Top 5 things to do in or near Winnipeg this weekend

This weekend is all about getting out of the house early – from retro cartoons and sugary cereal in the Exchange District to checking out igloos on top of the art gallery, you’ll want to roll out of bed before noon.

Retro cartoons, igloos and cardboard tobogganing on the menu for Winnipeggers this weekend

Romi Mayes will lead her third annual songwriters night at The Park Theatre on Sunday. (Mike Latschislaw)

This weekend is all about getting out of the house early — from retro cartoons and sugary cereal in the Exchange District to checking out igloos on top of the art gallery, you’ll want to roll out of bed before noon.

If you need a break from late nights and too many glasses of wine, this is your weekend. There are tons of sweet things happening during the day and the early evening from South Osborne all the way to Altona.

WHAT: TV – All you can eat cereal and retro cartoons

When: Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

Where: Cinematheque at 100 Arthur St.

Cost: $10

Whoa. Cinematheque is hosting your dream morning this weekend. If you can wake up for 10 a.m. this Saturday, head down to the Exchange District theatre to enjoy all-you-can-eat sugary cereals and three hours of curated cartoons from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The cozy theatre is the ideal space for this, and while the event description didn’t say anything about wearing pyjamas, I’m confident you could waltz in there with some fuzzy pants and fit right in.

Bring your significant other, brother, sister, best friend — whoever's cool enough to appreciate this.

This is the coolest thing that Cinematheque has maybe ever done, so don’t miss it.

WHAT: ANIMALS – Meet an arctic fox at MEC

When: Saturday, Feb. 1 from 12 p.m.  to 4 p.m.

Where: Mountain Equipment Co-Op at 303 Portage Ave.

Cost: Suggested donation - $2

The lovely people at Mountain Equipment Co-Op want introduce you to a super adorable arctic fox and a barn owl this weekend.
An Arctic fox, like this one, will be at Mountain Equipment Co-Op this weekend as part of an Arctic education event. (Jeff Kerby/Science)

They’ve invited the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to come show off the arctic creatures to the public. People will be there telling you neat facts about the animals while you go absolutely berserk over how cute they are.

The whole thing is actually a fundraiser for the local rehab centre, which picks up injured animals and nurses them back to health.

The suggested donation is only $2, but you’re free to donate more.

I have a feeling once you make eyes with that arctic fox, you’ll want to give him all of your money, though.

WHAT: KIDS – Altona Winter Festival

When: Saturday, Feb. 1

Where: Rhineland Pioneer Centre and Buffalo Creek Nature Pond in Altona

Cost: FREE

It’s the middle of a bitterly cold, brutal winter and we’re all a bit sick of it right? We’re cooped up, frustrated by the huge snowpiles everywhere and we’ve nearly exhausted the same few options for spending our weekend days.

If you have kids, chances are this is hitting you even harder. So, I have a bold suggestion for this Saturday: take a mini day-vacation to Altona.

This weekend, the adorable southern Manitoba town is having their winter festival, which is packed with actually fun things to do for kids (and a few for adults).
Bring toboggans out to Altona this weekend for the annual Winter Festival. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

It’s only an hour drive, and when you get there, there will be a ton of stuff to do.

The day starts off with a breakfast buffet, then cardboard toboggan races (you can actually only use cardboard to toboggan with), then free horse and sleigh rides then a candy scramble at Buffalo Creek Nature Pond.

I don’t know what a candy scramble is, but I’m pretty sure if my parents told me they were taking me to one when I was a kid, it would’ve blown my mind.

Around lunch time there’s a hot dog roast with hot chocolate for $2, and then there’s a ton of sports including bike racing, outdoor hockey and an adult turkey toss. I don’t know what that is either, but it sounds pretty hilarious.

At 2:30 p.m., the day ends with a free screening of the kids movie Turbo. Did I mention there’s free popcorn?

Finally, there’s some cute “teen” activities at night too, if you happen to live with one of those.

I can’t really get over how lovely this day sounds. It’s like the Corn and Apple Festival but in the winter.

Take the drive, bundle up, have some fun and bask in the sound of sleeping children on the way back.

WHAT: ART – Looking North at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

When: Sunday, Feb. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Winnipeg Art Gallery at 300 Memorial Blvd.

Cost: $10 per family

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is holding a pretty cute event for families on Sunday.

They’re celebrating the Canadian North by unveiling a set of rooftop igloos and offering a full day of programming focused on the Arctic.

The event will have art workshops, games and traditional Inuit igloos set up on the roof.

The gallery itself has a pretty impressive collection of Inuit art, and right now there’s an extra exhibit that features local artists with northern influences.

For only $10 per family, this is a great chance to do something a little different (and educational!) with the kidlets.

If you’re hungry before or after, stop into the lovely Stella’s location at the Plug-In Gallery just a few steps away.

WHAT: MUSIC – Songwriters’ night at The Park Theatre

When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Park Theatre at 698 Osborne St.

Cost: $20

The Park Theatre is holding a unique, acoustic show on Sunday night. 

Romi Mayes is hosting her annual songwriters' night at the theatre, which sees 20 locals perform original, acoustic songs.

The event is now in its third year, and this year’s lineup looks pretty great. Keep an eye out for songs by Bobby Desjarlais, Sol James and of course RomiMayesIt’s also a rare chance to see locals like Pat Alexandre of the F-Holes or Amber Quesnel of Sweet Alibi without their bands.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the actual show starts at 7 p.m., so it should end early enough for you to be home and in bed at a decent time.