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Friday, July 30th, 2021

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Calgary Zoo - "Dinosaurs: Awakened".
Everyday from Jun 10, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Based on the success of the past “Dinosaurs Alive” exhibit, the Calgary Zoo is introducing 26 new realistic animatronic dinosaurs (across 17 species) within Prehistoric Park, from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, covering the zoo’s regions including Canada, Asia, Africa, South America, and Antarctica. The exhibit, designed to educate, as well as entertain, encourages visitors to go on an immersive journey through the newly designed Prehistoric Park to experience what it may have been like to roam the Earth with the dinosaurs, while inspiring action to prevent the loss of endangered species today. “Dinosaurs: Awakened” will be viewable within Prehistoric Park until October 31, and is included in the price of daily admission. Tickets can be purchased from the Calgary Zoo website.
Location:Calgary Zoo - North Entrance: 210 St. George's Drive NE
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids
Link:calgaryzoo.com
Tickets Now on Sale for Butterfield Acres Harvest Pumpkin Fest.
Everyday from Aug 18, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Pumpkin Fest takes place on weekends in October, 10am to 4pm. Stroll through the farmyard and find your perfect pumpkins! Add in some great animal visits, fabulous fall photo-ops, pony rides, a ride thru Scarecrow Alley in the back woodlands (spectacular at this time of year), and you’ve got the must-do fall family fun day! With COVID still lurking, please wash your hands both before and after every activity or pen visit and please maintain social distancing. For more information and details on all of the pumpkin family fun and to purchase your tickets, visit the website.
Location:Butterfield Acres: 254077 Rocky Ridge Road
Category:Family Fun, Festivals & Fairs, Fun for Kids
Link:butterfieldacres.com/harvest-pumpkin-fest/
Pumpkins After Dark.
Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sep 23, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Coming to Calgary for the first time! Pumpkins After Dark is Canada’s award-winning Halloween event featuring over 6,000+ hand-carved pumpkins. Witness the magic of pumpkins coming to life during this nighttime family-friendly walk-through experience. Lit pumpkin sculptures and displays include everything from classic Halloween characters, dragons and dinosaurs, to movie and pop culture icons. To purchase tickets, visit the website.
Cost:$19.95
Location:Canada Olympic Park
Category:Family Fun, Festivals & Fairs, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Youth Activities
Link:pumpkinsafterdark.com
Pumpkin Days at Calgary Farmyard.
Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Takes place Fridays to Sundays, September 25 to October 31, and Holiday Monday, October 11. A fall trip to the Farmyard is an annual tradition for many families. In addition to enjoying hours of fun on the farm, pumpkins will be on display for photos and for purchase (until October 31)! All carving pumpkin proceeds will be donated to local charities.
Location:Calgary Farmyard: 284022 Township Road 224, Rocky View, AB, T1X 0J6
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Youth Activities
Link:calgaryfarmyard.com/fall-season
Explore the World with a Sustainability Challenge for Kids.
Everyday from Oct 4, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021 at 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Children and youth are invited to take part in an epic, eight-week sustainability-themed challenge - “Around the World in 60 Days” - from Scouts Canada. Through fun and engaging activities rooted in sustainability, young Canadians will embark on exciting story-driven adventures set virtually in eight different countries. The activities will equip youth with tools and competencies to explore global issues; introduce topics such as inequality, food security, melting icecaps, mental and physical heath and more; and encourage creative problem-solving and reflection to drive awareness and development outcomes. Plus, with 265 hands-on Scouts for Sustainability activities accessible at scouts.ca, youth can explore their interests, take what they’ve learned a step further, and make an impact. Participation is free and youth don’t have to be Scouts to join in. Visit scouts.ca/around-the-world every Monday for a new video outlining the week’s challenge. The challenge runs October 4 to November 28. Share your adventures with #ExplorersNeeded.
Location:Virtual
Category:Family Fun, Free Events, Fun for Kids, Youth Activities
Link:scouts.ca/around-the-world/
Mall-o-ween Moments at Southcentre.
Everyday from Oct 13, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
For the month of October, Southcentre Mall is excited to celebrate Halloween by introducing opportunities for your family to capture fun (or spooky) pictures and memorable moments. The mall has installed five unique backdrops around the centre for the perfect ‘mall-o-ween’ photo op. There is also a trail of monster paws along the floor to make it easy for visitors to find the way to their next photo adventure. Plus, there is a bonus pet-friendly display located outside of PetSmart. Guests can also share their photos via social media for the opportunity to enter to win 1 of 5 $100 Southcentre Mall gift cards.
Location:Southcentre Mall: 100 Anderson Road SE
Category:Family Fun, Free Events, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun
Link:southcentremall.com/event/happy-mall-o-ween/
Spooktacular Mini Golf at WinSport.
Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Oct 14, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursdays to Sundays, until October 31. This fun, intermediate 18-hole outdoor course is transformed into a Halloween extravaganza. The course is well lit and will challenge all ages and abilities while offering a safe Halloween activity. Dress up and get into the Halloween spirit! It's a spooktacular good time for the whole family! The course will take up to 60 minutes to complete, depending on how quickly you proceed through the course. Timed bookings (advanced and online only) will allow adequate distancing between groups. There will be very limited capacity for walk-up bookings. Pricing is $40 for up to 5 players. Pre-booking charge is $20 with the remainder to be paid upon arrival. Save $5 when you show your Pumpkins After Dark ticket. To book your family in for spooktacular mini golf, visit the website.
Location:WinSport: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Youth Activities
Link:winsport.ca/explore-winsport/current-activities/mini-golf/
Filed of Screams.
Every Friday, Saturday, Oct 15, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Takes place October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30. Field of Screams is turning Cobb’s Adventure Park into a terrifying, spine-tingling terror show. This outdoor event is sure to bring horrifying fear into the hearts of those looking to roam 20 acres at night and test their bravery. Field of Screams features six nightmare-inducing haunted houses. There will also be rides, activities, food, and more! Suitable for all ages. Must purchase tickets in advance.
Cost:$26.00
Location:Cobb's Adventure Park: 1500, 84 Street NE
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Parent's Night Out, Youth Activities
Link:fieldofscreams.ca
Alberta Ballet Presents, Swan Lake.
Everyday from Oct 21, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
October 21 to 30; check website for performance times. Alberta Ballet’s highly anticipated world premiere of Christopher Anderson’s Swan Lake will inspire the dance lover in you. This fantastical tale has at its heart a passionate coming-of-age story. Forces of evil attempt to thwart the love between young Prince Siegfried and the Swan Queen, Odette. Add in the majesty of Tchaikovsky’s symphonic score and the result is a masterpiece for the ages. This iconic classical ballet will stir your soul and capture your heart.
Location:Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Category:Family Fun, Music, Theatre & Performances, Parent's Night Out
Link:albertaballet.com
Harvest Lights at Calgary Farmyard.
Every Friday, Saturday, Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Takes place Fridays & Saturdays, until October 31. Enjoy all the fun of the Farmyard as the whole farm remains open while becoming colorfully lit with thousands of lights under the evening sky! All farm activities are open, and the entire farm is lit up in fantastic display (except the corn maze, of course, which remains dark as an added challenge for your family to find their way through with your flashlights). Pumpkins are available for photos and for purchase in the evenings. Bring a flashlight with good batteries or a phone with the flashlight app to navigate the maze in the dark and dress in warm clothing. Free Admission for kids 2 and under.
Location:Calgary Farmyard: 284022 Township Road 224, Rocky View County, AB T1X 0J6
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids
Link:calgaryfarmyard.com
Quest Theatre Presents, Hello Friend.
Every Friday, Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Takes place October 22 & 29, 3pm, 3:30pm, and 4pm. Play duration: 15 minutes. Quest Theatre welcomes audiences to come and discover the magic of theatre in their safe outdoor public performances of Hello Friend, a 15-minute play that uses theatrical masks, physical storytelling, and music to explore themes of resiliency, imagination, adaptability, and friendship. Perfect for audiences of all ages, Hello Friend will be popping up on October 22 & 29 at Art Park at cSPACE King Edward. D
Location:Art Park at cSPACE King Edward: #125, 1721 - 29 Avenue SW
Category:Family Fun, Free Events, Fun for Kids, Music, Theatre & Performances
Link:questtheatre.org
39th Annual Bearspaw Fall & Christmas Market.
Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday, Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
October 22, 10am to 8pm; October 23, 10am to 5pm; October 24, Noon to 5pm. 39th Annual Bearspaw Fall & Christmas Market. Come one, come all to the first market of the season! There will be over 100 vendors, with many new tables! Admission is $3.
Cost:$3.00
Location:Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre: 253220 Bearspaw Road, T3L 2P5
Category:Community Sales & Markets, Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun
Link:bearspawlc.org/new-events/2021/7/19/39th-annual-bearspaw-fall-amp-christmas-market
Ghouls' Night Out at Heritage Park.
Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Oct 28, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
October 28, 6 to 9pm. October 29 & 30, 5:30 to 9pm. October 31, 1:30 to 4:30pm. Ghouls’ Night Out returns to Heritage Park for good old-fashioned Halloween fun! This family-friendly Halloween event is perfect for ghouls of all ages who are looking for a safe, spooky, and fun night out. Dress in costume, bring your flashlights and your spirit of Halloween! Walk through the dark and decorated streets and enjoy a variety of outdoor shows featuring some beloved characters! Take home spooky craft kits, play a monster-sized game of Operation, and walk - if you dare- through Tinkerman’s funhouse! Trick-or-treat at some of the haunted historical homes! Included for all ticket holders, all days of the event. Ticket price is $12 to $17.
