Spring break the right way at the Calgary Zoo! Here are our top ten tips…

The Calgary Zoo is situated in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, just an hour's drive from the Canadian Rockies.

Spring has sprung in Calgary- and so has Spring Break! The first day of this lovely season is March 20, which means it’s that time of year where #yyc weather will begin to warm, and students are looking for some fun during their time off.

If you’re searching for a unique outing and want to try out some engaging attractions during this time with your kids, look no further than the Calgary Zoo.

We’ve got the fun (and the variety) to keep your family entertained this spring break.

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Heed the call of the Cretaceous and join us for Dinosaurs Alive 2016!

Become part of the prehistoric family at the Iguanodon photo of in Dinosaurs Alive!

The Calgary Zoo will once again venture back in time with the re-opening of our prehistoric park on March 18. Returning for the season will be more than twenty animatronic dinosaurs and beloved roving mascots Rex and Sam, the latter being our adventurous junior paleontologist whose mission is to share his love of all things dino. Catch them both throughout the park daily and make sure to take a selfie with a Tyrannosaurus rex!

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Dinosaurs Alive…hibernating for the winter?

A worker attaches the leg of an animatronic dinosaur for the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit.

If you’re wandering the Calgary Zoo in the coming months, you might stop by Prehistoric Park (PHP)– only to find it closed for the season on November 1. Why? Well don’t worry, these dinos aren’t going extinct- it’s more like a hibernation of sorts….

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Sam’s field notes: Marine Reptiles

Sam's Field Notes - Dinosaurs Alive collage

Hi everyone, it’s your resident dinosaur fan, Sam!

I spent this past week in the ‘Zoo Explorers’ summer camp and learned so many things! We went for a walk in the Prehistoric Park, and I noticed some really cool reptiles in the lagoon.They go by many names such as Elasmosaurus, Nothosaurus, and Tanystropheus, but my favorite the big and scary Tylosaurus.

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Sam’s field notes: Ankylosaurus

Sam's Field Notes

Howdy! Sam here. Today I’d like to tell you about another super cool dinosaur that I learned about: Ankylosaurus! I see that it’s another huge dinosaur for sure! I wonder why we don’t see as many little dinosaurs? I think that maybe it’s harder for the small dinosaurs to become fossils, or maybe there were just more big dinosaurs.

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Sam’s field notes: Struthiomimus

Sam's Field Notes

Hello everyone, it’s your favourite future palaeontologist Sam!

I went to the zoo with my grandparents this weekend, and I learned what dinosaurs and animals like to eat. One of the interpreters told me that there were dinosaurs that were ‘omnivores’- which means they eat plants and meat. I do too (except for broccoli)! One of my favourite animals at the zoo is the Grizzly bear, and I know that they’re an omnivore.

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Sam’s field notes: Velociraptor


Hello again, it’s Sam coming to you from the Calgary Zoo’s Prehistoric Park!

I just went to the movie theaters to see a movie that I’ve been excited about since like grade one: Jurassic World! It was so awesome! I think that if there’s a Jurassic World that I’d like to work there. I looked at my books and the velociraptor looks WAY different than the ones in the movie. Real velociraptors were only about as tall as a big dog, and as long as my dad is when he’s laying on the couch watching football. I wonder why they got so big in the movie?

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Sam’s field notes: Triceratops


Hello again, it’s Sam coming to you from the Calgary Zoo’s Prehistoric Park!

My cousins are in town – they came to visit the Calgary Stampede, and I wanted to show them the zoo! They were looking for something fun to do before they left, and what’s better than spending a day in the sun with dinosaurs!?

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Sam’s field notes: Apatosaurus


Now that’s a HUMUNGOUS dinosaur! This is Sam, and I’m standing at a dinosaur that’s so big that it looks even bigger than my school bus!

It’s called Apatosaurus and it is called a sauropod or long-necked dinosaur. One of the educators told me that sauropod means ‘lizard foot,’ and I thought that’s a weird name – it’s feet don’t look like any of the lizards at the zoo.

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Sam’s field notes: Tyrannosaurus rex


Hello there! Sam here to tell you all about one of my favorite dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex!

When I walked up to it I couldn’t believe how huge she is. I was staring at how big her legs were around, and I think that T-rex would have a hard time playing hide and seek. She probably wouldn’t be very good at tag either with her little arms….. I’d still play with her though, as long as she promised not to bite.

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