Calgary: The Savvy Guide to April

SavvyMom November 28, 2016

It’s time to dust off those bicycles and say hello to your neighbours. Spring is finally here. Here’s how to welcome the new season!

Make Earth Day the focus of your spring cleaning. Gather outgrown toys and clothes and pass them on to a family with younger kids, or donate them to a local charity.
Why? The house will feel fresh, organized and ready for spring, and with the incentive of going for the season’s first ice cream cone once the work is done, you’re sure to get everyone on board.

To Dinosaurs in Motion, the spring travelling exhibit at TELUS Spark
Why? Because you took to them to Dinosaurs Alive, and they haven’t stopped talking about dinos since. These magnificent, life-sized metal dinosaur sculptures are anatomically based on actual fossils, and created from recycled materials. It’s a great opportunity for the kiddos to learn about science, tech and design, too.

Adorable new umbrellas
Why? April showers are so much easier to take from underneath a stylish and reliable umbrella. We love this horse one or this firefighter one for the kids, and this pretty but sturdy birdcage-style one for you.

Why? Because after a long winter, it’s so much fun to bust out the sidewalk chalk and kick it old school with playground games from back in the day.

Hoopla Digital
Why? Because they’re calling it ‘Netflix for libraries.’ Hoopla Digital is a free online and mobile service that allows library-card holders to stream thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, music and audiobooks. And the company just announced a partnership with Disney, adding 100 classic movies to mix.

A Ticket Around The World by Natalia Diaz and Melissa Owens with your kids
Why? Because this engaging picture book offers a fun way to learn about geography and culture, told through the adventures of a boy who visits friends in 13 countries. It’s beautifully illustrated and covers everything from capital cities to favourite foods.

Why? Because we’ve been spending way too much time just sorting out the logistics of pick-ups, playdates and piano lessons. This free new calendar app is designed by techie moms to help parents keep track of events like those birthday parties and dentist appointments that can throw your schedule into chaos. We’re especially fond of the map view that shows you everywhere you’ve got to be during your day. Available through both iTunes and Google Play.

By climbing the Calgary tower on Saturday, April 18
Why? The annual Climb and Run for Wilderness raises funds for the Alberta Wilderness Association, which fights to protect the environment and wildlife. People of all ages are invited to come give the tower’s 802 stairs a go.

A simple arrangement of spring flowers and branches
Why? Because it’s such an easy way to brighten your home and set the mood for Easter and beyond.

Raise awareness for organ and tissue donation by participating in the ‘Transplant Trot’ on April 25
Why? To increase the number of registered donors, celebrate survivors and raise money for the Canadian Transplant Association. There are 5K and 10K runs and walks, and a 3K awareness walk.



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