With spring break just around the corner, the Manitoba Electrical Museum and Education Centre might be “the place” to take your kids.
It’s tucked away at 680 Harrow Street and is open Monday through Thursday from 1-4 p.m., and also on Friday during spring break.
A working terminal station built in 1931, the museum has two employees assisted by hydro retirees who volunteer their time to provide guided tours.
“Electrosaurus”, the 2-meter tall, green Power Smart mascot has agreed to come out for spring break week to promote energy conservation.
A scavenger hunt for children with clues hidden in the different exhibits is one of the attractions. Depending on supply, they offer little prizes to kids who finish the hunt or complete another educational game.
There is also a very impressive, 6 or 7 meter-tall robot made up of more than 50 vintage appliances and toys. You can push his buttons to get sound effects ranging from a power saw to a blender. Kids love him.
Interactive youth-friendly exhibits and videos are dotted throughout the building.
When the kids are tired of the main floor, downstairs offers a photo-op station where they can dress up in lineman gear and have their picture taken in front of a hydro station backdrop.
And don’t forget the videos in the viewing room downstairs. Louie the Lightening Bug, Manitoba Hydro’s safety mascot, stars in one of the videos for younger kids.
There will be added attractions during spring break for visitors to learn how to save energy in a fun and engaging way.
The museum offers free admission, free parking and is fully wheelchair accessible. It’s recommended to call in advance if you would like to book a guided tour.