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Bringing Kids To Grey Cup Festival? You’ve Gotta Check This Out

There’s enough to think about just getting you and the kids out the door.

That’s why the 2022 Grey Cup Festival is taking the stress out of planning your family visit with three free, kid-focused spaces open ten hours a day, all easily located within Mosaic Village at Evraz Place.

Explore Gainer’s Heartland, the SaskPower Family Fair and Huddle in the Heartland between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. from Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19.

Here’s a quick guide to making the most of what’s free for your family:

 

GAINER’S HEARTLAND

When Gainer the Gopher wasn’t digging holes or celebrating touchdowns this season, he was helping volunteers create Gainer’s Heartland, presented by Tourism Saskatchewan. Located inside the Ag-Ex Building, this vast space allows families to take a minute (or many) and enjoy activities at their own speed.

Kids can take a seat for free face painting, colouring and hair braiding. There’s also a toddler play area and a private nursing space for parents. Everyone can take a load off together, enjoying food from local vendors at an indoor seating area.

And yes, Gainer sightings are very likely in this space. Other mascots will also stop by and visit Gainer’s Heartland throughout the day.

Gainer, Mascot As the Saskatchewan Roughriders take on the Hamilton Tiger Cats in CFL action in Regina, SK, June 11, 2022…Photo Electric Umbrella/Liam Richards

Gainer’s Heartland also gives visitors a chance to see the province in a new light with stunning displays of Saskatchewan landscapes by local photographers. Families can broaden their knowledge and understanding of Saskatchewan’s Indigeneous roots. Wanuskewin Heritage Park invites everyone visiting Gainer’s Heartland to step inside a traditional tipi, while also showcasing historical artifacts.

 

GRAB A SNAPSHOT AND SCARF

This is not your grandmother’s selfie. Capture a free 2022 Grey Cup Festival photo of the entire family at the Tourism Saskatchewan photo booth inside Gainer’s Heartland.There’s no need to wear matching outfits, either. Everyone visiting the photo booth will receive a free 2022 Grey Cup Festival scarf, courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan, while daily supplies last.

These limited edition scarves are unique to Gainer’s Heartland and feature an abstract wheatsheaf artwork designed by Brandy Jones. Jones is an Inuvialuit and Gwitch’in artist originally from Williams Lake, British Columbia, who now makes her home on Treaty 4 Territory in Regina.

 


Gainer’s Heartland is located in the Ag-Ex Building, venue 5, while the SaskPower Family Fair and Huddle in the Heartland are shown on this map as venues 3 and 4.

 

SASKPOWER FAMILY FAIR

This is for all kids – and adults young at heart – who are ready to run, jump and climb over obstacle courses and other inflatable challenges.

Try one or all six courses at the free SaskPower Family Fair inside the Affinity Plex, down the hall from Gainer’s Heartland also open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 17-19.

The mega bounce run alone stretches more than 90-feet! Test your speed and agility or take a leap of faith from either a nine or 16-feet tall platform.

A reminder: no outdoor shoes will be allowed on inflatables. Shoe shelves are available inside the Affinity Plex. If you need a moment to slow down at the SaskPower Family Fair, take in a game of cornhole and learn about the Saskatchewan Cornhole League.

 

HUDDLE IN THE HEARTLAND 

Notice we haven’t mentioned football yet? Don’t worry, Football Saskatchewan has that covered.

Huddle in the Heartland, presented by Sask Lotteries, is an extension of the SaskPower Family Fair and features all the elements of a football practice and more.

“It’s really a chance for people to see what the game is like,” said Mike Thomas, Director of Football Operations for Football Saskatchewan. “It’s also an opportunity for us to showcase what our organization is all about.”

The free interactive space, also located inside the Affinity Plex, is great for kids ages five to 12 to try out the sport in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

From accuracy throwing, kicking, running and more, this hands-on experience is designed to get kids moving without long lines or wait times. Older kids and adults can even try tackling or pushing off a motorized dummy to feel what it’s like going after a moving target.

The space will also be shared with members of the Canadian Armed Forces. They will be on hand to oversee a military-style obstacle course for people of all ages to gear up and test their strength. Military equipment will be provided for kids to wear, including helmets and vests used by soldiers. Throughout the course, they will be supervised by military personnel at all times. While carrying a small football, they will crawl under military netting, run over flat tires placed on the ground, use / move rope, and crawl under military netting.

For more on what’s happening each day at the 2022 Grey Cup Festival, download the festival app.