So my sister Jen and her kids have been visiting me here in Calgary for a week. That’s wonderful for all of us: first of all, our kids get to see their cousins, which, because of the distance, has become a once or twice a year event. Secondly: my sis and I get to spend time together. Thirdly: they get to escape the scorching heat of Toronto and enjoy the more moderate summer weather that Alberta has to offer.
NUMBER FIVE: Go See a Movie
NUMBER FOUR: Calgary Stampede Midway
The kids were amazed by the size of the midway and enjoyed the (very expensive) rides, along with judicious samples of a tiny fraction of the weird and wild food the Stampede has to offer. I dragged everyone over to the Indian Village (which failed to impress) but we did get a gift of 36 unused midway tickets from a couple who were just leaving so our kids got to take a few more rides before we all headed home exhausted (the two older children fell asleep on the train ride home!)
NUMBER THREE: Backyard Trampoline
NUMBER TWO: Calaway Park
NUMBER ONE: West Edmonton Mall
Originally we were planning to head west to Banff for a few days with the kids, but when we checked out the weather forecast (cool and rainy) we realized we would be letting ourselves in for three days worth of cabin fever with four children. Not our idea of fun (nor is it anybody’s, I should think). So we decided to head to the capital of indoor fun: West Edmonton Mall. We spent two nights at the Fantasyland Hotel (conveniently located right in the mall itself), and included in our room rate were passes to Galaxyland where the kids rode rollercoasters and other rides for the third day in a row.
and the raucous wavepool, we were able to relax on the loungers while keeping an eye on them as well. That’s not to say we didn’t take a turn on the slides ourselves. I sloshed down nearly every slide the park had to offer, and we both got noses full of water in the wavepool before we realized the kids were actually less afraid of the wild crush of bodies and innertubes than we were! We retreated to calmer shores (our patio was located conveniently next door to a hot tub) and just enjoyed the day.
Because we had in/out privileges, we hit the food court for dinner, then trooped back to the patio where we met my friend and her daughter for a few more hours of fun. In the end, we closed the place down with the kids being chased out of the pool by staffers at 9:00 p.m.! It was a spectacular day, enjoyed by everyone.