Calgary is our go-to city for weekend trips. As we were planning a mid-summer visit, my mom reminded me of all the childhood fun I had at Calaway Park. Big dude has been obsessed with amusement parks lately so we added Calaway Park to our itinerary. We had a blast and it was just as awesome as I remembered from much younger years. Below are some tips for getting the most out of your visit.
- Buy your tickets online. This is a great deal that allows you to buy a minimum of 4 passes for $25/each. Children 2 and under are free but for all other ages this is a great deal. The admission includes gate admission, unlimited rides, and live entertainment.
- Arrive early. This is my default advice to any attraction. We planned our visit to visit the park on a Monday and arrived about an hour after the gates opened. The park was busy but we never had to wait in line for more than 5-6 minutes and we could move around quite easily.
- Measure your little ones. You can scope out the height requirements of each ride online and plan your visit accordingly. Once we got to the cluster of rides that little dude could do either on his own or with a parent, he had a blast.
- Be prepared to get wet. Timber Falls (a.k.a. The Log Ride) was a great family experience. Big dude loved everything about the ride from climbing into our “log” while it was still moving to the sharp fall and splash that soaked us all. They take your picture on the descent and it was hilarious to see our expressions.
- Take in the live entertainment. I didn’t plan very well and we just caught the end of the Canada 150 performance but little dude loved the dancing and singing. The small space makes it really interactive and engaging for little ones. I’d recommend arriving early for the show if you want to sit because seating is limited.
- Games. Games. We limited the boys to two games each. Games were $3/person and the boys enjoyed competing against other kids. Our favorite game for little dude was located near the exit and is perfect for toddlers. Little dude picked three rubber ducks from a pool and each duck was scanned into a big, flashy machine that indicated how many points he won. Little dude loved this game – his prize – a squishy alien toy quickly became our family mascot.
- The park had lots of options – from pizza to butter chicken. We bought two chicken finger meals (3 chicken fingers, fries, medium drink) plus a large onion rings for $30. It was enough for the four of us and still left enough room for an ice cream treat. I would suggest bringing lots of water and a few snacks to save some money.
- Enjoy the experience. Both my husband and I loved the service. Staff members were super friendly and little dude had a chance to talk to a “real” princess which was an awesome experience for him.
- We always stay with family in Calgary but judging from my conversations with other parents – Calaway RV Park and Campground is a good choice if you want to stay close to Calaway Park and the City of Calgary as well. One family shared that they always stayed at the RV Park for a night on their way to B.C. and it seemed like a great idea.
- If you are planning a fall visit to Calgary – check out their Halloweekends event that runs September 9 – October 9. Big dude saw a few posters as we were leaving the park and has already started asking if we can go back for the spooky rides.
Calaway Park provided a complimentary family admission so we could experience the park but all opinions are our own.
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