Top 5 Things To Do In Calgary This Summer

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Looking for something fun to do with your family in Calgary this summer?

Summertime in Calgary is arguably one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring, and enjoyable experiences on the North American continent.   With endless activities, breathtaking scenery and world-class dining experiences, Calgary offers adventure opportunities that every member of your family can enjoy.

Whatever your family’s summer itinerary might include, make sure these 5 fun must-do activities make your list.

1) Pop-Up Picnics

Take the family to one of Calgary’s fun Pop-Up Picnics that spring up around the city multiple times a summer. This family-fun lunch activity invites families, friends and people of all ages to gather at one of Calgary’s beautiful public parks to eat lunch and enjoy quality entertainment. Put on by the city of Calgary, these pop-up picnics only require that you bring your own lunch and they provide the rest:

  • Lawn chairs, picnic tables, blankets
  • Picnic games like giant Jenga and chess, ring toss and more
  • On-site food vendors
  • Family-fun entertainment

Be sure to visit the Calgary Downtown website for information on upcoming picnics and to sign up for the informative newsletter.

2) Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Owned and operated by the University of Calgary, the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) is home to one of Canada’s largest telescopes. With late-night Milky Way viewings from 10pm -2am you and your kids can stay up late to catch one of space’s most spectacular shows. Check out their website for future events and open house specials.

3) Calgary Zoo

Take a family trek through the rainforest, embark on a safari through the Savannah, and prowl through a prehistoric park at Calgary’s amazing zoo. With exotic animals like penguins and tigers to typical Canadian wildlife like Big Horn Sheep and the Canadian Polar Bear, there is something at this zoo for the whole family to enjoy.

Tickets range from $16.95 to $24.95 and gates open at 9:00 am. Bring a picnic, camera and sunscreen and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime without having to leave Calgary.

4) WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park

When the Winter Olympics graced Calgary in 1988, a wonderful winter sports institute was left in its wake.  Today the WinSport Winter Institute is a spectacular place to take the whole family for a variety of adrenalin-pumping activities like:

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding
  • Bobsleigh and luge rides
  • Mountain biking
  • Zip lining
  • Mini Golf
  • Euro-bungee
  • Climbing wall
  • Skyline Luge
  • Ski Jump Tower tours

5) Devonian Gardens

Rainy day got your plans in a pickle? Head to the Core Shopping Centre and experience the tropical oasis of the Devonian Gardens. Here your family can explore an indoor garden- an “urban oasis” – of spectacular stature with over 10,000 shrubs and 1.5 million pounds of soil.

After undergoing a complete renovation in 2012, the park reopened to include mellow walkways, natural light, fabulous water fountains, picturesque plazas, babbling ponds, and much more. Best of all, your children will love the indoor playground and interactive programs.

Bring Your Fun Home

After returning home from a fabulous family trip to Calgary, keep the summer fun going with Astro Jump rentals. As a national leader in the children’s entertainment business, Astro Jump provides inflatable fun for children all over Canada and the U.S. Contact Astro Jump for neighborhood gatherings, birthday parties, charity events, fundraisers and much, much more.

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