Boredom busters: 10 family-friendly things to do over spring break

Here are 10 activities to keep the whole family busy over spring break in Calgary

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Spring break is here for Calgary students, spanning over the next two weeks between both school divisions. Here are 10 kid-friendly activities to keep the whole family busy.

Fish Creek Provincial Park

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As the weather warms up, enjoy the last of the snow with a walk around Fish Creek Provincial Park. The urban park — one of the largest in North America — features 30 kilometres of paved walkways, so it’s an easy outing for young kids. Fish Creek is home to birds and other wildlife, so keep an eye out on your stroll (no feeding the animals, though!).

Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash to protect themselves and the local wildlife.

Where: Fish Creek Provincial Park

When: Any day

Cost: Free

Journey into space at the Telus Spark Science Centre

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Learn all there is to know about space at the Telus Spark Science Centre. Space: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond, is ongoing until October. The exhibit looks at the future of moon exploration, and peers at the galaxy through the James Webb Telescope.

While you’re there, check out Steven’s Lab, where kids can get some hands-on experience with real scientific tools.

Where: Telus Spark Science Centre

When: Now until October

Cost: $19-$26

Spring Movie Break

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If you’re all played out and need a low-key, indoor activity, Landmark Cinemas is showing select family-friendly movies for $5 a ticket, with $1 from each ticket donated to Kids Help Phone. The selected movies are: Rocket Club: Across the Cosmos, Wish, Trolls: Band Together and Super Mario Bros.

The discounted prices go throughout both school boards’ spring breaks, so everyone has a chance to take advantage of a movie day.

Where: Landmark Cinemas locations

When: March 22 to April 7

Cost: $5

Mirror Mirror: An immersive art experience

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Mirror Mirror at Chinook Centre has been extended through spring break. There are nine interactive installations which tap into your imagination using lights, music and mirrors. Mirror Mirror offers a unique experience for everyone and is fun for all ages.

Read Eric Volmers’ feature story on the installation.

Where: Chinook Centre

When: Now until April 14

Cost: $18-$22

Mastermind Toys spring break

Mastermind Toys stores in Calgary are hosting a week of free activities for kids:

  • Monday: Aquabeads make and take
  • Tuesday: Our Generation accessories-making kit
  • Wednesday: Play-Doh make and take
  • Thursday: Playmobil story time and take away
  • Friday: Litehawk Rebel demo and giveaway

Where: Mastermind Toys locations in Calgary

When: March 25-29, 1-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Story time at Heritage Park

Taking place in Heritage Village, volunteers share family-friendly stories, both classics and modern. After story time, kids can participate in activities and crafts, which they can take home.

Story time is every Wednesday until April 24, and at a different site in Heritage Park each week.

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Where: Heritage Park

When: Now until April 24, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $8.95-$14.95

Horse-drawn carriage rides

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Heritage Park is hosting 25-minute horse-drawn carriage rides that will take you through the entire park, offering beautiful views and a glimpse of Calgary history. With the ride, you’re also granted entry into Gasoline Alley Museum, which has a line-up of family-friendly activities planned. The museum is also hosting a scavenger hunt, crafts and competitions with classic toys.

Where: Heritage Park

When: March 27-29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $20-$140

Easter Eggstravaganza

Over the Easter long weekend, the Calgary Zoo is hosting Easter Eggstravaganza. Aside from the regular fun that the zoo offers, this event will also feature treats (for kids and the animals), games and Easter-themed photo opportunities.

For added fun, you can get a ticket to an Easter-themed brunch that will have a specialty menu and crafts for kids.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: March 29 to April 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $26-$36 (brunch tickets sold separately)

Calgary Kids Comic Con

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Calgary Kids Comic Con, hosted by the Calgary Public Library, is a kid-friendly event promoting reading and imagination. Kids will get a chance to learn through comics, activities and special guest appearances, including the puppeteers from Fraggle Rock. Food trucks will be on hand to feed the kids after a day of learning.

You’ll also get the chance to sign up for a free animation workshop.

Where: Central Library

When: March 30, Noon-4:30 p.m.

Cost: $10-$18

Calgary Roughnecks Tiki Party

The Calgary Roughnecks lacrosse team takes on the Saskatchewan Rush on this tiki-themed game night. There will be giveaways, a specialty theme jersey and a fire show during intermission. Arrive early to get in on the rib night and slushie drink special, and stick around after the game for a post-game party with Calgary musical duo, Kinjo & Young.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: April 5, 7 p.m.

Cost: Included with admission to the game

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