Monthly Archives: June 2016

Are you talking to your kids about today’s economy?

by Parenting Power

p29-24HoursofFun[1]We know that many parents are choosing to stay quiet about the downturn. They don’t want to burden their kids with the family finances or economic worries.

We also know that kids are talking to each other at school. They are hearing information through all kinds of media. They are seeing their friends dealing with family job loss or financial concern. They are watching our furrowed brows when we mention the falling dollar or oil prices. They are aware that trips to the US might be being put on hold for a while.

Most school-aged kids know a bit about what is happening in our economy. “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing!”

Today we are asking:

Have you taken the time to talk to your kids about how your family is doing in this economy?

 Are you aware of the verbal messages you are sending your kids about your family finances?

 We are not suggesting that your kids need to be worrying about the economy. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Your kids need to know that the adults in the family have things under control and are making a plan for how to deal with job loss, decreased income, etc.

Words like, “We can’t afford to…” leave kids feeling concerned about the future. Instead we can say, “We’re choosing to spend our money on the important things we need right now.”

If you are concerned about how far your vacation dollars are going to go on your vacation, make a plan with your kids up front about budgets and what you will and won’t be buying.

This is a great opportunity to teach kids how to manage money responsibly.

Ultimately, your kids want to feel like they can rely on you to keep the family safe. You can help them feel that way by getting clear with them about the age-appropriate facts that are affecting them. When you teach your kids that it is okay to talk about these things, you open the door for them to share their concerns with you. The truth is, they want to know that you are going to be there for them and with them.

Julie Freedman Smith & Gail Bell are Parenting Power. They provide parents with strategies to become confident, capable and calm. Contact them at

Weekend Events – June 24-26

94_Autonomy_S128KSPS Public TV’s Lions, Tigers and Bearclaws, Oh My! at the Calgary Zoo
Saturday Jun 25, 2016 at 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Please join KSPS General Manager, Gary Stokes, for a continental breakfast and a “Vet’s Eye View” of the Calgary Zoo by senior staff veterinarian Dr. Doug Whiteside. Afterward, enjoy your all-day zoo pass and a 1 year KSPS membership! Parking just $10, (not included in the ticket price). All proceeds benefit your KSPS!

June 25 & 26 – Calaway Park’s Birthday Party
June 25 & 26. Come out and celebrate Calaway Park’s 35th Birthday! There will be activities and celebrations all day long.

Dr. Seuss in the Park
Every Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 – Aug 27, 2016 at 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
jkBThe University of Calgary’s Students’ Union Volunteer Services – Students for Literacy is once again presenting Dr. Seuss in the Park this summer! From June 25 to August 27, the group will set up a tent in Riley Park each Saturday between 11am and 3:30pm to get kids excited about books! There will also be crafts, games and face paint. Children of all ages are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult, and the events are free!

Family Summer Programs at Bass Pro Shops
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays, June 25 to July 24, 12Noon to 5pm. Join in-store this summer where kids and families can enjoy free interactive workshops and activities from the many departments. For a full list of activities and schedule, visit the website below. And on July 2 & 3, enjoy all of the activities and workshops plus the casting pond and fun photo download from 12Noon to 5pm!

YYC Block Party
Saturday Jun 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
This is a free, all-ages celebration at Eau Claire Market. The event includes games, DJs, vendors, entertainment, local agency booths, speakers, a Street Dance battle and more! YYC’s Block Party aims to unite the youth of Calgary together in a mission to engage and connect young people with their local communities, celebrate current youth involvement, as well as inspire other youth in also becoming leaders and making a difference.

Summer Kick-Off BBQ at Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre & Ernie Star Arena
Sunday Jun 26, 2016 at 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join for a BBQ, program and resource fair, swimming and/or a skate. To skate, you can bring your own skates or borrow skates and helmets (available on a first come basis).

Music in the Parks Kick-Off at Lougheed House
Sunday Jun 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Music in the Parks 2016 is starting the summer off at Lougheed House to celebrate their 125th Anniversary! It’s a free event and includes live music and entertainment. Enjoy crafts, displays and more. Music in the Parks presents live music in the Lougheed House Gardens. Performers include Walter White Bear, a Cree singer-songwriter who has been performing acoustic and flute music for several years, and Trina Nesbito, an artist that blends rock, soul, country and blues.

Getting Comfortable With Saying “No”

by Parenting Power

p80-Annoyingthingstheydo[1]We talk with many parents who don’t find that saying “no” is an easy thing to do. Some don’t like it, but still find themselves telling their kids, “No,” over and over again, only to be ignored. Others, choose to stay silent or just give in to “Yes,” so that they don’t have to deal with the backlash of denying their children anything.

