Free Family Day fun at Alberta parks and museums
Free admission and special programming at provincial parks, museums and historic sites are yours to enjoy Monday, Feb. 18. Many facilities have activities and events for all ages throughout the long weekend.
“Spending time with family and friends is the most important part of Family Day. I can’t think of a better way to do so than exploring the many amazing places in our province. Free admission to heritage sites and museums makes Alberta’s culture and history accessible for everyone.”
Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism “Albertans love their provincial parks and the opportunity to connect with nature. This Family Day, Alberta Parks is thrilled to once again offer free, family-friendly activities. A provincial park is an hour away or less from most communities so I encourage everyone to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and make memories.”
Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks In 2018, more than 7,000 people enjoyed Family Day at provincial heritage facilities. This year, there are even more ways to discover something new.
Historic sites and museums
Nine provincial heritage facilities offer free admission for visitors on Feb.18. These include:
Oil Sands Discovery Centre – Fort McMurray
Come between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a day of do-it-yourself science. Try your hand at some exciting activities, crafts and experiments, all using materials you can find around the house. Make your own balloon launcher, discover the chemistry behind playdough and watch our live science show in the theatre for more fun ideas to try at home.
Royal Alberta Museum — Edmonton
Feed your curiosity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Journey through millions of years of history and see thousands of objects, from dinosaurs and mammoths to tiny insects and glowing gems. See how Alberta’s Indigenous communities share knowledge and values through generations, and meet the people who shaped our province. Plus, visit thousands of live critters and have fun in our Children’s Gallery, complete with an archeological dig pit. Get ready to discover a history of Alberta you won’t find anywhere else.
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology – Drumheller
Special Family Day programming will be available all weekend. On Monday, enjoy a free presentation by Curator of Dinosaurs Donald Henderson, make your own cast of a fossil and watch as your kids learn, dig and create. Pre-registration is recommended for two hands-on programs being offered for a small fee: Dino Adventure Hour (ages three to six) and Fossil Casting (ages 4+).
Alberta provincial parks in winter are for more than just cross-country skiing. Try snowshoeing, fat tire biking, ice fishing, tobogganing, skating and downhill skiing, along with festivals, in Alberta’s most exciting season. The fun keeps going all year. Visit AlbertaParks.ca/events to find a list of upcoming events.
Here are a few events and activities for people looking to get outdoors this Family Day long weekend (Note all activities are weather permitting):
Crimson Lake Provincial Park – Rocky Mountain House
Find a whole day of outdoor fun and entertainment at the annual Crimson Lake Winterfest, starting at 11 a.m. Snowshoeing and ice fishing demonstrations are just a few of the activities to try out. Reduced camping rates let you fill your weekend with outdoor adventure.
William A. Switzer Provincial Park – Yellowhead County
A weekend full of events and activities starts Feb.17 with Ice Fishing Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No experience required. Or enjoy free hotdogs, hot chocolate and coffee. Hinton’s annual French culture festival, Bonhomme Carnaval, kicks off on Feb.18 between noon and 4 p.m. There will be free cross-country skiing, free kick sleds and traditional French music. The Family Day Snowshoe Walk starts at 1 p.m. Snowshoes are provided, so just show up to enjoy this guided forest walk.
Family Fishing Weekend
The Family Day weekend also marks the first of two annual Family Fishing Weekends. You’re invited to head out and discover the lure of fishing without the need to buy a sportfishing licence. Of course, all regulations still apply. For more information, visit the Family Fishing Weekends website.
Family Day at the legislature
Albertans of all ages are invited to enjoy free family fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Family Day. Venture through the Lost in the Legislature History Hunt, take in musical and magical entertainment by world-class local performers, try out some crafts and listen to stories with Rocky the Ram. The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre will have free exhibitions, educational activities and the immersive historical film Our People Our Province. A variety of food vendors will also be on site. More information at the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre.
For a full list of events, visit the Alberta Culture and Tourism blog. Search for more events throughout the province by visiting the Travel Alberta website for packages and offers.