Calgary, AB,

Calgary celebrates National Child Day with free children’s activities

On Nov. 22, The City of Calgary, along with the United Way and other community partners, is hosting Calgary Play Day. A day to help celebrate and support every child’s right to play and help recognize the United Nations' Declaration of the Child and the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 “We feel strongly that recreation and play are central to a child’s health and well being,” says Heather Cowie, manager with Recreation. “It is important to recognize the rights of children, such as the right to play.”

The public is invited to attend any number of family friendly events on Nov. 22, including:

  • a carnival at Connaught School
  • a treelay race at Devonian Gardens
  • an open house and children’s art exhibit at Wildflower Arts Centre
  • free swimming and skating for children 12 and under during designated public hours at city-operated recreation facilities

Times and locations for these events are available online.

National Child Day marks the occasion when Canada adopted the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. Celebrating National Child Day is about celebrating children as active participants in their own lives and communities. It is also a day to remember that children need support, encouragement and respect to grow to their full potential.

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