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20 distanced activities in Calgary this week: March 22-28

If you choose to attend events outside of your home, adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including appropriate physical distancing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing, as recommended by health officials. If you are sick, please stay home.

Spring has started in Calgary and we should probably take advantage of the good weather while it lasts.

Whether you want to go outside, try a unique new activity, or attend a virtual event from the comfort of your couch, there is plenty to do in town this week.

Check out our list of events, grab a family member or cohort friend, mask yourself and get out to enjoy the change of season.

Locked Zoo: Penguin Chase (Adults Only Night)

What: Without tiny people walking around, explore the zoo, find clues, enjoy a juicy drink, and solve the puzzles to save the day in this outdoor escape room-style experience. The challenge is not timed, so players can visit animals along the way and delicious food boxes can be added to the experience.

When: 26th of March
Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with staggered entry times
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Costs: $ 45 or $ 60 to add a dinner box

Bridgeland Arctic Adventure

What: Participants can choose their own adventure in the Bridgeland neighborhood – from a full, self-guided course to a scavenger hunt. Then head to the Bridgeland Distillery for a drink at the ice bar and relax by the fire pits.

When: Now through March 31st
Self-guided (the ice bar is open from Friday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Where: For details of the entire Bridgeland community, see the map
Costs: Free unless you buy a drink from the ice bar

Spark Science from Home

What: The TELUS Spark Science Center offers a variety of fun and educational options online, from virtual programs and home dome films to cereal science and a collection of experiments and activities.

When: The programming varies, find out more on their website
Where: From the comfort of your home
Costs: Varies depending on the program

Check out art installations at Southcentre Mall and #ChooseToChallenge

Courtesy Southcentre Mall

What: In celebration of International Women’s Day this month, Southcentre Mall invited three emerging artists to create murals for shoppers to enjoy. There is an interactive graphic design on the back of each mural that celebrates three women entrepreneurs of the mall for a total of six Instagrammable backgrounds.

South center encourages the Calgarians to explore the Women’s Day-inspired artwork and participate in the IWD 2021 #ChooseToChallenge theme by sharing a picture on social media (either in front of the mall or in the comfort of their own home) to show support and solidarity in celebrating women’s achievements and challenging inequality.

When: All month long
Time: Mall opening times (Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Where: Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd SE) and virtual
Costs: Free

Take a stroll through the Devonian Gardens

What: Feel like you are in a tropical paradise in downtown Calgary at Devonian Gardens. Stroll the promenade, admire the plants and ponds, and grab a bite at the food court.

When: Every day
Time: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fourth floor of the CORE Mall (400-317 7th Avenue SW)

Piano for the Zanskar Watch Party

Attend the THIRD ACTion Film Festival to see piano in Zanskar followed by a moderated discussion. The British documentary tells the story of Desmond O’Keeffe, a 65-year-old piano tuner who goes on an impossible mission. Desmond is about to retire and instead decides to transport a 100-year-old piano from London to the Indian Himalayas.

When: March 24th
Time: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Costs: Free

Visit the National Music Center’s Amplify platform

What: Amplify serves as an extension of the NMC’s on-site programming via an online hub detailing the sounds and stories of music in Canada. Take a virtual tour of the museum, browse through articles from the extensive collection of historical musical instruments, devices and memorabilia and learn more about the power of music for healing and wellbeing.

When: At any time
Where: Online, from the comfort of your home
Costs: Free

Look at the high park

What: The High Park offers views of the city center, adorable fairy lights, colorful picnic tables and funny signs to take pictures of – on a parking garage in the Beltline. Take a winter picnic six stories above street level and snap some cool photos while you’re at it.

When: Open daily
Time: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: The top level of Center City Parkade at 340 10th Avenue SW

Take part in the Common Bond competition

Courtesy Molson Canadian

What: To celebrate the launch of Molson Canadian and JP Wiser’s Common Bond whiskey lager, Canadians are invited to share a photo of themselves with their best friend. Sign up on Instagram to win a Bridgerton-style Victorian portrait of the two of you. Post a photo of yourself and a friend, tag @MolsonCanadian and @JPWisers, and use the hashtag #CommonBond to enter it.

