With many areas of the city suffering from flooding, it can be hard to know what you can do with the kids. Even kids who are able to understand what is happening in other areas of the city need to get out of the house and burn off some steam. When looking for places to play, please stay safe. Even once the waters recede, areas that were flooded may have hidden dangers such as broken equipment, unstable ground or contaminated mud. Mosquitos are also out in full force, so bug spray and clothing with lots of coverage will be helpful.
If you want to take your kids to see the flood, stay far away from the flooded areas – use a high vantage point such as crescent hill. For some kids, this may help ease their fears. Volunteer efforts will likely open up for older kids which may help them feel more in control.
I’ve compiled a list of places that I have confirmed will be open this week. Please let me know of you have additional suggestions that I should add, or if I have made an errors that you know of.
You can find out information about some of the Calgary Attractions that are closed here.
- From June 26-28, City of Calgary Recreation is offering free drop-in classes for all kids between the ages of 6-12
- At the following locations: Wildwood Arts Centre, Bob Bahan Pool, Shouldice Pool, Inglewood Pool, and Killarney Pool
- Between 8:30-4:30pm. First come, first served.
- Calaway Park
- Heritage Park – Heritage Park Reviews
- Telus Spark – (Calgary Science Centre) – Telus Spark Review
- Butterfield Acres – Butterfield Acres Review
- Shakers Fun Centre
- Canada Olympic Park
Zoo Pass Holders can get:
- Complimentary admission at Telus Spark from now until July 7
- Complimentary admission to Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail until July 7
- 50% off regular admission at Calaway Park from June 28 to July 7
- 50 % off admission at Heritage Park from now until July 7 (except July 1, when regular admission will apply)
- 50% off at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame now until July 7
Remember to bring your Zoo membership card and photo ID.
Indoor Play Centres
- Stir Crazy Family Fun Centre – Stir Crazy Review
- Tommy K Play North and South
- Kids Play All Day – Kids Play All Day Review
- Coffee & S’cream – Coffee & S’cream Review
Other Indoor Options
- CrossIron Mills – CrossIron Mills Play Area Review
- Calgary Farmer’s Market – Barn Yard Kids Review
- Most library’s will reopen Monday with limited services (Central and Memorial library’s will be closed until Downtown is restored and Village Square and Shawnessy are being used as evacuation centres). Christina says to expect long lines as the computer systems are still down. Cards are limited to 10 checkouts.
- Prairie Winds is the only spray park/wading pool open at this time (it does not affect the city water supply as it is using recirculated water)
- Cardel Place Swimming Pool – Cardel Pool Review
- All recreation facilities are now open to the public, except for the following:
- Beltline Acquatic & Fitness Centre
- Southland Leisure Centre
- Village Square Leisure Centre