Stress-Free Tips for Back-to-School Shopping


Back to school shopping already? Don’t worry, getting ready will be a breeze at WestHills Towne Centre and Country Hills Village Shopping Centre!

It’s finally summer in Calgary, and we know how hard it is to think about back to school shopping when there’s fun stuff like eating popsicles, running through the sprinkler and roasting s’mores over the firepit keeping you and your family busy. We hear you! Which is why we’re going to make getting ready for school a breeze this year with these tips for stress-free back to school shopping.

  1. Energize early

You have many options at WestHills to give yourself a pre-shopping boost. It could be as simple as an Americano at Starbucks (double shot anyone?) or a nutrition-packed smoothie at Booster Juice. May we also suggest a fresh scone from Cobs Bread? Our favourite is the lemon-blueberry and trust us, that fresh summery taste will give you a little extra bounce in your step.

  1. Make fashionable choices

WestHills has some great options for kids of all ages, and Moms. OshKosh and Tommy Hilfiger have a huge selection of jeans, t’s and hoodies. For accessories check out Plum and Joydrop. Moms, remember a nice back to school outfit for you is also important (a la ladies from Big Little Lies!). The fashionable ladies at Aldila will pull together an outfit tailored just for you in a snap.

  1. Make smart choices

Give your kids an extra brain boost with Calgary’s premiere selection of educational toys, games and books at Mastermind Toys. Give them a physical boost by shopping for all their sports gear at Play It Again Sports – where you’ll get great service and great prices. And for another smart move, take your kids to Bentley where they’ll have their pick of awesome backpacks (and lunch bags), or suitcases for those who may be moving on to residence or university out of town…(don’t worry, they’ll be back!)

  1. Stock up on essentials

It’s not all about clothes shopping. Now’s the perfect time to think about all those things we often forget until oops, we need them. Things like batteries (Best Buy has you covered), cell phone cases (Rogers has a great selection) and light bulbs (Rona, of course). No shopping trip would be complete without a browse through Shoppers Drug Mart where you can stock up on bandaids (you can never have enough right?), cleaning products (always needed with kids in the house) and stamps (you never need one until you do!).

  1. Refresh your home

After the stickiness of summer, it’s nice to think about making some quick and easy refreshes to our home decor. Daniadown has the prettiest tea towels that will (hopefully) inspire school lunch ideas. And don’t even get us started on all the cute decor items at Urban Barn – throw pillows in all shapes and sizes, lamps for study desks and blankets for those chilly nights we know are coming. You’ll feel like an interior design pro!

  1. Focus on wellness

Be proactive and schedule a visit to your favourite healthcare practitioner at WestHills Medicentre or WestHills Chiropractic, and don’t forget your teeth – the friendly dentists at WestHills Dental look after the entire family.

  1. Take a summer time-out with your kids

Join us at WestHills Towne Centre on Saturday, August 24 from 11am to 2pm for a fun (and free!) back to school event. You’ll enjoy a yummy bbq hosted by M&M Food Market (for the first 350 guests), face painting, balloon artist, treats handed out by our roving ambassadors and retailer promotions. Everyone is welcome, including your furry friends. We’ll celebrate summer AND get into the back to school spirit. For more information please visit our website or Facebook page.

And if you live in the north, we have a special back to school event for you as well!

Join us at Country Hills Village Shopping Centre on August 24 from 11am to 2pm, right next to Famoso – with yummy (and free) food samples! Also, Global Pet Foods will be hosting a pet expo with treats for your furry friends. Country Hills Veterinary Clinic will be on hand to answer all your pet questions. You’ll also get to enjoy food samples, face painting, glitter tattoos and retailer promotions. Everyone (including furry friends) is invited. For more info visit our website or Facebook page.

Country Hills Village Shopping Centre will make your back to school shopping easier this year too. Find out how from our friend Jody Robbins (plus learn how to enter our back to school contest to win a cut and style from Diva Salon Spa).

