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Planning Your Family Vacation To Winnipeg

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Winnipeg is a diverse and eclectic city. It has Aboriginal, French and European roots and is the largest French-speaking population in the West. There is lots to do in this vibrant city, whether you’re visiting with friends or family. Kids love it for the wide range of activities it offers. It is also the hometown of Winnie the Pooh!

Winnipeg Lake

When you’re planning a vacation with the kids, organization is your friend. Pack for a city break, with a little adventure thrown in. Winnipeg is named after the nearby Lake Winnipeg, and there is lots to do here. If you visit the lake, there are lots of excursions and activities to choose from. Book an airboat or pontoon boat tour and experience everything the lake has to offer. Don’t forget your camera as this is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum is a non-profit charity. It provides a range of interactive activities for kids that fire the imagination and encourage creativity. Originally built in 1889, the museum boasts 21 permanent galleries.

The museum is all about interaction. For example, you can explore the Engine House and its gears, levers, and pulleys. Or take a look at the mighty Junction 9161. Check in advance for opening times and closure dates.

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The Forks

A trip to Winnipeg wouldn’t be complete without visiting The Forks. This is a beautiful public space. It is situated downtown at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red rivers. Early Aboriginal peoples traded here and it has been a meeting place for over six thousand years. Today it is one of Winnipeg’s top tourist destinations and receives more than four million visitors each year.

The Forks combines a market, river, restaurants, music, and trails. Hire a family bike to take you around the attractions.

Kid City

Kid City is Winnipeg’s ultimate indoor play center. It is a fun day out for the whole family. Different ages are catered for, and it has a separate toddler area. Activities include the laser maze, air hockey, foosball tables, and mini cars.

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Winnipeg Beach

No family vacation is complete without a trip to the beach, and Winnipeg offers this too. You can relax on the sandy beach. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, take part in one of the many activities. For example, fishing, cycling, water skiing, and boating.

Eating

Winnipeg offers a rich dining experience. It has everything from pop-up restaurants and cafes to food trucks. Try pickerel which is one of the local fish dishes. As you might expect from a cosmopolitan city, the cuisine is diverse. Influences include French, Spanish, Caribbean, etc. There are lots of kid-friendly eateries. Do a little research and ask around.

Staying

When it comes to accommodation, you will be spoilt for choice. Do a little digging and compare reviews and feedback. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the culture, consider renting someone’s home for the duration. Houses and apartments tend to be in residential areas, rather than in the main tourist areas. This will provide you with a more authentic experience.

Winnipeg has so much to offer; there’s not enough space here to do it justice. Visit this beautiful and diverse city, and find your own favourite haunts and diversions.

Next Holiday, Take Your Kids On An Adventure

When you think about going on holiday with your children, your mind probably heads in the direction of the classic options. The word, Disney may pop into your head or perhaps, beach holiday? But why not try something different next vacation and take your family on a real adventure into the outdoors. By doing this you’ll find experiences completely unique to your family. I’m sure you’ll have a whole heap of fun together and if you’re not sure how to get started, I’ve got some tips. Kids Playing OutsideURL

Choose A Few Different Destinations

The brilliance of an adventure holiday is that you don’t have to spend two weeks in one place. After a week in the same place, your holiday does start to get boring. You begin to think about life back home and all the things that are waiting for you. You might even start to consider jotting down some notes for work and you don’t want that. Instead, you want to spend your entire vacation having fun with your family. If you choose a few different locations, you’ll be able to create a packed schedule that will keep you active and engaged.

Pick Some Fun Activities

The activities you pick for your family holiday depend on the locations you have chosen. But one example could be a day hiking. You will need to make sure children are old enough for this type of trekking. I wouldn’t recommend taking your children hiking unless they aren’t at least ten years old. An alternate possibility could be a fishing trip. Kids don’t need to be older to enjoy a fishing trip but it does require quite a lot of patience. You may not want to choose this activity if your children are easily bored.

Instead, you could take a more adventurous option like quad biking. Your kids are sure to love tearing it up on rough terrain as they race around an offroad track. But make sure you’ve got a change of clothes for this activity because you will get muddy.

Travelling In Style

I’m not the best camper in the world. That’s why, if I was taking my kid on an adventure holiday I probably wouldn’t do it with a tent. Instead I’d rent or buy an RV trailer. These trailers are perfect because they provide the home comforts people who don’t like roughing it, need. But they also give you the freedom you need to craft your own fun family vacation. Doing this you’ll definitely have a good time and it won’t cost you a fortune. These trailers are surprisingly budget friendly.

Get The Kids Involved

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Finally, when planning your vacation it’s a good idea to get the kids involved. Ask them what they’d like to do on this holiday and you might be surprised by their intelligent ideas. If you take the time to ask I guarantee your kids will have a whole list of fun things to do. Granted they won’t all be winners but you can pick the ones that are most suitable.

I hope you find these tips useful and have a wonderful adventure vacation with your family.

Planning Ahead for Vacations with Children 

Going on a vacation can be a relaxing and fulfilling experience if everything is properly planned and accounted for. Adversely, without the right preparation and resources, you could find yourself having a lot less fun than you might have expected. This is especially true when you’re bringing along the little ones. As we all know, children can be unpredictable at times (more often than not in fact), so planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your trip without getting lost between tantrums and “I want this and that” urges. With that said, here are three tips you can use to plan a family vacation in advance:

1. Packing the Necessities

If you’re bringing the kids along, whether it be on a hike or a trip to the amusement park, it’s always best to have certain packing list necessities at hand, such as a first aid kit, handy snacks, a few changes of clothes, and accessories like hair brushes, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to give each of your kids a cell phone with geo-location features enabled, so you can easily communicate with and locate them in any setting; this is especially helpful for older kids who like to see some of the sights on their own.

