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Summer Programs

As of JULY 5, 2021, Masks are still mandatory during your visit to The Military Museums, please come prepared with your mask and your imagination for a fun day filled with activities. 

Please see our FAQ page for more information on what we are doing to keep you safe and healthy.

Summer is finally here! 
At the Military Museums Foundation (TMMF) we are offering summer programs that are completely interactive. During the summer we offer programs that are based both inside and outside the museum taking full at advantage of our facilities and space to let children explore Canadian military history at its fullest. We have two main program types, 45-60 minute interactive programs and 45 minute tours of our gallery spaces. If you are unsure of what programs may best suit your group, please contact the Education Coordinator at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca.

Pricing and Group Sizes 

The minimum group size for a day of programming is 15 participants. As of June 10, 2021 we are limiting the capacity of our programming to twenty people per interpreter with a maximum of 3 interpreters for a total for 60 people per program. For groups larger then this we will have to book multiple days. 

Programs are full day (5-hours), we charge $20.00 per participant for a full day of fun hands on activities. 

Our pricing for adult supervisors is based on ratio. For students 10 years old or younger, one adult will be free for every six students. For students aged 11+, one adult will be free for every ten students. All additional adults outside of this ratio will be charged $6.00.

Every other Friday we will be offering "drop-in" days for people looking to enrol their children. Day rates remain the same, if minimum group size requirements are not met drop-in will be automatically rescheduled for a later date.  Dates are as follows:

June 25, 2021,  10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

July 9, 2021 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

July 23, 2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

August 20 2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

To register as a group click here

To register for Friday drop in day click here

How to Book a Day

For a full day, please plan for 5 hours between arrival and departure. This allows time for 4 blocks of programming, a snack break, and a lunch break.

Next, read through the program descriptions below. To meet the variety of abilities and interests a group may have, existing programming can be altered upon request. To discuss this accommodation, please contact our Education Coordinator at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca. 

Finally, fill in the Google form found below the program descriptions. Our Education Coordinator will draft a sample schedule for you, and upon your approval, will send you a letter of confirmation for your booking. Using one of your program blocks for free time in the galleries (“Time to Explore”) is highly recommended, however it is not required if you feel that it would not suit your group. We look forward to hosting you!

*Due to COVID-19 limitations, our response times may be slightly delayed. We will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.

Sample Booking 


GROUP A

GROUP B

9:30 – 9:45

(15 minutes)

ARRIVAL, RULES and COAT CHECK

ARRIVAL, RULES and COAT CHECK

9:45 – 10:30

(45 minutes)

BASIC TRAINING 

(Activity)

Artefact Handling

(Activity)

10:30 – 10:35
(5 minutes)

Rotation Time


10:35 – 11:20

(45 minutes)

Artefact Handling

(Activity)

BASIC TRAINING 

(Field Outside Museum)

11:20 – 11:50
(5 minutes)

Lunch Time
Education Center

Lunch Time
Vending Area

11:50 – 12:35
(45 minutes)

Bridge Building

(Patio outside Navy)

Gallery Tour 

(Leader's choice)

12:35 – 12:40
(5 minutes)

Rotation Time


12:40 – 1:25
(45 minutes)

Gallery Tour 

(Leader's choice)

Bridge Building

(Patio outside Navy)

1:25 – 1:40
(15 minutes)

Snack Time 

Snack Time 

1:40 - 2:20

(40 minutes)

Time to Explore
All galleries
(Adult supervised)
Time to Explore
All galleries
(Adult supervised)

2:20 - 2:30 

(10 minutes)

Farewell 


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS 

These programs fill one schedule block each. They include a variety of presentation, tour, and activity elements.

1917

Recommended for all ages 

The year is 1917 and a large battle is about to take place. Only the Germans have heard about it and have launched a counterattack. Groups will be tasked with finding deciphering codes located in the tank park in order to stop the battle before it is too late.

Air Raid 

Recommended for all ages 


Air raids were very real threat in the Second World War and the Cold War, and even the youngest schoolchildren were taught how to prepare for them. Children will test different and more effective ways to survive such a raid. 


Basic Training

Recommended for all ages 


Ever wonder what it is like for soldiers to go through basic training? Here is your chance! Children will go through activities that are designed to mimic that of what soldiers do during basic training. Activities include, marching and bayonet drill, and even an aptitude test that soldiers would have taken during the First World War.


