What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 28 - 29, 2015

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Earth Hour
What: A global lights-out event led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to show support for action on climate change. In 2014, Edmonton was named the Earth Hour Capital of Canada! Lets do it again.
Around the world.
Saturday, March 28, 2015. 8:30 – 9:30 pm – turn off all non-essential lights.

Other Earth Hour events in Edmonton:
- Edmonton and Area Land Trust & Remedy Café (details)
- Earth Hour Race 2015 (details)


Spring Break Starts Here
 The Edmonton Public Library will be hopping this week with additional programming to engage kids over spring break. There is something for kids of all ages – interactive games, creation stations, artistic impressions, puppet theaters, stop motion lego and story writing.
Where:  Various branches across Edmonton.
March 28 – April 4, 2015.


Northlands Farm and Ranch Show
What:  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 26 – 28, 2015.


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
What: The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.
Personally I can’t stand their squeaky voices, but my girls love them. Sigh.)
Galaxy Cinema Sherwood Park. Admission $2.99
March 28, 2015. 11am.

Spring Equinox Celebration and Market
What: A family festival including a spring story journey, face painting, magical wand making, fairy door crafts, live mustic, food, prizes and vendors village. Organized by the Edmonton Waldorf Parent Council.
Kenilworth Hall, 7104 - 87 Avenue
 Saturday, March 28, 2015. 11am – 3pm.


Easter Artist & Craft Market
Find Ukrainian art and crafts at this Easter event. Try some traditional Ukrainian food and take a Pysanka making workshop.
Kilarney Community Hall, 8720 130A Avenue
Saturday, March 28, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Purchase Now, Enjoy Later:

- City of Edmonton Summer Camps registration has opened.
- International Children’s Festival ticket sales open on Monday, March 2015.
- The Frog Prince. April 11, 2015 at 10:30am. Morinville Community Cultural Centre.
- Echoes. April 19, 2015 at 3pm, Kokopelli younger choirs.
Harlem Globetrotters. April 24, 2015. Edmonton Expo Centre.
Al Shamal Temple Annual Shrine Circus. May 1 – 3, 2015. 
Dora the Explorer Live! June 16, 2015. Northern Jubilee Auditorium
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai. June 18 – 21. Rexall Place.
- The Lion King. July 14 – Aug 9, 2015. Broadway Across Canada.



What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 20 - 22, 2015

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Sharon and Bram
A Sharon and Bram show is a sing-along concert for the entire family, featuring such well-loved favourites as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain", “Five Little Monkeys", “One Elephant", “Tingalayo", and, of course, “Skinnamarink". These much loved Canadian children’s entertainers are no longer joined by Lois who left the trio in 2000, but that hasn’t stopped Sharon and Bram from carrying on with participatory music for children and families.
Festival Place, Sherwood Park.
Friday, March 20, 2015. Shows at 2:00pm and 6:30pm.


Science FUNday
What: A free all-day, annual science exhibition for families, featuring over 40 interactive science experiments and numerous exciting presentations throughout the day.
University of Alberta, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (CCIS), 11455 Saskatchewan Drive
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club: Cat Show
What: Cat lovers unite. Stop in to see cat judging, visit with the felines, visit the vendors and see the kittens & cats at from rescue organizations.  
Italian Culture Centre, 14230 – 133 Avenue
March 21 and 22, 2015. 9:30am – 4:30pm.


Edmonton Home and Garden Show
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.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre,
March 19 – 22, 2015.


Downtown Defrost
A celebration of the changing seasons with a free outdoor dance party. Warm drinks and food trucks too. Bring a donation for YES (Youth Empowerment & Support Services).
Churchill Square, Observation Deck
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 2pm – 10pm.


Everything Easter
Learn how pioneers used traditional dyes for coloring eggs, sample some baking prepared over a wood-burning stove, play games families would have in early Edmonton and race around the Park on a hunt for Easter eggs. Register early – code: 532782.
Melon Farm, Fort Edmonton Park
$45/family, $11.25 per participant
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 10am – 12pm.


All Day Sundays: Pop Art Factory
Pop into the new exhibition POP SHOW! and discover the art of the everyday. Take inspiration from artists that pioneered the pop art movement and create Warhol-esque stencil-art, construct pop art plasticine sculptures a là Oldenburg, and craft dot paintings inspired by Lichtenstein.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta,
Sunday, March 22, 2015. 12 – 4 pm.


Please add any events that I missed in the comments for other readers. Thanks! ~Jen


What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 13 - 15, 2015

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Tons of celebrations happening this weekend! The Library’s birthday, the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, end of winter party and pi day. The weather is also supposed to be beautiful so there’s no reason not to join in the parties.

