Spring Break 2018: What’s Happening in Winnipeg

Spring break is finally here and this year it also happens to fall during the Easter and Passover holidays so activities and camps are cut a bit short this time. But don’t worry–there is no shortage of things to do!! Here a list of our favourites.

WINNIPEG ART GALLERY

Family Fusion: Tuesday, March 27 and March 29

Family Fusion is a monthly DIY arts and crafts event – stop by the WAG with your family and spend some creative time together! Drop-in between 1pm and 3pm • $20 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18) • FREE for WAG members. Includes access to the galleries.

Tuesday, March 27 • Soap Stone Carving – Have you ever wanted to try your hand at carving stone? This is your chance! Using some simple tools, create a small carving out of stone.
Thursday, March 29 • Tape Cities – Create a cityscape using a variety of recycled materials, including colourful tape!

Cannes Lions: Encore: Tuesday, March 27 to Saturday, March 31

The WAG is proud to present Cannes Lions Encore, a special screening of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Now’s your chance to watch the 2017 award-winning commercials selected out of 35,000 entries from around the globe. Snacks available • Cash bar
Visit here for dates  – 7 showtimes

FORT WHYTE

Drop-in to FortWhyte Alive through Spring Break to get active outdoors with the whole family! Activities are FREE with regular admission, and will take place from 1-3pm.

Monday, March 26 All Day

Footprint Identification Exploration
Ever wondered whose teeny-tiny footprints you are walking beside? Borrow a footprint identification guide and see how many you can find and identify!

Tuesday, March 27  1pm-3pm

Toasty Trek
Enjoy a self-guided adventure along our trails, and then get toasty by the fire with a roasted marshmallow!

Wednesday, March 28 All Day

Orienteering Adventure
Grab an orienteering sheet and try your hand at navigating our NEW course using landmarks! If your family completes the course and figures out the secret word, you win a prize!

Thursday, March 29 1pm – 2pm

Guided Birding Walk
Join an experienced birding volunteer to explore FortWhyte Alive, and try your hand at identifying different species of birds!

Friday, March 30 All Day

Spring Scavenger Hunt
Explore the fascinating natural world with the help of a spring scavenger hunt sheet to see how many wonders you can find!

CTRL-V WINNIPEG

Winnipeg’s coolest arcade transports you to other dimensions and space with its virtual reality games. There is something for everyone at Ctrl-V Winnipeg. Gamers will love it and non-gamers will be amazed at how immersed they become in the game. Birthday parties are out of this world at Ctrl-V Winnipeg.

With 75 new games debuting this month, your hour will fly by! Get a bunch of friends and book online today.

Their spring break hours are as follows:

March 26th: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
March 27th – March 29th: 12:00pm – 10:30pm
March 30th – Good Friday: CLOSED
April 1st & 2nd: CLOSED

U-PUTTZ

Spring Break 2018

Valid from March 23, 2018 – April 1, 2018


Bronze
$25 + GST – Unlimited Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Bumper Cars w/$5 bonus arcade card


Silver
$30 + GST – Unlimited Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Bumper Cars w/$10 bonus arcade card and 1 X-D Ride


Gold
$35 + GST – Unlimited Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Bumper Cars w/$15 bonus arcade card and 2 X-D Rides


*All wristband purchases receive a 10% discount in the canteen for same day purchases!

 

ACADEMY LANES

It’s their last Spring Break on Academy Road – Let’s make it a good one! If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, give them a call and book your lanes today. They have some great online Spring Break deals.
https://academylanes.ca/online-deals Their after-school special is still available during Spring Break – $7 per person to bowl for any 2 hours between 4 and 6:30pm Monday to Friday.

CHAPTERS INDIGO

Each Chapter location has special kid-friendly events going on this Spring Break. Please check with your local stores for further information and sign-up details.

SKY ZONE WINNIPEG

Spring Break SkyCamp is BACK and figures to be the best Spring Break Camp yet! Featuring their NEW CHALLENGE ZONE, which provides new activities for your kids (Ages 6 -12) to participate in! Spring Break runs from March 26 – March 30. Single day registration is available too. There are also spring break promotions are also on all week:

Monday: open 10 AM to 10 PM

Glow

Tuesday thru Saturday: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
$25 for 3 Hours of Jumping! MUST WEAR NEON OR WHITE T-SHIRT in order to jump, otherwise T-Shirts can be purchased in-store.
It’s different after dark. Lasers, music and blacklight transform the whole park into a crazy jumping dance club. Flips are limited to Foam Zone during Glow. Waivers are required for all persons entering the park during Glow.

SkyWars

Thursday: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM; Sunday: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
$4 for unlimited SkyWars games during your jump time.
Squad up and lock and load for SkyWars, the newest game at Sky Zone! Guests engage in an epic team strategy battle game using blasters and foam balls or darts in a variety of games including team elimination, capture the flag, duck hunt, and more.
For full information, event times, and to fill out your waiver in advance, please visit Sky Zone Winnipeg.

ASSINIBOINE PARK ZOO

Spend Spring Break at the Zoo – you’ll have a roaring good time! Join us for family-friendly fun and enjoy the sights and sound of spring at the Zoo. PLUS the first 100 visitors each day to the Zoo will receive a tiger zipper pull. Wear it on your jacket or snap it on your backpack and tell everyone who asks you got it at the Zoo!

ASIAN EXPEDITION WITH TIGERS, CAMELS AND GIBBONS
Learn about our animals from the people who know them best. We’ll be offering the following interactive experiences daily during Spring Break:

  • 11 am I Licking Extinction with Tigers (animal talk)
  • 2 pm I Camels are Cool (animal talk)
  • 11 am to 3 pm I Visit the gibbons and learn how palm oil harvesting affects their habitat (interpretive station)

WAGON RIDES AT THE MCFEETORS HEAVY HORSE CENTRE
Learn about our amazing heavy horses at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre. Then climb aboard the wagon and enjoy a trail ride in the Zoo. Trail rides will be offered 10:30 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm daily from March 26 to April 1. Tickets are $3/person and can be purchased from a kiosk at the Heavy Horse barn.