2. Scheduling the Fun and Following Through

Most vacations only last between a few days to a month at the most, so you really should be scheduling the sightseeing in advance if you plan to get the most of your time. Children make it hard to stick to any kind of schedule, especially in new and exciting places, so make sure you educate the kids about the thing they’ll be doing for fun when they arrive at the destination. For example, you could hype up the greatness of the local water park you’re going to see. Adhering to a simple schedule and giving the kids events to look forward to will ensure that you don’t have as many unnecessary distractions.

3. Finding a Church in the Area

If you expect your trip to last longer than a few days, or if you’ll be on vacation on days when church is normally observed in your family, don’t be afraid to check out some of the local churches in the town you’re visiting. Staying true to your family values and religious traditions and connecting with local churchgoers while on vacation is a good way to strengthen the family bond and increase the memorability and meaningfulness of the trip overall. Some people shy away from visiting cathedrals and similar orthodox structures due to the negative misconceptions about Catholicism, but in turn they’re losing the opportunity to discover an interesting piece of the place’s cultural history.

One of the best ways to keep children engaged and also help them become more cultured young adults is to emphasize the importance of learning throughout the vacation. There has to be a balance between having carefree fun and actually gaining some insight from the visit.

How to Get Adventurous with Your Family

My family and I love planning all of the adventures we can have. However, we are at risk of staying indoors all day long due to the dreary winter and cold spring. But there is always plenty to do in and out of the house throughout the winter and well into the spring. Here are a few of my suggestions for things you can do as a family.

Winter

Ok, so it is a lot harder to get adventurous in the winter months if you hate the wet weather. However, you can still have indoor adventures…

Museums

If you live near a big town or city, you will find at least one museum, if not more. Find out if your local museums are child-friendly and take the whole family out for a day of education. They will be having so much fun, they won’t even notice that they are learning!

Library

So spending your time in the library doesn’t sound like a big adventure, but hear me out. Firstly, it is great way to spend a wet day, if the weather isn’t fantastic. Secondly, it teaches your kids about responsibility – returning books on time takes good planning. And thirdly, many people would argue that reading is an adventure. You can lose yourself in a book and be transported to different worlds. Getting your kids interested in reading at a young age is great for them.

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Hiking

In my mind, the work hiking always conjures up images of scaling a mountain with ropes and pick axes. That doesn’t sound like much fun with a family! However, in reality, hiking is whatever you want it to be as long as you are walking somewhere. If you live in the countryside, you will be lucky enough to probably have some great walking paths around you. If you live in a town however, you may have to look a bit harder, or travel a bit further. Find your hiking spot and made sure that it is appropriate for your children. Kit yourself out with sturdy shoes and lots of water and you will be ready to go. You can make it fun for the kids too by putting them in charge of navigation or spotting wildlife as you walk.

Theme Parks

My family and I love theme park adventures. It is a whole day out filled with fun and excitement. I recommend taking your family to a theme park in the spring. That is the best time for it. It isn’t as busy as the summer when all the kids are on their school holidays. Most theme parks have a good mix of rides for younger and older kids. Therefore, no matter what ages your children are, you should be able to find something everyone will enjoy.  

Get sporty

Signing your kids up to a sports team can be a great way to help them find their competitive side. On top of this, it will also get them fit and active, whilst allowing them to stay social. There are so many sports for children to play, try to find one that suits their personalities. Listen to your child’s suggestions and see what preferences, if any, they have.

Essential Tips for a Stress Free Holiday to France with Young Children

Taking your young children on holiday is always a risk. It could go well, but it could be a complete disaster. To make sure your trip to France goes without a hitch, here are some essential tips.

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Plan Ahead
It always pays to plan ahead when you’re traveling with young children. The alternative isn’t even worth thinking about it. Anyone who has taken a holiday with young children and tried to make decisions off the cuff will know how unappealing it is. Trying to make plans while you have children running around and making noise is not fun.

So, a few months before you even board the plane, you should make sure that you put together plans and decide on everything you’re going to do. Sit down with your partner or whoever you’re going with and put solid and detailed plans into place. The great thing about traveling to France, is that there’s plenty of readily available information and guides to give you ideas before you get there.

Get the Accommodation Right
You should, of course, make sure that you have your accommodation plans in place before you arrive at your destination. This is a common sense tip, but a lot of people still think they can get a better deal if they leave booking their accommodation until the last minute. But this is very risky, and I certainly don’t recommend it if you’re staying in Paris because city centre hotels fill up very quickly.

It doesn’t matter where you decide to stay, but you should do your research and make sure you know everything about the place you’re going to stay before you book. HouseTrip apartments in Paris are a good option though. They let you stay in a more comfortable and relaxed setting than a hotel.

Make the Boring Things Fun
Keeping your children happy on holiday is never an easy thing to do. But you can’t be active 100% of the time, even if your children want to be. There are boring things that we can’t avoid. So, the trick to keeping your kids happy and entertained is making the boring things more fun. This might sound vague, but it’s actually pretty simple.

For example, if you’re traveling around a French city, make sure you take public transport rather than simply hiring a car. There’s a lot of novelty involved in taking a train journey for young children, so make a game out of it. It’s just about using your head and thinking creatively.

Keep Them Busy
When you have young children to cater for, you can’t spend too much time walking around and taking in the sites and galleries that you find in most French cities. These activities won’t satisfy many young children who just want to have a bit of fun. You should get online before you go on holiday and read articles and blog posts by parents who have taken the same trip as you’re going to, to give you some ideas.

There are other small things you can do to keep them busy when there’s a break in play though. For example, I always find that it’s a good idea to encourage them to start a travel journal in which they can write down all their experiences.

Traveling with the family can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you want things to go smoothly, follow these tips.