The Ultimate 2019 Summer Road-Trip Fight-the-Boredom Pack!

provided by Country Hills Nissan

Meet Sara Weber. She’s a mother of two active and rambunctious 2- and 4-year old girls, Alana and Kelly, and, while balancing her corporate career and mom life, she has developed a series of “mom hacks” that have helped make her life easier.

Sara and her husband are busy planning their summer getaway to Jasper during the August long weekend. She can already predict this 6-hour long road trip will undoubtedly be filled with frequent pee/snack/mom-I-have-got-ants-in-my-pants pit stops.

While she prefers having her daughters engage in play that educates and develops their skills, on many occasions, she has succumbed to giving her girls their iPads to keep them occupied.

This year, she is determined to break the cycle of unnecessary screen time. Sara is excited to introduce the latest addition to her super-mom arsenal: The Ultimate 2019 Summer Road-Trip Fight-the-Boredom Pack! Not only has she shared the secrets of her arsenal with her inner circle of mommy friends, but she’s excited to spill the beans to all of you:

1) Sticker Books
Kids of all ages love sticker books. Let their imaginations run wild and let them use a colouring book, their car seat, arms, legs, side of the car door as their canvas!

2) Kids Music on Spotify
No parent will have trouble following along the words to their children’s favourite
tunes. Family sing-a-longs are a great bonding experience!

3) Paint-with-Water Colouring Pads
The last thing any parent wants is to be scrubbing pencil crayon and marker scribbles out of the car’s upholstery. The perfect solution is a water art colouring pad. Simply fill the paint brush with water and watch your child’s delight as colors appear with every brush stroke.

4) Books
For children who love to read, pack a few of their favourites for the road trip. To break up the monotony, check out a few children’s audiobooks from the Calgary library to create a more interactive reading experience.

5) Bring on the Snacks
Toddlers get hungry – and when they don’t get their food in time, a tantrum can quickly follow. Pack their favourite snacks to keep them happy and avoid a meltdown. A few easy and healthy on-the-go snack ideas include: baby carrots, whole wheat crackers, string cheese, or fresh cut fruit.

For their safe and reliable Nissan Rogue or, as they like to call it, “home-on-wheels,” Sara and her family put their trust in Country Hills Nissan. The team at Calgary’s newest and Canada’s largest Nissan dealership listened and understood the specific needs and requirements of Sara’s busy family and lifestyle.

Let Country Hills Nissan help you find the wheels that will transport your family safely and fit all your family’s essentials to every destination. We wish all of you (and Sara and her family) safe and happy adventures this summer!

Keeping Backyard Play Safe

provided by Calgary EMS

Especially in the summer months, children can be found playing in the ‘safety of their backyards’. To help keep them safe, parents must be aware that there are many potential hazards in the backyard that can result in injury to their children. Calgary EMS would like to pass along these important backyard safety tips.

Landscaping tools can be a source of curiosity, intrigue, and injury to your child:

  • Keep children out of the yard while mowing the lawn. Always be alert and ready to turn the mower off if your child approaches.
  • Keep young children away from all outdoor power equipment. Serious burns may result when touching the hot muffler of running or recently running engines.
  • Ensure that all tools fuel, chemicals and other hazardous substances are stored in a locked area. A shed with a latch door can be fiddled with and opened. In fact, for a youngster, getting the door open can be an exciting challenge.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. For this reason, extreme caution is always necessary around water. Most pool drownings or near drownings involve home pools;

  • Never leave children unattended in or near water.
  • Be sure to empty and turn over anything that could pose a drowning hazard such as wading pools, buckets, and pails. Small children can drown in less than an inch of water.
  • Ensure all backyard swimming pools are fenced. The fence should be at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) high and have a self-latching, self-closing, lockable gate.
  • Sprinklers make an excellent alternative to water fun. Use only on the grass and make sure the surrounding area is free of obstacles and debris.

