Winnipeg winters are long. This season it is easy to stay in, bundle up and huddle indoors.
For me, this can make for an even longer season, especially with three kids filled with energy. Luckily, St. James has a number of free activities and programs targeted towards families wanting to stay active all year around.
Knowing the right outdoor activities for winter days and nights is the first step to having a healthy, active winter. I think it’s important to make fitness a part of your child’s life from the youngest age.
Winter tobogganing is an activity everyone can enjoy. St. James has a hill at 1 Midland St. which is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is also free swimming at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, located at 999 Sargent Ave., on Saturday and Sunday. Please contact the facility at 204-986-4677 for specific times.
The Winnipeg Libraries are an underutilized facility for kids of all ages. There are hundreds of programs, workshops and concerts for all ages for free. Offering everything from newborn reading to family craft days, there is truly something for everyone. For more information on library activities be sure to go online at winnipeg.ca/library or contact the West End Library Branch at 204-986-4677.
The Living Prairie Museum is a 30-acre prairie preserve located at 2795 Ness Ave. In winter, it is home to a number of activities to be utilized by everyone. A perfect way to enjoy the prairie in winter would be to ski the 1.5-kilometre loop. The interpretive centre is open, by appointment only, for people to warm up and be refreshed, so be sure to call ahead. Also, join in the fun at the 5th Annual Snow Trek event which kicks off Feb. 9. Enjoy the outdoors on skis and snowshoes. There will also be workshops on skiing, snowshoeing, and urban poling. Equipment is available for people wanting to try these activities.
Whether it is skating at a community centre, or enjoying a swim at the Cindy Klassen Centre, St. James is an area full of life during the winter months. For Winnipeg residents in financial need hoping to take part in some of the leisure guide activities, fee subsidies are available .
The subsidy can be used to register for leisure guide programs, a number of drop-in courses, as well as facility admission.
There is more information on the City of Winnipeg website, or please contact me for any assistance you may have. Winnipeg can be enjoyed all season long, and I encourage you to come out and join the fun.