Best things to do in Calgary with kids + major giveaways

Best things to do in Calgary with kids + major giveawaysFrom tots to teens: The best family friendly things to do in Calgary with kids

Have you met the giant pandas at the Calgary Zoo yet?

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

Best things to do in Calgary with kids + major giveaways

There’s a lot more goats at Granary Road this summer than there were in the fall. Ask staff why. Wink.

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.

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There’s so much to explore inside and out at Bow Habitat Station.

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.

Calaway Park

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.

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Get your feet wet at Calaway Park’s Timber Falls!

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.

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Both the Fall Fair and Aggie Days are free family events at the Calgary Stampede.

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.

Calgary Zoo

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:).

pandas eating bamboo

There are four giant pandas to meet at the Calgary Zoo.

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.

Granary Road

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?

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Shhhh… don’t tell the kids they’ll get a mental AND physical workout at Granary Road.

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.

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This post was a paid collaboration with my friends at Calgary Attractions.

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  1. Gemma 16.07.2018 at 11:41 - Reply

    Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park

  2. Maria 16.07.2018 at 15:43 - Reply

    We used to go regularly to the bow habitat for the wacky wednesday programs. The kids loved it. Granary park is lots of fun and we need to get to the zoo to see the pandas!!

  3. Crystal Leask 17.07.2018 at 15:22 - Reply

    Would love to see the Pandas or even do the Luge rides 🙂

    • Jody 17.07.2018 at 15:34 - Reply

      I think the luge is especially great for older kids, when they’re not as interested in petting zoos and stuff.

  4. Connie Wong 17.07.2018 at 15:24 - Reply

    Calaway park. My kids have a blast and can never get enough of the rides 😀

    • Jody 17.07.2018 at 15:33 - Reply

      It’s a good way to wear them out for sure!

  5. Ninu 17.07.2018 at 15:28 - Reply

    The calgary zoo, science centre and calaway park! We also love southland leisure centre!

    • Jody 17.07.2018 at 15:33 - Reply

      I need to get back to Southland!

  6. Jennifer I 17.07.2018 at 15:29 - Reply

    We love to go to the zoo! When my kiddos were much smaller we had a family pass and went all the time but we haven’t had oasses in years so it has been a while.

    • Jody 17.07.2018 at 15:33 - Reply

      It’s still just as good. I love the zoo in autumn.

  7. Matt McQueen 17.07.2018 at 16:17 - Reply

    Even though it’s a good 30-40 min drive my kids really love Calaway Parkand and I get to tell them stories of when I worked there 🙂

  8. Melinda 17.07.2018 at 16:23 - Reply

    Calaway Park and the Calgary Zoo are my favourite spots to take my children,

  9. Rob 17.07.2018 at 18:05 - Reply

    Calaway park and the Calgary zoo!

  10. Lorraine 18.07.2018 at 17:17 - Reply

    I love the National Music Centre 🙂

  11. Andrea Amy 19.07.2018 at 01:15 - Reply

    We love the zoo, Calaway park and heritage park. We have yet to check out granary road but it looks great.

  12. Genevieve Franklin 19.07.2018 at 18:13 - Reply

    We love taking my nephews to calaway park!

  13. Maritess S 20.07.2018 at 16:08 - Reply

    We love to take the kids to the Calgary Zoo because there is always a different activity or path to take that will keep them excited and entertained.

  14. Caryn s 20.07.2018 at 21:50 - Reply

    We love Heritage park and Studio Bell for family trips!

  15. Jinwa 21.07.2018 at 05:29 - Reply

    My daughter loves every places, including calgary zoo, bow habitat station, calaway park and granary road . She is very much into animals and petting zoo is one of her favorite. 😀 we are hoping we could come back soon 🙂

  16. Julie V 22.07.2018 at 13:57 - Reply

    We go to the Stampede every summer for a family day out. We also make trips to the Zoo and Heritage Park throughout the year. This year we are going to try Butterfield Acres & the Science Centre, we’ve never been so looking forward to that.

  17. LCruz 23.07.2018 at 00:22 - Reply

    Calgary Zoo & South Glenmore Park are two of our favorite spots to bring the kids.

  18. Lena 23.07.2018 at 15:42 - Reply

    Caraway park, zoo. granary road look interesting

  19. Nicole M 23.07.2018 at 17:08 - Reply

    We love the zoo! Also st. Patrick island by the zoo is lots of fun!

  20. Jane Fernandez 23.07.2018 at 19:53 - Reply

    Calaway Park is soooo much fun!! Something for all of my kids despite their different ages!!

  21. Nora MacNamara 24.07.2018 at 08:29 - Reply

    The Calgary Zoo and Glenbow Museum are great ..

  22. Elizabeth M 24.07.2018 at 16:15 - Reply

    Calgary zoo, calaway Park, Calgary corn maze, and Granary Road!!

  23. Jennifer C 24.07.2018 at 16:50 - Reply

    Calaway Park and the Calgary Zoo are always top of the list for Summer fun!

  24. Linda Lundquist 24.07.2018 at 18:10 - Reply

    Heritage Park, have not been there since we moved to Lethbridge over 30 years. Would love to revisit it.

  25. Jodie 24.07.2018 at 20:56 - Reply

    We love coming to Calgary for all the attractions. We can’t wait to head back to the zoo and finally go to Granary road.

  26. Gina Bergman 26.07.2018 at 16:19 - Reply

    The zoo for sure!

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