Thursday, June 8th 9:30am – 2:00pm
Friday, June 9th 9:30am – 2:00pm
Saturday, June 10th 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday, June 11th 10:00am – 4:30pm
2017 Canada Summer Games (Thursday Only)
The 50th anniversary of the Canada Games will be in Winnipeg this summer. From July 28 to August 13, athletes from across the country will run, row, jump, throw, pedal, kick and swim to bring the Canada Games flag back to their home province.
Drop by and take a photo with the official Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay torch that will be travelling to 11 communities throughout the province, say hi to Niibin, and enjoy some fun activities hosted by our friends at Fit Kids Healthy Kids.
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233-ALLO (Thursday Only)
Venez vous amuser en français! Bricolez un drapeau franco-manitobain que vous pouvez ramener à la maison.
Come and have fun en français! Kids get to colour and craft a franco-manitoban flag while learning French words.
Activate Sports (Saturday and Sunday Only)
Activate Sports will be offering a variety of sports and activities at their tent including tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, golf, bubble time, and water balloon toss. Their activities will change every hour. An itinerary of their activities will be posted at their tent and on their social media (Facebook and Instagram) on Saturday and Sunday of Kids Fest!"
Alliance Francaise du Manitoba (Thursday and Friday Only)
All year long, Alliance Française du Manitoba is providing Winnipeggers with quality French courses and
exciting cultural events to promote French cultures from all around the world. Join us at Kidsfest and
discover French language with the kids! Our team developed exciting games and activities for them to
learn French basics. It begins with “bonjour”!
Aquatica Synchronized Swim Club
Come and see the world from upside down! Stop by the Aquatica Synchronized Swimming booth to learn about twisting, twirling, and dancing through the water, and give some skills a try on our upside-down figure trainer. Coaches and athletes will tell you all about this artistic sport, show off our sparkly costumes and makeup styles, and share the history of aquatic ballet to synchro as we know it today!
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (formerly known as APEGM) (Friday Only)
Engineering Friday includes a variety of engineering and geoscience related activities for children including the opportunity to build a structure of gum-drops, build and test the strength of a straw-bridge and other educational and fun activities.
Up, up and away in a beautiful balloon! Or at least pretend to be since your balloon will be attached to you so you both don’t fly away. Saturday Sponsored by Manitoba Dentists. Balloons are limited so please make sure to get yours early in the day.
Block Parents (Saturday and Sunday Only)
The Block Parent® Program introduced in 1975 was the first Community Safety Program available to residents. The Block Parent® Program hasn’t changed over the years and it remains as a Community Safety Program that people can participate in as time allows and not be burdened by meetings. We are part of the Block Parent® Program of Canada and Manitoba using the same window signs and the same operating standards. The Winnipeg Police Service, who conducts our Police checks, are also on our Board as our advisors. We have newly designed Block Parent® signs that are replacing all existing signs in the city. In Winnipeg we have around 2,500 dedicated Block Parent® volunteer homes. Becoming a Block Parent® will not disrupt a busy family schedule. Even if you can only display your sign for a few hours a week – that is still helpful. This is a program that is SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE and FREE.
Bricks4Kidz Winnipeg / Sew Fun Studios / The Creativity Lab
BRICKS 4 KIDZ WINNIPEG
At Bricks 4 Kidz we offer LEGO-based day camps, workshops, parties and more at various locations around Winnipeg & the surrounding area. Come join us for some hands-on building fun as we learn, build & play the Bricks 4 Kidz way!
SEW FUN STUDIOS WINNIPEG
At Sew Fun Studios we teach kids the art of sewing & design in a fun and engaging way through day camps, workshops, parties and more. Our goal is to celebrate sewing as a contemporary, relevant and creative activity for kids of all ages. Join us to try out some basic sewing skills and find out why it is 'sew' much fun to make cool things!
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
Learn about the sea monsters that lived in Manitoba during the late Cretaceous period. Play the dino-toss game or reconstruct 3-D wooden dinosaur skeleton puzzles. Discover the excitement of digging for fossils in a specially constructed dig box. You can also examine real fossils and images from the past and explore pre-historic times with an educational activity booklet - free for everyone!
Cancercare Manitoba (Sunday Only)
Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.)
A community-based initiative of the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival “Under the Big Top” - C.A.M.P. participants perform alongside the returning C.A.M.P. artist/instructors and help lead public workshops in circus and magic skills.
City of Winnipeg, Recreational Services
Join us for a variety of activities including a relay/obstacle course, specialty sports, carnival games, tug of war and more!!
Critter Dipping / La Chasse Aux Bibittes
Critter Dipping is a fun activity of discovery for children of all ages. Discover what creatures live in the murky water of ponds and wetlands. Let’s see how many critters you can find!
