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Entries in Churchill Square (16)

Wednesday
Jul312013

What To Do With Your Kids in Edmonton | August Long Weekend 2013

Photo taken by Dale C @flickrfumes via Flickr Creative Commons.

Is it really August? How is it that the summer is half over and back-to-school sales are already starting.  I even saw that Hallmark has their Christmas ornaments up. Ugh. Let’s make the most out of the remaining summer days starting with the August long weekend. I'm looking forward to checking out Movies on the Square and the scrumptious Heritage Festival. What are your plans?

See you out and about, 

Movie on the Square
What:
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the fabulous pre-movie entertainment before taking in the blockbuster hit that will be playing on a 3-storey high inflatable screen. Popcorn, pop and other movie snacks will be available from on-site concessions.
Friday, August 2: The Princess Bride - interactive and outside. The Edmonton Public Library invites you to dress up, bring props and participate in this free fun movie experience.
Saturday, August 3: Saturday is a beach-themed Movies on the Square celebration, featuring the family-favourite film Despicable Me.
Where: Churchill Square, Downtown.
When: Pre-show events start at 7:30pm. Movie at dusk, approx 9:30pm. 

 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos
What: It’s Military Appreciation night at the football game. Keep your eye on the sky for a fly by two CF-18 hornets and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band will be playing at half time.
Where: Commonwealth Stadium. Remember you get free ETS if you show them your game ticket.
When: Friday, August 2, 2013. 7pm.  

 

Servus Heritage Festival
What:
A celebration and showcase of Edmonton’s multicultural heritage.  Spend the day in the park and enjoy 60 pavilions serving up delicious ethnic foods, live performances, crafts, artwork and more. Download their app to get all the information in the palm of your hand.

Where: Hawrelak Park.  Plan to arrive by bus, bike or on foot.

When: Saturday, August 3 (12pm-9pm), Sunday, August 4 (10am-9pm) & Monday, August 5 (10am-7pm)

Tip: Pick up your food tickets at SaveOn Foods or Survus Credit Unions until August 3 and don’t spend your time in the ticket line. Go straight for the good stuff.

 

Fairy Berry Festival
What:  A sweet party in honour of “Fairy Berries” the small, dainty and delicious strawberries. 
There will be entertainment galore. Live folk music, puppet shows, medieval games, face painting, mazes, petting farm, crafts, costume contest and more. 

Where: Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord

When:  Saturday, August 3 – Monday, August 5, 2013 

 

Blueberry Blue Grass & Country Music Festival
What:
A weekend full of activities for the whole family including workshops, a Kids’ Korner, Slowpitch Jam and, of course, live music.
Where:
Stony Plain Exhibition Grounds 
When: Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4, 2013.


ACC National Dog Agility Championships
What:
Over 500 dogs from across Canada and the United States will be in Leduc to compete. Handlers range from 5 years of age to 80+. Admission is free. Bleacher seating is limited so bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Where: William F Lede Sports Fields, Leduc.
When: August 1 – 4, 2013. 

Wednesday
Jun052013

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | June 8 - 9, 2013

Community Events: Aspen Gardens | 104th Street Centennial Bock Party plus the Downtown Association Pancake Breakfast (104th Street, 8:30 - 10am)
Saturday Kids MoviesToy Story and The Cat in the Hat
Edmonton Farmers Markets
  - Saturday: Strathcona, Downtown, Stony Plain, South Common
  - Sunday: Callingwood, South Common 

 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

16th Annual River Day
What:
Learn to love our beautiful, meandering river and how to be safe on the river. Start with a free pancake breakfast at 10 am then learn to fish or paddle around the pond.
Where:
Rundle Park Family Centre, 2909-113 Ave
When:
Saturday, June 8, 2013. 10am – 3pm. 

 

Mini Play Festival For Kids

SPROUTS
What:
A mini theatre festival for kids. Featuring four short plays by local playwrites. Go early and stay after to take part in additional activities and crafts.
Where:
Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square.
Admission: Tickets are $5. Kids 3 and under are free.
When:
 Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9. Activities start at 1pm. Play starts at 2pm. 

