It’s freezing out. What do you do inside, in Calgary, with young children in tow and the desire to keep your sanity in check?!
Today I wanted to present a list of options, ranging from expensive to frugal, that will help you get through those cold winter days with your sanity in check 🙂 This list is tailored for parents rolling with little ones under the age of 6.
RECREATION (GYMNASTICS, POOL, OPEN GYM) ($2-$10) The City of Calgary provides some great drop-in programs at its recreation centres for a minimal cost. The key is printing off and getting to know the schedules. On Sundays at our local pool, Canyon Meadows, there is $2 swimming. At certain days and times, you can access the facilities for much cheaper than usual.
Since Calgary is a huge city, it is easier to search by location (quadrant) and then see what the offerings are each day. Here is a link to search by location.
In the south of the city, we like the independently operated TRICO Centre which has a variety of drop in play, gymnastics and open gym programs for great rates.
EARLY LEARNING SPACES AT CALGARY’S LIBRARIES (FREE) The Early Learning Spaces at Calgary Public Libraries. Our favourites are Fish Creek and the brand-new Downtown Library, and Calgary Playground Review has given an awesome preview of each of the Libraries, check them out here!
Explore Devonian Gardens and its fantastic indoor playground inside of the core shopping centre downtown. A nearby foodcourt and stores to check out makes it a great option.
This is an expensive day out, but make your $19 per child last by taking in a Dome show and the creative kids museum at Telus Spark (in addition to the main museum.)
An absolutely magical house in Inglewood, filled to the brim with books, secret nooks and crannies and magical themed rooms for your little readers. There’s also a lovely little craft room upstairs for your creatives! Absolute favourite place of ours.
Attend a Craft Workshop at Michaels Stores
Michaels is always running crafts for all ages for a minimal cost (often a toonie for the Saturday Kids Club classes which run 1-2 hours) – you do need to stay in the store, though. Just try not to spend a gazillion dollars while you are there. 🙂
I have a hard time with indoor playgrounds (read: anxiety) but Treehouse Calgary which has a north and south location, has quickly become a favourite of ours and is well worth the admission. Includes a cafeteria and seating area so you can sip a coffee and let the littles free in the expansive playground (which is lovely and clean with friendly staff, btw.)
Canyon Meadows cinema is a hidden gem, which screens $5 movies. It’s a great day out for the kiddos.
Wymbin runs wonderful kids yoga & activity programming and has a variety of options, including a 2 hour unparented class for ages 3 and up, with options to add on extra time. It is a great opportunity to explore inglewood or gather your sanity at a nearby cafe or restaurant 🙂
They have a mini masters art class, as well as a “bring the baby” art tour of contemporary art.
Go cuddle the animals and gaze at the tropical fish at any Petland Store – we personally like the Deerfoot Meadows Location which has a cuddle room for their cat residents too.
Load up on crafts at your local loonie store and keep a cold / rainy day craft box.
Make an indoor obstacle course in a long hallway in your house, using pillows to jump over, shoe laces that are ‘snakes” and of course, red shirts that are ‘hot lava.’