16 things to do in Calgary over Family Day weekend

Feb 11 2021, 1:40 pm

As recommended by health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home.

Family is one of the most important things in most of our lives, and so it only makes sense that there’s a whole holiday dedicated to it!

Family Day in Alberta is celebrated on Monday, February 15 this year, and while most of us look at it as a day off of work or school, let’s also remember to spend a moment appreciating our loved ones a little more.

Whether you’re cozying up at home, getting outdoors, or visiting with your family virtually this weekend, there are tons of ways to spend time with the ones you love over the long weekend.

Be sure to mask up when heading out.

Cross-country ski at East Village’s Nordic Loop

What: Dust off your skis and try a few laps on East Village’s groomed 1 km track, running beside Fort Calgary and the Bow River. When you get cold, check out their Hygge Hut and firepits to warm up.

When: Open daily, weather permitting
Time: 7 am to 10 pm
Where: In the field beside Fort Calgary (750 9th Avenue SE)
Cost: Free

Crescent Moon Festival in Crescent Heights Village

What: Join Crescent Heights Village for a celebration of art, light, and diversity! The BIA is lighting up 10 art benches throughout the community for self-guided tours all weekend.

When: February 13 to 15
Time: All weekend long – although best viewed in the dark!
Where: Throughout the Crescent Heights neighbourhood
Cost: Free

Spark Science from Home

What: TELUS Spark Science Centre hosts a wide variety of fun and educational options online, from virtual programs and Dome Movies at Home, to Cereal Science and a collection of experiments and activities.

When: Programming varies, learn more through their website
Where: From the comfort of your own home
Cost: Varies by program

Skate The Boulevard at Deerfoot City

What: Try skating on synthetic ice on The Boulevard’s outdoor rink. Be sure to book your time slot online prior to arriving!

When: 11 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, and 11 am to 6 pm for the holiday Monday
Where: The Boulevard at Deerfoot City (901 64th Avenue NE)
Cost: Free

Kensington Love

What: Kensington Love is a series of outdoor activations throughout the community during the month of February. Go on a self-guided art walk and explore over 30 installations and murals, warm up by the firepits, and snap some photos with fun art pieces!

When: February 1 to 28
Time: Firepits from noon to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, art tour is self-guided using the Kensington Art Walk Map
Where: Firepits are on the Kensington Plaza (1133 Kensington Road NW), art walk runs primarily along Kensington Road and 10th Street NW
Cost: Free

Go tobogganing on The Rise at St. Patrick’s Island Park

What: At nine metres high, this sledding hill is perfect for people of all ages. Enjoy a high speed ride down, run back up, and repeat!

When: Daily
Time: Park hours (5 am to 11 pm)
Where: 1300 Zoo Road NE
Cost: Free

Bridgeland Arctic Adventure

What: Participants can choose their own adventure through the neighbourhood of Bridgeland, from the full, self-guided course to a scavenger hunt. Arctic Adventure activity stops include human curling, Peony Plaza Rodeo, Stairway to Heaven, Northern Safari, Gnome Village, and much more!

When: February 12 to March 31
Self-guided, with an Ice Bar hosted by Bridegland Distillery open from 2 to 6 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (plus Family Day)
Where: Throughout the Bridgeland community, view map for details
Cost: Free, unless you purchase a beverage at the Ice Bar

Exposure Photography Festival 2021

What: There are tons of ways to check out the 190+ artists who are featured in Alberta’s photography festival this year, whether you want to do so outdoors, from behind your car window, in person, or in the comfort of your own home.

When: February 1 to 28
Time: Varies by event, check schedule
Where: Calgary, Banff, Cochrane, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and online
Cost: Varies by program

Virtual Locked Library: Secret Agent

What: Pretend you’re a secret agent and crack the case in this online escape room, hosted by the Calgary Public Library Foundation.

When: February 14
Time: Play anytime between noon and 11:59 pm – the game will take approximately two hours
Where: Virtually
Cost: $42 for one Access Pass

Contemporary Calgary’s Art Where You Are

What: Get cultured virtually with Contemporary Calgary’s curated selection of programming that endeavours to develop content that is welcoming, inclusive, engaging and relevant through digital platforms.

When: Anytime
Where: Virtually
Cost: Free

Northern Reflections augmented art tour in Inglewood

What: Murals have been painted in local businesses’ windows and matched with music to create a one-of-a-kind art experience when viewed with free augmented reality app Augle. The art exhibits are seen from the outside, and together they make up a self-guided art tour in Inglewood.

When: Now until February 28
Time: Self-guided
Where: In Inglewood business windows, running along 9th Avenue between 10th Street and 13th Street SE
Cost: Free

Skate the ice trail at North Glenmore Park

What: New in Calgary this year, the ice trail allows visitors to skate over 730 metres of connected track through North Glenmore park. There’s also an attached skating rink in the centre.

When: Daily
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: North Glenmore Park (parking lots accessed at 7305 Crowchild Trail SW)
Cost: Free

WinSport Tube Park

What: The fastest of its kind in western Canada, the snow tubing hill at WinSport has eight lanes for flying down. Get a boost of adrenaline with this outdoor activity that’s fun for all ages.

When: Saturdays and Sundays, and Family Day Monday
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: WinSport (88 Canada Olympic Road SW)
Cost: $20 – $25 per person

Chinatown Ice Sculpture Showcase

What: In celebration of the the Year of the Ox, the Chinatown BIA is placing five life-sized Ox ice sculptures throughout the community. Each of the sculptures are distinctly coloured to harmonize with Calgary and Chinatown’s culture

When: February 12 to 28
Where: Five locations along 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue SE, and Centre Street and 4th Avenue SE
Cost: Free

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

What: Warm up with some cocoa from a local cafe or restaurant! The 10th annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest brings creative and unusual flavours to a classic beverage while supporting Calgary Meals on Wheels.

When: February 1 to 28
 Various locations
Cost: Varies by location

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo


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What: Get an up-close look at the group of king penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo.

When: Now through mid-March, weather permitting
Time: 10 am
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: Included with admission ($19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children)