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Thursday
Jun262014

Canada Day 2014 | Family Friendly Events Happening in the Edmonton Region

 

 

Canada Day Events in Edmonton  

Celebrate Canada Day at the Legislature
What: Kids will enjoy the bouncy castles, temporary tattoos, stilt walking workshop and a legislative tour. There will also be 4 stages with over 25 live performances. Bring cash and grab lunch at one of the 20 food trucks will also be on site.  
Where: Alberta Legislature Grounds
When:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 10pm


Canada Day at City Hall
What: Celebrations are mixed with the Jazz Festival and The Works Festival. Go for the live music, entertainment, and kids crafts. 
Where: City Hall, Plaza and Churchill Square
When:  Tuesday, July 1, 2013. 1pm – 4pm


Boyle Street Community League BBQ
What:
Stop for a free BBQ lunch (Halal food will be available). Activities for kids follow outside – face painting and water balloons.
Where:
Boyle Street Plaza, 9538-103A Avenue
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12pm – 4pm


Celebrate Canada Day in Millwoods
What:
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)
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 1pm – 11pm

 

Chinatown Night Market Time
What: A street market, cultural performances and food trucks.
Where:
Outside the Chinatown Multicultural Centre, 9540-102 Ave.
When:
4pm – 9pm
Tip: 102 Ave. will be closed to vehicles between 95 St. and 96 St.

 

Lighting of the High Level Bridge
What:
Watch history being made as 55,000 LED lights are turned on for the first time. Tune in to CKUA on your radio or smartphone, then listen, watch and enjoy as the bridge lights are synchronized to an Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performance of O Canada!
When:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 11pm

 

Followed by Fireworks!
Where:
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).
When: July 1, 2014 11:05 pm. 

 

Canada Day at Edmonton Attractions  

Dominion Day Celebration
What:
 A grand celebration of the Dominion of Canada then and now. Watch a citizenship ceremony, enjoy a parade, listen to live music, take a ride in the midway, and partake historical activities.
Where:
Fort Edmonton Park.
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 5pm.

 

Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
What: The Zoo is also celebrating their 55
th birthday this Tuesday so there are extra activities and surprises planned. Canadian animal enrichments, Canadian Geographic GIANT Floor Map games, crafts, cupcakes and more.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 11am – 4pm 

 

Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory
What:
The pyramids come alive with music, crafts, tours and face painting.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12 – 4pm

 

Celebrate Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta
What:
The AGA is offering free admission to its three floor of exhibitions and art activities for kids.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 

 

Canada Day Celebrations at TWOS
What:
 Celebrate Canada and TWOS’ 30
th birthday with science adventures. They’re rolling back their prices to $4 for admission and $4 for IMAX films.
Where:
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 10am – 5pm

 

Celebrations in Edmonton's Surrounding Communities

 

Canada Day Celebration – Spruce Grove
What:
This much-anticipated party starts off with a $3 pancake breakfast and gets sweeter from there. Roving entertainment, face painting ($), Kid Zone (kids 8 and under), street performers, displays and more. Evening ends with fireworks at 11pm.
Where: Jubilee Park, Spruce Grove
When:  Monday, July 1, 2013. 8am – 11pm 

 

Canada Day in St. Albert
What:
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 wagon rides, petting zoo, crafts and displays. Followed by a big family street dance and kids carnival. Fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Multiple locations around St. Albert.
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2013. 9am – 11pm

 

Canada Day Festival 2013 – Sherwood Park/ Strathcona County
What:
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, prince and princess zone, tots land (<5 year olds), photobooth, games, fire dancing, ice cream making, pedal tractors, crafts, mural painting, and fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Various locations around Broadmoore, Sherwood Park. (maps)
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 11pm

 

Canada Day Weekend On the Farm
What:
Head to the farm and enjoy wagon rides, straw bale mazes, petting farm, face painting, train rides, puppet shows and their award-winning Strawberry Shortcake.
Where:
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm, near Bon Accord. (directions)
When: June 28 - July 1, 2014. 9am – 6pm. 

