The Top Kids' Activities for Calgary Stampede

July 10, 2024
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The Calgary Stampede isn't just about thrilling rodeos and wild concerts—it's also a treasure trove of family-friendly activities! If you're planning to attend with your little ones, here's a guide to family events and activities during the Stampede. *Scroll to the bottom to see the day-by-day schedule!

Pancakes!

One of the most beloved traditions of the Calgary Stampede is the free pancake breakfasts. This cherished activity dates back to the early days of the Stampede. Today, various locations across the city continue this tradition, serving up stacks of fluffy pancakes, sausages, and all the fixings.  It's a delicious way to fuel up before the excitement begins!

Ag Centre Adventures

After breakfast, make your way to the Ag Zone on the Stampede grounds, a hub of agricultural learning and fun. Here, your family can explore various exhibits and interactive displays showcasing farm life. Learn about agriculture and visit the barnyard animals!

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Canine Stars

For animal lovers, the Canine Stars’ Dog Bowl is a must-see performance. These talented dogs will dazzle you with their agility and tricks; from dock-diving, to frisbee and freestyle dancing!

BMO Kids Zone Extravaganza

The BMO Kids Zone at the Stampede grounds offers non-stop entertainment throughout the day. From the magical performances of Magic Mel to the creative fun at Blocktopia, there's no shortage of activities to keep kids engaged. And for a dance-filled finale, join Gabby's Dance Party.

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Animal Encounters

Animal enthusiasts will delight in the various animal activities scattered throughout the Stampede grounds. From llama demonstrations to mini donkey showcases and even the National Miniature Horse Show, there's ample opportunity to get up close with some hooved friends.

Educational Fun

For a quieter moment, the Calgary Public Library offers Family Storytime, where little ones can enjoy tales of adventure and wonder. It's a perfect break before diving back into the excitement of Stampede.

Spectacular Shows

Throughout the day, catch performances at the grounds. The Stampede Showband performs daily, while the Stampede Showriders dazzle with their equestrian prowess at various times throughout the day.

Celebrating Culture

Don't miss out on the Youth Powwow Competition, a celebration of Indigenous culture through dance and music. Or wander through Elbow River Park and experience the cultures of the Kainai, Piikani, Siksika, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina First Nations of Treaty 7. Explore 26 tipis, browse the works of local artisans, savor bannock with Saskatoonberry jam, and discover so much more.

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Music

Look out for the School of Rock performances on the Coke Stage, offering a blend of youthful energy and musical talent.

Heritage Park and Beyond

For a taste of history and adventure, the Showdown at Heritage Park offers a journey back in time with thrilling reenactments and activities. It’s also a nice way of getting into the cowboy spirit without having to brave the crowds of the Stampede grounds!

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More Fun Around Town

Explore Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza, offering free parades, live music, and dancing, ensuring the Stampede excitement spills out across Calgary.

Wind Down

After a day at Stampede, wind down with the kids by exploring Calgary's vibrant parks and playgrounds, or catch a family-friendly movie at a local cinema.

2024 Calgary Stampede Family Events Schedule

Demos

  • Milking demo: July 10th - 14th: noon, 5pm, 7pm
  • Rope making demo: July 10th - 14th: 12:30pm, 4pm
  • Auctioneering demo: July 10th - 14th: 4:30pm
  • University of Calgary vet demo: July 10th - 14th: 6pm; & July 12th: - 14th: 1:15pm, 6pm

Canine Stars

  • July 9th: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm
  • July 10th: 10am, noon, 2:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm
  • July 11th: - 14th: noon, 2:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm

Kids day parade

  • July 10th: 12:30pm

BMO Kids Zone

  • Magic Mel: July 10th - 14th: 2pm, 6:30pm
  • Blocktopia: July 10th - 14th: noon, 1:15pm, 5:30pm, 7pm; & July 10th: 11am
  • Paw Patrol meet ‘n’ greets & storytime: July 10th - 14th: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm 4:30pm
  • Gabby’s Dollhouse meet ‘n’ greets & dance party: July 10th - 14th: 2:30pm, 6:30pm

Animal Activities

  • Llama demo: July 10th - 14th: 2:30pm
  • Mini donkey demo: July 10th - 14th: 3:30pm
  • Goat demo: July 10th - 14th: 2pm
  • Mini horse show: July 12th - 14th: 11am, 2:30pm, 7pm

Calgary Public Library Family Storytime

  • There are family storytimes hosted almost daily in libraries across the city. Check out the full schedule here.

Stampede Spectacles

Showdown at Heritage Park

  • July 12th, 14th, 19th, and continues through July!

Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza

  • July 8th - 13th: 8:30 am to 1:15pm

With so much to see and do, the Calgary Stampede promises unforgettable family memories. From delicious pancakes to captivating shows, and interactive zones, it can be a lot of fun with kids.

Looking for more things to do this Stampede? Check our our map with everything going on.