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Winter Fun & Getaway Guide - 2016

Take The Brrr Out Of Winter - Cure Your Family’s Cabin Fever With Fabulous Classes, Programs, Events, Activities, And Holiday Fun!

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


WINTER FESTIVALS & HOLIDAY EVENTS

DEC 1 TO 31 - AIRDRIE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Website: http://airdriefestivaloflights.com

DEC 17 - CANTARÉ CHILDREN’S CHOIR PRESENTS, THE TIME OF SNOW

Website: http://cantarechildrenschoir.org

DEC 17 - MRU MUSIC TO YOUR EARS CONCERTS: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Website: http://mru.ca/enjoy

DEC 17 - SKATE WITH SANTA AT TRICO CENTRE FOR FAMILY WELLNESS

Website: http://tricocentre.ca

DEC 2, 2016 TO JAN 1, 2017 - CALGARY PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Address: Jack Singer Concert Hall: 205, 8 Avenue SE

Phone: 403-571-0849

Email: info@calgaryphil.com

Website: http://calgaryphil.com

CPOChristmas means family fun at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra! Circus performers join the musicians at Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular for three concerts on December 2 and 3, including a special family matinee performance where you’ll be amazed by daring acrobatic feats choreographed to symphonic holiday favorites. From circus spectaculars to traditional choral performances, including Handel’s Messiah, there’s something for everyone this Christmas season at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

DEC 27 TO DEC 31 - WINTER CARNIVAL AT HERITAGE PARK HISTORICAL VILLAGE

Website: http://heritagepark.ca

Feeling housebound over the holidays? Refuel with friends and family during Winter CARnival in Gasoline Alley Museum.

DEC 31 - NOON YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT TELUS SPARK, THE NEW SCIENCE CENTRE

Website: http://sparkscience.ca

DEC 31 - THE CITY OF CALGARY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

Website: http://calgary.ca/NYE

The City of CalgaryKick off Canada’s sesquicentennial year in 2017. Join us for our free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve festivities at Olympic Plaza and the Municipal Atrium. There’s something for everyone: Ice carving demonstrations, performance artists, visual art, a family dance party, inflatable obstacle course, glow-in-the-dark resolution wall, under-five play area, ice skating, an ice slide, and much more! Kids countdown at 9pm. Enjoy live performances on the main stage, with a countdown and fireworks at midnight. 

DEC 4 - YOUTH SINGERS OF CALGARY PRESENTS, TOY WONDER

Website: http://youthsingers.org

NOV 11 TO DEC 11 - WINTERSTART - FESTIVAL - BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Website: http://banfflakelouise.com/winterstart

NOV 18 TO DEC 18 - LOUGHEED HOUSE CHRISTMAS

Website: http://lougheedhouse.com

NOV 19 - CALGARY WALDORF SCHOOL: WALDORF FAIRE

Phone: 403-287-1868

Email: info@calgarywaldorf.org

Website: http://calgarywaldorf.org

Join us for our 32nd Annual Waldorf Faire on Saturday, November 19, from 10am to 5pm, at the Calgary Waldorf School (515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW). There will be unique Children’s Activities and Crafts; Artisan Market full of specially-selected, all locally-handcrafted wares; and a Café with Homemade Food and Live Entertainment.

NOV 19 TO DEC 18 - ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS AT HERITAGE PARK HISTORICAL VILLAGE

Address: 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Phone: 403-268-8500

Email: info@heritagepark.ca

Website: http://heritagepark.ca

This event takes place 10am to 4pm, five weekends leading up to Christmas. Experience the magic of Christmas past with Horse drawn wagon rideså, caroling, Santa’s petting zoo, gingerbread decorating, historic homes dressed up in Christmas style, great Christmas shopping, and a visit and photo with Old Saint Nick make this event one the whole family will enjoy! Reserve early if you would also like to enjoy our Christmas Home-Style Breakfast Buffet. 

