Built in 1889, Manitoba's oldest surviving train-repair facility now houses the Children's Museum. So it's no surprise to find Junction 9161 inside?a life-size train upon which youngsters can climb aboard to push buttons, pull levers, and take turns sitting in the conductor's chair. Over in the Engine House, meanwhile, kids learn all about the gears, pipes, and handfuls of magic dust that power actual locomotives.
Not everything in the museum harkens back to the building's heritage. Named a top summer attraction in 2011 by Where Magazine, the museum's other galleries range from play structures shaped like giant lasagnas to stations where you can build your own cityscape. More creative expression abounds at the Pop m'Art, where children shop through an ever-changing stock of art supplies before drafting their very own projects. Beyond its permanent and travelling exhibits, Manitoba's Children's Museum hosts events for kids and grownups alike, including an adult trivia night.
The Manitoba Museum takes visitors on a tour through the human heritage and natural history of the province, with selections from the museum’s collection of 2.3 million artifacts on display in nine permanent galleries. Travel back to a time of sea scorpions and scary cephalopods with the Ancient Seas exhibit, which depicts prehistoric marine life across three-screen animation, or soak up the ghostly seasalt of the Nonsuch, a replica of the 17th-century ship whose crusades for fur brought commerce to western Canada and beaver shawls to naked napes. Other galleries explore the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Boreal Forest, and the Internetless eclecticism of 1920s Winnipeg. The Manitoba Museum also houses a planetarium and a science gallery, ideal for guests looking to get eyes- and hands-on.
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Encased within a hangar at Winnipeg's International Airport, the historical and scientific elements of Canada's rich aviation history reveal themselves in more than 25 exhibits sprawled throughout more than 90,000 square feet. Explore the exterior of Canada's first helicopter, built by the Froebe brothers in the 1930s. The Vickers Viscount, a Trans-Canada Airlines airplane, reflects Canada's involvement in commercial flight. The Avrocar, a replica of the flying saucer built by a secret collaboration between the American military, Avro Canada, and the Canadian government during the Cold War years, entices onlookers with its super shiny, supersonic curves and promises of candy.
As white and baking pumpkins grow in Deer Meadow Farms' patch, staffers dispense seasonal homegrown vegetables from the onsite country market. The farm hosts guests who frolic through an array of attractions, from a mountain of sand-filled tractor tires to a hay-bale pyramid. On a 2.5-acre course, players putt or scissor kick golf balls into World Cup–themed holes during matches of Farmer Golf. Elsewhere, visitors can milk a goat at the petting zoo or trail fallow deer at the Wild Game Preserve. In the autumn, trivia questions and cryptic messages await throughout the corn maze, which is open both day and night. Afterwards, guests can rest in a rented tepee or feast on hot dogs and s'mores at one of the farm's fire pits.
Winnipeg Zumba’s instructors motivate students to boogie their way toward better health. Classes torch calories and rehabilitate off-tempo metronomes with easy-to-follow moves set to lively Latin beats that create an atmosphere reminiscent of a dance party.