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Keep Cool This Summer With Fun Indoor Attractions

Enjoy the fun and games (and A/C) of indoor attractions this summer.

Activate

Check out the city’s newest one-of-a-kind interactive gaming centre. In teams of 2-5, climb, crawl, shoot, throw, jump and run to conquer real-life video games like Super Grid, Words and Trench. With fast-paced game rooms and multiple levels, endless hours of adrenaline-pumping fun await. Officially reopened as of March 5, Activate Winnipeg has 141 new levels, a newly released competitive mode, a brand-new room with 40 levels of play and a redesigned reward system. 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 4:30-10 pm, Fri 4:30-10 pm Sat 10:30 am-10:30 pm Sun 10 am-10 pm
Admission: $22 for 75 mins. $22 deposit required for booking.
Location: 3338 Portage Ave, 204-831-8253

Ctrl V

The 4,400 square foot virtual reality arcade Ctrl V 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–Wed 3:30 pm–9:30 pm, Thurs 3:30 pm-10:30 pm, Fri 3:30 pm–10:30 pm, Sat 11 am–11:30 pm, Sun 11 am–7 pm
Admission: $25.99/hour
Location: Unit G – 1045 St. James St, 204-779-0161

Enigma Escapes

With their clever puzzles and team challenges, escape rooms are all the rage. Here at Enigma Escapes, 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: Lorimer/Keenleyside Mon-Thu 1 pm-9 pm, Fri 1 pm-11 pm, Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun 11 am-7 am; Grant Park Mon-Fri noon-9 pm, Sat noon-10 pm, Sun noon-6 pm
Admission: Rooms suitable for groups of 4-8. Call for prices.
Location: 4-980 Lorimer Blvd; 25 Keenleyside St; 1120 Grant Avenue 204‑219‑0014

Flying Squirrel Sports 

Rock climbing, arcade games, dodgeball, basketball, rope swings and Olympic trampolines are all available at Flying Squirrel Sports, 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.

Hours: Sun & Mon 10 am-9 pm, Tues-Thu 2 pm-9 pm, Fri 2 pm-11pm, Sat 10 am-11 pm
Admission: $20/1 hour, $30/1.5 hours, $40/2 hours
Location: 1250 St James St, 204-813-3515

Heights Archery

From Robin Hood to Legolas, everyone looks cool with a bow and arrow. Spend a day learning how to take aim out on the range or sign up for classes or private lessons. An on-site pro shop offers a range of traditional and compound bows.

Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am-9 pm, Sat 11 am-5 pm
Admission: Shooting pass: $10 for first hour; $5/half an hour
Location: 2281 Portage Ave, 204-832-4421

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. The Real Escape offers meticulously planned and stylishly executed rooms that transport players to creepy castles, haunted houses, abandoned subway stations and high-security bank vaults. Call ahead to book.

Hours: Mon-Fri 5 pm-10:45 pm, Sat-Sun 10:30 am-10:45 pm
Admission: Call for prices.
Location: 3137 Portage Ave, 204‑615‑7717

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: Noon-9:45 pm every day
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 and over 5000 square feet of climbing fun.

Hours: Only online bookings available
Admission: See website for prices
Location: 77 Paramount Rd, 204-632‑5001