Unleash your inner child with fun trinket and knick-knack stores at some of Winnipeg’s greatest family attractions. These toy stores will keep your kids, and yourself, amused for hours.
1. In the heart of the historic Exchange District, the stacked shelves at Toad Hall Toys will peak your interest. Pick up a Big Bang Rocket for a day of outdoor play. Simply fling overhead, let go and watch it fly sky-high, eventually hitting the ground with a bang. 204-956-2195, 54 Arthur St. (more…)
A heritage building in the Exchange District has been beautified in a major way with the new Aveda Institute Winnipeg. Beauty students and green beauty disciples can now meet under one roof at this 9,000 square-foot hair school, complete with a retail store selling plant-derived, animal friendly, biodegradable beauty products. Hair services, including washes, cuts, dyes and do’s are available by student beauticians, graduates and teachers. Since 1978 the environment has been a top priority for Aveda, who has pioneered in the world of green cosmetics by using mostly certified organic raw herbal ingredients and renewable plant-based ingredients. And it doesn’t stop there. With recycling programs, 100 per cent post-consumer packaging and fair compensation for suppliers, Aveda is an ecological role model. Overhaul your beauty regime with a plant-based pamper at Aveda and be a natural beauty. 80 Rorie St, 1-877-902-8332.
Jul 8, 15, 22, 29 - Sizzle on the dance floor at Winnipeg’s hottest salsa event of the summer. Every Sunday, shake your hips under the canopy at The Forks for Salsa Sundays. Live Latin music fills the air at this outdoor dance hall while you dip, swing and twirl. Demonstrations and exhilarating music set the scene for an exciting, up-beat night, so come down with your dancing shoes. Free, no partner required. 6:30 pm-10 pm. The Forks, 204-942-6302.
Animals are second nature to Assiniboine Park Zoo, and this year’s dramatic transformation has made the site a natural choice for Where Winnipeg’s 2012 Best New Attraction of the Year.
by ERIN CHATELAIN
We all remember touring zoos as children with wide, curious eyes. Young and old experience that same magical wonderment exploring Assiniboine Park Zoo’s newly upgraded animal exhibits. Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s exciting $200 million expansion has completed its first phase, with a revamped Duck Pond, and construction of Nature Playground and Qualico Family Centre. With $120 million earmarked for a dramatic zoo makeover; Toucan Ridge, Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, International Polar Bear Conservation Centre and Birds in Flight have emerged as four signature attractions, making Asia, the boreal forest, the Arctic and the Prairies accessible right here at home. Completion of a state-of-the-art 10-acre polar bear habitat, Journey to Churchill, will wrap up the renovation project by 2014. (more…)
You are cordially invited to join Laurie Hughes, publisher of Where Winnipeg, on June 27, 2012, as she recognizes Assiniboine Park Zoo, with its recent additions of Toucan Ridge, Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre and Birds in Flight, as the 2012 Silver Plume Attraction of the Year, chosen annually by the regional editors of Where. The Silver Plume Award recognizes outstanding service in the local hotel and hospitality industry. (more…)