Christmas is over. News Year’s Eve has come and gone. The knowledge that we have a few seriously long, cold, dark months ahead of us is looming in the back of your mind like a bad dream you can’t quite recall…
It’s January. You’re cold, you’re cranky and no one wants to go out. It happens to all of us.
This year, I’m going to get my butt out of my house every weekend. I’m going to do things. Lots of things. And because “things” can get pricey – especially when you’re levelling out from present-buying over the holidays – I’m going to aim for a mix of free and paid activities.
If you’re like me, and already planning ahead in an effort to fight the winter slump, my list of activities below might help. We can do this, Winnipeg.
Assiniboine Park Conservatory – Free, beautiful, indoors. What else do you need?
Enigma Escape – For $25 a person, you can be locked in a room with a group of friends and forced to test how smart you aren’t are.
Thermea Spa – A day pass at this gorgeous spa is under $50 and includes use of all hot tubs, saunas and relaxation areas.
Festival du Voyageur – I’ve never been to Festival, which makes me a horrible Manitoban. Maybe 2016 will be the year? A day pass is $18, which really isn’t bad. You apparently have to buy some weird food, though, and drink beer out of an ice cup. So, there’s that too…
Club Regent – If you just want somewhere cool to wander for the evening, this is a great option.
Red River Skating Trail – Here’s another awesome free one. Our river trail is one of the best in North America. You don’t even need skates. Just wander along the path and check out the warming huts along the way.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights – For $15, the CMHR is a must do this winter. The exhibits are wonderful, and the building itself is simply stunning. Do. It.
Adrenaline Adventures – Winter = tubing season. If you haven’t given this a try yet, you should. It’s reasonably priced too. For $10 you can tube for an hour, but for $20 you can go all day.
Sky Zone – This is another one on my list that I haven’t had time to check out yet. For $12, you can jump your heart out on a series of trampolines for 30 minutes. And trust me – for us adults who aren’t used to this type of physical activity, 30 minutes is good for your first time.
(FYI, it’s $17 for an hour. So if you think you’re a trampoline ninja, you can go for that option.)
Golf Dome – I don’t golf, but what the hell? I think it’s $15-ish for a half hour at the driving range, and they seem to have an “all you can hit” policy. Which in my case would be nothing.
Speedworld – An indoor go-kart racetrack sounds extremely dangerous to me. So, let’s do it.
Hermetic Code Tour @ the MB Legislative Building – The 2016 tours don’t begin until the end of April 2016, but this one deserves an honourable mention. For $40 a person, you get a guided tour of the Leg. If you’re a history nerd like me, this is exciting.