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Canada Day Fun

July 1st is Canada Day! Canada Day is best spent celebrating with our neighbors – get out and enjoy some of the wonderful festivals and events around town!

The City of Calgary Canada Day Celebrations
Join Canada’s 152nd birthday celebrations taking place across downtown. There will be a fabulous lineup of events, activities, food, music, and fun in store to help your family celebrate. Bring the family downtown to join from Fort Calgary to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, to Prince’s Island Park – and everywhere in between! Don’t forget to cap the day off with The City’s spectacular fireworks! To check out the full lineup of festivities, visit the website.

Ultimate Canada Day Celebrations at Southcentre Mall
Spend July 1 enjoying the sunshine, a few beverages, and a bite to eat at this one-day-only event including a Beer Garden presented CRAFT. Free family-friendly activities will be available, including a come-and-try-it booth with Breathe Parkour, an archery zone from Strike Combat Archery, beanbag toss games by Cornhole YYC, and a special kid’s zone by Trico Centre. Guests can also enjoy an unforgettable street hockey experience at the Encore 4-on-4 Street Hockey Championships, which will be held adjacent to the Beer Gardens. The family-friendly tournament welcomes all ages and skill levels to participate. Registration is now closed, but all are welcome to watch the games and cheer on your favorite team.

East Village Street Fair
Join for street vendors, food trucks, live music, and cultural dancing. Local businesses will be showcasing many unique goods and the community garden area will host face painters and balloon twisters! Website.

Dominion Day/Canada Day at Heritage Park
Celebrate Canada Day the old-fashioned way! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, an old-fashioned parade down main street, mini chuckwagon races, family games, entertainment, and more! Come early – lines are often long for this one! Website.

Canada Day at Fort Calgary
Experience Canada Day at Fort Calgary! Outside on the grounds, grab a bite from the food trucks’ caravan, take the kids to the Fort Calgary Kids’ Zone (crafts, games, and artifacts!), meet your neighborhood champions at the Community Tent Village, get a free temporary tattoo with the Girl Guides of Canada, and see the North West Mounted Police brass band perform live! Enjoy a drink in the family-friendly indoor/outdoor beer garden located on the Fort Calgary patio, featuring Village Brewery beer and cider. Head inside the museum to enjoy some shade, the Indigenous Learning Space in Burnswest Theatre, Mountie uniform try-on station, and more! Admission by Donation! Admission to the museum is by cash donation, or bring a non-perishable food donation to the Veterans’ Food Bank. Website.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada Day Celebrations
Canada Day celebrations at Prairie Winds Park has become one of the city’s premier events attended by thousands of Calgarians representing diverse communities. There will be a BBQ, flag hoisting and national anthem presented by a group of children, recreational activities and games for kids, guided tours of Baitun Nur, one of the largest mosques in Canada, and more! Website.

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre Canada Day Celebrations
Enjoy Canada Day in Chinatown and get an introduction to many merchant and restaurant offerings. Stunning performances from multicultural talent, delicious authentic cuisine, and family-friendly activities will enhance your knowledge of cultural groups. Spin the wheel to receive discounts to cultural experiences, color your Chinese zodiac, and more! Website.

Canada Day Block Party at Max Bell Centre
This event boasts one of the best views of the Canada Day fireworks and includes headliner music and entertainment acts, a massive YYC vendors’ market, beer garden, a bigger than ever kids’ zone, an Indigenous village, food trucks, and more! Pet-friendly, too. Website.

Family Fun in “Kidifornia”

We had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to enjoy the Vancouver International Children’s Festival courtesy of Kidifornia, a new initiative by Visit California, and WestJet. With over a million Canadians already visiting California every single year, it’s a favorite destination for us, especially during our cold winters.

