What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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What To Do This August Long Weekend in Edmonton with Kids 

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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
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,
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
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.
Foote Field, 11601 68 Avenue. Tickets available in advance and at the door.
July 31 – August 2, 2015


What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | July 24 - 26, 2015


Block Party
What: Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta is hosting a block party to thank and celebrate the community for it’s support. We went last year and had so much fun playing games, listening to live music, touring the house and checking out the fire truck. Bring a donation from their wishlist and show your kids how they can help other families.
RMHCNA at 7726-107 Street NW. Shuttle from Scona Highschool.
Sunday, July 26, 2015. 11am – 7pm.


"It Takes a Village" Family Picnic
What: A community picnic with lunch from the Italian Centre Shop, activities from J’Adore Dance and SportBall Edmonton, an art project from 4Cats Art Studio and more.  Brought to you by Edmonton’s Child Magazine and Box Social Event Planning.
Kinsmen, Grizzly Bear Lodge Park, Edmonton.
 Sunday,  July 26, 2015. 11am – 2pm


Lads on the River Weekend
What: Help welcome back the York boat and the Hudson Bay Company workers to the river shore. Their arrival meant the reunion of families and the continuation of trade. Learn about the history and activities surrounding their arrival.
Fort Edmonton Park
Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2015. 10am – 5pm


Reel Family Cinema: Despicable Me
What: Metro Cinema brings back this much loved movie to the big screen for a fun theatre experience. Plus, kids under 12 are free and that means more money for snacks.
A man who delights in all things wicked, supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru makes ready to vanquish all who stand in his way. But nothing in his calculations and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls
Where: Garneau Theatre, Metro Cinema
Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2pm.


Going, Going, Almost Gone!
This is also the last weekend for K-Days and Taste of Edmonton. I'm heading back to ToE later this week and I am looking forward to eating more green-onion cakes -- hopefully to be named Edmonton's official food. You can add your name to the petition here: http://greenonioncakes.com


See you out and about!



What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | July 10 - 12, 2015

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It looks like it's going to be a great weekend to pull out the kiddy pool, visit a spray park or explore the many great events happening in Edmonton. Check out the list of happenings below, let me know what I mised and share with your friends. More the merrier! 

See you out and about,


(JUST ADDED) Sourdough Raft Race
What: The time honoured tradition of sending rafts down the river along with a major water fight is back for its 56th year. Start the morning with a Toonie Pancake Breakfast served at Terwillegar Park at 9:00AM then find a place along the river to watch the race. 
Where: Terwillegar Park and then along the North Saskatchewan River to Rafter's Landing. 
When: Sunday, July 12, 2015. Rafts launch at 12pm and finish around 3-4pm.  


20th Annual Whyte Avenue Art Walk
Over 450 visual artists will bring their art supplies and art works out into the streets creating an outdoor studio and gallery spanning several blocks. This is a great way to discover Alberta's hidden talent, add to your own art collection and show your children artists in action.
Along Whyte Avenue (82 Ave) from 101 Street to 108 Street, plus green spaces.
July 10 – 12, 2015. 10am – 5pm.


Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton 

What: Last weekend! Visitors can explore museums and historic sites, participate in heritage activities such as tours of buildings, gardens, natural areas, and neighbourhoods. See the full schedule. There are many free tours to explore.
Where: Multiple locations around metro Edmonton.
When: July 5 - 12, 2015.


Edmonton International Street Performers Festival 

What: Last weekend! Ten days filled with amazing buskers – acrobats, contortionists, stuntmen, comics, dancers, clowns and more. It’s an affordable opportunity to inspire the love of performing arts in your children. Check out the Kids Corner with performances, play and activities for the young and young at heart. (11:30am – 6pm) 

Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

. Bring lots of twoonies!
When: Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 12, 2015. 11:30am – 11pm (except July 12 which ends at 5pm)


Celtic Gathering
Be part of the biggest Celtic celebration of the year. Cheer on pipers, drummers, highland dancers and Heavy Games competitors as they fight for the top spot.
Fort Edmonton Park.  Regular admission.
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 2015.


Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party!
Enjoy a 3-hour trip down memory lane with a tribute to the eye-popping, brain-addling Saturday morning cartoons from the 60’s – 80’s, complete with a smorgasbord of delicious sugary cereals.
Metro Cinema, Garneau Theatre
Saturday, July 11, 2015. 10am.


Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
 Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Common Sense Media rates it ideal for 7 yr olds.
Where:  North/ South/ Windermere Cineplex Theatres in Edmonton and Galaxy Cinema in Sherwood Park.
Admission: This movie is part of Cineplex’ Family Favourites series so it’s only $2.50 admission.
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015. 11am.

Tip: If Saturday morning doesn’t work for your family, Cineplex has added Wednesday Family Favourite matinee shows in select locations this summer! Check local listings.


