Family Fun: Westerner Days, Crazy Creek Resort and other fun ideas
Check out the following fun things to do with your family this summer
The Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm was founded with the purpose of bringing a country experience to the city so that everyone, regardless of age, has an opportunity to encounter the fun of being on a farm. This idea has quickly grown the Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm into one of Alberta’s favourite agricultural entertainment destinations.
Established in 2008, the Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm is dedicated to providing our guests with a truly unique, down to earth, and memorable experience.
Our corn maze recipe consists of a lot of hard work, some trial and error, and a little help from Mother Nature to create just the right balance of fun and education.
From the beginning, we’ve striven to provide a place where families and friends can spend true quality time together. We have enjoyed the opportunity to watch the corn maze become a tradition for families and groups, and feel lucky to have met so many wonderful people along the way.
Five-time Parent’s Choice Award Winner for Best Family Fun Location in Calgary. The laughter and memories will keep you coming back.
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The Movie Mill celebrates its 25th year this summer! Lethbridge’s premiere family destination, featuring 7 full-feature theatres, with leather rocker chairs – and possibly the BEST popcorn you will ever taste. We have a variety of snacks to choose from, including daily, fresh-made cotton candy! Matinees are available every day, and general admission for ages 3 and up is just $5, with Tuesday pricing at an amazing $3! (RealD 3D fees are an extra $2 if applicable).
We also offer a full featured 9-hole miniature golf course (PUTTZ Minigolf) complete with many of the fun obstacles you have grown to love (windmill, bridge, Ker plunk, ant hill, etc.). Evenings after 7 pm we turn down the lights and feature glow-golf. 9 holes is just $3 per person.
When finished with all that, enjoy the premiere location for fresh, delicious frozen yogurt and treats.
(FROYOMILL) – featuring the famous Dole Whip, along with other dairy free and fat free options. Over 16 flavours at any given time, along with over 30 fresh toppings (fruit, nuts and candy) to create your perfect treat. Proudly serving Lavazza coffees.
Located at 1710 Mayor Magrath Drive S, next to IHOP. Tel 403.381.6455
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The Canadian Finals Rodeo is a world-class rodeo event that brings together the very best rodeo athletes and fans from around the world. From October 29 to November 3, fans can catch thrilling performances at Westerner Park from Canada’s top athletes in events like Bareback, Bull Riding, Ladies’ Barrel Racing, and more. With 120 competitors and seven action-packed rodeo performances, including the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo, we invite you to join us in celebration of all things western!
Over the six-day period, guests will be welcomed to Red Deer to witness the most highly-staked championship competition in Canadian rodeo. Now in its 46th year running, the Canadian Finals Rodeo is proud to introduce new events to the CFR arena in 2019. From October 31 to November 1, history will be made as the first-ever Canadian Finals Breakaway championship will take place in the Westerner Park Centrium. Additionally, the first-ever Rising Stars Rodeo Queen competition will be held from October 31 to November 2. Open to young women ages 17 and under, the Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition goes hand-in-hand with the mission of the Rising Stars Junior CFR event: providing youth in rodeo an opportunity to showcase their talents, and compete in the same setting as their idols.
Can’t make it to the rodeo performances? Guests can still partake in many of the free festivities available over the week-long celebration! A range of cost-friendly CFR activities will be available on site, including the world-class western Trade Show, nightly Buckle Presentations, community-focused Pancake Breakfasts, and free entry to the CFR Cabaret on select nights.
The 46th Canadian Finals Rodeo returns to Westerner Park from October 29 to November 3. For more information and ticketing options, visit cfrreddeer.ca.
A visit to the Okanagan is not complete without a trip to an orchard to taste the sweet delights of summer. Everything from sweet cherries, juicy peaches and vine-ripened melons, Davison Orchards offers fresh, home-grown fruits and vegetables and a genuine farm experience.
