5 Fun Stay-cation Activities Family Day Weekend

Don’t let cabin fever destroy all the goodwill you and your kids have built up over the holidays. Looking for family weekend getaway? Look no further. Take a short break to one of these cool winter hideaways, and you just might fall in love with our snowy season all over again.

Fun family day activities and stay-cation destinations close to Calgary
Yes, you can take a dog sled down Canmore’s Main Street!

Canmore Winter Carnival

Calgarians are fortunate to have Canmore as their backyard playground. It’s far enough away that it’s a destination in itself, yet you can get there in jiffy, making it perfect for day trips. Families can frolic in the snow during the town’s winter carnival until February 11, 2018. On Sunday afternoon head to the 10 St. Pond for skating, a snow castle, waffles and maple syrup taffy. The action on Monday can be found at the Nordic Centre when kids ski for free plus there’s a toboggan hill and a family skating party in the early afternoon.

5 Fun Stay-cation Activities Family Day Weekend
The outdoor ice rinks at Delta Lodge at Kananaskis are soon to be replaced by an outdoor nature spa.

Where to stay in the Kananaskis

Families are top priority at the  Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, and during their Family Day Winter Carnival, they pull out all the stops. From scavenger hunts to animal tracking to mom sneaking away to the Summit Spa, it’s next to impossible not to find something for everyone. Packages run from $199/night and include a $50 resort credit.

Child and Dinosaur
Kids get up close and personal with all kinds of dinosaurs in Drumheller.

Dinosaur activities in Drumheller

Dino-fans will want to barrel over to the Badlands for encounters with T-Rex and other jurassic giants at the world-renown Royal Tyrrell Museum. The Ramada Inns & Suites offers free breakfast, and has a pool with a water slide. If that doesn’t keep the rug rats occupied, what will?

Indoor Pool and waterslide
I hate indoor pools and waterslides, said no kid ever.

Make the Rockies your Base Camp

At the entrance to the Rockies, you’ll find Stoney Nakoda Lodge, a family-friendly hotel complete with on-site helicopters, an indoor water-slide and a casino (just for Dad).  Family ski packages from $244 including lift tickets to Nakiska, make the weekend budget-friendly to boot. It’s worth coming here for their Saturday night family buffet even if you’re not staying overnight.

Sign your kids up for a Cuisine et Chateau cooking class and relieve yourself of dinner duty.

Kids Cooking Classes in Calgary

Before you kick off your weekend, take advantage of the teacher’s convention on February 14, and enroll your 9-14 year-olds in a pizza-themed cooking class at Cuisine et Chateau Inc., a newly opened culinary center in Kensington.

I’d love to hear from you. How do you like to spend the Family Day weekend?

For more information on day trips close to Calgary….

Check out my (ahem award-winning) post: A vacation 85-million years in the making: Dinosaur Provincial Park.




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