Did you know that the City of Calgary offers community-based summer recreational programs that are FREE? If you aren’t familiar with them, here is our guide so you can take advantage of them in your neighbourhood.
Park n’ Play is a free outdoor drop-in program for children aged 6 to 12. You can normally drop your kids off from 10 am – 3:30 pm and they’ll keep busy with loads of activities, games, and crafts. Organizers divide the kids into two age groups where possible (ages 6-8 and 9-12) so that everyone can take part in age-appropriate activities. Reserve 7 days in advance to ensure a spot. See here to find a PDF of locations and weeks.
If your child is younger than six, they can take part in Stay n’ Play, a free outdoor drop-in program for children aged 3 to 5. Adult participation in the programs is mandatory, so parents or caregivers must accompany kids throughout the duration of the program. For the best program experience and supervision of your child, it’s strongly recommended that parents/guardians attend the program with no more than two children within this age group. Reserve 7 days in advance to ensure a spot. See here to find a PDF of locations and weeks. Stay n’ Play normally runs between 10 am and 12 pm.
There is a maximum number of children at each location for health and safety reasons.
You can also find information on the Community Nature Adventure Playground Experience and Unplug n’Play for families here.
Park n’ Play & Stay n’ Play:
When: July and August
Where: Various parks across Calgary