Ultimate Guide to Fun Family Events in Calgary Over the Family Day Weekend – 2017 Edition (updated February 16th)

Family Fun Calgary's Ultimate Guide to the Family Day Long Weekend. Presented by Mark's.

Presented by Mark’s.

Alberta’s Family Day long weekend is a wonderful break from what can seem like a very long, dark, cold stretch between New Year’s and Spring Break. What better way to celebrate family than by spending some quality time with yours at one (or many!) of these fun events that are happening in and around Calgary between February 17th and 20th??

And because a fun day out with the family is so much better if everyone is comfortable, we’ve got some fashion suggestions for Mom and Dad that will keep them comfy, indoors or out! Scroll down to find the images of these great options from Mark’s.

Multiple Days

It’s Friday of the long weekend, hurray! How about seeing a performance, then grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and wandering the illuminated installations at GLOW, the Downtown Calgary Winter Light Festival?

Winter evenings in Calgary range from chilly to downright frigid. If it’s cold, Dad will probably want to wear his RipZone Cross Hatch Winter Board Jacket, but if a Chinook has rolled in and things are damp, Mom might choose her WindRiver Women’s “Venice” Rain Boot. His bright and sporty jacket is water-repellent and insulated to keep him dry and warm, while her boot’s have a side elastic gore and buckle create to ensure snug, comfortable fit around her calf. These are not your great-grandma’s galoshes!

Family Quest at Heritage Park (Thursday – Monday)

Get your motors running – Heritage Park’s Family Quest is back for the 2017 Teacher’s Convention and Family Day long weekend. Get to know some of the great drivers of history, take the checkered flag on the RC race track, challenge the tricycle obstacle course, earn your very own Gasoline Alley driver’s license, take on the Winter Roads Scavenger Hunt and much more! Highlights include:

When: February 16-20, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park
Address: 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.heritagepark.ca

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience at TELUS Spark – click for details
(Thursday – Monday)

When: February 4 – June 4, 2017
Time: Regular TELUS Spark operating hours
Where: TELUS Spark
Address: 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary aB
Websitewww.sparkscience.ca

Storybook Theatre: Bridge to Terabithia – click for detailed info (Friday – Saturday)

When: February 3-18, 2017 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Time: varies by date; see website for details
Where: Beddington Heights Theatre
Address: 375 Bermuda Drive NW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.storybooktheatre.org

Alberta Ballet: Life by Ballet Boyz – click for detailed info (Friday – Saturday)

When: February 16 – 18, 2017
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Address: 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary AB
Website: www.albertaballet50.com

FIDO National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart – click for detailed info (Friday – Sunday)

When: February 17 – 19, 2017
Time: Friday & Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Where: PetSmart stores across Canada
Address: 321 61 Ave SW 7, Calgary AB
Websitewww.petsmartcharities.org/campaigns/national-adoption-weekend

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest – click for detailed info (Friday – Monday)

When: February 1 – 28, 2017
Where: Various locations across Calgary
Websitewww.yychotchocolate.com

GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival – click for detailed info (Friday – Monday)

When: February 17-20, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 11 pm
Where: downtown Calgary
Websitewww.calgarydowntown.com

Toyota Free Ride at Sunshine Village – click for detailed info (Friday – Monday)

When: Feb 18 – 20, 2017 (contest open until Feb. 24th)
Time: 8 am – 4 pm daily
Where: Sunshine Village
Address: 1 Sunshine Access Road, Banff AB
Websitewww.skibanff.com

Loose Moose Theatre for Kids: Elves and the Shoemaker (Saturday – Sunday)

When: January 28 – February 19, 2017
Time: Saturdays 1 pm; Sundays 1 pm and 3 pm
Where: Loose Moose Theatre
Address: 1235 – 26 Ave SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.loosemoose.com/kids

February Classic II at Spruce Meadows – click for detailed info (Saturday – Sunday)

When: February 18-19, 2017
Time: event times vary
Address: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary AB
Website: www.sprucemeadows.com

Iced at WinSport – click for detailed info (Saturday – Monday)

When: February 4-5, 11-12 and 18-20, 2017
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park
Address: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.winsport.ca

Saturday

Now the weekend is really and truly here. How to spend a fun day with the kids? We’ve got so many great ideas here, from Calgary’s Mobile Adventure Playground to a cheap movie at Cineplex, an amazing new ice festival at WinSport and more!

