Monthly Archives: March 2016

APRIL FUN IN CALGARY!

Looking for something to do with the kids? April is full of theatre and performing arts in Calgary – there are all kinds of great shows and musical performances to enjoy with the whole family, plus Calgary’s usual selection of great festivals, trade shows, and more!

Calgary Baby & Tot Show: for Bump, Baby & Beyond
April 2 & 3; BMO Centre, Stampede Park; calgarybabyshow.com
Local and national exhibitors will showcase the latest in technology, apparel, furniture, products and toys. Interactive workshops and seminars from leading authorities will be available to provide you with insight and presentations. Parented play areas, arts & crafts, and entertainment for the whole family! For more information, to purchase tickets online and save, and to download the show guide, visit the website.

Bert Church Live Theatre in Airdrie Presents, Prairie Mountain Fiddlers
April 2; Bert Church Live Theatre in Airdrie; ticketpro.ca
This will be a foot-stomping, toe-tapping afternoon full of good old-time fiddle music! To purchase tickets, visit the website.

Meet & Eat at The Square
April 6 to June 29; 555 Strathcona Blvd SW; facebook.com/StrathconaSquareShoppingCentre
Meet & Eat at the Square is back! We are bringing the most delicious Food Trucks in Calgary to Strathcona Square for Spring & Summer! Food Trucks will be on site every Wednesday & Saturday, May through June from 11:30am-2:00pm. Calgary’s culinary travelling cuisine offer ethnic, styles, pricing and flavors that you have to come experience for yourself. Come to Strathcona Square every Wednesday & Saturday, May through June, to expand your tastebuds with some of Calgary’s BEST Food Trucks!

Family Fun Days at Aggie Days
April 9 & 10; Stampede Park, Agrium Western Event Center; ag.calgarystampede.com/events/aggie-days
Enjoy interactive agriculture activities including cow milking, sheep shearing, livestock auctioneering, an amazing corn maze and meet a variety of farm animals and more! For more information, visit the website.

Loose Moose Theatre for Kids Presents, Sherlock Junior
April 9 to May 1; Crossroads Market – 235, 26 Avenue SE; loosemoose.com
Shows are on Saturdays at 1pm and on Sundays at 1pm & 3pm. Loose Theatre For Kids Presents, Sherlock Junior. To purchase tickets and for more information, call 403-265-5682 or visit the website.

Bert Church Live Theatre in Airdrie Presents, DuffleBag Theatre: The 3 Musketeers.
April 17; Bert Church Live Theatre in Airdrie; ticketpro.ca
Actors retell the original adaptations of select fairy tales and Shakespearean classics with humor and a twist! To purchase tickets, visit the website.

Calgary Performing Arts Festival
April 18 to May 7; Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts at MRU; cpafestival.ca
The Calgary Performing Arts Festival is one of the largest performing arts events in Calgary, and one of the largest amateur competitive festivals in North America! For more information, performance times and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

The Adventures of Robin Hood
April 22 to April 24; 161, 115 – 9 Avenue SE; vertigotheatre.com/the-adventures-of-robin-hood/
Check website for showtimes. In a forest somewhere near you, there is a band of brothers seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, justice-fighting machines. Nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forest, but one thing is for sure, no rogue is safe! (Nor the piggy banks of rich folks). Internationally-acclaimed Visible Fictions returns to Calgary following a nearly soldout production of Jason and the Argonauts (2013). Be prepared to unleash your imagination in this updated take on the classic Robin Hood tale. Recommended for Ages 7+

StoryBook Theatre Presents, Goodnight Moon, the Musical
April 22 to May 7; 375 Bermuda Drive NW; storybooktheatre.org
StoryBook is excited to be bringing everyone’s favorite bedtime book vibrantly alive on stage in a full-length new musical. Watch as Bunny’s room magically comes alive as he dances and sings his way to sweet dreams through nursery rhyme scenes with dancing bears with chairs, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow Jumping Over the Moon and even a trip through the night sky with dancing constellations. Recommended for ages 3 and up. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

YYC’s Largest Used Kids Sale (TTMAC Sale)
April 30; 7904, 43 Avenue NW; ttmac.org/sale
You do not want to miss Calgary’s largest sale of quality-used kids clothes, toys and gear! Arrive early for the best selection!

Easter Roundup

EasterRoundUpMarch 18 to 28, 10am to 4pm; Spring Rally in the Alley at Heritage Park Historical Village. Come to the Gasoline Alley Museum for a Rally like no other! Take part in games and activities that will recreate the thrills and excitement of the International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race. First held in 1907, it is one of the most prestigious motorcycle races and is the ultimate challenge for riders and machines alike. For more information, visit www.heritagepark.ca

March 19, 20, 25 & 26; Easter Hunt Fun at Butterfield Acres Farm. First, the Legend of the Easter Bunny. Then off with an Easter basket to do some hunting! Follow up with a little Spring planting to take home, visit some very cute farmyard babies and to say ‘Thanks for Helping!’ the Easter Bunny will have a little treat for the kids! To purchase advance tickets only, visit www.butterfieldacres.com

March 22, 9:30 to 11:30am & 6:30 to 8:30pm; Family Easter Craft & Cookies at Southland Leisure Centre. Make some Easter crafts for your family and friends, and enjoy some light refreshments.

