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May Long Weekend Family Fun in Calgary

by Karen Ung
Rain or shine, there is always something fun to do in Calgary! For this weekend’s roundup of things to do in Calgary, I’ve teamed up with Dana from Calgary Playground Review and Sonja from Sonja’s Super Suggestions for YYC Families. If you don’t already follow them, you should!

Outdoor Fun

(because it can’t rain all weekend)
    1. Take a Golf Cart Tour at nearby Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Available May 21-23 and throughout the summer. The Paws & Claws family program looks like fun too!
      Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
    2. Bike from South Glenmore Park to Weaselhead (#9 in 10 Fun Family Bike Rides in Calgary) and explore the dirt trails on foot. There are lots of wildlife viewing opportunities and two playgrounds at South Glenmore Park playgrounds. Afterwards, ride to Glenmore Landing (2 km east of South Glenmore) for a bite from Good Earth, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Pizza Bank, or Booster Juice!
      Glenmore Reservoir
    3. Take the Skyline Luge at Winsport. Once is never enough! Did you know Calgary’s luge track is the world’s longest?
      Skyline Luge, Winsport
    4. Let the kids bike off some steam! At the Trailblazers Kids (Mountain Biking) Race on May 20 at Shaganappi Park. $5 per rider.
    5. Explore Nose Hill Park. Find the Medicine Wheel, pond, and watch airplanes!
      Nose Hill Park
  1. Explore Fish Creek Provincial Park’s Artisan Garden, Visitor Centre and caves, then have tea at Bow Valley Ranche or ice cream at Annie’s Cafe.
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, Fish Creek Provincial Park
Fish Creek Provincial Park Visitor Centre
Sculpture at Fish Creek Provincial Park’s Artisan Gardens

 Indoor Fun

  1. Escape to a tropical paradise at Devonian Gardens and Playground.
    Devonian Gardens
    Image Credit: Dana Wheatley, Calgary Playground Review
  2. Visit Shakers Fun Centre – It’s fun for all ages with laser tag, arcade games, climbing, and an inflatable village!
    Shaker’s Fun Centre
    Image Credit: Dana Wheatley, Calgary Playground Review
  3. Check out Canada’s Sport’s Hall of Fame at Canada Olympic Park. There are interactive exhibits where you can learn to ski jump and wheelchair race, but my kids’ favorite is the soccer simulation.
    Canada’s Sport’s Hall of Fame
    Image Credit: Dana Wheatley, Calgary Playground Review
  4. Explore Bow Habitat Station‘s Discovery Centre, take a fish hatchery tour, and experience the rush of thousands of trout surfacing as you feed them! For more information on Bow Habitat Station and nearby Pearce Estate Park, please see this post.
    Fish Hatchery at Bow Habitat Station
  5. Youthlink Calgary Interpretive Police Centre. Open Fridays and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and FREE, the centre is a huge facility with hands-on exhibits and a massive collection of police artifacts. Walk down Police Street, learn Street Smarts, and find out more about forensic science and crime labs.
  6. Aero Space Museum of Calgary, Calgary’s first aviation museum, has several beautiful exhibits that airplane fans and history buffs will appreciate.
  7. Skate ’til you drop at Lloyd’s Roller Rink – Did you know they’re open ’til midnight on Friday and Saturday?
  8. Shop and dine at a Farmer’s Market: Symons Valley Ranch is convenient if you live in the north, Crossroads Market is the biggest and is centrally located, Blackfoot market is centrally located, and Calgary Farmer’s Market is in the sought (also known as Blackfoot Farmer’s Market). Get fresh and local eats and gifts!

Thanks Calgary Playground Review for suggestions 1-3 and the comprehensive writeups! Thank you Sonja’s Super Suggestions for YYC Families for recommending 5-8!


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