Play and prizes: what could be better? Check out our ongoing contests below to learn how playing with PlayCity can be a win-win-win this summer!


Explore your city, get active, win rad prizes!

This urban scavenger hunt (based on Calgary-based artist Tom Brown’s “Finders Keepers”) challenges you to discover and explore the natural spaces in your city… and of course there’s prizes to be won!

We announce upcoming Hides on our social channels a few days in advance. The day of the hide, we’ll post a video of a team member hiding the prize to our social channels; the hide video explores the hide area, and will be your hint as to where the prize is hidden.

Here’s how to play (new rules as of July 2019):

  • Hidden at hide locations is a “Participation Postcard” - take a selfie with or photo of the postcard at the hide location (and please return it to the hide location afterwards), tag us (@playcityapp) in a post or story and include the hashtag #playcityhideandseek and you’ll be entered into a draw for a $50 MEC gift card!

  • The draw will be random, and we will post a video to show the draw and announce the winner early in the week after a Hide weekend. If you’ve won, we’ll be in touch to get you your prize!

Tune in to our social channels and Discover in the app for the next round of Hide & Seek!


Go play outside this summer, take some photos, win rad prizes!

Fresh air, physical activity, good feels. There’s so much outdoor playground to discover this summer and together with our friends at MEC, we want to tag along on your adventures!

Starting July 22, 2019, we’ll be announcing a weekly photo challenge/theme on our Instagram page, and here’s how to win:

Tag us (@playcityapp), and use the hashtag #goplayoutsidecontest in a photo post that exemplifies that week’s theme, and you’ll be entered to win a $50 MEC gift card. At the end of each week, we’ll choose a lucky winner!

All submissions have the chance to be featured on PlayCity, MEC Nation, and MEC social channels!

Week 1 (July 22-29, 2019) Challenge: Take and post to Instagram a photo/selfie with a friend (new or old!) enjoying your outdoor activity of choice and write a short caption about why you like to do this activity together.

Week 2 (July 23-August 6, 2019) Challenge: Take and post to Instagram a photo/selfie with a friend (new or old!) enjoying an outdoor play FIRST (e.g. trying a new activity/sport, exploring a new trail, finally reaching the summit, doing an activity for the first time together, etc.) and write a caption about your favourite part.

Week 3 (August 7-14, 2019) Challenge: Take a photo with/of a friend, match, or a group of friends taking part in an environmentally-conscious practice during your favourite outdoor activity (e.g. picking up found garbage on the trail, hiking out your camp waste, using your favourite re-usable water bottles, attending a MEC outdoors educational class, etc.).

Week 4 (August 14-22, 2019) Challenge: Let’s help each other discover a few new places to bike, hike, swim, run, or play before the summer is over! Post a photo with/of a friend in one of your favourite places to escape to in the outdoors and tell us a little about it, how you discovered it, and/or any pro-tips for anyone venturing there for the first time!