What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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Thursday
Sep032015

What To Do This September Long Weekend in Edmonton with Kids

 

 

My kids started school this week so we’ve been busy with all that excitement and getting back into the routine. But I couldn't leave you hanging so here’s a mini-guide of things happening this weekend. It’s Edmonton so you know there are tons of family-friendly fun happening! Here are a few ideas...

Start the weekend by watching Disney’s Fantasia accompanied by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. It’s a free outdoor event in Churchill Square! (Friday & Saturday)

This week is Race Week in Edmonton. We are hosting some of the world’s elite athletes for two international events: the ITU World and the Tour of Alberta. Get out and cheer on our guests and join in on the CASA Family Ride on Monday. 

It’s the final weekend for the season Alberta Railway Museum and the 1392 Steam Locomotive is running. If your child loves trains, this hands on, volunteer-run museum will delight them.  

You know it’s fall when all the sweet corn related events pop-up. Check out the Corn Festival at Prairie Gardens, the Edmonton Corn Maze, and the hidden gem Kraay Family Farm’s maze near Lacombe.

It’s harvest time at  Fort Edmonton Park. Learn how to preserve foods for the winter, welcome the York Boat’s arrival, watch grain thrashing, enjoy games, storytelling and more.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum is also hosting its Harvest Festival. You can see plowing, threshing and binding demonstrations, along with other displays, such as stooking, grinding grain, flailing, and winnowing.

Also on the outskirts of Edmonton is Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve annual Star Party happening at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park and Elk Island National Park. There are activities happening from 2pm until after the stars come out. 

Happy long weekend! See you out and about.

Thursday
Aug202015

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Kids | August 21 - 23, 2015

 

104th Street Al Fresco
What: Head to 104th street early for a pancake breakfast and pick up local goodies from the farmers market. Or go a little later and enjoy DJs, food trucks and extended patios.
Where:
104 Street from Jasper Avenue to 102 Avenue.
When:
Saturday, August 22, 2015.

 

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. Plan your route here.
When: Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 2015.

 

Summer Reading Club: Closing Celebrations 
What: 
Eureka, you did it! Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading Club. 
Where:
 Participating Edmonton Public Libraries 
When:  
Saturday, August 22. Various times.

 

Kids Fringe 
What: A free family-friendly mini-Fringe site with crafts, art exploration and entertainment, with a special tots tent.
Where: Old Strathcona. (site map) 
When: 
ends August 23, 2015.

 

What the Truck? At Telus Field
What:
Bring a blanket for a picnic in the outfield, and don't forget your glove and baseball for a game of catch in the infield. (no bats) Kids will like the glitter tattoo artist and a DJ will be supplying the soundtrack to your afternoon at the ball field.
Where:
 Telus Field, 10233 96 Ave. N.W
When:
Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Tips: Check out the menu in advance and go straight for what you’re craving. The best items usually sell fast.

 

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. 
Where:
  ABC Kids Activities and 1km Run/Walk is located at Foote Field, South Campus, University of Alberta.

When:
  Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 2015.

 

Friends Ukrainian Music Fest
What:
 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 strawberry and cream pancake breakfast in support of the Village Society. Bring lawn chairs for the afternoon concert.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Located 25 mins east of Edmonton along Hwy 16.
When:  Sunday, August 23, 2015.  Doors at 9am.

 

Heroes for Habitat: Explore, Restore, Sustain
What: 
Ever wonder what attracts certain species, like bees, birds, and rabbits to your back yard? Learn how to attract and help these creatures. Activities include hands on science experiments, airbrushed tattoos, crafts, and animal encounters.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When: Sunday, August 23, 2015. 12 - 4pm.

 

Annual Lebanese Festival
What:
Savour a taste of Lebanon in the heart of Edmonton with Lebanese food, fashion show, kids zone, live bands and belly dancers.
When: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Where: Friday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Thursday
Aug132015

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Kids | August 14 - 16, 2015

With the summer days dwindling and back-to-school on the doorstep, I'm feeling anxious to spend as many hours outdoors in t-shirts and shorts exploring our city with my kids. Fortunately, Edmonton's festivals continue this week with Fringe, Latin Festival, Dragonboats and more.

See you out and about!

 

Edmonton Kids Fringe
What: A free family-friendly space with interactive plays, crafts, workshops (like stiltwalking, drumming), story tent and games lead by the KidsFringe Youth Troupe. Outside the kids area, there are tons of buskers to keep you entertained too. (Bring a twoonie or two to support the artists)
Where:
 Old Strathcona (KidsFringe is along 104 Street between 85 and 86 Avenues)
When: 
Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 23

 

Edmonton International Youth Day Event
What: International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to bring about awareness to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. In Edmonton, you can celebrate with games, bouncy castles, face painting, food and a live DJ at this FREE family-friendly event. 
Where:
Castle Downs Skate Park, 11510 153 Ave NW (by YMCA)
When: Saturday, August 15, 2015. 11am – 4pm

 

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 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2015.

