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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 With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | November 14 - 16, 2014

Photo by Elizabeth Pfaff via flickr

With the snow and the Christmas lights up downtown it’s definitely feeling more like Christmas. This weekend marks the start of all the holiday events – arrival of Santa, light-ups, craft shows. 


Christmas on the Square Holiday Lightup
Live music, carolers, balloon artists and at 6:30pm Santa waves the magic wand to light up the giant spruce tree. A fantastic fireworks display follows. Bring a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank to help fellow families.
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
November 15, 4:00–7:00pm


Books 2 Buy
What: Cuddle up with a Book! Edmonton Public Library’s famous book, DVD and CD sale is back. Hardcover books and DVDs are $2. Paperbacks, kids' books and CDs are $1. Cash only.
Where: Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square. 
When: Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16, 2014.


Reel Family Cinema: Ratatouille
In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.
CommonSense Media rates
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street.
Saturday November 15 at 2:00PM


BMO All Day Sunday: Stamp it!
What: Special activities for kids that are inspired by the AGA’s current printmaking exhibit 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta.  Explore the galleries then try your hand at print making with various materials. All activities are included with regular admission to the AGA
Art Gallery of Alberta, 100 Street and 102 Avenue
When: Sunday, November 16, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


Santa Claus is coming to town!
The big guy arrives at three local malls this weekend, with more mall locations following next week. 

Kingsway Mall - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 11am.

Southgate Centre - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 11:30am

West Edmonton Mall - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 10am


Shop local delights and hand crafted gifts 



What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | July 19 - 21, 2013

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Premier’s Pancake Breakfast for K-Days

What: This free annual breakfast also features live music and kids activities.
 Alberta Legislature, South Grounds
Thursday, July 18. 7am – 9am

K-Days Parade 2013

New entries, bands, beautiful floats, giant balloons, stilt walkers, performers, and animals.
Travels west along 102 Ave. North at 105 Street. Travels east on 103 Ave. PDF parade route
 Friday, July 19, 2013. 10am

K-Days 2013

10 days of exhibition fun. Rides, games, entertainment, shopping, food, and mini-donuts. Check out the For The Kids page see the stage show times for Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Angelina Ballerina, Barney, and the much loved Will Stroet.
Northlands, 116 Avenue and 73 Street.  Parking is very limited to it’s best to take the LRT to the Coliseum Station.
When: Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 28

Taste of Edmonton

There are a number of new restaurants serving up delightful samples of their best dishes. Buy your tickets early to get right to eating. If you're without your baby, check out their wine tasting tent and beer gardens.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 28. 11am - 11pm

The Slow Flash Mob

An intergenerational celebration of park life. Bring Grandma and Grandpa and enjoy free workshops, games, stories and snacks.
Louise McKinney Park, 9529 Grierson Hill NW
Free if you bring a grandparent or grandchild
Saturday, July 2013. 12pm – 4pm.

Edmonton Celiac Association Gluten Free Pancake Breakfast
This pancake breakfast’s proceeds support the awareness of Celiac Disease and those that are adversely affected by gluten in our community.
Kinnikinnick Fresh, 10940 – 120 Street
Sunday, July 20. 9am – 11am

Edmonton Mozart Festival
A musical celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by an ensemble of local Edmonton musicians.
Where: Stanley A. Milner Library Theater, Edmonton Public Library Downtown
Advance Tickets:  $15 Adults, $10 Students & Seniors, $5 Children (buy online)
Sunday, July 20, 2013 at 2 PM


Sport and Leisure Weekend
Go back to the 1920s where we saw the rise of entertainment. Sketching, croquet, baseball, dance lessons will be happening this weekend, in addition to this attraction’s usual activities.
Where: Fort Edmonton Park
Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21.

Community BBQ Celebrating EPL
The Edmonton Public Library is celebrating their centennial birthday and the FREE community BBQ’s continue through until Saturday.
Where and When: Edmonton Public Library branches.  Schedule

Flash Back At The Tracks

In support of the Elevator Museum, local dignitaries and guests will be serving up pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, watermelon, and coffee or Juice. Kids under 12 are $3. Adults are $5.
Spruce Grove, The Grain Elevator Site, 120 Railway Ave.
Saturday, July 20. 8am – 11am

BMO All Day Sundays

An afternoon packed full of engaging art-making and exploration with water-based art-making techniques. Play with watercolour paint, pencil crayons, ink, wax resist and bubbles.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta.  2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. Free with admission.
Sunday, July 21, 2013. 12pm – 4pm.



What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | April 26 - 28

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2013 Western Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
What: This competition is the largest competition in Western Canada and is a qualification event for the Canadian Championships in Ottawa.
Admission: All-Event Pass $25, Adult Day Pass $10, Child/Student/Senior All Event Pass $15, Child/Student/Senior Day Pass $5.00.
Where:  MacEwan University – Downtown Campus; Christensen Center for Sport and Wellness, 10700 104 Avenue.
Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28, 2013.


Jurassic Forest
What: The mechanical moving dinosaurs are coming out of their winter slumber this weekend. So get ready for the season opener. Learn more about this cool attraction in this post.
Where: North of Edmonton, near Gibbons (map)

When: Opens Friday, April 27 at 9am


African Poetry and Arts Day
A free, vibrant one-day festival showcasing the artistic talents of Edmonton's African and African Diaspora communities and guests from across Canada. Enjoy multilingual poetry, performances, film and art.
The Africa Centre, 13160 127 Street
Saturday, April 27, 2013. 10am – 4pm.


