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Calgary Theatre

Hot Date: Wicked

To July 17

Get a new take on the merry old Land of Oz with Broadway Across Canada’s Wicked, winner of 35 awards, including three Tonys and a Grammy. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, this magic-filled musical tells the story of two unlikely friends—one smart and inquisitive with green skin, the other beautiful and materialistic, and how they became the famous Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, call Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000.

Calgary Kids: Cultural Activities

How to get your kids away from the TV with fun and educational programs around Calgary

By Elena Redd

If your children watch television, play video games, surf the ‘Net or use cell phones, they’re immersed in what industry insiders call 360-degree marketing. According to the Media Awareness Network, children in Canada see 3,000 commercial messages every day—stamped on toys, slipped into movies, even plastered in school hallways. The idea these commercials send is simple: you are what you buy.

While you can’t remove your children from the modern age, you can enroll them in programs that sell a very different idea: you are what you know. We’ve scoured the city and found six programs that give children hands-on experience with art, music, literature, theatre and nature—with no commercial messages. (more…)