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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.
William Hawrelak Park
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.
Festival Place, Sherwood Park
Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17, 2014.  


Turtle Island Quartet
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.
Arden Theatre
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014. 2pm.


Osmosis Jones
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
Saturday, February 15, 2014. 1pm


Family Favourites
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
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.


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.
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.
Highlands Golf Club
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
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.
Sherbrooke Community League Hall, 12515 116 Avenue
When: Monday, February 17, 2014, 1 – 4pm



South Clareview
 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
Monday, February 17, 2014. 10am – 12pm breakfast. Activities go to 4pm.


Wellington Family Day Skate
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!


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | Sept 28 - 29, 2013

It's going to be a beautiful fall weekend in the Edmonton Capital Region and oh-my-goodness there are a ton of events happening. I think this is the longest Weekend Guide I've ever compiled in the three years since the first post on Sept 19, 2010. You have the fun task of trying to decide which ones you want to attend. 

Hope you have a fabulous weekend with your family. See you out and about!


Alberta Culture Days
What: A celebration of Alberta’s art, history and culture. Edmonton’s kick-off event happens with a Block Party on 104th Street on Friday evening.  Enjoy free admission to these historic sites and museums. Attend a few of the 1221 events happening.
Where: Various locations across Alberta.
When: September 27 – 29, 2013. 

Movies on the Square
Enjoy a free outdoor movie playing on a 3-story high inflatable screen. Saturday’s movie is the animated movie Epic. Common Sense Media rates it appropriate for 6 year olds.
Why: An inexpensive family movie night out. Bring chairs, blankets, hot chocolate and popcorn and get cozy. 
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30. Movie at dusk – approx. 7:30pm.  (This is weather dependent call 311 for up-to-date info)

Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo

What: Pop culture event extraordinaire. Don your costumes and get ready for all things fabulously geeky. Comics, entertainment, vendors, photo ops, and educational sessions.  
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands.  Children’s passes are only $5.
When: September 28 – 29, 2013.

Free Admission Day

What: The City of Edmonton is saying thank you to the public with free admission to many recreational facilities and attractions plus additional activities. Make sure to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Edmonton Food Bank.
Where: Various locations around Edmonton.
When: Sunday, September 29, 2013. 10am – 6pm.

Participating Attractions:

  • Edmonton Valley Zoo – Special activities: Red Panda crafts, games, sidewalk chalk, science experiments, live music, Adventure Bus, animal encounters, magic shows and tattoos.
  • Fort Edmonton Park – Special activities: An aboriginal celebration with traditional artisan demos, storytelling, dancers and enjoy bannock on a stick.
  • John Janzen Nature Centre – Special activities: Bird observatory, fairy house building, crafts, pond dipping, build a bird feeder, puppet show and geocaching.
  • John Walter Museum (Open 1-5pm)
  • Muttart Conservatory – Special activities: Plant pot creation and seed planning, face painting, live music, learn about composting, try-it bike library and orienteering.
  • Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre – Special activities: videos and exhibits from the City’s archives, value tours, light horse display, military fire arms simulator and historical telephones.

Participating Facilities, plus YMCA Recreation Centres:
* check the facility website before going as some are undergoing annual maintenance on their pools.

Public Skate at these Arenas:

Sturgeon County Bounty and Haunted Pumpkin Fest
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! (Runs Sept 28 – end of Oct)
Plus: On Saturday, there is an additional celebration of the 50 mile diet, with real food, grown real local - from Sturgeon County.  Meet the producers, chefs, and caterers to sample Sturgeon County’s bounty.  Yum! Happening Saturday, September 28 11am – 3pm.
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm (25 km north of Edmonton)

Family Series: Norman Foote

This Juno award winning entertainer merges his theatrical and comedic talents in a collaboration with 100 elementary school kids for an interactive performance.
Arden Theatre, St. Albert. Tickets are still available: Adult $18, Children’s $15.
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013. 2:00pm

University of Alberta Golden Bears vs. Calgary Dinosaurs Football Game

A fun, affordable sports outing.
Where: Foote Field, South Campus, University of Alberta 
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013. 5pm – 8pm. 

Tips: Six Simple Steps to Success at Sporting Events with Babies 

Dora the Explorer Live
What: Dora has lost her teddy bear, and the search is on to find him. With help from the audience and her friends, Dora uses her many skills to successfully reach the City of Lost Toys. Watch out for the sneaky Sniper.
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: Sunday, September 29, 2013. 7pm show has lots of seats left.  And Monday, September 30 6:30 show also has great availability. 

Head to Fort Saskatchewan

Downtown Fall Festival
What: Start with a pancake breakfast (8 -11am at Pioneer House) and later enjoy lunch at A Taste of Fort Saskatchewan. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, entertainment stage, market, inflatables, rides, games and live music. (10 am to 4 pm). Tour the new City Hall and Public Library Building.
Fort Saskatchewan, Downtown, 100 Avenue.
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013. 10am – 4pm.  

