8 Awesome Places in Calgary to Take the Kids to This Summer
When it comes to occupying the kids during the (long) summer months, moms can get tired of fishing around for new ideas. Here are our eight picks for awesome places to take the kids in Calgary.
Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions not only give you and the kids the chance to travel across the prairies on a steam train, but the six hour round trip includes a meal, entertainment and stop halfway through. Young buckaroos itching for a little excitement will love the railway robbery, but be sure to have some change on hand for the kids to give the robbers (note that all change taken is given to children's charities).The Teddy Bear specials are perfect for young ones who aren't quite ready to watch a gunfight in action.
Bow Habitat Station
Small fries connect with nature, exploring hands-on exhibits while learning about Alberta's fish, wildlife, water and aquatic ecosystems. Start by touring the Fish Hatchery, before heading outside to explore the hiking trails and wetland areas. And who could say no to crawling through a beaver lodge?
Canmore Park creates a great atmosphere with its vast open space, ballparks, water fountains and, most importantly, its new splash pad. Spend the day at the park and the kids will never get bored.
Good to Know: The pad is open from 9 am to 9 pm.
Waves Water Park
Parents and kids alike will love Waves Water Park. Kids can twist, turn and endure a great splash at the bottom of two action-packed water slides, while parents can sink into calming hot tubs. Is your child too young for the water park? That's okay because Waves has a wading pool, too.
Round up the kids and go to the Calgary Stampede this year. The coordinators have lassoed together a grandstand show, a derby, a rodeo and a parade. Not only that, but kids can meet and learn about the animals involved.
Leighton Art Centre
If you're at work this summer, why not sign up your kids for this day camp experience at Leighton Art Centre? Like most camps, Art & Nature is full of songs, hiking and camp games, but it specializes in creative development through arts, crafts and storytelling.
Calgary West Country Market
Looking for a new Saturday tradition that the whole family will enjoy? Pick up fresh market goods from over 30 vendors while your kids take a step into the Wild West with pony and carriage rides.
Movie in the Park
Pack up your folding chairs and grab some blankets for this free outdoor evening of fun. Movie in the Park has revamped the traditional drive-in by touring around different locations in Calgary and adding a kid zone with bouncy castles, magic shows, dancing and more. Good to Know: Sign up for their newsletter for updates on where the screen is and what flick is showing.