be especially busy on Sunday ‘cruise’ nights.
All in all I am so impressed with this play ground! In my opinion, this playground is a close second for beauty but by far the most ‘playable’ and my favourite place to spend a couple hours with the kids in Winnipeg! See you there!
Post written by Christine B for the Summer Stories contest