Protect your child from nature:

  • Minimise the risk of bee and insect stings by having your children wear shoes and light-coloured clothing.
  • Protect your children from insect bites by using repellent containing Deet. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If a child experiences a reaction to an insect bite, seek medical attention immediately.

Each year in Canada, thousands of children suffer from playground injuries. One out of five injuries that occur on play equipment happen in backyard play areas. To reduce the risk of injury in backyard play areas:


  • Supervise all young children closely and carefully.
  • Remove drawstrings and scarves from children’s clothing.
  • Ensure the equipment in your yard is suitable for the age and skill of the children using it.
  • Properly secure equipment to the ground.
  • Set up backyard swings and other play equipment on 8 to 12 inches of a shock-absorbing surface such as sand, wood chips or pea gravel. Grass will not adequately cushion a fall.
  • Limit the height of the equipment in your backyard to less than 1.8 metres (6 feet).
  • Check the equipment often and repair any worn, loose or broken parts.
  • Make sure children know the basic rules of safe play.


  • Always wear shoes.
  • Only allow one person on the slide at a time.
  • Wait your turn.
  • Hold on with both hands when swinging and climbing.

Play Safe and Have Fun!

Canada Day Fun

July 1st is Canada Day! Canada Day is best spent celebrating with our neighbors – get out and enjoy some of the wonderful festivals and events around town!

The City of Calgary Canada Day Celebrations
Join Canada’s 152nd birthday celebrations taking place across downtown. There will be a fabulous lineup of events, activities, food, music, and fun in store to help your family celebrate. Bring the family downtown to join from Fort Calgary to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, to Prince’s Island Park – and everywhere in between! Don’t forget to cap the day off with The City’s spectacular fireworks! To check out the full lineup of festivities, visit the website.

Ultimate Canada Day Celebrations at Southcentre Mall
Spend July 1 enjoying the sunshine, a few beverages, and a bite to eat at this one-day-only event including a Beer Garden presented CRAFT. Free family-friendly activities will be available, including a come-and-try-it booth with Breathe Parkour, an archery zone from Strike Combat Archery, beanbag toss games by Cornhole YYC, and a special kid’s zone by Trico Centre. Guests can also enjoy an unforgettable street hockey experience at the Encore 4-on-4 Street Hockey Championships, which will be held adjacent to the Beer Gardens. The family-friendly tournament welcomes all ages and skill levels to participate. Registration is now closed, but all are welcome to watch the games and cheer on your favorite team.

East Village Street Fair
Join for street vendors, food trucks, live music, and cultural dancing. Local businesses will be showcasing many unique goods and the community garden area will host face painters and balloon twisters! Website.

Dominion Day/Canada Day at Heritage Park
Celebrate Canada Day the old-fashioned way! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, an old-fashioned parade down main street, mini chuckwagon races, family games, entertainment, and more! Come early – lines are often long for this one! Website.

Canada Day at Fort Calgary
Experience Canada Day at Fort Calgary! Outside on the grounds, grab a bite from the food trucks’ caravan, take the kids to the Fort Calgary Kids’ Zone (crafts, games, and artifacts!), meet your neighborhood champions at the Community Tent Village, get a free temporary tattoo with the Girl Guides of Canada, and see the North West Mounted Police brass band perform live! Enjoy a drink in the family-friendly indoor/outdoor beer garden located on the Fort Calgary patio, featuring Village Brewery beer and cider. Head inside the museum to enjoy some shade, the Indigenous Learning Space in Burnswest Theatre, Mountie uniform try-on station, and more! Admission by Donation! Admission to the museum is by cash donation, or bring a non-perishable food donation to the Veterans’ Food Bank. Website.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada Day Celebrations
Canada Day celebrations at Prairie Winds Park has become one of the city’s premier events attended by thousands of Calgarians representing diverse communities. There will be a BBQ, flag hoisting and national anthem presented by a group of children, recreational activities and games for kids, guided tours of Baitun Nur, one of the largest mosques in Canada, and more! Website.

