Ultimate List of Free Summer Activities for Kids in Calgary

Summer doesn’t have to break the bank. Finding things to do in Calgary during the summer that don’t come with a hefty price tag can help to leave more money in the budget for weekend trips, back to school and the expense that comes with raising children. Here are some of our favorite free activities […]

Summer doesn’t have to break the bank. Finding things to do in Calgary during the summer that don’t come with a hefty price tag can help to leave more money in the budget for weekend trips, back to school and the expense that comes with raising children. Here are some of our favorite free activities for kids + families in Calgary.

Free Summer Kids Activities in Calgary 

1. See how many sculptures you can take in during the Artwalk downtown

2. Go to Story time at Pottery Barn Kids

3. See a FREE Drive in Movie

4. On the first Tuesday of the month, visit the Lego store to get your free mini build. Come early, starting at four there are limited vouchers given out for the mini build.

5. Learn to make movies by storyboarding ideas, shooting video and creating an original soundtrack, or make interactive books during the free summer camp at Apple stores, for children 8-12.

6. Roar, stomp and snack during a Dinosaur Picnic on July 31, Ages 3-5.

7. Get a free pancake breakfast to celebrate Stampede (or check out this breakfast where you can get pink colored pancakes)

8. Visit the local Ivivva store on Sunday mornings at 10 am to take part in an hour-long free yoga or dance class for kids. Call your local store for details, find a location.

9. Take part in the monthly Kids Club workshops at Home Depot and build something, for free.

10. Cool off indoors at the Indoor South Centre Roar Play Park

11. Attend the opening of Parkdale Plaza

12. Watch the Stampede Parade

13. Take part in the free and fun programming to support nature and kids learning through the summer in programs like ‘What bird is that?’ and ‘Wetland Bug Safari’ at Ralph Klein Park

14. Day Trip to Discovery Canyon in Red Deer and bring a tube for some little kid and tween fun down the short course, if you bring along your own tube, it’s free!

15. Get entertained on Stephen Avenue Walk with live performances, buskers, music,

16. Check out the Calgary Latin Festival

17. Cool off at TD Devonian Gardens

18. Get familiar with Grain at the Grain Academy and Museum

19. Check out the Kid Zone and watch Dragon Boats at the Calgary Dragon boat festival

20. Take part in the Calgary Public Library summer reading challenge for the chance to read more, get access to ebooks and win prizes

21. How cool is this one? Take part in a pop up picnic and have the chance to get in a fun (and huge celebration). There are dates throughout the summer, with a new location every time.

22. Day trip to Sylvan Lake and catch an outdoor movie while you’re there

23. Take part in free activities at Fluor Rope Square

24. Check out one of the many Geocaching spots around the city

25. Watch a hilarious English bulldog race at Pet-a-palooza

26. Join a Park Stay and Play or Park and Play at a local playground for free, supervised summer fun that encourages kids to get active and play while being led by a director

27. Learn how to Juggle from the Magic Studio, ages 8-10

28. Wander through Griffith Woods and wade in the water to cool off

29. Get a feel for New Orleans in the Marda Gras Festival

30. Play in the Kidz Zone and get entertained by Performers at the Fringe Festival

31. Take in the free entertainment at the Inglewood Sun Fest (August 1)

32. Search for beavers at Beaver Dam Flats

33. Watch a demonstration of classic Japanese Fairy tales at the Calgary Japanese Festival

34. Walk through the Interpretive Trails at Pearce Estate Park

35. See floating lanterns at the Floating Lantern Memorial Event

36. Sign up for the Kids Bowl Free program and kids can take part in two games of free bowling, every single day, through the summer months

37. Stop at Save on Foods, grab a lunch time snack from the deli and head to one of the local spray parks to cool off

38. Get a workout with the kids and climb the hills at Nose Hill Park. At only fifteen minutes from downtown, it’s an easy way to run off some energy and explore during summer months.

39. Plan a playground hop and check out one of the top ten playgrounds in Calgary

40. Take a Junior Chef class at Williams Sonoma. Classes take place every Saturday morning and are for kids 5-12.

41. Play some keys on the street piano on Stephen Avenue, or stop off for a listen

42. Take part in one of the free summer camps through the city of Calgary, or the drop in days

43. Read and do Dr. Suess and other classics as you craft and wade at Riley Park on Saturdays between 11am and 3pm

44. Create your own light show with the Chinook Arc light installation

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