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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

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City Chase Calgary 2017 Recap

Last year Cassandra and I participated in City Chase for the first time. It’s an Amazing Race style urban adventure race that was an absolute blast. We returned to City Chase Calgary this year as team Two Tired Moms, strategy in hand, ready for a day full of fun.

We hit the road early Saturday morning, armed with giant coffees, on our way to Eau Clair to pick up our shirts and bibs and freebies from our fundraising efforts. In support of the GoodLife Kids Foundation, participants can raise funds and be awarded various perks to aid in their chase depending on their fundraising level. Thanks to our generous family and friends, we raised over $500, which meant we got one clue answered, one free jump the line pass, and our clue sheet early.

City Chase Calgary 2017

We arrived at Eau Clair just after 8, grabbed our gear and hung out until it was time to go. This included visiting with Ange and Brie who were also a team in the race, a couple trips to the bathroom, reorganizing our bag, watching a morning puppy training class and drinking a couple bottles of Ocean Spray being handed out in the sponsor tents. Finally, just after 10 am we were off. While everyone ran off to get their clue sheets, Cassandra and I got started solving clues to find out where our Checkpoints were and plotting them onto a map on Cassandra’s phone. After another quick pee break, we were off. Initially we had hoped to start at the furthest point away to beat the lineups and allow us to hit all the stopped as we worked our way back to the finish line, but working with Ange and Brie, who have a much better idea where things are in the Core, we ended up scrapping that plan.

Our first checkpoint was Segway Frisbee, where one partner rode the Segway through a pylon course, then catch a Frisbee from their partner and in turn throw the Frisbee to knock a baseball off a pylon. Next up was the gorgeous Stephen Avenue GoodLife where we had to guess calories per serving of pictured items, with an exercise penalty for incorrect guesses.

City Chase Calgary 2017

By this point, we were close to the Calgary Tower, another Checkpoint location, with the task of climbing over 800 stairs to the top. While I knew it would be hard, I was kind of excited for it since not many people can say they’ve done it. The stairs are not open to the public, and it’s pretty expensive to ride the elevator to the observation tower. 100 stairs in and I was already dying but we somehow made it to the top without certain death. Coming down was almost harder as I felt super unsteady on my feet, making me descend slower, which made my quads burn and shake. All in all, it took us 40 minutes up and down with a break at the top to catch our breath and snap some photos. Not bad!

Next, we got to channel our inner Katniss while attempting to shoot an apple off our partners head with a padded arrow. I wish we could have caught ours on video as I may have shot Cassandra directly in the face. I was excited to stumble upon zorbing balls at another nearby park until we learned that we didn’t get to participate in zorbing races like last year. Instead, one person wore a mini zorbing ball thing and had to push the larger one until the hole was open so the partner could shoot an arrow into it. Definitely not as fun as zorbing races.

City Chase Calgary 2017 City Chase Calgary 2017


It was definitely time for lunch by this point. Our goal this year was to actually stop to eat since we failed to do so last year and it left us fairly cranky by the time we finished. We stumbled into Blaze Pizza to share a couple pizza’s and down a beer before heading on our way again. It was the perfect way to fuel up before our next challenge of pulling a school bus, which we got to complete as a team of four.

Blind Mario Kart was next, where we learned that one of us is bad at giving directions and the other might be bad at following directions. We were closing in on the cutoff time to finish with one more challenge to go, so Cassandra and I broke off from Ange and Brie to hustle to complete our final challenge, bottle rockets. Last year, Cassandra nearly knocked herself out diving to catch our bottle before it hit her on the top of the head, so this year we traded places so I could catch. Somehow Cassandra ended up shooting herself in the face instead of up in the air. Next year, we may have to consider not participating in this checkpoint, haha.

After six hours, almost 19 kilometers covered, and 55 floors climbed, we successfully crossed the finish line. While we’d have loved to see and complete more of the challenges, we had a blast running around the city doing silly things together. I seriously can’t wait until next year to do it all over again.



Sunday Runday #73

Week 5 of SeaWheeze training is in the books! Monday was a 35 minute easy run and it was deceivingly hotter out than it appeared for a lunch time run with Jessica. Wednesday I was flying solo for intervals at lunch, 6 times 30 second all out, 1 minute walk. I ate those intervals UP let me tell you. While I don’t see any improvement in speed here, I definitely am not feeling as barfy, which I take as a win.

Yesterday was the only time I could fit in a long run and I was not excited to do so since it was absolutely miserable pouring rain in the morning. I texted Cassandra, who was going to watch Liam, that I was going to bail. She offered the use of her treadmill instead and said “no excuses.” Well, the only thing worse than running 11km in the pouring rain is running 11km on a treadmill so off I went. I ended up doing closer to 12km at an average pace of 8 minutes/km.

Today, instead of running I spent all day in class becoming certified as a Pound Pro! I’m exhausted and overwhelmed but left that course inspired. I can’t wait to learn some choreography and cueing and teach my first class before the end of summer!


Did you get out to run today?

If you’re new to Sunday Runday, it’s a weekly running date for anyone and everyone to join. It doesn’t matter the distance, the time if you’re brand new or a seasoned marathoner, heck you don’t even need to run. Walk, jog, run, spin, lift, bend, move. The point is just to have fun and motivate each other to get on our feet. Get out there snap a pic, and send me your mini recap to becky at thebexfactor dot com before 7pm MST every single Sunday to be featured in this post. Or, post to social media and share the link below. If you’re a fellow blogger, grab the banner and join the link-up with your favourite run chat from the week!