 

Leduc Canada Day Celebrations 2014
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
What:
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, face painting and a kids firefighter challenge. Car show, cupcakes, fireworks and a performance by Men without Hats are other highlights.
Where: Fort Saskatchewan (map)
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 8am – 10:45pm.

Thursday
Feb132014

Family Day Weekend Events in Edmonton | 2014

 Image from Silver Skate Festival Edmonton

Family Day! It's one of our favourite days of the year. A full day to commit to playing with our family. City and Baby is supporting Family Day Unplugged again this year. We encourage you to turn off the screens and connect with family, friends and your community. Aren't the best memories made when we play together?!

Why Unplug?

  • 73% of kids would rather play with their parents than watch TV or use the Internet. (Ikea: Play Report, 2010)
  • Teens that have more than three family dinners per week are more likely to get better grades. (Casa, 2009)
  • By graduation, the average teen will have spent more time watching screens than being in the classroom, playing sports and talking to their parents. (Screensmart.ca)
  • Residents in connected neighbourhoods have a greater quality of life. (Shields, 2008)

There are more events and activities happening this weekend than I can even start to capture. Here are over 20 for you to consider. 

What are you planning on doing for Family Day? Any traditions developing in your family? Please share in the comments below. 

Enjoy and see you out-and-about!

Silver Skate Festival
What: An extravaganza of art, culture, recreation and sports programming. The Family Fun Zone is open weekend afternoons and features sleigh rides, cross country skiing lessons, snowshoeing, orienteering and face painting.
Where:
William Hawrelak Park
When:
Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 23, 2014. 

 

Hansel and Gretel
What: The classic Grimm's fairytale with a number of inventive twists sure to delight the whole family.
Where:
Festival Place, Sherwood Park
When:
Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17, 2014.  

 

Turtle Island Quartet
What:
This Grammy Award-winning quartet show draws comparisons between the interactions of instruments and the dynamic of family life. A wonderful musical treat for family day.
Where:
Arden Theatre
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014. 2pm.

 

Osmosis Jones
What:
Get excited about science with an afternoon out at the movies.  Dr. Karen Madsen, professor at the U of A, Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, will introduce the film Osmosis Jones and host a family-friendly discussion about the human immune system after the film with time for Q & A. The film is rated PG and Common Sense Media rates it ideal for 10 year olds and up.
Where: Metro Cinema – Garneau Theatre
When:
Saturday, February 15, 2014. 1pm

 

Family Favourites
What:
Cineplex is showing Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs this week. Common sense media rates this as most appropriate for 5-6 year olds, as there are some scary natural disaster scense.
Where: Participating Cineplex Theatres. Admission is only $2.50. 
When: Saturday, February 15. 11am.

 

Fun on the Plaza
What:
Go skating on the City Hall ice rink. Play a game of street hockey, giant checkers or chess. Warm up by an open fire. In the afternoon, dance to the Rhythm Gunners Big Band of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. Then in the evening, watch Cool Runnings.
Where: City Hall and Plaza
When: Sunday February 16, 2014, 11am-4pm. Movie at 7pm.

 

Mike The Knight
What: Little ones will love seeing this show. 
Where: Millwoods Town Centre. 
When: Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17. 1pm and 3pm shows.

 

Family Fun Day
What: It’s Arctic Ambassador Day at the zoo. Go on an animal scavenger hunt; learn about winterscaping; make a Polar Bear crafts; get up close with animal encounters; get your face painted, warm up in a blubber mitt, and make your own flavoured hot chocolate.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 12 – 4pm.

 

Winterfete
What: Enjoy a combination of outdoor and indoor activities. Skating, snowman making, wagon rides, scavenger hunt, lego activities, magic shows, crafts, face painting and puppet shows.
Where:
Alberta Legislature and grounds
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 12 – 4pm

 

9th Annual Family Day Festival
What: A western themed party. Dress up in your jeans and cowboy hat then enjoy sleigh rides, skating, sledding, performers puppet show, jumpy things, games, crafts, and food.
Where: Steele Heights Baptist Church, 5812-149 Avenue. $2 per person and/or a food donation.
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 1 – 5pm.

