Spring has sprung and that means summer is just around the corner. With the sun not setting till much later in the evening there’s more time for you and your family to get out and explore Central Alberta’s adventurous side.
Round up the kids, jump in the car, and set off on an exciting adventure in Central Alberta. Let’s get started.
Central Alberta Children’s Festival
Learn, play and be active at the Central Alberta Children’s Festival. Held during the first weekend of June, the Central Alberta Children’s Festival will be held in downtown Red Deer at the Rotary Recreational Park.
The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season. This year, the festival is expecting over 8,000 people to come through its gates and enjoy over 40 tents and activity stations the great volunteers have worked hard to set up.
Sing, dance, and be amazed at the magic the Central Alberta Children’s Festival has to offer. Widen your horizons and explore the diverse multicultural experience at your family’s leisure.
There are also snack stops throughout the festival grounds. Grab a nutritious snack as your roaming around and explore the festival – it’s all included as part of your gate admission. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch and reusable water bottles which can be topped off at the snack stations. There are no other vendors in the festival grounds so make sure to plan your adventure ahead of time.
The Central Alberta Children’s Festival aims to expand the imaginations of both you and your kids and for a rather reasonable price. Offering both family packages and single admission tickets the festival is accessible to everyone. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate – and remember all snacks will be included!
Rain or shine the festival will go on so make sure to pack your rain jackets and umbrella’s for the wet days and hats and sunscreen for the sunny ones. There is parking at the both the Rotary Recreational Centre and the Red Deer Arena but it is limited. Make proper use of public transportation or carpool with another adventurous family and enjoy the Central Alberta Children’s Festival.
Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
Get a genuine feeling of going back in time and jump on steam or diesel-powered trains in Central Alberta. With Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion you’ll be treated to a full day of fun and adventure as your train powers its way through the vast prairie landscape on an authentic vintage train and experience the view as our ancestors did.
Located in the heart of Central Alberta, the train leaves from Stettler and returns 5 or 6 hours later. A short drive from both Calgary and Edmonton this is one-day prairie adventure not to be missed.
If enjoying the prairie landscaping on a leisurely train ride wasn’t enough, there are also theme enactment rides. Figure out who did it on a murder mystery themed steam train ride or enjoy some quality time with the ones you care about on their family-themed train rides. Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions also offers live stage shows, a seniors theme, and a teddy bear special.
There’s no need to pack a picnic lunch on this adventure. With your train fare, a full course buffet-style meal is provided as well as your entertainment – and the word on the street is there might even be a “train robbery” planned by some outlaws.
Discovery Wildlife Park
Take a walk on the wild side and visit Discovery Wildlife Park. Open from the beginning of May until mid-October; Discovery Wildlife Park offers you and your family a chance to get close and personal with some different species – some native to Alberta, others not.
The park takes in orphans that cannot handle being released back into the wild. Bears, jaguars and tigers show off their natural abilities as trainers demonstrate their relationship with these animals. Keepers are on hand throughout the day to deliver information about monkeys, deer, ostriches and many other animals that call Discovery Wildlife Park home.
Take home a souvenir photo with their movie star bear or meet Nisa and Lupe, the park’s two orphaned wolves in person. Discovery Wildlife Park also offers walking tours with some of their trained animals that both you and your children won’t forget.
Take a hair-raising adventure and spend a night at the zoo. Hear the stories behind each animal and encounter baby animals, photo shoot opportunities, artwork and so much more. Overnight stays at Discovery Wildlife Park are an experience of their own. Campfires go late into the night with tales from the zoo’s early days. Breakfast will also be provided Sunday morning.
Centrefest is Central Alberta’s largest street performer festival. Held in July, this festival promises a unique atmosphere that will inspire and amaze you. Stroll the streets of downtown Red Deer and check out the outrageous and ingenious performers as you have a laugh, enjoy the food, and listen to the great music taking place on the festival stage.
Since 2003, Centrefest has been wowing audiences in Central Alberta with world-class street performers. Jugglers, puppeteers, mimes, clowns, magicians and musicians line the streets of downtown Red Deer. Check out the living statues, sword swallowers, and comedies during the festival for a unique and adventurous experience.
Ellis Bird Farm
Stroll the trails, enjoy the beautiful gardens, and see the world’s largest outdoor collection of bluebird nest boxes. Take a tour out to Ellis Bird Farm’s bluebird trail, head over to the Visitor Centre and take a load off at the Ellis Cafe.
Enjoy an educational afternoon as Ellis Bird Farm offers 2-hour programs or take things into your hands and explore the farm for yourself. With many trails and birds to see, there are tonnes of adventure to get into at Ellis Bird Farm. Stop in at the Ellis Cafe for a snack and coffee.