March 22 to March 24, 10am to 4pm; Spring Break Fishy Fun at Bow Habitat Station. Join Bow Habitat for fishy fun! Free activities included with your Discovery Centre admission, and additional opportunities to visit the trout in the Fish Hatchery. For more information, visit www.bowhabitat.alberta.ca

March 23, 10am to 12Noon; Free Children’s Nature Program – Wonders of Devonian Gardens. Bring the kids for an exciting morning of learning and exploration at The City of Calgary’s free, drop-in nature program! Young explorers will learn about fish, plants, bugs and more through games, crafts and stories. Themes will include Fancy Fish, Plant Power, Secret Lives of Lady Bugs and Shapes in Nature. No day camp, day care or home school groups larger than five children, please. For ages 3 to 12 (and must be accompanied by an adult). This free program runs on Wednesdays until April 27.

March 23, 10am to 7pm; March 24, 10am to 7pm; March 25, 12Noon to 5pm; Easter Petting Zoo at Westbrook Mall. Stop by the mall and visit with cute animals from Butterfield Acres Farm! And on March 25 from 12Noon to 5pm, get one free 8 x 10 photo with the Easter Bunny (located beside Virgin Mobile). For more information, visit www.westbrookmall.com/events

March 24 to 29; Disney On Ice Presents, Dare to Dream! Join your favorite Disney Princesses in a celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories, including two-modern day princesses Rapunzel and Tiana; the always elegant Cinderella; the princess who started it all, Snow White; and more! All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! For show times and to purchase tickets, visit www.disneyonice.com/ca/en-ca/dare-to-dream

March 25, 9am to 11am; Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs (and Kids) at Calaway Park. Burn off some energy. Grab your furry friend and children and hunt for dog-treat filled eggs on the front lawn with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. All funds raised through pledges will support National Service Dogs in providing specially-trained service dogs for children impacted by autism. For more information, visit www.calawaypark.com

March 25 & 26; Spring Sparktacular at TELUS Spark, the New Science Centre. Hop on down to Spring Sparktacular. Join for the classic egg drop challenge, lots of treats and much more! Admission for kids 3 and under is free. For more information, visit www.sparkscience.ca/events

March 25 & 26, 10am to 2pm; Easter at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Put a little Spring in your step and join in the Easter festivities at the Calgary Farmers’ Market! Hop on over to the main stage and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and decorate an Easter cookie too. Cash or food donations to the Calgary Food Bank are welcome. For more information, visit www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca/community/events/2016/03/25/

March 25 & 26, 9am to 3pm; Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo! In partnership with Calgary’s Child Magazine. It’s getting Greener at the Zoo. Join for fun-filled family activities and learn more about green initiatives and conservation efforts! This year, the Zoo will celebrate a ‘green’ Easter with your favorite animals. Participants receive chocolate treats and can take part in a number of sustainable activities including cookie decorating, chocolate-making, sustainable crafts, seed-planting, an Easter Bunny hop, face painting and more! All Easter Eggstravaganza activities are free with regular Zoo admission. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets and avoid the admission line, visit www.calgaryzoo.com/easter

March 26, 1 to 5pm; Vaisakhi Mela 2016. For thousands of years, April has been the time when farmers have put their sickles to harvest and collected precious crops. Without a good harvest, communities would perish, and so there was always great joy when a good harvest resulted at Vaisakhi time. The Spring season has always been an important and decisive time for the people of the northern hemisphere. Come out and help celebrate this free cultural, family-friendly event! Takes place at the Genesis Center Feature Gymnasium. For more information, visit www.vaisakhimela.ca

March 26, 10am to 4pm; Bowness Spring Craft Fair and Easter Eggstravaganza. The Spring Craft Fair takes place at the Bowness Community Centre Main Hall from 10am to 4pm. Easter Eggstravaganza takes place throughout the Centre including an Easter Egg Hunt and crafts from 11am to 3 pm. And there is free skating from 11am to 3pm with skates and helmets provided by the Kidsport Skate Shack. For more information, visit the website.

March 27, 1 to 5pm; Mount Engadine Lodge’s Family Easter Scavenger Hunt. Wander down Mount Engadine’s picturesque paths on an exciting scavenger hunt! Get into character and have your face painted like your favorite wilderness animal, and make sure to stop off at the campfire to roast marshmallows. There will be a BBQ with pulled pork or portabella mushroom burgers and sides with a cash donation to the Bow Valley Food Bank! Mount Engadine Lodge in Kananaskis is located at 1 Shark Road (35 kilometres south of Canmore on Smith Dorien Highwy). For more information, visit www.mountengadine.com

March 27, 12Noon to 3pm; XL 103’s 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This Egg Hunt is for both kids and adults! Easter activities begin at Noon, including games and photos with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1pm with a separate area for toddlers ages 2 to 5 years old, so they can hunt at their own pace. Check in at the XL 103 Info Booth prior to the Egg Hunt for a map of the hunt area and rules/regulations. The first 30 kids to check in starting at noon will receive an Easter hunt package. Hundreds of prizes, including cash and concert tickets, and over 75 pounds of chocolate and candy to be won! Rules and regulations can be found on the website: www.xl103calgary.com/easter