Train-obsessed tykes (and toddlers with tired legs) will enjoy a ride on the CTrain, Calgary’s light rail transit service. In the downtown core the CTrain runs along 7 Avenue and is free to all passengers between the West/Kerby (near 11 Street S.W.) and City Hall stations. You’ll have easy access to the Central Library, Olympic Plaza, the Calgary Tower and other kid-friendly attractions near the route. If you need to travel outside the downtown zone, kids ages 0-5 always ride free.
1410 Olympic Way S.E.
Parents in search of educational and fun things to do with kids will find success at the Grain Academy Museum, tucked away in Stampede Park on the upstairs level of the BMO Centre. Interactive exhibits, touchscreens and models tell the story of the grain industry in Canada and the process of turning wheat, oats, canola and other grains into food. Highlights include a working grain elevator and a model railway display which shows how grain moves from Alberta’s prairies to the shipping port in Vancouver, B.C.dugout220 / iStockphoto.com
Prince's Island Park
698 Eau Claire Ave. S.W.
There is plenty of space to run, hike and play at Prince’s Island Park, a quiet oasis just steps from downtown Calgary. Surrounded by the Bow River on all sides, the scenic park is reachable via a series of pedestrian footbridges, so be prepared for a bit of a walk. Kid-focused points of interest include a huge playground near the center of the park and a pathway along the river’s edge where you can see Canadian geese, mallard ducks and maybe even a beaver or two.Read Moreevexperience.com / Wikimedia Commons
St. Patrick's Island Park
1300 Zoo Rd. N.E.
Reconnect with nature at this revitalized urban park that is chock full of fun activities for kids. Kick off your shoes and wade into the water at the river channel, where a pebble beach and a lawn encourage both play and relaxation. A large playground blends into the natural scenery with a child-size log cabin and a huge concrete slide (recommended for ages 6 and up). The best way to get to the park is by foot via the George C. King Bridge from the East Village.Read Morejewhyte / iStockphoto.com
18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W.
Many equestrian events are free and open to the public at Spruce Meadows, a world-class show jumping venue just south of the city. On days when no events are scheduled, guests may wander the property and visit the horses in their stables. Picnic areas, a playground and gardens are all free of charge.microgen / iStockphoto.com
YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre
5151 47th St. N.E.
Sit in a patrol car, examine blood spatter patterns, match fingerprints to a perpetrator and learn about the dogs that make up the Calgary Police Canine Unit—these are just a few of the impressive exhibits at the YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre. Interactive displays teach pre-teens and teens what it takes to be a police officer and how crimes are solved and prevented. Don’t miss the Forensics Lab, where you can test your investigative skills by examining photos and evidence.Read More
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