10 Free Ultimate Summer Challenge Programs You Won’t Want to Miss

Kids, families, and teens are invited to the Library this summer for more than 500 free programs — plus a chance at awesome prizes! Calgary Public Library has partnered with 40 local organizations for workshops, performances, demonstrations, and large-scale installations, including All About Animals, Cowboy Sing-Along, Hip Hop, Indigenous Drumming Circle, Radical Robots, and Zine Making. Visit our website to see a full list of programs and to register for the challenge. Read on to learn about a handful of not to be missed programs.

Puppy Room

Puppies at the Library… need we say more? Puppy Room is offered at seven libraries this summer, in partnership with Pet Access League Society (PALS).

Rocket Building

Blast off at the Library! Head to Country Hills and Saddletowne libraries to design, build, and launch a model rocket, in partnership with SpacePort.   

Mini Me Yoga

Yoga comes to Country Hills and Crowfoot libraries this summer. Kids and parents can practice breathing, participate in a yoga game, and do some mandala colouring for relaxation, in partnership with Mini Me Yoga Calgary.

Mountie CSI

Meet a real Mountie, try on a uniform, and learn some forensic investigation techniques. This program, in partnership with Fort Calgary, takes place at Central Library. 

Knot Tying

Sail away at Fish Creek, Nose Hill, Signal Hill, and Shawnessy libraries, where a life-size sailboat is on display. Then join Glenmore Sailing Club for knot tying; learn how to tie reef knots, sheet bend knots, and figure eights.

Fire Truck and Crew Visit

Firefighters are visiting community libraries and invite you to come have a close-up look at a fire truck! Join Calgary Fire Department at Bowness, Country Hills, and Forest Lawn libraries.

Introduction to Taekwondo

Discover Olympic Taekwondo during an interactive demonstration. Studio Group Martial Arts will introduce kids to basic moves at Fish Creek, Quarry Park, Shawnessy, and Southwood libraries. 

Code Mobile

Climb aboard Canada’s first coding truck for beginner-friendly, hands-on workshops. Code Mobile visits Quarry Park, Saddletowne, and Shawnessy libraries in August.

Discover Archaeology

Head to Louise Riley Library to explore Alberta’s Indigenous past with archaeologists, in partnership with the Archaeological Society of Alberta – Calgary Centre. 

Meet a Police Officer

Kids and teens can meet a Calgary Police Officer and learn about their job. This program with Calgary Police Service — plus Check Stop Van, Mobile Command Unit, and Police Cruiser and Simon the Safety Bear — occur at multiple libraries throughout the summer.

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