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 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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Easter Events For Kids In Edmonton | April 2014


Photos With The Easter Bunny (Mascot)
West Edmonton Mall – photo packages and date/time details
Millwoods Town Centre – date/time details and enter to win promotion
Southgate Centre – photo packages and date/time details


Easter ‘Eggs’travaganza
What: A variety of egg-cellent activities – pysanka decorating, egg drop challenge and an easter egg hunt on the weekend. Check the site for details on timing of activities. Considering watching the Imax show Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D.  
Telus World of Science, 11211 – 142 Street
April 18 -21, 2014.  


Sweet Treat: Whimsy and Wonder
What: Experience the joy and excitement of spring and explore an imaginary world full of fairies, fables, action and adventure. There will be storytelling, performers, games, crafts, and – of course – an Easter egg hunt. Buy your tickets early.
 Fort Edmonton Park, Fox Dr NW & Fort Edmonton Park Rd NW
Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, 2014.  11am – 4pm.


Hop! Easter Fest
 Hop into your car and head to the farm. Start with a pancake breakfast fundraiser; visit with new spring chicks and bunnies; make crafts; watch a puppet show; participate in a drumming and egg shaker workshop; take a hayride, and climb on hay bales. Make sure to wear rubber boots!
Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
April 18 – 21, 2014.


Hop To It- Easter Monday
What: Hands on science experiments, crafts, airbrushed tattoos, touch table, and a scavenger hunt all EGG-related! “Get Closer” with animal encounters and watch as the resident animals of the zoo go on their very own Easter egg hunt! 
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road
When: Monday, April 21, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


Kidshop Hop To It
What: Visit with bunnies, reptiles and other animals, enjoy a goodie bag and have your photo taken with a bunny mascot.
Southgate Centre
 April 16 2014. 5 – 6pm


HOP – Family Favourites
When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rockstar drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together, the two encounter a series of mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family. Common Sense media recommends this for 5 year olds and up.
Where: Cineplex Theatres – North and South only. Only $2.50 admission.
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014. 11am.


Easter Eggstravaganza
What:  Celebrate the season as you explore this magnificent home and discover historically coloured eggs. Enjoy freshly baked cookies; a spring-themed craft; and keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny!
Where: Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive
When: Sunday, April 20, 2014. 12 – 4pm. 


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | April 11 - 13, 2014


momstown's Community Celebration
What: Travel through Literacy Lane for educational activities, stroll the Arts District to develop creativity or make your way to the Avenue of Champions for active fun.  
When: April 12, 2014. 10am - 4pm
Where: Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall
Cost: FREE. Register in advance to skip the line and be entered to win door prizes.


Make It! The Handmade Revolution
Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 140 Canadian urban artisans, designers and crafters. 
Admission: $5.  Kids <12 are free. Save $1 with this coupon.
The Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Drive. St.Albert  view map 
When: Friday April 11 – Sunday, April 13


Gish Baby & Tot Items Sale
Where: Elmer S. Gish School, 75 Akins Drive. St. Albert
 Saturday, April 12, 2014. 9am – 12pm
Admission: $2 per adult


Woodbridge Farms I've Outgrown It Sale
 Woodbridge Farms, 1127 Parker Drive, Sherwood Park.
 Saturday, April 12, 2013. 10am – 2pm. 
Admission: $1  


Reel Family Cinema
What: Metro Cinema is showing Babe, the heartwarming and inspiring story about a little pig that overcomes adversity and succeeds against all odds. Free admission for kids under 12.
Where: Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street.
When: Saturday, April 12, 2014. 2pm.


Edmonton Motorshow
What: Car lover’s much anticipated show. There is no information on kid-focused programming but could be a fun afternoon out. Kids under 6 are free. 
Where:  Edmonton Expo Centre
When: Thursday, April 10 – Sunday, April 13, 2014


Upcoming Fundraiser

Tiaras & Bowties Children's Fundraiser Gala
A family fundraising event for Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (ASAC). In addition to dinner, dance and silent auction there will be kids activities. Last year they had face painting, sparkle tattoos, princess & prince hair design, crafts, photo booth and toy corner. Purchase tickets before April 18!
Where: The Palace at 3223 Parsons Road NW, Edmonton
When: Sunday, April 27, 2014.  3:30pm – 8:30pm


Tickets On Sale For...

Abra-Kid-Abra Magic Show happening May 3
Honk: The musical tale of the Ugly Duckling playing April 17 - 26
Shrine Circus running May 2 – 4
International Children’s Festival happening May 27 – 31
Stars on Ice show May 9, 2014  
Walking with Dinosaurs – Arena Spectacular goes on sale April 12. Shows in September.



