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Rural Access Program

The Rural Access Program brings children from rural Manitoba schools to the Children’s Museum for school programs – FREE OF CHARGE! Recognizing the costs of transportation from rural communities coming to Winnipeg, a transportation subsidy may also be available through this program. The Rural Access Program is offered on a rotational basis to qualifying Manitoba schools in rural communities 40 km or further from Winnipeg.

In 2017, we are pleased to report that 1,454 visitors began sparking their creative learning at the Children’s Museum thanks to this meaningful program.

What’s Included?

  • School Programs:
    The Children’s Museum offers a free school program annually to N-5 classes in qualifying rural Manitoba schools. (Value $4.75 per student)
  • Limited Transportation Subsidies:
    Transportation subsidies for schools are calculated on a per student basis, and vary depending upon the school’s distance from the Children’s Museum. Museum staff will provide information regarding qualifying subsidy rates.

Other Information
The number of free school programs and transportation subsidies that the museum provides is dependent on sponsorships received for this program. Please note that availability is limited.

Eligible School Divisions

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Rural Access Program is available to select schools in the following rural Manitoba school divisions:

  • Beautiful Plains School Division
  • Brandon School Division
  • Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine
  • Park West School Division
  • Rolling River School Division

If you are interested in learning more about specific eligibility criteria for the Rural Access Program, please contact the Director of Education & Exhibits at 204.924.4003.

How To Book A Rural Access School Program

Booking a Rural Access School Program with the Children’s Museum is easy!

If you are a teacher in a qualifying school and are interested in booking a free school program, please refer to our School Programs Guide for details on over 55 school programs currently offered by the Children’s Museum.

We offer four convenient ways to book:

If you have any further questions, contact the Sales & Bookings Coordinator at 204.924.4005 to learn more. Please reserve early, as availability is limited.

How You Can Help

The Rural Access Program is funded through donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals in our community. Your gift enables us to further develop and expand the Rural Access Program, allowing greater numbers of children living in rural Manitoba to experience all the opportunities we have to offer – free of charge.

We offer the following ways to give:

  1. By Phone: Call 204.924.4010
  2. By Mail or Fax: Complete and return the Donation Form (PDF) to:
    Children’s Museum, 45 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4T6
    Fax: 204.956.2122
  3. In Person: Visit our Admissions Desk to make your donation in person.
  4. Online: We accept all major credit cards, Interac Online, PayPal transfers, and monthly giving options through CanadaHelps. To make an online donation, please click the link below.

Rural Access Program Supporters

The 2018-2019 Rural Access Program was made possible by the following supporters:

$5,000–$9,999 Level
The Thomas Sill Foundation

$1,000-$4,999 Level
Piston Ring Service

$100–$999 Level
Sally Sweatman

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