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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Thursday
Oct302014

What To Do With Kids in Edmonton This Weekend | Nov 1 - 2, 2014

Photo by Peter Lindberg via flickr

It’s a relatively quiet weekend for scheduled events, but if you need to get out of the house check out here are a few ideas:

Indoor Farmers Markets:

- Mother’s Market, 10251 109 Street. Fri, Sat & Sun.

- City Market Downtown, indoor at City Hall for the winter. Sat.

Get geared up for ski season:

- MEC Snowfest Edmonton – Gear Swap ** SUNDAY

- Snow Valley Equipment Swap & Sale ** please note that this event was two weeks ago. I had the wrong information. Very Sorry!

Catch a movie:

- Cineplex Family Favourites – Rango. $2.50 admission.

- Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, IMAX, Telus World of Science

Play Outside
This may be our last weekend without snow for 2014, so we will be riding bikes and playing in the park. Hopefully it will burn off all those yummy Halloween treats.

Reminder!
Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, November 2 and that means moving your clocks back one hour. Pre-kids it also meant an extra hour of glorious sleep. Now it means another early morning wakeup and a hot cup of coffee.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday
Oct152014

What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | October 18 - 19

 

WeeHelp Pop-Up Tot Shop
What: This is our favourite outgrown it sale because 100% of sales go to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation thanks to Andrea Peyton’s heart of gold and determination to help our children continue to get excellent care form the Stollery. Shope for newborn to 12 yrs clothing, toys, strollers, books, monitors, bedding, maternity clothes, bottles, bouncy chairs, parenting books, and more.
Where:
Terwillegar Community Church (1751 Towne Centre Blvd)
When:
Saturday, October 18, 2014. 10am – 4pm 

 

Pirates of the Pyramids
What: A Boo-tanical bash to get in the Halloween spirit! Get dressed up in your costume and come down to the Muttart for fun crafts and activities. Search the pyramids for hidden treasure and receive some tasty treats. This event is perfect for young families looking for a less frightful Halloween celebration.
Where:
Muttart Conservatory
When:
Sunday, October 19, 2014. 12 – 4pm.

 

Haunted Pumpkin Festival
What:
The much loved Haunted Pumpkin Fest is back again this year with the pumpkin cannon, scarecrow making, live music, mazes, petting farm, wagon rides and lots of pumpkins. Over 50 activities to enjoy!
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm (25 km north of Edmonton)
When: Weekends now until end of October.


Kids Comedy Show
What:
 The V.I.P. Kids Show combines music, comedy, and puppets into a kid-friendly production that’s packed with hilarious entertainment for young and old. You and your kids will enjoy a Variety, Improv and Puppet show all rolled into one. This 45 minute production is jam packed with music, comedy, art, puppets, and special guests.
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns, ATB Financial Stage
When: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014. Show at 11:00 am.

 

Galaxyland Halloween Trick or Treat Festival
What:
 Buy an all-day ride wristband then trick or treat for ghoulish goodies, ride the Halloween train, and participate in fun Halloween activities. Come in costume or as you are.
Where:
 Galaxyland, West Edmonton Mall
When:
 October 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2014. 12 – 4pm.

  

Mark Your Calendar:

 

Friday
Sep262014

10 Things To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | September 26 – 28

 

  • Alberta Culture Days celebrates our arts, heritage, cultural diversity and provincial pride with hundreds of events around Alberta. You could be busy all weekend with this festiva alone. Sept 26 – 28, 2014. 
  • Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo is all things pop culture. September 27 – 28, 2014.
  • Peter and the Wolf the first Symphony for Kids performance of the season. September 27, 2014. 2pm. 
  • Toopy and Binoo is at the Jubilee Auditorium Sept 28, 2014.
  • Lovable Littles Uptown Market features shopping, outgrown-it-swap, displays, entertainment and activities for kids. Sept 27, 2014. 10am – 4pm.
  • Walking with Dinosaurs roared into Edmonton this week. Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 20 life-size dinosaurs and a spectacular $20M show. Sept 24 – 28, 2014.
  • On Sunday, Sept 28, 2014 select City-operated facilities will offer free admission and special activities from 10am-6pm.
  • Edmonton Oilers play the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at 4pm. Tickets are still available.
  • Haunted Pumpkin Festival features over 50 family friendly activities to enjoy at the farm.
  • Fall is such a beautiful time to explore one of Edmonton’s many farmers markets.   

 

Wednesday
Sep172014

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.
Where:
56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord (25 mm north of Edmonton)
When:
September 20-21, 2014. 11am – 5pm.

 

Party In The Park
What:
 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
Where:
The Agora (Strathcona County Library Building), Sherwood Park
When:
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
When:
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.
Where:  
Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Avenue, Edmonton,
When:  
September 20-21, 2014.

 

Community Harvest Fair
What:
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)
Where:
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)
Where:
Fort Saskatchewan, 100 Avenue and 103 Street
When:
Saturday, September 20, 2014. 11am – 3pm.

 

Kung Fu Panda 2 : Family Favourites
What:
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
When:
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.

Monday
Sep012014

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