What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

City and Baby is a blog for parents with an urge to get out of the house. We explore all that the Edmonton region has to offer families with kids six and younger. From unique events, fun activities, attractions, baby-friendly businesses to product must-haves, CityandBaby.com is your guide to savouring Edmonton with your little ones in tow.

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CityandBaby Turns Four | What To Do With Your Kids This Weekend in Edmonton

Make sure to buy your Community League Membership this weekend.  

This weekend marks City and Baby’s 4th Birthday! Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. It feels like only yesterday that I was struggling to find the confidence to publish the first few posts. On the other hand, raising two beautiful children, working full-time (and then some), creating City and Baby and volunteering for Ronald McDonald House can make the days long. But they sure are rewarding! I am thankful for my beautiful life and most of all my family, friends and readers who have stuck with me over the last four years. I really believe in living fully. The full width of my life. City and Baby is rewarding to me because I can share my passion for Edmonton, help others make the most of family-life in Edmonton and connect with you.

Thank you so much for being here. 

And now what you came here for...... what to do with your kids this weekend in Metro Edmonton! 


Community League Day
Did you know that community leagues were born in Edmonton in 1907?! That’s more than 100 years ago. We were the first Canadian city to adopt the concept of community-based organizations.  And even today there is no other comparable structure anywhere in another city in the world. Our community perspective is one of the reasons why I love Edmonton and this is one of my favourite days.
What: A day to focus on our communities, get out and meet neighbours and buy your annual membership!  Check out the list of all the community events planned towards the bottom of the page.
Where:  All over Edmonton!!
When:  Saturday, September 20, 2014. 

Tip:  You can buy your community league membership online!


Fall-o-Ween Fest
What: Full of rich autumn not-to be missed activities and decorative displays, interactive events for kids, panning for gems, musical entertainment, farmyard friends, corn maze, Lost Lemon Mine, Children’s Puppet Theatre, and the Ghost Town of Boo’n Accord.
56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord (25 mm north of Edmonton)
September 20-21, 2014. 11am – 5pm.


Party In The Park
 A family fun day connecting parents with favorite local businesses and services, from party planning to family related services. Tickets are $20/family and include free glitter tattoos, face painting, bouncy castles, jedi training and toy testing, with over $5,000 in door prizes. Visit with Anna & Elsa, Spiderman and Mario too. Tip: Use PARKPARTY to save $5.00
The Agora (Strathcona County Library Building), Sherwood Park
Sunday, September 21, 2014. 10 – 4pm.


Engineering Expo 2014
What: Interactive displays and demonstrations of exciting technologies, and guided tours through some of the most sophisticated teaching and research facilities in the country.  Children ages 6-12 will enjoy ENGG Zone activities designed to teach them about Engineering and Science through fun, interactive projects and demonstrations.
Where: Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex, University of Alberta
Saturday, September 202, 2014. 10am – 3pm


Tibetan Bazaar
What:  Shop for unique items from dozens of vendors displaying beautiful handmade crafts from Tibet, Nepal and India. Enjoy delicious Tibetan food - momos (Tibetan dumpling) and more. Dharma talks by Spiritual Director Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe.
Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Avenue, Edmonton,
September 20-21, 2014.


Community Harvest Fair
A variety of fall farm fun for families, including hayrides, farm games, vintage tractors, farmers market,  live music, learn how to make rolled beeswax candles and enjoy a pulled pork sandwich (proceeds from food sales support the grain elevator and a new train station)
120 Railway Avenue - Grain Elevator Site, Spruce Grove
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014. 9:30 – 1:30pm


Downtown Fall Festival
What: A fall favourite with ferris wheel, pony rides, petting zoo, balloon animals, jumpy houses, and taste of downtown. Start pancake breakfast (8am-11am at the Pioneer House)
Fort Saskatchewan, 100 Avenue and 103 Street
Saturday, September 20, 2014. 11am – 3pm.


