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7 FREE things to do around Alberta this 2019 Family Day long weekend

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DH Calgary Staff Feb 14, 2019 2:30 pm

Family Day long weekend is almost here, and the provincial and municipal governments have announced that a few parks, museums, and municipal facilities will be providing free entrance to celebrate.

Here is our list of all the fun (and free!) events to check out in Calgary this long weekend.

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Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

What: Travel back in time by checking out Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur bones for free this Family Day!

When: Monday, February 18

Where: 1500 N Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller

Hours:  10 am to 5 pm

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

What: Experience some hands-on science through experiments, crafts, and activities for the whole family. A live science show will be held at the theatre to ensure for a fascinating day off!

When: Monday, February 18

Where: 515 MacKenzie Blvd. Fort McMurray

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Royal Alberta Museum

What: Wander through history at Alberta’s largest museum, and be amazed at dinosaur fossils, mammoth tusks, and archeological wonders.

When: Monday, February 18

Where: 9810 103a Avenue NW, Edmonton

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Crimson Lake Provincial Park

What: There’s plenty to do at Crimson Lake Winterfest, including snowshoeing, ice fishing demonstrations, and reduced camping rates to top it all off.

When: Monday, February 18

Where: Crimson Lake PP

Hours: Events start at 11 am

William A. Switzer Provincial Park

What: Check out the Bonhomme Carnaval in Hinton to enjoy free cross-country skiing, French music, and kick sleds. A snowshoe walk will take place at 1 pm on Monday, with snowshoes provided for all participants.

When: Sunday, February 17

Where: Hinton Nordic Centre

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Free Swimming in Calgary

On February 18 there will be free public swimming at select City pools from 1 to 2:30 pm and 3 to 4:30 pm.

  • Bob Bahan
  • Killarney
  • Shouldice
  • Canyon Meadows
  • Renfrew
  • Thornhill

Free Skating

The following arenas will have free skating from 1 to 2:15 pm on February 18. Bring your own skates and helmet to participate.

  • Ernie Starr Arena
  • Frank McCool Arena
  • Murray Copot Arena
  • Optimist/George Blundun Arenas
  • Rose Kohn/Jimmie Condon Arenas
  • Shouldice Arena
  • Stew Hendry/Henry Viney Arenas
  • Stu Peppard Arena

Click here for a complete listing of community events happening in and around Calgary over the Family Day weekend.

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