Get Your Family Moving! Guide to Family-Friendly Recreation Facilities in Calgary & Area

Family-friendly recreation facilities in Calgary AB (Family Fun Calgary)

Recreation centres are great places for families to stay fit and have fun together. Here’s where to find all of them in Calgary!

Please note, this is a work in progress and we are continuing to add locations.

Within Calgary City Limits

Cardel Rec South

In addition to being the home of the Shawnessy YMCA and branch of Calgary Public Library, Cardel Rec South also has four ice arenas, a community gymnasium, meeting rooms and more. They run programs for kids and families including preschool classes, skating lessons, clubs and day camps.

Address: 100, 333 Shawville Blvd SE

City of Calgary Aquatic & Fitness Centres and Arenas

In addition to the city’s two Leisure Centres (listed here separately), the City of Calgary maintains 11 Aquatic & Fitness/Recreation Centres and 10 Arenas throughout the city.

Aquatic & Fitness/Recreation Centres

Genesis Centre

Along with indoor soccer fields, the Genesis Centre provides a wide variety of services from fitness, health and recreation services to cultural events and social activities. Note: Genesis Centre does not have any swimming pools or arenas.

Address: 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE

JCC Calgary

JCC is a non-profit organization offering social, educational, recreational and cultural programming to individuals and families of all ages, stages and backgrounds. The recreation centre facilities include a pool, hot tub, fitness facilities, a climbing wall, indoor play structure and more. While the centre has a thriving Jewish community, anybody is welcome to be a member, sign their kids up for programs or pay a day admission to use the facility.

Address: 1607 90 Avenue SW, Calgary AB

Mount Royal University

info to come!! their website was down at press time.

Repsol Sport Centre (formerly Talisman Centre)

Repsol Sport Centre offers a number of activities for all ages and abilities all under one roof!

A membership or drop in admission gets you access to some amazing amenities like:

  • 2 Olympic sized pools with public swim times
  • 20 Person hot tub
  • Steam Room
  • 5 Gymnasiums
  • 2 running tracks
  • 700+ pieces of cardio and weight training equipment
  • A variety of Group Fitness classes including yoga, Power Cycle, Boot Camp, Kickboxing and much more

Address:  2225 Macleod Trail South

SAIT Wellness Centre

The SAIT Wellness Centre offers a variety of facilities that include: weight room featuring full cardio and weight lifting equipment, double size gymnasium, 25-metre salt water pool, 9-metre dive tank area, shower facilities with lockers, 6 squash courts, 1 racquetball/wallyball courts, fitness/dance/martial arts studio and more. There are both lane swims and open swims that the public can attend and the facility has children’s programs including day camps, birthday parties and sport/fitness programs.

Address: 1301, 16 Avenue NW

Southland Leisure Centre (City of Calgary)

Southland has a tropical beach themed AquaPlay structure within it’s spectacular waterpark which includes a wave pool, dive tank, water slides, kiddies pool, hot tub, steam room as well as swim lessons and aqua fitness programs.

Other amenities include twin arenas, which offer seasonal public skating and shinny hockey, a dry sports area which includes a multi-use rooms, a gymnasium, a rock climbing area, gymnastics gym, racquet and squash courts, three playhouse classrooms, a babysitting room, a children’s play room and a birthday room.

Programs within the dry sports area include: fitness, sports training, gymnastics, racquet sports, skating, dance, martial arts, pre-school, registered and non-registered programs, leagues and tournaments, drop-in sports and day camps during school breaks and more!

Address: 2000 Southland Drive SW, Calgary AB

Trico Centre for Family Wellness

Trico Centre is a neighbourhood active-living recreational facility, offering a vast range of programs and services.

Trico Centre sells facility memberships, runs a variety of registered programs for all ages and interests, rents out the facility to user groups, offers daycamps, childcare services, before & after school care programs, organizes birthday parties and corporate functions, offers specialized community and school programs.

Some of the features of the facility include:

  • 13,500 sq ft fitness centre
  • 3-lane running track
  • 2 fully equipped fitness studios
  • 316 ft indoor waterslide & wavepool (renovated in 2016!)
  • Hot tub, sauna, steam
  • Arena
  • Gymnasium
  • Multipurpose rooms
  • Childcare

Address: 11150 Bonaventure Dr. SE

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary offers a wide range of recreation facilities and programs. On-campus facilities include a pool, gyms & courts, fitness studios, climbing/bouldering walls, gymnastics centre, racquet sports centre, ice surfaces and more. There is also an excellent Outdoor Centre, which runs programs on and off campus. Kids’ programs, including day camps, are very popular.