Disney Store Grand Opening
What: This newly designed store gets more magical with storytelling neighborhoods featuring a Disney Princess with magic mirror, translucent trees, and the Disney Store Theater featuring the latest Disney entertainment. Free gift for first 500 guests. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be on the main floor by the food court from 12 – 4pm.
Kingsway Mall, 109 Street and Kingsway Avenue
Saturday, April 27, 2013. Opening Ceremony at 9:30.


The Future of Transportation Symposium and Car Show
Interested in vehicle technology? Check out this FREE event that is showcasing electric, hybrid, human-powered, hydrogen and solar technologies. Take a workshop, have a solar cookie and view 40 converted vehicles in the car show.
Where: NAIT, 11790 - 106 Street
Saturday, April 27, 2012. 11am – 6pm.


Little Monsters Swap Meet
TransAlta Tri Leisure Center, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove
When: Saturdays: April 27, June 15, August 24. September 28. 11am – 3pm
Admission: Early bird (11am-12pm): $5. Regular (12-2pm): $2. After 2pm: Free.
Sellers:  Details here.


Spring I’ve Outgrown It Sale
Where: The Park Church (just off of Baseline Rd in Sherwood Park).
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013 10am – 2pm


Beaumont Indoor Playground Baby Items Sale
40 vendors plus BBQ, face-painting, balloon animals & bouncy house. 
Where: Eaglemont Church 5002 62 Street, Beaumont
When: Saturday, April 27 2013. 10am – 2pm.
Admission: $2. All proceeds going to support the Beaumont Indoor Playground


Swing into Spring
 A shopping extravaganza and trade show with 100 vendors.
River Cree Resort.  Admission $2.
When: Sunday, April 28, 2013. 10am – 4pm.


All Day Sunday
Explore the works in the exhibition Dutch Landscapes from Rembrandt to Van Gogh and discover how these masters saw and represented the world. Create your own tableau using collage techniques, and add to a stop-motion video project.
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Sunday, April 28, 2013.


Royal Alberta Museum
What: Did you know that the RAM offers free family activities? This Sunday they’re offering a Story Time, Animal Buddies session, Adaptive Animal program and up-close Encounters with specimens and artifacts.
Where: Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 102 Ave.


Weekend Guide: January 13 – 15

What to do in the snow in EdmontonPhoto by Edmonton photographer Maureen Connellan, Tangible Moments Photography.

Attempt: Skate n'Swing at City Hall
Ski, snowboard or toboggan at Sunridge Ski Hill
Dress up: Princess Craft Event at the Disney Store in West Edmonton Mall
Nine Grain Blueberry Muffins
Date Night: Eat at these 5 Restaurants in 2012  

Ice, Ice Baby
Ice On Whyte Festival 
What: An international ice craving competition featuring artists from the Netherlands, Russia, Armenia, Canada and 10 artists from Alberta’s twin province Heilongjiang, China. 
Why: Slide on the giant ice slide, warm up with hot beverage with a donation in the YESS café, chill to some live entertainment and watch artist create a fantasy filled park.  

Where: New location End of Steel Park (103 Street & Tommy Banks Way)
Adult Admission is $5, Kids 2-12 are $2.50.
Under 2 free
When: Friday, Jan 13 – Sun, Jan 22. Monday to Friday gates are open 2pm-10pm. On Saturday and Sunday, festival is open from 10am-10pm.

Tip: There are additional carvings at the Alberta Legislature, Legislature West Lawn. Take the High Level Street Car for free to travel between the two sites.

Cultural Friendship
Alberta-Heilongijang Celebration
What: A 30th anniversary celebration of the twinning of sister provinces Alberta and Heilongjiang, China. Visit the Alberta House Entertainment tent and be entertained by local talent in threatre, music, art and dance. See the full program of events.
Why: In addition to the celebration entertainment, go ice-skating with free skate rentals on January 15. 
Where: Alberta Legislature's west lawn
When: January 12 to 22, 2012

Weekend Winter Wonderland
Metropolis Winter Festival
What: This festival runs every weekend through Family Day in mid-February. A variety of activities including winter food, music, live entertainment and interactive exhibits are offered.

Why: Slide on the 44-foot slide ($3) and make a craft in the Children’s Pavilion. Then stop into the Taste of Winter pavilion for dinner.

Where: Churchill Square 
When: Friday, January 13 to Sunday, January 15 and every weekend until Family Day.

Who, What, Where?

What: The world of Dr. Seuss comes alive in this colourful, musical production. Horton has heard a Who, and it’s up to him to protect an entire village from certain doom. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, a lively cast of memorable characters join Horton on his adventures through the outrageous Seussiverse. Recommended for children 5 years of age and up
Why: Seeing a favourite book come to life will delight your Kindergartener.
Where: Citadel Theatre, Shoctor Theatre
When: January 14 – 29, 2012 

Artistic Plains

Prairie Playground
What: The prairies become a playground in this landscape-themed All Day Sunday. Explore the big skies and expansive land of the prairies through art, stories and drawing.
Why: Create your own postcard relief sculpture with AGA educators.
Where:  Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA). Free with admission.
When: Sunday, January 15. 12 – 4 pm

Scottish Fling
Robbie Burns Day
What: The poet Robert Burns and his beloved haggis are at the heart of this Scotland-focused event
Why: Celebrate his birthday with an afternoon of bagpipes, traditional dancing, and of course, haggis!
Where: Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive. $4 Admission
When: Sunday, January 15, 2012

Let us know what you're doing out and about Edmonton this weekend in the comments. ~Jen


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