NOV 20 - THE CITY OF CALGARY PARKS: WINTERFEST

Website: http://calgary.ca/parksevents

NOV 25, 2016 (EXCLUDING DEC 25) TO JAN 8, 2017 - ZOOLIGHTS AT THE CALGARY ZOO

Address: 1300 Zoo Road NE

Website: http://calgaryzoo.com

Calgary ZooZOOLIGHTS is coming back this year with more holiday cheer, festive spirit, and family fun than ever before! This year, we welcomed our two millionth ZOOLIGHTS visitor since the event’s beginning 19 years ago! Experience over 1.5 million lights, 200 displays, crackling fire pits, steamy hot chocolate, and four fun-filled activity zones (with many new additions!), transforming the Calgary Zoo into a magical winter wonderland. Most magical of all, is its ability to bring friends and family together during the holiday season. Takes place from 6 to 9pm.

NOV 26 - FORT MACLEOD SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Phone: 1-403-715-2125

Email: santaclausparade@fortmacleod.com

This year, the Fort Macleod Annual Santa Claus Parade takes place on November 26 at 11am! The hour-long parade features over eight marching bands, floats, horses, dogs, and, of course, Santa Claus! The festival begins boasts a giant craft fair, Christmas tree lighting, horse and buggy rides, food, and plenty of fun! For more information, call 1-403-715-2125. 

WINTER PROGRAMS & CAMPS

ADVENTURERS SCHOOL AGE CARE LTD.

Phone: 403-984-9073

Email: info@adventurers-sac.com

Website: http://adventurers-sac.com

Adventurers’ believe that all children and families have the right to quality, affordable school age care. All children have the right to be cared for in environments within their community of choice that can meet their needs, and help them grow to their fullest potential. Children learn naturally through play that is developmentally-appropriate. Our program activities and materials are reflective of the varying needs of our children and support children to initiate their own learning experience. Come and join us at one of our nine locations, where “being a kid is a once in a lifetime adventure!”

THE CITY OF CALGARY RECREATION

Address: Various Locations

Phone: 403-268-3800

Website: http://calgary.ca/recreation

The City of CalgaryLooking for activities the family can do together? Check out our special events, low-cost admission specials, family skate nights, and holiday craft workshops. From Holiday day camps to drop-in sports, Calgary Recreation will keep your family moving and having fun. For more information, visit calgary.ca/recreation

TRICO CENTRE FOR FAMILY WELLNESS

Address: 11150 Bonaventure Drive SE

Phone: 403-278-7542

Email: guestservices@tricocentre.ca

Website: http://tricocentre.ca

Holiday Drop-In Day Camps for six to 12 year olds. Drop in any day of the week for crafts, sports, games, outdoor activities, and wave pool fun in the afternoon. Pre-register due to limited spaces. Full day (9am to 4pm) and afternoon only (1 to 4pm). Complimentary supervision from 8:30 to 9am and 4 to 4:30pm. Supervision from 7 to 8:30am and 4:30 to 6pm for $5/supervision time. 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY ACTIVE LIVING

Address: 2500 University Drive NW

Phone: 403-220-7749

Email: active@ucalgary.ca

Website: http://ucalgary.ca/activeliving/kids

Keep your kids active all winter long with University of Calgary Active Living. Our Outdoor Centre offers great programs including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, and wilderness survival. Our indoor programs include gymnastics, swimming, handball, skating, hockey, and track, and are taught by experts in children’s physical literacy. We also have a large selection of sports clubs like karate and wrestling. To see our exciting programs, visit ucalgary.ca/activeliving/kids.

YMCA CALGARY

Address: Multiple Locations

Email: info@ymcacalgary.org

Website: http://YMCACalgary.org

Please see our full listing under ‘Christmas Gifts & Holiday Shopping 2016.’

