100 Fun Things to do With Your Family in Calgary This Summer

100 fun things to do with your family in Calgary this summer (Family Fun Calgary)

Summer is relatively short in Calgary, so it’s important to pack as much as you can into the two short months when the kids are out of school and the parents (hopefully) have a little extra time to go out there and play! We put together a list of our favourite summer fun activities that help to make Calgary such a special city. How many can you cross off your list before the Labour Day long weekend is through?

100 Fun Things to Do During Summer in Calgary:

  1. Spend a rainy day indoors exploring the Devonian Gardens.
  2. Chase some butterflies in the Conservatory at the Calgary Zoo.
  3. Explore art hands on in the ARC Discovery Room at the Glenbow Museum.
  4. Sing happy birthday to your country. There are so many Canada Day events in Calgary, there’s no excuse not to get out and celebrate!
  5. Pack a picnic and spend an entire day cooling off at your local wading pool or spray park. Check out Prairie Winds Park, which has been redeveloped.
  6. Root for your favourite rider at the North American Tournament (July 5 – 9) at Spruce Meadows.
  7. Ride the Zipline from the ski jump tower or do some tricks on the Eurobungy at Canada Olympic Park. And be sure to leave time for a run or two down the Skyline Luge! (They do say once is never enough.)
  8. Buy your kids cowboy hats with whistles for Stampede. And then get those fun backpacks on site. You know you want to.
  9. Stay up late to watch the fireworks during Stampede Week. Then do it again in August when GlobalFest comes around.
  10. Get friendly with some farm animals at the Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm.
  11. Camp in comfort in a Parks Canada Otentik (a cross between a tent and a cabin), available in Alberta at Banff and Lake Louise National Parks.
  12. Try on an RCMP uniform at Fort Calgary.
  13. Discover 150 reasons to visit Heritage Park this summer! Explore one of the far corners, like the Hudson Bay Fur Trading Fort then treat yourself to something delicious from the park’s Alberta Bakery.
  14. Milk a goat at Butterfield Acres.
  15. Fall in love with the theatre at a performance of Hamlet at Shakespeare by the Bow.
  16. Spend a day go-carting at Speeders Indoor ProKarts or Shakers Family Fun Centre.
  17. Take advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program and improve your game.
  18. Catch (and release) a fish at the Bow Habitat Station’s Trout Pond.
  19. Head up to Sunshine Village and take a hike through Sunshine Meadows.
  20. Visit the city’s Farmers’ Markets and make a feast out of your fresh finds.
  21. Try to hit as many of Calgary’s food trucks as you can. Keep notes and get everyone in your family to vote for their favourite at the end of the summer.
  22. Road trip it out to one of the city’s outlying ranches and take a family trail ride.
  23. Take a family bike ride through part of the city’s 960 km of bike paths and check out the parks on your way through!
  24. Enjoy a cool dip at one of the city’s outdoor pools.
  25. The Banff Centre has concerts and other special events planned all summer long. Head out to the mountains and take in a show or two.
  26. Shadowbox against Lennox Lewis, goaltending in a Flames game, ski jump and more with some virtual fun at the Calgary Sports Hall of Fame.
  27. Spend a night in a tent! Overnight it at a nearby campground. (Or your backyard.)
  28. Skate safe! Let your kids try out skateboarding at one of the city’s approved skateparks.
  29. Keep your eyes peeled for show ‘n’ shines both in the city and in surrounding communities. Both kids and parents love looking at classic cars!
  30. How much ice cream can you eat in one summer? Walk or bike to your favourite place as an after dinner treat.
  31. Visit the dinosaurs and hike through the terrain at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.
  32. Spend a day exploring the cool shops and yummy restaurants in Canmore.
  33. Let your kids run wild and burn off some energy bouncing on the blob at Kayben Farms.
  34. Swap a gently used book at a Little Free Library. They are scattered all over Calgary. To help keep kids interested, pick up a Little Free Library Passport!
  35. Indulge in your kitschy side and drive out to Torrington to see the Gopher Hole Museum.
  36. Be a Sunday driver and take a relaxing cruise down the Cowboy Trail. Be sure to stop in Black Diamond for a fun meal or treat at Marv’s Classic Soda Shop.
  37. Test your engineering skills with the building materials at TELUS Spark and then head outside for some active fun in the Brainasium. Let the younger crowd burn off some steam climbing, playing, and performing at the Creative Kids Museum.
  38. Reserve a picnic area and have a big family party at one of Calgary’s public parks.
  39. Play a game of frisbee/disc golf at Baker Park.
  40. Ride a C-Train line from one end to the other with a transit-obsessed toddler.
  41. Eat at a different pancake breakfast every day for the duration of the Stampede.
  42. Try geocaching! (Warning, you may become addicted!)
  43. Drive out to the Alberta badlands and sketch the scenery.
  44. Tackle your fear of heights and take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk near the Columbia Icefields.
  45. Get to know some animals at the Calgary Zoo. Ask a zookeeper what your favourite animals’ names are and some other fun facts about them. And don’t miss the butterflies in the ENMAX Conservatory!
  46. Take a ride on the SS Moyie paddleboat at Heritage Park.
  47. Our city is full of miniature golf courses! Set up a tournament for your family and see who has the best putting skills!
  48. Which Calgary park has the best picnic spots? Visit as many as you can and get your family to vote for their favourite. Then spread the word to your extended family and friends!
  49. Head out to the Leighton Art Centre (just south-west of Calgary) to get artsy in a peaceful setting.
  50. Our city is full festivals! Pick a couple and explore music or culture that you are not familiar with!
