Not sure what you’re going to do with your kids when they’re out of school during Spring Break? Here are 15 ideas for places to go that your kid will love.
Calgary’s newest indoor playground will be sure to entertain. It has lots of options for school aged kids including a huge climber, arcade room, wiggle car race track, bouncy castle, backyard blaster, x-box zone climbing wall and interactive mats.
Grab your smart phone, download geocaching.com’s app and go on a treasure hunt. Explore the city in a different way using GPS to find caches that other people have hidden throughout the city. Great places to try out geocaching in Calgary include: Nose Hill, Edworthy Park, North Glenmore Park, Fish Creek Park, Confederation Park, and Bowness Park, Tuscany Ravine and 12 Mile Coulee.
Tommy K Play has two locations, both of which have a lot to offer for kids of all ages. The climbing structures are the largest in the city with with slides, tunnels and bumpers and are even perfect for grown-ups. The South location also has a gaming tower, laser maze and roller race track. The Beacon Hill locatiob also has the roller race track, but it has a fun button game called time-freak and trampoline basketball as well. For an additional cost kids and adults can play laser tag and go up the climbing wall.
The Calgary Zoo is a great place to go whether March is warm or feels a lot more like Winter. When it’s cool out, it’s way less crowded and there’s still a lot to see. It also has quite of lot of indoor exhibits so you don’t have to stay out in the cold the whole time. This is a great place for kids of all ages and adults alike. This year you can visit Dinosaurs Alive in the prehistoric park (opens March 19, 2015).
5. . Stir Crazy Family Fun Centre [closed June 2015]
The Glenbow might not be the first place you think of taking the kids, but they have really put in an effort to make their exhibits engaging to kids as well as adults. My top pick is the Maverick’s exhibit which is full of dynamic exhibits and hands on experiences. You’ll also want to check out the Discovery Room which has activities designed just for kids.
The Calgary Airport has a lot to offer for kids, and all of it is free (except for the pricey parking!) The most obvious attraction is the airplanes themselves which you can see out the windows at various points. They also have 3 play areas, including one 2nd floor which has a great playground climber for school aged kids and big windows with an airplane view. The Spaceport near the food court, provides a lot of interesting material for older kids (and adults) interested in NASA space programs.
The Bow Habitat Station and Fish hatchery is a surprisingly engaging place to visit. In includes aquariums that feature fish that live in the various habitats in Alberta and a beautiful interpretive centre. You can also get a tour of the fish hatchery for an additional cost.
9. Go Swimming
From neighborhood pools to Leisure Centres, Calgary has tons of options for family friendly public swimming.
Shakers has offerings for kids of all ages and adults. There is no admission charge, you only pay for the activities you want to access. During the coolers months it has laser tag a climbing wall and tons of redemption games. It has a multi-level indoor playground for the little ones as well.
11. Devonian Gardens
Hop on the C-train and take a downtown adventure. Pack a lunch or grab something at the nearby food court and to eat at the Devonian Gardens. School-aged kids will love the challenge of the playground and climbing wall. If you have some extra time, you can find a map and explore the plus-15 system.
13. Chuck E. Cheese
You will need to spend money to buy tokens but it’s free to enter. Your kids will love playing the redemption games – they have both skill and arcade games. Check out their website for some token deals before you go.
Your kids will love spending a day at Calgary’s science centre. Younger kids will enjoy learning through play at the Creative Kids Museum and older kids will enjoy making creations in Open Studio upstairs. Both will enjoy the hands on exhibits of Earth and Sky and Energy and Innovation. New last year, your admission also lets you access the Brainasium outdoor park. The travelling exhibit Dinosaurs in Motion is currently on display and is also included with your admission.
15. Fun ‘n’ More
General admission offers a giant climber that is almost all way up high as well as a time freak game. For an extra charge they also offer mini bowling and black light indoor mini-golf.
What are your spring break plans?