Spring Break at the Museum

Thomas Fricke / CMHR

Free admission for children 12 and under!

Bring your family and join us in special activities taking place during spring break! Spring break programming starts Saturday, March 24 and ends Sunday, April 1, 2018. This year, our spring break activities explore language rights in Canada, as well as French language, culture and identity across the country


In-Gallery Activities

Speak Freely

Canada has two official languages, English and French, while hundreds of others are spoken by people across the country. What’s your first language? How are language rights important to you? Share your thoughts in this interactive art activity for families.

March 24 to April 1, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canadian Journeys gallery on Level 2.

This activity is bilingual.


Explore Métis Beadwork

The Museum is home to the largest known fire bag in the world. This artwork was sewn by local artist Jennine Krauchi and her mother. It features beautiful floral patterns traditional to Métis culture made from thousands of glass beads sourced from Canada’s fur trade era. Discover the history and meaning of these patterns and then color in your own floral pattern to take home!


March 24 to April 1, 2018
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in English
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in French

Indigenous Perspectives gallery on Level 2.


Expression Wall

English and French languages have both shaped Canada and contributed to the multicultural country we live in today. Discover some key moments from the history of both languages in Canada. Decorate your own wooden block in celebration of bilingualism and add it to a wall of blocks left behind by others who have shared their thoughts. This activity is best suited for children aged 8-12.


March 24, 25, 31 and April 1, 2018 (weekends)
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in English
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in French
Actions Count gallery on Level 4.


Little Defenders Guest Performances

(Ages 2-8)
Explore ideas of multiculturalism, bilingualism, and the importance of protecting the environment with special guest performers!

Wednesday, March 28 and Friday, March 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation on Level 3.


TiBert le voyageur

Photo: Leif Norman


Raised in a Franco-Manitoban family, Rob Malo is a writer, performer, and community-builder who shares his passion for history and culture through traditional music, storytelling and song. Drawing on his background in interpretation and educational programming, and using storytelling, song, music, and props, he delights kids and adults at schools and festivals as TiBert le Voyageur. An accomplished spoken word artist and French language improv artist as well as musician, Malo bridges cultural divides to generate an awareness of shared concerns and pleasures.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation.

This performance is offered in French and English.


Madame Diva

Photo: Mark Baribeau

Viva la diva! Performance
Madame Diva and her crew of puppets welcome you into a strange world of wonderful colours promising an effervescent experience. On the wings of beautiful melodies, with joy and energy, Madame Diva will guide you on an adventure that will take you all over the globe in discovery of nature and its inhabitants. Get ready for fun and learning!

Friday, March 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation.



Don’t forget to take one of our interactive guided tours! The 45-minute Family Express Tour is offered Sunday, March 25 and Sunday, April 1 at 11 a.m. in French and 11:30 a.m. in English.

All activities and special events, as well as the Family Express Tour, are included in the cost of admission.


Please note that scheduled programs are subject to change or cancellation.