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By Katie Pearn
While time travel may not be a possibility this summer, you can come pretty close when you visit Heritage Park, Canada’s largest living history museum. Located in Calgary, Heritage Park has hundreds of exhibits, rides, old fashioned shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities to keep people of all ages captivated. Check out their steam train, antique midway rides and beautiful heritage buildings for a unique family experience that will bring history to life. Every day at the park is different; visit www.heritagepark.com to keep up-to-date on all the fun and for admission information.
Drop by the Strathmore Standard and print shop and say hi to former City Light News Publisher, Peter McManus. He is there most Wednesdays in the summer months.
By Katie Pearn
Calaway Park, Western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park, is now open for the 2018 season. With 32 rides for kids and adults of all ages, live entertainment and tasty treats galore (cotton candy anyone?), Calaway Park remains one of Albertans’ favourite summer staycation destinations.
Tickets include unlimited rides, attractions, live shows, and street performers of all varieties including – stilt walkers, jugglers and clowns.
Parking is also free so consider making the drive to Calaway for the stunning Rocky Mountain views, and to enjoy a day full of safe, family fun. Visit www.calawaypark.comfor pricing and more information.
By Laureen F. Guenther
InjaNation, 102 Aero Drive NE, Calgary, offers teens, children and adults 55,000 square feet of space to get fit and have fun, seven days a week.
Guests of all ages can enjoy the large, supervised trampoline area.
Children and adults can experience the mini-ninja course. Younger children can enjoy the micro-ninja area with big foam blocks.
The climbing area includes climbing apparatus set up with auto-belay systems. Various warp walls offer greater levels of challenge.
The military obstacle course provides an extended challenging workout.
On all courses, guests can complete the entire course, or do only the elements they choose.
The turf track features space and equipment for those who want an intense workout.
In every area, staff help, explain and supervise. In some areas, participants must pass skill tests before playing.
Wifi and a small café are available, with picnic tables for observers.
Weekday admission is $14.95/hour; $9.95 for ages 2-5. Weekend admission is $19.95 / hour; $14.95 / ages 2-5.
Friday night, a family of four gets in for $80, including pizza and drinks.
Saturday, 8 to 11 pm, is Teen Night, with themes and special activities. Admission is $25 / 3 hours.
InjaNation hosts parties and summer day camps.
By Laureen F. Guenther
Your public library is still a great place to borrow books that will keep you and your family reading all summer. Modern libraries also lend movies, recorded books, magazines, and electronic resources. They also host an ever-expanding range of engaging programs.
It’s all available for the cost of a library card. In many Alberta communities, library cards are free. In other communities, the annual cost is minimal, i.e. $12 / person or $15 / family.
Whatever the cost, a library card is your ticket to many fun programs. Some programs require pre-registration; others are drop-in.
Teen programs include music, Lego building, and gaming.
School-age children will enjoy programs like games, painting and movies.
Preschoolers and toddlers can attend programs featuring stories, songs and active play.
Whole families can attend library activities like treasure hunts and star-gazing nights.
And, yes, your library offers adult programs like gardening, financial planning, language learning, computers and art.
Adults can also relax in the quiet library, reading a book or magazine while their children make new friends and enjoy fun activities.
Look up your local library online, or pay a visit to your nearest branch, to discover what your library has in store.