10 fun things to do with the kids during your visit

By Anaïs Biernat

If you are visiting Winnipeg to attend the Canada Summer Games with the whole family, you’ll want to keep the little ones busy! Here are 10 fun things to do with the kids while you wait for the next competition in your schedule.

Winnipeg - The Forks

The Forks is the place to go first! In the heart of the city, this National Historic Site will fill your day with history, arts and lots of fun!

Canada Games Festival - FREE

Check the Canada Summer Games Festival, representing each day a province of Canada! Learn how to stay fit and healthy to start the Games right with the Fit Kids Healthy Kids workshops.

Variety Heritage Adventure Playground - FREE

This playground is where you play while immersing your family in the history of the Forks in a fun way! Put your adventurer suits on and explore. Don’t forget your swimming suits, there might be some splashing happening in the water park!

Manitoba Children’s Museum

To keep the fun going, visit the Manitoba Children’s Museum and discover its 12 exciting galleries, including a train. Yes, you read it right, a real train! The temporary exhibit Run, Jump, Fly! will also keep everyone active.

Canadian Museum of Human Rights

For a serious but engaging activity, come and explore the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Check the exhibits ahead of time to adapt the visit to your family and make sure to attend the Right to Play activities focused on the rights of the child, the right of play and empowerment through sport.

Winnipeg - Assiniboine Park and Zoo

Up for an outdoor experience? Reach Assiniboine Park & Zoo to enjoy some active play and meet new animal friends!

Nature Playground - FREE

Get moving in the Nature Playground, in the heart of Assiniboine Park. Jump, climb, walk, run and make sure to explore the Streuber Family Children’s Garden, inspired by the famous game Snakes and Ladders!

Assiniboine Park Zoo

No time to go to Churchill? The Assiniboine Park Zoo has you covered with the family-acclaimed exhibit Journey to Churchill! Say hi to the polar bears, seals, snowy owls and more! Meet all sorts of furry and feathered friends from all over the world and even other times with the Dinosaurs Alive® exhibit!

Winnipeg - St. Boniface

Just a bridge away from the Forks, discover Winnipeg’s French Quarter! Cross the Esplanade Riel, enjoy the view on Downtown Winnipeg, go for a walk and have a snack in a French bakery!

Fort Gibraltar

Do you feel like a Voyageur? Immerse yourself in the life in Fort Gibraltar, a North West Company trading post around 1815! Meet with colorful characters of the time, visit their houses and workshops and discuss everyday life in the Red River colony!

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum

Enjoy the view with a walk on Promenade Tache and explore St. Boniface Cathedral. In the garden, make sure to visit Louis Riel’s grave and stop by le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum

to discover his life and understand his role in Manitoba history!


Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Festival) - FREE

If you are in Gimli for a sailing competition or if you’d like to enjoy a day out of the city, check out the Icelandic Festival from August 4 to 7! Walk through the Viking Village, check Viking battles, attend some concerts and more! For a formal introduction to Gimli’s Icelandic heritage, check out the New Iceland Heritage Museum.

A day at the beach - FREE


Live like a true Manitoban and enjoy a day at the beach! Choose from Grand Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Gimli and many more to enjoy the charms of lake towns for a great family outing! And beach days don’t cost you anything except for the ice cream run: yummy!