Youthlink Calgary – Police Interpretive Centre

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

Note: during the school year, Youthlink is only open to the public Friday and Saturdays. During July and August it is open to the public from Tuesday-Saturday.

Location:     5111 47 St NE

Gordie’s review (7 years old): “I liked how interactive it was”
Nicky’s review (4 years old): “The balloons” [they had a station where the kids could put their fingerprint on a balloon]
Robbie’s review (1.5 years old): “Whee-oo! Whee-oo!”

Day Pass Cost: Free
Parking: free parking lot

Food Services: visitors are welcome to make use of the cafeteria in the Calgary Police Service main building beside Youthlink on Fridays. There is also a picnic area by the pond for nice days.

Age Range: All ages. However, Youthlink is aimed primarily at grade 6 students and some of the exhibits contain strong content. If this is a concern for your family you are encouraged to check with the front desk.
Stay Length: 1.5-3 hours
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Youthlink Calgary had been on my list since it opened in September 2015 but I was never quite sure whether it was going to be a good fit for my young kids. Last August I decided to check it out anyway and am I ever glad we did. It is arguably Calgary’s most underrated attraction and I highly recommend visiting.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

The museum is arranged beautifully with displays and real police artifacts.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

Many of the displays are interactive.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

They also have some great photo-ops like these ones.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

In a room near the front, they have a really cool display on forensic investigating.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

You can also see what it’s like to fly in a HAWC’s helicopter simulator.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

Some of the exhibits on gangs, bullying, online safety and drugs went a little over my kids heads.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

But they loved seeing the police vehicles.

Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre
Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre
Youthlink Police Interpretive Centre

And don’t forget to check out the bathrooms.

My kids 7, 4 and 1.5 went through the whole museum and weren’t bothered by the strong subject matter in some of the exhibits but I can see how some kids or families may want to discuss this with the front desk before entering. I think everyone would enjoy and benefit from the museum though and I give it two big thumbs up.

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