THE EASTER CHALLENGE
It wouldn’t be Easter without Easter treats, but here at the Zoo, no basket is required. Grab a Zoo map and complete the Winter Adaptations Challenge to receive your Easter treat courtesy of Countryside Farms Vita Eggs at Wild Things Unique Gifts.

EASTER BREAKFAST AT TUNDRA GRILL | MARCH 31 & APRIL 1 ($)

Visit the Tundra Grill and enjoy a delicious breakfast ($) finished with a chocolate egg, let the kids go wild in the Polar Playground, and take a photo with Winston our polar bear mascot. Breakfast service begins at 9 am. The polar bears will be presented with a tasty Easter treat at 10:30 am. Don’t miss it!

SUPPORT OUR CONSERVATION EFFORTS
Enjoy a Tiger Slush at the Tundra Grill – 50% of proceeds will go towards Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Conservation Fund!

JOIN OUR CANADIAN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE TOUR | MARCH 31 ($)
Get more out of your Zoo visit and discover Journey to Churchill in a whole new way! Tour this award-winning exhibit with one of our knowledgeable guides and go behind the scenes with a member of the animal care team and in the laboratories at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. The tour departs from the Zoo Entrance promptly at 11:00 am and proceeds rain or shine. Enjoy the Zoo at your leisure before or after your tour. Tour tickets include Zoo admission and must be purchased online in advance. Click here to learn more.

AND THERE’S MORE . . .
There’s so much to see and do at the Zoo! Explore the KInsmen Discovery Centre, spot the seals and swimming polar bears in Gateway to the Arctic, treat yourself at the Tundra Grill, have some fun at the Polar Playground, and travel to the tropics in Toucan Ridge. The Zoo is home to close to 200 different animals species from around the world and they’re all amazing!

CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Photo credit: Thomas Fricke via CMHR website

Free admission for children 12 and under!

Bring your family and join us in special activities taking place during spring break! Spring break programming starts Saturday, March 24 and ends Sunday, April 1, 2018. This year, our spring break activities explore language rights in Canada, as well as French language, culture and identity across the country.

 

In-Gallery Activities

Speak Freely

Canada has two official languages, English and French, while hundreds of others are spoken by people across the country. What’s your first language? How are language rights important to you? Share your thoughts in this interactive art activity for families.

March 24 to April 1, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canadian Journeys gallery on Level 2.

This activity is bilingual.

 

Explore Métis Beadwork

The Museum is home to the largest known fire bag in the world. This artwork was sewn by local artist Jennine Krauchi and her mother. It features beautiful floral patterns traditional to Métis culture made from thousands of glass beads sourced from Canada’s fur trade era. Discover the history and meaning of these patterns and then color in your own floral pattern to take home!
March 24 to April 1, 2018
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in English
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in French

Indigenous Perspectives gallery on Level 2.

Expression Wall

English and French languages have both shaped Canada and contributed to the multicultural country we live in today. Discover some key moments from the history of both languages in Canada. Decorate your own wooden block in celebration of bilingualism and add it to a wall of blocks left behind by others who have shared their thoughts. This activity is best suited for children aged 8-12.
March 24, 25, 31 and April 1, 2018 (weekends)
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in English
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in French
Actions Count gallery on Level 4.

 

Tours

Don’t forget to take one of our interactive guided tours! The 45-minute Family Express Tour will be offered Sunday, March 25 and Sunday, April 1 at 11 a.m. in French and 11:30 a.m. in English.

 

All activities and special events, as well as the Family Express Tour, are included in the cost of admission. Please note that scheduled programs are subject to change or cancellation.

WINNIPEG PUBLIC LIBRARY

This week there are so many fun and FREE programs at the Winnipeg Public Library branch in your neighbourhood. For full details, please visit their full site here. A couple of our favourites are:

Strawbees

Explore! Create! Become an Inventor! Using everyday drinking straws, and plastic connectors called Strawbees, you can design and create prototypes for almost anything. Have an idea for a wicked pair of x-ray goggles? How about an outer space car? Bring your ideas to life with Strawbees! Ages 9-12.
Branch/Location: Millennium Library
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Registration is required.

Book to Movie Days for Kids

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey. 90 min. Rated G.

Branch/Location:Millennium Library
Date:Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time:1:30PM – 3:00PM
Room/Space:Carol Shields Auditorium
Registration is required.

DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG BIZ MOVIE NIGHT

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is hosting movie night featuring A Dog’s Purpose on Wednesday, March 28 at The Globe Theatre in Portage Place (393 Portage Avenue, 3rd Floor). ADMISSION IS FREE. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. (parking available in the Portage Place parkade). Be sure to stop and grab some treats from your favourite Portage Place vendors! The movie starts at 6:00 PM and the first 100 people will get a goody bag!

For updates and more information visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET AT CITYPLACE

Sponsored by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and located at Cityplace at 333 St. Mary Avenue this urban farmers’ market continues to grow. With an attached parkade and easily accessible with transit, connected to the Millenium Library and Bell MTS Centre, this a great farmers’ market for families. This week’s market is right before Easter and Passover so it’s the perfect time to pick-up those in-season items that make the perfect spring-time centrepiece or hostess gift. Follow Cityplace and Downtown Farmers’ Market on social media for the latest scoop on participating vendors featured weekly growing, making, or baking their Manitoba-made products.

 

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