As a mom to a two-year-old with no sense of personal boundaries (he still sleeps in my bed) who would rather eat play doh than pasta, I long for my alone time. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate and flowers as much as the next girl, but for Mother’s Day what I really want is a break! Listen up dads, this year let mom sleep in, relax, drink mimosas, hit the spa, quietly read a book or check off some items on her personal to do list. While mom is doing her thing, here is a guide to help dad do his… with the kids. Whether you’re a pop culture fanatic, sports fan, outdoorsmen or museum buff this guide has something for everyone.
The Hangar Flight Museum
Take your museum experience to new heights with the Hangar Flight Museum, formerly known as the Aero Space Museum of Calgary. Embracing all forms of flight, the museum helps visitors learn and explore the history, art and science of flying from military and civilian aircrafts to insects, birds and bats.
Bow Habitat Station
Reel in the fun with kids of all ages with an experience that will have the whole family hooked! Investigate, explore and discover Alberta’s fish, wildlife, water and aquatic ecosystems. Explore hands-on exhibits in the Discovery Centre, feed the fish on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery, and connect with nature in the Interpretive Wetland. The Bow Habitat Station is located in Pearce Estate Park just outside of Inglewood.
An exhilarating experience that can best be described as Mario Kart for humans. Skyline Luge is a fun, fast-paced family activity that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. The Luge is a unique wheeled gravity ride that provides riders full control over their descent on a purpose built track. Experience 1.8 kilometres (5905 feet) of twists and turns dropping over 100 metres (328 feet) in its course. It’s the world’s longest Luge track yet! The Skyline Luge track runs parallel to the famous Winsport Olympic Luge track. Don’t wait, rush to check it out. May 13th is opening day!
Navigate your way to Telus Spark to experience a traveling exhibit that is out of this world! Put your skills to the test and immerse yourself in the world of Star Trek. As a Starfleet cadet you will go through seven different zones that will test your skills to determine your potential as a Starfleet officer. Each zone includes a fun, hands-on activity, from phaser target practice to learning the language of Klingon. Exciting possibilities await in this immersive and interactive experience, great for the entire family! Experience Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience before June 4th when it flies off to another galaxy.
Heritage Park Historical Village
As if Heritage Park wasn’t already a great place to take the kids add in Thomas the Train and that makes one unforgettable day! Day Out with Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favourite tank engine, meet the railway controller, Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, enjoy face painting, musical entertainment and much more! Please note, this experience requires advance ticketing.
Here’s to an adventure packed day for dad and a ‘whatever your heart desires’ day for mom. Don’t worry dad’s your day is coming soon. Stay tuned for the Father’s Day Guide for Mothers next month.
Written by Kristyn Snell
Published May, 2017