Building Bridges 

Recommended for ages 9 and up


Soldiers do a lot more than just fire guns. One of the many things that peacekeepers do on peace building missions are deliver aid and help rebuild infrastructure. During this program children get to put their creativity and engineering skills to the test. Groups will have 45 minutes to build a strong and sturdy bridge capable of withstanding weights.

Packages From Home 

Recommended for all ages 

Packages from home have been boosting the morale of soldiers for as long as there has been reliable mail delivery. Children will learn about the kinds of things that families and aid societies would send overseas, and then build care packages assembly-line style.

Double Cross

Recommended for all ages


The Cold War ushered in an era of intrigue, spying, and double-crossing that remains a point of fascination today! Children will learn to find the clues and figure out how to use code to uncover the truth through this interactive game.


Landmines: An Explosive Lesson About War 

Recommended for all ages 


Long after wars end, minefields leave a deadly threat in their place. Students will learn about landmines and other explosive threats through interactive games.


Nose Art is it Anyways? 

Recommended for all ages 


Explore the ways that soldiers in the Air Force identified themselves through imagery. Children will learn about nose art and its use as a form of propaganda and have a chance to create their own piece of artwork.


Paratrooper: To Float or not to Float? 

Recommended for all ages 


Which falls faster, a crumpled or a flat sheet of paper? Children will experiment with the basics of gravity and aerodynamics to figure out how paratroopers make it safely to the ground.


Rationing: Grocery Store Games 

Recommended for all ages 


The war is on, and supplies are getting harder to come by. In the style of a resource management game, children will discover the difficulties of life on the Homefront under rationing orders.


Tank Building

Recommended for all ages 


In the shadows of the tank park, students will work together to design and build their own armoured vehicle competing to see who has the best tank.


Track the Story of a Soldier on D-Day 

Recommended for all ages 

Soldiers would often keep diaries while on the front lines. Children will be tasked with finding and deciphering what happened to this soldier leading up to and once he landed on the beaches of Normandy.

Time to Explore
Strongly recommended for all classes

Time to Explore offers a free block of good old fashioned museum wandering to the end of your schedule. Scavenger hunts are available upon request.

TOURS

These programs fill one schedule block each. For a half day, we recommend no more than one tour. For a full day, we recommend no more than two. They can be adapted for any age group.


Air Force Tour

A guided tour of the Air Force Museum of Alberta, from the earliest days of aviation to modern search and rescue.


Army Tour

A guided tour of the Army Museum of Alberta, from the signing of the treaties to Canadian comforts in Kandahar.


Naval Tour

A guided tour of the Naval Museum of Alberta, from Napoleon’s surrender on the HMS Bellerophon to stealthy, unpiloted crafts.


Air Force Hangars Tour

A tour of the Air Force Hangars, led by one of our knowledgeable Air Force veteran volunteers.

*This is only available before 16:00, and is also dependent on the availability of a volunteer. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of these volunteers is our first priority. In the event that this tour is not possible, our Education Coordinator will contact you to arrange an alternative.


Tour of the Regiments

A guided tour of the four regimental galleries at The Military Museums: Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, The Calgary Highlanders, The King’s Own Calgary Regiment, and Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians).


Women in War Tour

A multi-gallery tour exploring the history of Canadian women’s involvement in war efforts from 1899 until 2017.


Interpreter’s Choice

Our interpreters are just as excited to be here as you are! Let your guide for the day show you their favourite spots in our seven permanent galleries and various rotating exhibits. You might just learn something you wouldn’t on another tour.


Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment is accepted either upon confirmation of booking, or upon entrance to the Museums. Groups will be required to make a single payment that includes admission for all attending students, as well as any extra adults attending outside of ratio. In-person payments are accepted in cash, debit, credit or cheque formats. In any other case, an invoice will be sent. All cheques must be made out to “The Military Museums Foundation.” Emailed receipts will be issued upon request. Online Payments can be made on Paypal to mailto:tmmfoundation@themilitarymuseums.ca or on our website under the donate tab here.

Email notice concerning booking changes, cancellation, or rescheduling must be given one week [7 days] before the date of your scheduled visit; changes made within the week will result in a $35 administrative charge. Please direct any change requests to our Education Coordinator at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca. Please note that without appropriate notification your group will be charged the full program cost with original attendance numbers. Upon arrival at the Museums, if the total number of your group is >20% lower than the original number on the booking request, then the interpreters will charge for the original number, as this is what we have staffed for. Thank you for your consideration.

**Due to the current worldwide pandemic, any changes or cancellations made to a booking as a result of public health regulations will not result in any penalties for bookings. In any other case, the original booking policy is still in effect.


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