 

Family Fun in Churchill Square & City Hall
What: Take a twirl on the ice rink, go for a hayride, try out a kick sled, roast bannock over an open fire and check out the Family Day games and activities on the Square. Free skate and helmet rentals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food trucks will be on site. The excitement continues inside City Hall with a performance of Apples & Oranges, presented by Concrete Theatre.
Where: Churchill Square and City Hall
When: Monday February 17, 2014. Noon-4pm

 

Family Fun Day – Get Active
What: Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with games, obstacle courses, family Zumba and pick-up floor hockey. 
Where: Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre & Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre. (Regular Admission)
When: Monday February 17, 2014. Noon to 4pm

 

Family Day at the Library
What: Check out your local library branch for Family Day activities.  Some branches will have puppet shows, storytelling,  Xbox Family dance offs, clowns, photo booths and aboriginal crafts and stories.
Where: Various Edmonton Public Library locations
When:  Monday, February 17, 2014.  1 – 5pm.

 

Family Fun Day
What: There will be bouncy houses, a petting zoo, games and crafts.
Where: Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 12 – 5pm

 

Community Leagues' Hosted Events 

Athlone Family Day Fun Event
What: Activities for the whole family including crafts and games.
Where: Athlone Community League Hall, 13010-129 Street
When:  Sunday, February 16, 2014. 1-4pm

 

Highlands Winter Carnival
What: Bundle the family up for some fun in the snow- bonfire, hot chocolate, snow shoeing, tobogganing, snowmen, snow painting and skating.
Where:
Highlands Golf Club
When:
Monday, February 17, 2014. 11am - 3pm 

 

Lessard Family Day Event
What: Stop by the hall for introductory skating lessons, hotdog and marshmallow roasting and bannock making.
Where: Lessard Community League Hall, 17404 57 Avenue
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 11am-3pm

 

Meadowlark Winter Carnival (pdf)
What: This carnival has a ton of family activities. Sledding, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowshoeing, broom ball, the chili cook off, and international market and fireworks!
Where: Meadowlark Community League Hall, 9311 165 Street
When: Sunday, February 16, 2014 2 – 7pm.

 

Sherbrooke Neighbourhood Family Day
What:
Join your neighbours for a fun day of outside activities. Shinny hockey, snow shoeing, bannock making, hot chili along with hot chocolate and other snacks.
Where:
Sherbrooke Community League Hall, 12515 116 Avenue
When: Monday, February 17, 2014, 1 – 4pm

 

 

South Clareview
What:
 Pop over for a pancake breakfast ($5 adults, $2 kids), then let the kids bounce off their energy ($5 unlimited bouncing) or go for a free skate.
Where: South Clareview Community League, 3250 132A Avenue
When:
Monday, February 17, 2014. 10am – 12pm breakfast. Activities go to 4pm.

 

Wellington Family Day Skate
What:
Enjoy an afternoon of skating. If you need to, warm up at the fire pit and fill up on hot dogs, pop and hot chocolate at the concession. Bring your skates and helmets!
Where: Wellington Community League Hall, 13440 132 Street
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 12 – 4pm

 

 What did I miss? Please add it below in the comments for all the readers. Thanks!

Tuesday
Jun252013

Canada Day in Edmonton 2013

 

The Biggest Birthday Party! Canada Day celebrations seem to be getting bigger and more extravagant each year. There are over 15 events on Monday in the Capital region to choose between. (If I've missed any please add them in the comments below!) Enjoy a spending the day with your family at these wonderful events!

 

Canada Day in Downtown Edmonton 

Celebrate Canada Day at the Legislature
What: All day fun! Starting with a free pancake breakfast, citizenship ceremony, then on to live entertainment on 4 stages (pdf schedule). Kids will also like crafts, bouncy castles, Inuit art puzzles, food trucks, and legislative tours. If it’s a hot day go splash in the pools on the north side of the grounds. 

