Be a Tourist in Your Own Home Town
Too often we spend the summer visiting other places, but never really get to know the town where we live. Touring your own town can be fun, educational and inexpensive in the summer months. There are lots of local attractions or public places to take your kids to for fun activities. Many are free or have children’s days or events that you can watch for to get in for free.
Going to the museum is always a treat for kids. Taking time to educate your child at your local museum will help him or her become aware of the history of Winnipeg and how it came to be. Being able to see, and in many cases touch, artifacts makes it come alive.
- The Royal Aviation Museum – Where adventure meets innovation! Family friendly and fun for the kids. Enthusiasts will love our unique one-of-a-kind aircraft, beautifully restored bush planes, towering northern workhorses and inspiring Canadian innovations.
- Manitoba Electrical Museum – Learn the story of hydroelectric development in Manitoba from 1870 to today. This unique museum guides visitors through the safe use of electricity and how electrical energy works.
- Winnipeg Railway Museum – Climb the stairs of the historic Via Rail Union Station to tracks 1 & 2 where you will discover the only museum in Winnipeg dedicated to the preservation of Manitoba’s rail heritage. See where it all began. View the first steam locomotive on the Canadian Prairies, The Countess of Dufferin. Continue on and view an early-generation diesel locomotive just like the ones still used today.
- Marine Museum of Manitoba – the Marine Museum is dedicated to the preservation of nautical history by restoring ships from the colorful past of Manitoba waterways. A storehouse of artifacts and records from Lake Winnipeg cruisers is housed aboard Manitoba’s historic vessels.
- Winnipeg Police Museum – The Winnipeg Police Museum displays many artifacts related to the history of the Winnipeg Police Force, dating from its beginning in 1874.
The local farmers market offers many opportunities for your children to learn and see new things. The obvious attraction is the local fruits and vegetables brought in by the farmers. This will give your child a chance to meet and interact with some of the people who grow food for your table.
The farmers market has much more than fruits and vegetables though. Some things you may find include:
- spray pads close by (St Norbert)
- beekeepers selling their honey
- fresh picked berries
- homemade goodies, such as jams, jellies, and baking
- crafters selling their wares
- live music and dancing
- food vendors
Lots of vendors offer samples of their items so your child may get to try new things she may never have gotten to try otherwise. Also, many markets will have events throughout the summer to draw in more people. The most popular Market is in St Norbert on Wednesday and Saturday, but did you know there is also one in West Kildonan on Saturdays too? You can find a list of all the farmers markets at the Manitoba Farmer’s Market website.
Taking your child to the local library can help to foster a lifelong love of reading. Your child will be amazed at the sheer number of books and may have fun the first time just exploring.
Many of our libraries offer summer events as well. Check the library website for details!
Older children may enjoy researching particular topic and being able to get the answers from both books and internet connection offered for free.
You could also go on an adventure and find the many Little Free Libraries that are popping up all over the city. You can borrow a book or drop off books you are finished with. If you are visiting Assiniboine Park, make sure you stop at Little Free Library #1849 on Mandeville Street. The City of Winnipeg Library website has a great map of all the locations!
Park Events and Festivals
Summer is a big time for social events such as festivals, parades, fairs, and carnivals. Children love the active atmosphere, bright colors and lots of people to see and things to do. These affairs will keep your little ones busy for hours. Another great thing about it is they are free or fairly inexpensive.
This is a great start to finding local places to take your children. But, explore your town – go to your city hall, library, check the newspaper – and keep visiting KidFriendlyManitoba.com for other fun things to do this summer!