Calgary Outdoor Playgroups

The Calgary Outdoor Playgroup Community was created in January of 2012. I figured that if we could get families to come outside to play in the middle of winter, our group would be a success the rest of the year.

I'm excited about the concept of outdoor playgroups because it is very unique in Calgary. We offer some of the only playgroups in the city that focus on toddlers and preschoolers.  Recently we've also been able to expand to offer infant hikes as well for baby-wearing parents looking for some mid-week exercise and friendship.

Outdoor playgroups are special in that we meet outdoors rather than in living rooms or indoor play parks. Plan for your child to be exhausted by the end of his two hour play date, covered in dirt or mud, and famished for a snack!

Moms, Dads, and Grandparents are all welcome! Outdoor playgroups are for the whole family.


Why we meet outdoors:
  • Have you ever had 18 children running around your house?  Would you want to?  Enough said.
  • I prefer to drink my coffee in a park and let my child scream outside.  Places with names like Stir Crazy really do leave me (and many children) just that - crazy. 
  • Kids want to play outdoors.  Really they do!  They just need the opportunity, a willing parent to take them outside, and friends to play with. 
  • Toddlers and preschoolers have a LOT of energy  they need to burn off.  You can take them to a McDonalds Play Park or you can take them to a real park outside.  They will use up a lot more energy running around outside.  
  • I see far too many hyper-active children running around at indoor gyms, malls, playgrounds and restaurants.   These children NEED to be outside climbing large hills, running around big fields, and releasing their crazy to the wind.
If you aren't sure your child is right for an outdoor playgroup, just come visit us one week and prove me wrong that ALL children were designed to play outdoors and explore nature.

We'd love to have you join us some week!

To join an outdoor playgroup, please visit us on Facebook at Calgary Outdoor Playgroups to find out about groups in your part of the city.  We currently have a North Calgary Family Outdoor Adventures Group as well as a South Calgary Family Outdoor Adventures Group.  Play dates happen on most days of the week.  If you are not on Facebook, please leave a message in the comments below so that I can follow up with you directly and get you connected to a group.


Below are some of my favorite photos from our Outdoor Playgroups Community over the past couple of years.


Winter Waterfall Valley Hike

Climbing trees in Confederation Park

Sledding in Confederation Park
Hiking on Nose Hill
Hiking and Biking on Nose Hill
Exploring on Nose Hill
Kids LOVE playing outdoors
Hiking in the natural area above Edworthy Park
Edworthy Park Hike along the escarpment
The kids love the bunnies in the Edgemont Ravine
Story time in the Edgemont Ravine
Playing in 12 Mile Coulee, Tuscany
Hiking in  Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Playing in the mud in the Weaselhead Natural Area
Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
Jackrabbit Trail Hike, South Glenmore Park
Kananaskis Village Day Trip
Griffith Woods Bike and Hike
Griffith Woods Pond
Douglas Fir Trail Hike, Edworthy Park
Waterfall Valley, Bowmont Park
Winter Hiking in Strathcona Ravines Park
Halloween Hike in Strathcona Ravines Park
Roasting Marshmallows in Edworthy Park
Games in the Snow - Learning to Love Winter!
Cross country skiing and Snowshoeing in Confederation Park
Winter Sledding on a Frosty Day
Winter hiking in Nose Hill Park
Easter Egg Hunt in Edworthy Park

Wiener roast in Edworthy Park
Junior Biker Gang at Prince's Island

Bike Ride to the Peace Bridge Downtown
Junior Biker Gang in Bow Valley Provincial Park

Bike Ride at Helicopter Playground

35 comments:

  1. I had no idea you were doing this! We'd love to join the fun when we can. Emailing you...

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    1. We'd love to have you join us. Tell your friends.

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  2. This is so great!! Can I join? I have a soon to be 2 and a 4 year old

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    1. Camille, you're added to the group on facebook and to my e-mail distribution list.
      Hope to meet you soon.

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  3. This sounds great! Any plans for afternoon meetups? I work at home in the mornings and I am having a devil of a time finding any kind of playgroups etc in the afternoons...

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    1. I'm open to an afternoon playgroup Wed. afternoons (most weeks) but so far haven't had much interest in it because most families have younger siblings that still nap.
      If you join the group on facebook or e-mail me, we can discuss getting together in the afternoons.

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  4. I would be interested in a Wed afternoon playgroup depending on what time.

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    1. Send me an e-mail Karen and we can discuss the Wed. afternoon option. I am good for any time Wednesday after 10:30am. My son only naps on the go right now and so I've stopped planning around him.

