11 Things to Do on the Family Day Long Weekend
Curl with an old-fashioned broom, ice fish for trout and attend a poker-themed bike ride.
Family Day falls on Family Fishing Weekend. Albertans can go ice fishing without a sportfishing license from February 14 to February 16.
If you have the kind of family that likes to participate in sports rather than sit on the sidelines, visit Heritage Park for the museum’s annual Family Quest event. Taking place from February 12 to February 16, this year’s event is curling themed to correspond with the Tim Horton’s Brier. Get the whole family curling at Gasoline Alley and see what it’s like to play the game with an old-fashioned curling broom. And try out the interactive scavenger hunt and the crafts.
This event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday until Monday.
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca
Make Family Day science themed this year. While everyone in the family can shoot cloud cannons and learn about shadows, the main attraction this year is the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit, which opened on January 31.
Special programming takes place from February 12 to February 16. Family Day hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca
This is the only weekend in the ice fishing calendar that you can participate in the sport without an Alberta sportfishing license. Try something new this weekend and head out of the city to one of the 166 stocked water bodies in the province to catch some book trout, brown trout or cutthroat trout. Even though you don’t need a license if you’re fishing on February 14, 15 or 16, note that all other fishing regulations still apply.
Celebrate Family Day on Saturday instead of Monday. Each year, the Bow Habitat Station hosts a family-friendly “fish-tival,” where every member of the family can perfect their casting technique, learn about ice fishing safety and feed the fish in the Discovery Centre for just $5. Finish off the afternoon by roasting marshmallows over the fire.
This event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 14.
Bow Habitat Station, 1440 17A St. S.E., bowhabitat.alberta.ca
Celebrate the history of Calgary by spending the day at Fort Calgary. As well as touring the museum and brushing up on your local history, spend the day going between Fort Calgary and the East Village on a horse-drawn carriage, snack on maple candy made out on snow and catch musical performances by the NWMP brass band.
This event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 16.
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave. S.E., fortcalgary.com
Get out of the city and into the mountains for the Family Day long weekend. Starting on February 13, celebrate the season by watching ice carving competitions, joining in the lantern parade and cheer on competitors in dog races. On Sunday, February 15, spend the afternoon on Canmore’s downtown pond skating to music and eating maple syrup snow taffy.
The Bonhomme Carnival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The winter festival begins on Friday, February 13 and runs until March 1.
The Downtown Pond, 7 Ave.,Canmore, tourismcanmore.com
Participate in an out-of-the-ordinary bike ride on Monday. The Winterpalooza poker run is just like it sounds. Participants get five playing cards and need to pass through five checkpoints. Collect cards in each of the checkpoints in just one hour. The best hand at the finish line wins big. Entry into the ride in $5.
The ride begins on February 16 at noon.
Cheer on the home team at the Saddledome when the Flames take on the Boston Bruins.
The game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $50.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise S.E., flames.nhl.com
Expose the family to inspiring photography this weekend. The Exposure Photography Festival runs in various locations until the end of this month. See images of true love by Brent Mykyttshyn at Paul Kuhn Gallery, Julie Vincent and Chris Tait’s street photography at Fluevog: The Peanut Gallery and Geoffrey James’ photographs from inside the Kingston Penitentiary at Glenbow.
It’s the fastest ice in the world and it continues to attract some of the best winter athletes in the world. This Family Day, you can pretend you’re one of them as you glide on the ice. Rent skates from the Olympic Oval skate shop or bring your own, and see how fast you can skate on the 450-metre oval.
Public skating is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on February 16.
The Olympic Oval, 2500 University Dr. N.W., 403-220-7954, oval.ucalgary.ca
On February 16th, the Glenbow is offering free admission. See the special exhibits, Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North America and From Our Collection: Canadiana before revisiting some of the permanent exhibits like Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta Use your ticket to get 10 per cent off the purchase of an annual membership.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 16.
130 9 Ave. S.E., 403-268-4100, glenbow.org