The Davison family has been growing quality produce for over 85 years in Vernon and now, three farming generations later, they offer so much more. The Farmhouse Café was the original homestead to Tom and May Davison and is now re-purposed serving breakfast, lunch and fresh baked goods including fruit pies, apple cinnamon buns, scones and cookies from the scratch bakery. Old-fashioned comfort food, full of flavour, using produce grown on-site, it truly is a farm-to-fork experience with zero food miles.
When the kids need room to run, let them loose in the ‘Crazy Cow Kids Corral’, a farm-themed play area. Take some time to visit the farm animals in the log barn or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful view of the Bella Vista valley. Check out the Country Village Market full of Okanagan fruit, preserves, gifts, farm baking and enjoy free tastings every day. Take an orchard tour on the Johnny Popper Apple Train and learn about the many crops grown on their farm – it’s a little bit of learning and lots of fun! Tours run daily in July and August from 10 am – 4 pm.
This is a family fun destination with something for everyone, only minutes from downtown Vernon. Davison Orchards is open daily, May 1 to October 31, located at 3111 Davison Road in Vernon, BC.
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Quiz Meet is a Bible Quizzing program aimed at encouraging youth in grades 7-12 to memorize God’s Word in a fun and competitive atmosphere.
Quiz Meet is a ministry of UB David & I’LL B Jonathan and is interdenominational in scope. We believe the impact that Bible quizzing has in their lives will go on forever because of the power there is in the Word of God and its transforming power in the lives of individuals.
Churches meet each week, with their quizzers, to review and compete on the material that they had memorized. Throughout the quizzing year, there are Quiz Meet Weekends where all of the quizzers come together & compete against quizzers from other churches.
“Statistics reveal that, of those who spend at least three consecutive years in a quizzing program, 90 percent never leave the church, and 70 percent of the small minority who do leave eventually return.”
Club DJ is a midweek church club program designed to draw children from your community to your local church and win them to Christ. Our motto in Club DJ is ‘Hearts that desire to please God’ and our aim is to disciple children who have made decisions for Christ and encourage them to have hearts that desire to please Him. I truly believe that if we would raise up a generation with such hearts that we would begin to see things happen in our nation that would have no explanation, except that God did it!
Club DJ’s Bible Time includes an eight-year scope and sequence using colourful visuals, as well as a craft time and game time.
All children will have their own Club DJ book to help them grow!
For more information go to www.clubdj.com to request an information packet and a sample Club DJ student book.
Heritage Park Historical Village tells the significant and vital story of the settlement of Western Canada and how the unique western landscape formed the cultural foundation of who Western Canadians are today.
The Park offers guests an authentic, historical experience from four key times:
– 1860s Hudson’s Bay Company Fur Trading Fort, First Nations Encampment and Catholic Mission
– 1880s Pre-Railway Settlement: saloon, general store, homes and businesses
– 1910 Historical Village: working shops, homes, restaurants, businesses, antique midway, horse-drawn wagon rides and train rides
– 1930s Heritage Town Square: shops, café, restaurant and Gasoline Alley Museum* Open year round
Situated on 127 acres of rolling landscape, Heritage Park Historical Village is nestled on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains.
Each summer in the heart of the Canadian Badlands, hundreds of volunteers gather to share their time and talents as part of the cast of the Badlands Passion Play – a musical theatre production of the life of Christ that takes place on Canada’s largest outdoor stage. Thousands of people travel each year to take in one of nine performances in a natural outdoor amphitheatre just outside of Drumheller, Alberta.
At the core of these dedicated volunteers ,is a very lively group of actors who eagerly spend ten weekends every summer rehearsing and performing this epic story in collaboration with a professional production team, principle actors, and musicians.
In 2019, the volunteer actors range in age from a wide-eyed five-year-old to a gentle seventy-nine-year-old and hail from Alberta to Arizona. They are on their feet, moving and rehearsing for fourteen to nineteen hours each weekend through all kinds of outdoor conditions. A few actors traverse twelve hours round trip each weekend to rehearse and then drive back to their home in Rosthern, Saskatchewan.
