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22 distanced activities in Calgary this week: March 1-7

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 is in the air and it’s time to wake up, Calgary.

The first week of March is just around the corner and with tons of things to do in town this week to suit all budgets and interests, there’s no excuse to sit at home bored.

Take a walk with penguins, watch a drag show from a hotel balcony, visit a sculpture covered in flowers and snakes, visit a park six stories above street level, or discover a new virtual activity on our list.

No matter what you do this week, it is sure to be the start of a fun month with the summer weather finally standing on the (distant) horizon.

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 mid-March if the weather permits
Time: 10 a.m. daily
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Costs: Included in admission ($ 19.95 for adults, $ 9.95 for children)

WinSport Tube Park

What: The Snowtubing Hill at WinSport is the fastest of its kind in western Canada and has eight lanes. Get an adrenaline rush with this outdoor activity that is fun for all ages.

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays depending on the weather
Time: Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Where: WinSport (88 Canada Olympic Road SW)
Costs: $ 15 on Friday nights, $ 20- $ 25 on weekends (tickets must be purchased online in advance)

Bridgeland Arctic Adventure

What: Participants can choose their own adventure in the Bridgeland neighborhood – from a full, self-guided course to a scavenger hunt. Arctic Adventure activity stops include Human Curling, Peony Plaza Rodeo, Stairway to Heaven, North Safari, Gnome Village, and more.

When:Now through March 31st
Self guided
Where: For details of the entire Bridgeland community, see the map
Costs: Free

Skate on one of Calgary’s many ice rinks

What: There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor ice rinks in YYC this winter. Skate on synthetic ice in Deerfoot City, try the new ice rink in North Glenmore Park, take part in a unique winter sport on e-bikes in Bowness Park, or slide around on one of the Calgary-operated ice rinks in town .

When: The opening times vary depending on the location
Where: A variety of locations – find a list of the Calgary City-managed ice rinks online.
Costs: Free of charge, with no rental fees

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 movies 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

Cross-country skiing on the East Village Nordic Loop

What: Dust off your skis and try a few laps of the groomed 1km East Village trail that runs alongside Fort Calgary and the Bow River with views of the city skyline.

When: Open daily
Time: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: In the field next to Fort Calgary (750 9th Avenue SE)
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)

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

Bundle up and go sledding

What: There are tons of great tobogganing hills in Calgary. So why not act like a kid again and fly down the snow on a toboggan run? Check out The Rise park on St. Patrick’s Island or visit one of the many exciting hills manicured by the city of Calgary.

When: The opening times vary depending on the park
Where: City of Calgary Hills can be found online – a variety of locations
Costs: Free

Locked zoo: penguin chase

What: Explore the zoo, find clues, 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 lunch boxes can be added to the experience.

When: 6th March
Time: Noon to 5 p.m. with staggered entry times
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Costs: $ 45 + GST ​​or $ 60 + GST ​​to add a lunch box

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 4th, 11th, 18th and 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. Five more events will be held at WinSport’s MarkS MacPhail Center through April. Catch the Tim Hortons Brier on TSN starting this week during which Alberta has two great opportunities to win the competition.

When: March 5th to 14th
Time: Broadcast schedule available here
Where: The Tim Hortons Brier airs on TSN

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)

Support YYC restaurants during LocalLicious

What: Restaurants across the country offer three-course meals, with $ 1 of each menu sold going to charity. Eight Calgary restaurants participate, and your order supports both the restaurant itself and a local charity.

When: Now through March 7th
Where: The list of participating restaurants can be found here.
Costs: Varies depending on the location

Run on International Women’s Day in The Secret 3K

What: Secret 3K invites everyone to come together (virtually) in solidarity during the week of International Women’s Day, to get some fresh air and to support the right that all people in their community must run or run without fear. Inspired by the award-winning documentary The Secret Marathon.

When: Anytime on March 3rd
Where: Any route of your choice – record your 3K here
Costs: 15 USD per person

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

Curl on synthetic ice on St. Patrick’s Island

What: Live all of your wildest Canadian dreams with this popular winter sport at the East Village curling rink. Play alone or in teams and use the official rules or create your own.

When: Every day
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Confluence Plaza (1300 12th Street NE), near the island washrooms and the Calgary Zoo parking lot
Costs: Free of charge (curling stones are provided and are disinfected daily)

“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
Costs: 25 USD per person

Disco Magic Drag Show

What: Book your private balcony suite at Delta Calgary South and enjoy the first ever Disco Magic Drag Show in the hotel atrium. This is Canada’s only balcony drag show experience that invites you to party to disco beats with your family or cohort.

When: 6th March
Time: 19 o’clock
Where: Delta Calgary South
Costs: Tickets cost from USD 50 per person with quad occupancy (including service and hotel stay).

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