Monthly Archives: April 2017

Imaginations Are Ignited Through the Arts

By Hilary Angrove

#YYCKidsFest 2014 - Day 1 Opening Day Open Air Activities, Shows and Sponsorship Gala

In a world crowded with special effects and lots of screen time, the performing arts are as important as ever before. From May 24 –27, immerse your kids into the world of performing arts with the Calgary International Children’s Festival. Kids will use their imaginations to engage with live performances; not to mention, attending the theatre is a great way to breakaway from screen-time as an engaging activity for the whole family.

While all genres of performing arts are captivating and fun, Kidsfest understands that even with tiny tots, it’s important that shows interest both kids and their parents. The range of performances at Kidsfest is just as noteworthy for the themes and style of the production as for where the artists come from and what age groups will enjoy them best – there’s something for everyone!

Tiny tots can enjoy an interactive performance from local dance and theatre group Bach Tots in Go Go Peekaboo or kick-up their heels and dance with JUNO Award winning musicians The Swinging Belles. For those still inclined towards special effects, the darkness of the black theatre in Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey will immerse the whole family in a spectacular, larger than life glow-in-the-dark world. For families looking for shows with good social messages, playful puppets tell a hilarious yet touching story of renewal in The Man Who Planted Trees and A Heart in Winter will engage and delight children with an enchanting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Snow Queen. Or, combine the excitement of hip-hop with the magical world of childhood for one cool kids’ concert by 2017 GRAMMY Award winning artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. And that’s just the beginning!

After enjoying one of the critically acclaimed performances, bring the kids outside to spend some quality time on Olympic Plaza with a wide range of free activities and entertainment. There will be storytelling, dance workshops, roving artists, magicians, face painting, crafts, games, a Canada150 Wishing Wall and more!

When you’re still small enough that your feet don’t touch the ground while sitting in the theatre, a day at Kidsfest can be the making of a lifelong love affair with the performing arts. For now, start off by awakening imaginations and introduce children to the enchanting world of live performances with fun, affordable family entertainment at Kidsfest 2017.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit Don’t wait until its too late – May is just around the corner!



Spring has sprung, but that doesn’t always mean the weather is great for outdoor fun! Fortunately, Calgary has fantastic indoor events during April and May which can be enjoyed no matter what the weather is.

55th Calgary Youth Science Fair
Olympic Oval – 2500 University Drive NW
April 22; 55th Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) – the largest youth science fair in Canada! Nearly 1,000 of Calgary’s aspiring scientists, leaders, and future thinkers from Grades 5 to 12 will showcase their latest innovations and STEM discoveries (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Nath) to 550 CYSF Judges at the 55th Calgary Youth Science Fair to compete for over 100 prizes and awards. 12 students with top science fair projects will also be given the opportunity to represent Calgary at the 2017 Canada-Wide Science Fair being held May 14 to 20 in Regina. Come explore the latest buzz around what’s trending in the world of science on Saturday, April 22. It’s free!

SUPERTRAIN: Canada’s Largest Model Train Show
Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
April 22 & 23; SUPERTRAIN, Canada’s Largest Model Train Show. Delight your family and train lovers of all ages with huge operating displays in all scales and sizes. There will be ride-on trains, Thomas and Friends, Lego, and more! Free for kids under 16. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

35th Annual Law Day
Calgary Courts Centre – 601, 5 Street SW
April 22; Law Day is a family-friendly, interactive event that allows people to learn more about our justice system. Activities include Court Centre Tours, including prison cells, free legal consultations, Canada Border Services with Wesson, the contraband detector dog, CSI demonstrations, mock trials including “R. vs. Batman,” and “Despicable Me.” For more information, visit the website.

MRU Conservatory Presents The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee
Bella Concert Hall Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts
April 23, 2017; MRU Conservatory Presents, Family Portrait Series: The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee. Proudly Sponsored by Calgary’s Child Magazine. A musical story with song and dance about discovering who you are. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

YYC’s Largest Sale of Used Kid’s Clothing, Toys and Equipment
Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE
April 29; The semi-annual TTMAC sale (Twin, Triplets & More Association of Calgary) will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE – Field House 1). This sale has become the place to shop for Calgarians looking for the best prices on children’s clothing, baby items, toys, and baby gear. For more information, visit the website.

The CRLC Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show at Vivo for Healthier Generations
11950 Country Village Link NW
May 5 to 7; Come to Vivo for the 57th Annual Show of the Calgary Rock & Lapidary Club. There will be 49 vendors, demonstrations, a silent auction, and activities for kids! Admission for kids 12 and under is free when accompanied by an adult.

CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale
720, 3 Street NW
May 12 to 14; The 2017 CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale will be held at the Calgary Curling Club May 12 to 14. The CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale is held each year in May. Last year, through the generosity of Calgarians and amazing volunteers, Calgary Reads received, sorted, and sold over 100,000 gently-used books and raised over $300,000 in Calgary.

