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Parents Only! The Rest, Regroup & Getaway Guide - 2016

Parenting is a full-time job - we know! That doesn’t mean you can’t spend some time doing what you love. Take a course, class, or organize a special date with your sweetie or some friends doing something different. 

This listing is provided for your reference only. Please research carefully and choose the company that meets your needs best. 

FOR THE ART LOVER

ACAD

...(acad.ca) offers a huge variety of mixed media art classes through their continuing education department. Try everything from jewelry making to felting to sketching to sculpture! 

ALIKI’S ART HOUSE STUDIO

...(403-667-7020; alikisarthouse.com) holds regular drawing and painting classes specially designed for adults, both as weekly classes and as intensive one-day workshops. 

PASSION FOR GLASS LTD.

Phone: 587-353-2153

Email: info@passionforglass.ca

Website: http://passionforglass.ca

Make one-of-a-kind art pieces for yourself at our glass studio, proper glass instruction provided, and good music. Dive into the world of Creativity in Glass. Options: Make an individual project, take a class and meet new friends, or bring your own group and snacks and have a glass party!

VIN GOGH PAINT SIP STUDIO

Address: #118, 7004 MacLeod Trail SE

Phone: 403-475-4644

Email: info@vingogh.ca

Website: http://vingogh.ca

Vin Gogh is a fun place for an adult night out. We host a great adult playdate, a two-hour guided painting session with wine and food. A great date night, or evening out with friends. We provide fun painting sessions for all skill levels. Vin Gogh studio is a great place to relax and get creative. Visit our website to see what we are painting on our calendar.

FOR THE FOODIE

ATCO BLUE FLAME KITCHEN

...(403-245-7630; atcoblueflamekitchen.com) runs a wide variety of courses for the culinary-inclined, including demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes on a wide variety of themes. 

CHEF’S PLATE

...(chefsplate.com) delivers creative recipes, pre-prepared ingredients, and step-by-step cooking instructions to your doorstep in a refrigerated box. 

CUISINE ET CHATEAU

...(403-764-2665; cuisineandchateau.com) organizes culinary tours of France, cooking classes, and wine tasting courses to help you develop your palate for all things French. 

DASHING DISHES

...(403-471-1395; dashingdishes.com) will deliver meals with pre-measured and prepared ingredients to your doorstep - all you have to do is cook and serve!

SAIT

...(sait.ca) offers a huge variety of classes through their continuing education department, including regional food basics (Thailand, Vietnam, France, etc.), kitchen fundamentals like knife skills and sauce-making, and fun courses like cake decorating, cooking with cheese, and fondue. 

THE ITALIAN CENTRE SHOP

...(403-238-4869; italiancentre.ca) has loads of regional delicacies to help get you inspired in the kitchen! 

IF YOU LOVE TO DANCE

ABSOLUTE DANCE INC.

Address: 105 - 630 46th Ave NE

Phone: 403-210-0188

Website: http://www.absolutedanceinc.com

Absolute Dance offers a range & variety or adult dance & fitness classes; Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Barre Fitness, Cardio Kickboxing, Acro Yoga TRX, Zumba and more.  No experience is required.

CALGARY CONTRA DANCE

...(403-282-8849; calgarycontradance.wordpress.com) offers once-a-month gatherings to learn the art of Contra Dance (think Pride & Prejudice!) at the Unitarian Church of Calgary. You don’t need to bring a partner and the focus is on dancing together as a group, so if you love dance but lack elegance, this might be a good choice for you! 

DECIDEDLY JAZZ DANCEWORKS

...(403-245-3533; decidedlyjazz.com) offers a range of modern and cultural dance styles such as West African, Krump, Hip Hop, Bollywood, and Bellydance.

FREE HOUSE DANCE PLUS LTD.

...(403-282-0555; freehousedance.com) has a unique range of classes including aerial fusion (think Cirque du Soleil!), Highland Dance, Indo-Jazz, and more.

SQUARE DANCE CALGARY

...(403-239-0177; squaredancecalgary.com) is a large organization of square dancing groups dedicated to the teaching and learning of square dance, our regional folk dance. Square dance is having a huge resurgence, so why not take this opportunity to do-si-do with your partner? 

SPORT & FITNESS OPTIONS FOR ADULTS

ALBORAK STABLE

...(403-932-4819; alborakstable.com) has a multi-week program for beginners wanting to try their hand at horseback riding. 

CALGARY CLIMBING CENTRE

...(403-252-6778; calgaryclimbing.com) offers drop-in climbing, a new ClimbPark with 21 vertical climbing elements, and lessons.

MASTER RIM’S TAEKWONDO & RED PHOENIX TAE KWON DO AND MARTIAL ARTS CENTRE

...(403-460-2472; masterrim.com) and (403-277-7937; redpx.com) offer high-quality martial arts lessons for all ages and skill levels. 

REPSOL SPORT CENTRE (FORMERLY TALISMAN CENTRE)

...(403-233-8393; repsolsportcentre.com) offers nutrition counseling, personal training, and a wide variety of drop-in and registered fitness classes. 

THE CITY OF CALGARY RECREATION

Phone: 403-268-3800

Website: http://calgary.ca/recreation

The City of CalgaryGet active with a fitness class, get creative with an art program, or get into the swing of things in a dance class. We have more than 20 recreation locations that offer a wide variety of drop-in and registered programs. Change it up and try something new! #GetMovingYYC

THE CRUX CLIMBING & BOULDERING

...(403-235-2789; thecruxclimbing.com) is one of Canada’s tallest indoor climbing gyms. Try rappelling, bouldering, and courses ranging from beginner to advanced. 

