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5 Family-Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer

5 Family-Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer

Can you believe the first day of summer is here on Tuesday!? It feels like it’s taken forever to get here and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been filling my wish list with tons of things to do while the days are long and the weather is warm and wanted to share some things that you could add to your summer bucket list with your family.

5 Family Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer

  • Spend the day at Bower Ponds. This is a favourite hangout spot for us in any season, but the summer months boast tons to do. They rent paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, water balls, surrey bikes and long boards, phew! Have a picnic or indulge in their café offerings which feature Chedda Heads sandwiches and Wild Brewing Kombucha on tap. There’s also a huge playground for the kiddos to spend hours upon hours. Check it out in the evening for a walk around the ponds or pop into the games room. I told you they had tons to do there!
    5 Family Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer
  • Visit the newly updated Discovery Canyon. This summer feature was missed last year but is set to open mid-June. The free family play area at Riverbend Golf Course features natural, river-fed water features for tube floating and wading. They’re also opening a new nature playground set to open this fall. Pack a picnic and spend the day in the sunshine.
  • Yoga in the Park is always a summer favourite. Join The Breathing Room Yoga Studio every Monday and Wednesday for free yoga at Kin Canyon. Bring the kiddos along for their own free yoga class on Mondays. The nearby playground, water park, and picnic areas mean you can plan a full evening to tire those kiddos out while filling up on all the delicious sunshine filled yoga vibes.
  • Discover nature at Ellis Bird Farm. Located just outside of Lacombe, it’s a beautiful spot to walk the bluebird trail, check out gardens and pond, and see the largest collection of bluebird boxes. We really enjoyed our visit out to the farm last year with friends. While you’re in the area, stop in for a treat at Sweet Capone’s or indulge in some fun kid-friendly drinks on the Cilantro and Chive patio for lunch or dinner.
    5 Family Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer
  • Spend a rainy day at the Alley Cat Café. If you have a cat lover in your life, this is the perfect place for you. Enjoy latte before heading into the cat room to play with and cuddle all the little cuties up for adoption. I’m not to blame for any spontaneous cat adoptions. 😉

What’s one of your favourite summer activities in Red Deer?
What’s on your summer bucket list this year? 

Related: 5 Things To Do This Spring


Channel Your Inner Lumberjack at The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

I remember growing up in a small time where the only entertainment came from the local movie theatre where I worked or cruising up and down Main street. There wasn’t anywhere to go or anything to do and I longed to live in a city full of new experiences. Fast forward a few years, I found myself in a small city with the same feeling of having nothing to do.

I can’t say that now, though. Perhaps because I’ve grown, matured, and found hobbies to fill my time, or perhaps because there are so many new businesses popping up to give people a place to go have fun. Enter The Wood Shed, a new axe throwing facility in Sylvan Lake, which was opened specifically because there was a lack of entertainment in the town outside of summertime lake fun.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

The Wood Shed allows for the perfect setting to blow off some steam with your friends on a Friday night, try something new on your next date night, host a birthday party, stag/stagette or corporate team building event.

You’ll want to leave your egos at the door, though.

There’s more to axe throwing than just, well, throwing the axe. There’s a certain technique to get that blade to stick into the wooden target. The way you hold the axe, the distance from the target, the angle of your wrist, keeping your elbow tight to your body, it all makes a difference. I went in thinking, no big deal, we’re strong, fit chicks and this will be a breeze. Jessica, on the other hand, was convinced she wouldn’t even stick the axe.

Turns out, Jess was a natural, sticking the axe on her first throw. Me on the other hand, I struggled. There’s a reason I don’t play sports because I have a hard time remembering to do all the little details needed to get the right throw. It was a humbling experience, to say the least.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

Our instructor was awesome, patiently giving us all the tips and trick needed to make the perfect hit. We learned to throw one-handed, two-handed, overhead, underhand, and even some trick throws. They even filmed us in slow motion to analyse our movements to help us even further. Once we got the hang of things, we played some games, which really got me fired up. Jessica took the win on this one, she really killed it.

Did I mention that we worked up a bit of a sweat? We heated right up with the Jack and Jill saw at the beginning of the night, and kept the momentum as we continued swinging axes.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

What’s great, aside from feeling like a total badass when you hit that bullseye, is that you’re free to bring in outside food and beverages (alcoholic beverages are not allowed for obvious reasons), giving you the freedom to create the perfect party for whatever occasion brings you in to channel your inner lumberjack.

Should you happen to love the sport of axe throwing enough, there’s a competitive axe throwing league to take it to the next level.

With The Wood Shed being Central Alberta’s only axe throwing facility, it should definitely be added to the list of places to check out the next time you think there’s nothing to do.

What to Wear

Closed-toe shoes are a must. Loose comfortable clothing is best, but hoodies are not recommended. A plaid shirt is optional, but let’s be real, can you call yourself a lumberjack without one?

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing


Scheduled Drop-In Times

Friday  6:00-9:00pm
Saturday 2:00-9:00pm
Sunday Closed

Group Events

Wednesday 6:00-10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00-10:00 pm
Friday 6:00-10:00 pm
Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm

Open all holiday Mondays from 2:00-6:00 pm

Available during the day for group bookings of 6 or more people.


Buy a box of wood from the old targets for your summer fires.

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5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

As I write this it looks more like January than mid-March outside. But the days are slowly getting longer which means hopefully soon we can stop huddling inside to escape the snow and cold. While we’re still a few days away from the first day of spring, it’s never too early to start planning some activities other than spring cleaning!

5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

We will be taking full advantage of neighborhood walks and bike rides with plenty of puddle jumping but I thought I would share some other activities to check out with your family throughout the city.

  • Go for a spring snowshoe! Pursuit Adventures for Snowshoe in the City.Since we just got a ton of snow, there should still be time to head out with $30 gets you all the gear you need for an evening guided snowshoe adventure through Heritage Ranch, followed by a complimentary drink and serving of wings at Westlake Grill.
  • Run a race! Kick off the season with the Spring Fever Run 5 or 10k on April 22. The Women’s Fun Run on May 13th includes a 3, 5 and 10k race as well as 100m diaper dash, young men’s 100m race, 500m little ladies race, and 1k mom and son run. The Woody’s Marathon also includes a full and half marathon and 10k race with kids races too which makes local spring races fun for the whole family.
  • Take part in an Easter Egg hunt. Flying Cross Ranch is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 with a petting zoo, face painting and pony rides. Heritage Ranch hosts both a day time and a flashlight hunt and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame hosts a family event throughout their museum which is a great chance to not only partake in some Easter activities but take a peak into the fun and interactive museum.
  • Hit up the Farmer’s Market! The Red Deer Farmer’s Market opens again on May Long weekend and we are counting down the days. Winter is too long if only because we aren’t graced with a year-round market.
  • Go on a Wolf Walk. This just happens to be the wolves most playful time of year at Discovery Wildlife Park. You can spend an hour walking through the woods with Nisa and Lupe and their handlers. The park opens for the season on May 1 and rather than visiting in the summer when the sun is scorching, plan to visit on a cooler spring day when the animals are more likely to be active.

What’s your favourite spring activity?