WINTER FUN

BOW HABITAT STATION

Address: 1440, 17A Street SE

Phone: 403-297-6561

Email: bow.habitat@gov.ab.ca

Website: http://bowhabitat.alberta.ca

Take a Sense-ational journey inside our hands-on Discovery Centre and connect with Alberta’s outdoors! Feel what it’s like to walk on a northern bog; listen for the sounds of a prairie rainstorm; crawl inside a beaver lodge; and look into the eyes of over 20 different fish species in our aquariums. The experience will leave you hooked! 

BRIX N BLOX

Phone: 403-681-2529

Email: info@brixnblox.ca

Website: http://brixnblox.ca

Brix n Blox is the show for the construction toy and Lego® enthusiast, taking place Saturday, November 26, and again in November 2017.  Fun for all ages, show features include a Builders Contest, inspiring displays, a swap meet, and tons of activities! We’ll also have several vendor tables, so attendees can get a jump start on their holiday shopping for the construction toy fan in their life. For full details, visit brixnblox.ca

INJANATION

Address: Unit 102, 52 Aero Drive NE

Phone: 587-353-INJA (4652)

Email: info@injanation.com

Website: http://www.injanation.com

InjaNationPlay and train at our 55,000 square foot facility! A variety of ninja-inspired obstacles and activities designed for all ages and skill levels under one awesome roof. To reserve your spot or book your next event, visit our website. Trampolines, obstacle courses, climbing, events, programs, café, parent lounges, and more!

LOOSE MOOSE THEATRE COMPANY

Address: 2nd Floor, Crossroads Market: 1235, 26 Avenue SE

Phone: 403-265-5682

Website: http://loosemoose.com

The Loose Moose Theatre has produced children’s theatre since 1978 in a unique style that is accessible, participatory, and fun for the whole family. The Loose Moose Theatre Company makes going to theatre an experience that is truly magical for children four to 10 years old, as well as fun and entertaining for parents. 

MOUNTAIN VIEW BOWL INC.

Address: 11, 3919 Richmond Road SW

Phone: 403-249-0858

Email: mountainview.bowl@shaw.ca

Website: http://mountainviewbowling.com

At Mountain View Bowl, our passion is bowling. Our goal is to offer a place where friends and family can come together for the ultimate in bowling entertainment. We are dedicated to giving you the most exciting bowling experience possible. Our lounge is licensed. We offer 5 and 10 Pin Bowling, Kids’ Birthday Parties, League Bowling, Open Bowling, and Corporate Events. 

RESORTS OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

Phone: 1-800-258-7669 (SNOW)

Email: info@skircr.com

Website: http://skircr.com

Visit our family-friendly ski resorts: Nakiska in Alberta, and Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and Kimberley Alpine Resort in British Columbia for a huge variety of mountain terrain for skiing or snowboarding all with top-notch ski schools. Enjoy other activities including Tubing at Nakiska and Kicking Horse, Fat Biking at Fernie and Kimberley, or Snowshoeing! The fun is endless. Book a ski vacation or daycation today!

STORYBOOK THEATRE

Address: 375 Bermuda Drive NW

Phone: 403-216-0808, Ext. 1

Email: tickets@storybooktheatre.org

Website: http://storybooktheatre.org

For 40 years, StoryBook Theatre has been entertaining families from all over Calgary with our award-winning professional quality shows. Our 2016/2017 Season to Discover will include well-loved favorites such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Seussical the Musical - just to name a couple. We also provide a year-round Theatre School for children ages six to 18, which is performance-based and designed to develop acting skills, self-confidence, teamwork, and stagecraft abilities. 

TELUS SPARK

Phone: 403-817-6800

Email: info@sparkscience.ca

Website: http://sparkscience.ca

Telus SparkNeurons are firing daily at TELUS Spark. Climb a three-storey tower and slide 63 feet down in the outdoor park, create and watch your very own animation, generate electricity, or take in a movie or live planetarium show. There’s something for everyone to discover. Connect with people and experiences that will open your mind, fuel your imagination, and evolve the way you see and think!

