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5 Fun and Free Family Day Activities in Calgary

Published Jan 28, 2016 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Families are like fudge. Mostly sweet with a few nuts. Lucky you...ChatterBlock is here to help you and your wallet survive this year's Family Day festivities! Below our top team of local Moms and Dads have helped us compile a list of their must-do fun and free activities in Calgary.


Family Fishing Weekend

Are you interested in taking your family fishing but aren’t ready to commit to purchasing a fishing license? Well you and your kiddies are in luck! Twice a year Albertans are encouraged to give fishing a try on all water bodies (excluding national parks) with open fishing seasons. This year, Family Fishing Weekend runs in conjunction with Family Day. No licenses are required to enjoy the sport during this weekend. Hooked yet?



Dates: February 13, 14, 15

Price: Free

Link: https://mywildalberta.com/Fishing/FamilyFishingWeekends.aspx


Olympic Oval

Take advantage of your chance to skate on “The Fastest Ice in the Word” this weekend. In honour of Family Day the University of Calgary Olympic Oval is hosting a free skating event. To sweeten the deal parking (in Lot 10) is also free of charge and rumour has it that the Tim Horton’s Truck will be on site to serve up some coffee! 



Dates: February 15, 12-5 pm

Price: Free

Link: https://oval.ucalgary.ca/familyday

Reminder*: The Helmet Rule is mandatory. All skaters must wear an accepted helmet during public skating sessions.


Winterfest at Fort Calgary

Connect the past with the present at Fort Calgary this Family Day weekend. Bring the entire family out to this wooden fort, built in 1875, to enjoy fun winter activities that include indoor carnival games, shows in the theatre and sleigh rides.



Dates: February 15, 10-5pm

Price: Free

Link: https://www.todocanada.ca/things-to-do-in-calgary-family-day-weekend/


Devonian Gardens

If you and your family are looking for a place to experience some family-friendly entertainment, crafts, games and learning opportunities Devonian Gardens is a must-do this long weekend. The gardens are known as natural oasis here in Calgary and are sure to provide a tranquil environment to enjoy the festivities.  



Dates: February 15, 11-3 pm

Price: Free

Link: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/Dropin-programs.aspx


Sensational Skating

Whether your child is the next Wayne Gretzky or they simply love the great outdoors … we recommend the entire family grab their skates and head down to two of Calgary’s most beautiful outdoor skating rinks this upcoming Family Day. Aside from rippin’ it on the ice kids will also have the chance to get cozy by the fire, learn about local plants and animals and enjoy various other nature activities.



Dates: February 13, 12:30-2:30 pm at Carburn Park

February 14, 12:30-4 pm at Prince’s Island Park

Price: Free

Link:  https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/Winter-activities-in-parks.aspx

Photo Credit: Calgary Herald 






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