Social Events & Guest Events

Have some fun networking and meeting new friends and contacts within the play industry by attending some of our social events.

Wild Wednesday Evening Extravaganza
Day 1 – Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Telus Convention Centre

Get to know your fellow delegates while having fun, fun and more fun!

Join us at the Telus Convention Centre for an evening of high energy games, carnival styled activities, entertainment and a surprise feature.

Enjoy your favourite carnival style snacks and share your creativity as we build one of the biggest indoor forts in Canada.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Cinema Under the Stars
Day 3 – Friday, September 15, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Prince’s Island Park

Join local Calgarians and celebrate a FREE family friendly movie event in the park!

Enjoy pre-show activities and entertainment with tasty food truck sales starting at 6:30 p.m.

Experience a special outdoor movie under the stars starting at 8:00 p.m. As this is a movie in the park, there is no seating for this event. We encourage you to sit on the lawn and dress appropriately.

Note: Times and programming are subject to change.

Unleash the Celebration Event
Day 4 – Saturday, September 16
7 p.m. – midnight
Telus Convention Centre

Join us on Saturday, September 16 to Unleash the Celebration at our Red and White event to close the conference!

A night of food, drinks, demonstrations and dancing will finalize our four days of learning, listening and networking. Experience six exhibits that embrace play and learning with your fellow conference delegates, discover the science behind being human, explore your creative side, investigate Alberta’s unique geology and train your brain at an outdoor adventure space all while dressed in the colours of Canada.

There are two ways to purchase your ticket to Unleash the Celebration Event:

  1. Purchase a ticket as part of your conference registration.
  2. There will be a limited amount of tickets available for purchase onsite at the conference.


Guest Program

Each day during the conference, there will be a daily destination. Just sign-up at the conference and go with a local volunteer and other conference families.  Destinations include Heritage Park, Southland Leisure Centre and Nose Hill Park.

These trips will be informal and quite inexpensive. Please note that you will need to pay your own way (public transportation, admission, food, etc.).

Each conference day, there will also be free play events downtown, and a huge Play Event finale.  The IPA conference is at the same time as Beakerhead, a celebration of arts, sciences, and engineering.