Spring 2022 has finally made its way to Calgary, and with the warmer temperatures come tons of fun ways for your family to stay busy! From markets to festivals and season openings of some of your favourite outdoor attractions, there’s no shortage of family friendly fun to check out in Calgary in May.
Fun Things to Do with Kids in Calgary in May
Authentically Indigenous Springtime Craft Show | authenticallyindig.com
It’s market season in Calgary again! Authentically Indigenous is a local, grassroots market created in 2015 to support local Indigenous creativity, arts, and culture and to promote community. The vendors at the market are Indigenous artists, creators, and makers from Calgary and Treaty areas 7, 6, and 8, bringing handmade goods, crafts, aft, jewellery, beadwork, food, and more!
Calgary Reads Big Book Sale | calgaryreads.com
May 6 – 16
If your home library needs some new additions, you’ll definitely want to head to the 18th Annual Big Book Sale put on by Calgary Reads. Over 150,000 gently used books of every genre imaginable will be ready and waiting to make their way to your bookshelves! Book an appointment on May 6 or 7 for a $5 entrance fee, or pay $3 per person for the rest of the event. Don’t miss Free Book Day on May 16 from 12 – 8 pm! All funds raised are used year round to support literacy programs, and get free books into the hands of kids who have none.
Day Out with Thomas | heritagepark.ca
May 7-8 and 14-15
Everyone’s favourite, really useful engine is back to visit Calgary for 2 weekends in May! He’ll be bringing Sir Topham Hatt along with him, as well as tons of fun entertainment and activities, like lawn games, photo ops, and more. Book your time slot to take a ride around the park with Thomas, and when you’re finished, check out the rest of Heritage Park, including Gasoline Alley, the Plaza, Selkirk, and the Railway Café. Best of all, your ticket to Day Out with Thomas gives you access to the park ahead of the park’s official opening on May 21!
(Ed note: Heritage Park is a wonderful place to visit with young kids whether Thomas is there or not!)
Etsy Spring Market | etsycalgary.com
Etsy Calgary and Contemporary Calgary have come together to create a day full of creative fun! From 12 – 7 pm, check out the offerings of a great selection of local vendors, and take some time to visit the Contemporary Calgary art exhibitions at the same time. Bring along your appetite and your own artistic side – there’ll be food trucks, workshops, and more! Your $10 admission to the gallery includes entry to the market.
Market Collective | marketcollective.ca
If you loved Market Collective’s winter offering, you won’t want to miss their spring market in mid May. Not only will there be over 160 local vendors to visit, but there will also be tons of family-friendly entertainment including live music, interactive workshops, galleries, and the Market Collective Skatepark, in addition to tons of great food and drink to enjoy when hunger pangs strike!
Lunar Eclipse Observing at Rothney Observatory | science.ucalgary.ca
For an activity that’s truly out of this world, head to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory on May 15 from 9 to 11 pm to view the lunar eclipse through a telescope. In addition, you’ll be able to watch the setting sun, view spring constellations, hear talks on cultural astronomy, and watch videos on lunar eclipses and Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Astronomers and Team Astro will be sharing their knowledge of the lunar eclipse phenomena and the wonders of the universe. Registration in advance is required via the RAO website, and tickets can be purchased by donation to the observatory.
Otafest | otafest.com
Fans of Japanese anime and pop culture – this is the event for you! Otafest is a family-friendly event featuring anime screenings, an exhibitor hall, community panels, gaming, cosplay contests, celebrity guests, voice actors, concerts, and more! Adult tickets are $35 for 1 day, $55 for a weekend pass, or $175 for an all-access weekend pass. Youth passes are $10 for the entire weekend, and kids 5 and under are free.
Spring at Calgary Farmyard | calgaryfarmyard.com
Get ready for a day of cuteness at the Calgary Farmyard! There are tons of adorable baby animals ready to be snuggled and pet when the Farmyard opens for the season on May 20th. There are also 35 outdoor attractions to keep you entertained for hours! Kids and grownups alike will love the low ropes course, farmyard games, wall ball, potato sack slide, jumbo jumpers, pig races, zip lines and more. If you get hungry, don’t worry! The concession has tons of delicious hot and cold treats to tide you over!
Calgary Reptile Expo | facebook.com
If you’ve got family members who love all cold-blooded creatures, you won’t want to miss the Calgary Reptile Expo at the end of the month. Park for free at McMahon Stadium and head over to Absolute Baseball Academy to meet and greet all of your favourite creatures, breeders and reptile and amphibian breeders. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for kids aged 4-12, and kids under 4 are free. Family passes for 2 adults and up to 3 children can also be purchased.
Spring Fair at Granary Road | granaryroad.com
Spring is in the air at Granary Road! The first ever Spring Fair will be filled with all things spring; picnics, baby animals, gardening, books and more! Help build the Granary Road rock garden, meet all of their new baby animals, and learn all about your new favourite farm friends! Don’t miss out on a local author reading their books and delicious food from the market vendors that you can enjoy during your picnic (indoors and outside).
Airdrie Children’s Festival | airdriechildrensfest.com
The Airdrie Children’s Festival Society was founded in 2018 with the goal of bringing engaging, creative educational opportunities to kids outside of the classroom. The event features the Children’s Village, an interactive fun and play area, the Inspiration Stations, interactive learning centres, Main Stage Entertainment featuring professional children’s entertainers, and City-Wide Workshops. This year’s performers include the Kate Ryan Circus, RCMP Cpl Dechelle, and Police Service Dog “Forest”, Magician James Jordan, and musician Smilin’ Rylan. The event is also totally free!
Which events will you be marking in your calendar in Calgary in May? Did we miss any great ones? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!