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!
The following sites will offer free admission on Monday, Feb.15.
Oil Sands Discovery Centre – Fort 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 House – Edmonton
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 House – Edmonton
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 Alberta – Edmonton
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 email@example.com or call 780-427-1750.
Alberta Legislature – Edmonton
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 Museum – Wetaskiwin
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 Palaeontology – Drumheller
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 Centre – Crowsnest 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 Jump – near 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 Museum – Cardston
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 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 Park — near 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 Park – near 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 Lake – in 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 Fest — Lesser 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 Games — Cypress 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.
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 FISHtival — Bow 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.
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.
- Silver Skate Festival — Edmonton, William Hawrelak Park from Feb.12 to 21.
- Skate the new Freezeway — Edmonton, Victoria Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Valentine’s Day party – Edmonton, Fort Edmonton Park, on Feb.13 from 10 a.m. to noon
- Swing ‘n’ Skate Valentine’s Special — Edmonton, City Hall, on Feb.14 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Fire and Ice Festival — St. Albert, Lacombe Lake Park on Feb.15 from noon to 4 p.m.
- Snowman Festival — Morinville, various activities between Feb.13 and Feb.15.
- Gibbons Family Day — Gibbons Cultural Centre on Feb.14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Winterlude — Grande Prairie, Muskoseepi Park on Feb.15 from noon to 4 p.m.
- Sylvan Lake WinterFest — Sylvan Lake on Feb.13 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Canmore Winter Carnival – Various activities and locations in Canmore on Feb.14.
- Skate in Nature – Carburn Park, Bowness Park and Prince Island Park Calgary on Feb.14 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Calgary Hot Chocolate Festival — Explore Calgary for the finest hot chocolate shop and vote which drink will win the coveted title of “Calgary’s Best Hot Chocolate.”
- Local Art Market and Live Music — Calgary, on Feb.13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Okotoks family day – Okotoks Recreation Centre, on Feb.15.
- Ski and Save in Jasper with the Jasper-Marmot Family Card
- Family Day Snowshoeing in Lake Louise
- Royal Tyrrell Museum Package
You can also search for more events and deals throughout the province by visiting Travel Alberta.