Location:Heritage Park: 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Youth Activities
Link:heritagepark.ca
Calgary Zoo - ZooBOO.
Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday, Oct 29, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
ZooBOO is a chance for your kids to dress up early, trick-or-treat at the zoo, and enjoy seeing their favorite animals. The best part? Your kiddos get to have fun while supporting an important cause: wildlife conservation! The Zoo is spreading the fun over 3 days to ensure this is a safe experience for everyone. Choose the day that works best for your family!
Location:Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Drive NE
Category:Family Fun, Festivals & Fairs, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun
Link:calgaryzoo.com/events/zooboo-and-halloween-brunch
Jubilations Junior Presents, Beauty & The Grinch.
Every Friday, Saturday, Nov 6, 2021 - Dec 18, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturdays, November 6 to January 8 (excluding December 25 & January 1). Jubilations Junior Presents, Beauty & The Grinch. A production written for kids, and a meal designed with kids in mind! Join Jubilations Junior for a fun-filled morning of laughter, music, and food! Glooville is set for Christmas to ring. The town is filled with holiday cheer, but not everyone is happy that Christmas is here. Outside of town, there’s one who’s not happy. He thinks singing and dancing are boring and sappy. He stays far from town in his own neighborhood. His name is the Grinch and he’s up to no good! For showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Location:Jubilations Dinner Theatre: 1002, 37 Street SW (at Westbrook Mall)
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Music, Theatre & Performances
Link:jubilations.ca
What's Up With Happy Hibernators.
> Friday Nov 12, 2021 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Many wildlife species avoid Alberta's harsh winter weather by entering into hibernation from fall to spring. Discover more about the challenge and perks of wildlife who spend the winter resting. Visit investigation stations hosted by volunteers and partner organizations. Learners of all ages and abilities are welcome!
Location:Bow Habitat Station: 1440, 17A Street SE
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Youth Activities
Link:facebook.com/events/1021469915283629
Virtual Scavenger Hunt.
Everyday from Nov 15, 2021 - Nov 22, 2021 at 12:01 am - 11:59 pm
Join this virtual scavenger hunt for a week of fun clues and activities, suitable for all ages and abilities! Post pictures of your answers for a chance to win a gift card from one of the great sponsors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Cost:$10.00
Location:Facebook and Instagram
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Youth Activities
Link:livingchannel.ca
Art Market Art & Craft Sale.
Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov 18, 2021 - Nov 21, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
November 18 & 19, 10am to 9pm, November 20, 10am to 6pm. November 21, 10am to 5pm. There will be so much to see! A new foyer space will give your family lots of inspiration and new things to look at. On Thursday and Friday night, enjoy the great sounds of live music. There will be ongoing Art Market giveaways, too! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Location:TELUS Convention Centre: 136, 8 Avenue SE
Category:Community Sales & Markets, Family Fun, Holiday Fun
Link:artmarketcraftsale.com
Banff Christmas Market.
Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday, Nov 19, 2021 - Nov 21, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
November 19, 10am to 8pm. November 20, 10am to 5pm. November 21, 10am to 4pm. November 26, 10am to 8pm. November 27, 10am to 8pm. November 28, 10am to 4pm. The Banff Christmas Market captures all of the tradition, heritage, and romance of European Markets while showcasing the best artisanal products of the Bow Valley and its surrounding regions. Boasting unique products, family-friendly entertainment, and a festive menu of cocktails, pretzels, mulled wine, and sweets, the Banff Christmas Market creates a warm and inviting environment for families of all ages during the day and an adult atmosphere in the evening. Admission is $7.50 per day or $15 for the weekend. Admission is free for kids 12 and under.
Cost:$7.50
Location:Warner Stables: 100 Sundance Road
Category:Community Sales & Markets, Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Parent's Night Out
Link:banffchristmasmarket.com/our-market
StoryBook Theatre Presents, The Sound of Music in Concert.
Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov 26, 2021 - Dec 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Takes place November 26 to December 19; check website for showtimes. StoryBook Theatre is thrilled to bring back one of the most beloved musicals of all time for the holiday season! In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. Based on Maria Augusta Trapp's memoir, the inspirational story follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire Von Trapp family must make a moral decision. Presented in concert format, with a full cast and live orchestra, the show is planned to be presented at 50 percent capacity. Should provincial restrictions be lifted, more seats may be made available.
