Alberta’s Family Day weekend is February 17-19, and this year, there is no shortage of fun, family friendly activities to do around Calgary! From Friday all the way through holiday Monday, there is a great mix of educational, historic and festive fun to be had! If you’re still looking for a way to keep busy this Family Day long weekend, check out some of these great activities happening right here in Calgary!
Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre - 197 1st Street SWWhen: February 17 & 18 ; 10:00am-7:30pmCost: FREE
2018 is the year of the dog! To celebrate, head down to the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre for the city’s largest Chinese New Year party for all ages! The CNY Carnival is a fun, annual celebration to ring in the Chinese New Year. The event includes special decorations and traditional Chinese performances including music, dance, lantern displays, riddles and art. There will also be plenty of delicious food and 50 small boutique shops selling traditional Chinese festival items and gifts. For details, visit their website here.
Get an authentic Calgary experience at WinterFest
Where: Fort Calgary - 750 9th Ave SEWhen: February 19; 10:00am-4:00pmCost: $26.25 for adults, $15.75 for kids
Head to Fort Calgary on Family Day for a full day of winter fun at WinterFest! Beginning with a delicious, multi-course buffet brunch from 11:30-1:00. This interactive and historic day includes stories told by the Blackfoot Knowledge Keeper in a tipi, a family friendly movie, the opportunity to explore the Fort Calgary Museum, games, crafts and performances by the North West Mounted Police Commemorative Band! This is sure to be a fun day, check out the full list of activities and the brunch menu here.
Get in the Olympic spirit at Canada Olympic Park
Where: Canada Olympic Park - 88 Canada Olympic Rd SWWhen: February 16 - 18Cost: FREE to attend, activity prices vary
Go Canada Go! Get in the olympic spirit with your family this Family Day weekend at Canada Olympic Park! Of Canada’s 225 athletes at these winter olympics, 171 of them have used the great facility, and now you can too! Along with the ski hill and snow tubing, Family Day weekend will feature a special, 80’s throwback themed family experience; taking you back to the days when Calgary hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1988. Patrons can create their own 80’s themed Olympic flip book and take part in a video dance party!
Take a journey through time a Heritage Park
Where: Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park - 1900 Heritage Dr SWWhen: February 15 - 19, 10:00am-4:00pmCost: $10.95 for general admission, $8.75 for seniors, $6.95 for youth, $5.65 for children
Head to Heritage Park with the whole family for an exciting quest through time filled with travel-themed fun and adventure. The park’s Gasoline Alley Museum will feature interactive displays as well as challenging games and activities to give your family the adventure of a lifetime! Learn about those who came to Canada over a century ago and crossed the country by rail. This unique experience is all about the history of transportation! Build your own vehicle, try your hand at the wheel of a Model T, race against the clock to replace a tire and have a ton of fun along the way!
Celebrate Family Day at Studio Bell
Where: Studio Bell - 850 4th St SEWhen: February 19; 10:00am-5:00pmCost: $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, $11 for for youth, kids are FREE
Feel like a musical Family Day? Head to Studio Bell! With music-themed activities all day long, everyone will find their rhythm this Family Day. A live DJ, air guitar workshop, instrument demonstrations, songs and even instrument building are just some of the exciting and educational activities planned. National Music Centre experts will also be in attendance all day to educate your family on different instruments and keep your Family Day rocking. In addition to this fun day, you can also get a National Music Centre membership for 20% off! Don’t miss a beat; head to Studio Bell with your family this weekend! Get the full schedule and more details here.
Feel patriotic at The Military Museums
Where: The Military Museums - 4520 Crowchild Trail SWWhen: February 19; 10:00am-5:00pmCost: $7.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors & youth, $15 for families, FREE for veterans & military personnel
Learn all about Canada’s proud military heritage this Family Day at The Military Museums. Take part in an action-packed day full of interactive and behind the scenes tours, artifact handling and crafts. You can even trace your genealogy back to your military ancestors! There will also be equipment demonstrations by the 41st Brigade Group and musket shooting by the 78th Fraser Highlanders. This great family activity dives deep into Canada’s rich military history and is sure to send you home with a strong sense of national pride!
Penguin March at the Calgary Zoo
Where: The Calgary Zoo - 210 St. George’s Dr NEWhen: Every day until March, 11:00amCost: $24.95 for general admission, $16.95 for kids
Head to the Calgary Zoo this Family Day weekend for the sixth annual Penguin Walk; one of the Zoo’s most popular attractions! Watch on with a warm cup of hot chocolate as the king penguins take to the pathways and royally waddle their way throughout the Zoo. Starting at 11am daily, the penguins will leave the Penguin Plunge enclosure and begin to roam. Lucky visitors may have the opportunity to see up to 10 king penguins roaming the grounds. Walks are always dependent on the penguin’s desire to join in, and they are also weather dependent, as it must be between +5 and -25 for the penguins to be out.
A full day of activity in Cochrane
Where: Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre - 800 Griffin Rd E, CochraneWhen: February 19; 10:00am-4:00pmCost: $15 per family
Pack a lunch and head to Cochrane for the day on Monday! The Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre is celebrating family day by offering a huge list of fun, family friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. For just $15 per family, family pickleball and basketball are available to be played. Kids soccer and public skating are also being offered. If you are interested in learning about other health and fitness opportunities; kickboxing, zumba and soccer demonstrations will be happening throughout the day. At 2:00, the annual RCMP vs. Firefighters hockey game gets underway! Don’t forget to bring a donation donation to the Cochrane Food Bank! For the full schedule and more details, visit their site.
Spend a day on the water and give fishing a try
Where: All Alberta water bodies (excluding provincial parks)When: February 17 - 19, all dayCost: FREE
Try something new this Family Day weekend; take the whole family fishing! Bundle up and head to any of Alberta’s beautiful rivers or lakes. Family fishing weekends are offered twice a year, and they are the only time that no fishing license is required. With approximately 300 water bodies, there is so much to enjoy! This is a great opportunity to try something unique and new with your family. To learn more about this weekend-long opportunity, click here. Catch a memory with your family this weekend!