International Students

Summer Activities 2021

We put together a comprehensive list of things to do during your off hours. During this time, it is important that you exercise both your brain and your body. Please note this is for your convenience and information but the Calgary Board of Education does not endorse anything on this list.


Now is a great time to try something you haven’t tried before. While some activities may be limited due to COVID-19, there is still lots to do. From hiking to biking and everything in between, there is something for everyone!

City of Calgary: things to do in and around Calgary.

Visit Calgary: An Insiders Guide to the Top Hiking Experiences in Calgary

Travel Alberta: Hiking in Alberta

Calgary Public Library’s virtual programs

Family Fun Canada: Calendar of Events for Families in Calgary

Online Physical Education Network:

Anxiety Canada: Online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety

Metropolitan Opera: streams a different encore performance every night, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

Ongoing Learning Websites

Global Village Victoria: General English, IELTS preparation lessons, students in Calgary can only access online courses (Students need to be 16 years old or up for taking most of the programs like GEP and IELTS, Teen Activity program in summer are for younger students. Fees apply).

Learn Alberta: Curated resources that support the Alberta Program of Studies topics, filtered by grade, subject, language, audience, media format, and type of learning resource.

My Child's Learning: A Parent's Resource: A great resource for supporting families to have an “at-a-glance" summary of the curriculum for their student across the disciplines in Grades K – 12.

Bookflix: Stories come to life with animated pictures and words to help young children learn to read. Choose from books about animals and nature, adventure, or ABCs and 123s. Continue learning after the story with related quizzes and puzzles. Access with library card number and pin.

Tumblebooks: Listen and read-along to animated story books for young children, their parents, and teachers. Play games and watch videos from National Geographic. Includes a selection of French picture books. Access with library card number and pin.

Teen Book Cloud. An online collection of eBooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content. Access with library card number and pin.

Science Reference Centre: Learn about famous scientists, applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth science, energy, and astronomy in journal articles, ebooks, and images. Access with library card number and pin.

Fabled Cottage: Bilingual tales for language learners. Traditional stories lovingly retold in modern language. (Optional) parallel English texts. Recorded by native speakers, slowly and clearly.

Raz-Kids: Leveled books for young readers (fees apply).

University of Cambridge free online math magazine aimed at older students and adults.

CEMC at Home offers a wide variety of games, new problems to solve, applications, videos, pointers to existing materials and more to support learn-at-home activities for grades 4-12.

Edmonton Public School Board app and website with learning activities designed for learning from home in a way that doesn't feel like school work - games, art projects, cooking for Grades K-12.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners from grades K-12 to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Interactive Mathematics Glossary

National Geographic: information, articles, videos, games and more that are specific to exploring Canada.

National Geographic: explore videos, pictures, books and magazines to learn about animals, environment, history, people, places, and science from around the world. Suitable for K-12.

New York Times: Article of the Day, Primary documents, Lesson Plans, Argumentative essay topics and questions, Poetry, Visual literacy and videos, Books, Word of the day, and Contests.

Smithsonian: The world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo. They have developed a special section under "For Kids and Teens" with fun activities to do online.

ACS Chemistry for Life: Student programs, resources, experiments and games exploring Chemistry for Grades K-12.

ACEE: An Alberta-based hub for finding new resources, programs, PD, and grants to support environmental and energy education in the K-12 classroom in keeping with the 2019 K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence.

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Experiments you can do at home for Grades K-12.

Brainson: A science podcast for kids and curious adults.

Periodic Table of Elements: Boeing software engineer Keith Enevoldsen designed “The Periodic Table of Elements, in Pictures and Words” as a visual teaching tool for Grades K-12.

NASA: Space and science related activities divided by grade ranges K-12, including a STEM for families site.

Science News for Students posts both shorter news stories and longer features, all written with a vocabulary and sentence structure aimed at readers Grades 3-9: