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17 Fun & Unique Indoor Activities To Avoid The Cold In Calgary This Winter

Sometimes it's better to stay inside. 😌
Staff Writer
18 Indoor Activities In Calgary That Will Help You Beat The Cold

This winter has been brutally cold in Calgary and honestly, we are over it. While we wish summer would just hurry up already, it looks like it’s going to take its sweet time. Luckily for us, there are some awesome things to do indoors and away from the cold. In order to make sure you don’t freeze, we came up with a list of some super fun indoor activities in Calgary. You’re welcome. 

This winter has been a journey. While the Famers Almanac did state that we would have a chilly winter, we still got hit with temperatures that shocked us. 

From being up there with the coldest places on the planet to being warmer than Florida, it has been a wild ride. 

Now, we are back to being chilly and while it would be great to go outside and get some fresh air, sometimes all you want to do is stay warm. 

Thankfully, Calgary has no shortage of things to do and we came up with a list of indoor activities that will ensure you don’t catch hypothermia. 

From food-oriented events to concerts and art openings, we covered all the bases if we do say so ourselves. 

Whether you are looking to fill an evening or a weekend full of adventure, this list should have you covered. 

So ditch the jacket and mittens and hit up some of these indoor activities. Your chilly toes will thank you. 

Find the Hidden Restaurant 

Address: 7212 Macleod Tr. S.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This restaurant is literally hidden behind a Coca-Cola vending machine. The Japanese restaurant has some amazing eats that are all here to help you warm up this winter. Good luck finding it.

Harry Potter in Concert 

Price: $25+

When: Friday, March 12 to Saturday, March 14, 2020

Address: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave. N.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: You know you love Harry Potter, so why not watch it in theatres? The orchestra will be taking over all the music which means you will be watching an old classic in a completely new way.

Model For a Day at the Selfie Studio

Price: $35

Address: 200 118 8 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This “selfie studio” in Calgary looks epic and you can even rent your own Instagram husband while you're there. Altogether, there are over 30 different backdrops to choose from and they are all gram-worthy. From bathtubs to balloons, this facility has it all.

Hit Up Happy Hour at Chilitos Taberna  

Address: 1309 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary

Why You Need To Go: This restaurant will make you feel like you’re in the tropics. Their happy hour is amazing an filled with great drinks and tacos. What more could you ask for?

Stroll Through Devonian Gardens

Price: Free

Address: 400 317 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This indoor garden will make you feel like it’s not actually winter out there. They have over 500 varieties of trees and 50 different kinds of plants. See how many you recognize.

Step Out of Reality at VRKADE

Price: $25

Address: 2020 32 Avenue NE R, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: VR is so much fun and it’s the perfect winter activity. Strap on the headgear and play literally any game you want at this arcade. Needless to say, you won't be bored.

Visit the Museum of the Moon

Price: $10

When: Now until March 14, 2020

Address: 701 11 St. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This floating moon exhibit is bringing a massive replica of the moon and it looks gorgeous. You’ll seriously be in shock viewing this art exhibit and it’s a great way to spend a chilly winter evening.

Revisit Your Childhood With Bumper Cars on Ice 

Price: $20

When: February 2020

Address: TBD

Why You Need To Go: Bumper cars are already fun but have you ever done it on ice? Probably not, but you should. Put your friends up to the ultimate test. You know it sounds fun.

Play All the Pinball at Pin-Bar

Price: $10 every Sunday

Address: 501 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This pinball bar has dozens of games to choose from and on Sundays it always so cheap. Whether you go alone or go with a group of friends, you will be out of the cold and happy.

Relax With Fur Friends at the Regal Cat Cafe 

Price: $10

Address: 303 10 St. N.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: It’s cold out there so why not cuddle up with some cats. This self-proclaimed kitty kingdom is a great place to grab a coffee and get your fair share of pet therapy.

Check Out Oomomo 

Address: Pacific Place Mall, 999 36 St. N.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Calgary finally got a super cheap Japanese store and it’s everything. Beat the cold and get all your shopping done in one. From household goods to food and beauty products, this place has it all and it’s all straight from Japan.

Wizard’s Beer Festival 

Price: $45

When: Sunday, February 23, 2020

Address: Vagabond Calgary, 1129 Olympic Way S.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Dress up as your favourite Harry Potter character and hit up this epic Wizard’s Beer Festival. With your, ticket you’ll have access to a free drink and there will also be tarot card readings, DIY wand making, and much more.

Poutine Festival 

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, February 7

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: This week-long food-oriented event has tons of restaurants from around the city creating amazing and crazy poutines. Just be sure to go hungry.

Breakfast fondue 

Price: $18

Address: 1301 10 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you have a sweet tooth than Monki Bistro is for you. The fondue comes with fresh fruit, waffle crisps, and three shots of chocolate that include dark, Earl Grey, pink, white, or matcha. What more could you need to warm up?

Shop at Urban Thrift 

Address: 3434 34 Ave. N.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Calgary has some epic thrift stores and one of the best is Urban Thrift. From unreal vintage finds to lightly used new items, you're guaranteed to find something your closet needs.

Go to the Top of the Calgary Tower 

Price: $18

Address: 101 9 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: The Calgary Tower was closed for quite some time but thankfully it is finally open again. Get up to the top and see an epic view of the city without having to step outside in the cold. You can even have dinner while you're up there.

Warm Up at Hot Chocolate Festival

Price: $5+

When: Friday, February 1 to Saturday, February 29

Address: Various locations

Why You Need To Go: What better way to warm up this winter than with hot chocolate? Almost the entire city is making a special hot chocolate creation for the festival and they all sound amazing. See how many you can try.

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