What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | January 30 - February 1, 2015


Family Movies:  An American Tail (Cineplex) and Chicken Run (Metro Cinema)
Contest: Enter to win four tickets to Beauty and the Beast
Register:  City of Edmonton spring recreation courses, as of Feb 1.

Winter Shake-Up Festival & Market
What: This free one-day festival is all about playing outside in a way that’s only possible in a northern city. Enjoy live entertainment, create winter art, ride on the snow slide, shop the outdoor vendors, roast marshmallows and enjoy a drink in the family-friendly beverage  garden.
Churchill Square  
Friday, January 30, 2015. 12 – 8pm.


Green and Gold Winterfest
What: An incredible weekend of winter fun to celebrate the University of Alberta’s 100th anniversary. Make a lantern, slip down the snow slide, play in the snow, enjoy live music and enjoy hot chocolate.
University of Alberta, North Campus
January 29 – 31, 2015 


Ice on Whyte
What: Artists from Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Malaysia, BC and Alberta to create spectacular ice carvings. But that’s not all. Kids will enjoy the giant ice slide, Agrium Kids’ Zone, skating, music, sleigh rides around Old Strathcona, face painting and crafts in the igloo, too. 
Where: End of Steel Park in Old Strathcona
Admission: Adult $6 | Children $3 | Children <2 Free |Family Packs (2 Adults, 2 Children) $15 (Tickets)
When: January 23 – February 1, 2015 


Tropical Weekend
What: Come dressed in your finest luau gear for a chance to win a prize pack  and enjoy tropical treats at the The Downhill Grill all weekend.
 Snow Valley
Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1, 2015



Beauty and the Beast in Edmonton | Be My Guest Contest

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Edmonton and I want you to be my guest. 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. 

Broadway Across Canada is bringing this stage spectacle to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium from February 10 – 15, 2015.  Tickets are available here.


Contest  - Enter To Be My Guest

Prize:  Four (4) tickets to the Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:30pm performance.

How to enter: As you know, City and Baby is all about celebrating Edmonton. So if you had out-of-town guests visiting you in Edmonton…. what two (2) Edmonton events, attractions or activities would you recommend.  Share your answer below in the comments to enter.  

Please remember to include you email address in the form. It won’t show publicly but it’s the only way I can contact you.

Additional entry: Want to increase your chance to win? Tweet about this contest using the hashtags #beourguest #yeg and link to the post: http://bit.ly/CityandBaby_Contest

Contest Deadline:  Contest ends Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:59 MST.

Terms:  One blog entry and one tweet entry per adult. You must be 18 years of age or older as of Feb 10, 2015. You must reside within 50km of Edmonton and able to attend the February 10, 2015 performance. I'll meet you at the theatre! 


Good luck! 


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | January 23 - 25, 2015

Image by Mack Male, via Flickr Creative Commons.

Hello readers! Here is your family friendly weekend guide to help you find ideas on what to do with your kids. There are a lot of events happening this weekend, including one of my favourite winter festivals - ice on Whyte.

Enjoy the balmy weather and have some fun outside!

See you out and about,


Ice on Whyte
What: Artists are coming from Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Malaysia, BC and Alberta to create spectacular ice carvings. But that’s not all. Kids will enjoy the giant ice slide, Agrium Kids’ Zone, skating, music, sleigh rides around Old Strathcona, face painting and crafts in the igloo, too. Appropriately, they’re showing the Frozen movie night on Mon, Jan 26 at 6:30 – 8pm.
End of Steel Park in Old Strathcona
Admission: Adult $6 | Children $3 | Children <2 Free |Family Packs (2 Adults, 2 Children) $15 (Tickets)
January 23 – February 1, 2015 


The Antyssey
What: This is a brand new musical by two of Edmonton’s hottest upcoming talents. Story: Oscar, a young ant, has been brought up with one goal: to dedicate his life to his black ant colony. When he discovers the truth about his parentage… that he is actually a yellow ant, questions about his identity send him on a journey of self-discovery.  Appropriate for kids 4 years and older.
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Avenue.
Admission: Adults $19 | Seniors $16 | Students $13 (Tickets)
When: Thursday January 22, 10am  & 1pm.  Friday, January 23 at 1pm & 7pm. Saturday, January 24 at 11am & 2pm.


Pet Expo
What: An extravaganza for the pet lover. Presentations, animal demonstrations, agility courses, sporty dog teams, information, all kinds of fluffy, feathery, and scaly friends for you to interact with as well.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre. Hall A.  
Admission: General (12+) $13 | Child (5-11) $11 | Family Pass $37 (Tickets)
January 24 – 25, 2015.


Edmonton Renovation Show
What: Find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof. No specific programming for children noted online.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre.
Admission: Adults: $9 online, $12 at the door. Kids <13: free.
January 23 – 25, 2015


Imagining the Future – BMO All Day Sundays
What: An afternoon packed full of engaging art-making and exploration! Work with variety of mixed media and found objects to create a series of futuristic art works. January’s All Day Sunday also features a talk with Alberta Biennial curator Kristy Trinier, two short films and a performance by Scott Rogers.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
Sunday, January 25, 2015. 12pm – 4pm.