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre Canada Day Celebrations
Enjoy Canada Day in Chinatown and get an introduction to many merchant and restaurant offerings. Stunning performances from multicultural talent, delicious authentic cuisine, and family-friendly activities will enhance your knowledge of cultural groups. Spin the wheel to receive discounts to cultural experiences, color your Chinese zodiac, and more! Website.

Canada Day Block Party at Max Bell Centre
This event boasts one of the best views of the Canada Day fireworks and includes headliner music and entertainment acts, a massive YYC vendors’ market, beer garden, a bigger than ever kids’ zone, an Indigenous village, food trucks, and more! Pet-friendly, too. Website.

Family Fun in “Kidifornia”

We had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to enjoy the Vancouver International Children’s Festival courtesy of Kidifornia, a new initiative by Visit California, and WestJet. With over a million Canadians already visiting California every single year, it’s a favorite destination for us, especially during our cold winters.

Kidifornia brought their interactive coloring wall to the festival – this giant, collaborative art exhibit asks kids to color images from across the Golden State, which are then displayed on the wall for passers-by to enjoy. The wall made its original debut in Australia and this is the first time they’ve brought it to a Canadian event. It was very popular! They also brought a free photobooth along for everyone to enjoy.

We asked our hosts what they’d like Calgarian families to know about California travel in the next year or so, and they had a lot of suggestions to offer. Disneyland Resort has just opened Galaxy’s Edge (their new Star Wars park,) LEGOLAND California is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, and a new Jurassic World attraction is scheduled to open at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. Lots to offer for theme park junkies!

We’re looking forward to learning more about California over the next few months as our collaboration with Kidifornia continues!

Serve Some Fun at the Alberta Tennis Centre!


Looking to stay active this summer? Tennis is the way to go. Kids can improve their tennis game and have fun at Nike Tennis Camps at the Alberta Tennis Centre in Calgary this summer.

At the Alberta Tennis Centre, you will receive fantastic coaching from Greig Ewing, who as a junior tennis player, played and travelled extensively, securing national championship victories and international honours. As well as superb coaching, campers participate in a state of the art, family-friendly venue. The building is over 70,000 square feet, with 13 courts, pro shops, restaurant/lounge with smoothie bar and even more!

“Alberta Tennis Centre eight sessions of Nike’s tennis camps offering a variety of skills development programs for junior tennis players and multi-sport athletes ages 4-14,” said Zach Budd, program manager at Sports Camps Canada.

At Alberta Tennis Centre, the tennis camps are targeted to help any tennis player at any level to offer the best camp possible. The levels that are provided are displayed below:

Mini Tennis Camp:

Geared for children between the ages of 4-7 years of age, this mini tennis camp utilizes Tennis Canada’s Progressive Curriculum, using Mini-Tennis equipment and Red Tennis Balls to ensure children’s optimal success. The camp is based on Long Term Athlete Development principles and focuses on skill development, acquiring new tennis skills through a games based approach. Participants will be introduced to fundamental movement skills required for tennis and there will be a strong emphasis on cooperative play as well as technical and tactical development.

Progressive Tennis Camp:

Geared for children between the ages of 7-9 years of age, this mini tennis camp utilizes Tennis Canada’s Progressive Curriculum using Mini-Tennis equipment and Orange Tennis Balls to ensure children’s optimal success. The camp is based on Long Term Athlete Development principles and focuses on skill development, acquiring new tennis skills through a games based approach. Participants will be introduced to fundamental movement skills required for tennis and there will be a strong emphasis on cooperative play as well as technical and tactical development.

Skill Development Camp:

This Tennis Camp is offered as a half-day camp with a morning session from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or an afternoon session from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, for participants between the ages of 8 – 14. The camp has been designed for participants who would love to improve their tennis skills. This camp will involve a combination of tennis drills, match play sessions, some strength & injury prevention training, and conditioning for footwork, speed and agility training whilst also developing the team working, leadership and social skills of participants through alternative activities.

