Aug. 1-4 When kids have time on their hands, a long weekend can seem endless. Keep everybody hopping with these suggestions.

1. Calgary Stampeders versus B.C. Lions; Friday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m. At McMahon Stadium The local heroes put their unbeaten record on the line against the struggling Lions. Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item for the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. A donation (cash is also welcome) gives fans the opportunity to get their photos taken with the Grey Cup. Tickets are $30 – $120 at TicketMaster.

2. Inglewood Sunfest; Saturday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ninth Avenue S.E. beginning at 12th Street

This annual celebration of the life-giving celestial body includes vendors, street performers and a show and shine. It also includes what is likely the cruelest pie-eating contest in town. It’s cruel because the blueberry pies are provided by Wilde Grainz, which means they should really be savoured. But that’s no way to win an eating contest.

3. Live on Stephen Avenue: Joanna Borromeo; Saturday, August 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 8th Avenue at 1st Street S.E.

Downtown Calgary continues its quest to prove that life in the city centre continues even in the absence of office workers. The #Iamdowntown Summer Stage takes a more leisurely approach on the long weekend, starting at 1:30 p.m. instead of the usual noon. Joanna Borromeo draws on jazz, soul and R&B in her high-energy performances. Check out her sound in the video above.

4. Archeology Dig; Sunday, Aug. 3 at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Cochrane

Kids and parents can get their hands dirty for the sake of science. The program includes the chance to sift a little dirt in pursuit of knowledge about the past. It also includes a hike on which a guide will explain what archeologists look for when deciding where to locate a dig site.

Registration is required, and can be done online. There are plenty of other kid-friendly programs on offer, both this weekend and throughout the summer. All this is explained on the park’s website, where you’ll also find a map and directions to all the fun.

5. Heritage Day at Fort Calgary; Monday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort Calgary celebrates by offering free admission to its Interpretive Centre and community garden. The fun also includes children’s crafts, a scavenger hunt, historical lectures and an afternoon talent show.

Reminder:

The Comedy of Errors returns to Prince’s Island Park this weekend.

The Comedy of Errors; until Friday, Aug. 8 at Prince’s Island Park After an enforced hiatus courtesy of the Folk Fest, Shakespeare By the Bow returns to its Prince’s Island home. Shakespeare’s comedy turns on several incidents of misidentification and other hilarious errors. (It’s basically Three’s Company in iambic pentameter). Take the kids; they’ll enjoy the pratfalls. The show runs all weekend, with the exception of Monday. Admission is by donation. More information can be found on the Theatre Calgary website.

—Bruce Weir

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