Summer is upon us! In Calgary there are so many great sights to see during the warmer months. Get your family out and about this season with these top 5 summer activities to do with your kids in Calgary and area:
1) Riley Park
Pack up a picnic basket and bring your family down to Riley Park. Located directly south of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), this awesome park is home to free summer concerts, picnic tables, beautiful greenery, a wading pool and so much more. Always open and always free, Riley Park is a great place to make summer memories with the family.
2) Okotoks Dawgs Baseball
It’s true what they say – a baseball game cannot be just watched, it has to be felt! Unfortunately, with the loss of the Calgary Vipers in 2011, the spirit of baseball in our city has slipped a little! Have no worries, the Okotoks Dawgs are just a short drive away. With single games as inexpensive as $5 per ticket, there’s no reason not to bring the whole family out for an afternoon. Buy yourself some peanuts and crackerjacks and come on out to root for the home team!
3) Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Bring the family (and your binoculars!) down to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary this summer for a little education and a lot of fun! Just a short drive east of downtown, the sanctuary is open 10 am – 6 pm weekdays and 10 am – 5 pm weekends. Trails may be closed for the 2014 season, but the Nature Centre and guided tours are where the real informational treasures lie.
4) Fort Calgary
Located just east of Calgary’s downtown, Fort Calgary is a year-round exhibition of the history of Mounted Police and the early settlement of Calgarians. Your family can try an RCMP uniform on for size or even experience an old jail cell from the inside!
5) Canada Olympic Park
This event is not for the faint of heart! Head up to COP this summer and ride the zipline all the way down from the monster ski jump tower! Younger children, or those with a fear of heights, could try out the other summer events COP has to offer such as mini golf or the spider web climbing structure.