 

Let’s Go To The Movies

Toy Story
What: Metro Cinema's ongoing Saturday matinee series continues with one of the most popular and adored children’s films of the past two decades, Toy Story.
Where: Garneau Theatre, 8712 109th Street
Admission: Adults $8. Seniors $6. Children 12 and under are FREE.
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013. 2 – 3:30pm.

 

A Rainbow Of Love

Edmonton Pride Festival Parade
What: This parade is part of the yearly Price festival to showcase the unity and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, and queer community. This parade gets bigger and more fantastic each year.
Where: Downtown. Starts at 107 Street and travels east along 102 Avenue to more celebrations in Churchill Square.  
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013. Parade starts at Noon.

 

Celebrations On The Square
What: Immediately following the Parade, continue the celebrations with entertainment, dancing, great food and lots of fun. There will be a Family Fun Zone by the pool in front of City Hall.
Where: Churchill Square
When: Saturday, June 9, 2013. 12 – 8pm.

Get Pedaling

Edmonton MEC Bikefest
What:
Try out gear, test ride a new bike, browse exhibitors’ booths, score deals at the MEC Bike Swap, or learn skills at a bike clinic. Kids can ride through the famous Pedal Heads obstacle course.
Where:
Ezio Faraone Park, 97th Avenue and 110th Street. (near the Alberta Legislature Building)
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013. 10am – 4pm

 

Garage Sales Galore

CFB Edmonton Community Yard Sale
What:
This base wide yard sale is a great way to find gently used clothes, toys, gear and other household items. You’ll get a map with all the homes that are participating in the sale. There is also a BBQ (10 – 2 at MFRC Parking Lot) and a Car Seat Clinic (10 – 3pm Fitness Centre Parking Lot) happening on the base.
Where:
CFB Edmonton (PDF map)
When:
Saturday, June 8, 2013. 8am – 3pm

Thursday
Jan052012

Weekend Guide: January 6 - 8

Baby and Daddy's playing in the snow

 

This weekend is all about winter fun. Check out two major winter festivals plus music and dance events. The mild temperatures makes it that much easier to stay toasty while being out and about Edmonton. So go and enjoy!

Do: Sunday skate at City Hall and listen to live jazz and swing bands.
Eat:
A frosty treat from Twisted Yogurt.
Shop:
The City Market for local products.


Freeze or Thaw?

Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival
What:
A free family event that brings together the Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, First Nations, and South American communities to revel in the magic and beauty of winter. 
Why: In addition to a variety of yummy winter food treats, families can enjoy Heritage Activities such as wagon rides, outdoor ice-skating, curling, winter mini golf, a giant ice slide, and “Little Chippers” family snow carving.
Where: Alberta Avenue, 118th Ave, between 91 and 94th streets
When:
Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8.


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 and make a crafts in the Children’s Pavilion. Then stop into the Taste of Winter pavilion for dinner.
Where: Churchill Square 
When: Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 8, and every weekend until Family Day


Music to their ears

A Wild Symphonic Ride
What: Local dancers join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra to take families on a wild ride through music showcasing the sheer fun of dancing.
Why: You'll be grooving in your seat. Make sure to go early for the pre-concert activities.
Where: Winspear Centre
When: Saturday, January 7 at 2:00pm

Heads up: Buy your tickets now for the next Symphony for Kids, Bach to the Future on March 24.


Birthday Boogie

J’Adore Dance Party   
What:
J’Adore Dance is celebrating 5 years of dancing with families with two events this weekend. A mom and baby free dance day on Friday and Anniversary Party Saturday with kids activities in the morning.
Why:
Dance, have fun and meet Jessica, the woman behind this great business. Great prizes donated by local businesses are the cherries on top.
Where:
J’Adore Dance Studio, 5708 111 Street
When:
Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7

Image by Kat Goldin.

Thursday
Nov172011

Weekend Guide: November 18 - 20

We are dreaming of holiday cheer, our kids bright-eyes and pictures with Santa as we sip our hot chocolate. And there are great happenings this weekend to start your season right.

 

Flick the Switch
Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up
What: Let there be light – fireworks and 10,000 sparkling LED lights on a towering (71 ft!) Christmas tree.

Why: The Downtown Business Association is making it a party with live music, performances, holiday sing-a-alongs and seasonal shopping at the City Market.

Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square

When: Saturday, November 19 from 3pm-6pm


Holiday Shopping Delight

All is Bright at the High Street
What:
An neighbourhood ode to the holidays with festive restaurants, deals at stores and a magical feeling everywhere.

Why:  The ‘Light Up Celebration’ transforms high street into a holiday scene with carolers, Santa Claus and special events at all the shops.

Where: High Street (125 Street & 102 Avenue)

When: Thursday, November 17 – Saturday, November 20. Light Up Celebration takes place on Thursday at 6pm. 


Giving you the Craft

Craft Sales Galore
What: Cash registers ring. Are you listening? In Edmonton, gifts are glistening. A beautiful sight – a weekend dedicated to handmade wares and locally-made gifts.

Why: Many shopping events to attend this weekend: Make It, Royal Glenora Club Christmas Gift Sale, Handmade Mafia and Just Christmas Craft Market. Yup, we’re happy tonight!

Where: Visit our Holiday Shopping Events for all the goods.


Elfish Event

Santa’s Little Helpers Christmas Shopping Extravaganza

What:
Christmas shopping with over 110 vendors.
Why:
Turn Up the Heat firefighters will be onsite selling their calendar. Please bring a donation to the food bank in lieu of the $2 admission.
Where:
River Cree Resort and Casino
When:
Sunday, November 20 10am - 4pm

 
Cuddle up with a Book

Books 2 Buy

What:
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 $1.
Why:
A perfect opportunity to stock up on some winter reading for those days that are better spent indoors.
Where:
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When:
Friday, November 18 9am - 8pm.
Saturday, November 19 9am - 5pm. Sunday, November 20 1pm - 3pm.


Natural Art

All Day Sundays

What: An afternoon of activities, story sketching, tours and art immersion. This month’s theme is “Passion for Nature”.
Why: Go create a chalk pastel ‘painting’ or a pop-up landscape using photos and coloured paper inspired by Barbizon artists.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA)
When: Sunday, November 20. 12 – 4pm


Buy these tickets now:

Fort Edmonton Park Christmas Reflections

Alberta Ballet The Nutcracker

A Christmas Carol

The Velveteen Rabbit

Singing Christmas Tree


Photos by Daveography

Thursday
Nov102011

Weekend Guide: November 11 – 13

Be Seen in Jeans
River City Round-up
What: This is the last weekend of the 10-day city-wide festival that celebrates Edmonton's history of agriculture, cultural heritage and rodeo.
Why: Get dressed in your western attire and have some good ol’ fun.
Highlights:
- Farm Fair will get you nose to nose with cattle, horses, alpaca and dogs. There will be demonstrations and an interactive educational program for elementary aged students.
- Canadian Finals Rodeo has the the best-of-the-best in rodeo. See athletes wrestle steers, rope cattle, race around barrels and battle bucking broncos. The Saturday matinee event is ideal for families.
Where: Various locations.
When: November 4 – 13, 2011


Go Back in Time

Olde Time Fair on the Square
What:
Experience a traditional fair with carnival games, food, kids play area, face painting, square dancing, horse and wagon rides.
Why:
 It could be the last weekend before snow covers the ground. Bundle up and have some fun in the Square.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square. Edmonton Food Bank donations accepted.
When:  Saturday, November 12. 10am – 3pm.


Prepared to be Entertained

The Living Room

What:
Circus Montreal, a small independent theatre company presents an elegantly silly fusion of circus, comedy and theatre. In this show, a group of eccentric strangers meet in The Living Room and warm their spirits while preparing for winter.
Why:
The matinee is geared towards family and the Montreal Gazette says that it’s “... Seinfeld meets Sesame Street...”.  
Where:
Alberta Art Gallery, Ledcor Theatre. Advanced tickets $10.
When:
Saturday, November 12. -2:00pm. Doors at: 1:30pm  


Craft
Beverly Heights Christmas Craft Show
What:
 This well loved craft show is in their 18th year. Shop from 50 vendors and proceeds go to support the Beverly Heights Community Playschool.
Where: Beverly Heights Recreation Center, 4209-111 Avenue
When: Saturday, November 12. 10am – 3pm.

Photo by Bill Gracey

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