Polar Bear Weekend


To celebrate International Polar Bear Day, we are planning a whole weekend of activities where visitors can learn about polar bears, conservation, and what they can do to help protect our sea ice. We'll be hosting Breakfast with the Bears on Saturday and other fun, family-friendly activities throughout the weekend. 

Join us for these activities Saturday and Sunday:

Located at Tundra Grill 

10:30 AM | Zoo Chat
Learn about the bears, polar bear behaviour, and how they are perfectly adapted to thrive in our Winnipeg winters. This is also a great opportunity to ask all your burning polar bear questions!

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Chocolate Glitter Poop Sale
Edible Glitter Poop Chocolates will be sold in Tundra Grill.

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Located at Gateway to the Arctic

Kids Craft:
Create a “Friend of the Polar Bear” bracelet in Gateway to the Arctic and learn about the environmental impact of the textile industry. You’ll also learn about more ways to repurpose fabrics.

Photo Station: Take a ‘Polar Bear Selfie’ using props!

Research Station: Come meet members of our Conservation and Research team, who will have various items for visitors learn about: polar bear tags, lab samples, glitter poop, and a foot print cast from a polar bear! You can also see a current map of Polar Bear locations in the Hudson Bay, and learn about other research projects that are ongoing at the zoo.

Bear Buttons: By donation, visitors can take home a button featuring one of our polar bears! You will also have the opportunity to make your own buttons. All proceeds will go directly to the Polar Bear Rescue and Care Team.

Enrichment Station: Come learn about the creative ways our Animal Care team keeps the bears busy! Interact with puzzle feeders, training items, polar bear toys, and see how much a bucket of polar bear food weighs!

Located at Wild Things Gift Shop

Polar Bear Painting Sale:
Bid on a one-of-a-kind painting by our very own polar bear, Baffin! Place your bid at Wild Things Gift Shop. This auction is now open, and closes on February 28th. Proceeds will support the Polar Bear Rescue and Care Team.


Grey Wolf

Weekend Zoo Chats

Fall and winter are great seasons to get outdoors and learn about your favourite Zoo animals from the people who care for them. Each month has a new theme! Weekend Zoo Chats take place every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am. 

January 19/20 and 26/27 | Kinsmen Discovery Centre: Cool and creepy with amphibians, fish, birds and more.

February | Journey to Churchill: Explore the wonders of the north with the Arctic species of Journey to Churchill.

March | Toucan Ridge: Jungle fun with plants and animals from South and Central America.

April | Talkin' Takin: Come learn more about our Takin family!

Polar bears at play

Breakfast with the Bears | Saturdays, January 26 - February 23

We are inviting Zoo visitors to enjoy Breakfast with the Bears on Saturday mornings from January 26 to February 23. Join us and discover the wonders of winter at the Zoo while learning all about polar bears.

Breakfast at the Tundra Grill | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Tundra Grill serves up a variety of affordable and family-friendly menu items and overlooks the Zoo’s largest polar bear habitat through a 150-foot-wide wall of floor to ceiling windows. ($)

Zoo Chats at the Tundra Grill | 10:30 am
Learn about the bears, polar bear behaviour, and how they are perfectly adapted to thrive in our Winnipeg winters. This is also a great opportunity to ask all your burning polar bear questions!
Craft Station at Gateway to the Arctic | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Stop by our craft station and create a polar bear friendship bracelet from recycled textiles. Volunteers will be there to lend a helping hand and offer practical examples for how visitors can reduce the impact of fabric on the environment at home.

Our Northern Arctic interpreter volunteers will also be hosting a touchable bio-facts station in Gateway to the Arctic every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Regular Zoo admission applies. Breakfast must be purchased separately.

Please note, while there is a very good chance you will see bears during breakfast, when it comes to animals, there are no guarantees. They have freedom of choice about where they want to be and they may choose to be elsewhere.

In service days

In-Service Discount Days

Enjoy $15 Zoo admission for youth, adults and seniors on the following school in-service days.

- Friday, February 1
- Friday, March 15
- Friday, April 26

Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the Zoo Entrance, cannot be combined with other offers or promotions, and are valid only on the day of the promotion.