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11 family-friendly things to do in Edmonton this weekend | May 22 - 24, 2015

Photos by Jaime via Flickr creative commons

Hello summer!

It’s going to be an absolutely gorgeous weekend to explore Edmonton. There are tons of family-friendly festivals and events happing. How to choose?!


106 Fest
What: Walk or bike and explore what’s available on the 106th street corridor from the river to the Whitemud. Different community leagues and businesses will have activities along the way. Kidical Mass is hosting a fun family ride. Meet at Queen Alexandra School, 7730 106 St NW at 1pm.
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015. 1 – 4pm.


The Thousand Faces Festival
What: Celebrate the myths and stories at the roots of Edmonton’s many cultures through theatre, story telling, music, dance, and art. Look for the Mythic Family Jewels program, which is oriented towards families and younger audiences. 
Alberta Avenue Community League, 9210 118 Ave
When: Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, May 24, 2015.


Rainmaker Rodeo 
What: This semi-professional rodeo kicks off the summer rodeo and midway season.  Highlights include a Saturday morning parade (9:30am), pancake breakfast (7am at City Hall), petting zoo, clowns, rodeo, midway and more. 
Admission:  Adults $15. Kids (7-12) are $5. Children under 6 are free.  
Where: St. Albert. Park and ride to the fair grounds from St. Albert Centre. 
Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24, 2015.


Devon Days
What: Devon will also be hopping this weekend. Go to the midway, watch the parade, then see the first annual outhouse races. Enjoy bouncy houses, facepainting, pancake breakfast, and live entertainment in the park.
Devon. Various locations.
Wednesday, May 20 – Sunday, May 24, 2015


What The Truck
 Edmonton’s food trucks are back on the streets. This party in the square features 25 food trucks including 8 who are new to What The Truck. You can check out the menus here.
Churchill Square
Saturday, May 23, 2015. 4 – 8pm


Little Monsters Swap Meet
What: One of the largest and most anticipated out grown it sales. 
Where: Spruce Grove - TransAlta Tri Leisure Center, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, 

Admission: Early bird (10am-12pm): $5. Regular (12-2pm): $2. After 2pm: Free. 
When: Saturday May 23, 2015.


May Madness Car Show and Shine
What: Check out all the different vehicles at this 4th annual event is a fundraiser for STARS Air Ambulance.
Where: NAIT South Campus, 7110 Gateway Blvd.
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


University Fire Station Open House
What: Meet your community Firefighters and Fire Prevention Officers. Check out the fire trucks and equipment, learn how to be fire safe, and know how to prepare your family in case of an emergency.
11226 - 76 Avenue
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015.  12 – 4pm.


What: Go back in time to explore the prehistoric world of dinos. Dig for fossils, hunt t-rexes, and learn what it takes to be a palaeontologist. Facepainters will also be on hand to turn your children into dinos.
 John Janzen Nature Centre. Regular Admission.
When: Sunday, May 24, 2015. 11am – 3pm. (Facility is open 10am – 5pm)


DO THIS TOO: If your family is into dinosaurs, make sure you check out the Dinosaurs Unearthed! exhibit at the Telus World of Science. It’s getting rave reviews. This weekend you can make a fossil cast too.


Edmonton Reptile Expo
What: Learn about and see species of reptiles and amphibians from around the world.
Where: Sands Hotel, 12340 Fort Rd NW
When: Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, 2015.


Butterfly Day
What: Go dressed as your favorite bug or butterfly for a fun-filled family afternoon of "buggy' fun. Butterfly crafts, insect catching, cookie decorating and exploring the 240-acre gardens. .
Where: Devonian Botanic Gardens on Hwy 60, 5 km north of Devon.
When: Sunday, May 24, 2015. 12 – 3pm. 


What To Do This May Long Weekend In Edmonton With Kids | May 15 – 18

Photo by Aikawa Ke via Flickr creative commons
Hooray ! It’s the May long weekend and, in my mind, the reliable start to spring. Time to put away the winter gear and pull out the sunscreen.

It’s also marks the start of the outdoor farmers market season. 124 street Grand Market opens on Thursday evening and 104 street City Market on Saturday. Earth’s General Store on 104 street is offering 15% off to celebrate the market’s opening.

Telus World of Science’s highly anticipated Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit also opens on Saturday. It features 7 life-size, moving, roaring dinosaurs plus hands on activities. Go on Saturday and kids 12 & under receive a stuffy dinosaur (while supplies last). Also you can create your own fossil casts just like paleontologists.

