Many of Calgary’s summer attractions and activities are closed during the Winter but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. 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).
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 has lots of indoor play places for your kids to burn off some energy.
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.
Take sledding to the next level with Winsport’s new Tube Park.
5. Go skating
Visit the Lougheed House historical site and museum.
The Historical village is closed over the winter, but the beautiful car museum, Gasoline Alley is open year round.
Glow in the dark indoor mini-golf for the whole family
Calgary has lots of different indoor swimming options
With many full-sized aircraft on display and a new name, The Hanger is a great place for airplane fans..
Part climbing centre, part playground – tons of fun.
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.
12. Flying Squirrel
Flying Squirrel trampoline park (and more!) will get your kids bouncing and keep them from bouncing off the walls at home.
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.
Tobogganing is tons of fun, great exercise and doesn’t cost a penny. Find out more about Tobogganing in Calgary here.
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.
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.
The Grain Academy Museum is an interactive celebration of the grain industry in Western Canada. They are open Monday-Friday and admission is free.
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.
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 cooler months it has an inflatable village, laser tag, a climbing wall and tons of redemption games.
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.
Your whole family can have fun and exercise at InjaNation – trampolines, climbing walls, obstacle courses and more!
Experience and learn about music in a whole new way in Calgary’s new National Music Centre – Studio Bell.
23. 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.
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.
25. Extreme Airpark
Jump until you drop at this indoor trampoline park.
This small but really cool museum has free admission (donations accepted) and is open 10am-3pm Tuesday-Friday and the last Saturday of the month.
What would you add to this list?