Summer Market in Chinatown
Explore Chinatown, one of Edmonton's hidden gems, with its vibrant shopping, dining and cultural bonding destinations at this event. There will also be a children’s activity area, yummy food, and live entertainment.
97 Street, along 106 Avenue. Edmonton.
Saturday, July 11, 2015. 12pm – 8pm. 


Track Town Classic
The must see track & field event in Canada. It features Canada’s best athletes competing against the best competition from around the World. Go watch athletes that may be competing in the 2016 Olympic Games!
University of Alberta’s Foote Field,
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 2015. 


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Kids | July 3 - 5, 2015


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Edmonton International Street Performers Festival 
What: Ten days filled with amazing buskers – acrobats, contortionists, stuntmen, comics, dancers, clowns and more. It’s an affordable opportunity to inspire the love of performing arts in your children. Check out the Kids Corner with performances, play and activities for the young and young at heart. (11:30am – 6pm) 
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

When: Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 12, 2015. 11:30am – 11pm (except July 12 which ends at 5pm)


Feats Festival of Dance 
What: This dance festival features a variety of performances and classes. Families may enjoy Bach Tots, Once Upon A Season
takes families back through Alberta’s heritage, in a pioneer themed show set on a farm. An array of barnyard animals play through the season. Saturday, July 4, 2015 with 45 min shows at 10:30am and 1:30pm at Sugar Foot Ballroom (10545 -81Ave). $10 per family (cash at the door).
Where: Various locations. 
When: June 27  – July 11, 2015.


Sand on Whyte 
What: Some of Whyte on Ice artists are back carving sand this time for the third annual sand sculpture exhibits. 
Old Strathcona. 81 Ave & 105 St. Admission by donation. 
When: July 3 – 12, 2015. 10am – 10pm.


Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton 
What: Visitors can explore museums and historic sites, participate in heritage activities such as tours of buildings, gardens, natural areas, and neighbourhoods. See the full schedule. There are many free tours to explore.
Where: Locations around metro Edmonton.
When: July 5 - 12, 2015.


Takin' It to the Streets 4
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, three stages with live music, food trucks and fifty vendors.
Whyte Ave from 103-104 Street
When: 11am – 10pm. Sunday, July 5, 2015.


Canadian Track & Field Championship
What: Edmonton hosts the first ever Canadian Junior, Senior and Para Track and Field Championships with 2000 athletes.
Where: Foote Field
When:  July 2 – July 5, 2015.


Medieval Market & Family Field
What: A historical 14th century tournament with knights clad in real plate & mail armour in melee combat, prizes for best costumes, dance performances, face painting and medieval market.
Dr. Wilbur McIntyre (Gazebo) Park, 104 Street and 83 Avenue
Saturday, July 4, 2015. 10am – 4pm


Mainstreet Cruisers Car Show
Hundreds of cars -  muscle cars, street rods, classics, motorcycles, antiques – plus free entertainment. Free for spectators. Car entry fees go to support Little Warriors and E4C School Lunch Programs.
Bonnie Doon Centre, 83 Avenue and 83 Street.
Sunday, July 5, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


2nd Annual Block Party: Mardi Gras Family Style
What: Join the High Street Shops at this Mardi Gras themed event featuring Swing Time Band & swing dance performers, games, face painting, food trucks, crafts and Grand Market vendors.

Where: High Street, 125 St & 102 Ave
Sunday, July 5, 2015. 11am – 5pm.


20 Canada Day Events Around Edmonton | July 1, 2015

Canada Day 2015 Events In Edmonton 


Canada Day Events in Edmonton  

Celebrate Canada Day at the Legislature 
What: Visit the Alberta Family Fun Zone get a temporary tattoo and take a legislative tour. There will also be 3 stages with over 25 live performances. Bring cash and grab lunch at one of the over 30 food trucks and vendors on site.  
Where: Alberta Legislature Grounds
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 10am – 7pm


Canada Day at City Hall
What: Canada Day celebrations are mixed with the Jazz Festival and The Works Festival both inside and outside. Go for the live music, entertainment and kids crafts. 
Where: City Hall, Plaza and Churchill Square
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 1pm – 4pm


Chinatown Night Market Time

What: A street market, cultural performances and food trucks.
Outside the Chinatown Multicultural Centre, 9540-102 Ave.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 4pm – 9pm


FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Semi Final
What: One of the most exciting soccer games will be played on Canada Day. Hopefully the Canadian team will be playing if they win the quarter-finals. Either way, it’s going to be a fantastic
Commonwealth Stadium
Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Happy Canada Day at Boyle Street Community League
Stop in for a free hot dog, live music, & face painting.
Where: Boyle Street Plaza, 9538-103A Avenue
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 12pm – 4pm


