Spring break used to be filled with puddle jumping or family ski holidays. Not so this year with the spring thaw far behind us. Between clowns, acrobats, animals and happy songs, there's plenty to to keep the young ones active and smiling all week long.
Here are SCENE's top five picks.
Festival of Fools. The 12th annual festival runs at The Forks Market March 24 - April 1. Clowns, stilt walkers, magicians and jugglers will raise the silliness quotient. Face painting, and craft workshops run through the mid day. There's even a trapeze workshop for those with the urge to fly with ease.
Peter Anderson, Colin Heath, Wayne Specht, Darlene Brookes in "Number 14" (David Cooper)
There's more clowning around at Manitoba Theatre for Young People's presentation of The Number 14.
Also puppetry, acrobatics, masks and general mayhem. Six characters bring to life 40 of the strange characters that you encounter on the bus. Now in its 20th year, The Number 14
is Canada's longest running touring show. Actor Darlene Brookes has performed the show 4000 times.
At the Planetarium
, Fred Penner satisfies your child's urge to sing with his show In My Backyard With Fred Penner.
He narrates this show for young children daily at 11a.m. and 2 p.m. until April 1. Make a day of it and check out To the Moon
with narrator Ace Burpee at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and then take a live tour of the planets, constellations and celestial events in Manitoba Skies
at 3 p.m. daily. Upstairs at the Manitoba Museum Circus! Science Under The Big Top
is still on until April 6.
It's about learning and laughter and saving our wildlife at Spring Camp
at The Zoo
in Assiniboine Park. The camp is appropriate for children ages six to ten and runs March 26 - 30.
Back at The Forks, the Children's Museum
offers a different activity every day of the week. Monday it's magic with comedian magician Ryan Price
. Tuesday RobYn Slade shares the art of improv. Wednesday Prairie Exotics
presents a reptile show. Thursday Phoebe Man
teaches the exciting art of Taiko drumming. Friday it's a fun and accessible classical music program with the University of Manitoba Performance Skills Ensemble
. Saturday, Art City
moves in to show how you can find art in everyday things. Children will go home with modelling clay pictures and packing tape bracelets. Times vary, but generally run between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.