Annual Cultural Explosion Block Party
Watch clogging, Bollywood dancing, listen to steel drums, listen to folk songs while enjoying a free BBQ hotdog.
Where: Fort Saskatchewan, Legacy Park, 9904 101 Street.
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013. 12 – 3pm

What did we miss? Please add any other events in the comments below.



What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | March 16 - 17, 2013

Spring 2013 Blowout Sale
Great local retail offering major discounts. For maternity/baby/ kids products look for Keylime, BumbleBee Kids, Bellies, Baby & Beyond, Adorable Baby, Sprogs.ca, Golly Gee Baby, and Max & Maude.
Sherwood Park, 401 Festival Lane. (Same building as the library). $2 for adults. Kids free.
Saturday, March 16, 2013. 9am – 3pm

Tamarack Kids Outgrown it Sale
Gently used children’s clothing, toys, baby equipment, other children’s items Size 0 – 14. Organized by gender and size with each item priced.
A. Blair McPherson School, 430 Tamarack Green. $1 admission or donation to playground.
Saturday, March 16, 2013. 10am – 2pm

2 Little 4 Me Children’s Clothing and Toy Sale
This is a great opportunity to pick up gently used clothing, toys, maternity and baby needs.
Spruce Grove Alliance Church, 250 Century Road
Saturday, March 16, 2013. 9am – Noon

L'atelier (The Studio)

What: A vibrant performance of dance and visual art by Quebec’s Bouge de là.  
When/ Where: March 16 at Horizon Stage. March 17 at Arden Theatre

Mercer Collective: A Maker’s Market

What: Shop for products handmade by local crafters, bakers, artists.
Where: Mercer Building, 10363 104 Street.
Saturday, March 16, 2013. 10 – 4pm.

St. Patrick's Day Fairy Festival

Celebrate leprechauns and fairies with a shamrock scavenger hunt; fairy wings or a snake craft; a fairy hunt; tattoos; animal encounters and more.
John Janzen Nature Centre,
Sunday, March 17, 2013. 11am – 3pm


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | January 25 - 27, 2013

Winter Family Fun in EdmontonImage by apparena via Flickr, creative commons.

Winter Wonderland

Ice on Whyte Festival
A celebration of beautiful ice and winter. Catch the international ice carving competition this weekend, visit the kids tent for crafts, explore the ice maze, learn to make a mini ice sculpture at the L'il Chipper tent, go ice skating and slip down the much loved ice slide. Events schedule.
New location at Gateway Boulevard and Tommy Banks Way (about 5 blocks North of Whyte Ave). Adults $5, Children 2 - 12 years old $2.50, Under 2 free. Cash only.
Friday, January 25 – Sunday, February 3, 2013.


Japanese Love

A Paper Song
What: A play for children and families that weaves a traditional Japanese folktale about a crane with the story of a young mouse, her grandfather and an oppressive overlord Tengu. They use large-scale origami and shadow puppetry to help tell the story. Presented by Concrete Theatre.
Where: TransAlta Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Avenue. Adults $18. Students $15. Kids under 12 $12.50.
Friday, January 25 at 7 pm. Saturday,
January 26 at 11 am and 2 pm.


Hilarious Improv

VIP Kids Show
This family theatre series is jam packed with music, comedy, art, puppets and special guests.
Walking the thin line between clever and silly, the variety and improve shows will be done by local theatre celebrities Kate Ryan, Davina Stewart, Donovan Workun, Dana Andersen, and Cathy Derkach.

Varscona Theatre 10329 83 Avenue. Tickets $6.

Saturday January  26, 2013. 11 am.
Tip: More shows on February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 6 & 20, May 4

Home Improvement

The Renovation Show
Get a head start on your spring renovation plans by visiting with over 200 vendors. I’ve asked if there were specific activities for kids but haven’t heard back. I think it would be fun to play Bob the Builder and talk with my kids about what colours and materials they’d choose for their pretend house.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Avenue NW. Adults $12. Kids 12 and under are free.
When: Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27.

Alberta Artists

All Day Sunday
Discover new works by Alberta artists in The News From Here: The 2013 Biennial of Contemporary Art. Watch a collection of short films and videos, take in a live cinema performance and enjoy a cup of tea. Kids will especially enjoy watercolour painting with tea and creating a tea cup with model magic.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
When: Sunday, January 27, 2013. 12–4pm         

Frolic in the Snow

Winter Fun Day
What: Revitalize your winter spirit with many free family activities, including ice skating, shinny hockey, snowshoeing, milk jug curling, fire pits for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, and hot chocolate.
St. Albert, Flagstone Park, 51 Flagstone Cres.
Sunday, January 27, 2013. 2 – 4 pm.

Mardi Gras for the Family

Hot 8 Gumbo
Tap your toes and get in the carnival spirit with Hot 8 Gumbo, a local band with world recognition for their New Orleans tunes. This show is part of the Arden Theatre’s Family Series so arrive an hour early for pre-show activities.
Where: St. Albert, Arden Theatre. Adults $18. Children $15.
When: Sunday, January 27, 2013. 2pm.


