TAKE A WALK ON THE CHILD SIDE

The moment you see Calgary and kids go hand in mitt.

Child’s play for the young and young at heart

Spark those imaginations and spend some quality time with the family as you take in all the sights and sounds of Calgary. Whether your family enjoys learning about history, being active in the great outdoors, or channelling your creativity, Calgary offers something for everyone that will make you fall in love with the city.

Activities for the Family

  • Prehistoric Park, Illuminasia at Calgary Zoo
  • Fort Calgary’s expansion
  • LED lights at Calgary Tower
  • Brainasium at TELUS Spark
  • Round the Block Tours
  • Heritage Park

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DO: Enjoy a day at WinSport, where you can enjoy the world’s longest luge track, at  1.8 kilometres (5905 feet) of twists and turns dropping over 100 metres (328 feet)
  • DINE: At 4th Spot Kitchen and Bar in Mount Pleasant, for a great family atmosphere that caters to the stomach grumbles of little ones
  • DISCOVER: Wonder and excitement at TELUS Spark, where kids of all ages can explore and discover science, technology, engineering, art and math
  • DO: A walking tour and learn about the ghostly past of Calgary, or the history of the city (for those who are easily frightened)
  • DINE: At Double Zero at Chinook Centre so the family can dive into arancini, pasta, and margherita pizza
  • DISCOVER: The history of the Calgary Stampede and enjoy the amusement park rides, games, performances and exhibitions

WHERE TO GO/WHAT TO EAT

No matter how you choose to explore Calgary and the surrounding area with the family, let your imagination and curiosity be your guide.. The natural rolling foothills like Nose Hill or the urban nirvana like Stanley Park is a sure-fire way to enjoy the hot summer and cool fall weather.  

At the heart of the city, Chinatown is a cultural destination not to be missed. Stop in to Silver Dragon for authentic Chinese brunch, dim sum, and see where ginger beef was first created. Then take a stroll through the traditional bakeries, butcheries, and stores as you make your way to the Chinese Cultural Centre, a historical facility that marked a new era to promote Chinese heritage. During September 17 to November 1, visit the Calgary Zoo in the evening to experience Illuminasia, an exhibit with over 350 Chinese lanterns that have been shaped to look like animals. The first of its kind in Western Canada, the festival celebrates mutliculturalism featuring programs and entertainment for guests to learn about China, Japan and India.

For eats, treats, and some agricultural education, visit a few of the local farmers’ markets in the city, such as the Calgary Farmers’ Market in the city’s southeast. From fresh smelling coffee to crepes, to produce from local farmers, farmers’ markets are a social affair for the aspiring and practicing foodies. Local favourites like Simple Simon Pies and Phil & Sebastians coffee can be found at a number of the markets across the city. Don’t miss out on Jelly Modern Doughnuts with their original recipes like Mayor Nenshi’s Salted Caramel or Maple Bacon.

SUGGESTIONS

  • Bent on adventure? Take a day trip out to Kananaskis Country with the family, and hike around and picnic in the stunning area of Elbow Falls. On the way back, visit the town of Bragg Creek for some ice cream.
  • Fish Creek Park is Canada’s largest urban park where you can bike, walk, run and explore. Wade in the river, have a barbeque with the family, and follow the path to Sikome Lake, the inner city beach that has playgrounds and promises fun in the sun.
  • The Calgary Zoo feeds animal lovers’ souls as they travel from the Penguin Plunge to Destination Africa to Eurasia. For those who want to learn more, there are animal learning experience programs available. For something a little further out of the city, make a visit to Butterfield Acres Children’s Farm or the Cochrane Wildlife Reserve.
  • Hunt for real fossils embedded in the sandstone building facades and heritage stairways that gives Calgary its signature brown hue. This may inspire a drive to Drumheller to participate in excursions led by the Royal Tyrell Museum.
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