Monthly Archives: March 2018

Spring Break Event Roundup!

by Calgary’s Child Magazine; photo:

The kids are out of school – and that means they’ll be looking for stuff to do! Fortunately, there are tons of great activities, Easter events and drop-in programs all over the city (and beyond) to keep the little ones entertained! For more events, check out our calendar.

#COREeaster Egg Hunt
March 19 and 31; The Core Shopping Mall
It’s easy to join in the fun; retailers will hide plastic Easter eggs either in their stores or throughout the common areas of the shopping centre for shoppers to find. For all clues on your hunt, follow our Twitter and Instagram accounts on where the eggs are stashed. Clues will be sent out throughout the day, so make sure to check back! Inside each colourful egg you will find a prize voucher for exciting retailer prizes such as gift cards, swag, gift baskets and more that can be claimed either at the participating retailer’s cash register or Guest Services (located on level 3). Website.

Butterfield Acres Easter Hunts
March 24 – 25 and 30 – 31, 10am-3pm; Butterfield Acres
We’ll start off in the Birthday Barn listening to the Legend of the Easter Bunny! Once we hear what the Easter Bunny needs each of the children to do (he really appreciates their help!), then it’s off with our baskets to do his bidding with a special hunt. When the children find the items the Easter Bunny needs, they’ll carry them over in their baskets and send them down the tunnels to help the Easter Bunny get everything sorted to go to his Secret Workshop where they magically turn into Easter Eggs for all the girls and boys in the world. All the ‘kids’ then head in to the Prairie Palace to get their own spring planting underway with an Easter pot to take home, all planted, watered, and put into a plastic bag. Dress warm! Register ahead; this event is popular! Website. 

Easter at Bass Pro Shops 
March 24 – April 1; Bass Pro Shops
Get a free photo with the Easter Bunny and complete fun Easter crafts! On March 31st at 2pm, come and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt! (registration required, starts at 1:30pm!) Website.

Peppa Pig at Northland Village Mall
March 24, 11am-3pm; Northland Village Mall
Peppa Pig & her brother George are coming to Northland and want to meet you! Head to Centre Court to meet your favourite sibling duo. We’ll also have face painting, a balloon artist, colouring pages and more! The event is free, but we encourage you to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to The Calgary Food Bank. Website.

Mad Science Machines – Brixology with Lego Bricks
March 24, 1-2pm; 4807 8 Ave SE
This free class teaches children about the Engineering Design Process and mechanical engineering. Build, test, modify and re-test a drawing machine made with LEGO® bricks. Discover how simple machines including gears, wheels and axles, and levers are useful design tools for mechanical engineers. Limited Spaces. Registration is required. Taught by Mad Science of Southern Alberta. Brought to you by The Calgary Public Library. Website.

Fred Penner is Coming to Bragg Creek
March 24, 2-5pm; Bragg Creek Community Centre
A “must-see” multiple award winner and acclaimed family entertainer! Fred Penner is an icon of Canadian culture. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Earth Hour 2018: Calgary Unplugged
March 24, 7-9pm; St. Patrick’s Island
Go out and spend a fun off-the-grid evening with lots of other Calgarians! This fun and free evening will feature free hot chocolate, bike-powered music and lights, kids’ nature games, and lots more! Event-goers can bring a light, drum, costume, lantern or decorate their bike and take part in a procession to signal the beginning of Earth Hour. Website.

Come to Glenbow Ranch for a Star Night at the Park
March 24, 8-10pm; 255001 Glenbow Road Cochrane, AB
Do Something Memorable for Earth Hour! Join the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Calgary Centre for a night of star and planet gazing! Telescopes will be provided for participants’ use, and there is a chance that one or two of Jupiter’s moons will be visible. As this is an outdoor event, don’t forget to layer and dress warmly! Accompanied kids are welcome. For more information, visit the website.

Family Easter Crafts and Cookies at Southland Leisure Centre
March 27, 9:30-11:30am; Southland Leisure Centre
There are two activity times: 9:30 to 11:30am & 6:30 to 8:30pm. Hope on down and make Easter crafts for your family and friends, and enjoy some light refreshments, too! For all ages plus an adult. Website.

Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo!
March 30-31, 9am-2pm; The Calgary Zoo
In partnership with Calgary’s Child Magazine. Enjoy two days of classic springtime fun at the Calgary Zoo. This year, the Zoo decided to spring into action for wildlife conservation! Kids of all ages will love the fun-filled family activities including face painting, sweet treats, bunny races, cookie decorating and more. All activities are free with regular admission. For more details on the egg-stra special family-friendly holiday event, visit the website.

Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs (And Their People!)
March 30, 9-11:30am; Calaway Park
Join in the fun and have your pooch sniff for dog treat filled eggs across Calaway Park’s south lawn at the 7th annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs in support of National Service Dogs on Good Friday, March 30. National Service Dogs is a non-profit, registered charity dedicated to enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of children and families living with autism and special needs. Website.