While you’re making memories, don’t forget to capture a few for your family photo album. No need to take off your gloves to use your phone’s camera if you’re wearing a pair of WindRiver T-MAX Heat Glove. These durable glove liners have four-way stretch for flexibility and smart touch fingers so you can operate your electronic devices with precision. Now that we’ve got your fingers covered, how about those tootsies? T-MAX Heat Men’s 2-Pack T-MAX Sport Socks have T-MAX HEAT technology built into them, ensuring maximum insulation against cold feet plus thicker sole cushioning without extra bulk.

Mobile Adventure Playground at Downtown Glow Festival

Adventure playgrounds are dynamic spaces where children can explore, create, imagine and learn in their own way. They contain a variety of materials and loose parts such as boards, tires, tape and cardboard that children are free to use to build, demolish, assemble and change their environments as they desire. Free.

When: Saturday February 18, 2017
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 – 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.calgary.ca

Family FISHtival at Bow Habitat Station – click for detailed info

When: Saturday February 18, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station
Address: 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.aep.alberta.ca
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Cineplex Family Favourites – MVP: Most Valuable Primate – click for detailed info

When: Saturdays
Time: 11 am
Where: Click here for a list of participating theatres.
Websitewww.cineplex.com

WP Puppet Theatre’s Puppet Pop-Up Studio – Veggie Puppets – click for detailed info

When: Saturday February 18, 2017
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Where: Haysboro Community Association
Address: 1204 – 89 Avenue SW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.wppuppet.com/register-for-puppet-pop-up

Scientists in School Workshops at Lee Valley Tools – click for detailed info

When: January 27, February 18 and May 19, 2017
Time: times vary, check schedule for details
Where: Lee Valley Tools Calgary
Address: 7261 11 St SE, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.leevalley.com

Sunday

Sunday… a day of rest? Hmmm, that’s a rare thing for families with kids! But hopefully Sunday can be a great day of recreation. Or brunch. Or brunch followed by recreation to work off the brunch!

Mom can easily go from a nice brunch to an outdoor activity in her sporty and stylish Denver Hayes HD1 Water-Repellant T-MAX Quilted Jacket, which is lightweight and yet is rated to -15°C for impressive warmth. Dad could choose his Kodiak Men’s Waterproof Elliston Boot, which are practical for spending time outdoors and yet not as big and clunky as winter boots, when he heads indoors.

“We Are Family” Event (City of Calgary)

The City of Calgary is hosting a “We Are Family” event on Sunday, February 19 between 1 and 3 pm, at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Take the kids for a fun-filled afternoon of nature games, wildlife crafts, scavenger hunts and more. Enjoy a guided walk around the park or try out the spotting scopes to catch a glimpse of the sanctuary’s high flyers. Free event!

Don’t miss this exciting event perfect for the whole family.

When: Sunday February 19, 2017
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Where: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Address: 2425 9 Ave. SE, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgary.ca/parksevents

Family Day Weekend Climbing & Gymnastics Drop-In

The whole family is welcome to a special Family Day weekend Climbing (Indoor Rock Climbing) and Gymnastics Drop-in session at Southland Leisure Centre. Regular admission rates apply. Kids need to have an adult with them.

When: Sunday February 19, 2017
Time: 3-5 pm
Where: 
Southland Leisure Centre 
Address: 
2000 Southland Drive SW, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgary.ca

Mobile Adventure Playground at Bowness Park

Adventure playgrounds are dynamic spaces where children can explore, create, imagine and learn in their own way. They contain a variety of materials and loose parts such as boards, tires, tape and cardboard that children are free to use to build, demolish, assemble and change their environments as they desire. Free.

