1. Calgary Boat & Sportsmen’s Show; Thursday, Feb. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 9 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park

Even if the kids aren’t into the very latest lures and reels, they will find something to keep themselves entertained. Perhaps Safari Jeff’s Animology Show, with its handsome array of reptiles, or Chainsaw Jack, with his high-powered carvings, or birds of prey talks will divert the kids. If not, there is always Terry Grant, a.k.a Mantracker who will be on hand to sign his book. Don’t say anything bad about him; he’s probably standing right behind you.

A complete list of events and a schedule can be found here. Tickets are $14 ($10, seniors; $8 for kids 6-15). They are available at the door and at Ticketmaster.

2. SnowDays; until Sunday, Feb. 9, Banff National Park

We have nothing against this annual event in Lake Louise, but we take a certain satisfaction in typing the phrase “SnowDays ends this weekend.” Oh. wouldn’t it be nice if the snow days would end. But, given that that blesssed event is month’s away, we could do worse than take a cue from the organizers of this celebration of winter.

The final weekend wraps up with a a 3-0n-3 ball-hockey tournament on Banff Avenue. Grab a hot beverage and cheer on the competitors.

3. CIWA Youth Forum 2014; Saturday, Feb. 8 at Telus Convention Centre, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The theme for this year’s Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association get-together is “Culture Fest—a celebration of multiculturalism.” There will be a keynote speech by Alison Springer of Young Women of Power and performances by DJ Crosswalk, Dragon Fli Empire, Soul Feet Dance Productions and others. There will also be a fashion show and booths offering everything from Filipino lantern-making to a crash course on rights and freedoms around the world.

Best of all, it’s free.

4. Lisa Bowes; Saturday, Feb. 8, 1-2:30 p.m.  at Owl’s Nest Books

The local author (and sportscaster) will be on hand to sing her new book, Lucy Tries Luge.  The launch is timely, given the arrival of the Sochi Winter Olympics; the story’s message of overcoming one’s fears is timeless.

5. Nature Unleashed; ongoing until May 4 at Telus Spark

Telus Spark is worth checking out for the Creative Kids Museum alone. But kids will also enjoy Nature Unleashed, a travelling exhibition from the Field Museum in Chicago, which takes visitors inside a tornado and lets them create their own earthquakes and volcanoes.

Look Ahead to Book Ahead

The Backyardigans hit the Jubilee Auditorium on March 2 with their Sea Deep in Adventure. Tickets ($33.90 – $37.90) are available at Ticketmaster.

The Princess and the Pea; Saturdays, May 3 to June 14 at Stage West for Kids.

Lego KidsFest Alberta; Friday, May 16 to Sunday, May 18 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park

Tickets can be purchased online.

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