Monthly Archives: July 2016

HERITAGE DAY LONG WEEKEND FUN!

This long weekend, don’t just hang around at home – go out and enjoy the many fantastic events and festivals in and around Calgary! We’ve got our top picks for long weekend fun.

Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic Show & Junior Handling National Finals
Jul 29, 2016 – Aug 1, 2016; The Alberta Kennel Club will be hosting the Summer Classic show at Spruce Meadows. Events will be taking place all weekend, including tours, conformation, obedience, rally-o, agility and scent hurdling. This year, they also have the pleasure of hosting the Junior National competition. This competition brings together young people from all over Canada who compete in conformation and obedience. Tickets can be purchased at the door. www.facebook.com/AlbertaKennelClub/

9th Annual Calgary Turkish Festival
Jul 29, 2016 – Jul 31, 2016; Come experience the Calgary Turkish Festival! Browse and buy Turkish products, souvenirs, and handcrafts, there will also be activities for the kids, sit back and watch demonstrations and performances, sample Turkish cuisine, and much more! This is a free event at the Eau Claire Festival Plaza. www.calgaryturkishfestival.com

Cochrane Ranche Days 
Jul 30, 2016 – Aug 1, 2016; Alberta’s oldest Ranche turns 130 this summer, and it’s time to celebrate. Whether you are interested in the pony rides, family picnic, expanded Farmers’ Market or the arts, crafts, music and entertainment on display, there’s truly something for everyone. Cochrane Ranche Days take place July 30, 31 and August 1. For the full schedule of activities and times of the events, visit the website. http://cochranesustainability.ca/ranchedays

Canmore Folk Musical Festival
Jul 30, 2016 – Aug 1, 2016; Take a short trip to Canmore for this annual folk music festival! In addition to great music, there will be food and craft vendors, kids area, and more! On Friday, July 29, there will be a free concert at the Canmore Civic Centre from 6 to 9pm (902, 7 Avenue in Canmore). There will also be a free pancake breakfast and live music on Monday, August 1 from 8 to 10:30am on 7 Avenue, between Main Street and 7 Street in Canmore. For the full schedule lineup, to purchase tickets and for more information about the Festival, visit the website. www.canmorefolkfestival.com

Inglewood Sunfest
Saturday Jul 30, 2016; Inglewood Sunfest will be celebrating the best of summer in Calgary with beer gardens, prime patios, food trucks, bands, bounce houses, dance troupes, a Show and Shine, performers from the Calgary Fringe festival, and much more. In other words, fun for all ages. For more information, visit the website. www.inglewoodsunfest.ca

Heritage Day Celebrations at Fort Calgary
Monday Aug 1, 2016; Explore your heritage! There will be lots of engaging family-friendly activities. For more information, visit the website. www.fortcalgary.com

Heritage Day Celebrations at Heritage Park
Monday Aug 1, 2016; Celebrate Alberta’s rich historical past! Start your day with a complimentary pancake breakfast, then discover how the west was once at Canada’s largest living history museum! Ride the train, visit the old-fashioned candy store, paddle with voyageurs and more. For more information, visit the website. www.heritagepark.ca

Tour de Bowness Street Festival
Monday Aug 1, 2016; Corresponding with the annual Tour de Bowness cycling race, the Tour de Bowness Street Festival will take over Bowness Road through downtown Bowness with local entertainment, businesses, artisan vendors, corporate booths, food booths, a kids’ area and buskers! For more information, visit the website. www.mainstreetbowness.com

Heritage Day Festival at Olympic Plaza
Monday Aug 1, 2016; Head on down to Olympic Plaza for the 39th Annual Heritage Day Festival! Enjoy multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts. Explore the Indian Village, enjoy face painting, frolic on a bouncer, try a new dish, or sit back, relax, and enjoy folk performances on stage! For more information, visit the Facebook page. www.facebook.com/FolkArtsYYC

 

Taking a Road Trip With Your Baby – Car Travel Checklist

Written by Calgary’s Child

  • Well-stocked diaper bag
  • Baby’s blanket
  • Carseat pillow or head support
  • Window shades (sun screens)
  • Change of clothes for your baby
  • Enormous box of toys and books
  • Music or books on tape or CDs
  • Baby food, snacks, and drinks for your baby
  • Sipper cups
  • Snacks and drinks for the adults
  • Cooler
  • Wet washcloths in bags, or moist towelettes
  • Empty plastic bags for leftovers and trash
  • Bottle warmer
  • Cell phone
  • Baby’s regular sleep music or white noise (if needed, bring extra batteries)
  • First aid kit/prescriptions/medications
  • Jumper cables
  • Money/wallet/purse/ID
  • Medical and insurance information/emergency phone numbers
  • Maps/driving directions
  • Baby carrier/sling/stroller
  • Camera and film
  • Suitcases

For even more great tips on travelling in the car with baby, check out the full article here!