Easter at the Market
March 30-31, 10am-2pm; Calgary Farmers’ Market
Put a little spring in your step and join in the Easter festivities at the Calgary Farmers’ Market! Hop on over to the main stage and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and decorate an Easter cookie too (while supplies last). Cash or food donations for the Calgary Food Bank will be accepted to snap a bunny photo and to ensure no one goes hungry this Easter. Website.

Easter at Westbrook Mall
March 31, 12-4pm; Westbrook Mall
Come on down to Westbrook Mall and enjoy some Easter fun! Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy our petting zoo! Website.

Cineplex Family Favourites: Hop
March 31, 11am-1pm; Select Cineplex Theatres
Cineplex’s Family Favourites is a great way to enjoy a classic family movie at a great price! Admission is $2.99 per person, making this a great way to spend the weekend with the family crew. Participating Cineplex Theatres are Crowfoot Crossing, Sunridge, Chinook, and CrossIron Mills. Website.

Taste of Jamaica
March 31, 12-8pm; Thorncliffe Greenview Community Centre
Learn more about Jamaican culture at this year’s Taste of Jamaica! Enjoy a tasty serving of authentic Jamaican fare: think ackee and saltfish, fried plantains, jerk chicken and fried dumplings – included with the adult admission price. And check out live performances featuring reggae and gospel music and a children’s area with face painting and games. Adults $15; children $5; families $35. For more information, visit the website.

Easter Fun at Marlborough Mall
March 31, 1-4pm; Marlborough Mall
Hippity Hoppity, the Easter Bunny is on its way! Stop by Marlborough Mall and get a free 5 x 7 picture with the Easter Bunny. While you are there, participate in the Easter Egg Hunt, and don’t forget to stop by and visit all those cute barnyard animals at the Butterfield Acres Easter Petting Zoo! Website.

The Olate Dogs 
April 2, 7pm; Bert Church Live Theatre
The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America’s Got Talent! Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and humour. Website.

Vaisakhi Mela 2018
April 7, 1-6pm; #10, 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
The mission of this festival is to encourage all recognized multicultural associations representing their country to participate in the event through songs, dances, performances and activities! Bring the family. Website.

24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years

By Heather Cowie, The City of Calgary Recreation

It goes without saying that we want the best for our kids! As parents and caregivers, we try to do our best to navigate the messages, images, pressures, and expectations that come along with caring for a child, but it is not an easy task. As a long-time recreation professional and parent of a 19-year-old, I know how hard parenting is, and I am lucky enough to have help along the way!

These days, one of the messages we often hear is our kids are more sedentary than ever before. What does that mean? Well, can you believe that only 9 per cent of Canadian kids between the ages of 5 to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of heart-pumping activity recommended each day? Think about that: only 9 per cent. That means that in a group of 10 children, only 1 child is getting enough physical activity each day!

Recently, ParticipACTION came out with the “Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0 to 4 Years)” and split them into three important categories: Moving, Sleeping, and Sitting. What if we all started thinking about our days using these three categories? As parents and caregivers, we know that little ones need their sleep, and, let’s face it, so do parents! However, the amount of time spent moving versus sitting is a critical factor in growth and development. All people, of any age, cannot function properly without the right combination of sleeping, moving around, and sitting. It’s critical for us to be mindful of how much time is spent on each of these categories daily, and to teach our children healthy habits early on in life.

Although it can seem challenging, breaking up your child’s day to include more movement and active play is easy! Think about getting outside to your local playground or park, play or create movement-based activities at home, or access the many low cost and/or free activities throughout Calgary, many of which are listed in Calgary’s Child Magazine!

We all want the best for our kids, so let’s get them started on the right foot!

Check out this chart to see what guidelines are recommended for your child’s age:

Infants (less than 1 year old)

Being physically active several times in a variety of ways, particularly through interactive floor-based play; more is better. For those not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes of tummy time spread throughout the day while awake. 14 to 17 hours for 0 to 3 month olds or

12 to 16 hours for 4 to 11 month olds of good quality sleep including naps.

Not being restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g., in a stroller or high chair).

Screen time is not recommended.

When sedentary, engaging in pursuits such as reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.

Toddlers (1 to 2 years old) 

At least 180 minutes spent in a variety of physical activities at any intensity, including energetic play, spread throughout the day – more is better! 11 to 14 hours of good quality sleep, including naps, with consistent bedtimes and wake-up times. Not being restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g., in a stroller or high chair) or sitting for extended periods.

For those younger than 2 years, sedentary screen time is not recommended.

For those aged 2 years, sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour – less is better.

When sedentary, engaging in pursuits such as reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.

Preschoolers (3 to 4 years old)

At least 180 minutes spent in a variety of physical activities at any intensity, including energetic play, spread throughout the day – more is better! 10 to 13 hours of good-quality sleep, including naps, with consistent bedtimes and wake-up times.


Not being restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g., in a stroller or car seat) or sitting for extended periods.

Sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour less is better.

When sedentary, engaging in pursuits such as reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.

Heather proudly works for The City of Calgary Recreation Department and believes that together, we can impact activity levels of kids in this country.