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30 fun things to do with kids in and around Calgary this winter

Brrrr! Winter weather can take up almost six months of the year here in Calgary, and that means there’s no way to hibernate until it’s all over. Embrace the season! Wrap up warm and enjoy the many fun and family-friendly winter activities across the Foothills. While it’s sometimes too cold to go outside and enjoy the ice and snow, Calgary is full of great indoor attractions to beat boredom year-round! 

Let’s go sledding! Tobogganing and sledding on the hills of Calgary is a thrilling way to take advantage of the snow. Don’t forget your helmet and watch for obstacles and other people! Here is a list of the hills that are maintained by the City of Calgary:


  • Big Marlborough Park (755 Madeira Drive)
  • Deerfoot Athletic Park (1503 16 Avenue)
  • Marlborough Community Association (636 Marlborough Way)
  • Monterey Park (2707 Catalina Boulevard)
  • Prairie Winds Park (223 Castleridge Boulevard)
  • Rundle (4120 Rundlethorn Drive)
  • Thorncliffe Greenview (5600 Centre Street)


  • Confederation Park (2807 10 Street)
  • Hidden Valley (10504 Hidden Valley Drive)
  • Royal Oak (9100 Royal Birch Boulevard)
  • St. Andrew’s Heights (2504 13 Avenue)


  • McKenzie Towne (160 McKenzie Towne Drive)
  • New Brighton (1750 New Brighton Drive)
  • Maple Ridge (1127 Mapleglade Drive)


  • Bridlewood (26 Bridleglen Road)
  • Glendale Park (2225 45 Street)
  • Kingsland (505 78 Avenue)
  • Richmond Green (2539 33 Avenue)
  • Sacramento (10404 Sacramento Drive)
  • Scarboro (1737 14 Avenue)
  • Signal Hill (2063 Sirocco Drive)
  • Stanley Park (330 42 Avenue)

Hear a Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performance. The Calgary Philharmonic is a pillar of Calgary’s vibrant arts community and has grown to be one of Canada’s most celebrated live music ensembles. They have something for the whole family.

Visit Studio Bell, Home Of The National Music Centre. Studio Bell is more than a museum! With five floors of exhibitions, historic musical treasures, fun interactive activities, and regular live performances - including daily demonstrations on the famed Kimball Theatre Organ.

Laugh out loud at Loose Moose Theatre Company. The Loose Moose Theatre For Kids is a truly magical experience for children four to ten years old, as well as fun and entertaining for parents.

Be enchanted by StoryBook Theatre. For over 42 years, StoryBook Theatre has been entertaining families from all over Calgary with their award-winning professional, quality shows.

See a show by Alberta Theatre Projects. Alberta Theatre Projects is a Calgary-based, not-for-profit, professional theater company. They create live, world-class contemporary theater from their home in the Martha Cohen Theatre at Arts Commons.

Enjoy dinner and a show at Stage West for Kids. Stage West puts on an incredible “kid-friendly buffet” complete with all the favorites, followed by a live child-oriented performance with plenty of humor for parents as well.

Be entertained at Jubilations Junior. This upbeat stage and restaurant offers a three-course meal and an interactive musical theater performance perfect for the whole family.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Located on the west edge of Red Deer. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta’s sporting history.

Swim indoors at Vecova Recreation Centre. There is something for everybody at Vecova! Programs for you, your family and friends. Check out their programming for youth and children – including swim lessons, drop-in swim and play times.

Ride the waterslides at the City of Calgary’s Village Square Leisure Centre & Southland Leisure Centres. The Leisure Centres offer a wide variety of programs including swim lessons, sports, preschool fun and more.

Play indoors at Trico Centre for Family Wellness. Trico Centre for Family Wellness wants your family to get active and have fun! Whether it’s in the fitness center, the gymnasium, or one of their rinks, you’ll always have something to do. Come swim in their wave pool – and make sure you slide down the waterslide!

Check out MNP Community & Sport Centre. MNP Community & Sport Centre has room under its iconic roof for everyone – from high-performance athletes to those dedicated to reaching their individual fitness goals. Here you can discover or even rediscover your forever after so you can keep getting stronger, and living better.

Enjoy a day at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Located in Cochrane. The Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) is a wonderful facility for all members of the community and surrounding area. SLSFSC includes three NHL-size ice surfaces, Jayman BUILT aquatic centre, and many spray features that will give your children hours of entertainment!

Explore Cardel Rec South. The Cardel Rec South Complex is a unique and exciting project that brings together key community organizations in the development of a recreation, education, and library facility for the community.

Visit Vivo. Their 195,000 square foot LEED Gold Accredited Facility provides a bright, comfortable, inviting space for a wide range of spontaneous and structured activities for individuals and families of all ages and abilities.

Drop in at your local YMCA. YMCA Calgary offers hundreds of programs for all ages. Each YMCA branch offers free drop-in classes for every member of the family. YMCA Calgary even has indoor climbing walls at Shane Homes, Shawnessy and Saddletowne!

Bounce around at Flying Squirrel Sports. Flying Squirrel Calgary is true fun for the whole family where the rules of gravity no longer apply! Form your own extreme dodgeball team, slam dunk like a pro, practice your best aerial acrobatics, and so much more! Two locations.

Jump at Big Fun Inflatable Park. Big Fun offers family fun for everyone! 30,000 square feet of inflatable attractions and an incredible licensed restaurant with tons of eats and treats, will provide an unparalleled experience for all ages!

Play all day at KidzGo. KidzGo Play offers the ultimate entertainment experience-combining the excitement of kid friendly activities - arcade, slides, parties, and safe car track. Looking for a fun day in Calgary? You've come to the right place.

Crawl and slide at Hide N Seek. Hide N Seek is Calgary’s most beloved indoor playground for both children and parents. Designed to provide a spacious and fun place for children of all ages, it is operated with high standards in safety and cleanliness.

Explore the SkyCastle. SkyCastle's core focus is to build fascinating family entertainment hubs to create delightful entertainment and exciting experiences for everyone!

Have a ball at Treehouse Indoor Playground. A fun indoor playground geared towards children that are 13 years old and under. Two locations.

Play together at the Big Box Family Entertainment Hub. The Big Box offers 55,000 square feet of entertainment extravaganza including soft-play, inflatable, VR, bumper cars, arcade, and an aerial obstacle course.

Face off at Laser City. Offering laser tag, mini paintball, and Minecraft day camps for kids ages six to 12 all summer long!

Experience flight at iFLY indoor skydiving. Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. Super fun, super safe and super cool!

Visit the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre Museum. The only museum in Canada devoted exclusively to Chinese culture.

Learn at YouthLink Calgary. Learn about the role of police in society and the consequences of crime for young people.

Check out the greats at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Explore fun, interactive exhibits that promote the importance of sport within our nation’s culture. The 40,000 square foot space has fun activities and is located fittingly on the grounds of Canada Olympic Park.

Experiment at TELUS Spark. Exhibits and programs ignite a sense of wonder and excitement. A place for people of all ages and abilities to let go and embrace the desire to explore and discover science, technology and art in a way that their normal day-to-day life doesn’t allow for.


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