10 Ways to Explore Calgary with Kids
Calgary is one of the most family friendly cities in Canada, with excellent schools, an abundance of parks, and plenty of fun things to do. If you're looking for ways to get out and explore the city with your kids, check out these 10 family friendly things to do in Calgary.
1. Studio Bell
Studio Bell is the home of the National Music Centre, featuring five stories of interactive exhibits, artifacts, instruments, and memorabilia all telling the story of music in Calgary. If you have a music fan or a budding musician in the family, this is a place you won't want to miss.
2. Fort Calgary
Visit historic Fort Calgary, the site of the first North West Mounted Police fort, built on traditional Treaty 7 territory in 1875. Visitors enjoy interactive exhibits and a virtual streetcar, all designed to put the history of Calgary. There are also some fantastic dining options on site, including a Sunday brunch featuring a locally sourced buffet.
3. Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo
The leader in conservation and the most popular zoo in Canada, Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is a must see featuring nearly 1,000 species. Attend a special seasonal event or spend the day exploring with free educational programs to learn all about the animals that call this zoo home.
4. Heritage Park Historical Village
Learning about the history of Calgary is fun and engaging at Heritage Park Historical Village, where history comes to life. Canada's largest living historical village features characters roaming throughout original historical houses, stores, and machinery. You can bring a picnic or enjoy some of the classic, authentic dining options you will find at the park.
5. TELUS Spark Science Centre
Discover the exciting worlds of science, art, innovation, and technology at the TELUS Spark Science Centre. It features the largest dome theatre in Western Canada, as well as exhibits to ignite the imagination of kids and adults alike. Fall in love with science and explore their seasonally changing exhibits, with something new to learn and experience every time you visit.
6. Bow Habitat Station
Bow Habitat Station is a family-friendly place to visit, featuring one of North America's largest fish hatcheries. At the Discovery Centre, kids can explore hands-on exhibits and aquariums to learn all about the natural ecosystems associated with the Bow River.
7. Calaway Park
At Calaway Park, you will find more than 30 rides, dozens of games, live stage shows, a 3D theatre experience, and classic amusement park treats. This family favorite is Canada's largest outdoor amusement park, and easy to get to from anywhere in Calgary. There is also a campground available for families who want to stay overnight.
8. Downhill Karting
Adrenaline junkies of all ages will love Downhill Karting, where guests hop into carts field by gravity and fly down 1,800 metres of thrilling twists and turns. Downhill Karting is part of WinSport, also known as Canada Olympic Park. WinSport also features mini golf, bobsledding, winter sports of all kinds, and more!
9. Calgary Farmyard
Just southeast of Calgary in Rocky View County is a paradise for animal lovers of all ages: Calgary Farmyard. With different ways to enjoy the farm in the spring, summer, and fall, there's always something fun to explore. A petting coral, low ropes course, farmyard games, pony rides, zip lines, and jumbo jumpers are just the beginning of the fun at this family-friendly Calgary attraction.
10. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
For over 60 years, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame has been educating and inspiring visitors, especially children. As you tour the fascinating facility, you will learn about the values, culture, and history of sports in Canada through exhibits of all kinds. Print off one of their online scavenger hunts to bring with you as you explore over 700 athletes inducted into the hall of fame.