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22 things to do in Calgary this Alberta Family Day long weekend

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DH Calgary Staff Feb 10, 2016 12:13 pm

Bring your family together this long weekend, and enjoy our wonderful city. Calgary is filled with all manner of family friendly activities from quiet days at the park to rambunctious ones at the local markets.

To help you make your weekend more memorable here are our top choices on what you could do this Alberta Family Day long weekend:

Family Quest

  • What: Get a chance to enjoy the family long weekend filled with family friendly motorcycle inspired activities, including games, crafts, and more.
  • Where: Gasolinie Alley Museum, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: Thursday, February 11 to Monday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $10.75 for adults, $5.50 for children, $6.75 for youth, and $8.50 for seniors

Block Heater: A Winter Music Extravaganza

  • What: Throughout the Family Day long weekend, more than 20 national and international artists will perform concerts at three live music venues on the Music Mile in Inglewood.
  • Where: Festival Hall – 1215 10 Avenue SE
    Inglewood Music Club – 1401 10 Avenue SE
    Ironwood Stage and Grill – 1229 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, February 12 to 14
  • Cost: Varies

Winterpalooza Calgary 2016

  • What: This winter bike festival is filled with unique events like the winter bike scavenger hunt and the annual polar run. There’s even a photo booth to capture those family day memories.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Wednesday, February 10 to 14
  • Cost: Varies

Calgary Hitmen vs. Red Deer Rebels

  • What: The Calgary Hitmen play the Red Deer Rebels.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When: Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Family FISHtival!

  • What: Kick off family day by learning the tips and tools you’ll need for your next fishing adventure. Join in on outdoor activities like a casting game and ice fishing equipment and game as well as indoor activities like the kids craft zone.
  • Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17 Street SE
  • When: Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

We are family

  • What: The City of Calgary is hosting indoor and outdoor activities that are fun for all the family including games and crafts.
  • Where: Carbourn Park, Prince’s Island Park, and Devonian Gardens. Check schedule online
  • When: Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Theatre for Kids presents Snow White

  • What: The classic tale is about an evil queen, a young girl and some very helpful little people. Perfect for children aged 4 to 10 years old.
  • Where: Loose Moose Theatre – 1235 26 Ave SE
  • When: Saturday, February 13, 14, 20, and 21
  • Cost: $12

Dynamic Directions

  • What: A contemporary and neo-classical ballet featuring visionary work from three of Canada’s best known dance makers; Aszure Barton, Wen Wei Wang, and Yukichi Hattori.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
  • When: Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Starting from $29

Calgary Hitmen vs Lethbridge Hurricanes

  • What: The Calgary Hitmen play the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When: Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Winter Canival

  • What: Bring the entire family to Fort Calgary to enjoy activities including Blackfoot storytelling in a tipi, maple syrup candy on snow, indoor and outdoor children’s games, crafts and more.
  • Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Monday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Family Fun Day

  • What: Enjoy a day full of adventures including a children’s musician, circus performer, carnival games, and face painting at this fun little carnival.
  • Where: Eau Claire Market Centre Court
  • When: February 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

University of Calgary Family Day Skate on the fastest ice in the world

  • What: In celebration of the provincial Family Day holiday you can skate at the Olympic Oval for free. There’s also free parking at lot 10.
  • Where: Olympic Oval – 2500 University Dr NW,
  • When: Monday, February 15 from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks

  • What: The Calgary Flames play the Anaheim Ducks.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When Monday, February 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

2016 Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Carnival

  • What: Celebrate the Year of the Monkey over four weekends from January 30 and 31 to February 20 and 21 featuring everything from traditional dances to markets.
  • Where: 197 First Street SW
  • When: February 13, 20 and 21
  • Cost: Free admission

Calamity Town

  • What: Set in the 1940s, Calamity Town follows writer, Ellery Queen who has come to the seemingly charming town of Wrightsville looking for some fodder for his next murder mystery.
  • Where: The Playhouse BD&P Mystery Theatre Series – 115 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Now until Sunday, February 21
  • Cost: Starting at $29

The Little Prince – The Musical

  • What: Based on the book by Antoine de Saint and adapted by Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid, The Little Prince – the Musical will capture your imagination.
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre – 220 9 Avenue SE Calgary
  • When: Now until Sunday, February 28
  • Cost: Varies

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

  • What: During February, participating Calgary cafes and restaurants craft some of the best and unique hot chocolates to support Calgary Meals on Wheels.
  • Where: Various venues
  • When: Now until Monday, February 29
  • Cost: Prices vary

Exposure Photography Festival 2016

  • What: In a world of camera phones and Instagram, the art of photography has fallen by the wayside. The Exposure Photography Festival hopes to help change that.
  • When: Now until Monday, February 29
  • Where: Various venues

Canmore Winter Festival: World Cup Edition

  • What: Celebrate the season and a popular community tradition for more than 20 years at the Canmore Winter Festival. A total of two World Cup events will be a part of the carnival along with 45 days of non-stop fun including events like, snow sculpting, ice carving, and Snowy Owl Kid N Mutt races.
  • Where: Various venues
  • When: Now until March 13
  • Cost: Varies

Body Worlds Vital

  • What: Celebrating the human body in its healthy, vibrant, and optimal self. Body Worlds is one of the first showcases to provide human specimens on display.
  • Where: TELUS Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: Now until May 31
  • Cost: $24.95 for adults (18 to 64), $22.95 for seniors (65 and over), $20.95 for youth (13 to 17), $17.95 for children (3 to 12)

The following are weather dependent so be sure to check before you head out, as it may be warm this weekend.

Go outdoor skating for free

  • Big Marlborough Park
  • Bowness Park Lagoon
  • Carburn Park
  • Olympic Plaza
  • Prairie Winds Park
  • Prince’s Island Lagoon

Go tobogganing

If it snows find a hill near you and take the day to just have fun riding down the slopes.


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