Where: Alberta Legislature Grounds

When:  Monday, July 1, 2012. 7am – 7pm

Canada Day at City Hall
What: Celebrations are mixed with the Jazz Festival and The Works Festival. Go for the live music, entertainment, kids crafts, prizes, face painting, balloon fairies, magicians and stilt walkers.

Where: City Hall, Plaza and Churchill Square

When:  Monday, July 1, 2013. 1pm – 4pm

Fireworks!
Where:
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).

When: July 1, 2013. 11 pm. 

 

Canada Day at Edmonton Attractions 

Dominion Day Celebration
What:
 A grand celebration of the Dominion of Canada then and now. Enjoy music, games, parade, cake and other historical activities.
Where:
Fort Edmonton Park.
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 10am – 5pm.

Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
What: The Zoo is also celebrating their 54th birthday this Monday so there are extra activities and surprises planned. 
Cake,, Adventure Bus, the Preschool Pitstop, scavenger hunt, crafts, painting, science experiments, animal encounters and more.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo

When:  Monday, July 1, 2013. 11am – 4pm 

Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory
What:
The pyramids come alive with music, crafts, tours, face painting, and scavenger hunt. Bricks 4 Kids will also be onsite for some Lego fun.
Where:
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 12 – 4pm

Celebrate Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta
What:
The AGA is offering free admission to its three floor of exhibitions and art activities for kids.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 

Canada Day Celebrations at TWOS
What:
 Celebrate Canada and TWOS’ 29th birthday with science adventures. Rocket launches, sidewalk chalk art, catapult challenge, roaming science demonstrations and mentos & coke display.
Where:
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013, 11am – 3pm

Canada Day NFB Shorts
What:
Take the family to see great National Film Board shorts. Free admission and popcorn!
Where: Metro Cinema, Garneau Theatre
When:
Monday, July 1 at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

 

Canada Day: Edmonton Neighbourhood Events

Celebrate Canada Day in Millwoods
What:
This event is a very popular event for families. Multicultural performances, petting zoo, bouncy castles, hay rides, pony rides, face painting, and fireworks at 11pm        .
Where:
Mill Woods Park (23rd Ave & 66th St)
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 1pm – 11pm

Canada Day at Borden Park
What:
Join Councillor Tony Caterina and MLA Peter Sandhu for a fun-filled afternoon with free hotdogs, pop, cake, live entertainment and a variety of activities for the whole family.
Where: 7507 Borden Park Road (across from The Northlands Spectrum)
When: Monday, July 1, 2013. 12 – 4pm.

 

Celebrations in Surrounding Communities

Canada Day Celebration – Spruce Grove
What:
This much-anticipated party starts off with a pancake breakfast and gets sweeter from there. Roving entertainment, face painting, Kid Zone, street performers, displays and more. Evening ends with fireworks at 11pm.
Where: Jubilee Park, Spruce Grove
When:  Monday, July 1, 2013. 8am – 11pm 

Canada Day in St. Albert
What:
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 Pedalheads, face painting, wagon rides, petting zoo, kids stage and more. St. Albert Place’s Front Plaza has live entertainment stage and giant games. Followed by a big family street dance. Fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Multiple locations around St. Albert.
When: Monday, July 1, 2013. 9am – 11pm

Canada Day Festival 2013 – Sherwood Park/ Strathcona County
What:
An enormous family festival. They even have their guidebook in an app. Here are only a handful of activities: pancake breakfast, live music, PlayDay zone (with fort building, drumming, painting, science experiments, bubbles gardening), remote control monster trucks, petting zoo, lantern making, mural painting, multicultural performances, puppet shows, parade and fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Various locations around Broadmoore, Sherwood Park. (map)
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 10am – 11pm

Canada Day Weekend On the Farm
What:
Head to the farm and enjoy wagon rides, straw bale mazes, petting farm, old thyme photo parlor and their award-winning Strawberry Shortcake.
Where:
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm, near Bon Accord. (directions)
When: July 1, 2013. 10am – 6pm. 

