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!
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!