Fun Things to do Summer 2020 (Family Fun Calgary)

Important Announcement: Summer is NOT cancelled! Sure, some events and summer favourites have been cancelled or closed, but there is still a lot your family can do to enjoy this wonderful season in Calgary. We will be adding more fun as the season progresses. Summer of 2020 might look a little (okay, a lot) unusual, but let’s make the best of it!

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 finished?

68 (and counting!) Fun Things to Do During Summer 2020 in Calgary:

  1. Sing happy birthday to your country. The City of Calgary has planned an at home and online celebration for Canada Day this year.
  2. Try a new instrument or take a summer music day camp at Chinook School of Music.
  3. Don’t put away that cowboy hat! Stampede 2020 may be cancelled, but they have created a way for you to get your favourite Stampede foods!
  4. The Bow Habitat Station Discovery Centre (and Fish Hatchery Tours) are closed at time of writing, but you can head out to feed the fish at the Fish Hatchery.
  5. 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 be sure to head to the Canadian Wilds to see Bugtopia, the amazing new playground!
  6. No matter the weather – try some mini-golf or bowling at Century Sports.
  7. Challenge the kids to 18 holes of mini golf at WinSport.
  8. Go on a Skyline Luge adventure at Winsport. (Book 2 runs – they say once is never enough!)
  9. 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. (Camping is beginning a gradual reopening at time of writing.)
  10. Discover Heritage Park again this summer! Many of the buildings are open, including a chance to buy some treats.
  11. Visit the goats and bunnies at Butterfield Acres.
  12. Pack a picnic and spend an entire day cooling off at your local wading pool or spray park, opening in early July.
  13. Fall in love with the theatre at a performance of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare by the Bow (online for 2020).
  14. Spend a day go-carting at Speeders Indoor ProKarts.
  15. Take advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program and improve your game.
  16. Visit the city’s Farmers Markets and make a feast out of your fresh finds.
  17. 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.
  18. Road trip it out to one of the city’s outlying ranches and take a family trail ride.
  19. 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!
  20. If a bike path isn’t enough, find a bike park or pump track near you!
  21. Spend a night in a tent! Overnight it at a nearby campground. (Or your backyard.)
  22. Skate safe! Let your kids try out skateboarding at one of the city’s approved skateboard parks.
  23. 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!
  24. How much ice cream can you eat in one summer? Walk or bike to your favourite place as an after-dinner treat.
  25. Visit the dinosaurs and hike through the terrain at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller (timed ticketing).
  26. Spend a day exploring the cool shops and yummy restaurants in Canmore.
  27. Let your kids run wild and burn off some energy bouncing on the blob at Kayben Farms.
  28. Swap a gently used book at a Little Free Library. They are scattered all over Calgary.
  29. Or, take advantage of your public library! They are carefully reopening locations beginning June 23. See how many books you can read over the course of the summer months. Join the Ultimate Summer Challenge at the Calgary Public Library and you could even win prizes.
  30. 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.
  31. Reserve a picnic area and have a family party at one of Calgary’s public parks.
  32. Play a game of frisbee/disc golf at Baker Park or at the David Richardson Memorial Disc Golf Park in the NW.
  33. Ride a C-Train line from one end to the other with a transit-obsessed toddler.
  34. Get friendly with some farm animals and find your way out of the corn maze at the Calgary Farmyard.
  35. Try geocaching! (Warning, you may become addicted!)
  36. Drive out to the Alberta badlands in Drumheller or Dinosaur Provincial Park and sketch the scenery. Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, filled with hoodoos, is a 3 or 4-hour drive from Calgary, but well worth the weekend trip.
  37. Tackle your fear of heights and take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk near the Columbia Icefields. (Check out the Icefields while you’re there!)
  38. Explore art hands-on in the ARC Discovery Room at the Glenbow Museum (open.
  39. Our city is full of miniature golf courses! Set up a tournament for your family and see who has the best putting skills! (Be sure to confirm with the venue to see if they are open.)
  40. 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!
  41. Head out to the Leighton Art Centre (just south-west of Calgary) to get artsy in a peaceful setting.
  42. 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.
  43. Discover Chinatown! Go for a walk around the neighbourhood, see the sights, and find some terrific Asian restaurants.
  44. Ever wanted to pet a wallaby? Of course, you have! And now you can at Cobb’s Adventure Park.
  45. 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.
  46. Take a family hike and roast some marshmallows at Kananaskis’ Elbow Falls. Don’t forget to pack a picnic!
  47. Take a relaxing stroll along the RiverWalk and then grab a snack in the East Village.
  48. 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!
  49. Seek out some genuine Taber Corn and then cook it up on the barbeque. Here’s a tasty recipe to try.
  50. Choose a neighbourhood you’ve never been to before and take a stroll through it to discover new shops, restaurants, and playgrounds.
  51. Take a nice, slow (and safe) raft ride down the Elbow River.
  52. As movie theatres reopen, 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.
  53. Pack a lunch and hit the trails for one of these great family-friendly urban hikes.
  54. Visit Granary Road. (There’s special pricing this year!) Enjoy shopping, dining, playing, learning and making connections (of the culinary & community varieties). You can read about our visit to the Active Learning Park here.
  55. Immerse yourself in aircraft history at The Hangar Flight Museum (formerly the Aero Space Museum of Calgary).
  56. Pay tribute to those who served our country (and see some really cool gear) at Calgary’s The Military Museums.
  57. Search for the ugly old troll under the bridge at Troll Falls in Kananaskis or check out the Blackshale Suspension Bridge.
  58. Frolic with the bunny sculptures at Edgepark Ravine.
  59. See if you can spot some beavers or other wildlife at The Weaselhead.
  60. Skip rocks at Forget-me-not Pond.
  61. Play in the park, have a picnic and enjoy the urban beauty at Prince’s Island Park.
  62. Visit Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, bring your bikes, or go for a hike.
  63. 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 Take a Kid to the Course Day.
  64. Spend a rainy day indoors exploring the Devonian Gardens(the playground has not reopened as of writing).
  65. Plan an evening under the stars at an outdoor movie. (Don’t forget the bug spray!)
  66. Find the best playground in the city!
  67. Or find a FREE playground program!
  68. Get involved in the Great YYC Staycation Scavenger Hunt. You can support your community, enter to win prizes, and have FUN