Double Birthday – Leduc
What:
 Leduc is celebrating their 30th Birthday this year as well. They’re celebrating with a pancake breakfast, parade, children’s activities at the grain elevator, plus performances by Glass Tiger and 54-40. Fireworks at 11.
Where: Various locations in Leduc.
When: Monday, July 1, 2013. 7:30am – 11pm.

Thursday
Dec132012

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | December 15 - 16

Image by Frank Guido via Flickr.

Beautiful Ballet: The Nutcracker
Thoughtful Theatre: Oliver :: A Christmas Carol
Sparkly Shopping:
Silver Bells Winter Market :: St. Albert Christmas Market
Wrapping Inspiration: City and Dale
Something Special: Gift Guides

 

Animal Night Lights

Zoo-Minescence
What:
Bundle up, grab your resusable mugs for hot chocolate/ coffee and enjoy light displays and animal ice sculpture amongst your favourite zoo animals.
Why: Go for the event launch on Friday or Saturday night. Launch activities include live Christmas music, Santa’s Craft Workshop, animal encounters and more.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road. $20/ family.
When: December 14 – 23, 2012. 4 – 8pm. 

 

Holiday Help

Momstown’s Christmas Carnival
What: A family event with games and food that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma society of Canada. Admission is by donation and activities require tickets.
Why:  Make a craft, play ‘pin the nose on Rudolph’ or ‘snowman bean bag toss’, test your skills in a hockey shoot-out, and scoop up some yummy baking. Santa will also be onsite from 1 – 3 for photos ($15).
Where: Rundle Park Family Centre, 2909 113 Avenue. (building by the lake)
When: Saturday, December 15, 2012. 12pm – 3pm

 

Artsy Reindeer

Holiday Extravaganza
What: Explore the sculptures of local artist Paul Freeman and enjoy an afternoon of BMO All Day Sunday family programming.
Why:
Create a holiday project, sculpt animal sculptures and enjoy interactive storytelling activities.
Where:
Art Gallery of Alberta. Free with admission.
When:
Sunday, December 16, 2012. 12 – 4pm

 

Glowing Homes

Candy Cane Lane
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air. 


Why: Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue. 


When: Friday, December 14 – January 2, 2012.

 

Head to the Farm

A Prairie Christmas Festival
What: A holiday extravaganza with many activities designed especially for young families. Bundle up
Why:
Take your pick: roast marshmallows, watch a puppet show, make a lantern and other crafts, explore a straw bale maze, listen to a Christmas story, decorate a cookie, and make sure to take a train ride with Santa.
Where:
Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm (map). Most activities are free with admission ($5.25). Kids under 2 are free.
When:
 Saturdays and Sundays. December 15, 16, 22, 23. 11am – 4pm.

 

Legislative Wander

Winter Wonderland
What: The Legislative Grounds has transformed into a winter wonderland with trees sparkling with lights and skating on the public skating rink.
Why: Free hot chocolate is served in the evenings while the choir performs from 6-9pm. See complete choir performance schedule (pdf).
Where: Alberta Legislative Grounds, 10820 - 98 Avenue

When: Festivities continue until December 23.

Tip: Check out the Alberta Legislature Gift Show for Made in Alberta gifts.

 

Green Christmas

Seasonal Sundays
What: A warm Christmas celebration amongst the plants and pyramids.
Why: Go for crafts, tours, Christmas cactus planting and to see the Nutcracker Story feature pyramid.

Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 – 96A Street
When:
Sunday, December 9 and 16. Noon – 4pm.

 

Holidays of Decades Past

Christmas Reflections  
What: Celebrate the holidays of decades past with charming Christmas displays, twinkling lights, horse-drawn wagon rides and cups of hot cider.

Why: Time travel makes Christmas magical.
Where:
 Fort Edmonton Park - $16 per person. Purchase walk-in tickets online. 

When: Tickets available on dates between Dec 4 to Dec. 23.