  51. Visit Calgary’s beautiful new home of the National Music Centre: Studio Bell.
  52. Try a 5K fun run or walk. You’ll be amazed at how far and fast even little kids can go when they get into it.
  53. Discover Chinatown! Go for a walk around the neighbourhood, visit the Chinese Cultural Centre, and find some terrific Asian restaurants.
  54. Go back in time and explore what upscale Calgary was like in the olden days with a tour of the Lougheed House.
  55. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, walk, run, or bike 150 km of the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway system, the longest urban pathway and park system in the world!
  56. Ever wanted to pet a wallaby? Of course, you have! And now you can at Cobb’s Adventure Park & Corn Maze.
  57. Introduce young music fans to styles from around the world at the Calgary Folk Music Festival in July.
  58. Check out the new Archery Games Calgary: an amazing place to learn and practice your archery skills!
  59. Stay up late with Milky Way Nights at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, open to the public between July 20-22 & August 17-19, from 10 pm to 2 am.
  60. Drive south to historic Nanton, for a visit to the Bomber Command Museum. Keep the kids happy on the drive back, with some treats from The Candy Store.
  61. Take a family hike and roast some marshmallows at Kananaskis’ Elbow Falls. Don’t forget to pack a picnic!
  62. Take a relaxing stroll along the RiverWalk and then grab a snack in the East Village.
  63. The annual Taste of Calgary runs in August  — head down to Eau Claire to chow down on some cool eats.
  64. Stand on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower and feel like you’re floating above the city. Or falling onto it, if you suffer from vertigo!
  65. Chill out with some laid-back music at ReggaeFest in mid-August.
  66. Seek out some genuine Taber Corn and then cook it up on the barbeque. Here’s a tasty recipe to try.
  67. Choose a neighbourhood you’ve never been to before and take a stroll through it to discover new shops, restaurants, and places to hang out.
  68. Starting July 8th, cool down on a hot day by skating on the world’s fastest skating rink at the Olympic Oval – public skating every Saturday & Sunday during the summer in the afternoon. Check the schedule and don’t forget your helmet!
  69. See how many times you can get your face painted at various festivals and events over the course of the summer.
  70. Take a nice, slow (and safe) raft ride down the Elbow River.
  71. Celebrate diversity and families of all descriptions at the annual Pride Parade on September 3rd at noon.
  72. Don’t have time to road trip it out to B.C. for some lake fun? Spend a day (or two, or 10) on the beach at Sikome Lake instead.
  73. Take your kids out hula hooping in a public park. On July 12th, join the ParticipACTION tour at Sien Lok Park (And check one more thing off your Participation 150 playlist!).
  74. Indulge yourself with a day at the movies. Choose an age appropriate flick that everyone will like and treat the family to a huge bucket of popcorn. Saturday morning Cineplex Family Favourites are a great choice for a movie under $3!
  75. Pack a lunch and hit the trails for one of these great family-friendly urban hikes.
  76. Pick your own saskatoons at Solstice Berry Farm. Bring them home and make a yummy dessert with your kids.
  77. Visit the brand-new Granary Road! Enjoy shopping, dining, playing, learning and making connections (of the culinary & community varieties). Calgary’s hottest new destination!
  78. Immerse yourself in aircraft history at the Hangar Flight Museum (formerly the Aero Space Museum of Calgary).
  79. Pay tribute to those who served our country (and see some really cool gear) at Calgary’s The Military Museums.
  80. Cool off and catch some thrills on the waterslides at Southland and Village Square Leisure Centres.
  81. Go mountain biking without having to leave the city’s limits at Winsport.
  82. With school out for summer, take advantage of your public library! See how many books you can read over the course of the summer months. The Summer Reading Club can help you keep track, and you could even win prizes. It’s not just for kids, either.
  83. Search for the ugly old troll under the bridge at Troll Falls in Kananaskis.
  84. Cheer on your favourite teams at the Dragon Boat Festival in August in North Glenmore Park.
  85. Frolic with the bunny sculptures at Edgepark Ravine.
  86. Ride the antique merry go round at Chinook Centre.
  87. Catch a Stampeders Football Game from the Family Fun Zone.
  88. Do it up old-school (or go for newer-school inline skates) with some roller skating at Lloyd’s Roller Rink.
  89. See if you can spot some beavers or other wildlife at The Weaselhead.
  90. Skip rocks at Forget-me-not Pond.
  91. Like meat? Cap off summer at the BBQ on the Bow Festival, September.
  92. Try Letterboxing. It’s like geocaching but with an artistic twist.
  93. Play in the park, splash in the wading pool, have a picnic and catch a concert at Prince’s Island Park.
  94. Develop your appreciation for music at one of Heritage Park’s free Music in the Plaza concerts.
  95. Visit Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and touch some real animal pelts and arrowheads at the Glenbow Ranch Interpretive Centre.  Parks Day is a great time to visit or try one of their Family Programs.
  96. Hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House at Lake Louise and snack on scones and strawberry tea.
  97. Catch a rodeo in a small town — all the fun but without the crowds. They still throw candy in their parades! Sundre has a great rodeo.
  98. Hit the links! Introduce your kids to the game of golf at one of these Family Friendly Golf Courses or try out a City of Calgary Family Golf Night.
  99. Try to ride every single ride (that you meet the height requirement for!) at Calaway Park. Remember… not too many spinny rides in a row!
  100. Take a day trip to the Red Deer area and visit Discovery Canyon: nature’s own lazy river.

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