May is blooming in Calgary!

94_Autonomy_S128Take advantage of our warm and sunny spring weather and enjoy the many awesome family-friendly activities going on all over the city. There’s something to appeal to every age and stage!

May 7, 8, 13, 14; 15; Day Out with Thomas, Heritage Park Historical Village. Thomas the Tank Engine is chugging into Heritage Park for two weekends of fun! Take a 20-minute ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a day full of activities. Tickets: heritagepark.ca

May 7, at 10am to 2pm; Mom’s Pamper Lounge at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Behind every good kid is a great mom! Bring your mother to the Calgary Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 7 from 10am to 2pm to enjoy the Complimentary Pamper Lounge. Moms will enjoy neck massages from Mount Royal University Massage; delicious juice samples from Cherry Pit to Go!; tasty treats from Sugar Creek Kettle Corn; fabulous new tea samples from TotaliTea! spin to win with Eden Essentials; a kids craft – provided by Mommy Connections; and lots of exciting draw prizes! www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca/community/events/2016/05/08/

May 8, 11am to 3pm; International Migratory Bird Day Festival, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. This is a free event! Learn about migration and conservation from birding experts, enjoy nature-themed games and crafts, and go on a guided sanctuary tour! migratorybirdday.org

May 13 & 14, 9am to 9pm; May 15, 9am to 1pm; CBC Calgary/Calgary Reads Big Book Sale. More than 1 million previously loved books will be ready for purchase. Check website for all the family-friendly special events. Takes place at the Calgary Curling Club: 720, 3 Street. calgaryreads.com/news-events/cbccalgary– reads-book- sale

May 20, 8 to 10pm; May 21, 2 to 4pm; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Presents, E.T. Film with Orchestra. Experience this classic as never before when the CPO performs John Williams’ award-winning score live, accompanying the blockbuster film on the big screen. Tickets: calgaryphil.com

May 21; The Banff Centre Children’s Festival. Take a journey into the world of creativity! All ages welcome. Check out The Floating Mouse, The Kif-Kif Sisters and Dan Zanes. Plus, there will be many free events including circus, dance and craft workshops, bouncy castles and more! Don’t miss Cas Public Symphonie Dramatique for older audiences ages 10+. Tickets: banffcentre.ca

May 21 to 23, 10am to 5pm; Heritage Park Historical Village Opening Weekend. Start the day off with a complimentary pancake breakfast, then take a spin at the Antique Midway, meet new baby farm animals, enjoy a new play and more! heritagepark.ca

May 21 to 23, 10am to 7pm; Grand Opening Weekend, Calaway Park. A weekend you do not want to miss! calawaypark.com

May 24, 10am to 12Noon; Garden with Your Child at The Jungle Farm, near Innisfail. There will be different hands-on stations to learn about gardening, bugs, flowers and farm animals. Register on Eventbrite.

May 25 to 28; Celebrate the Best in Performing Arts for Children with the 2016 Kidsfest! Let your imagination soar to the stars and beyond with exciting, critically-acclaimed performances like Celestial Being, starring a young girl who dreams of traveling into space; Morgan’s Journey, an endearing story of a clown’s childhood; Doktor Kaboom, a (slightly) mad scientist who will electrify your world; and the beloved Canadian children’s entertainer, Fred Penner. Tickets are just $17 and include a full day of free outdoor shows and activities! Tickets: 403-294- 9494; calgarykidsfest.ca