Calgary is one of the most family-friendly cities in Canada. Sporting a top notch zoo, historical village, amusement park and loads of other kid approved attractions, your issue won’t ever be finding something to do. The challenge most families face is figuring out how to fit it all in. Want to win tickets to visit these awesome attractions? Read on to find out how. Here’s a look at the most fun and interesting things to do in Calgary with kids, AND how to score discounts at ALL these attractions.
Things to do in Calgary with kids
Bow Habitat Station
Did you know there are six different aquatic ecosystems found across Alberta? From northern lakes to prairie marshes, families can explore them all at Bow Habitat Station without stepping outside. Upstairs in the Discovery Centre, it’s all about what’s happening above the water; while downstairs showcases what’s happening below. It’s a great way to teach kids about our water and ecosystems without seeming to school them, if you know what I mean.
For those who love the idea of teaching their kids how to fish, but haven’t quite gotten around to it, you’re in luck! On July 20, August 3 and 17, Learn to Fish Clinics teach tykes six-years and up. Every Saturday until August 26 from 10 to 11 a.m., those aged 4-6-years can take a one-hour junior fish clinic.
Don’t forget, this awesome attraction is situated on 15-hectares of natural trails within the city at Pearce Estate Park. During your visit, be sure to budget time for a stroll or bike ride along its leafy paths.
Discounts at Bow Habitat Station: Score 20% off four individual Discovery Centre admissions.
Western Canada’s largest amusement park is ideal for families of all shapes and sizes. From toddlers to teens, there’s truly something for everyone. For wee ones, there’s rides that accommodate their height and sense of excitement. The older set can amp up their visit with rollercoaster rides and free fall drops.
What’s more, Calaway Park is a one-pay gate. Your admission includes parking, unlimited rides, live stage shows, plus access to their 3D theatre. Every season Calaway Park writes, produces, and choreographs two new live stage shows. This season’s shows are: Candyland and Dance Evolution.
Like Camping? Please the troops by booking in for a night (or more!) at Calaway Park RV Park and Campground. This campground has over 100 sites, with lots of options for tents, power and full service. Best is, they have several overnight packages that include complimentary day passes to the amusement park.
Calaway Park Coupons: Four people can receive up to 40% off tickets. Download your coupons here.
Calgary Stampede Fall Fair and Aggie Days
The Calgary Stampede has come and gone (bookmark July 5-14, 2019 for next year), but there’s a ton of family programming happening at Stampede Park all year long. Our family is a fan of the Fall Fair that takes place at the end of September. At it, they jazz up the traditional Stampede breakfast with pumpkin spice (take that Starbucks!), plus free entertainment, music and a market featuring local artisans.
And it’s smart to bookmark Aggie Days each spring. This free family event is ideal for city slickers who want to expose their children to the food chain and farming ways of life. Start off your visit meandering through the Ag Zone at Stampede Park, meeting and cuddling all sorts of cute critters. After petting pigs and watching baby chicks hatch, kiddos can milk a cow (animatronic) or try their hand at driving a tractor – which remains parked, but they’ll get a kick out of it nevertheless.
The Calgary Stampede Store is open all year round inside the BMO Centre. Visit Calgary Attractions for a 15% off regular merchandise coupon.
One of the top zoos in Canada, the Calgary Zoo is a Canadian leader in wildlife conservation and is involved in several conservation research programs around the world. Considered one of the best zoos in North America, over 1000 animals from 119 species call this tranquil spot home. Some of the more popular animals to visit include: tigers, giraffes, gorillas, camels, penguins, lemurs and hippos. Our family’s favourite area is the Canadian Wilds, where you can get up close and personal with bears, bison, wolves, cougar and caribou (reindeer to some, but not accurate:).
For something really special, start your day with their Giant Panda Breakfast. While you tuck into a hearty breakfast, interpreters wow wee ones with all kinds of neat trivia facts about these pandas on loan from China. Afterwards, you get exclusive entry to the Panda Passage exhibit before it opens to the public for the day.
Keep in mind, everyday there are special activities going on that offer a rare glimpse into the animal kingdom. These activities include: cougar, red panda and gorilla feedings, plus grizzly bear training. They do the training, not you. Thank goodness!
Calgary Zoo Coupons: Click here to receive a promo code for 10% off admissions.
What’s great about Granary Road, Calgary’s newest family attraction, is that your kids can play outside all day on active learning play stations like cork-screw slides, a triple decker obstacle course, mazes and tons of climbing apparatuses that work those large motor skills. All the larger than life animals and plants kids come across at Granary Road are totally climb-able and encourage imaginative play. And did you know they’ve got an amazing petting zoo with llamas and several new baby goats to meet and greet?
Hungry? Inside the granary-styled main building are 40 market vendors dishing up some of the city’s best bites. There’s a local butcher, baker (no candlestick maker), but an ice cream parlour and pizzeria also keep the hunger pangs at bay.
Coupons for Granary Road: Visit Calgary Attractions to receive a second child’s admission at 50% off, if you buy one child’s single day admission.
Where are your favourite spots to visit with young children? Comment below before midnight, July 24, 2018 and you could win passes to take your family to one of these awesome Calgary Attractions.
This post was a paid collaboration with my friends at Calgary Attractions.