Continuing on the theme of openings. Fort Edmonton Park also opens for season on Saturday. New this year, they’ve bundled all attraction costs into one all-inclusive price. The price is higher but now you and your kids can enjoy all the ol’time rides without having to buy extra tickets.  There will be additional opening day activities but the train will not be running due to track replacement. Take street cars, horse-drawn wagons or bring a stroller to help get around.

On Monday, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village celebrates their season opening with their annual Celebration of Dance. Go early for a pancake breakfast. Enjoy Ukrainian dancing. See the unveiling of five newly restored historic buildings. Take a wagon rides while exploring the historic village.

The FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy Tour comes to West Edmonton Mall this weekend. Get your picture taken with the cup, play a little foosball and take your best shot. Do you have your tix for the games in June & July?

This weekend we’re also looking forward to riding bikes, playing outside, planting the garden and exploring our city.

See you out and about,


What To Do In Edmonton With Kids on Mother's Day Weekend | May 8 - 10, 2015

Get Ready In the Park. Photo by ATCO Gas via City of Edmonton photo site.


Happy Mother's Day Weekend!   

Whether you are planning on spending your day with your kids, with your own mom or a quiet day to yourself, I hope you take a moment to reflect on what it means to be a mom and to smile quietly to yourself about everything you have achieved. 


Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair
What: The ultimate Edmonton indy art and craft fair.  Admission $3. Kids are free.
Where: 8426 Gateway Blvd. (North of the Strathcona Market)
When:  Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10, 2015.


Edmonton Bike Swap
What: Pick up bikes for the family, or sell your out-grown ones, at this annual one day bike buy & sell. Admission is $2. Kids under 12 are free.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, Hall A, 7515 118 Ave NW
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. Bike intake is 8am – 2pm. Sales from 2:30 – 4pm.


Ben Calf Robe Annual Traditional Pow Wow
What: The Pow-Wow will feature a variety of dancers, drummers, craft and food vendors. There is no cost to attend. Organizers recommend bringing your own chairs.
Where: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, 11000 Stadium Road
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 1pm – 10pm.


Dutch Spring Market
What: An outdoor market with entertainment, vendors, food and Dutch flair. Look for custom-made windmills.
Where: Dutch Canadian Club 13312 142 St.
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 10am – 3pm.


Get Ready in the Park
Find out how you and your family can prepare for an emergency at this free and fun event. Check out Environment Canada weather balloon, ride in the EPCOR bucket truck, ride CN’s Little Obie scale model locomotive and other activities in the Kids’ Zone.
Hawrelak Park
Saturday May 9, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Mom to Mom Shop and Swap
What:  A gigantic show featuring a tea party, baby crawl, kids corner with bouncy castles, local vendors, plus swap section run by WeeHelp Foundation supporting Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Where: University of Alberta Butterdome
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Mother’s Day at the Zoo
What: A nice family activity for mom’s day. Human moms will be pampered with mini massages and manicures while resident animal moms will be getting special enrichment treats. Kids will enjoy magic shows, airbrush tattoos, animal encounters, planting activities, and live music
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.


Rejuvenate: Mother's Day
What: Treat mom to a mini massage by Makami College, make mom a card, plant a marigold and listen to some beautiful music in the feature pyramid. Consider having lunch at Culina too - reservations recommended.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9629-96A Street
When: Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.


Mother's Day Run, Walk and Bike
What: Proceeds from the Sport Chek Mother’s Day Run, Walk & Ride will be in support of the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. You'll need to register in advance.
Where: Hawrelak Park
When: Sunday, May 10, 2015. 8:30 - 11:00am.


Get Growing Day Bedding Plant Sale
What: A local gardener has donated plants to raise funds for Action for a Healthy Community.
Where: Earth's General Store Downtown, 10150 – 104 street
Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.

*The Whyte Avenue location is also having a Get Growing Day.



What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | May 1 - 3, 2015

Hello from sunny Florida.  (Though yesterday it was warmer in Edmonton than here in Orlando.) I’m on a much-needed vacay but thought I’d post a few ideas of things to do with your family this weekend.

Here’s what’s happening:

Our favourite moms' group, Momstown, is holding a community celebration and transforming the ice rink at West Edmonton Mall on Sunday. Go enjoy kid-sized houses, a royal tea party, get flipbooks or photobooth pictures (in support of LLSC), make a fun craft, let your kids drive a car and more.

