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50 Things to Do With Kids in Calgary

By STACEY PARKER

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Make a splash with your kids this summer with a visit to Calaway Park. (Photo courtesy of Calaway Park)

Ride the roller coaster at Calaway Park
Western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park features 33 rides — everything from bumper boats to a roller coaster. It also includes daily live stage entertainment, concessions, games, shopping and mini-golf. Calaway Park RV Park and Campground is just a short walk from the park for overnighters.
Calaway Park, 245033 Range Rd 33, 403-778-7042, www.calawaypark.com (more…)

Discover GIRAF: A World of Independent Animation

Don't miss The Congress on Sat, Nov 9. Photo: Courtesy GIRAF

Don’t miss The Congress on Sat, Nov 9. Photo: Courtesy GIRAF

With a moniker as long as a certain spotted African animal’s neck, Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival, Calgary’s very cool animation event goes by GIRAF for short. Quickdraw Animation Society presents dozens of new films by the world’s top animators, November 6 – 10. The festival includes six short film packages, four feature-length movies, two visiting artists and several workshops for burgeoning animators of any skill level.

The fest’s engrossing gala screening features Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ari Folman’s live-action-meets-cartoon mashup The Congress. In his follow-up to Waltz with Bashir, Folman delivers a scathing critique of Hollywood via innovative animation. Actress Robin Wright (playing herself) agrees to have her body and voice scanned to be reanimated time and time again in future Hollywood productions, including commercial projects she had previously turned down. The film also stars Harvey Keitel, John Hamm and Paul Giamatti. The Congress screens at The Globe Cinema on Wednesday, November 6 at 7 pm.

For children of all ages, don’t miss the charming Ernest et Celestine. Based on the children’s book series by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent, the film follows the unlikely friendship between a bear living on the fringes of bear society and an orphaned mouse he welcomes into his home. Presented in French with English subtitles, the film delighted audiences at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. Ernest et Celestine screens at The Globe Cinema on Saturday, November 9 at 3 pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.giraffest.ca

Weekend Roundup: September 28 to 30

Fun free events going on at Olympic Plaza on Saturday. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Friday, September 28 TELUS Spark celebrates its first birthday with Monster Mash-up. This family-friendly special event will include a scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, face painting and a station for children trick out their Halloween costumes. This celebration is great for the whole family

Check out Alberta Culture Days 2012 Kick Off Tailgate Party from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. The evening will feature live music by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Collective, Calgary Youth Chorus, Kugakai Lion Dance Team as well as b-boys Grim Reminder. The event takes place at the East Tailgate Parking Lot of McMahon Stadium. No football ticket needed to join in the festivities!

Don’t miss the closing weekend of Next to Normal at Max Bell Theatre, at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. The much-talked-about Broadway musical Next to Normal was the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play follows a family as they deal with the struggles of a mother’s mental illness. Tickets start at $25. (more…)