Full Day Tennis and Multi-Sport Camp:

This Tennis and Multi-Sport Camp is offered as a full day camp from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, with the first half of the day focusing on the Skills Development Tennis program and the second half of the day consisting of various other sports like soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and badminton. Participating in different sports is the number one way to develop physical literacy in young athletes. The varying skill sets, brought together by some common themes help participants thrive in different environments. The multiple sports that campers will enjoy have been chosen carefully, all sharing similar movement patterns and coordination skills. You’ll find that by taking part in these different activities, students will become all-around better athletes!

Whether your child is interested in learning the game, playing recreationally or aspiring to become a provincial, national or international calibre athlete, we have the right program and professional staff dedicated to helping them reach their potential as a young athlete.

We guarantee a serious fun camp experience for your children and when attending Nike Tennis Camps at ATC, you will receive the best of the best.

The camps run between July 2 and Aug, 23. Register online today and get $25 off by using the promo code CAL25.

For more information, call 1-844-464-5372 or email

Who’s ruling the household?

Provided by Parenting Power

When we are presenting to audiences of 200+ or talking with individual coaching clients, one thing we hear more often than we would expect is,

“My child won’t let me…”

Many times, without anyone actually realizing it is happening, children are ruling the home. The children have the power and the parents, while not happy about it, throw up their hands, shrug their shoulders and go along with it.

Example 1:

The toddlers won’t sit at the table and will only stay put if screens are out and the parents can shovel food into gaping mouths so that everyone eats. Then, after watching a few of their favourite shows, the youngsters won’t go to sleep and are up for hours. Everyone is exhausted.

Example 2:

Rather than asking for permission, your teens tell you where they’ll be and when they’ll be home. It feels like any control you once had is suddenly gone.

No matter the age, it is easy to slide into a reversal of power. In her book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, Amy Morin asks:

Does your child have too much power?

There’s a big difference between empowering your child to make healthy choices and giving him too much power. It can be hard to know when that line is crossed. Do you answer yes to any of the following points?

  • I struggle to enforce the rules I set for my child
  • I give my child an equal vote in the choices I make for my family
  • I seek my child’s opinion on adult-related decisions
  • I bribe my child to get him to comply
  • I sometimes ignore behaviour problems because I know it won’t do any good to speak up

It can be tricky to walk the line between teaching our children that they have the power to effect change in their own lives, and handing over adult-sized responsibilities to our kids. We need to give them power in age-appropriate ways, while retaining a clear sense of family hierarchy wherein the parents are in charge of the way the family runs and the kids have the power to choose their behaviour and the resulting consequences.

Rules and structure provide kids with the safety to experiment with choices and learn from consequences. As Amy Morin explains,

Giving kids too much power hurts them in several ways:

  • Lack of self-control
  • Increased health risks
  • Increased mental-health risks
  • Higher rates of risky behaviour

Bottom Line

Kids need parents to parent so that they can get on with the work of being kids. We empower ourselves as parents by taking one step at a time and getting clear on our expectations and consequences. At Parenting Power, we help families to do that every week and we are here to help you.

Every parent can encourage their kids to know their own power and to exercise it over the choices they are making and the consequences they experience. In addition, we need to get clear on our own responsibilities and the choices we are making for our families.

If you find yourself in constant power-struggles, ask a friend for help or reach out to us and we’ll share some tools to get yourself back on the right track.

This week, ask yourself these questions:

  • Who is in control of our household?
  • Do I sometimes feel out of control here?
  • Where is one area in which I need to re frame the hierarchy in our home?

Learn more from Julie and Gail at!

Mother’s Day Recognition

Guest Blog by Jasmin Shannon on behalf of WestHills Towne Centre and Country Hills Village Shopping Centre

RECOGNITION. It was the buzz word when I was completing my Human Resources degree. You know… intrinsic vs extrinsic rewards, motivators and drivers, yadda yadda yadda? I learned that some employees are driven by money, bonuses, and other tangible rewards. While others are driven by the people they work with, encouraging emails, or a simple pat on the back. These textbooks taught me how to provide (or find) a job with benefits that really matter, and how to be a boss that really understands motivators and drivers so their people don’t burn out.