When: Sunday February 19, 2017
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Bowness Park
Address: 8900 48 Avenue NW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.calgary.ca

Splash and Swim: $2 Admission at Calgary Pools on Sundays – click for detailed info

When: Sundays
Where: Select Calgary Parks and Recreation pools
Websitewww.calgary.ca

Sunday Family Swim at Southland Leisure Centre – click for detailed info

When: Sundays, 8 am – 12 pm
Where: 
Southland Leisure Centre 
Address: 
2000 Southland Drive SW, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgary.ca

Homestyle Breakfast Buffet at Heritage Park – click for detailed info

When: Sundays, January 8 – April 30, 2017
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Heritage Park (Wainwright Hotel)
Address: 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.heritagepark.ca

Safari Sunday Brunch at The Calgary Zoo – click for detailed info

When: Sundays beginning January 15, 2017 (no brunch September 4th)
Time: 9:30 – 1 pm (last seating, service continues until 2 pm)
Where: Safari Lodge at Calgary Zoo
Address: 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.calgaryzoo.com

Fort Calgary Sunday Brunch – click for detailed info

When: Sundays
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Fort Calgary Barracks
Address: 750 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.fortcalgary.com

Family Fun Sundays at the JCC – click for detailed info

When: Sundays
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Jewish Community Centre (JCC)
Address: 1607 90 Avenue SW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.calgaryjcc.com/family-fun

Sixty Five Roses Princess Ball – click for detailed info

When: Sunday February 19, 2017
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Where: Hotel Arts
Address: 119 – 12 Avenue SW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.eventbrite.com

Symphony Sundays for Kids: The Hockey Sweater – click for detailed info

When: Sunday February 19, 2017
Time: 3 pm (Instrument Petting Zoo starts at 2 pm)
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons
Address: 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.cpo-live.com

Monday

Happy Holiday Monday!! Lots of free events are taking place in Calgary today. Mom will be comfy and ready for anything in her WindRiver ¼ Zip Printed Yoke T-Shirt, with its quarter-zip closure that can be worn open with the collar folded back for a different look. Dad might want to keep up the family’s great style statement by sporting his WindRiver T-MAX Heat ¼ Zip Pullover.

Family Fun Day at Eau Claire

Enjoy Family Day in Calgary by visiting Eau Claire Market for a free Family Fun Day event. Eau Claire Market will be hosting an all ages, carnival themed Family Fun Day from 11 am to 3 pm on February 20th. A full schedule of events will be listed on Eau Claire Market’s website.

When: Monday February 20, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market
Address: 200 Barclay Parade SW
Websitewww.eauclairemarket.com
Facebook: Event Page

Shouldice Family Day Event

Enjoy your family day with a free event at Shouldice Aquatic Centre & Shouldice Arena. Activities will include outdoor activities, hot chocolate, swimming and skating. Great for the whole family!

When: Monday February 20, 2016
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Where: Shouldice Aquatic Centre
Address: 5303 Bowness Road NW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.calgary.ca

Funderful Family Day Celebration at Trico Centre

Have a cheap and active family fun day at Trico Centre this Family Day. Free Family Fun Skate and $2 (pp) leisure Swim, plus enjoy the hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating, storytime theatre and Fun Zone in the gym!

When: Monday February 20, 2017
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Trico Centre for Family Wellness
Address: 11150 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.tricocentre.ca

Winterfest at Fort Calgary – FREE

Head to Fort Calgary for a Family Day full of family activities including a Quebecois maple sugar shack, tipi stories and information sessions with members from the Blackfoot nation, Mountie uniform try-on with RCP veterans, and games, crafts and activities in the learning centre. This is now a FREE event!

The Barracks lunch counter will be open with a selection of snacks, drinks and lunch items.

When: Monday February 20, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Fort Calgary
Address: 750 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.fortcalgary.com

‘Family Day Unplugged’ in Okotoks

The Town of Okotoks, along with Okotoks Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), invites you to take part in free ‘unplugged’ Family Day activities. Activities include gym time, family swim, indoor and outdoor skating, firepits and more. Visit the website for a complete schedule and lots of information on why it’s important for your family to unplug for the day!

Donations to the Recreation Fee Assistance program are welcomed, but not required.

When: Monday February 20, 2017
Time: 9:45 am – 3:30 pm (check schedule online)
Where: Okotoks Recreation Centre
Address: 99 Okotoks Drive, Okotoks AB
Websitewww.okotoks.ca

Free Family Day Skate at Vivo

As part of Participaction 150 Play List and to celebrate Family Day, Vivo is having a free public skate on February 20th! Sponsored by local MLA Jamie Kleinsteuber.

