Free summer activities around Winnipeg

Plenty of free options to keep active and entertained this summer

July 3, 2019

The warmer weather and summer vacations have many people looking for free, fun activities.

The City offers a wide range of options, from library programs to free museum admission, for people of all ages to enjoy.

Spray pads

Outdoor spray pads are a great way for kids to have fun. They are open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The majority of locations are free to use, with the exception of the ones located at the Transcona Aquatic Park and Kildonan Park Outdoor Pool.

Parents and guardians are reminded that spray pads are unsupervised. Children should be closely supervised at all times and follow all rules.

Wading and outdoor pools

Wading pools are another option for children 12 and under to keep cool. There are 81 free wading pool locations around Winnipeg.

Children under 7 years of age must have a parent or guardian 12 years of age or older actively supervising them at the pool.

You can also cool off at one of the City’s four, free non-heated outdoor pools.

Indoor pools

Pan Am Pool is one of many City pools offering free swim time.

Pan Am Pool is one of many City pools offering free swim time.

If you would rather splash around indoors, there are weekly free swim times during the summer at the majority of City-run indoor pools.

The free swim times are designed as an opportunity for safe activities for people of all ages.

Recreation Services

From arts and crafts, to sports and outdoor activities “ these are just some of the things children and youth can do at the drop-in programs offered through Recreation and Leisure Services.

Check the Priceless Fun Guide or contact 311for more information.

Winnipeg Public Libraries

Winnipeg Public Library has a variety of free programming for people of all ages.

Winnipeg Public Library has a variety of free programming for people of all ages.

From robots to building barns, Winnipeg Public Library has over 160 free programs running all summer long. The programs are designed for a variety of age ranges.

Many of the programs involve registering in advance. Make sure to check the library’s website or call your local branch to register so you don’t miss out on the fun.

Children 12 and under can also register for the TD Summer Reading Club. Once registered, they will receive a free bilingual reading kit and have the chance to win prizes.

Living Prairie Museum

Admission is free at the Living Prairie Museum.

Admission is free at the Living Prairie Museum.

There is no cost to visit The Living Prairie Museum. It features a 12 hectare tall grass prairie preserve, walking trails and an interpretive centre geared towards educating people of all ages about this endangered ecosystem.

The museum hosts theme days on Thursdays from July 11 to August 22. Running from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., theme days include a presentation on a different prairie topic each week followed by an activity. These programs are best suited for children ages 5 “ 11. Participants must call the museum at 204-832-0167 to register in advance, and parental supervision is required.

Monarch Butterfly Festival

The Living Prairie Museum will be hosting the 13th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday, July 21

Winnipeg The Living Prairie Museum will be hosting the 13th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday, July 21

The museum will also be putting on its 13th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday, July 21. It will run rain or shine from noon “ 4 p.m.

The all-ages event will feature presentations by local scientists, storytelling, displays of live monarchs, crafts, guided hikes, a native prairie plant sale, and more. Each family can also receive one free milkweed plant while quantities last.


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