Years have passed since sticking my nose into a textbook, and now I’m left wondering, why do they not make textbooks for Moms?! If only it were that simple… Wouldn’t it be nice to have a parenting manual that was Universally celebrated and agreed upon? And then I thought, can I apply the same principles to my life as a Mom?

I have two bosses now, and they are 1 and 3 years old. They don’t give me bonuses at Christmastime nor do I get an engraved glass plaque with my name on it. Instead, I work for free 24/7, 365 and, if I’m on my best behaviour, I might get an “I love you, Mama”. My work will pay off eventually, I know that. I’m holding out for that big promotion, aka, when I die a happy woman knowing that I raised kind humans. And if they happen to be educated and super rich, that’s pretty great too.

So, in the meantime, I find what motivates me to be the best Mom possible. Which is a difficult thing to do when you’re in the thick of it all. I was in a major funk the other day. I was short with my family and irritated by the smallest things. I realized then, that I had not left the house for three days, I hadn’t taken any time for myself and was completely run down. Had I even showered? I honestly couldn’t remember. We’ve all had similar experiences, but what gets you out of your rut? For me, it’s treating myself to something. Anything! It can be a walk, a dessert, a bath, just anything to acknowledge myself. But you know what can be even better? When others around you recognize you. A simple thank you, a handful of freshly picked weeds out of the back garden, it doesn’t matter! Any act of kindness to convey that you are appreciated and recognized as Mom is the simplest most powerful thing those around us can do.

I know I’m not alone when I say that my kids have changed my perspective on just about every aspect of life. They are grateful for the tiniest little things – be it a heart-shaped strawberry or a puddle of water they can splash in. Gratitude is everywhere for these little humans and that’s the biggest lesson they’ve taught me. I’ve also learned that I am being recognized by my kids in their own special way, and for that, I’m so grateful. Recognition comes in the form of your kids asking you to play with them or comfort them. It’s in the “I love you, Mama” moments or when they eat their entire plate of dinner. It’s a whole other heart-warming, fuzzy-feeling-inducing, good-vibes-only kind of level.

Mother’s Day is coming up quickly on May 12th. Some might think it’s a silly made up holiday, and they’re likely not Moms. So for the rest of us, it’s a reminder to husbands, kids, and friends, that Moms need a little bit of recognition all throughout the year. Just a hint of recognition or acknowledgment goes a long way. We’d be forever grateful… until next year.

I’m heading to WestHills Towne Centre on Saturday, May 11th to get my fill of Mama recognition. I love heading there year round for just about everything because it’s so convenient and I love the variety of stores they have. Read all about my love affair with WestHills Towne Centre.

The reason I’m going there specifically on Saturday May 11th from 11am – 1pm is because WestHills Towne Centre will be providing Mother’s Day giveaways and handing out treats! If you live in the NW, the event will be taking place at Country Hills Village Shopping Centre at the same time. They will have roving ambassadors on the lookout for Moms like me to surprise with a little bit of recognition. Plus they’ll have a grand prize that all families can enter to win, full of wonderful prizes from retailers. Mother’s Day is all about love, recognition and spending time with the ones you love. And WestHills and Country Hills Village totally get it.

I’ll be bringing the kids down for some Mother’s Day fun and I hope you can join us too!

Love, peace & happy Mother’s Day

Are our kids overdoing it?

Provided by Parenting Power

In a recent article, Dr. Tim Elmore shared insights about the rise in anxiety, depression and panic attacks in teens today. He suggests that many teens today live,

“Sedentary lifestyles: there are hundreds of hormones, enzymes, proteins, and chemical reactions happening while the body is physically active. It enables them to be mentally fit and emotionally stable.When kids are sedentary, these hormones are unable to do their work. In short, we are made to move—and we naturally struggle when sedentary.

