6 Patios That Are Good for Families
Patios aren’t just for grownups. These summery outdoor spots are places the whole family will enjoy.
The courtyard patio at Pop's Dairy Bar.
This popular breakfast-lunch-and-dinner diner offers a family-pleasing menu of comfort foods like meatloaf and maple-fried oatmeal. The kids will like it even more when they get to eat outside on the patio next to the pond. And mom and dad will like the kitschy cocktail list with offerings like the Waikiki Sneaky with rum, pineapple, OJ and lime.
Two words: splash park. The sunny patio at Good Earth’s Eau Claire location is right next to the popular Eau Claire Plaza water playground so while the youngsters frolic in the spray, mom and dad can stay cool by sipping an icy lemon-mint frappe. Everyone wins!
When it comes to family-friendly fun, there’s not much that can top going out for ice cream. This longstanding ice-cream parlour on the south edge of Marda Loop has been doling out scoops since 1981, so for Calgarians of a certain age, a trip to My Favourite Ice Cream is a trip down memory lane. There's not really a patio so much as bench seating out front, but that’s all you really need to enjoy your summertime treats.
Sushi restaurants are great for families. Kids get to try out new things in bite-sized pieces that look really cool and in the event that you have a picky eater in tow, there's always chicken karaage (a.k.a. the sushi version of chicken nuggets). The One Sushi restaurant has an extensive menu to suit a wide range of tastes, as well as a shaded 40-seat patio if you are looking to enjoy your sushi meal in the open air.
5222 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-259-8585, theonesushicalgary.ca
Pop’s Dairy Bar [now closed]
If it weren’t for the giant soft-serve cone-shaped sign, you might miss this charming little ice cream and hotdog spot at the bottom of Scotsman’s Hill in Ramsay. Located just off the paved trails that run beside the Elbow River, it’s a good place to stop during an evening stroll or family bike ride. Once everyone has their scoops or sundae treats, go around the side and enjoy in the little courtyard space that has the feel of an enchanted garden.
You can bring kids into the Wildrose craft brewery’s on-site pub Saturday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. While the youngsters won’t be able to appreciate the Wildrose brews, they will most likely find the brewery, with its giant copper kettles and snaky pipes, fascinating in a Willy Wonka sort of way. Grab a table on the sunny west-facing patio and let the brood share a platter of nachos while you kick back with a refreshing Wraspberry Ale.