Friday, March 21 to Sunday, March 30

Those who weren’t lucky or prompt enough to find a spring-break day camp for the kids, there is still hope. Here are a few suggestions that will keep everyone busy without the need to suffer through a wait-list experience.
1. Telus Spark; Friday, March 21 to Sunday, March 30

The folks at Telus Spark know all about the challenges spring break poses for parents. Harried moms and dads will discover extended opening hours (March 21-30; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Once inside, kids and parents will discover all the science centre’s offerings, including the Creative Kids Museum, planetarium shows and live science demonstrations.

There will also be a few special visitors, including the robot Patronus; Eveline Kolijn, an artist who is the Innovator of the Month; and Ben Stephenson, who created the Lego machine seen in the YouTube video above. Kolijn will be on hand March 29; Stephenson on March 27.

Check out the full slate of spring-break fun here.

2. Heritage Park, Spring Rally in the Alley; Friday, March 21 to Sunday, March 30, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage Park also knows a thing or two about keeping kids busy. The Spring Rally in the Alley turns Gasoline Alley into a kind of scavenger hunt. Kids will need to follow a map to find various stops along the rally route. Each stop has an activity associated with it.

Once the rally is complete, families can have a closer look at the Cars of the Big & Small Screen exhibition, make some race-themed crafts or play Your Life as a Star.

3. The Incredibles; Friday March 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At John Dutton Theatre, Central Library

The Calgary Public Library dives into its DVD collection and pulls out this animated gem. The tale of a family of superheroes trying to blend into the suburbs was a big hit in 2004 and it has lost none of its power to charm.

The screening is free and seats are allocated on a first-come, first served basis. So try to be among the first 400.

4. Hands On: Mexican; Friday, March 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, 999 11th Ave. S.W.

The talented chefs at the Blue Flame Kitchen are putting on a day camp to accommodate those who have a professional development day today. Kids will learn how to make pico de gallo, tortillas, guacamole and pulled pork. That means one day in the near future they can cook dinner.

The fee is $60. More information can be found here. (The Blue Flame Kitchen is also offering a five-day camp to cover spring break.)

5. Weekend at the Museum; Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March  23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Glenbow Museum

The fun and games at this event are keyed to the Glenbow’s permanent exhibitions. That means African drumming and activities related to Blackfoot culture. It also means temporary tattoos and unconventional portraits.

The events are free for museum members and $32 for the general public. (That price includes two adult and up to four youth admissions.)

For more information call 403-268-4100.

6. Cook with Your Kids; Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m. At Calgary Farmers’ Market

This instalment of the popular course is aimed at kids aged 9 and older. Hearty stew is on the menu.

The $30 fee gets one parent and one child into the session. (Each additional child is an additional $10.) Registration is required and can be done here.

7. Teen Photo Camp at Canon Image Square; Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28. Two sessions:  9 a..m to noon and 2-5 p.m.

Kids aged 13 to 17 can learn the intricacies of taking pictures with something other than a smartphone at this camp. There are two sessions a day, but the morning one is fully booked. As of this writing (Thursday, March 20), there are still openings in the afternoon slot, and registration can be done online.

The fee is $350. There are loaner cameras available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who do not have a digital SLR camera. The loaner will cost you $35 for the week.

Bonus:

One to Keep an Eye On

River to Tap: A Tour of Calgary’s Glenmore Water-Treatment Plant; Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to noon.

This Green Calgary event promises to be entertaining and informative. It has already proved popular and, sadly, it is sold out. You can, however, put your name on the waiting list here.

—Bruce Weir

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