Kidifornia brought their interactive coloring wall to the festival – this giant, collaborative art exhibit asks kids to color images from across the Golden State, which are then displayed on the wall for passers-by to enjoy. The wall made its original debut in Australia and this is the first time they’ve brought it to a Canadian event. It was very popular! They also brought a free photobooth along for everyone to enjoy.

We asked our hosts what they’d like Calgarian families to know about California travel in the next year or so, and they had a lot of suggestions to offer. Disneyland Resort has just opened Galaxy’s Edge (their new Star Wars park,) LEGOLAND California is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, and a new Jurassic World attraction is scheduled to open at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. Lots to offer for theme park junkies!

We’re looking forward to learning more about California over the next few months as our collaboration with Kidifornia continues!

Serve Some Fun at the Alberta Tennis Centre!


Looking to stay active this summer? Tennis is the way to go. Kids can improve their tennis game and have fun at Nike Tennis Camps at the Alberta Tennis Centre in Calgary this summer.

At the Alberta Tennis Centre, you will receive fantastic coaching from Greig Ewing, who as a junior tennis player, played and travelled extensively, securing national championship victories and international honours. As well as superb coaching, campers participate in a state of the art, family-friendly venue. The building is over 70,000 square feet, with 13 courts, pro shops, restaurant/lounge with smoothie bar and even more!

“Alberta Tennis Centre eight sessions of Nike’s tennis camps offering a variety of skills development programs for junior tennis players and multi-sport athletes ages 4-14,” said Zach Budd, program manager at Sports Camps Canada.

At Alberta Tennis Centre, the tennis camps are targeted to help any tennis player at any level to offer the best camp possible. The levels that are provided are displayed below:

Mini Tennis Camp:

Geared for children between the ages of 4-7 years of age, this mini tennis camp utilizes Tennis Canada’s Progressive Curriculum, using Mini-Tennis equipment and Red Tennis Balls to ensure children’s optimal success. The camp is based on Long Term Athlete Development principles and focuses on skill development, acquiring new tennis skills through a games based approach. Participants will be introduced to fundamental movement skills required for tennis and there will be a strong emphasis on cooperative play as well as technical and tactical development.

Progressive Tennis Camp:

Geared for children between the ages of 7-9 years of age, this mini tennis camp utilizes Tennis Canada’s Progressive Curriculum using Mini-Tennis equipment and Orange Tennis Balls to ensure children’s optimal success. The camp is based on Long Term Athlete Development principles and focuses on skill development, acquiring new tennis skills through a games based approach. Participants will be introduced to fundamental movement skills required for tennis and there will be a strong emphasis on cooperative play as well as technical and tactical development.

Skill Development Camp:

This Tennis Camp is offered as a half-day camp with a morning session from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or an afternoon session from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, for participants between the ages of 8 – 14. The camp has been designed for participants who would love to improve their tennis skills. This camp will involve a combination of tennis drills, match play sessions, some strength & injury prevention training, and conditioning for footwork, speed and agility training whilst also developing the team working, leadership and social skills of participants through alternative activities.

Full Day Tennis and Multi-Sport Camp:

This Tennis and Multi-Sport Camp is offered as a full day camp from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, with the first half of the day focusing on the Skills Development Tennis program and the second half of the day consisting of various other sports like soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and badminton. Participating in different sports is the number one way to develop physical literacy in young athletes. The varying skill sets, brought together by some common themes help participants thrive in different environments. The multiple sports that campers will enjoy have been chosen carefully, all sharing similar movement patterns and coordination skills. You’ll find that by taking part in these different activities, students will become all-around better athletes!

Whether your child is interested in learning the game, playing recreationally or aspiring to become a provincial, national or international calibre athlete, we have the right program and professional staff dedicated to helping them reach their potential as a young athlete.

We guarantee a serious fun camp experience for your children and when attending Nike Tennis Camps at ATC, you will receive the best of the best.

The camps run between July 2 and Aug, 23. Register online today and get $25 off by using the promo code CAL25.

For more information, call 1-844-464-5372 or email