Kung Fu Panda 2 : Family Favourites
Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace until a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.  Commonsense Media rates it best for 7 year olds.
Where: Participating Cineplex Theatres
Saturday, September 20, 2014. 11am.


Mark Your Calendar!
Here are some events and shows coming up that you may want to plan ahead to attend.

What events did I miss? Please add them to the comments below for other readers.


Eats n Beats Westridge Family Party | Sept 13, 2014

Join the Westridge~Wolf Willow~Country Club Community League for an outdoor family event on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

You’ll be entertained by Uptown, a cover band that plays classics from the 70s disco and funk, to today's latest pop and dance hits.

Grab dinner at one of the yummy food trucks: The Local Omnivore, Jimmy Poblano, Keilan's Creamery and Orbit.

A lovely way to wrap up the summer indeed. 


Eats n Beats Westridge Family Party (PDF)
September 13, 2014 4:00 – 8:00pm
Westridge Community Rink and grounds.
505 Wolf Willow Road


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | August 23 - 24

Photo from Edmonton Marathon. (http://www.edmontonmarathon.ca)


Alberta Open Farm Days What: An opportunity to get to know local farmers and understand where our food comes from. On Saturday, there are a variety of culinary events (fees apply). Then on Sunday,  60 farms across Alberta are opening their gates and hearts to share with you and your kids.

Where: Around Alberta. Check out the map.

When: Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.


Summer Reading Club: Closing Celebrations
Eureka, you did it! Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading Club.
Participating Edmonton Public Libraries
Saturday, August 23. Various times.


Kids Fringe
What: A free family-friendly mini-Fringe site with crafts, art exploration and entertainment, with a special tots tent. For shows appropriate for younger audiences check out this listing.  

Where: Old Strathcona. (site map)
August 15 – 24, 2014.


Edmonton Marathon
What: This family oriented weekend takes participants on a route overlooking Edmonton's beautiful River Valley and through several of Edmonton's historic and scenic neighbourhoods. Introduce your kids to running through the Kids 1km run/walk on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be the 5km, 10km, 21.1km and Marathon run/walk events.
 ABC Kids Activities and 1km Run/Walk, Foote Field, South Campus, University of Alberta.

The Sunday events start and end at the Shaw Conference Centre. 

When:  Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.


International Youth Day 2014
A day to recognize youth efforts to enhance global society and to engage youth in becoming more involved in their communities. Free activities – games, bouncy castles, live music, hay rides, and more.
Where: Castle Downs District Park beside Castle Downs Family YMCA, 153 Avenue & 119 Street.
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014. 11am – 4pm.


"Home to Beverly" Centennial Celebrations
What:  12 block parade (pdf route), cultural performances and street concert including Captain Tractor, Ann Vriend, Boogie Patrol and more.
Bevery Community, performance at 39 St. on 118 Ave.
Saturday, August 23, 2014. Parade at 11am. Performances at 12pm.

* Beverly Centennial Celebrations continue on Sunday with a Picnic in Rundle Park with games and entertainment. 12pm – 4pm.


Friends Ukrainian Music Fest
Experience a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian musician. Concert, workshops, village market and childrens’ activities (wagon rides, jumpy slide, face painting). Arrive early to enjoy the a strawberry and cream pancake breakfast in support of the Village Society.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Located 25 mins east of Edmonton along Hwy 16.
When:  Sunday, August 24, 2014.  Doors at 9am.


Viva Italia. Viva Edmonton
What: Celebrate and re-engage with community. Live music, kids corner, car show, soccer and bocce tournaments and yummy food.
Where: Giovanni Caboto Park, 9403 109A Avenue NW
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014. 12 – 8pm. 


Nature's Ultimate Survivors
What: Learn all about animal adaptations and what resident animals do to survive in the wild. How do animals stay warm? How to they catch their food? How do they see in the dark?
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014. 12 - 4pm.


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | August 14 - 16

Photo by Julie, Dave & Family via Flickr. 

