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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. 


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
Stop for a free BBQ lunch (Halal food will be available). Activities for kids follow outside – face painting and water balloons.
Boyle Street Plaza, 9538-103A Avenue
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 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)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 1pm – 11pm


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


Lighting of the High Level Bridge
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!
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
 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.
Fort Edmonton Park.
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
The pyramids come alive with music, crafts, tours and face painting.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12 – 4pm


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
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 


Canada Day Celebrations at TWOS
 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.
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 10am – 5pm


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 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
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
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)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 11pm


Canada Day Weekend On the Farm
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.
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
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.


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | February 1 - 2, 2014


Snowy Image by SubtlePanda via Flickr

Once Upon A Time
Local Edmonton storytellers join the ESO to bring your favourite stories to life through music. Classic fables such as .S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to popular musical adventures like The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Where: Winspear Centre
When: Saturday, February 1, 2014. Concert at 2pm. Pre-concert activities 1- 1:45pm


Winter Carnival
Winter fun for everyone! Horse-drawn sleigh rides, bannock making, sled races, broom ball and more.
Where: Royal Gardens Community League, 4030 117 St NW
When:  Sunday, February 2, 2014. 1 – 4pm.


Ice on Whyte
What: Enjoy the outdoor play on the giant ice slide and in the interactive kids zone. The evenings are filled with live music presented by Alberta musicians. There will be food, hot beverages, fashion, L'il Chipper ice carving lessons, crafts, cultural exhibits and much more. 

Tickets: Adults $6. Kids 2–12 years old $3. Under 2 are free.
(2 for 1 Coupon)
Where: End of Steel Park, Gateway Blvd & Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, AB

When: January 24 – February 2, 2014.


Lunar New Year 2014
What: Celebrate the Year of the Horse with firecrackers, a lion dance and a dragon dance.
Where: Pacific Rim Mall, 9700 105 Avenue
When: Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:45am.


The Land Before Time
What: Cineplex Odeon’s Family Favourites is showing The Land Before Time. In this prehistoric adventure Littlefoot (Gabriel Damon), a little bracheosaurus, finds himself lost and on his own while he and his family journey to the lush feeding grounds of the Great Valley. Littlefoot, along with several baby dinosaur pals, must set out across barren, dangerous terrain to reach the Great Valley, encountering perils and adventures along the way.
Where: Participating Cineplex Theatre
When: Saturday, February 1, 2014. 11am.