Banff and the Kananaskis are wonderful places to visit on a beautiful long weekend. However, if you are staying in town this weekend, there are lots of intriguing options to keep the kids occupied.
Calgary Public Library has some great programs for families on Saturday, May 19.
Fish Creek Library is offering an exciting program at 2:00 p.m., Elephone and Telephee: A herd of elephant stories, jokes, songs, and poems are presented with puppets and lots of audience help. This program is presented by WP Puppet Theatre.
Join our Drop-in Storytime at Crowfoot Library at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Don't forget to drop by your local branch on Friday or Saturday for books and movies to entertain the kids. The library will start our summer Sunday closures on May 20 and will be closed on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day.
Calaway Park Grand Opening is on Saturday, May 19 with all the usual fun rides and tempting treats.
Heritage Park will start opening daily on Saturday, May 19. The park is celebrating Victoria Day on Monday, May 21 with a free pancake breakfast for the first 500 customers. On Monday you can also enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in the upstairs Tea Room of the Wainwright Hotel (Check in advance for ticket availability.)
Celebrate Mountie Day on Monday May 21st from 11-4 at Fort Calgary. “You are invited to join Fort Calgary on Victoria Day to commemorate the formation of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) by Sir John A. Macdonald in 1873...”
The Royal Tyrrell Museum begins its spring programs on Saturday, May 19th. Check out their website for times and details. One of our staff members visited with her family recently and was very enthusiastic about the whole experience. She shares her impressions in a blog entry, "Walking with the Dinosaurs".
Curious about the history behind Victoria Day? Place your hold on this new book: Victoria Day by Lynn Peppas.
"Victoria Day is celebrated across Canada on the third Monday of May. It is a federal statutory holiday in honor of the birthday of England's Queen Victoria. It is informally considered the beginning of the summer season in Canada. Readers will learn about the importance of the first sovereign of confederated Canada, as well as Empire Day, celebrated in Britain."