Edmonton Latin Festival
What: This free family event celebrates Latin heritage and Hispanic culture. Go for live music, dancing, food, arts & crafts.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 2014.


18th Annual Dragon Boating Festival
Watch paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River. Festival goers will also enjoy team chants, entertainment, beer gardens and food truck vendors.
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park  *Parking is beyond limited so park up the hill and walk down. 
When: Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17, 2014


Kids Fringe
What: A free family-friendly mini-Fringe site with crafts, art exploration and entertainment, with a special tots tent. For shows appropriate for younger audiences check out this listing.  
Where: Old Strathcona. (site map)
August 15 – 24, 2014.


What the Truck!?
Dinner in the park! This highly anticipated food truck event pops up around Edmonton bringing together a collection of delicious food on wheels. Choose from 9 trucks’ menus, have an easy picnic in the park then play until dusk.
Where: Borden Park, 7507 Borden Park Road (northwestern part)
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014. 4pm - 8pm 


Grove Cruise
What: A three-day automobile focused party. Go for the pancake breakfast, parade, show and shine, inflatables and adrive-in movie showing Turbo.
Where: Spruce Grove, Henry Singer Park and other locations.
When: Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17, 2014


The Farm and Heritage Carnival
What: This Grain Elevator fundraising event features balloon animals, pony rides, face paining, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, games, corn feast, lego and crafts. Tickets range from $1 - $4.
Where: Spruce Grove, 120 Railway Avenue. (off of HWY 16A)
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014. 12 – 7pm.


FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada: Quarterfinal
Canada meets Germany in the Quarterfinal. Let’s get out and cheer our team on! Look for the Me+3 offer on the ticket site which allows you to get 4 seats in a row for the price of three.
Commonwealth Stadium.
Saturday, August 16, 2014. 6pm.


Book Sales!
Two book sales are happening this weekend – Edmonton Public Library and Strathcona County Library. I love these for building up our home library. 


August Long Weekend | What To Do With Kids In Edmonton


Mothers Market
What: The Mother's Market is a INDOOR community marketplace for farmers and artisan food and goods producers to showcase their produce/products that is grown, raised or made by them in Edmonton and region.
Where: 10251 109 Street NW.
When:  Fridays (11am – 7pm) Saturday and Sundays (9am – 4pm)


Servus Heritage Festival
What: What: A celebration and showcase of Edmonton’s multicultural heritage.  Spend the day in the park and enjoy 60 pavilions serving up delicious ethnic foods, live performances, crafts, artwork and more. Download their app to get all the information in the palm of your hand.
Where: Hawrelak Park.  Plan to arrive by bus, bike or on foot.
When:  August 2 – 4, 2014.


Fairy Berry Festival
What: Fairies, pirates, fairy-strawberries, crafts, shortcake, folk music and the corn maze on top of the usual fun on the farm.
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
When: August 2 – 4, 2014


How to Train Your Dragon | Reel Family Cinema
Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, this action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.
Where: Garneau Theatre. Kids under 12 are free!
When: Saturday, August 2, 2014. 2pm.


Edmonton Corn Maze
What: The maze is open for the season! Kids will love the huge jumping pillows, farm animals, climbing the hay bales mountain, grain train and pedal carts.
Where: West of Edmonton in Parkland Country. (map)
When: July 27 – October 20, 2014.

If you’re on a road trip, check out these other mazes around Alberta.


One Sunday, Summer Market
Shop 20 vendors at this pop-up market and support Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Kids activities include a colouring station, scavenger hunt and mini-carnival games. Admission $1 for 13 years of age and older. Proceeds to Stollery.
Where:  Inglewood Community League, 12525 116 Avenue.
When: Sunday, August 3, 2014. 10am – 5pm.


San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Edmonton
 Edmonton takes on the number one team in the NASL standings. Tickets start at $15 for children under 15 and $18 for adults.
Where: Joe Clarke Athletic Grounds, 11000 Stadium Road.
When: Sunday, August 3, 2014. 2pm – 4pm.


FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Edmonton