April 11 – 13
Woo-woo. The annual celebration of model trains chugs into the Calgary Soccer Centre. With a name like Supertrain, it should come as no surprise that this is Calgary’s largest model-train show. How large, you ask? Try 60,000 square feet.
In addition to eye-popping displays of models and trains, there are a host of clinics and workshops. Kids can build their own models of an engine house or a train station. A full list of demonstrations and clinics is here.
The show runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $10 (youth, 6 – 12, $5; kids under 6 get in free).
2. The Nightingale; Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at Loose Moose Theatre, Upstairs in the Crossroad Market, 1235 26th Ave. S.E.
The Theatre for Kids series wraps up with The Nightingalge. The improvisers at Loose Moose bring their unique take to the Hans Christian Andersen tale about an emperor who delights in the song of the nightingale. But as is the way with fairy tales , he goes too far and locks the bird in a cage before eventually replacing it with a mechanical nightingale. Lessons are learned when that substitute breaks down.
The show is aimed at kids between the ages of four and 10.
Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t despair. The show runs weekends until May 4.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or by calling 403-265-5682.
3. Down to Earth Week: Connected Families, Saturday April 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77th Ave. S.E.
REAP’s sixth annual Down to Earth Week runs Thursday, April 10 to Monday, April 14, and includes a range of events. Families will be particularly interested in this get-together at the Calgary Farmers’ Market (home of a pretty cool playground).
The Connected Families event includes eco-crafts, family games, a workshop on growing your own salad and a couple of yoga sessions from moms, babies and tweens (dads could probably join if they ask nicely).
For full details on the event and on Down to Earth Week, click here.
4. Aggie Days; Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Life on the farm was kind of laid back,” John Denver once sang. But as it turns out, life on the farm involves a lot of hard work. For proof head over to the Stampede Grounds and check out the cow-milking, sheep-shearing and livestock auctioneering.
There will also be a corn maze, stock-dog arena trials (Saturday only) and the Calgary Stampede Extreme Cowboy Race (Sunday only).
Admission is free.
5. Farewell to the Elephants; Until Sunday April 13 at Calgary Zoo
It’s your last chance to say goodbye to Swarna, Kamala and Maharani before the elephants move to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. They say they’ll keep in touch, but, despite their prodigious memories, you know they’ll forget to call. (That may be the last time I can use that joke—how sad.)
On Saturday, April 12 between 10 a.m and 10:;30 a.m. there are special elephant enrichment activities that the public can watch. For a full slate of events click here.
Our family-friendly cup runneth over. Actually, it’s a family-friendly bowl because:
The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party; Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.. at the Globe Cinema, 617 8th Ave. S.W.
The Calgary Underground Film Festival celebrates the Saturday mornings of yesteryear with a little sugary nostalgia. Settle in for three hours of cartoons from 1965-1985. You read that right: three hours. Pace yourself on the Fruit Loops.
Tickets are $12 ($10 for CUFF members, $6 for kids aged six and under). Get them at the door or online.
If you want to take a drive in the country, Redwood Meadows makes a fine destination. (Of course, given that the community 25 km west of Calgary is celebrating Earth Day, it’d be best to arrive on a bicycle.)
However your arrive, you’ll find an ethical marketplace, activities and crafts for the family, a whole-food cafe and more.