May 16 – 19

The long weekend is here. Enjoy the time off.

1. Backstreet Boys; Friday, May 16 at the Scotiabank Saddledome

Now remember, “family friendly” does not necessarily mean wallet friendly. But, if you are intent on showing your kids what life was like back in the 1990s (when is Heritage Park going to get that era covered?), then this would be a good bet.

Brian, Kevin, Howie, Nick and AJ might even help the kids learn to respect their elders. (

Tickets are $37 to $166.75 and are available at Ticketmaster.

2. Lego KidsFest; Friday, May 16 to Sunday, May 18, at BMO Centre

If you want to go to a session at this three-day block party, you’ll have to act quickly. You’ll also have to be somewhat flexible; both Saturday sessions are sold out.

Once inside, kids and adults will find building challenges, building workshops and a Lego museum. There will also be special sections devoted to Star Wars Lego and Super Hhero Lego. A complete list of activities can be found here.

Tickets (as of Tuesday, May 13, there were still a few left) are $23.50 to $25.50 and can be purchased here.

3. Heritage Park Opening Weekend Summer 2014; Saturday, May 17 to Monday, May 19

The S.S. Moyie sails again. Take a cruise on the Glenmore reservoir or, if you sea legs are not yet in shape, stay on dry land. Terra firma also offers an array of diversions, including horse-drawn wagon rides, the antique midway and the steam train.

The first 500 to pay regular gate admission between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. will get a free pancake breakfast.

4. Lantern Tours; Saturday, May 17 at Cave and Basin National Historic Site

The Cave and Basin has long been a popular spot for families to check out in Banff. But now, in addition to being easily accessible and educational, the place is becoming downright spooky.

Visitors can stick around after closing time, pay $7.30, grab a lantern and go check out the ancient stone formations. The tours go at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and will run every Saturday (except July 26) until Sept. 6.

Registration is recommended; call 403-845-3524 to book.

5. Mountie Day; Monday, May 19 at Fort Calgary, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 141st anniversary of the North West Mounted Police is marked with, among other things, a moustache-design station, Mountie poetry and movies. Kids can also try on the red serge. And, because it is a birthday party, there will be cake (just don’t try to pin the tail on a Mountie).

All this is included with paid admission.

–Bruce Weir


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