Family Literacy Carnival
What: A FREE carnival to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Go as a family, pick up a passport then enjoy activities for pre-readers and readers at a number of different centres.  Families who have visited a minimum of 4 centres and have their passports stamped will receive a free children’s book to take home with them, while quantities last.
Where: MacEwan University, Building 6 Multipurpose Room (cafeteria)
106 St & 104 Ave, Edmonton,(entrance from the Clock Tower)
Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Honk! Jr.
What: Honk! is about the Ugly Duckling’s mission of self-discovery. It’s more than just a fairy tale, it’s about acceptance and caring, regardless of a person’s physical appearance. The production features over 50 actor/singers from grades 6-9 and technicians from 9-12 from the Victoria School of Performing Arts.
Where: Eva O. Howard Theatre (101 Street & Kingsway Avenue) 
Admission: Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, or by calling the Box Office at 780-392-3534.
When: January 22-24 at 7pm. 


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | January 10 - 11, 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you had some time to relax and have fun with your kids over the holiday break. 

We really relished our pj days, playing games and dancing to Christmas tunes. This Monday, as a result, was particularly hard to get back into the routine of work and daycare and school with the frigid weather.

That being said, some of our favourite January festivals are just around the corner and that always brightens up our spirits.

Here are a few things happening this weekend that I think you and your kids would enjoy.

See you out and about.


Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival
This free family event brings together many communities to revel in the magic and beauty of winter. This year’s theme is The Return of the Vikings! Families can enjoy live music, ice sculptures, dancer performances, cabane à sucre, wagon rides, freezer races, tobogganing, ice skating, crafts, and fireworks (Sat 6pm) 

Where: Alberta Avenue, 118th Avenue from 90 to 94 Street (roads closed). Please bring a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank.
Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, 2015.


Preschool Picasso
What: Creative art-making experiences in an art studio setting for children aged 3 – 5. These fabulously fun classes foster self-expression, art appreciation and skill development. This week twist, turn, coil and form colourful recycled materials into a unique collage.
Cost: $10. To register please call 780.460.4310 or email amandam@artsandheritage.ca.
Where: Art Gallery of St Albert - 19 Perron St, St. Albert
Saturday January 10, 2015. 10:30 – 11:30 am


Swing 'n' Skate at City Hall
Swing ‘n’ Skate is back for the winter seaon. Enjoy live swing, jazz and big band music and the Sugar Swing Dance Club will help put the boogie-woogie in your step along with local acts pumping out the jazzy beats. If you’d rather be outdoors, the music will be broadcast directly outside for the enjoyment of ice skaters on City Hall Plaza. Free skate rentals will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
City Hall
Sundays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm on Sundays until February 22, 2015


Geer Week
What: University of Alberta engineering students will be setting up displays and hands-on activities showcasing all the engineering departments at the university. Regular admission applies.
Where: TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, 11211 142 Street NW
When: Saturday, January 10, 2015. 11am – 5pm


What To Do With Kids This Weekend in Edmonton | December 19 - 21, 2014

 Photo by Anders Ruff Custom Designs via Flickr

The Muppet Christmas Carol
Dickens’ classic holiday  is re-enacted into  a charming as puppeteered rendition, thanks largely to the “Muppetian jollity” (Roger Ebert) Kermit (as Bob Cratchit), Miss Piggy (as Mrs. Cratchit) and their friends bring to the rather sombre tale. With rousing songs and a good dose of humour, this is a Christmas Carol even a dour Victorian would enjoy.
Where: Garneau Theatre. Free admission for children 12 and under!
When: Saturday, December 20, 2014. 2pm.


We Wish You A Merry Christmas!
JUNO winner Meaghan Smith joins the ESO for holiday hits old and new, like Silver Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Baby It’s Cold Outside and more. It'll be a holiday extravaganza the whole family will enjoy.
Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre
 Sunday, December 21, 2014. 2pm.


Whyte Christmas Sleigh Ride Shuttle
 Enjoy a little festive shopping with a sleigh ride along Whyte Avenue. Get on and off at the multiple stop locations throughout Old Strathcona. Donations support the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.
Where: Old Strathcona
When: Saturday, December 20, 2014. 1-5pm.


Edmonton Singing Tree
What: Imagine a stage decorated with whimsy, a 35-foot singing Christmas tree, and an audience in wonder! Imagine a stage adorned with thousands of glimmering lights, filled with 150 heart-felt singers, and all accompanied by a live orchestra. Proceeds go to charities that support local children. 
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Sunday, December 21, 2014


Candy Cane Lane 
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air. Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
 Please bring a food bank donation.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue. 

When: Friday, December 12 – January 4, 2014.