See you out and about

EPL Day: EPL is turning 102 and wants to celebrate with you! Visit your local branch for EPL's birthday on Friday, March 13. Cake and refreshments will be served while supplies last, and keep an eye on the High Level Bridge that night as it sports EPL colours!


Ultimate Pi Day: This year is dubbed the "Ultimate Pi Day," as the first 10 digits of Pi (3.141592653) will be represented, in day/time format, on March 14, 2015 (3/14/15 at 9:26:53). Telus World of Science is celebrating with pie catapults, nitrogen ice cream, circular science demonstrations and more.


Red Bull Crashed Ice: Riders hurtle down the steep track from Jasper Avenue, around the Shaw Conference Centre and down into the Edmonton river valley. The course is dotted with sharp turns, jumps and rollers and the racers go side-by-side in groups of four. Frst to the bottom wins. The Ice Cross Downhill World Championship happens on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30pm.

Tip: Take transit because parking is going to be limited. Also, this may be a better date night idea vs. young family outing as it’s expected to be busy and standing room only.

Farewell To Winter Party: Stop by one of the participating winter patios on March 13, 14 and 15 for a warm drink (many cafe and restaurant options) or a cool drink in the sunshine. Cheers to longer warmer days! 


Build and Grow Clinic: Lowe’s runs monthly free workshops for kids. This month is a hand-made monster truck. Happening March 14 at 1am. Register in advance to secure your child’s space.



What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | March 6 - 8, 2015



Mom, Pop & Tots Fair
What: A family trade show guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Shopping, Toopie & Binoo, petting zoo, pony rides, chalk art, face painting, bouncy houses and more. There will be heaps of information too for new and expectant parents.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre.
Admission: General = $14 | Youth (9-16) = $10 | Child (3-8) = $4 |Under 3 = Free
Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 2015


Servus Free Ski Fridays
What: Lift tickets are free and can be obtained the night of the event. Plus, enjoy $10 Rossignol ski rentals, $10 ski lessons and nightly dinner specials.
Edmonton Ski Club, 9613 96 Avenue
Fridays until the end of March. 5 – 9pm


Muppets Take Manhattan
What: Metro Cinema's series, Reel Family Cinema, is featuring this old school movie about Kermit and his friends' adventure to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.
Where: Garneau Theatre
When: Saturday, March 7, 2015. 1pm.


I ♥ Edmonton Winter
What: There's something for everyone to love, with snowshoeing, tobogganing, a cabane a sucre and traditional French Canadian entertainment from local favourites Les Bucherons.
Alfred H. Savage Centre, Whitemud Park North
When: Sunday, March 8, 2015. 1 – 4pm


Social Sunday: Fun & Games
What do you do when the electricity goes off and the batteries are dead? Play marbles, card games and indoor games! Pack up the kids and bring back some memories.
Where: Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive
When: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 12 – 4 pm



What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | February 20 - 22, 2015



Hair Massacure
What: Now in its 13th year, the Hair Massacure promises to be a day of laughter, tears, hope and, above all, love and incredible spirit. People of all ages, many with pink hair, will have their heads shaved to raise funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation Northern Alberta
West Edmonton Mall, Ice Palace
Friday, February 20, 2015. 9am – 9pm.


Winter Blues Book Sale
 Books To Buy is back this weekend. Build your home library for with kids books for only $1. Or get a box of books for $10 on Sunday! Cash only.
Where:  Edmonton Public Library, Stanley A. Milner Library.
When: Friday, February 20 (9am – 8pm), Saturday, February 21 (9am – 5pm), Sunday, February 22 (1pm -3pm)


Silver Skate Festival
 This festival is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation Enjoy sleigh rides, live performances, hot chocolate, snowshoeing, orienteering, ice slide and snowmaze. at the Family Fun Zone.
Where: William Hawrelak Park
When: Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 23, 2014.


Reel Family Cinema: The Lego Movie
What: Emmet is an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Garneau Theatre. Kids under 12 are FREE!
Saturday, February 21., 2015. 1pm.


Chinese New Year Celebrations
What: The Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association (ECBEA) Chinese New Year of the Sheep Celebration brings a family  drumming and colorful cultural dances, dragon dance, lion dances, martial arts, arts and crafts, carnival games, prizes, face-painting, calligraphy, fortune sticks and wishing tree. Parade starts at 11am accompanied by colorful Chinese lions.
City Centre Mall, East Atrium Lower Level
When: Saturday, February 20, 2015. 11am – 4pm  


The Year of the Sheep Celebration
Citizens are invited to explore Chinatown and enjoy a free outdoor event. The celebration will include dragon dance, lion dance and firecrackers. Arrive early and enjoy a delicious dim sum, steaming bowl of pho, hot pot, ramen and sizzling Korean barbecue at a local restaurant.
Chinatown / McCauley Neighbourhood, 9700 - 107 Avenue
Saturday, February 21, 2015. 12 – 3pm.