Spring Staycation

Stuff to Do for Spring Break
Spring Staycation

If Spring Break evokes images of bikini-clad teens frolicking in Florida, you may want to join us on a little rebranding campaign this spring. To us, Spring Break is merely a chance to break away from your regular routines for some quality family time sans activities, school and homework.

Here are some ideas for a fun and affordable spring stay-cation.

Take the C-train downtown and check out one (or a few) of Calgary’s tourist hot spots beginning with the Glenbow Museum. Try registering for the Discoveries Big and Small program for children aged four to 11. It runs four consecutive Fridays between 10 am and noon beginning March 20.

From there, take a walk to the Calgary Tower to test your (and the kids’) bravado on the glass floor. While revolving tower top restaurant Sky 360 looks a little fancy, we assure you it’s a good (and reasonable) choice for lunch with the school-aged crowd.

If your kids are Bananas for Books or love speaking Crazy Gibberish then these two story time programs designed for three to seven year olds and offered by the Calgary Public Library are for you. They are offered at various times and libraries throughout the city.

The Calgary Zoo also offers story time on Thursdays at 11 am in the Discovery Center atrium for an optional $2 donation per child. Or, visit Owl’s Nest Books in the Britannia shopping center on Saturday, March 28 at 2 pm and meet Canadian writer Ian Tyson, author of La Primera: The Story of Wild Mustangs.

Consider packing a bag and staying at the Sheraton Cavalier hotel. Located close to the airport, this family destination comes complete with the city’s largest hotel water park. Order room service for breakfast and request a late check out to add to the get-away ambiance.

Of course, the mountains beckon when there is still snow on the ground. Skiing this spring is better than it’s been all season thanks to the latest (and hopefully last) snowy cold snap. Not a skier? Visit the Johnston Canyon to see the awe-inspiring icefalls. You may choose to take a guided tour with Banff Adventures Unlimited or go solo with ice cleats and helmets for the kids in hand.

Another icy option is skating on the frozen lake at Chateau Lake Louise. Warm up with a dip in the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

After you’ve finished exploring don’t forget to add a little R&R to your spring break itinerary. We highly recommend a pajama day. Turn off your smart phones, PDAs and computers. Sleep in, bake cookies, do crafts and get down on the floor with your kids and play before it’s back to regular routines.

How to Find

Glenbow Museum

Calgary Tower

Calgary Public Library

The Calgary Zoo

Sheraton Hotels

Johnston Canyon Icefalls

Lake Louise

Banff Upper Hot Springs

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Tested by Heather J. & Mike S., Calgary
Tagged under calgary, activities, spring, break
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First published 2009.03.19

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