VIVO FOR HEALTHIER GENERATIONS

Address: 11950 Country Village Link NE

Phone: 403-532-1013

Email: guestservices@vivo.ca

Website: http://vivo.ca

VivoSkate, swim, dance, climb, create, connect, and explore. Come in from the cold for family fun at Vivo with a wide variety of unique and innovative programs and activities for parents and children alike. Get active, get healthy, and do it together! Visit vivo.ca and discover your passion today!

WINSPORT

Address: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Phone: 403-247-5452

Email: info@winsport.ca

Website: http://winsport.ca

At WinSport, we want to help you be better than yesterday. Whether that means getting on skis, skates, or a snowboard for the first time or taking your skills to the next level, we have something for all ages. We’ve got two high-speed chairlifts, an increased learner’s area, a terrain park, four hockey arenas, and we’re only minutes from downtown. WinSport will help you love winter as much as we do! 

YYCFIT - CALGARY’S HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO

Phone: 403-472-0444

Email: info@yycfitexpo.ca

Website: http://yycfitexpo.ca

Having a hard time luring your child away from the couch? There are a multitude of fun ways to keep kids active - it’s just a matter of finding that particular activity that will grab their interest. Enter YYCfit, Calgary’s Health and Fitness Expo! Kids will be given the opportunity to demo different activities, and parents will have the ability to sign their kids up for classes on the spot! 

CHRISTMAS GIFTS & HOLIDAY SHOPPING 2016

ATCO BLUE FLAME KITCHEN

Address: 909, 11 Avenue SW

Phone: 403-245-7630

Email: learningcentre@atcoblueflamekitchen.com

Website: http://atcoblueflamekitchen.com

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen’s Holiday Collection cookbooks are packed with over 90 holiday recipes from appetizers to desserts. This cookbook is the perfect complement for all your festive meals.

CALAWAY PARK

Address: Located 10 kilometres west of Calgary on the TransCanada Highway #1 West

Website: http://calawaypark.com

Your family playcation destination! Season passes on sale from mid-November, 2016, to January 1, 2017 at all Calgary CO-OP locations or at calawaypark.com. Only $35.95 per pass, less than the cost of a day pass. Your pass to 32 rides, live entertainment, Cinemagic 3D, and much more! (Price subject to change.) 

CF MARKET MALL

Phone: 403-288-5466

Email: mktinfo@cadillacfairview.com

Website: http://cfmarketmall.com

CF Market Mall 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!

FAMILY PASTIMES LTD.

Phone: 1-888-267-4414

Email: info@familypastimes.com

Website: http://familypastimes.com

For over 45 years, our co-operative games have been praised for helping people of all ages and all situations develop the skills to play, work, and learn together. 

ITALIAN CENTRE SHOP

Phone: 403-238-4869

Email: info@italiancentre.ca

Website: http://italiancentre.ca

From bountiful gift baskets filled with European delights to party platters from our deli featuring an assortment from 600 + meats, cheese, and antipasti, here at The Italian Centre Shop, we make entertaining easy. Our Massimo’s Cucina Italia brand of ready-made meals and sauces are a time saver - a homemade meal for a crowd in under 30 minutes! Off to a party? We’ve got the perfect hostess(e) gifts and products to excite food lovers of all ages. Proud to be one of your favorite gathering spots. Come, step into Italy. Grocery. Bakery. Deli. Café.  

MAKE YOUR BED

Address: 1266, 73 Avenue SE

Phone: 403-252-6009

Email: makeyourbed@shaw.ca

Website: http://makeyourbed.ca

It all starts with one bed - made to last out of well-crafted, select hardwoods. From there, you can add from our wide selection of ladder and leg extensions, storage units, and accessories to create and continuously reinvent the room of your dreams. As your child grows, and needs change, the Maxtrix® system is easily adjusted to cater to super safe sleeping, playtime, schooltime, sleepovers - even teen rooms. We believe you should only have to buy kids’ furniture once, so our system is flexible and solid enough to last well beyond the teenage years. 

