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14 Fun Things To Do Indoors

Even winter-loving Winnipeggers know sometimes it's more fun to stay warm and cozy inside. These spots offer fun outside-the-box indoor activities.

ACTIVATE

Experience the city’s newest one-of-a-kind interactive gaming centre. In teams of 3-5, climb, crawl, shoot, throw, jump and run to conquer real-life video games like Super Grid, Words, and Trench. With 10 different fast-paced game rooms and multiple levels, endless hours of adrenaline-pumping fun await. Games are designed for adult players, but suitable for ages 10 and up. Clean and dry shoes required; running shoes recommended. Book online or call ahead.

Hours: Mon-Thu 9:30 am-10 pm, Fri-Sun 9:30 am-11 pm
Admission: $25 for 90 mins. $5 deposit per person required for booking.
Location: 3338 Portage Ave, 204-831-8253

Bad Axe Throwing

Once only the realm of lumberjack competitions, axe throwing has become a popular activity even for city dwellers. Don your best plaid and bring a group of friends to master the art of the axe. Coaches and instructors teach techniques to help handle hatchets. Groups of five or more required. Call ahead to book.

Hours: Daily 8 am-11 pm
Admission: $44.25/person
Location: 6‑1393 Border St, 204‑615‑8222

Ctrl V

This spot takes video games to the next level. The 4,400 square foot virtual reality arcade has a growing collection of VR games for all ages, as well as a party room. Players put on a headset and find themselves immersed in a digital world. Play multi-player games with up to 8 friends. Book online. 

Hours: Tue–Thu 3:30 pm–10:30 pm, Fri 12 pm–6 pm, Sat 11 am–11:30 pm, Sun 11 am–7 pm
Admission: $23.99-$25.99/hour
Location: Unit G – 1045 St. James St, 204-779-0161

Enigma Escapes

Escape rooms are all the rage, with their clever puzzles and team challenges. Here, teams work together to race against the clock and solve clues that will help them escape elaborate themed rooms. Track down the lost jewel of Zanzibar, diffuse a bomb inside a 1920s speakeasy, or travel to space. Call ahead to book.

Hours: Mon-Thu 1 pm-9 pm, Fri 1 pm-11 pm, Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun 11 am-7 am
Admission: Rooms suitable for groups of 4-8. Call for prices.
Location: 4-980 Lorimer Blvd, 204‑219‑0014

Flying Squirrel Sports 

Rock climbing, arcade games, dodgeball, basketball, rope swings and Olympic trampolines are all available at Winnipeg’s biggest indoor adventure park, with 35,000 sq feet of wild fun. The bright and welcoming space has something for everyone, including a Kiddie Court perfect for little ones six and under to unwind.On-site  cafe provides snacks and drinks. 

Hours: Sun-Thu 10 am-10 pm, Fri & Sat 10 am-12 am
Admission: Variety of passes can be purchased on site.
Location: 1250 St James St, 204-813-3515

Golf Central

Practice your swing even when the courses are snowed under at this year-round driving range offering 22 heated outdoor hitting stations. A CPGA-certified teaching and practicing facility offers lessons, clinics and virtual simulators. There’s also an on-site sushi restaurant.

Hours: Daily 10 am-9 pm
Admission: Call for prices.
Location: 775  Plessis Rd, 204-255-GOLF (4653)

Heights Archery

From Robin Hood to Legolas, everyone looks cool with a bow and arrow. Spend a snow day learning how to take aim at this archery range that offers classes and private lessons. Also on-site pro shop with a range of traditional and compound bows. Knowledgeable staff on-site.

Hours: Mon-Fri 12 pm-10 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12 pm-5 pm
Admission: Shooting pass: $10 for first hour; $5/half an hour
Location: 2281 Portage Ave, 204-832-4421

Lumberjax Axe Throwing

Get in touch with your inner woodsman and learn to hurl hatchets with precision. Coaches teach the three key styles of throwing at this facility that offers axe throwing games and tournaments. No age restriction or minimum group number required. Book online ahead of time.

Hours: Call for hours.
Admission: $40/person
Location: 1688 St James St, 1-844-515-1455

Pan Am Pool

Built for the 1967 Pam Am Games and revamped for the 1999 Pan Am Games, this pool boasts one of the largest indoor bodies of water in the world. The pool consists of three pools (including a great kiddie pool), two weight rooms and an indoor track.

Hours: Call for hours.
Admission: Single admission prices vary depending on hours. Admission during non-peak hours adults/seniors $5.35, children 12 and under $3.00, youth $4.70
Location: 25 Poseidon Bay, 1-877-311-4974

The Portal

Experience Winnipeg’s first virtual reality arcade. Immersive VR headsets and controls pull players right into the world of the game. Explore a variety of games and experiences at your fingertips. The fully licensed spot is available for birthday parties and private events, and offers single and mult-player games.

Hours: Open daily, by appointment only.
Admission: Call for prices.
Location: 707-281 McDermot Ave, 204-815-4125

The Real Escape

At Manitoba’s first and largest escape room, teams race against the clock to solve puzzles and collect clues that will help them escape. Meticulously planned and stylishly executed escape rooms, for groups between 4-14, transport players to a creepy castle, haunted house, abandoned subway station, or a high-security bank vault. Call ahead to book.

Hours: Daily 9 am-12 am
Admission: Call for prices.
Location: 3137 Portage Ave, 204‑615‑7717

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Manitoba’s first all-trampoline, walled playing court. All ages are free to jump for joy in special grip orange socks or join in a game of pick up basketball. Also scheduled bouts of 3-D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness classes. Jumpers under 18 years require a guardian to sign a waiver.

Hours: Call for hours.
Admission: $12/30 min, $16/60 min, $20/90 min, $24/120 min
Location: 200-400 Fort Whyte Way, 204‑888‑5867

Uptown Alley

This massive space in the city’s West End is more than your average bowling alley. Winnipeg’s newest gaming and entertainment centre offers bowling, video and prize games, high-tech laser tag, a full-service restaurant and lounge, live entertainment and more.

Hours: Mon-Wed 10 am-11 pm, Thu 10 am-12 am, Fri-Sat 10 am-1 am, Sun 10 am-12 am
Admission: Fun available for all ages. Call for prices.
Location: 1301 St Matthews Ave, 204-488-0000

Vertical Adventures

One of the only places where you can scale great heights on the prairies, this indoor rock climbing facility offers instruction for all ages and levels. Youth and adult courses available as well as private lessons. Available for bookings for birthday parties and groups.

Hours: Mon-Fri 4 pm-11 pm, Sat 10 am-10 pm, Sun 12 pm-6 pm
Admission: Adult $15, youth $11
Location: 77 Paramount Rd, 204-632‑5001