Dining Out with Kids in Calgary

Prior to 2008, there were some dining establishments where smoking was permitted and therefore children were not allowed. As of 2008, all dining establishments in Calgary are non-smoking, so any restrictions on the presence of minors (under 18) will be limited to banning them from drinking establishments.

Kids' Clothing and Equipment

If you need to rent baby equipment, including an infant car seat, or if you want to buy secondhand winter coats and boots, you may be interested in the Inside Calgary : Shopping page here at TripAdvisor.

Great Destinations for Kids

Butterfield Acres: For younger children, Butterfield Acres is a fun farm experience in the far northwest quadrant of Calgary. Visit with all the farm animals (including an emu!), milk a goat, stroll through Nursery Rhyme Park, roast weiners, have a picnic, ride a pony, or take a tractor-drawn wagon ride. Special events in the fall and spring. Open daily during the summer; no dogs allowed.

Calaway Park: A large amusement park just 5 minutes west of the city on the Trans-Canada Hwy. Rides range from the exciting (roller coaster, log flume) to the tame, to satisfy all ages. One admission covers all rides inside the park. There is also mini-golf and prize games (extra charge). Families are welcome to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the park'c picnic area. Adjacent to a campground/RV park.  

TELUS Spark: Located just outside downtown, the large science centre is busy year-round because kids love it. Each admission includes either one science show in the Dome Theatre or one Lego Mindstorms (programmable robot Lego) session.

Heritage Park:  This living history village has lots to engage kids, starting with an antique electric streetcar which is used to reach the park from the furthest parking lot, on 14th Street. (Shuttle buses are also used). The antique midway rides are always popular. VIsitors can also ride on a train around the park, or cruise Glenmore Lake on a sternwheeler. The tipis, fur fort, blacksmith shop, railway roundhouse, and antique cars are enjoyed by all ages.   

Devonian Gardens: Great to visit if you're downtown, the Devonian Gardens is one of the world's largest indoor parks. It covers three acres and three levels on the top of a downtown mall, TD Square. The stroller-friendly garden is full of plants and dotted with charming statues. Water flows everywhere — along streambeds and under footbridges to large pools and fountains. There are fish which children can feed; a generous handful of fish food is available for a quarter from converted gumball machines. If your kids are feeling especially energetic, there is a playground in one corner, far from the Quiet Garden. This is a popular venue for weddings, so visitors on Fridays and Saturdays may find that they don't have access to the entire park, but admission is free.

Calgary Zoo:  One of North America's largest zoos, the Calgary Zoo is very popular with kids year-round. Aside from animals from all continents, and a large conservatory and garden area, there is also the Prehistoric Park, featuring life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs, and many animal- and nature-themed playgrounds dotted around the zoo.

Prince's Island Park :  Prince's Island is located in the Bow River, in the vicinity of the Eau Claire Market, at the north end of the downtown core.  It has a children's playground and extensive lawns that are perfect for throwing a frisbee.  Children will enjoy watching the ducks in the lagoon.  The wading pool in front of Eau Claire Market is a fun place to cool off on a hot day.  Prince's Island Park hosts several cultural and ethnic festivals during the summer.  Access to the island is via two foot bridges.  One bridge links the island to the south shore of the Bow River near Eau Claire Market.  The other bridge connects the island to the north shore of the Bow River, parallel to Memorial Drive in the neighbourhood of Sunnyside.  Admission is free.

Shaw Millenium Skate ParkThis is a great place for older kids to skateboard, shoot basketball hoops, or get up a game of beach volleyball.  The park is located at the east end of the downtown core.  It is on 9th Avenue SW, near the intersection of 11th Street SW, very close to where the West C-Train line leaves downtown. Admission is free.