Address: 2500 University Drive NW

Vecova Recreation Centre

The Vecova Recreation Centre is a public facility that provides recreation and leisure opportunities to Calgarians of all ages and abilities.

The barrier-free facility in northwest Calgary is home to a specially heated salt water pool, a full size gymnasium, an aerobics studio and two arts and crafts classrooms. They offer a wide variety of programs such as adult health and wellness, children’s swimming and dryland lessons, preschool classes, day camps, birthday parties, first aid and leadership courses.

Some popular gymnasium and studio programs include pilates classes, piloga classes, yoga classes, and skipping classes.

Address: 3304 – 33rd Street NW, Calgary AB

Village Square Leisure Centre (City of Calgary)

Village Square consists of a safari-themed water park including a wave pool, dive tank, three water slides, kiddies pool, hot tubs, steam room as well as swim lessons and aqua fitness programs.

Other amenities include twin arenas, which offer year round public skating and shinny hockey, a dry sports area which includes multi-use rooms, a gymnasium, activity rooms, fitness/dance studio, playschool classrooms, a babysitting room, a Jungle Gym play room and birthday party rooms.

Programs within the dry sports area include: fitness, Mom & Baby classes, dance, sports, skating, martial arts, pre-school registered and non-registered programs, leagues and tournaments, drop-in sports and day camps during school breaks and more!

Address: 2623 56th Street NE, Calgary AB


Vivo is a 195,000 square foot LEED Gold Accredited Facility that provides a bright, comfortable, inviting space for a wide range of spontaneous and structured activities for individuals and families of all ages and abilities. Facilities include a climbing wall, fitness centre, gymnasiums, ice rink, pools and more.

Where: 11950 Country Village Link NE

Westside Recreation Centre

Westside bills itself as ‘a leisure lifestyle centre for the whole family in southwest Calgary’.

Indoors, the aquatic park includes a wave pool, waterslide, lazy river, lap pool, waterslide and hot tub. The indoor leisure ice skating facility, 25’ climbing wall, and three gymnasiums welcome people all ages and abilities. A 15,000 square-foot fitness facility with a 500 metre running/walking track has state of the art equipment and a team of fitness consultants to meet your fitness and training needs. The one-of-a-kind youth wellness centre is a place for teens and pre-teens to enjoy active recreation in their own space. Party rooms are available for a variety of social and business functions and child care is available for parents using the facility.

Outside, everyone can enjoy the skateboard park, shoot hoops at the hard court or access the multiple pathways connected to the city’s system. Westside’s tenant services include a coffee shop and preschool with before and after school care.

Address: 2000 69 Street SW

YMCA Calgary

There are six YMCA facilities in Calgary, located throughout the city (and two more in the works). They all have open gym and open swim times where you can go with the kids to burn off steam, plus child care if you’d rather fit in a little healthy ‘me time’!

Melcor YMCA: 8100 John Laurie Blvd NW
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA: 101 3 Street SW
Saddletowne YMCA: 180, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE
Shawnessy YMCA: 400, 333 Shawville Blvd. SE
South Health Campus YMCA: 4448 Front Street SE
Remington YMCA: 108 Quarry Park Rd. SE

Nearby Facilities Outside Calgary City Limits

Genesis Place (Airdrie)

Genesis Place features and aquatic centre, arenas, dry land fitness & leisure facilities like indoor and outdoor soccer fields, gymnasiums, indoor running track and more. Many drop-in and registered programs are available.

Address: 800 East Lake Blvd NE, Airdrie AB

Okotoks Recreation Centre (Okotoks)

This Recreation Centre is home to indoor pools, hot tub and sauna, fitness studio, ice arenas, curling rink, a child-minding service, youth centre and more. Many drop-in and registered programs are available.

Address: 99 Okotoks Drive, Okotoks AB

Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre (Cochrane)

SLSFSC boasts an expansive facility with 3 NHL Size Ice Surfaces (plus the Original Cochrane Arena), Full Indoor Soccer Turf, Indoor Running/ Walking Track, Full Gymnasium, Multi-Purpose Space, Child Minding Centre, University of Calgary Gymnastics Facility, Martial Arts Centre, Cochrane Sport Physiotherapy/ Massage, Edge Sports, The Skating Lab and Lifestyles Fitness Centre. Many drop-in and registered programs are available.

Address: 800 Griffin Road East, Cochrane AB

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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