From vintage vehicles, tasty treats, archeological digs, fossils and the great outdoors, enjoy all Alberta has to offer this Family Day on Monday, Feb.19.
There’s a plethora of activities around the province— both indoor and outdoor —for you to choose from this Family Day. Keep reading to the bottom of the article for “other events” listings taking place across the province from Gibbons and Morinville to Red Deer and Okotoks during the Family Day long weekend.
Historic Sites, Museums and Archives
Eight provincially owned heritage facilities will offer free admission on Monday, Feb.19. This includes:
Oil Sands Discovery Centre – Fort McMurray
Enjoy a full day of family activities, crafts and learning about the animals of Wood Buffalo! Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. make a fluffy snowshoe hare and a paper cup snowy owl, try snowshoeing (conditions permitting), and take in a special wildlife presentation in the theatre.
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. What was Mr. Rutherford’s favourite bedtime snack? How many dogs did the Rutherford’s have, and what were their names? Where did they like to go for family vacations? Between noon and 4 p.m., explore this elegant house and join in on historical games with the costumed interpreters, sample a treat made in the historic kitchen and make an old-fashioned craft.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum – Wetaskiwin
Explore this transportation time capsule with your entire family between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m! Go beyond the barriers to check out the cockpit of a Hawker Hurricane Second World War fighter aircraft. Enjoy the newest exhibit, The McLaughlin Story, to learn about a family of Canadian transportation icons. Cozy up to watch movie shorts at the indoor drive-in theatre and visit the Aviation Display Hangar and Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame!
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology – Drumheller
Special Family Day programming will be available at the Royal Tyrrell Museum all weekend long. Storytime is perfect for the little ones. Fossil casting allows visitors to make a piece of pre-history to take home. On the Family Day Monday, enjoy free admission and the kids can take part in the Dino Adventure Hour program that includes holding a real fossil, working in an indoor dig, and making a cool craft. Free auditorium shows also run throughout the weekend. A small fee will apply to the Fossil Casting and Dino Adventure Hour programs.
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre – Crowsnest Pass
Enjoy a free day at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. to hear unforgettable stories of tragedy and resilience as you learn about the 1903 Frank Slide. Enjoy audio-visual presentations, interactive exhibits. Catch special programming at 11 a.m. to see the evolution of underground mine lamps; at 1 p.m. learn about the people affected by the Hillcrest Mine disaster that occurred on June 19, 1914; and at 3 p.m., learn about the wildlife of the Crowsnest Pass in a fun and interactive program.
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 archeological dig, guided building tours, “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations, kids crafts, and storytelling. You can even become a buffalo runner, by participating in a hunt re-enactment.
Remington Carriage Museum – Cardston
Come party like it’s 1918 at the Carriage Country Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Family Day! Enjoy old-fashioned carnival games, win prizes and indulge in food, fun and music! 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.18 between noon and 4 p.m. Everything from ice fishing (all weekend long), ice skating and cross-country skiing to snow golf, horse-drawn wagon rides and snow painting. Snowshoes and cross-country skis (limited supply) can be borrowed and there will be hot chocolate, doughnuts and hotdogs.
Castle Provincial Park – Pincher Creek region
Castle Provincial Park will be taking part in the free ice fishing weekend on Feb.17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to ice fishing, visitors can relax at the campfire and enjoy a free hot beverage or join a guided snowshoe tour around Beaver Mines Lake. Snowshoes will be provided.
William A. Switzer Provincial Park – Yellowhead County
William A. Switzer Provincial Park is offering a weekend full of events and activities starting on Feb. 17 with Ice Fishing Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try your hand at ice fishing—no experience required, or enjoy free hotdogs, hot chocolate and coffee. On Feb.18 between 12 and 4 p.m., it’s Hinton’s annual French cultural festival, Bonhomme Carnaval! There will be free cross-country skiing, free kick sleds and traditional French music.
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 licence! 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.17 from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., enjoy free outdoor activities! Try snowshoeing, roast some marshmallows and play games. There’s also reduced admission of $5 per person for the Discovery Centre, where visitors can enjoy wildlife games, trivia and crafts. There is no charge for children three and under.
Alberta Legislature – Edmonton
Family Day at the Legislature is a free, all-ages event that features magic performances, live music, games, outdoor adventure and a history hunt from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb.19. Visitors can also take part in a circus workshop, get creative in the LEGO® Zone, and meet mascot Rocky the Ram and other roving entertainers. Visit assembly.ab.ca for more.
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.9 to 19.
- Family Day Fun! – Edmonton Valley Zoo, Feb.19, Noon to 4 p.m.
- Outdoor Ice Rinks – Edmonton, various rinks, various times
- Edmonton Public Library – Edmonton, various libraries, Feb.19
- Family Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta – Edmonton, Art Gallery of Alberta, Feb.19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Family Day Festivities at the Reuse Centre – Edmonton, Reuse Centre, Feb.19 from Noon to 3 p.m.
- Community Recreation & Leisure Centres – Edmonton, various recreation and leisure centres, various times
- Fire and Ice Festival – St. Albert, Lacombe Lake Park, Feb.19, Noon to 4 p.m.
- Winter Adventure Week at Elk Island National Park– Elk Island National Park, various activities between Feb.19 and Feb.25
- Sharon and Bram – Fort Saskatchewan, Shell Theatre, Dow Centennial Centre, Feb.19, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Snowman Festival – Morinville, various locations, Feb.18 to 19, various times
- Kids can catch – Wabamun Lake, Feb.17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Gibbons Family Day – Gibbons, various locations, Feb.18, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Winterfest – Sylvan Lake, Various Locations, Feb.16 to 19
- Family Day Fun–Red Deer, various locations, Feb.18 to 19
- Family Fun Day – Calgary, Eau Claire Market, Feb.19, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Family Quest – Calgary, Gasoline Alley Museum, Feb.15 to 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Fort Calgary WinterFest — Fort Calgary, Feb.19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Okotoks Family Day — Okotoks Recreation Centre, Feb.19, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Neighborhood Winter Blast Weekend – Grande Prairie, various locations, Feb.17 to 19
- Winter Fest – Sundre, Sundre Pioneer Museum, Feb.17 to 18