This Yes/No dilemma is one way that parents teach their children about the concept of boundaries. Boundaries are about respect; respect for self and respect for others. When we clearly identify our boundaries, it shows that we respect ourselves enough to stop people from harming us. It also shows that we respect others enough to be honest with them about what we need. We don’t make them play guessing games about how we are really feeling, we know that they deserve to be treated fairly.

How we set boundaries with our children teaches them how to set boundaries for themselves. If parents allow their children to ‘walk all over them,’ they teach the children to let their friends mistreat them as well.

So how do we make this easier on ourselves?

Step 1. Know your boundaries

Discuss a specific situation with your parenting partner and decide upon your limits for that situation.

Step 2. Talk with your kids about this situation

Whether it is at your regular family meeting, the dinner table, or wherever you can put down electronics and work together, it is important to connect with your kids to explain what is allowed and what isn’t. They may have some great suggestions for how the situation can work more effectively. Be sure that everyone knows the expectations and the consequences for meeting and not meeting these expectations.

Step 3. Say No (less often and without emotion)

This is really the easiest part. When your kids want to do something that isn’t allowed, you say, “No.” You are clear on your boundaries, and you’ve already explained them. There isn’t a lot of talking or emoting required. Of course, your kids may get emotional to try to sway you. A possible response, “I can see that you don’t like that answer. I know you can handle this disappointment.”

Once you are more consistent with this method, you will find that your kids don’t ask you as frequently because they already know the answer and they know that you won’t budge.

You are teaching them that No means No. You are teaching them how to say No to their peers and how to stick to that No.

That’s Parenting!

Julie Freedman Smith & Gail Bell are Parenting Power. They provide parents with strategies to become confident, capable and calm. Contact them at

Father’s Day Weekend Fun – June 17-19

spidermanFriday, June 17, 5:30 to 8:30pm – June Kidz Night Out! Lego Building Event: World of Amusement Theme. Join for a thrilling adventure building amusement park themed models at the Bricks for Kidz Creativity Centre. Spend time visiting the Wizard World by building your favorite wizard and his magical owl! Get ready for summer as you turn games, food, rides and attractions into exciting model builds! Projects include traditional brick figures, motorized technic models and Legi art mosaics. Includes dinner (pizza, carrots, apples and juice/H2O) and a make-and- take! Register online (for ages 3 to 12). Cost is $40. For more information and to register, visit

Saturday, June 18, 10am to 2:15pm – All Sport One Day – The City of Calgary Events. Discover a sport, free of charge, through a sport sampler of your choice. Sport partners from across Calgary are providing opportunities to introduce a new sport to kids. On June 18, events take place at Glenmore Athletic Park (for ages 6 to 12) and Southland Leisure Centre (for ages 6 to 12). For free registration, visit

Saturday, June 18 – Neighbour Day 2016. Held annually on the third Saturday of June, Neighbour Day is an opportunity for neighbours to come together in the form of a front yard BBQ, garden party, picnic, clean-up or afternoon tea in a local park to celebrate our strong community spirit in Calgary. Share your experience with The City of Calgary using #yycNeighbourDay. For more information,

Saturday, June 18, 9am to 3pm – Millican-Ogden Annual Summer Carnival. This year’s free summer carnival marks the community association’s 60 th Anniversary! There will be carnival games and activities, history art exhibits, a vintage car show, face painting, carnival eats and more! Takes place at the Millican Ogden Community Centre – 6901, 20A Street. For more information, visit

Saturday June 18, 8 to 10am (pancake breakfast); 11am (parade), 12Noon to 3pm (festival) – Spirit of Okotoks: Parade Day and Children’s Festival. The day begins with a community breakfast (by donation), followed by the parade at 11am and the Children’s Festival from 12Noon to 3pm, with performers, face painting, balloon creationists bouncy castles and more! Bring some loonies for the $1 concession. Please leave your pet at home. For details on where each event is taking place in downtown Okotoks, visit Please leave your pets at home.

Saturday, June 18, 10am to 2pm – Super Dad’s Lounge at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Some super heroes don’t have capes… they‘re called Dads! Bring your dad down to the market for the Super Dad Lounge on Father’s Day weekend! Super Dads will be treated to complimentary massages from Mount Royal College; snack packs from Luc’s European Meats; kids craft from Mommy Connections; exciting prize draws; souvenir family photo with a cash or food donation to the Calgary Food Bank and the Strategic Groups Let’s Eat Campaign. (Donation Requests: 3 canned goods, a minimum $5 donation or a bag of fresh food.) For more information, visit