 

A Whyte Christmas

Santa Saturday
What: Hop onboard Santa’s wagon and take a ride while admiring the eight animated window displays along the avenue.
Why: 
 Take a ride, stop for hot chocolate and do some local holiday shopping along Whyte Avenue.
Where: 
Whyte Avenue. Catch rides from the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market and from the parking lot across from the Keg on 105 Street and 81 Avenue. {Route}
When: 
Saturday, December 15. 10am – 3pm 

Wednesday
Aug292012

Things To Do With Kids Over September Long Weekend | August 31 – September 3

The September long weekend is typically known as the last summer hurrah as the city returns to work and school after lovely summer. And we've had a gorgeous, hot summer this year. 

Don't be sad though. The 2012 Labour Day Long Weekend has a bunch of fun events happening in and around Edmonton.  If we've missed listing any, please post them in the comments for other City and Baby readers. 

Have a fabulous weekend out and about Edmonton.


Birthday Party

Party Under The Dome
What: Celebrate the 100th birthday of Alberta´s Legislature Building with a 1912 Family Fair in the daytime and a Centennial Concert and fireworks spectacular in the evening.
Why: Free family activities and entertainment including a penny carnival, roving performers, live music, antique vehicles, Twizzlers, pumch and of course birthday cake.
Where: Alberta´s Legislature grounds
When: Sunday, September 2, 2012.  Family fair runs 11am – 4:30pm. 

 

Once Upon a Time

T.A.L.E.S Storytelling Festival
What:
Storytellers situated throughout Fort Edmonton Park will share fictional and true tales.
Why:
St. Anthony Church on 1905 street is a dedicated site for stories for children. Check out the Sunday and Monday schedules for specifics.
Where:
Fort Edmonton Park. Take the Park and Ride service.
When:
Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3. 1 – 5pm

Tip: Show your AMA membership card and save 25% off day admission.

(Full Disclosure: My day job is as a Marketing Manager for the AMA. I’m not being paid or even asked to promote the discount on here. I just thought you’d like to know how to save a few bucks!)


Under The Stars

Movies on the Square
What: Three blockbuster movies shown on back-to-back nights on a 3-story inflatable screen. 
- Friday, August 31: Pirates, Band of Misfits 
- Saturday, September 1: The Lorax
- Sunday, September 4: The Adventures of TIN TIN
Why: Grab some snacks and cosy-up together for a special late night treat.
Where: Churchill Square, Downtown.

When: Pre-show entertainment starts at 7:30pm.
Feature movie starts at dusk (approx. 8:30 pm).

Tip: This event is weather dependent. Call 311 if the weather is poor to see if the event is still happening.


For the Love of Music

2012 Symphony Under the Sky
What:
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra wraps up the summer festival season with four days of music in the park.
Why: Bring a blanket, sit on the grass and enjoy the symphony in a family-friendly atmosphere. On Sunday, there is a separate Family Matinee followed by a fundraiser BBQ for ESO Education Programs.
Where: Hawrelak Park, Heritage Amphitheatre
When: Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3.


Equine Extravaganza

Wild Pink Yonder Trails End
What: Help celebrate the Riders of the Wild Pink Yonder’s journey end and raise funds for breast cancer research and education. Admission is by donation.
Why: Horse lover heaven. Enjoy a wagon ride, let your child ride a pony ($2), be amazed at trick riders and be entertained by a Lord Strathcona’s Horse musical ride 
Where: Whitemud Equine Centre Show Grounds, 12504 Fox Drive.
When: Saturday, September 1 and Sunday September 2, 2012. 10am – 5pm.


Oh so Corny

Corn Fest
What:
A celebration of all things corn.
Why:
Go for the legendary corn mazes (there is a smaller maze for young kids too), corny jokes, veggie art, petting zoo, live music and hands-on corn doll craft. Make sure to try some sweet corn, or cornbread at the concession.
Where:
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm. (directions)
When:
Saturday, September 1 – Monday, September 3, 2012
 

Tip: Also check out the Edmonton Corn Maze, their massive jumping pillow and friendly animals. We love that they donate $1 to the Edmonton Food Bank from each admission.