Monthly Archives: August 2016

Last Week of Summer Fun!

Ready for back-to-school? Before your kids are back in their desks, enjoy the last of what summer has to offer in Calgary with these great public events and festivals.

Country Kickback at Heritage Park – Proudly Sponsored by Calgary’s Child
August 27 & 28: Proudly Sponsored by Calgary’s Child Magazine. Relive Alberta’s rural history with a weekend of farm fun for the whole family! Guests of all ages can play games and participate in the Kickback challenge, square dance, make ice cream, enjoy live entertainment, visit a petting zoo, watch slow tractor races and much more! For more information, visit Heritage Park’s website.

Tour of Alberta – Ride the Road Tour
August 28: The Tour of Alberta Ride the Road tour is a public bike ride in Calgary that kicks off the Tour of Alberta. There are a total of four rides that are perfect for both advanced cyclists and families. This year’s ride, as in previous years, affords an opportunity to enjoy cycling in a group or with your family under traffic-free conditions. Participants will be able to discover cycling and feeling completely safe on Calgary roads. Check out the website for more details.

Music in the Park
August 28: Dust off your Stampede wear and mosey on down to Murdoch Park for an entertaining afternoon of classic country music with a modern twist at The City of Calgary’s free Music in the Park event! Performing his unique blend of wild country rock, featuring songs from his debut album “Dirt Junkie,” Bruin will showcase his talents as a singer and songwriter, and prove why he is destined to become a household name in the country music world. To view The City’s Music in the Park summer line-up, visit the website.

Family Marsh Dipping at Bow Habitat Station
August 30: Have buckets of fun discovering the critters who make their home in Bow Habitat’s Marsh! This hands-on activity is geared toward families. Rubber boots recommended. The cost is $4 per person and children 3 and under free with a paying adult. Visit the website for more information.

Cornucopia! Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park
August 31 to September 5: This weekend is all about corn: Corn on the cob, corn fritters, corn bread, corn toss, corn games, corn crafts and more! For hours of operation and for more information, visit the website.

Have a Hay Day at the Calgary Corn Maze
Open Thursdays through Sundays in September: Check out the petting zoo; corn mazes; wagon rides; pig races; jumping pillows; playground activities; and more! Try out the new miniature scale train; mine for gems in the Lost Treasure Mining; and hang out with your friends at the Friendly Fire Arena. Visit the website for more information.

BBQ on the Bow Festival
September 3 to 4: A fun culinary festival featuring Canada’s oldest sanctioned BBQ competition! Up to $10,000 in cash prizes for Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, Third Overall, Fourth Overall, Individual Categories, and Chef’s Choice. Teams compete for prize money, a chance to cook at the American Royal in Kansas City, and a shot to win a draw to compete at the World Invitational Jack Daniels BBQ Competition in Tennessee. For more information, visit the website.

Calgary Highland Games
September 3: The Calgary Highland Games is one of the oldest gatherings in North America and will be celebrating 102 years since the first games, held in 1913. Organized by the Calgary United Scottish Games Association, these games have gained the reputation as being one of the most prestigious Highland events in the West. Attracting competitors and spectators from across Western Canada and the USA, you will watch some of the world’s top pipers, drummers, dancers, and heavy event athletes compete and perform. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

End the Summer with No Regrets

by Calgary’s Child Magazine

The boy holds many books in handsIt seems like just last week we were planning for the start of summer! For most Calgarian children, school starts in a few weeks.

Where Did the Time Go?

It can be hard for everyone in the family to change gears from unscheduled, endless days to the back to school routines of early bed times followed by early morning risings, packing lunches, homework and after school activities. To help make this transition go more smoothly, here are some tried and true tips for making the trip back to the school just a littler easier for everyone in the family.

We have a summer wish list that we all work on together at the beginning of summer, each of us add two or three ‘must do’ summer activities and we try to do one or two of them a week during the summer. Ask your child if there is anything that they really wanted to do this summer that hasn’t happened yet, make a day of it and end the summer with no regrets.

Get Your Kids Excited About Back-to-School!

Okay, so maybe your kids don’t agree that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but it is wonderful to gather all the new, unused school supplies and pack them carefully away in a new backpack or pencil case. Take your kids along school supply shopping when you are unrushed and have time to shop together for just the right pack of pencil crayons and the perfect shade of gel pens. (Make sure to check and see if your school has a class set of supplies shared between everyone – if so, pick one or two special items for their personal use.)

Phase in a Routine

One of the hardest transitions from summer to fall is bed time. Over the next few days, slowly make bed time and morning wake-up time return to normal – you can even try a dry run of a typical school morning. This is a great opportunity to start new organisational habits such as having the backpack packed (with the completed homework) at the front door, clothes laid out the night before…you get the idea.

Practice the School Route

If your child is just starting school or now has to take a bus for the first time, it can eliminate a lot of anxiety to walk or ride the bus route together before school starts. Point out landmarks along the way and, if applicable, review how and where to cross the road safely, block parent houses on the route and stranger safety. If your child is younger, a visit or two to the school playground before hand can also help to provide a sense of familiarity.

Celebrate Their New Milestone

Take your child out one-on- one for a special date, maybe a lunch or dinner, and talk about their new school year, your memories of that grade and how much older and more responsible they now are to be in this higher grade. This can provide the reassurance some children need before they start a new experience.

Get Involved at School

Studies show that children whose parents volunteer do better in school and it’s a great way to show your children that you value and support their education. The choices of volunteer tasks available at school is endless, everything from help in the library, serving at hot lunch days to cutting out art supplies at home, every little bit helps and is very appreciated.

And finally, don’t forget the camera! These times speed by so quickly – enjoy and embrace every moment.

Summer Fun – Chestermere Family Bike Park

by Eilidh Tait

bike pathWe have been taking advantage of our schedule-free days and trying to plan adventures as often as we can this summer. A great spot to spend a morning or an afternoon (or, if you’re my boys, all day long) is the Chestermere Family Bike Park.

This free and fabulous park is a multi-level and multi-track bike heaven! Jack is a pro on the pump track even though he is on a strider, and the rest of the kids love practicing on the skills loop and flow trails. While Jack is awesome at age 2 on his strider, I think the park really caters most to kids who can ride a two-wheel bike without training wheels.

My kids stick to the more basic areas, but it is very cool when we see one of the older kids ride the more difficult tracks with jumps, hills and drops.

Located at 333 West Creek Drive in Chestermere, the park has lots of on-street parking. There is a playground located at the school right next door if you need a biking break! We usually spend some time biking and then walk over to the Gelato shop across the street, Amato Gelato.  Too many flavors to choose from, and the sweetest owners! Once we are refueled we return to the track for a few more sugar-powered runs.

Check it out with your family this week!