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  5. Any dads going along to this group? I recently returned to full time work and so my husband is the stay-at-home parent and looks after our 3 year old & the baby. He's been going to some indoor playgroups but I know he's keen to get outside!

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    1. Yes, we have dads that occasionally come out. Dads are very welcome to bring their children and we'd love to see more dads join the group.

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  6. Hi there,

    I am wondering how I can join this group? I have 2 boys ages 4 and 21 months and they would love this! I can't get them inside!

    Thanks,
    Kylee

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    1. Hi Kylee,
      As mentioned, the Friday group is currently full. Please visit the facebook group mentioned at the top of this page for Calgary Outdoor Playgroups. New groups will be forming over the summer and there will be random play dates formed as well open to all new people.

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  7. Thanks! I joined the Facebook group so hopefully I can find a group to join.

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    1. Yes, I noticed that you had liked the page. If you go back and click on the Events tab, I opened up this Friday's playgroup to guests (that would be you). We're going to Big Hill Springs Prov. Park
      I'll open up my Friday group once/month or so.

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  8. If you are ever open for more members for the group in North Calgary let me know, we would love to join you guys :)

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    1. For the moment, please follow the group on Facebook: Calgary Outdoor Playgroups at https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryOutdoorPlaygroups

      We have random play dates each month that are open to new members. There's one next week at Sandy Beach park which isn't too far South.

      Things will also be changing up quite a bit come Fall so look for more details on the page.

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  9. Laura Angelica9 August 2012 23:57

    I liked this page in Facebook. My son and I will go to Sandy Beach next Wednesday. I wonder if I need to do something else to be a member of this group or it is just from Facebook. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Laura,
      I saw that you had signed up for Sandy Beach. For now there is no official group for the Wednesday play dates. Just follow the page and sign up when you want.

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  10. Hi Tanya,

    I'm interested in joining your NW group that runs on Thursday. Please let me know how to contact you via email, text, or telephone and the fee, location and times.

    Thank you!

    Kimberly

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  11. https://www.facebook.com/groups/356968394330349/

    There's the link on Facebook to join Kimberly.
    Let me know if you aren't on FB and I can email you details.

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  12. Hi Tanya.
    I wish I would have known about you last year when I was on maternity leave for my second girl. This is TOTALLY my kind of playgroup. :) Do you ever do things on the weekend or is it just on the weekdays? If nothing else, I'm getting lots of ideas from you site of things to do. Thank you!

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    1. We occasionally do things on weekends. If you want to join the North group to find out what we do on weekends, send me an email at koob.tanya@gmail.com and I'll get you hooked up.

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  13. Nice Phography! I really like it.Thanks a lot for share this.

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    1. Thanks. And thanks for the link to your hotel. We visit Waterton each summer and would like to come in winter. Are you open in winter?

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  14. I'd love to get involved! I live in the NW, near the university. Please hook me up with a group!
    Michelle mndias@hotmail.com

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    1. I accepted you into the North Group. You should see it on your FB page.

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  15. I'm pretty keen on this idea. I live in Wildwood and would like to have the chance of latching on to a group.
    Peter (pamcinto at gmail dot com

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  16. I'd love join to this group. I have two active boys 7 years old and 21 months. What day you usually meet each other. Please add me to the group. Thanks

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    1. Hi Georgia,
      I saw your note on the outdoor playgroups page on FB. and responded with the link to join our North group. As soon as you ask to join, I'll accept the request.

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  17. Thanks for mentioning The Rosemont Community skating rinks , on Global News this morning.
    We are very proud on our Award Winning rinks ,and the volunteers that make & maintain them.
    As well as the toboggan hills and cross country trails here in Confederation Park .
    Best Regards , Bud a Rosemont Ice Guy

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    1. Thanks for maintaining the ice there! We love Confederation Park. It's a great spot for us to be able to go for a multi-sport adventure.

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  18. Hi, I just moved to Calgary, and found your blog. I would love to get connected with one of these outdoor playgroups. I live in the Northwest. Can you tell me who I might contact? Thanks so much! Carrie

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    1. Hi Carrie,
      The best way to join a group is to visit our Facebook page.
      https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryOutdoorPlaygroups

      We also have two groups running through facebook for North and South Calgary.
      The link to the north group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/356968394330349/

      If you aren't on facebook, email me at koob dot tanya at gmail dot com

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  19. Hi Tanya,
    A friend passed along your blog and I'm interested in connecting with a group. My email address is jmmorris16 at hotmail dot com
    Thanks,

    Janelle

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