Family Fun in Bragg Creek

by Eilidh Tait
unnamedSummer holidays are my favorite time to get out and spend days in the sunshine with my children, exploring together. At the end of the school year the kids and I brainstorm a HUGE list of fun things we would like to do or see over our summer break, checking them off as we go.

Last week we decided we should check out Bragg Creek for a little hike and see what else we could find. We first drove to Alder Trail just past Bragg Creek on highway 758. With four kids ranging from 2 to 11 we have to choose fairly easy and very interesting!

Alder trail was perfect for everyone and had lots to look at and read along the way. Parking at the bottom of the trail and heading into the forest felt like adventure from the very start and watching them discover little details along the trail was sweet. The way this day went from start to finish, with barely any planning or spending involved reminded me I have to do more of this type of thing!

After the hike we stopped for a quick lunch of fruit and sandwiches and headed further west to Forget-me- not Pond. We have been here before and it is a definite favorite. The short drive between the two spots gave the kids enough time to have a little recharge before embarking on the afternoon of playing. Just past Elbow falls after the road turns we came to the pond. Parking is so convenient and there were lots of families set up having picnics and walking the path around the pond. I took the chariot for this walk as I expected my tired Jack may need to ride for a while. Luckily I did as on our way back his little legs were exhausted!

Losing cell phone service is almost a positive for me and we all enjoyed walking and talking around the edge of the water. At the far end of the pond there is a little path that leads to the river. We made our way there and spent a long time playing in the stones. I find the water to be quite safe for the younger ones as long as they stay close to the edges and my older girls love building little rock piles on the shore. I have to make sure that our adventures are enough for each child and sometimes that can be a challenge. This day seemed to please everyone and I will definitely try to make it back out this way before summers end.

Ice cream at Scoops & Snacks on the way home was just the thing to end the adventure. The prices are awesome, the scoops are generous (I had to ask that Jack’s be halved!) and the cute little bench area outside is a great spot to enjoy the treat.

Looking in my rearview to see four sleeping little faces was like my own cherry on top!

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Summer Fun on the Cheap!

p80-Annoyingthingstheydo[1]Trying to get the kids out of the house on an adventure, but need to watch your budget? Calgary is full of free (or nearly free) activities which are fun for children of all ages! With a little creativity and planning, you’ll never run out of things to keep everyone occupied.

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre Museum – The only museum in Canada devoted exclusively to Chinese culture. Location: 197, 1 Street SW. $5 adults, $3 kids 6+, kids under 5 free. Take a walk around Chinatown after your tour of the museum and enjoy a bubble tea or lunch!

Take a Food Tour – Calgary is blessed to be very multicultural, and you can find just about anything from just about anywhere if you know where to look! Check out T&T Supermarket, Basha Foods International, the British Pantry, Edelweiss Imports, or any of the dozens of unique import stores around the city. Go with recipe in hand and try your hand at cooking something new together, or sample snack food from around the world

YouthLink Calgary – Calgary Police Service Interpretive Centre – Learn about the role of police in society and the consequences of crime for young people. Location: 5111, 47 Street NE (LC 594). Admission is free.

Grain Academy & Museum – Grain industry education and interpretive centre with model train and elevator displays. Location: Plus 15, BMO Centre 20 Roundup Way SE. Admission by donation.

Calgary Public Libraries – Free children and teen programs available on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit calgarypubliclibrary.com. Membership is free to anyone with a Calgary address.

Explore the +15s Downtown  – Make sure to check out the double-decker bridge between Bankers Hall and TD Square for a great view up and down Stephen Avenue!

