Not sure what you’re going to do with your kids when they’re out of school during Winter Break? Here are 17 ideas to help you avoid cabin fever this year.
Calgary’s Christmas light displays go until at least the end of the year and many continue into the new year. It makes a great after dinner activity. Read more: Calgary Christmas Light Displays
One of the most fun things to do when it’s snowy, tobogganing also has the added benefit of burning off a lot of energy. Read more on Calgary’s toboggan hills
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. Read more: Devonian Gardens review
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. Read more: Treehouse Indoor Playground Review
5. Fort Calgary
Fort Calgary is a beautiful small museum about Calgary’s early history. They have really made an effort to make the museum appeal to kids as well as adults. Read more: Fort Calgary Review
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 (history of Alberta) 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. Read more: Glenbow Museum
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. Read more: Calgary Airport Play areas
8. Go Skating
Calgary’s outdoor rinks are usually ready for skating around the end of December. Olympic Plaza has a refrigerated ice surface so is open earlier in the season. Calgary has numerous outdoor rinks throughout the city as well as three options for pond skating: Prince’s Island lagoon, Bowness Park lagoon, and Carburn Park pond. Read more: Calgary’s outdoor skating rinks
9. Go Swimming
From neighborhood pools to Leisure Centres, Calgary has tons of options for family friendly public swimming. Read more: Where can you take the kids for public swimming
Shakers has offerings aimed at kids 5 years right up to 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. Read more: Shakers Winter review
The Calgary Tower is one of those tourist attractions that many people living in Calgary miss out on. Kids who don’t spend a lot of time in the core love being among the skyscrapers and the tower gives some great views of the city. Standing on the glass floor is probably the best part though. If you opt to eat at the Sky 360 Restaurant, your ride up the tower is free. Read more: Calgary Tower review
12. 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. Read more: Chuck E. Cheese review
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. Your admission also lets you access the Brainasium outdoor park which is reported to be mitten friendly. Read more: Telus Spark review
14.Fun ‘n’ More
General admission offers a giant climber that is almost all way up high as well as a time freak game and toddler area. For an extra charge they also offer mini bowling and black light indoor mini-golf. Read more: Fun ‘n’ More review
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. Read more: Bow Habitat Station review
16. The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo is a surprisingly great place to go in the 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. Read more: Calgary Zoo in the Winter
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