Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

There are tons of indoor and outdoor things to do with kids in Calgary this Winter. This list will keep your family busy all Winter long.

You may also be interested in our list of Free things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter and Budget Friendly Winter fun ($30 or less for a family of 4).

Many of Calgary’s summer attractions and activities are closed during the Winter but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Check out the following list for things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter:

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1. Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo is a surpisngly 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.

Calgary Zoo - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

2. Indoor Play Centres

Calgary has lots of indoor play places for your kids to burn off some energy.

Calgary Indoor Play Places - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

3. Bowling

Bowling can be a great activity for the whole family. You can do three different kinds of bowling in Calgary – 10 pin, 5 pin and mini bowling.

Bowling in Calgary - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

4.Winsport’s Tube Park

Take sledding to the next level with Winsport’s new Tube Park.

5. Go skating

Calgary has tons of outdoor skating rinks and tons of indoor options including city of Calgary rinks, Vivo, Westside Rec and the Olympic Oval.

6. Lougheed House

Visit the Lougheed House historical site and museum.

Lougheed House - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

7. Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park 

The Historical village is closed over the winter, but the beautiful car museum, Gasoline Alley is open year round.

Cars at Gasoline Alley

8.  Monster Mini Golf

Glow in the dark indoor mini-golf for the whole family

9. Swimming

Calgary has lots of different indoor swimming options

10. The Hanger – Calgary Flight Museum

With many full-sized aircraft on display and a new name, The Hanger  is a great place for airplane fans.

The Hangar Flight Museum - Calgary - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

11. The Climb Park at the Calgary Climbing Centre

Part climbing centre, part playground – tons of fun.

ClimbPark at the Calgary Climbing Centre - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

12. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

There are a number of groomed and ungroomed cross-country skiing paths that are free to use in Calgary. See more at the city of Calgary. Don’t have your own snowshoes? Rent them at Bow Habitat Station.

11. Glenbow Museum

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.

Glenbow Museum - Mavericks - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

12. Flying Squirrel

Flying Squirrel trampoline park (and more!) will get your kids bouncing and keep them from bouncing off the walls at home.

Flying Squirrel Building - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

13. Geocaching

Geocaching (using GPS to find hidden boxes) is more popularly a summer activity, however many caches are winter friendly (think ones hidden higher up for example). Here are some tips and ideas for Winter geocaching

14. Calgary Tower

Going up the Calgary Tower is something I think every Calgarian should do at least once.

View from the Calgary tower and three kids

15. Tobogganing

Tobogganing is tons of fun, great exercise and doesn’t cost a penny. Find out more about Tobogganing in Calgary here.

Tobogganing - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

16. YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

The Police Interpretive Centre opened at Westwinds Drive in the NE in the fall of 2015 and is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays with no admission charge.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

17. 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.

Fort Calgary - Things to do with kids in Calgary in the Winter

18. Grain Academy Museum

The Grain Academy Museum is an interactive celebration of the grain industry in Western Canada. They are open Monday-Friday and admission is free.

Grain Academy and Museum -

19. Military Museums

The Military Museums is dedicated to educating the public about Canada’s navy, army, and air force and is only $20 for a family.

Military Museums

20.  Bow Habitat Station

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.

Bow Habitat Station

21. Studio Bell – National Music Centre

Experience and learn about music in a whole new way in Calgary’s new National Music Centre – Studio Bell.

Studio Bell - Mix Master station -

22. Telus Spark

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.

Open Studio - Telus Spark

23. Chinese Cultural Centre Museum

On the lower level of the Chinese Cultural Centre you can find the Chinese Artifacts Museum. You can learn about the history of the Chinese community in Calgary as well as historical Chinese artifacts and replicas.

24. B-line Indoor Bike Park

Your kids can have fun biking all winter long at B-line indoor bike park.

You may also be interested in:

26 Ideas for Winter Fun with Kids in Calgary

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