Sweet summer days

Story by Patricia Merrick

Days spent outside, filled with sunshine and making memories with our children, are finally here. Luckily for Airdrie parents, there is plenty to do to keep kids busy throughout the summer, without having to leave the city.

A must-add to the summer to-do list is Chinook Winds Spray Park. The park features slides, ground sprays, interactive water toys and a water table for toddlers, as well as public washrooms and picnic tables. It is a popular summer activity, so it’s best to arrive in the morning if you want to use a picnic table.

The Airdrie Public Library hosts stories in the park for families at Chinook Winds Park and Nose Creek Regional Park on weekdays starting in June. Dates and times will be posted on the library’s website at

The Airdrie Farmers Market is fun for the whole family, too, with a variety of vendors and food trucks set up each week and a park on-site for kids to play at. The market is held every Wednesday afternoon and evening at Jensen Park from June to October. Visit Airdrie Farmers Market on Facebook for updates throughout the season.

Community Links runs a well-loved messy-play drop-in program for little ones and their parents. Dates and times are posted on the organization’s website at

There are family-friendly events held in Airdrie throughout the summer, as well, like the Canada Day parade and fireworks and the Airdrie Pro Rodeo held on Canada Day weekend.

Plenty of local organizations put on a variety of summer camps, including Genesis Place, Color Me Mine, Airdrie Music Lessons, Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie, Airdrie Martial Arts Centre, Elements Dance Co., Explosive Edge, and The Little Gym — to name a few. You can also register your kids for swimming lessons over the summer at Genesis Place.

There are always things to do in your own backyard, too, whether it’s fingerpainting, sidewalk chalk or making water-themed sensory bins for toddlers, such as dish-washing or scoop and pour stations. And, if you don’t have a yard, Airdrie isn’t short of parks and green spaces. Enjoy a summer-evening walk as a family, stop at a park and grab some ice cream at a local business.

At the end of the day, whatever is within your means, spending time with your children and creating memories is what they will cherish most.