Wondering what to do with the kids on July 1st? There is lots to do in and around Calgary to celebrate Canada's birthday!
Heritage Park is having an old-fashioned Canada Day celebration with bands, a trick roper, family games and more! My family always enjoyed the park. I loved the exhibits and the historical details in the houses and the school, the kids loved the blacksmith shop and the ice cream!!
Celebrate Canada's birthday with family and friends on Prince's Island Park July 1st, from noon to 6 p.m. The Island will be alive with music, live entertainment, food, and festivities. Three stages will be jam packed with live music and entertainment for all ages and interests. In the evening at Olympic Plaza there will be more food, entertainment and fireworks -- a great ending to another fantastic birthday celebration!
Fort Calgary is having a full-day celebration with a free pancake breakfast, live stage entertainment, petting zoo, pony rides, games, crafts, jump houses, and much more.
Spruce Meadows is hosting the Canada One Tournament. Watching the horses jump is exciting, and there is lots of space to wander around, get a bite to eat and visit the exhibits.
Of course, any day is a good day to visit the Calgary Zoo. Everytime we visit the Zoo, there is something different to see. When we were there in May, it must have been mating season for the peacocks as every time we turned around there was another marvellous display of tail feathers. You can attend some of the daily scheduled programs for various animals, such as the gorillas and the elephants, or just wander around. Who knows? You might see Zola the Break Dancing Gorilla!
For a list of other Canada Day events in Calgary, go to Calgary Canada Day.
A little further afield, DeWinton is hosting the annual DeWinton Station Garden Railway Annual Exhibit, from 10:00 - 6:00. It will feature G scale indoor and outdoor layout, Ol' Smoky rides, Panpipe musician Nikolai and Kazoo Facepainters.
Even further afield, Banff is hosting a Canada Day celebration complete with pancake breakfast, parade, native dancing and a magic show among other things. So if a trip to the mountains is in your future, this would be a great way to spend the day. Best of all, entry into Banff National Park is free on Canada Day, according to their webpage.
If you would like to share some of Canada's fascinating history with your kids and the reason for all the celebrating, why not check out some of the wonderful books at the library? Just don't come on July 1st -we're closed so staff can celebrate the day!
Here are just a couple of possibilities.