Have fun and enjoy special events and free admission this Family Day weekend at provincial museums, historic sites, archives and parks.
Historic Sites, Museums and Archives
Nine provincially owned heritage facilities will offer free admission on Monday, Feb.20. This includes:
Oil Sands Discovery Centre – Fort McMurray
Enjoy a full day of fun chemistry experiments and crafts for the whole family. Make your own slime, write with invisible ink, and see the Amazing Chemistry demonstration in the theatre. Show times are 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Government House – Edmonton
Government House offers free public tours every Sunday and holiday Monday, beginning Feb.19 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
Visit the historic home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and discover the unique personalities in the Rutherford family. Which one of them loved golf? Who played the piano? Who dug that old rag-time jazz? Explore this elegant, historic house, and join in historical games with the costumed interpreters, sample a treat made in the historic kitchen and make an old-fashioned craft.
Provincial Archives of Alberta – Edmonton
The Provincial Archives of Alberta will host its annual Family History Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be guided, behind-the-scenes tours and introductory workshops on genealogy. Free and open to the public with pre-registration required. Reserve your spot today on Eventbrite or by calling 780-427-1750.
Alberta Legislature – Edmonton
The Alberta Legislature is offering live music, magic performances, Indigenous games and crafts and a history hunt from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb.20. Visitors can also take part in a clown workshop, build a replica Legislature Building in the Lego Zone, and meet mascot Rocky the Ram and other roving entertainers. The Borealis Gallery’s newest exhibit entitled Alberta and the Great War will also be worth exploring. Visit assembly.ab.ca for more.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum – Wetaskiwin
Play 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 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 Family Day, kids can transform themselves into a dinosaur by making their own 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 get a free caricature sketch done with the family to remember your day.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – near Fort Macleod
Celebrate the “Full Moon of the Eagle” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day includes live Alberta birds of prey, a simulated archaeological dig, guided building tours, “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations and storytelling. You can even become a buffalo runner, by participating in in a hunt re-enactment.
Remington Carriage Museum – Cardston
Come win prizes as you test your skills on old-time games at the Carriage Country Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will keep the whole family smiling with old fashioned demonstrations and traditional carnival games. Admission is free and games tickets will be sold at the museum entrance.
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)
Moonshine Lake – in Saddle Hills County
The Moonshine Lake Family Fun Day runs on Sunday, Feb. 19 between noon and 4 p.m.. Everything from ice fishing (all weekend long), ice skating and cross-country skiing to snow golf and horse-drawn wagon rides. Snowshoes and cross country skis can be borrowed and there will be hot chocolate, doughnuts and hotdogs.
Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area – in Lac La Biche County
Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, a hotdog roast and cabane à sucre on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area Group Use Area.
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 FISHtival — Bow Habitat Station, 1440-17A Street SE, Calgary
On Saturday, Feb.18 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 and crafts. There is no charge for children three and under.
Hundreds of affordable events and activities are taking place throughout the province to experience with your family. 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.10 to 20.
- Family Fun in City Hall & Churchill Square – Edmonton, City Hall, Feb.20, Noon to 4 p.m.
- Family Day Fun! – Edmonton Valley Zoo, Feb. 20, Noon to 4 p.m.
- Outdoor Ice Rinks – Edmonton, various rinks, various times.
- Edmonton Public Library – Edmonton, various libraries, Feb.20, various times.
- Rabbit Hill Family Winter Festival – Edmonton, Rabbit Hill, Feb.18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Mini Carnival – Mill Woods Town Centre, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Fire and Ice Festival – St. Albert, Lacombe Lake Park, Feb. 20, Noon to 4 p.m.
- Family day at Elk Island Park – Elk Island National Park, Feb. 20, Noon to 4 p.m.
- WinterFest – Fort Saskatchewan, Fort Heritage Precinct Museum, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Snowman Festival – Morinville, various locations, Feb.19-20.
- Neighborhood Winter Blast Weekend – Grande Prairie, Various Locations, Feb.18 to 19.
- Kids can catch – Wabamun Lake, Feb.18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Gibbons family Day – Gibbons, various locations, Feb.19.
- Winterfest – Sylvan Lake, Various Locations, Feb.17 to 20.
- Family day Fun–Red Deer, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- GLOW Downtown Winter light Festival — Downtown Calgary, Feb.17 to 20.
- Family Quest – Calgary, Gasoline Alley Museum, Feb.16 to 20.
- Fort Calgary WinterFest — Fort Calgary, Feb.20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Okotoks Family Day — Okotoks Recreation Centre, Feb.20, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.