10 Winnipeg Women-Owned Businesses Keeping Kids Busy this Fall

10 Winnipeg Women-Owned Businesses Keeping Kids Busy this Fall

With back-to-school upon us, we’re highlighting 10 women-owned or women-partnered businesses in Winnipeg with classes and activities for school-aged kids! From cheerleading and dance to the most amazing themed parties, here are 10 businesses that will keep your kids engaged and active this school year.




Aqua Essence Swim Academy

Swimming lessons are not only fun for the kids, they are also extremely practical and will have your child feeling comfortable and competent in the water – which means even more fun when summer rolls around! Aqua Essence founder Rishona Hyman has over 40 skilled swimming teachers employed — meaning your child will be matched with the right instructor for their needs.






Artful Owl

Owned by Stephanie Middagh, the Artful Owl aims to get children thinking creatively through visual literacy. There are three terms per year — fall, winter and spring — all of which involve a blend of art history and the process of art making.





Encore Studios

Instil a lifelong love of movement by enrolling your child in an Encore Studios dance class. Owner Tobi Léveillé has one mission for her business: develop individuals and their sense of confidence through achievements in dance and performing arts.





Legacy Cheerleading

Get an introduction to the exciting sport of Cheerleading with an 8-week-long course with Legacy Cheerleading. Lead by the amazing duo Alice Charles and Danessa Picard, Legacy aims to grow athletes at their own individual pace.





Scout Tea + Coffee

Here’s one that is for both the parents and the kiddos! Aimed at parents with younger children, Scout Tea + Coffee is Winnipeg’s first play cafe. The business was dreamed up by owners Katrina and Phil Tessier, who wanted to create a place where parents could relax while sipping the specialty coffees they love, with plenty of room for kids to be kids.




Exhale Dance Studio

Lead by owner Shannon Putter, Exhale Dance Studio has been serving the dance community with top notch lessons for over 10 years. Choose from styles like ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, modern and even musical theatre!





Growing Roots Play Therapy

Growing Roots Therapy is a unique service for children, youth and families — offering creative methods of therapy and counselling. The result is a space with free expression and healing through mediums such as art, sand and puppetry. At the helm of this amazing business is a trio of entrepreneurs: Sara, Kara and Melissa.





GymKyds Gymnastic Centre is all about one thing: FUN! Founded in 2000 by Peggy Glassco, Gymkyds is one of Manitoba’s largest gymnastics centres, promoting movement in a non-competitive environment.








Heather’s Pretty Parties

After a year and a half of less-than-ideal birthdays, why not make your child’s celebration extra special this year? Owned by namesake Heather Oliphant, the business provides magical children’s entertainment and hero parties right to your door.






For many families, toy rotation is key and Sharesies is a new company that helps you do just that. This sustainable business owned by Jay and Erin Gamey, allows families to pick up to ten items from their inventory of toys, games and recreational gear through a subscription plan. At any time of your subscription, items can swapped for new ones right from your doorstep!