Location:Beddington Theatre Arts Centre: 375 Bermuda Drive NW
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Music, Theatre & Performances
Link:storybooktheatre.org/sound-of-music-concert
Banff Christmas Market.
Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday, Nov 26, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
November 19, 10am to 8pm. November 20, 10am to 5pm. November 21, 10am to 4pm. November 26, 10am to 8pm. November 27, 10am to 8pm. November 28, 10am to 4pm. The Banff Christmas Market captures all of the tradition, heritage, and romance of European Markets while showcasing the best artisanal products of the Bow Valley and its surrounding regions. Boasting unique products, family-friendly entertainment, and a festive menu of cocktails, pretzels, mulled wine, and sweets, the Banff Christmas Market creates a warm and inviting environment for families of all ages during the day and an adult atmosphere in the evening. Admission is $7.50 per day or $15 for the weekend. Admission is free for kids 12 and under.
Cost:$7.50
Location:Warner Stables: 100 Sundance Road
Category:Community Sales & Markets, Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Parent's Night Out
Link:banffchristmasmarket.com/our-market
Stage West For Kids Presents, The 12 Days of Christmas.
Everyday from Nov 27, 2021 - Dec 24, 2021 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join Stage West for a children’s version of dinner theatre! For starters, Stage West displays an incredible kid-friendly buffet complete with all the favorites: hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, and much more. Visit the 'purchase tickets' tab for dates and times. Siblings Brittany and Jonathan are getting ready for Christmas morning and each believes they can get the other a perfect Christmas gift. Once a little competition enters into the equation, the stakes are raised over and over again in an attempt to 'out-gift' each other. In a tale based on the classic carol with a modern spin, "The 12 Days of Christmas" touches the holiday spirit of the whole family and reminds us that the best gifts come from the heart.
Cost:$35.00
Location:Stage West Theatre: 727, 42 Avenue SE
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Music, Theatre & Performances
Link:stagewestcalgary.com/stage-west-for-kids/
Theatre Calgary Presents, A Christmas Carol.
Everyday from Nov 30, 2021 - Dec 24, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
November 30 to December 24; check website for performance times. Holiday spirit lives on! Theatre Calgary will perform this three-person cast production live on stage. Your family also has the opportunity to choose Stafford Arima’s extended director’s cut of the online filmed version you can watch from the comfort of your own home. There are also ASL interpreted performances on select dates. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Location:Max Bell Theatre
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Holiday Fun, Music, Theatre & Performances, Parent's Night Out
Link:theatrecalgary.com
What's Up With Horns and Hooves.
> Friday Dec 10, 2021 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alberta is home to many wild species that sport horns, hooves - or both! These characteristics are unique to Alberta's ungulates - moose, elk, caribou, pronghorns, deer, bison, sheep, and goats. Their hooves help them to travel on hard, rocky, or snowy terrain. Their horns and antlers are used for defence and to find a mate. Ungulates are year-round residents in Alberta. Visit investigation stations hosted by volunteers and partner organizations to learn more about Alberta's wild ungulates. Learners of all ages and abilities are welcome!
Location:Bow Habitat Station: 1440, 17A Street SE
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Youth Activities
Link:facebook.com/events/515061789879306/
Alberta Ballet Presents, The Nutcracker.
Everyday from Dec 10, 2021 - Dec 24, 2021 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am
December 10 to 24; check website for performance times. Alberta Ballet Presents, The Nutcracker. Brighten your holidays and share some family magic on an adventure your family will cherish for a lifetime! It’s Christmas Eve and Klara has received a magical gift from her eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer: a handsome nutcracker doll. Little does she know as she falls asleep that her new toy is about to spark her imagination and take her on a dreamy adventure to the Land of the Sweets!
Location:Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Category:Family Fun, Holiday Fun, Music, Theatre & Performances, Parent's Night Out
Link:albertaballet.com
StoryBook Theatre Presents: Disney's - "The Descendents".
Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Feb 11, 2022 - Mar 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s The Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films! It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos - the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar - are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good? The show is planned to be presented at 50 percent capacity. Should provincial restrictions be lifted, more seats may be made available.
Location:Beddington Theatre Arts Centre: 375 Bermuda Drive NW
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Music, Theatre & Performances
Link:storybooktheatre.org/the-descendants
StoryBook Theatre Presents: The SpongeBob Musical.
Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Apr 22, 2022 - Jun 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes centre stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! The show is planned to be presented at 50 percent capacity. Should provincial restrictions be lifted, more seats may be made available.
Location:Beddington Theatre Arts Centre: 375 Bermuda Drive NW
Category:Family Fun, Fun for Kids, Music, Theatre & Performances
Link:storybooktheatre.org/spongbob-the-musical

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