MASTERMIND TOYS®

Phone: 1-855-321-8984

Website: http://mastermindtoys.com

Looking for that ‘wow’ gift? Make Mastermind Toys® your celebration destination! Our toy experts can help you find the perfect present among our carefully curated selection of top-tier toys and books. We’ll even wrap your gift up and top it with our signature curly bow - for free! (Kids can spot a Mastermind Toys® gift a mile away.)  

REPSOL SPORT CENTRE (FORMERLY TALISMAN CENTRE)

Address: 2225 Macleod Trail South

Phone: 403-233-8393

Email: info@repsolsport.com

Website: http://www.repsolsportcentre.com

Give the gift of fitness to yourself or someone on your list with our 12 Days of Fitness Pass - on sale in mid-November, just in time for the holidays. Gift certificates are also available. Start the New Year off right and register for The PUSH Challenge! For all the details, check our website!

SPRINGFREE TRAMPOLINE

Phone: 587-316-4703

Email: calgary@springfree.com

Springfree Trampoline brings you a smart, safety-conscious design for your back yard. The innovative design removes the dangerous elements present in traditional trampolines. With no springs, no hard edges, the frame beneath the jumping surface and a safety net that prevents falls, you can relax knowing it’s the world’s safest trampoline. 

THE REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE

Address: Various Locations across Calgary

Website: http://realcanadiansuperstore.ca

We bring you great prices on your favorite products and services all together under one roof. Discover our great quality and variety of foods, stylish products for your home, and a complete pharmacy to serve all of your family’s needs

YMCA CALGARY

Address: Multiple Locations

Email: info@ymcacalgary.org

Website: http://YMCACalgary.org

Keep your family active all winter long at YMCA Calgary! Climb, swim, shoot hoops, and more at our six multi-recreational facilities and two outdoor camp sites. Take advantage of $4 Flames Friday Youth Nights (for ages eight to 17) and free events for the whole family. We offer multiple indoor and outdoor programs and winter and spring break camps at great prices. Don’t  forget about our Calgary Flames YMCA Grade 6 Membership Program - every Grade 6 student in Calgary receives a free YMCA membership and active programming!

DRESSING UP ON A DIME

ONCE UPON A CHILD - VARSITY

Address: #204, 4625 Varsity Drive NW

Phone: 403-543-1068

Email: info@onceuponachildvarsity.com

Website: http://onceuponachildvarsity.com

Once Upon A Child Varsity offers over 2,500 square feet of top quality new and gently-used kids stuff! We carry clothing Newborn to Size 16, outerwear, sleepwear, shoes, baby and children’s gently-used toys, books, games, and DVDs. Our store also stocks those must-have baby equipment items such as exersaucers, bassinets, bouncy chairs, carriers, playpens, highchairs, swings, and more! Voted the ‘Best Second-Hand Children’s Store’ by Calgary’s Child readers for 12 years in a row! 

OUTGROWN MY STUFF

Email: info@outgrownmystuff.com

Website: http://outgrownmystuff.ca

The saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child,” we are that eVillage, and we want to help families grow. You don’t have to Ask to Join, everyone is welcome to use our Free online services, including a marketplace to buy, sell, trade, give away items, and offer services related to children; expert advice, service review, and many other parenting resources. This site was created by parents for parents. 

TWICE BEARLY CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE

Address: 450, 14 Street NW

Phone: 403-452-8878

Website: http://twicebearly.com

As parents, you want the best for your children while you save your money. Your kids deserve the best and your money needs to go further. At Twice Bearly Children’s Boutique, we know the costs of outfitting children can be daunting. That’s why we have the best selection of quality used clothing and toys in Calgary, at the best prices. Our boutique-styled store is inviting, and our staff are excited and happy to serve you! We offer immediate cash up-front to purchase your pre-loved children’s clothing and toys.

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