What motivates them to invest so much time, money, and sweat into this production? First-time cast member Yvonne Ustick, a fifty-five-year-old woman from Calgary, Alberta, shares that being in the cast feels like being in “a big family.”
The Badlands Passion Play has a core production team that helps the volunteer actors interpret the script. Many are excited by the opportunity to work with a professional directing team and to be part of such an amazing story. Cameron Graham, a volunteer actor playing multiple roles this summer, exclaims, “I love watching the directing team work.” When asked how he has grown from this experience, he reflects, “Getting to walk the paths of key people who experienced Jesus’ time on earth is a moving and incredible experience.”
Like all worthwhile endeavours, being in a play that takes place on six acres of outdoor stage space does have its physical challenges. Some find memorizing their lines, music, and choreography challenging, but Bronwyn Roy, a seven-year-old actress who has been in the play since birth, has found a straightforward solution to this problem: “I practice.”
Graham says “If you put your whole self into the path you are given and live in the story, you will never forget the experience.” And little Bronwyn expresses what so many others in the cast feel is the biggest reason to be in the Badlands Passion Play – “It’s lots of fun!”
For more information about the Badlands Passion Play, please visit BadlandsAmp.com or call 403-823-2001.
Get Ready to Roar at Westerner Days Fair & Exposition
Central Alberta’s Largest Summer Celebration is set to return to Red Deer from July 17-21! Soak up the best moments of summer with authentic, action-packed experiences at Westerner Days Fair & Exposition. Thrilling entertainment is all part of what makes Westerner Days well worth the ride for guests. New this year, Westerner Days Fair & Exposition will be home to the largest animatronic dinosaur exhibition in North America!
Taking over Westerner Park’s new Exhibition Hall with a sprawling 25,000 square foot, science-based experience, Dinosaurs Unearthed: Predator versus Prey will draw in visitors of all ages during the beloved five day Fair. The interactive exhibition will feature 26 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, as well as over 20 fossilized portions of actual creatures. Visitors will get a taste of what life was like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, while learning about dinosaur behavior and getting up close and personal with Jurassic and Cretaceous species.
Dinosaurs Unearthed offers an immersive and unique learning experience for everyone. Those who experience the exhibit firsthand can play paleontologist for the day, unearthing fossil replicas from the exhibit’s dig table. Visitors can even complete a portion of their Westerner Days’ Bucket List, by comparing the weight of their entire family to that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
The exhibit will be open during Westerner Days Fair & Exposition from noon – 10 pm daily in the new Exhibition Hall. Alongside the thrilling entertainment lineup, you won’t want to miss amazing midway rides, unique shopping, the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships and so much more!
Half-way between Calgary and Vancouver, Crazy Creek Resort is open year-round welcoming families to enjoy 3 Hot Pools and cold plunge pool, 240’ Suspension Bridge and Waterfalls. Take a break from driving and go for a hike and a soak or stop overnight or for a few days. Our location, suites, camping and convention center meeting room are the perfect family reunion venue. We envision Rest, Relaxation and Restoration for all that take time to visit, sit around the campfire, go for walks, soak in the pools. Crazy Creek Resort has something for everyone – precious family memories are made here. Reservations recommended.
The Hike the Gorge and cantilevered boardwalk allows our guests to explore more of Crazy Creek Gorge above the waterfalls. You can also walk along lower Crazy Creek and the Eagle River. Take in the natural beauty of our area, see the salmon spawn up close in September.
Come out and join us June 21-23, 2019 for the 17th annual North Country Gospel Fest in La Crete. It is a 3 day (Friday-Sunday) outdoor music event featuring numerous Christian/Southern Gospel artists. There is children’s ministry both on Saturday and Sunday. Free camping is available and admission is paid at the event ($60/weekend/person or $30/day/person). It is located in La Crete, Alberta at the La Crete Heritage Centre Twp. Road 1060. Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCGFest or contact Joella Wiebe @ 780-841-9104 for more information.