Explore Imaginary Lands

Family Literacy Carnival
What: Bring your family to discover the fun of reading! 
Seven creative and interactive themed centres will lead your family to explore music, the Edmonton of yesterday, today's technology, science, story, health and numbers. This is in collaboration with National Literacy Day.
Where: McEwan.Robbins Health Learning Centre, 104 ave. and 109 st.

City Centre Campus.
When: Sunday, January 27, 2013.  1 – 4 pm.


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | October 20 - 21

Let’s Go To The Movies

Community Day at Cineplex Odeon
Watch a FREE movie with your family. Purchase a regular popcorn and drink for only $2 each. Concession proceeds will be donated to the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Why: An very affordable Saturday morning family outing that entertains you, while raising funds to help entertain sick children and their families.

Cineplex Odeon: North, South Edmonton Common, Windermere, Cinema City Movies 12, ScotiaBank WEM, Galaxy Cinemas Sherwood Park

When: Saturday, October 20. Doors at 8:30 am. Shows begin at 9 am.

Science Gets Silly

Garry Krinsky presents Toying with Science
What: Juggling, balance, clowning and theatre mixed together to demonstrate basic scientific principles.
Why: Entertaining education. Go early for pre-show actives and stay after for a juice and snack.
Where: St. Albert, Arden Theatre. Tickets: $18 Adult
$15 Child/Senior
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012. 2 pm. Pre-show activities start at 1 pm.


Giggles, Chuckles and Belly Laughs

Edmonton Comedy Festival – Kids Show
What: Rapid Fire Theatre brings a fun filled adventure of improv, puppets and shenanigans aimed at the young and the young at heart.
All the material is family friendly and family funny.
Zeidler Theatre, Citadel Theatre. Adults $10. Kids $5. Tickets available at the door.
Saturday, October 20, 2012. 2pm.


Halloween Fun

Bug Out
When: It’s an afternoon of creepy crawly Halloween fun, that’s more fun than scary. Don’t forget to wear your costumes.
Why: Get up close with insects, spiders and snakes, then make a spider craft, release a ladybug and go on a buggy scavenger hunt in the pyramids.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A Street. Free with regular admission.
When: Sunday, October 21, 2012. Activities run 12 pm – 4pm.


Halloween Harvest

Pumpkinfest on 124 Street
What: A mini event to get you in the pumpkin spirit. 
Why: Carve a pumpkin, enjoy live entertainment, delicious food and buy a pumpkin for your front door step. While you’re in that area, check out the Gallery Walk
Where: 124 Street & 108 Ave. Downtown Edmonton.
When: Saturday October 20, 2012. 1 – 3 pm


Love The Earth

New Environment Gallery
What: The Telus World of Science unveiled their newest gallery this week. The Environment Gallery featuring Science on a Sphere, Rock Hounds, Eco Explorers, Ice Detectives & Storm Trackers themes.
Why: If you go this weekend, bring your stones and bones that you own to APEGA's Rock & Fossil Clinic.
Where: Edmonton Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
When: Exhibits are open 10 am - 5 pm daily.


Art Adventure

Go Baroque or Go Home! 

What: AGA goes baroque-spooky. Get inspired by the new exhibition Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints
Why: Create exquisite creatures, participate in storytelling activities on our fun family tour, make a Baroque-inspired print or collaborate in a ghoulishly great corpse drawing.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When:  Sunday, October 21, 2012. 12 – 4pm.


Get ready to scream

Galaxyland Trick or Treat Festival 
 Trick or treat for ghoulish goodies, ride the Halloween train and participate in fun Halloween activities. 

Why: A good excuse to wear your costume early and go on some rides. 
Where: West Edmonton Mall, Galaxyland

When: Saturday, October 14, 20, 27 and Sunday, October 14, 21, 28.  11am – 4pm


Corny Fun

Edmonton Corn Maze
A beautiful way to spend an afternoon outdoors.
Why: Kids will love their massive jumping pillow and friendly animals. We love that they donate $1 to the Edmonton Food Bank from each admission. 
Where: South Spruce Grove area. Map. Admission: Adults $10. Child (5- 11) $8. Child <5 Free.
When: Friday – Monday this long weekend. Open until Oct 20, 2012.


Horse Lovers Show

Cavalia is a unique mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects.  
Why: An unbelievable sight. Beautiful horses, live music, acrobatic stunts and dance combined into an awesome experience.  
Edmonton City Centre AirportWhite Big Top
When:  Extended to October 21, 212. Saturday and Sunday matinees too.


Pumpkins Everywhere

Haunted Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate pumpkin harvest at the farm. 
Why: Go to see the pumpkin cannon. Make a FREE scarecrow making. Enjoy live music, mimes and mazes. The petting farm is always a favourite too.
Where: Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm 
When: Weekends from Sept 29 - Oct 28, 2012