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Amazing things for kids on Spring Break in Alberta

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By Renee Tratch
Digital Writer, theweathernetwork.com
@ReneeinTO
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9:48 AM

Here it comes – Spring Break! Kids love it and parents should too. Whether you have kids in tow or plan to sign them up for a week filled with fun programs, Calgary has you covered. Consider adding some of these family-friendly activities to the list.

Park it: Alberta offers so many outdoor adventures from hiking to skiing to skating. If you’re looking for a different kind of park experience try one indoors. At Devonian Gardens, an indoor public park at the Core shopping centre, you’ll find tropical plants, lots of natural light, fish ponds and a playground. Plan your visit around one of the weekly drop-in programs at the City of Calgary Parks or sign the kids up for a nature fun camp at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary or Ralph Klein Park. Here is what is on offer:

Or, how about a car park? Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Town hosts Spring Rally in the Alley with games and hands-on activities inspired by the 1908 Great Race from New York to Paris. When the family is done racing, check out a movie or the Cars of the Big and Small Screen exhibit.

Camp it: For many families, the easy and fun answer to plan your week is to sign up for week-long or full-day programs. Wanna-be zookeepers can get up-close to animals and participate in behind-the-scene tours at the Calgary Zoo. Creative types can find their inner Renoir at one of the 4Cats Art studios across the city.

Drop in: Bow Habitat Station has lots of hands-on activities to keep the whole family busy (and kids learning.) More into books? There are free daily activities from Dr. Seuss storytime to LEGO-building adventures at Chapters Indigo locations. Calgary Public Library presents live musical performances at the Central Library this month and family story time at branches across the city.

Be a tourist: If Spring Break takes you in other corners of Alberta, here are some sure-to-please destinations. While the Rockies provide tons of hiking, hot springs and wildlife spotting, dinosaurs never disappoint at the Tyrell Museum in Drumheller. In Edmonton, you can easily spend the day skating, swimming, bowling or golfing at West Edmonton Mall or check out the latest exhibition How to Make a Monster at the Telus World of Science.

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