Saturday, June 18, Gate opens at 11am; Curtain Raiser Game at 11:30am; Kick-off at 3pm. Is your Dad a Sport’s Fan? Canada vs. Russia Rugby Game. A different pitch. A different game. The same pride. Let’s rise as one as Canada’s national men’s rugby team takes on Russia at Calgary Rugby Park. Be a part of it and bring the noise to what promises to be an epic battle of national pride – every scrum, every tackle, every metre. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, June 18, 11am to 3pm – Daddy Daughter Hair Day. Airdrie Airdrie Angel brings you The Daddy Daughter Hair Day, sponsored by Tommy Gunn’s Original Barber Shop and CIBC Sierra Springs. Dads: Learn how to brush, braid and make a ponytail in your daughter’s hair. There will also be free, family fun activities including face painting, a BBQ and more. Takes place at the CIBC in Airdrie: 2789 Main St. SW. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 12Noon to 5pm – Downtown Self Scavenger Hunt. This Father’s Day weekend, bring down the whole family for a free and fun Downtown Selfie Scavenger Hunt with plenty of prizes to be won! In partnership with the Downtown Calgary Association and Treasure League. You will be starting your scavenger hunt at guest services on level 3 of the CORE. Here you will be given the clues as well as a swag bag for your team. Swag bags are first come, first serve to those who are pre-registered. Open to all ages. Completed scavenger hunts will be placed into a draw for a $500 CORE Shopping Spree! Register your team at

Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19, 10am to 3pm – 5th Annual Wings & Wheels at the Aero Space Museum of Calgary. A few select aircraft cockpits will be open for viewing – this is the only event of the year where this happens! Vintage vehicles and motorcycles will be on display, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a helicopter city tour with your family (for an additional cost). Admission is free for dads. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19, 10am to 4pm – Train Days at Aspen Crossing. Welcome to the Trainiest Day of the Year! Visit Aspen Crossing and discover and entire system of G scale model trains by the Rocky Mountain Garden Railroaders, children’s train ride, Aspen Railway Tours and more! Aspen Crossing is located 1 kilmotre west of Mossleigh. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit!fathers-day- reservations/c22lx

Sunday, June 19, 10am to 7pm – Rad Dad Day at Calaway Park. Bring your Father (or Grandfather) to celebrate how great he is! And the the best part? Dad and Granddad get free admission when accompanied by a child. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 19 to 3pm – The City of Calgary Parks Fest. Celebrate Father’s Day at Ralph Klein Park. Bring the family to Canada’s largest man-made wetland for an afternoon of free activities. Get your face painted, try pond dipping, learn about a storm water habitat and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

Open Daily until October 31 – Reel in the Fun with Dad and Go Fishing at Bow Habitat Station! The Kids Can Catch Trout Pond aims to educate and inspire youth to learn to fish and to be responsible anglers. Trout Pond Regulations: Catch-and- release only. Persons ages 16 to 64 must have a valid Alberta Sportfishing Licence if fishing or assisting youth with casting and reeling in their line. Don’t have your own gear? No problem! Fishing rod rentals ($5 per rod plus GST) are available during Discovery Centre hours. For more information, visit use/bow-habitat-station/fishing.aspx

Sunday, June 19, 11am to 2pm – The Neighborhood Park Party and Father’s Day Festivities in Ogden. A fun, free, Fathers Day celebration for the whole family. There will be a BBQ lunch, mechanical bull, live music, bouncy houses, a bungee run, games and prizes! Takes place at George Moss Park in Ogden. For more information, visit

Keep Cool! Water Fun in Calgary

Photo by Dana Wheatley – Canmore Park

by Allison Percival-Wightman

When it’s too hot to sit inside, the best way to cool off is to find one of the many wading pools, spray parks, outdoor pools, leisure centres and waterslides around Calgary!

Remember, no matter how cold the water is, reapply sunscreen every hour and keep those hats on if you’re playing outside!

City of Calgary Wading Pools – 9am to 9pm

City of Calgary Spray Parks – 9am to 9pm

  • Bowness Park – 8900 48 Ave. N.W. – Opening June 18.
  • Canmore Park – 19 St. & Chicoutimi Dr. N.W. – OPEN on weekends only. Opening daily on June 18.
  • Eau Claire Plaza/Barclay Mall – 3 St. & Riverfront Ave. S.W. – Opening June 18.
  • Prairie Winds Park – 223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E. – CLOSED for the 2016 season.
  • Rotary Park – 617 1 St. N.E. – OPEN on weekends only. Opening daily on June 18.
  • South Glenmore Park (Variety Park) – 90 Ave. & 24 St. S.W. – OPEN on weekends only. Opening daily on June 18.
  • Valleyview Park – 28 St. & 30 Ave. S.E. – OPEN on weekends only. Opening daily on June 18.

Outdoor Pools in Calgary – Hours Vary

Leisure Centres and Public Waterslides in Calgary – Hours Vary