Celebrate Canada Day in Millwoods 
This event is a very popular event for families. Multicultural performances, petting zoo, bouncy castles, hay rides, pony rides, face painting, live performances and fireworks at 11pm 
Where: Mill Woods Park (23rd Ave & 66th St) 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 1pm – 11pm


Lighting of the High Level Bridge
Enjoy the bridge light art created by Edmonton lighting designer Scott Peters and musician Jason Kodie. This dynamic programming will be accompanied by a soundscape of Edmonton music, which will be simulcast on CKUA Radio. The light show will end with a special Asani performance of O Canada!
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 11pm


Followed by Fireworks!
Canada Day Fireworks Finale is set off from Kinsmen Park. (not open to the public) 
Good viewing locations: 
Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park (River Valley Road), Ezio Faraone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street North), Dantzer's Hill (below Queen Elizabeth Park), and Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road). TELUS Field is offering a reduced admission price of $4 per person after the 8th inning of the Edmonton Prospects
When: July 1, 2014 11:05 pm. 


Canada Day at Edmonton Attractions  


Dominion Day Celebration
 A grand celebration of the Dominion of Canada then and now. Celebrate the traditional Edmonton way: watch an authentic parade, toast to the Queen, sing Happy Birthday, and take part in other royal activities.
Where: Fort Edmonton Park. 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 5pm.


Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo 
What: The Zoo is also celebrating their 56th birthday this Tuesday so there are extra activities and surprises planned. Canadian animal enrichments, scavenger hunts, Adventure Bus, games, air brushed tattoos, red and white cupcakes and more.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 11am – 4pm 


Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory 
The pyramids come alive with music, Canada Day crafts, tours and face painting. 
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 10 – 2pm


Celebrate Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta
The AGA is offering free admission to its three floor of exhibitions and art activities for kids. 
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 


Canada Day Celebrations at TWOS
 Celebrate Canada with rocket launches & dino games.
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 10am – 5pm


Devonian Garden Canada Day
Celebrate Canada Day in one of the prettiest settings around. Kids will enjoy the face painting, ponding, Canada Day crafts in the garden, cake and live music.
Devonian Botanic Garden
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 11am - 3pm

Celebrations in Edmonton's Surrounding Communities

Canada Day Celebration – Spruce Grove
This much-anticipated party starts off with a $3 pancake breakfast and gets sweeter from there. Roving entertainment, face painting ($), Kid Zone (kids under under 46" tall), Adventure Zone (kids 46" and taller) street performers, cake, displays and more. Evening ends with fireworks at 11pm.
Where: Jubilee Park, Spruce Grove
When:  Monday, July 1, 2015. 9am – 10pm 


Canada Day in St. Albert
A multitude of events across the city. Pancake breakfast is happening at Heritage Lakes. Lions Park is the primary celebration during the day. Activities include bouncy castle, obstacle courses, large slide, games, canoe rides, crafts,  and displays. Followed by an evening of live entertainment at City Hall. Fireworks at 11pm. 
Where:  Multiple locations around St. Albert.
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 9am – 11pm


Canada Day Festival 2015 – Sherwood Park/ Strathcona County
An enormous family festival. They even have their guidebook in an app. Here are only a handful of activities: pancake breakfast, parade, live music, petting zoo, telescopes, inflatables, kite making, activity kids academy, games, crafts and fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Various locations around Broadmoore, Sherwood Park. (pdf map
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 10am – 11pm


Leduc Canada Day Celebrations 2015 
What: Start the day with a pancake breakfast at the Leduc Legion then watch the parade. In the afternoon there will be a tractor show and shine, wagon rides, muscial performances and fireworks at 11. 
Where: Various locations in Leduc.
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 7:30am – 11pm.


Canada Day at Elk Island National Park
What: On Canada Day, enjoy free entry to all of Canada's National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas – including Elk Island. Go for a flag raising ceremony, cake, bouncy castles, performances from The Command Sisters and Bollywood Beats, a picnic and a nature walk.
Where: Elk Island National Park, Highway 16 East (approx. 1 hour east of Edmonton)
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12pm – 4pm


Canada Day Celebrations in Fort Saskatchewan
Start the day with a pancake breakfast, then watch the parade which ends in Legacy Park with the opening ceremonies. Visit the Kids’ Korner with a petting zoo, inflatable slides, and face painting. Also, check out the firefighter challenge, car show, birthday cake, fireworks and a performance by Captain Tractor.
Where: Various locations in Fort Saskatchewan (map)
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 8am – 10:45pm.


Canada Day in Beaumont
What: Celebrate Canada’s birthday with free birthday cake, glitter tattoos, balloon animals, inflatables, craft station, family dance and fireworks.
Where: Beaumont Four Seasons Park
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 6pm – 11pm.