Momstown Edmonton Community Celebration | April 12, 2014


You're invited to momstown's Community Celebration at West Edmonton Mall! The Ice Palace will be transformed into a bustling community with so much to explore. Travel through Literacy Lane for educational activities, stroll the Arts District to develop creativity or make your way to the Avenue of Champions for active fun.  

When: April 12, 2014. 10am - 4pm
Where: Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall
Cost: FREE. Register in advance to skip the line and be entered to win door prizes.


About momstown Edmonton: 

If you're not aware of momstown Edmonton, it's an amazing program and community that provides early education programming and support for moms with kids 0-6 years of age. It's run by twins, who are also moms and buisness partners, Janine Foote and Kristin Heimbecker. Their passion for supporting moms has grown a robust community both online and offline. It's one of my favourite ways to meet local moms and to get out of the house! They have over 20 activities scheduled for April. The program pass pays for itself quickly.  

Hope to see you at the free Community Celebration on Saturday!



Are You Aware? | Truth and Reconciliation


Edmonton is hosting a historical event right now. It’s the seventh and final Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) National Event. 

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an independent commission established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in the 130-year history of the residential schools in Canada, and to guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.”

How much do you know about what really happened? Certainly until recently, I had no idea…

Residential Schools

“Residential schools for Aboriginal people in Canada date back to the 1870s. Over 130 residential schools were located across the country, and the last school closed in 1996. These government-funded, church-run schools were set up to eliminate parental involvement in the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of Aboriginal children.

During this era, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools often against their parents' wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. While there is an estimated 80,000 former students living today, the ongoing impact of residential schools has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that continue to exist. “ [trc.ca]

Can you even imagine your children being taken from you?? And all those children… without the most important people in their lives – their family. The lost opportunity to learn from generations and be nurtured through their culture. Not to mention the mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse that happened at these schools. My heart aches and tears well as I attempt to understand.  

I didn’t learn about residential schools in junior high or high school. And even 20 years since I graduated it appears that our shameful history still isn’t consistently being taught across the country. That’s a mission that Justice Murray Sinclair is undertaking.


We cannot change the past,
but the future is looking up to us.

I call upon parents to also share the age-appropriate history with children. But, equally as importantly, we need to teach and model acceptance and understanding to help rebuild relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada – our combined community.

To learn more I recommend reading “They came for the children”(pdf) and taking time to go to the TRC Events at the Shaw Conference Centre (March 27 – 30). If you can’t attend they’re live streaming it on the TRC website and there is good information on the website too.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and what you learned. Please comment below. 

"Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no shortcuts." -Justice Murray Sinclair


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | March 28 - 30, 2014

Image by Horia Varlan


Will Stroet in Concert
What: Catchy and kinetic, Will and his Backyard Band perform a high-energy family show with fun actions and sing-along choruses.
Where and When: Catch him at two different dates and locations:
1. Friday, March 28 at 10:30am. 
MacLab Theater - Leduc. Admission $10. Order tickets via phone 780-420-1757.
2. Saturday, March 29 at 12pm. Intimate concert! 
Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant. Admission $20 for adults. $10 for 3- 10 year olds. Free for 0 – 3 year olds. Reserve tickets via phone 780-428-8899.


Northlands Farm and Ranch Show
 Cheer on the Canadian College Finals Rodeo toughest students, visit the animals and check out all the farming gear at the trade show.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre.  Show tickets. | Rodeo tickets.
When: March 27 – 29, 2014.


Monsters vs. Aliens Movie
What: A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. Common Sense Media rates it best for 7 year olds.
Where: Participating Cineplex theatres. Only $2.50 admission.
When: Saturday, March 29, 2014. 11am.


The Itch of a Golden Nit
What: On a quest to save the universe, 11-year-old Beanie travels across galaxies in search of the Golden Nit. This film is a crowdsourced animated film with contributions from over 34,000 children. 
Arden Theatre, St. Albert.
Sunday, March 30, 2014. 2pm.


Dinosaur Garden
Time-travel back to the Jurassic with this unique miniature gardening workshop! We'll use prehistoric plants and rugged materials to create the theme; it's perfect for kids! Bring dinosaur figurines with you.
Salisbury Greenhouse, 52337 Range Road 232, Sherwood Park.
Cost: Instruction is free; you pay only for the materials you use.
Saturday, March 29, 2014. 2pm – 3:30pm.


Pop Culture Fair
What: Toys, music, comics, videogames and collectables galore from 200 vendors.
 Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Avenue.
Admission: Adults $7. Kids 10 and under are free.
When: Sunday, March 30, 2014. 10am – 4:30pm.


Little Monster’s Swap Meet 2014
Spruce Grove - TransAlta Tri Leisure Center, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, 

When: Saturdays: March 29. April 26, June 7, August 23. October 4. 11am – 3pm

Admission: Early bird (11am-12pm): $5. Regular (12-2pm): $2. After 2pm: Free.