13 fun things to do this Family Day long weekend

Feb 14 2017, 3:59 am

Are you drawing a blank when trying to come up with something unique, fun, and family-friendly to do with your loved ones this Family Day weekend?

Well, look no further – we have a list of 13 awesome things that you can get up to this upcoming weekend, whether it’s with your fam or with your friends.

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Winterpalooza Poker Run

Cyclepalooza Calgary / Facebook

If you’re looking to do something different this Family Day – the Winterpalooza Poker Run is definitely your best bet. With five cards to start, your objective is to bike around passing through the five checkmarks collecting more cards as you go. The winner will be the lucky biker with the best hand when the hour’s up.

  • Where: The Ship and Anchor, 534 17 Ave SW
  • When: February 16 at noon
  • Cost: $5 for entry

Exposure Photography Festival

Inspire your family members with some pretty amazing photography this weekend. The festival is all about promoting and celebrating photography, and all those who either share a passion for it or simply are interested in it. Celebrating the 13th year of Alberta’s one and only photography festival is undoubtedly a great way to spend your weekend. Click here to see the calendar.

  • When: Now until Tuesday, February 28

Bridge to Terabithia

StoryBook Theatre / Calgary

You might be thinking, “why would I want to make myself cry this Family Day weekend?,” when you see this suggestion. However, this unique adaptation of Bridge to Terabithia promises to focus on humour and warmth. Not only an incredible novel and movie, but now it’s an incredible play! Take the kids to this one, for sure.

  • Where: Storybook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Drive NW
  • When: Now until February 18, available showtimes here.
  • Cost: 17 and under $20, 18 and over $25

Family Fishing

Heading out to catch some trout with the family may be just what you need this Family Day weekend! Head over to one of Alberta’s many lakes or rivers and you’ll be sure to have a great time. Click here for some Alberta fishing info.

Fort Calgary WinterFest

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Museums, local history, horse-drawn carriage rides, snacks and musical performances – what more could you want? Celebrating the history of Calgary at Fort Calgary is a great reminder of how lucky we all are to be Canadian, and everyone should get to experience that!

  • Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SE
  • When: February 20 from 10am to 4pm

Family Day at Heritage Park

If anyone in your circle is interested in or already is a pro curler – Heritage Park is the place to be for you this Family Day weekend. This year’s event will take place at Gasoline Alley, where you can participate in scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and where you will curl with an old-fashioned broom.

  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: February 16-20 from 10am to 4pm

Studio Bell Family Day

Family Day at Studio Bell will consist of some live music, instrumental crafts, rock professionals and Kimball Theatre Organ performances. If you’re looking to stay entertained, or if you’re in the mood to listen/play some music – head over to Studio Bell for a family-fun time!

  • Where: Studio Bell – 850 4 Street SE
  • When: February 20 from 10am to 5pm

The Bonhomme Carnival at the Canmore Winter Carnival

Get out of the city this Family Day weekend and experience what Canmore has to offer! Watch some ice carving competitions, join in on the lantern parade, and cheer on the dogs (or the competitors) in the dog races. Also, you can skate all over Canmore’s downtown pond while listening to music and eating some deliciously Canadian-inspired treats. For event times click here.

  • Where: The Downtown Pond – 7th Avenue Canmore
  • When: February 4-12

Startrek: The Starfleet Academy Experience

Have you or any of your family members ever wondered what the Starfleet Academy is really like? Well – your prayers have been answered. Spend a day at Telus Spark and you can discover what your true ranking would be in a Starfleet career. Whether you’ve been a Trekkie from day one or you’re new to the world of Star Trek – this fun and interactive experience will leave everyone feeling entertained and excited.

  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: February 4 to June 4

Fish-tival at Bow Habitat Station

If you’re eager to pick up some new fishing tips and tricks, head over to the Bow Habitat Station for their yearly “fish-rival” event. You can feed the fish while expanding your fishy knowledge for $5, and, the best part, you can end the day by roasting some marshmallows over the fire – perfect!

  • Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE
  • When: February 18 from 10am to 4pm

Branch Out Snowshoe Tour 2017

Gather your family, friends and dogs because this Family Day weekend you have the opportunity to spend the day outdoors, marching for a great cause. Help raise money for the Branch Out Neurological Foundation, and have an awesome time doing it. For more information on fees and fundraising, click here.

  • Where: Fallentimber Meadery, Box 27, Water Valley, Alberta
  • When: February 18

We Are Family

Spend your Family Day weekend among nature at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary! Have fun playing nature games, participating in scavenger hunts, going on a guided tour, and more. Just make sure to not get too distracted – keep an eye out for the sanctuary’s high flyers!

  • Where: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – 2425 9th Avenue SE
  • When: February 19 from 1pm to 3pm

Family Fun Day at Eau Claire Market

This free event may be just what the whole family needs this Family Day weekend. With musicians, magicians, face painting, carnival games, ice carving and an artisan market – there’s no such thing as a dull moment.

  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • When: February 20
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