7 Things to Do This Easter Long Weekend
Learn how to make that Easter ham, discover what really happens to your body when you indulge in chocolate bunnies and go on an Easter egg hunt through Kensington.
If the Easter long weekend snuck up you and you haven’t planned a quick weekend getaway, know that there are lots of special events taking place in town. Celebrate the arrival of spring and the Easter season by taking food or beer courses, hunting down Easter eggs at different venues in the city or cheering on a local sports team.
If you gave up beer for Lent, this brewing course on Thursday, April 2 might be a good way to reward yourself for spending (almost) six full weeks without that fizzy drink. Professional brewmasters Alan Yule and Neil Bamford lead beer-lovers through a course that teaches students the brewing process from start to finish. You’ll get involved in the boiling, fermenting and packaging processes, and have a handmade product to take home at the end the two and a half hour course. The course costs $95.
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca
If you’ve taken on the responsibility of cooking Easter dinner this year, and you’re not sure where to start, take an hour-long cooking class on Thursday, April 2. From 12 p.m. until 1 p.m., students learn how to roast ham, scallop potatoes and prepare a decadent chocolate dessert. Sample the dishes and take the recipes home. The course costs $20.
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen, 909 11 Ave. S.W., 1-977-420-9090, atcoblueflamekitchen.com
On April 3 and 4, the Telus Spark Science Centre has planned a variety of spring and Easter-themed activities for the occasion. Get ready for the planting season by making seed paper to store dry until that time arrives (hint: you’ll want to wait until May) and learn everything there is to know about vermicomposting from Green Calgary. Easter is also the time of year to learn about chocolate: sample treats from Cococo Chocolatiers and learn what happens to your body while you’re munching on a chocolate bunny. General admission is $19.95.
Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George’s Dr. N.E., sparkscience.ca
Listening to the legend of the Easter bunny at this local petting zoo is a famiy-friendly way to spend the Easter weekend. Everyone in the family will have fun searching for eggs, petting the baby animals and planting quick-growing seeds. There is still availability for Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. Adult tickets include farmyard admission and cost $13.99.
Butterfield Acres Farm, 254077 Rocky Ridge Rd. N.W., 403-239-0638, butterfieldacres.com
Stop by the Calgary Zoo on Friday or Saturday to see the residents (and the new dinosaurs) and for some seasonal activities. Special events include Easter egg colouring and crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and rabbit hopping demonstrations. Easter activities are included in zoo admission; adult general admission is $24.95.
Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com
On Saturday, April 4 the Calgary Roughnecks take on the Colorado Mammoth. There’s suspense, there’s bright lights and there’s plenty of entertainment. It’s easy to get into the spirit and behind the home team at these events. Tickets start at $25 from ticketmaster.ca.
Scotiabank Saddledome, calgaryroughnecks.com
Celebrate Easter by joining in family-friendly activities all over Kensington on Easter Sunday. The festivities begin at 12 p.m. with an Easter egg hunt starting from Bucci (above Midtown Kitchen and Bar). Uncover clues at each new location and uncover Easter treats along the way. The Butterfield Acres petting zoo opens at 1 p.m. in front of the Plaza Theatre, where visitors can pet rabbits and goats, listen to live music and make Easter crafts. The afternoon finishes with a free screening of The Lego Movie at the Plaza.
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