We are a non-profit organization so we rely fully on sponsors to continue this great event! If you or your company would like to sponsor this event, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you answer any questions you may have. Sponsors that donate more than $300 receive free admission for two individuals.
Camp Harmattan, set in a beautiful location along the Little Red Deer River between Olds and Sundre, is known as a place of tranquility and peace. We are a 60 minute drive from either Red Deer or the edge of Calgary.
Camp Harmattan is committed to offering a safe, Christian environment that will help your church or family group experience a physical, mental, social, and spiritual recharging during your rental experience. The clean and well-maintained facility and grounds will allow your group to experience nature and the power of Christ in a powerful way.
Known for its hospitality, a rental group booking will allow you to focus on the programming aspect of a getaway rather than all the little details that come with booking an experience for your group. The uniquenesses of Camp Harmattan’s guided, spiritual spaces (labyrinth, prayer wall, prayer walks and prayer room) will allow your group to experience Jesus in profound and new ways.
The Harmattan staff can plan a “retreat in a box” for you or can customize your rental experience with what works for your budget and outcomes. Give James a call at: 403-556-2854 or email at: email@example.com
The Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree Association (WCGMJA) will be presenting the Gospel through music during this year’s 22nd Annual Gospel Music Jamboree.
The event is held in Granview Park, in Granum, Alberta, every year in the last week of July. This year’s event will take place on July 26, 27 and 28, 2019.
Granview Park boasts a lovely campground and reservations are encouraged. (Call Granum Campground at 403-687-3830). There is also nearby motel accommodation in Claresholm, AB. The Lazy J Motel is one of our corporate sponsors and reservations can be made by calling 403-625-4949.
Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree is unique in that there is NO ADMISSION FEE for the weekend festivities. WCGMJA relies on the generous donations from attendees and those grants received from Alberta Foundation of the Arts as well as those amazing corporate sponsors who assist in helping to offset some costs associated with hosting this FREE EVENT.
This year’s performers include: Liberty Quartet, Prairie Joe, Three and Company, Roset and the Fort Macleod Alliance Church Worship Band. Darrel Janz is our Host. There is a Chili Dinner on Friday Night; Beef on the Bun dinner on Saturday night; Concession services through the weekend and a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday Morning before worship service.
The WCGJMA is a not-for-profit, inter-denominational faith-based organization. Visit our website at www.gospelmusicjamboree.com. For updates throughout the year, be sure to like our Facebook Page at Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree Association 2019.
The Frenchman River Gospel Jam (FRGJ) is one of Canada’s largest and longest running Gospel music festivals, providing outstanding entertainment and worship for almost three decades.
This event is located in the south western Saskatchewan town of Shaunavon, which is known for its down to earth hospitality and of course “The Jam” as Shaunavon expands to accommodate the music lovers. The three-day weekend event starts Friday night at the park’s band stand and concludes Sunday with the headline concert starting at 2 pm featuring Canadian rising country star, Jade Eagleson. This year’s line-up is completely Canadian with the usual wide selection of musical talent spanning a variety of musical genres including country, southern-gospel, folk and modern styles.
Saturday morning and afternoon has a series of concerts on the Free Stage which include most bands of the event. This stage also presents the Local Legends segment of FRGJ, showcasing local talent. This vision has given a platform for the early years of bands, such as Hunter Brothers, High Valley, and Catherine Lewans, from which to grow.
The also includes such talent at Jack Jackson (Legends of Country Music) The Amundruds, Last Mountain Boys, The Trudel Family Band and Jay & Jo and headliners for Saturday being the southern gospel sounds of The Pilkey Sisters.
Saturday Late Night, focused on the young at heart will have new comers to FRGJ, Eternity Cross.
Advance weekend tickets are only $85. Ages 12 and under are free. Other freebees include:
Saturday Pancake Breakfast, Saturday’s Kid’s Zone Tent, Saturday all-day Free Stage, Late Night Stage, RV and tent camping (including a new dump station), On Site Parking.
Please see www.frgj.ca for a complete listing of talent, schedule and ticket purchasing information.