When: Now through March 26th
Where: Enter about a Instagram
Costs: Free

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo

What: Get an up-close look at the group of King Penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo.

When: Now until March 25th, depending on the weather
Time: 10 am
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Costs: Included in admission ($ 19.95 for adults and $ 9.95 for children)

Heritage Park Ghost Tours

What: Visit Heritage Park after dark for a guided ghost tour of the deserted streets of its historic village. Hear creepy stories and learn a little about Calgary’s haunted past on a 90-minute walking tour that covers approximately 2 km of the park.

When: March 25th, April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th and May 6th
Time: Two tours every evening, starting at 7pm and 7.30pm
Where: Heritage Park Historic Village (1900 Heritage Drive SW)
Costs: $ 22.95

Watch a tournament at Calgary’s Curling Canada Bubble

What: In Calgary, the Curling Canada curling bubble is currently taking place in the city. Four more events will take place at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Center through April. The Canadian Home Hardware Mixed Doubles Tournament 2021 starts this week. So be sure to follow the action on TSN.

When: Now through March 25th
Time: Broadcast schedule available here
Where: Broadcast on TSN and Sportsnet

Check out the Tokyo Chopsticks popup in the shelter

What: Get Japanese food from this pop-up in the Shelter Cocktail Bar, prepared by Chef Keisuke of Ikemen Calgary, which offers dishes like ramen, edamame guacamole and flavorful sesame chicken.

When: March 23
Where: Shelter Cocktail Bar (1210 1st Street SW)
Costs: Varies depending on the dish

Zombie Scavenger Hunt

What: Test your survivability after a zombie apocalypse in this scavenger hunt game that will take you around the city. Players have 60 minutes to gather supplies to survive during the interactive game that invites participants to complete challenges and answer key questions.

When: Every day
Time: One hour of your choice between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Calgary
Costs: $ 29.30 per team (up to 10 people)

Check out a sculpture covered in flowers and snakes in this Inglewood window

What: While we wait for the Esker Foundation’s main gallery to reopen, the project room window brings some art into our lives while providing a concept for thought. Visible from the street, “The Garden” is a clay sculpture that combines elements of nature with the human form and was created by ceramic artist Yvonne Kustec.

When: Now through June 6th
Where: The Esker Foundation project room window (1011 9th Avenue SE)
Costs: Free

Explore fandoms and win prizes during the Calgary Library’s four-month reading challenge and the Calgary Expo

What: The Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo have teamed up to host a reading challenge. Over the next few months, children and adults alike can take on both the reading and creative challenges to win one of 25 prizes.

When: Now through May 15th
Where: Somewhere
Costs: Free with your Calgary Library ID

Glenbow from home

What: Take a virtual tour of Glenbow’s extensive collection and galleries with changing exhibits and allow yourself to be cultivated without leaving home.

When: At any time
Where: Online, available from Glenbow’s website
Costs: Free

“Escape from the Alternate Dimension” in this 90s-themed virtual escape room

What: In this virtual escape room, the players are transported with a time machine into a parallel universe of the 90s. A live adventure guide will host the experience and serve your group based on the ages of the players. This makes this a suitable activity for everyone – whether or not you were alive in the 90s.

When: Every day
Time: Start times are staggered throughout the day, usually between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. (players have 60 minutes to win the game).
Where: From the comfort of your home
Costs: 25 USD per person

Tee off on one of the world’s best golf courses at the Hotel Arts Golf Studios

Hotel Arts

What: Choose from simulations of more than 20 of the world’s best golf courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont, and Valderrama, and start at your private golf studio in downtown Calgary. Players can enjoy their own stocked carts of food and drink service from the Hotel Arts’ Clubhouse during the game.

When: Open daily
Time: Book time slots of one, two, three or four hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Hotel Arts
Costs: From $ 50 for 55 minutes

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