Solitary lifestyles: students today are actually spending more time alone than past generations of youth.The portable device has overtaken the personal conversation. Screen to screen has overtaken face to face. Psychologist Jean Twenge concludes that the more students spend time in genuine conversations in the presence of people, anxiety levels drop.

and Stimulated lifestyles: teens today consume thousands of messages a day on social media, email, live interactions and other media outlets. Our brains were not meant to digest this much information. Consider this comparison: the average person today consumes as much information reading the Sunday New York Times as a person consumed during an entire year in the 19th century.”

While these are generalized observations, they are worth considering. Dr Elmore sums it up by saying that,

“Sedentary lifestyles leave them overweight.
Solitary lifestyles leave them over-indulged.
Saturated lifestyles leave them overwhelmed.
We must get them moving. A good rule of thumb is to match the hours they have in front of a screen with that many hours in physical activity.

We must get them face-to-face with people and off their phones. One good rule is to match the hours they have on a screen with the same hours socializing in-person.

We must offer them free time to play and control their time. One good rule could be to insure they limit social media time to two hours or less daily.”

And let’s go one step further to look at what our parental behaviour is modeling for our children.

This week, ask yourself these questions:

Are we sedentary? How often are members of our family moving?
Are we solitary? Are we having face-to-face conversations regularly?
Are we involved in screen-free free time?

Learn more from Julie and Gail at!

Easter Events Around Town

Have a ‘hoppy’ Easter (yeah, we went there) with these family-friendly events!

Easter at the Calgary Farmers’ Market
Put a Little Spring in Your Step! Join in the Easter festivities from 10am to 2pm on April 18 to 20! Hop on over to the stage and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and decorate an Easter cookie, too (while supplies last). The Calgary Farmers’ Market will be accepting cash or food donations for the Calgary Food Bank to snap a bunny photo and to ensure no one goes hungry this Easter (recommended $5 donation). And remember, the Market is open all Easter weekend, Thursday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm! Website.

Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo
Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo, proudly sponsored in part by Calgary’s Child Magazine, takes place April 19 & 20, 9am to 2pm. Hop on down to the zoo where kids of all ages can play, explore, create, and learn. This year, once again, there will be 4 activity zones (creative, play, sweet, and enviro) for your family to spring through. In each zone, you’ll meet the local partners who have brought activities, prize draws, and tasty treats! Kids 12 and under can visit the 4 treat stations for a free treat. What a sweet way to celebrate! Easter Eggstravanganza is included with regular admission to the Zoo. To purchase your admission tickets now, visit the website.

National Service Dogs Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs (and Their Humans)
Friday Apr 19 at 10am to 12pm. Join for a fun-filled morning as your dog(s) hunt for treat-filled eggs on the beautiful south lawn of Calaway Park. All funds raised go to supporting National Service Dogs work. Visit the website to sign up and start collecting pledges! This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather!

Easter Petting Zoo at Westbrook Mall
Meet the Easter Bunny and make some furry friends! On April 19, Westbrook Mall is hosting an Easter petting zoo for the whole family to enjoy. Join Westbrook Mall and give your kids an opportunity to interact with friendly farm animals or get your photo taken with the Easter bunny from Noon to 5pm and receive a free 4 x 6 photo! Website.

Easter Eggstravaganza! at Trico Centre for Family Wellness
Saturday Apr 20, 10am to 12pm. Join Trico Centre for an eggstravagant morning of fun! There will be face painting, crafts, games, and more! This holiday event is free for members. Website.

Easter Fun at Marlborough Mall
Saturday Apr 20, 10am to 6pm. Visit Marlborough Mall for some egg-citing Easter activities! Stop by from 12 to 6pm and get a free 4 x 6 picture with the Easter Bunny. While you are there, participate in the Easter Egg Hunt and interact with some adorable barnyard animals (from 10am to 6 pm) at the Petting Zoo located by the Family Park. Website.