Explore Alberta with affordable, all-ages activities this Family Day!


Make this Family Day weekend a staycation and enjoy all Alberta has to offer by visiting our provincial museums, historic sites and parks for special events, including Family Fishing Weekend!

1. Historic Sites and Museums
2. Alberta Parks
3. Family Fishing Weekend
4. Other events
5. Travel Alberta Packages

Historic Sites and Museums

The following sites will offer free admission on Monday, Feb.15.

Oil Sands Discovery CentreFort McMurray

Learn about the inner workings of the human body with The Odd-Lot Puppetry Company’s all-new black light puppet show, Talent Inside. Show times are 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Enjoy a full day of fun family activities!

Government HouseEdmonton

Government House offers free public tours every Sunday and holiday Monday, beginning Feb. 15 until late November, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore this stately home with its selection of original historic furnishings, impressive meeting and ceremonial spaces and extensive art collection.

Rutherford HouseEdmonton

Step back in time to the Edwardian era and explore the elegant home of Alberta’s first Premier and founder of the University of Alberta. Make a fun craft, play old-fashioned games, and sample delicious cookies baked in the wood-burning stove. Spend the day with family in a historic atmosphere and discover who the Rutherfords were and the activities they enjoyed.

Provincial Archives of AlbertaEdmonton

The Provincial Archives of Alberta will host its annual Family History Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be guided, behind-the-scenes tours and introductory workshops on genealogy. All activities are free, but pre-registration is required. To register for activities, email paaevents@gov.ab.ca or call 780-427-1750.

Alberta LegislatureEdmonton

Enjoy various indoor activities at the Alberta Legislature between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Enjoy live music and magic performances or dig into some of the tasty treats on-hand at indoor food vendors. Get lost in the Legislature Building with a history scavenger hunt or try your skills during aboriginal games and dance with Amanda Woodward-Lamothe and Friends. You and your guests can make their own model version of the Legislature Building using Lego. Stop by the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre to experience the theatre-in-the-round, interpretive centre, retail store and the feature exhibit in the Borealis Gallery.

Reynolds-Alberta MuseumWetaskiwin

Family Day fun at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum means playing giant versions of your favourite board games and donning white gloves to check out the cockpit of a Hawker Hurricane vintage fighter jet. Cozy up with the family to watch some vintage cartoons at the indoor Drive-In theatre.

Royal Tyrrell Museum of PalaeontologyDrumheller

Special Family Day programming will be available at the Royal Tyrrell Museum all weekend long. Free admission will apply on Family Day. Storytime is perfect for the little ones. Fossil Casting allows visitors to make a piece of pre-history to take home. On Monday, kids can show off their creativity and transform themselves into a dinosaur by making their own free dinosaur hat. Free auditorium shows also run throughout the weekend. A small fee will apply to the Fossil Casting program.

Frank Slide Interpretive CentreCrowsnest Pass

Enjoy a free day at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre highlighting the unforgettable stories of tragedy and resilience of the human spirit as you learn about the 1903 Frank Slide. Enjoy audio-visual presentations, interactive exhibits and more.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jumpnear Fort Macleod

Celebrate the “Full Moon of the Eagle” family event. The day includes a live display of Alberta Birds of Prey, a simulated archaeological dig, guided building tours, “Living Off The Land” artifact demonstrations and storytelling.

Remington Carriage MuseumCardston

Enjoy the museum’s interactive galleries that tell stories of turn-of-the-century society and the carriage industry. Visitors can enter the carriage factory and discover the techniques used in producing carriages. Classic Looney Tunes cartoons will play in the theatre from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alberta Parks

Alberta provincial parks in winter are for more than just cross-country skiing. Try snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing, tobogganing, skating and downhill skiing, along with festivals in Alberta’s most exciting season — winter! The fun in Alberta Parks keeps going all year. Visit AlbertaParks.ca for a list of upcoming events; click here to find a park and winter activity in your region.

Here are a few events and activities for people looking to get outdoors this Family Day long weekend: (Please note all activities are weather permitting)

William A. Switzer Provincial Parknear Hinton

Ice Fishing Derby — Gregg Lake

Get hooked on fishing this Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Come out for free fishing, hot chocolate, hot dogs, snowshoeing, and trophies for the biggest fish. No fishing licenses required. Alberta Parks’ staff will provide a clinic on local fishing tips and regulations. Hosted in partnership with the Hinton Fish & Game Club.

Bonhomme Carnaval — Hinton Nordic Centre

On Feb. 14, immerse yourself in a fun traditional French Canadian Festival. The festival runs from noon until 4 p.m. and comes complete with maple sugar, kick sleds, free skiing, pea soup, sugar pies, baked beans, fur trade fun, face painting, door prizes and more!  This is a family event you won’t want to miss. Hosted in partnership with the Canadian Parents for French.

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park — near Lac La Biche

Enjoy an afternoon of winter activities including horse drawn sleigh rides, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, hotdog roasting and cross-country skiing on Feb.14 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Crimson Lake Provincial Parknear Rocky Mountain House

Try your hand at a round of snow golf, snowshoe soccer, geocaching and snowshoeing on Feb.15 between noon and 4 p.m. Activities will take place at the day use area.

Moonshine Lakein Saddle Hills County

There’s no shortage of activities at the Moonshine Lake Family Fun Day between noon and 4 p.m. on Feb.14. Everything from ice fishing (all weekend long), ice skating and cross-country skiing to snow golf and horse-drawn wagon rides, Need a pair or snowshoes or cross-country skis? Loaners will be available for free along with hot chocolate, doughnuts and hotdogs!

Frost FestLesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation

On Feb.13 enjoy the great outdoors with interactive games. Be active and have fun while taking on the role of a predator, or its prey! Participants can stop by before 1 p.m. to try out free cross-country skis and snowshoe equipment loans. The free outdoor program takes place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., so please dress for the weather. Warm up after with hot chocolate at the campfire.

Alberta Winter GamesCypress Hills Provincial Park, near Medicine Hat

The 2016 Alberta Winter Games is coming to Cypress Hills Provincial Park Feb.14-16. Bring the family out and cheer on athletes as they compete in three sporting events: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon.

Family Fishing Weekend

The Family Day weekend also marks the first of two “Family Fishing Weekends” put on annually in Alberta. Throughout the weekend, you’re invited to head out and discover the lure of fishing without the need to purchase a Sportfishing License! Of course, all regulations still apply. For more information, visit Family Fishing.

Family FISHtivalBow Habitat Station, 1440-17A Street SE, Calgary

On Feb.13 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., enjoy free outdoor activities including snowshoeing, marshmallow roasting and games. A fee of $5 per person will be charged for indoor activities such as feeding the fish in the hatchery, games, crafts and more! Children three-years-old and under are free.

Other events

Hundreds of affordable events and activities are taking place throughout the province in honour of celebrating Family Day. Here are just a few examples of other ways to celebrate the long weekend. Some events may include a small fee, please contact event organizers for more information.

Travel Alberta packages

You can also search for more events and deals throughout the province by visiting Travel Alberta.

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