Last week one of our staff shared her secrets for travelling with her son and some of the activities that they enjoyed when visiting Edmonton. This week we'll talk about fun activities for the kids in our fair city.
Calgary Public Library has some great programs on Saturday, May 21. There is a Drop-in Storytime at Country Hills Library at 11:30 and one at Crowfoot at 10:30. Bring the little ones for a half hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays the whole family can enjoy. Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver. No registration required.
Shaganappi Library is offering an exciting program, Tales from the CYPT, on Saturday, May 21, 3:30 - 4:30. Join us as the troupe of young performers from Calgary Young People's Theatre weave their tales for folks of all ages in this special preview of their upcoming show. You can register online, by phone at 403-260-2620 or in person at any branch.
Heritage Park opens for the summer on Saturday, May 21 with all the usual fun activities. My kids loved a day at the park with the horse-drawn hay-rides, the antique midway and, of course, riding the steam train. No day was complete without a visit to the candy store and the ice cream parlour.
Special events for May 23: The first 500 guests to arrive between 9:30 -10:30am will be treated to Heritage Park’s complimentary pancake breakfast served hot off the grill in Gunn’s Dairy Barn, with regular paid admission. A special Mother Daughter treat might be the traditional Afternoon Tea served at the Wainwright Hotel Tea Room.
The Calgary Zoo is a great place to visit any day of the year. "Giraffes: Behind the Scenes" is a special program which will run on Saturday, May 21st. To make the most of your visit, you can check for times and locations for free Daily Visitor Activities that run every day.
The Telus World of Science has the wonderful exhibit of Titanic artifacts which we went to see on Mother's Day and which was totally fascinating. We each received a boarding pass and became an individual who sailed on the boat. At the end, we found out who survived and who didn't. A sobering experience!
We watched the James Cameron movie, Titanic, the night before. I couldn't believe how accurate the movie was for historic details and the stories of many of the passengers. If you would like even more of the background, the library has Secrets of the Titanic, which is the story of the first undersea explorers to locate, photograph, and explore the wreckage of the ill-fated Titanic.
I wouldn't recommend the exhibit itself for younger kids, but there are related activities for children. The Creative Kids Museum has some special Titanic programs plus there is a new Imagination Playground. I would recommend buying your tickets for the Titanic exhibit in advance. It was busy!!
Summer hours started on May 15 at Royal Tyrrell Museum. Allow yourself 2 - 3 hours for a good visit to see all the dinosaurs in the museum. Some special programs will start on May 21, such as Dinosite, Fossil Casting and the Badlands tour. Visit their website for details on the programs and costs. The museum is open from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, seven days a week this time of year. And don't forget to stop for a look at Horseshoe Canyon just before you start the long drop down into Drumheller.
And, of course, don't forget Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump for an interesting day trip.
One of my favorite drives is down the scenic Cowboy Trail, and then on to the Crowsnest Pass and the Frank Slide.
Check out this great book, Day Trips from Calgary, for more ideas on places to go and things to see!