Museums are some of the best places to visit if you’re looking for a good mix of both fun and education! I remember plenty of visits to museums throughout my growing up years, but I definitely had a few favorites that I LOVED to visit! The Manitoba Children’s Museum was one of them. My parents tried to take us kids there about once year and we always loved it. Of course, that was quite a while ago, so it looked a lot different when our family visited that same museum about 2 weeks ago. The museum has undergone a complete renovation about four years ago…and it is amazing!! The Children’s Museum exists for the purpose of giving kids the opportunity to enjoy creative learning. It is a non-profit charitable organization and has been around for almost 30 years already. The museum is the perfect spot to foster your child’s imagination, to learn in interactive ways and to discover new things! Let’s take a peek at some of the fabulous ways that kids (and parents!! 🙂 ) can have fun, learn, discover and explore at the Children’s Museum….The water table is always a favorite. I don’t know any kid that doesn’t love to play in water! There were lots of fun water toys and tools throughout the water table that kept our kids entertained for a good long while before they were ready to move on. Since the museum is designed especially for kids they really have thought of everything including some water proof vests that you can put on your children if you don’t want them to get too wet, as well as a hand dryer in the corner to dry off wet hands before you move on. This table was well-loved by all our kids – from our 3 year old right on up to our 8 year old!
This excavator was a favorite for our son! It works exactly like a real excavator and kids can get a feel for what it really is like to work one of these huge machines! We had a few giggles as I tried to work the excavator….let’s just say I didn’t have a lot of success…guess it’s a good thing I’m not in the excavating business! 😉 As a parent I loved the idea of our child being able to have the opportunity to learn a real life skill at the museum!
Another favorite was the arts and crafts room. It surprised me a bit when I asked our kids later that evening what their favorite part of the whole museum was…and they said it was the arts and crafts room! That just goes to show how creativity really is an important part of kids’ lives. 🙂 This room was filled with bins of craft supplies, LOTS of glue and scissors. You came in, picked whatever materials you’d like to work with and got busy making a craft project of your choice. We ended up with two spy glasses, a boat, a canon, and a piggy bank! I loved watching them be creative and I loved the concept of letting kids have free reign with whatever is available and seeing what they create. I could’ve never guessed that we’d leave with a spy glass, a piggy bank or a canon. 🙂
During our visit to the Children’s Museum we were also very excited to check out a special Hands-On Harley-Davidson display (which is only there until about mid-September). We spent a lot of time riding motorcycles at this exhibit and our we all really enjoyed it! The motorcycle exhibit allows kids to get a feel for what it feels like to ride a motorcycle, to learn about the details of motorcycles (engine parts, how they work together, custom motor parts and accessories that are interchangeable on the motorcycles) and more. We all know that motorcyclists need to have a leather jacket and helmet, so those were available for kids to dress up in as well. The viewing screen in front of the motorcycle gives the illusion that you are actually driving and you can even see yourself on the screen if you push the correct button! It’s all a lot of fun and we loved having the chance to see and interact with the Harley Davidson exhibit!
There is a lot more to explore at the Children’s Museum including a life-size train, an indoor lasagna play structure, building blocks with a working crane to help you build and more. It’s a wonderful place for families to visit and we would highly recommend it. If you’ll be heading through Winnipeg, MB this summer you’ll want to be sure to swing by the Children’s Museum for a visit.
For hours, rates and more information about the Children’s Museum please visit their website.