TOPS® - TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY

...(403-923-4662; tops.org) is dedicated to helping members take off - and keep off - pounds sensibly. If you need a little extra help and support to reach your health and wellness goals, TOPS® is an affordable and dependable option.

TRICO CENTRE FOR FAMILY WELLNESS

... (403-278-7542; tricocentre.ca) offers registered programs and drop-in activities for everyone. 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY KINESIOLOGY

...(403-220-7749; ucalgary.ca/knes) offers programs, services, and facilities through Active Living which promote healthy, active lifestyles. 

WINSPORT

...(403-247-5452; winsport.ca) has awesome adventure activities for all ages including luge, bobsled, mountain biking, and zipline. Get your heart rate up and the adrenaline pumping! 

YMCA CALGARY

...(YMCACalgary.org) has been helping its members reach their health and wellness potential since 1902! They offer a variety of aquatics, athletics, sports, dance, martial arts, and mind/body classes. 

FOR THE MUSICALLY INCLINED

LONG & MCQUADE MUSIC LESSON CENTRES AND KEYBOARD ACADEMY OF MUSIC

...403-252-8506; long-mcquade.com), (403-277-2987; keyboardacademy.ca) and many more! There are tons of great businesses offering a wide variety of music lessons for adults!

RHYTHM OF THE ROCKIES

...(rhythmoftherockies.org) is an award-winning women’s chorus which meets weekly for practices and does several performances and competitions throughout the year. Learn how to sing in four-part harmony with a diverse repertoire of jazz, pop, swing, and ballads. 

The ADULT RECREATIONAL CHOIR SOCIETY OF CALGARY

...(up2something.org) has women’s, mixed, Christmas-only, and non-performing choirs for people with a variety of experience levels and time to devote to singing. 

HOMES & COMMUNITY DEVELOPERS

TRICO HOMES

Phone: 403-287-9300

Email: info@tricohomes.com

Website: http://tricohomes.com

Homes that fit… you! We want you to love your home, every time you walk through the door. Our highly-trained sales team will help guide you in finding a home that suits your individual needs, from finding the right location for your dream to become reality, to assisting with selecting the model that suits you, to choosing the details that will make it your own. We are not just building homes; we are building comfort. 

PARENT ESCAPES & EXCURSIONS

BOARD GAME CAFES

HEXAGON (thehexcafe.com/calgary), PIPS (pipscafe.com), BOXCAR (boxcarcafe.ca), and METAL GALAXY (metal-galaxy.com) all offer board gaming by the hour. It’s a great group activity, and most offer food or drinks. It’s like having your friends over for the evening, but you don’t need to pick up any toys or clean your kitchen first - bonus! 

CALGARY PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

...(403-571-0849; calgaryphil.com) is a great date-night option if you want to get out and listen to some world-class performances!

ESCAPE ROOMS

FIGURE IT OUT (figureitout.ca), ESCAPE CAPERS (escapecapers.ca), THE LOCKED ROOM (thelockedroom.ca), ESCAPE 2GETHER (escape2gether.ca), and LEVEL 1 ESCAPE (level1escape.com) all offer unique ‘escape room’ experiences for large or small groups. Ranging in difficulty from a 1 per cent success rate to over 60 per cent, these rooms will stretch your brain, and are a totally immersive (sometimes creepy!) evening out. 

HERITAGE PARK HISTORICAL VILLAGE

...(403-268-8500; heritagepark.ca) offers some really unique adult classes throughout the winter months. Learn how to cook a 1940s feast, use a spinning wheel, work a team of horses, make beeswax cosmetics, and much more! 

TELUS SPARK

...(403-817-6800; sparkscience.ca/adults) has an adults-only evening every second Thursday of the month, every month. There’s a fully licensed bar, science talks and demonstrations, and you’re free to play with the exhibits without pushing kids out of the way! 

RETAIL

CALGARY ADVENTURES

KENSINGTON, 17TH AVENUE and the DESIGN DISTRICT ON 11TH are great escapes and an adventure all of their own - especially if you enjoy browsing, crafting, antiquing, and great food. There’s something there for everyone.

Spend a relaxing day walking through the historic neighborhood of INGLEWOOD. Browse through the unique collection of eclectic shops specializing in décor, clothing and jewelry, art galleries, and antique shops.

Go around the world on CALGARYS INTERNATIONAL AVENUE (internationalavenue.ca). Enjoy a world tour of the many fine shops and food markets of over five continents spanning 35 blocks (17th Avenue between 26 to 61 Street).

EXPLORE CHINATOWN for some wonderful sights, sounds, and smells (don’t miss the Chinese Cultural Centre and Museum). Leaving time for lunch during this excursion is a must!

CF MARKET MALL

...(403-288-5466; cfmarketmall.com) offers services and amenities for the entire family to enjoy. With over 200 retailers and one of Calgary’s best time-out places - “Monkey Around/Playground,” the shopping experience at CF Market Mall is truly unique. 

CHANGES CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING

Address: Upstairs at 2136, 33 Avenue SW

Phone: 403-240-3392

Website: http://changesclothing.com

Changes Consignment Clothing has been wowing women for 28 years. We are a clearinghouse for over 30 retailers and a great place for individuals to consign their good label, last season’s items. Changes features Canadian-made jewelry as well as wonderful accessories. Bonus: Changes never sells anything at full price. Phone to book our famous Diva Den: Changes’ free wardrobing service. 

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