Do the Artwalk – There are 56 pieces of public art downtown. Can you find them all? http://www.calgarydowntown.com/imagedir/File/artwalk_web.pdf

Visit a Farmers’ Market – There are plenty of Farmers’ Markets in and around Calgary during the spring, summer, and fall. We recommend the playgrounds at Symons Valley Ranch and the Calgary Farmers’ Market!

Nature Drop-in Programs – During the summer months, the City of Calgary holds free drop-in programs at Ralph Klein Park to let you little ones get up close and personal with nature! http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/Dropin-programs.aspx

Park n’ Play and Stay n’ Play – The City of Calgary offers high-quality free programming for kids 5-12 during the summer. These programs include crafts, games, active play and valuable social time with other children. http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/CNS/Pages/Children-and-youth/Summer-programs/Park-n-Play-and-Stay-n-Play-programs.aspx

Visit a Board Game Cafe – Calgary has a bunch of new board game cafes this year which offer a wide variety of games. Pips offers half-price gaming (regular $5 a person) on Tuesday-Friday from 11-4. Boxcar is $5 a person, or $2.50/hr on Friday-Sunday. Metal Galaxy offers free drop-in gaming with the purchase of food or beverages from their bistro.

Cool Off at an Outdoor Pool, Wading Pool or Spraypark – The City of Calgary has tons of places to cool off, either for free or at a low price. http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Wading-pools-spray-parks-and-outdoor-pools.aspx

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory – Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, U of C. Visit on a public stargazing night and check out the wonders of the universe for free! One of Canada’s largest telescopes patrolling for killer asteroids. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca/rao/

Skate Parks – Visit the world’s largest skateboard park. Shaw Millennium Park is North America’s largest free outdoor skate park. Boarders, bikers and bladers can climb, slide, twist, roll and flip through the park’s concrete terrain. The City of Calgary also hosts community mobile skate parks, the locations of which can be found at The City of Calgary Skate parks link, calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Skateparks/Community-mobile-skateparks.aspx

Fish Creek Park – Only a hop, skip and a jump from Calgary’s southern suburbs, Canada’s largest urban park covers more than 20 kilometres of protected river valley.

Nose Hill Park – A unique natural environment park located in Northwest Calgary, just 15 minutes from downtown.

Reader Rock Garden – This garden, three-acre site has trails waiting to be explored.

Sikome Lake – Life’s a beach at Calgary’s famous swimming hole. Enjoy cooling down on a hot day at this well-known South Calgary treasure.

Elbow Valley Wetland – An incredible variety of sights and sounds greet you at this constructed wetland in the Calgary area. Location: Hwy 8 (Glenmore Trail SW), just 800 metres west of Sarcee Trail.

Beaver Dam Flats – Beaver Dam Flats is surrounded by various natural habitats that attract beavers. See if you can spot one!

Enjoy a Festival or Street Market – Calgary has some truly unique events during the summer. Expand your horizons by sharing in some of these cultural events, which are often free or very low-cost.

For more great summer fun suggestions, visit calgaryschild.com!

Weekend Events – July 8-10

94_Autonomy_S128Calgary Exhibition & Stampede
July 8 to 17

Yeehaw! It’s the annual Calgary Exhibition & Stampede! Plan all of your family’s fun at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. To plan of your family’s Stampede fun, visit the website.

Stampede Breakfasts

For a list of free Stampede breakfasts happening all around the city, visit caravan.calgarystampede.com or stampedebreakfast.ca.

Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza
Jul 9, 2016 – Jul 16, 2016 at 8:15 am – 1:00 pm

The Downtown Attractions Committee is excited to announce that they are once again transforming Olympic Plaza into Fluor Rope Square. Given the current economy, Fluor Rope Square is a great place to enjoy free Stampede events. Start your Stampede downtown and enjoy the home of great entertainment, fun and the world-famous bacon pancakes, as well the YYC Food Trucks, during the 2016 Calgary Stampede.

Puppy Pancake Day
Sunday Jul 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet Bakery will be hosting their 4th Annual FreePuppy Pancake Day for your four-legged furry friends! Along with the customer appreciation day, there will be a fundraiser with proceeds going to Ft. Mcc’s Animal Rescues. This will be a fun-filled day with an adoptathon, free nail trims, meet a vet, silent auction, door prizes, goodies bags and even get a caricature drawn of your pup!