Weekend Family Fun ft. The Manitoba Museum

*This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own.

As a young girl in elementary school, I had made many trips to The Manitoba Museum (throwback to an old name for it: The Museum of Man and Nature.). I remember picking my bus buddy, walking onto the stinky yellow school bus, the teacher yelling at everyone to be quiet, and everyone fighting to see who got to sit at the back of the bus. I remember wearing clunky winter boots and the slushy museum floors from all the tours coming in. I remember walking down the stairs to hang all my winter clothes and take off my ski pants because who needs ski pants in the museum? No one.

I have warm memories of seeing the Bison when you first walk in, looking out for the polar bear eating the seal, and the Non-Such has always been a winner in my books.

I have never been to the Science Gallery (or for some of us “Touch the Universe”). Even with bringing the boys on previous visits, we never got through the space with enough time to visit the exhibit.

You can only image my level of excitement when we got invited to the members-only opening of the Science Gallery. While the space is not new, this entire new-to-me experience was very exciting (and Jasper). The Science Gallery opened to the general public starting November 20, 2021.

The Science Gallery itself is a great place to visit for anyone, but especially so if you have some pretty active boys like myself. With so much to look at and see, the excitement doesn’t end after one area. I really love watching the boys play and learn. They really do have minds of their own and allowing them to discover their own path through life and learning. They were definitely more drawn to the racing area and the legos. Jasper could not sit still and had to keep running around because there was so much to see. It was really the highlight of my day to watch him experience the space for the first time like myself.

TJ and I walked through the museum and realized that this entire space has changed very little from when we were kids and that’s probably our favourite part. It is truly a classic slice of things childhood (if you grew up here) and an iconic Winnipeg monument. I kind of hope it never changes. What did change however, was that due to COVID-19 restrictions, some areas of the museum aren’t accessible (like in the Non-Such area). All of that was fine, it didn’t take away from the experience there and if you’ve never been in those areas, you didn’t really miss out on the big things. Although going onto the Non-Such again would have been a lot of fun.

The museum itself is a treat. Aiden and Kato have been there before so everything wasn’t as exciting for them as it was for Jasper. It was really great for him to engage with everything there was to see and do. If you’re looking at a great way to spend a few hours on the weekend, definitely take some time to check out some of the exhibits at the museum. The Science Gallery was so much fun and I had a great time checking it out for the first time. The boys and I had an amazing visit and we hope to catch one of the planetarium shows the next time we are in! We didn’t have enough time and the boys’ patience was running out by the time we got out of main museum and the science gallery. But that’s okay, it was a great trip and gives us a reason to come again!

Winnipeg has so much to offer and I love our city. Trust me when I say, The Manitoba Museum is a great visit. We had a ton of fun and had an amazing opportunity to learn and explore. I highly recommend a stroller for smaller kids because towards the end, Jasper was really tired. There is definitely something for older and younger kids as you go through the facility. It’s also a great way to spend some family time.

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