25 Fun Things to Do in Calgary with Your Kids This Spring

by - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring in Calgary can be sunny, snowy, rainy, or slushy - sometimes all in one day - so it's good to be prepared for anything! This list of outdoor and indoor family-friendly activities will help you plan a fun spring weekend or spring break in Calgary.

St. Patrick's Island, Calgary
St. Patrick's Island, Calgary

25 Fun Things to Do in Calgary With Your Kids This Spring: Free Activities, Attractions, & Events

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1. Hike the newly reopened Douglas Fir Trail in Edworthy Park and look for fairy houses. 2.2 km round trip to the lookout, 60 metres elevation gain (5 km round trip to Cedar Crescent SW). For more information, read this story: Three family hikes in NW Calgary.

Douglas Fir Trail Lookout, Edworthy Park
Fairy house at Douglas Fir Trail Lookout, Edworthy Park

2. Bike to a bakery (or ice cream shop)! Need inspiration? Try one of these 10 family friendly bike routes in Calgary. They are mostly flat, almost completely on city pathways, and include snack spots!

3. Look for the Medicine Wheel and prairie crocuses (Anemone patens) at Nose Hill Park. Fuzzy prairie crocuses usually emerge right after the snow melts. Read Three Family Hikes in NW Calgary for more information.

Nose Hill Park Medicine Wheel
Nose Hill Park Medicine Wheel

4. Look for fairies at Hawkcliff Park (Hawkcliff Way and Hawkcliff Gate NW). The fairy house trail on the north side of this small park boasts a few dozen fairy houses!

Fairy door at Hawkcliff Park
Fairy door at Hawkcliff Park
5. Check out a Calgary Parks Mobile Adventure Playground at a park near you. It's a loose parts (cardboard, tape, etc.) extravaganza you don't have to clean up!

6. Take a nature walk at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre. Don't forget your binoculars! (Note: no dogs or bikes permitted.)

Caballeros Sculpture, Artisan Garden, Fish Creek Provincial Park
8. Play Pokemon Go. Prince's Island Park and University Research Park are great places to play as they have a high concentration of PokeStops (virtual supply stations). Can you catch 'em all?

9. Sample tasty treats at a Farmer's Market. Calgary Farmer's Market (Thursday-Sunday) and Crossroads Market (Friday-Sunday) are open year round!

10. Discover YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre. Try on a police uniform, sit in a police car, learn Street Smarts, and learn about forensic science at this state of the art facility. Admission by donation.

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11. Up your biking skills at B-Line Indoor Bike Park. 60,000 square feet of fun with features for all levels! Bring your own bike and helmet or rent onsite.

12. Take the plane lover in your family to the Hangar Flight Museum, home to 27 rare military and civilian aircraft. Read more in my story: Hanging out at the Hangar Flight Museum

13. Check out the amazing Whales | Tohora exhibit at Telus Spark (until June 20, 2018) then go down the 19 metre / 63 foot long slide in the Brainasium outdoor play area. 

The Whales exhibit has movies, hands-on exhibits, and fossils.
The girls loved it!

14. Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre is where you can play, hear, and celebrate music. Check the calendar for live performances or behind the scenes tours! 

15. Celebrate Sports at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. This sports museum pays tribute to Canada's top athletes and has some fun hands-on (or feet-on) exhibits. Try the rowing machine, virtual wheelchair racing, shadow boxing, virtual ski jumping and more.

16. Climb, play, and learn at Granary Road Active Learning Park. Opens for the season on April 10, 2018. Check their Facebook page for updates. Read about our fun time in this story: Granary Road Active Learning Park.

Granary Road Active Learning Park
Granary Road Active Learning Park
17. Visit the PANDAS at The Calgary Zoo this May! Need I say more? Until then, your favorite animals await. Spring is a great time to visit the zoo as it isn't too busy.

18. Go back in time - ride a steam train, learn to make butter, and visit a historical village - at Heritage Park (Historical Village and Midway opening for the season on May 19, 2018). Staff in olden days clothes bring history to life at Canada's largest historical park.

Heritage Park Calgary
Heritage Park
19. Ride the world's longest (1.8 km) luge track, Skyline Luge, at Winsport! (Opens in May) You control the speed and direction to go as fast as you like.

    SPRING EVENTS IN CALGARY

    20. May 23-26, 2018: Calgary International Children's Festival is a fun arts festival "for the young and young at heart." Check out the complete calendar of events here.

    21. March 23, 27-29: Bow Habitat Station Discovery Days have special hands-on Investigation Stations. Explore Pearce Estate Park after!

    Fish anatomy display at Bow Habitat Station
    Fish anatomy display at Bow Habitat Station
    22. March 24, 2018: Celebrate Calgary Unplugged for Earth Hour at St Patrick's Island with a dance party, free hot chocolate and more! Music and lights will be bike powered. :) Details on their Facebook page.

    23. March 24-25, 30-31: Butterfield Acres Great Legendary Easter Hunt is legendary for a reason! Kids get to help the Easter Bunny, do some spring planting (to keep), and take home a special treat!

    24. April 5, May 3, June 7, 2018: First Thursdays at Glenbow Museum offer free admission from 5 pm - 9 pm.

    25. April 21, 2018: Fish Creek Star Night. View the night sky through telescopes, go on a guided night walk, and learn about night creatures.


    What are your favorite things to do in spring in Calgary? 

    Spring Family Fun in Calgary, Alberta
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