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What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Kids | August 14 - 16, 2015

With the summer days dwindling and back-to-school on the doorstep, I'm feeling anxious to spend as many hours outdoors in t-shirts and shorts exploring our city with my kids. Fortunately, Edmonton's festivals continue this week with Fringe, Latin Festival, Dragonboats and more.

See you out and about!


Edmonton Kids Fringe
What: A free family-friendly space with interactive plays, crafts, workshops (like stiltwalking, drumming), story tent and games lead by the KidsFringe Youth Troupe. Outside the kids area, there are tons of buskers to keep you entertained too. (Bring a twoonie or two to support the artists)
 Old Strathcona (KidsFringe is along 104 Street between 85 and 86 Avenues)
Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 23


Edmonton International Youth Day Event
What: International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to bring about awareness to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. In Edmonton, you can celebrate with games, bouncy castles, face painting, food and a live DJ at this FREE family-friendly event. 
Castle Downs Skate Park, 11510 153 Ave NW (by YMCA)
When: Saturday, August 15, 2015. 11am – 4pm


Edmonton Latin Festival
What: This free family event celebrates Latin heritage and Hispanic culture. Go for live music, dancing, food, arts & crafts.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2015.


18th Annual Dragon Boating Festival
Watch paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River. Festival goers will enjoy team chants, entertainment, beer gardens and food truck vendors.
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.
When: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tip: Park at Canada Place and go through the Shaw Conference Centre. Admire Curtis Comeau’s Off the Menu photo exhibit enroute on the assembly level. Then head down to Louise McKinney over the convenient bridge from the Conference Centre.


Farm & Heritage Carnival
 A Spruce Grove Agricultural Society event features balloon animals, pony rides, face paining, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, games, corn feast, lego and crafts. Tickets range from $1 - $4.
 Spruce Grove, 120 Railway Avenue. (off of HWY 16A)
 Saturday, August 15, 2015. 12 – 7pm.


Grove Cruise
What: A three-day automobile focused party. Go for the pancake breakfast, parade, show and shine, and inflatables.
Where: Spruce Grove, Henry Singer Park and other locations. 
When: Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16, 2015


Books 2 Buy
Edmonton Public Library’s famous book, DVD and CD sale is back this weekend. Hardcover books and DVDs are $2. Paperbacks, kids' books and CDs are $1It is a perfect opportunity to stock up your personal library.
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Friday, August 14 (9am - 8pm).
Saturday, August 15 (9am - 5pm). Sunday, August 16 (1pm - 3pm).

Strathcona County Library is also having their book sale this weekend.


Monster Truck Throwdown
What: Watch the monsters do battle in two huge shows. Fans will get a chance to get up close and personal with the larger than life marvels and meet their favourite drivers in the FREE pit party before the show!
Castrol Raceway
Saturday, August 15th at 7pm and Sunday, August 16th at 2pm.


Walterdale Block Party
John Walter would have been 165 years old this August. Celebrate with cake, lemonade, old fashioned games, crafts, music and magic (1:30 – 2:30).
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill
 Sunday, August 16, 2015. 1pm – 4pm.


I’ve Outgrown It Sale
What:  Pick up clothes, gear and other items for a great deal.
Admission: $1 per adult or a food bank donation
Ellerslie Road Baptist Church, 10603 Ellerslie Road SW
Saturday, August 15, 2015. 9am – 12pm.


Family Treat: Movies On The Square


With only one-month left of summer and our lovely warm weather, why not treat the kids to an evening outing?  Especially one that won’t break the bank.

The City of Edmonton and Direct Energy are presenting a FREE outdoor movie series every Tuesday night in August on Churchill Square. Bring lawn chairs, snacks and enjoy the family-friendly film on a 3-story high inflatable screen.

We think it's worth while staying up a bit late for this family-friendly downtown experience.

Family Movies Line-up

August 4: Jurassic Park

August 11: Cinderella

August 18: Big Hero 6

August 25: To be determined

The pre-show entertainment starts at 7pm and the movie begin at dusk.

Note: Severe weather conditions may result in the cancellation of this event. Call 311 for the most up-to-date event info.



What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 20 - 22, 2015

Photo by Ariel Dovas via Flickr Creative Commons


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 This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | July 5 - 6, 2014

Edmonton Street Performers Festival. Image from ExploreEdmonton.com

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
What: 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

When: Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 13, 2014. 11:30am – 11pm (except July 14 which ends at 5pm)


Feats Festival of Dance
What: This dance festival features a variety of performances and classes. Families may enjoy:
- Pop-Ups! Toast Therapy by Mile Zero Dance with Gerry Morita and Jodie Vandekerkhove. Saturday, July 5. 1pm – 3pm. Old Strathcona Farmers' Market. Free.
-  Fresh Feats - A spotlight on today's generation of up and coming "youth choreographers. Sunday, July 6 – 8pm Westbury Theatre- ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 – 84 Ave). $15,$10 Students/Seniors.
-  Bach Tots' - Zoo Dances. Soulocentric's performing arts for babies, toddlers and young children present "Zoo Dances". Saturday, July 12 – 10am (45min) & 11am (45min). Sugar Foot Ballroom (10545 81 Ave). $5 single, $10 Families (cash at the door).
Where: Various locations.
When: July 1 – 12, 2014.


Sand on Whyte
What: Some of Whyte on Ice artists are back carving sand this time for the second annual sand sculpture exhibits.
Old Strathcona. 81 Ave & 105 St. Admission by donation.
When: July 4 – 13, 2014. 10am – 10pm.


Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton
What: Visitors can explore museums and historic sites, participate in heritage activities such as tours of buildings, gardens, natural areas, and neighbourhoods.
This Sunday, check out 
Takin' It to the Streets 3. Whyte Ave from 103-104 street will be closed to host a pancake breakfast, live music, food trucks and more. Also High Level Streetcar rides are free!
Where: Edmonton and area. Check the
website for participating locations.
When: July 6 – 13, 2014.


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!