La chasse aux bibittes est une activité amusante qui permet aux enfants de tout âge à découvrir les insectes aquatiques qui vivent au fond des marais et étangs à l’aide d’un filet et d’une loupe. Voyons combien de “bibittes” vous pouvez trouver!
Discovery Toys - Teach. Play. Inspire.
Welcome to Discovery Toys, the source for building and nurturing creative thinkers. We strive to incorporate multiple Layers of Learning into our products that stimulate multiple centres in the brain simultaneously -- an experience that promotes both critical thinking AND open-ended imaginary play. Come join in the fun and learning!
Visit our enthusiastic volunteers to add some colour and creative to your face. New this year will be star stencils.
Kurrent Motion will be sharing the awesomeness of the hoop for all age, genders, and skill levels.
Come join a workshop and learn playful games and captivating, yet simple, hoop movements that
are sure to make you a hoop star! Hoops will be provided in a variety of sizes for kids and adults to
ensure everyone is a Happy Hooper!
Manitoba Baton Twirling Sportive Association (Sunday Only)
Baton twirling is a sport that combines twirling, tossing and catching batons with body movements incorporating dance and gymnastics. Stop by and learn some basic baton tricks like the two hand spin and figure eight twirl and watch baton twirling demonstrations. Enter your name into a draw for a free baton summer camp!
Manitoba Dental Association - Tooth Fairy Saturday (Saturday Only)
A fun and friendly visit with qualified Dentists and a very special guest appearance by the Tooth Fairy.
MTYP (Friday and Saturday Only)
Music for Young Children®
Visit our activity centre and discover the joy of MYC®!
We provide the best quality music education to young children by blending the pleasure and the joy of music making with sound instruction.
Say CHEESE! How crazy can you dress up with the various props and make silly, goofy faces?
(Please note that we will have a volunteer taking pictures at the Photo Booth and we will be posting them on our website and social media sites. If you do not wish to have your picture made public please just let the volunteer know. And of course you are more than welcome to take your own pictures - great opportunity to be part of our Candid Kids contest.)
Prairie Exotics will have a number of their exotic critters on display for you to discover and enjoy. You can even touch a dragon or snake if you like. Come by to check out the interesting creatures and other things like shed skins, bones and more!
Recycle Everywhere is Canada's first province-wide away from home beverage container recycling program. We've partnered with communities, schools, businesses, provincial parks, community centres and events throughout Manitoba. We help choose the best Recycle Everywhere bin for the space free of charge and partners bring the recovered beverage containers to a nearby recycler. Together with our partners, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enabling new products to be made and reducing litter in the streets and parks.
Rugby Manitoba (Saturday Only)
Rookie Rugby is a co-ed, non-tackling game for children ages 4-16. Rookie Rugby is split into 3 different categories/age grades. The Mini rugby is for 4-6 year olds, and Flag rugby is for 7-14 year olds, and tackle for 11-13 year olds 14-16 year olds. At Kidsfest we will teach you some basic rules of rugby, how to pass, how to score, and how you can get involved in rugby in the future!
Shaw will be on site with children’s activity books, colouring pages, ring toss games and the Shaw Bear might even make an appearance for a photo op or two!
Suzuki Music (Sunday Only)
Suzuki Music Winnipeg is an extra-curricular (non-profit) music program offering Suzuki Method
instruction in violin, viola, and cello to children and families living in (or near) Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The mission of Suzuki Music Winnipeg is to enrich the lives of children and families through the
study of music. We seek to nurture children and build community in an atmosphere of mutual
commitment and respect.
Toyota (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Toyota is proud to be a sponsor of the 35th annual Winnipeg Kidsfest, offering fun for the whole family! Visit Toyota to check out the line-up of family friendly vehicles. You can also enter the “Travel with Toyota” contest for your chance to win 200,000 Aeroplan Miles and take a 2017 Toyota for a spin onsite! See the Toyota main display onsite for more details and to learn more.
Winnipeg Art Gallery (Saturday and Sunday Only)
Come visit the WAG art tent this summer and create a Picasso paper bag mask.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Saturday Only)
Winnipeg Fire Department Fire Safety House
The Fire Safety House provides unique opportunities to teach a wide range of safety programs to the children and families attending the Festival including fire prevention and home escape techniques.
Winnipeg Goldeyes (Saturday and Sunday only)
Come visit Goldie, toss a ball and win some prizes!
Winnipeg Police Service
The Community Relations Division of Winnipeg Police Service is on-site to interact and explain some of the many tasks that police officers perform.
Winnipeg Public Library Tent (Sunday Only)
Visit the Winnipeg Public Library tent for a quiet story corner, easy book-making crafts, and get your own library card!
Discover what’s happening at the Library this summer and how you can get your free reading kit.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Children can participate in the Instrument Petting Zoo where they get the opportunity to touch and play the instruments of the orchestra. Also includes a craft station and musical activities.