2017 Banff Centre Children’s Festival
May 20; The 2017 Banff Centre Children’s Festival will feature De Temps Antan, Sheldon Casavant, and the Dancers of Damelahamid. To purchase tickets, call the Banff Centre Box Office at 1-800-413-8368, 1-403-762-6301, or visit the website. Explore the beauty of traditional culture through music, magic, dance, and visual arts at Banff Centre Children’s Festival on Saturday, May 20. With free or low-cost activities and live shows, Banff Centre Children’s Festival is a continent of imagination where children of all ages can explore some of Canada’s diverse cultures through contemporary art. The free activities at the Festival include: Storytelling, creativity rooms, circus school, family dance, and more! For full details, visit the website.

2017 KidsFest (The Calgary International Children’s Festival)
May 24 to 27; check website for schedule of performances. Celebrate the Best in Performing Arts for Children with the 2017 KidsFest (The Calgary International Children’s Festival)! Explore and experience this Festival through puppetry, music, dance, theatre, author engagements, and more! There will also be free activities on Olympic Plaza adjacent to Arts Commons including storytelling, dance workshops, roving artists, magicians, face painting, creative activities and challenges, and more! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC! 2017 Coming to Spruce Meadows & CrossIron Mills
18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW and 261055 CrossIron Boulevard NE
May 26 to 28; The all-new Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC!™ 2017 is coming to Spruce Meadows from May 26 to 28 and CrossIron Mills from June 1 to 4! For 2 for the Price of 1 tickets, visit the website, promo code: calgaryschild. The internationally-renowned acts include the thrilling Argentinian High Wire, Aerial Motor Cycle Cyclone, Acrobatic Strap & Silk act, the Tarzan Zerbini Liberty Horses, Hula Hoop maze, worldclass Poodles, Aerialists, TZ Motorcycle Globe of Destiny, Clowns, and much more. (There are no exotic animals in the show.) For more information and showtimes, visit the website.

Easter is Hopping into Calgary!

EasterRoundUpThere are tons of great events all around the city to celebrate Easter and the coming of spring! Here’s our top picks for spring celebrations around town.

Butterfield Acres Easter Hunt
April 8 and 9 and April 14 & 15; The Butterfield Acres Easter Hunt is specially designed for youngsters 7 and under. The Legend and Hunt run every 20 minutes starting at 10am. Tickets include: The Legendary Easter Egg Hunt; a springtime craft for each child; a visit in the farmyard with new spring farm babies; and a little something yummy for kids to take home! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website!

Photos with the Easter Bunny at Bass Pro Shop!
Customers will receive a FREE 4×6 print of their photo. Give us your email for a cute Digital Easter Card or purchase a photo package! Join them in-store and complete a fun craft with the kids! On Saturday April 15th, come in for an easter egg hunt from 2-3pm! Visit the website for times, locations and more details.

Family Easter Crafts and Cookies at Southland Leisure Centre
April 11; Two times available: 9:30 to 11:30am & 6:30 to 8:30pm. Celebrate the Easter season. Make Easter crafts for your family and friends, and enjoy some light refreshments! All ages + adult. Visit the website for more information.

Photos with the Easter Bunny at Southcentre Mall!
April 13 – 15;  Show us your best bunny ears! The Easter Bunny will be at Southcentre Mall from 11am to 4pm on Thursday April 13th, Friday April 14th, and Saturday April 15th!  Visit the Bunny Burrow, on the lower level beside Sears, and have your photo professionally taken with the Easter Bunny! One sheet of photos is $10, each additional sheet is $5. In the spirit of Easter, Southcentre Mall and Wishlist Productions will being making donations to Calgary Health Trust in support of the development of a specialized pediatric emergency unit at South Health Campus.

Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo
April 14 & 15, 9am to 2pm; In Partnership with Calgary’s Child Magazine. At the Calgary Zoo, jumping is strongly encouraged! Bounce around the Zoo and experience multiple event zones bound to keep your family hopping all day long. All activities are free with regular admission. For more details on this egg-stra special family-friendly event, visit the website.

National Service Dogs Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs (and Children)
April 14, 10am to 11:30am; Join for a fun-filled morning collecting dog-treat filled Easter eggs on the southwest lawn of Calaway Park! All funds raised will go to support National Service Dogs mandate of raising and training accredited service dogs for individuals with special needs. Everyone leaves with prizes, with the highest fundraisers being eligible for Big prizes! Visit the website for more information.

Easter Sunday Swims at The City of Calgary Recreation
April 16; Don’t miss out on free swimming at Acadia, Inglewood, Killarney, and Churchill Aquatic Centres! For times at specific facilities, visit the website.