What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas From Edmonton


A round up of gift ideas that are made or designed in Edmonton. 


Catfish Coffee Roasters (1) are a locally owned and operated small batch coffee roasting company that is environmentally and socially responsible from the beans up. Pick up a pound of El Camino Espresso, Cafe A Go Go, Whisker Twister or Brew Ha Ha. Available online, Carbon Environmental Boutique, Mandolin Books and Coffee Company and Wee Book Inn on Whyte Ave, Jasper Ave and Stony Plain.


Bro Brick (2)is a bath bar for guys. Handmade by a local gent in northeast Edmonton who wanted manlier scents. Select from ten appealing bars like, Rye & Ginger, Oatmeal & Beer, Coffee Scrub, and Leather Scrub. Purchase online or at Habitat Etc, Carbon Environmental Boutique, Tix on the Square, and Little Brick. 


Local graphic designer Jaime Calayo set out to learn more about the Edmonton communities around him through icons representing each one. With over 100 icons complete, Jaime shares his icons in a poster and on t-shirts (3) so dad can wear them with pride. You can find his products in the shop at Art Gallery of Alberta or on Where We Are From website.


Locally brewed Scona Gold Beer Kölsch (4)by Alley Kat recently won Canadian Brewing Awards – 2015 Beer of the Year. This light German style ale is a delightfully crisp and refreshing beer. A good pairing for Father’s Day dinner.


Good Luck Socks (5) colourful socks will make dad super fashionable. They even have a Socks of the Month Club. Available on their website and individual pairs at Edmonton retailer The Briefing Room.


Along the theme of fancy feet, treat dad to shoes from the Poppy Barley Men’s Collection (6). Whether selecting the simple lines of the Edmonton Oxford or the two texture Jasper Derby, these comfortable shoes will be dad’s favourite. Since he’ll need to customize his size, a P&B gift card will do the trick. 


What did we miss? Let us know of other Edmonton made/ designed gifts in the comments below.


What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | June 13 - 14, 2015


Tree Fest
Help plant 1000 trees and have some fun. Be a treeathletes and race 0.5 km or 1 km to plant and water a tree. Doug Hoyer, and Jesse and Dandelions will provide musical entertainment, while Attila the HUNgry food truck will be available for grumbling tummies. Other activities include nature tree games, display tables, crafts and the Tree-via Sticker Challenge.
Beaumaris Park, 10210 155 Avenue
Saturday, June 13, 2015. 10am – 2pm.


Hop n Skip Market
An interactive family market with children's entertainment celebrating summer, face painting, balloon animals, sparkle tattoos and free kids yoga classes.
The French Quarter Grand Market, La Cite Francophone
Sunday, June 14, 2015. 10am – 4pm


Touch A Truck
What: This event will be a dream-come-true to many kids. Touch, climb and pretend to drive those vehicles you see on a regular basis in our community. Plus face painting, glitter tattoos, football, obstacle course and more.
Admission: $5 with proceeds to Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society.
CN Station/ Legacy Park, Fort Saskatchewan
Sunday, June 14, 2015. 10am – 3pm 


Brunch on the Boulevard: What The Truck
What: Make the most of your Sunday by starting the day with an al fresco meal from one of 15 food trucks, in view of the Legislature.
Capital Boulevard, 108 Street & 99 Avenue
 Sunday, June 14, 2015. 11am – 3pm


Play For Pets
What: Play for Pets brings together the love of music and animals in need by raising money for the Edmonton Humane Society and their continued efforts to prevent animal cruelty. Celebrate and enjoy musical performances by Resonate Music School & Studio's students, teachers, and popular local bands.
West Edmonton Mall, Newcap Radio Stage (Level 1 Phase 4)
When: Sunday, June 14, 2015. 12:30 – 4pm.



Edmonton Jazz Festival: Family Friendly Events


Families are invited to discover their jazz at the 2015 TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival! From June 19 to 28, concerts of all sizes hit stages throughout the city for a musical celebration with local, national and international talent. Opening weekend performances include a variety of free performance options including the Jazz for Kids event on Saturday, June 20.


Cabaret Afternoon Series: Jazz for Kids

What: Enjoy a free afternoon of interactive and educational fun. Sharing lessons in jazz sounds and instrumentation through performance and an instrument zoo, patrons will participate in more ways than one. Listen to great musical sounds or get your hands on an instrument to try it out yourself.
Where: Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Blvd.)
Saturday, June 20, 2015. 1 – 3pm.


Other Family Friendly Free Shows

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sir Winston Churchill Square. 12 – 2pm.
Works with Jazz Series: Don Berner

Westin Hotel, 10135 100 Street. 5 – 7pm.
Westin Jazz Series: Andrew Glover Duo

Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, 8426 Gateway Blvd. 6:30pm.
Emerging Artist Showcase: Mars Hill Trio featuring Chris Andrew & Cardioid

Saturday, June 20, 2015 

Wilber MacIntyre Gazebo, 8331 104 Street. 11am – 1pm.
Mike Morrisseau Trio

Monday, June 22, 205 

Sir Winston Churchill Square, 12 – 2pm.
Works with Jazz Series: John Sweenie 4TET

For ticket details and a full Festival schedule please visit www.edmontonjazz.com



What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | May 28 - 31, 2015


International Children's Festival
What: This kids festival features stage performances, street performers, dancing, storytellers, face painting, inflatables, crafts and games. Telus Toddler Town is perfect for kids 0-4. 
Where: St. Albert
, City Hall
When: May 26- 30, 2015


On The Spot at Latitude 53
What: A bevy of Edmonton artists with beautiful handmade delights, live music and goodie bags for the first 50.
Where: Latitude 53, 10242 106 St NW
Saturday, May 30, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Edmonton International Cat Fest
What: A one-day festival that brings together cat lovers to celebrate cats and cat culture while supporting important cat rescue organizations. Adoptable cats, cat videos, cat presentations, cat vendors, cat-ivities, along with a cat “cafe”.
NAIT Gym, 11762 106 Street
Saturday, May 30, 2015. 11am – 4pm.  


5th Annual Medieval May
What: Go back to the 14th century with a fashion show at noon, medieval history displays, tournament combat on half hour, period dancing on the hour, weapon demonstration at 2 pm, auction and vendors.
King Edward Hall, 7708 – 85 Street NW
Saturday, May 30, 2015. 11am – 4pm.


MEC Edmonton Bikefest & Swap
What: Try out gear, test ride a new bike, browse exhibitors’ booths, score deals at the MEC Bikeswap, or learn skills at a bike clinic. There’ll also be group rides, entertainment, food vendors, and kids’ activities. MEC Edmonton's bike mechanics will also be offering free tune-ups on a 'first-come, first-served' basis
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Sunday, May 31, 2015. 11am – 5pm.


Splash Park Grand Opening
Celebrate the opening of Edmonton’s newest splash park. Have a food truck picnic lunch, enjoy a bubble party, check out Edmonton Public Library's "2goVan" with fun kids activities
Where: 1101 Grantham Drive, Edmonton
When: Sunday, May 31, 2015. 11am – 2pm.


EEK! Fest
What: A pop show for comic, pop culture, sci-fi fans, artists and creators. Expect artists, writers, performers, lego, comics, pop culture exhibitors and costume competition.
Where: Servus Place, St. Albert
 May 30 -31, 2015.



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.