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Family-Friendly Fun in Winnipeg This Spring

Please note that this is a sponsored post, but all the opinions are my own.*

Spring has sprung in Winnipeg. Guys, I am so excited! The weather is finally warming up and restrictions are lifting, and we are starting to get into a sense of normalcy in our lovely city. With the warmer weather approaching, we wanted to get out-and-about with our boys and enjoy Spring 2022!

Adventure waits for no one, and we took the weekend to discover some family-fun spring activities with the boys. Check out our amazing weekend of fun my favourite city. This is a true testament to a ton of amazing things that Winnipeg, MB has to offer. Family-fun in the city is a throwback to my childhood and all the things in the city that are near and dear to my heart. 

1.) Assiniboine Park Zoo

  • 460 Assiniboine Park Drive

We are Zoo members, and we use our membership throughout the year. It is so wonderful to see the animals year-round and the walk around the zoo is a feel-good activity that we all enjoy. We try to discover new spots when we go. This time we found our way into the Toucan Ridge which was super cool! The boys loved the large tropical plants, and it was so neat seeing the animals so close. (Ps. There are mice running around everywhere!) We also hit up the Dinosaurs UnCovered exhibit and Jasper loved it so much we had a hard time leaving. Overall, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is a classic go-to when you think of activities to do in Winnipeg.

2.) Staycation Location – Viscount Gort Hotel

  • 1670 Portage Avenue

The past couple of years have been amazing for staycations in Winnipeg. There have been so many great programs to get people to stay at our local hotels when they couldn’t go other places. We love a good staycation, and this was no exception. 

We had a wonderful stay at the Viscount Gort. The hotel itself is nice and clean. The staff was very friendly, and our sleep was very good. We had an adorable adjoining room for us, and the boys and it was the perfect set up for us. We stayed on the same floor as the pool and noise levels were good. The pool had a slide, hot tub, and a small shallow pool that was perfect for Jasper. We were not interrupted by the noise at all and there was an 18th birthday the night we stayed and a 7th birthday as we were leaving. 

Our room had a King bed, with an adjoining suite room with one Queen bed and a pull-out. Each room had a bathroom and coffeemaker, microwave, and mini fridge. These were all great options for our overnight stay and even better if we stayed for the entire weekend. 

We also had breakfast the next day and the breakfast was delicious, and the wait staff was top notch. We really do a lot of eating-out and the staff in the restaurant were super attentive and the breakfast was delicious. This was probably one of my favourite staycations in the city! 

3.) Flying Squirrel

  • 1250 St. James Street

If you ever want to get your kids to burn some energy, take them to Flying Squirrel! We love this place. Kato asks to come here all the time. The boys have so much fun and it’s so nice to be able to sit for a bit as parents and let the kids run wild. But don’t get me wrong, I love a good trampoline jump as well. This was truly a fun-for-everyone kind of activity. However, it does remind me that when you get older, jumping is harder on the body (LOL). Exercise with caution, friends 🙂 Also, it was very busy when we went on the weekend! It was super wild to see so many people in one place again, but it felt good!

4.) Dinner is Served – Sushi Cushi

  • 1045 St. James Street

We love supporting local spots. We usually frequent at least one every weekend. This weekend we went to one of our favourite sushi joints in the heart of St. James! Just off St. James St. in the strip mall where The Brick is, Sushi Cushi has been one of our favourite sushi places in the city for years. Our fav rolls include Tuna Bakudan, Philadelphia rolls, and Tuna Tataki. Honestly, everything is good at Sushi Cushi. They even have great party trays and we have ordered from them for many family gatherings. Regardless of where you choose to have dinner, before you pick a franchise or chain– maybe consider trying something new! Check out a local favourite and support a local spot! Some great stops in the area include: A Little Pizza Heaven, Good Earth, Les Saj, Yafa Cafe, Fortune Cooking, FOODTRIP Kitchen, and The Burger Place.

5.) Manitoba Children’s Museum

  • 45 Forks Market Road

How old were you when you first stepped onto the Manitoba Children’s Museum train? Ha! The space is perfect for kids to learn and explore and play. One of my favourite things to do is watch the boys discover new things. The nostalgia from the old train and the newness of the modern exhibits for kids really hit home for us. I also love that they have a dedicated toddler space, Tot Spot.

Jasper really had a lot of fun here (it wasn’t his first time but the first time he can remember). Our favourite spots included the water tables, the excavator, and the train! See below for some of the fun that was had. 

6.) The Forks

  • 1 Forks Market Road

#meetmeatTheForks We frequent the Forks quite often. Pre-pandemic, we would go every weekend and we had a regular routine. We still go a few times a month as it has some of our favourite sips and eats around. Kato’s favourite is the Shoyu Ramen from Fusian Experience. Aiden’s favourite is the Steak and fries from Simon’s steaks. Jasper loves the chicken fingers and fries from Zorba’s. TJ’s favourite coffee joint is both Fools and Horses and Harrison’s (both at the Forks!). My favourite are the Doubles from Bindy’s Carribbean Delights! We loved sitting down after a busy day.

Winnipeg has so much to offer. I’m going to say that one more time (and louder for those in the back) because I find that as a local resident, we really forget all the things that are available to us in our city to experience and enjoy. WINNIPEG HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER. I hope that this inspires you to discover (or re-discover) my favourite city. There are so many family-friendly options and activities available to do this spring. I encourage you to try one of things we did or, tell me what you do with your kids this spring!

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.

For pricing and hours of of operation, be sure to check out their website.