 

18th Annual Dragon Boating Festival
What: 
Watch paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River. Festival goers will enjoy team chants, entertainment, beer gardens and food truck vendors.
Where: 
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.
When: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tip: Park at Canada Place and go through the Shaw Conference Centre. Admire Curtis Comeau’s Off the Menu photo exhibit enroute on the assembly level. Then head down to Louise McKinney over the convenient bridge from the Conference Centre.

 

Farm & Heritage Carnival
What:
 A Spruce Grove Agricultural Society 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 15, 2015. 12 – 7pm.

 

Grove Cruise
What: A three-day automobile focused party. Go for the pancake breakfast, parade, show and shine, and inflatables.
Where: Spruce Grove, Henry Singer Park and other locations. 
When: Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16, 2015

 

Books 2 Buy
What: 
Edmonton Public Library’s famous book, DVD and CD sale is back this weekend. Hardcover books and DVDs are $2. Paperbacks, kids' books and CDs are $1It is a perfect opportunity to stock up your personal library.
Where: 
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: 
Friday, August 14 (9am - 8pm).
Saturday, August 15 (9am - 5pm). Sunday, August 16 (1pm - 3pm).

Strathcona County Library is also having their book sale this weekend.

 

Monster Truck Throwdown
What: Watch the monsters do battle in two huge shows. Fans will get a chance to get up close and personal with the larger than life marvels and meet their favourite drivers in the FREE pit party before the show!
Where:
Castrol Raceway
When:
Saturday, August 15th at 7pm and Sunday, August 16th at 2pm.

 

Walterdale Block Party
What:
John Walter would have been 165 years old this August. Celebrate with cake, lemonade, old fashioned games, crafts, music and magic (1:30 – 2:30).
Where: 
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill
When:
 Sunday, August 16, 2015. 1pm – 4pm.

 

I’ve Outgrown It Sale
What:  Pick up clothes, gear and other items for a great deal.
Admission: $1 per adult or a food bank donation
Where:
Ellerslie Road Baptist Church, 10603 Ellerslie Road SW
When:
Saturday, August 15, 2015. 9am – 12pm.

Saturday
Aug012015

Family Treat: Movies On The Square

 

With only one-month left of summer and our lovely warm weather, why not treat the kids to an evening outing?  Especially one that won’t break the bank.

The City of Edmonton and Direct Energy are presenting a FREE outdoor movie series every Tuesday night in August on Churchill Square. Bring lawn chairs, snacks and enjoy the family-friendly film on a 3-story high inflatable screen.

We think it's worth while staying up a bit late for this family-friendly downtown experience.

Family Movies Line-up

August 4: Jurassic Park

August 11: Cinderella

August 18: Big Hero 6

August 25: To be determined


The pre-show entertainment starts at 7pm and the movie begin at dusk.


Note: Severe weather conditions may result in the cancellation of this event. Call 311 for the most up-to-date event info.

 

Wednesday
Jul292015

What To Do This August Long Weekend in Edmonton with Kids 

Photo by Dale C @flickrfumes via Flickr Creative Commons.

 

Servus Heritage Festival – 40th Anniversary!
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 1 – 3, 2015.

 

Fairy Berry Festival
What: Fairies, pirates, fairy-strawberries, face painting, crafts, shortcake, folk music and the corn maze on top of the usual fun on the farm.
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
When: August 1 – 3, 2015

Tip: Kids dressed as fairies, pirates and knights (under 5) receive free admission to the farm.

 

Reel Family Cinema: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
What:
When hard times hit Swallow Falls, its townspeople can only afford to eat sardines. Flint Lockwood, a failed inventor, thinks he has the answer to the town’s crisis. He builds a machine that converts water into food, and becomes a local hero until the machine spins out of control and threatens to bury the whole world under mounds of food.
Where: Metro Cinema,
When:
Saturday August 1, 2015. 2pm.

Tip: Kids under 12 get in free. A retro movie outing that doesn’t break the bank.  

 

Edmonton Corn Maze
What:
The maze is open for the season! Kids will love the huge jumping pillows, farm animals, spud guns, climbing the hay bales mountain, grain train and pedal carts.
Where: West of Edmonton in Parkland Country. (map)
When: July 27 – October 18, 2015.

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

 

2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships
What: Over 38 countries and 700 athletes will be participating at this must-see track and field event.
Where:
Foote Field, 11601 68 Avenue. Tickets available in advance and at the door.
When:
July 31 – August 2, 2015