May is biology month at the Telus World of Science. This weekend visit the The Body Fantastic Gallery to learn about organ function and see a dissection.

The Shrine Circus is in town from April 30 – May 3. Proceeds from the event actually goes to help Al Shamal Shriners local projects.

Be a tourist in your own city with Jane’s Walks this weekend. This event features a number of walk and talks about Edmonton’s communities. Walks focus on different topics including art, history, architecture, urban design and development. If you can’t make a scheduled walk, check out the smartphone self-guided tour of Churchill Square. You’ll be surprised what you learn about Edmonton.

If you’re enjoying being outside and want to teach your kids about taking care of their community, why not take part in the Mill Creek Clean Up.

On the theme of community beautifying, check out the micro-grant that Make Something Edmonton is offering for individuals, families and groups who want to do a mini-make over of a space in their community. I’ve pinned a bunch of ideas so think about what you could do in your neighbourhood and apply by May 11.

If you’re looking to do some shopping, the Butterdome Spring Craft Sale is happening May 1 – 3.  There will be lots of Mother Day gift ideas there – for you or your mom.

Need baby clothes, toys or gear for summer? Check out the three I’ve Outgrown It Sales happening this weekend. Details are on this City and Baby post.

Let the outdoor market season begin! Callingwood’s Farmers’ Market opens on May 3. On opening day they’ll have live music, a petting zoo, bouncy castle, face painting and balloon twisting.  City Market Downtown doesn’t open for another two weeks, but we’re looking forward to having them back on 104 Street for the season. 


What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | April 25 - 26, 2015


Weehelp Pop-Up Sale
What: An outgrown it sale with a very large heart. Parents stock up on all the necessities (and more) at super low prices because items are donated  , donors feel good knowing their previously loved items are going to a happy home, and the kids at the Stollery continue to receive the care they need. 
Where: Terwillegar Community Church, 1751 Towne Centre Blvd.
Saturday, April 25, 2015. 10am – 4pm.

Read more: 10 reasons to check out the Weehelp Pop-Up Sale on the Modern Mama Edmonton North & St. Albert blog.


Edmonton Earth Day Festival
What: Celebrate Earth Day while learning ways to make your commute cleaner, getting tips from many community partners and enjoying local food from Sailin’ On Food Truck.
Where: Parklet at 10120 – 104th Street
When: Sunday, April 26, 2015. 12 – 4pm.


Family Favourites Movie: Cats & Dogs: The revenge of Kitty Galore
The ongoing war between the canine and feline species is put on hold when they join forces to thwart a rogue cat spy with her own sinister plans for conquest.
Where: Cineplex Odeon North and South Edmonton & Galaxy Cinema Sherwood Park
Admission:  $2.99
Saturday, April 25, 2015. 11am.



Out Of Town Outgrown It Sales

Millet PIPS Spring Outgrown-It Sale
Where: Millet - Millet Community Hall, 5107 - 50th Avenue
 Saturday, April 25, 2015. 10am – 3pm. 
Admission:  $2

Camrose "Little Swappers" I've Outgrown It Sale
Camrose: Norsemen Inn, 6505 48 Ave, 
 Sunday, April 26, 2015. 10am – 2pm.

Devon Outgrown It Sale
Devon – Community Centre
Saturday, April 25, 2015. 11am – 2pm.
$2 per adult. 50% of proceeds given to charity.
Sellers: Details are here.


Other things you need to know:

Downtown Road Closures

 In the upcoming months, there will be some downtown street closures to accommodate the development of the LRT South-East Valley Line, Rodgers Arena, the new Royal Alberta Museum and other exciting city-building projects. As a result many downtown bus routes will change as of April 26. The City of Edmonton has posted the details


Make Voting A Priority: May 5

In the last Alberta Provincial Election in 2012 there was only a 54.4% turn out. That’s really sad and we can do better. I encourage you to right now put an appointment in your calendar to vote on May 5. Schedule it in. Make it a priority. 

If you are unsure of anything about the election – your riding, where to vote, what ID you need to vote, if you’ve moved…. Answers are on the Elections Alberta website or you can call them at 1-877-422-8683.

Dave Cournoyer, an Edmonton writer and political watcher, has assembled a list of candidates along with their website and social media profiles. I’ve found it to be a useful tool to be able to research and follow candidates.