Parents - especially those with very young kids - often express that they feel a little lost in their new roles of ‘mom’ or ‘dad.’ It’s totally normal to feel swallowed up by everything your kids need in those first few years! However, it’s essential for parents to remain connected to the things that make them unique, complete individuals outside of their parenting responsibilities. We know that marriages are happier when couples take time to enjoy each other’s company, too! Push down your feelings of guilt and remember that a happy parent makes for happy kids. Go out and enjoy!
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It’s hard enough to carve out time to exercise - if it feels like a punishment, it’s not likely to ever make it to the top of the priority list! If running on the treadmill during naptime isn’t your idea of a good time, there are a ton of other options to keep moving and still have fun. If you like to dance, swim, climb or even box, Calgary has a class available!
The Calgary Zoo (calgaryzoo.com) is a great place to take your kids out for a walk in the stroller, but it’s also a good spot for a couple’s night out. Every year, ZOOLIGHTS runs from the end of November all the way to January, so book a sitter and enjoy a romantic evening strolling hand in hand under the millions of twinkling lights!
Probably our favorite exercise at the moment is water aerobics! The City of Calgary Recreation (liveandplay.calgary.ca) offers drop-in classes throughout the day at all of its pools. Deep Water Workouts use flotation belts in the dive tank, while Aquacise is done in the regular pool. Both are done to music, but generally without choreography. Either way, they’re super low-impact and it’s easy to adjust the intensity whether you’re recovering from an injury or trying to get the best cardio workout possible. If you’re a member at another fitness facility and they have a pool, chances are good they also offer water aerobics - check it out!
Winter feels like a good time to hibernate, but we have a ton of walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails readily accessible right here in Calgary all year round. If you’re not feeling that ambitious, most Christmas light displays are up by the end of November - find a well-decorated neighborhood and take a wander around! You don’t need to be in a gym to get a good workout.
You won’t even feel like you’re exercising as you shimmy and shake across the dance floor, learning new steps and increasing your physical confidence. Dance is a fun and social way to stay fit for people of all ages and provides great health benefits, increases endurance, flexibility, and balance. With the range of classes we offer, there is sure to be something to suit your taste and schedule.
Get 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
University of Calgary Kinesiology offers programs, services, and facilities through Active Living which promote healthy, active lifestyles.
(various locations; 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.
(calgaryzoo.com) is a great place to take your kids out for a walk in their stroller, but it’s also a good spot for a couple’s night out. Zoolights runs from the end of November all the way to January, so book a sitter and enjoy a romantic night under the lights!
(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!
(loosemoose.com) holds weekly improv shows at their theatre in Crossroads Market. Calgary is the home of theatre sports and Loose Moose is internationally-renowned for the quality of its improv actors! For showtimes, visit the website.
(403-249-0858; mountainviewbowling.com) has a fun ‘50s vibe for a retro date night, or try their glow-in-the-dark bowling. Call to book your lane ahead, as it often fills up on weekends
(nmc.ca) has traveling exhibitions, programs, shows, and more to explore year-round. They offer occasional $10 date nights on Tuesdays and other special events. For more information, check the website.
Remember when cooking was fun and new recipes were exciting? Us, too! Why not flex those culinary muscles again and get those creative juices flowing?
One of our favorite things to do is try recipes from different countries and backgrounds than the ones we were raised with. We are absolutely blessed in Calgary to have a huge variety of grocery stores catering to every food tradition under the sun. Take a wander through The Italian Centre Shop (italiancentre.ca); T&T Market (tnt-supermarket.com); Unimarket (unimarket.ca); A-Mart (amart.ca); Basha Foods (bashafoods.ca); and Calgary Farmers’ Market (calgaryfarmersmarket.ca) and bring home some new flavors.
Want to learn some new recipes? No problem! There are a ton of cooking classes in Calgary, from casual in-home lessons to structured multi-week programs. SAIT Culinary Campus (culinarycampus.ca) has great ‘date night’ offerings alongside their variety of baking and cooking classes. Sunterra Market (sunterramarket.com); ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen (atcoblueflamekitchen.com); and Cuisine et Château (cuisineandchateau.com) are just some of the many other companies offering classes around town.
Granary Road Public Market features best of class entrepreneurs in a one-of-a-kind marketplace like none other in Alberta! With a thoughtfully-designed interior market space and two covered outdoor pavilions that host carefully picked vendors, Granary Road has quickly become Calgary’s premier Public Market. Come hungry because this market has something to surely satisfy everyone’s appetite! Visit the diverse vendors today, for a little bit of everything.
(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 Calgary Farmers’ Market is home to over 75 incredible local vendors. We invite you to get to know them, and discover more about the products they make, bake and grow in Alberta.
Aliki’s Art House - a space and place where the creativity begins! We believe everyone can learn how to draw, paint, sculpt. Invest in your own creativity and well-being. Join our specialized classes in drawing, painting, art journaling (mixed media) and sculpting for beginners and experienced students. Our instructors are all professional, practicing artists who are passionate about mentoring others. We offer everything from one-day workshops to year-round classes.
Vin Gogh Paint & Sip Studio offers step-by-step ‘paint along’ classes which come with a glass of wine and all materials provided. It’s a great way to spread your wings and experiment with new painting techniques (even if you’re not artistically inclined!).
There are so many incredible DIY and art studios here in Calgary! Most of us have tried at least one paint-a-dish place over the years (and we love those, too!) but the choices are really endless if you’d like to learn a new skill.
Try Plant (plantshop.ca) in Inglewood, where you can create a succulent terrarium or learn to arrange flowers; Pinnovate (pinnovate.ca) offers a huge variety of rotating guided project workshops, from festive doormats to embroidery! 4Cats (4cats.com) has an ever-changing selection of projects with clay and paint to choose from. For something really special, try a Passion for Glass (passionforglass.ca) workshop and make a gorgeous
Self-care means a lot of different things to different people. For some parents, self-care is an uninterrupted hour in front of the PS4; for others, it means a shower they’re allowed to take all by themselves. No matter what your definition of self-care is right now, make sure you do it! It can be hard to feel like a pedicure or a new shirt is a priority, but taking some of that energy for yourself is essential to recharging your batteries so you’re the best parent you can be.
A special day out, your monthly touch-up, or ‘girl time’ - we do it all! Aura Spa provides hygienic, skilled treatments to fill the niche between discount nail shops and high-end day spas. Brows, nails (our clients love our nail art!) and pampering treatments. Makeup classes for individuals or groups are available! Aura Spa boasts state-of-the-art tanning beds designed to maximize your tan while minimizing UV exposure. Call or book online using the MindBody App today.
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