When: Monday February 6, 2016
Time: 7 – 8:30 pm
Where: Vivo for Healthier Generations
Address: 11950 Country Village Link NE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.calgary.ca

Family Day at Studio Bell

Studio Bell is opening its doors on a Monday for a special Family Day event! Head over on February 20 to save $50 on your NMC Family Membership and for all-day family fun that includes:

  • Live music and pop-up shows
  • Sound Sandwich instrument crafts
  • NMC Educators located throughout the building to help you rock out
  • Kimball Theatre Organ performances at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Visit Studio Bell on Family Day and don’t miss your chance to save on an NMC Family Membership—offer only available in-person on February 20th!

New and existing NMC Family Membership cardholders will also receive two additional admission vouchers which are good for one year and a Rosso Coffee Roasters Gift Card. Other membership options are also available!

When: Monday February 20, 2017
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
Address: 850 4 Street SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.studiobell.ca

RBC Family Skate Day: Free Community Skate

RBC Olympian and Inferno hockey player, Jessica Campbell along with local RBC employees will be hosting the Calgary RBC Family Skate Day skate on Monday February 20, 2017. Campbell will offer tips to skaters and sign autographs for fans between 1 and 3 pm; free skate will take place 12 – 4 pm.

RBC is committed to helping build stronger communities and encouraging positive social impact. To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, RBC is inspiring thousands of young Canadians to #Make150Count. “We believe when we invest in youth, great things happen,” said Tazmoon Ratanshi, Regional Vice-President, Calgary North, RBC.

Inspired by Samuel Morin who purchased helmets for the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Horizon’s Program with his $150 from RBC #Make150Count, skaters will have the opportunity to contribute to their local community onsite by making a contribution to Ronald McDonald House Charities Calgary. As a thank you, RBC will offer the donor a Canada 150 scarf to anyone who donates $10 or more.

When: Monday February 20, 2017
Time: 12 – 4 pm (Jessica Campbell onsite 1-3 pm)
Where: Don Hartman North East Sportsplex
Address: 5206 – 68th Street NE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.rbc.com/familyskate

#NoPhoneFamilyDay at YMCA Calgary

Family bonds are of utmost importance and that is why on February 20th, YMCA Calgary is encouraging you to put away your cell phones and focus on the family. YMCA Calgary will have free admission for everyone for the entire day and this is a great opportunity for families to connect.

There are special programs that are happening at all YMCA Calgary locations. Click here to see what programs are running at your YMCA!

When: Monday February 20, 2017
Time: all day
Where: all YMCA Calgary locations
Websitewww.ymcacalgary.org

Family Day in the Foothills

Azuridge Estate Hotel is hosting a fun family afternoon on February 20th. Join them this Family Day holiday at the Estate for a delicious lunch, hot chocolate and family fun and games! Lunch Stations Include: Mac & Cheese Bar, Gourmet Grilled Cheese Station, Sausage & Hot Dog Station, Build-Your-Own Salad Bar, and Dessert Bar. Bring props and warm clothing for a snowman building competition. Other family friendly challenges include Tug ‘O’ War, giant Jenga and other games in and around the Estate. Family Team attire is strongly encouraged!

Ticket cost: 5 and under get in free, 6-12 $25, 13+ $45.

When: Monday February 20, 2017
Time: 12 – 6 pm
Where: Azuridge Estate Hotel
Address: 178057 – 272 Street W, Priddis AB
Websitewww.azuridgehotelevents.com/upcoming-events

Floatables at Repsol Sports Centre – click for detailed info

When: Monday February 20, 2017
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Repsol Sport Centre (formerly Talisman Centre)
Address: 225 Macleod Trail S, Calgary AB
Websitewww.repsolsportcentre.com

Family Fun Calgary's Ultimate Guide to the Family Day Long Weekend. Presented by Mark's.

1. RipZone Cross Hatch Winter Board Jacket, 2. WindRiver Women’s “Venice” Rain Boot, 3. WindRiver T-MAX Heat Glove, 4. T-MAX Heat Men’s 2-Pack T-MAX Sport Socks, 5. HD1 Water-Repellant T-MAX Quilted Jacket, 6. Kodiak Men’s Waterproof Elliston Boot, 7. WindRiver ¼ Zip Printed Yoke T-Shirt, 8. WindRiver T-MAX Heat ¼ Zip Pullover

Have a great Family Day, Calgary!!

Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.

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