What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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Wednesday
Feb042015

What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | February 6 - 8, 2015

Image by MjZ Photography via Flickr Creative Commons 

Servus Free Ski Fridays
What: An affordable way to try skiing. Courtsey of Servus, lift tickets are free plus, enjoy $10 Rossignol ski rentals, $10 ski lessons and nightly dinner specials.
Where:
Edmonton Ski Club, 9613 96 Avenue
When:
Fridays. 5- 9pm. 2015  

 

The Flying Canoe Adventures
What:
In the spirit of a great winter city, The Flying Canoe Adventure/L'aventure du canoe volant is a creative, interactive, cultural event, designed to celebrate local history and everything that is great about a long winter's night. Kids will love all the lights.
Where:
Mill Creek Ravine and French Quarters.
When:
Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7, 2015. 6 – 10 pm.

 

Edmonton Resilience Festival
What:
A very cool opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and have meaningful discussions all with the intent of making Edmontonians more resilient. Children will enjoy the craft station, seed planting, building a bird feeder and other activities. If you have some personal time, consider signing up for one of the awesome workshops.
Where:
Boyle Renaissance Plaza, 9538 103A Avenue
When:
 February 7 & 8, 2015.

 

Valentines Day Party
What: In 1885, paper was precious and was saved for use on special occasions. Valentines Day is just that time! Make valentines, enjoy heart-shaped sugar cookies baked over a wood-burning stove and play some favourite old-time games.
Where:
 Fort Edmonton Park.  Must register in advance (Call 311 code: 532781)
When:
Saturday, February 7, 2015.  10am – 12pm.

 

The Lunar New Year Extravaganza
What: Celebrate the Chinese New Year with live Dragon and Lion Dances, Tai Chi and Martial Arts demonstrations, Chinese operas, contemporary and Classical music and dances, Chinese drumming, Chinese Orchestra music and shop 40 booths.
Where:
West Edmonton Mall (Ice Palace). Adult admission $2. Children <10 are free.
When:
Saturday, January  February 7 (10 am – 10pm) and Sunday, January 8 (10am – 6pm)

Sorry for the typo. Can I blame it on the glass of wine I was sipping while writing? ;) - Jen

Happy Feet
What: Winner of 2007’s Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, is and ultra-cute animated comedy features the voice of Elijah Wood as Mumble, an Antarctic penguin who can't find his "heart song," a tune unique to each penguin that's supposed to attract a mate. (Common Sense Media rating.)
Where: Metro Cinema – Garneau Theatres. Kids under 12 are free.
When: Saturday, February 7, 2015. 2pm. 

Wednesday
Jan212015

What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | January 23 - 25, 2015

Image by Mack Male, via Flickr Creative Commons.

Hello readers! Here is your family friendly weekend guide to help you find ideas on what to do with your kids. There are a lot of events happening this weekend, including one of my favourite winter festivals - ice on Whyte.

Enjoy the balmy weather and have some fun outside!

See you out and about,

 

Ice on Whyte
What: Artists are coming from Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Malaysia, BC and Alberta to create spectacular ice carvings. But that’s not all. Kids will enjoy the giant ice slide, Agrium Kids’ Zone, skating, music, sleigh rides around Old Strathcona, face painting and crafts in the igloo, too. Appropriately, they’re showing the Frozen movie night on Mon, Jan 26 at 6:30 – 8pm.
Where: 
End of Steel Park in Old Strathcona
Admission: Adult $6 | Children $3 | Children <2 Free |Family Packs (2 Adults, 2 Children) $15 (Tickets)
When: 
January 23 – February 1, 2015 

 

The Antyssey
What: This is a brand new musical by two of Edmonton’s hottest upcoming talents. Story: Oscar, a young ant, has been brought up with one goal: to dedicate his life to his black ant colony. When he discovers the truth about his parentage… that he is actually a yellow ant, questions about his identity send him on a journey of self-discovery.  Appropriate for kids 4 years and older.
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Avenue.
Admission: Adults $19 | Seniors $16 | Students $13 (Tickets)
When: Thursday January 22, 10am  & 1pm.  Friday, January 23 at 1pm & 7pm. Saturday, January 24 at 11am & 2pm.

 

Pet Expo
What: An extravaganza for the pet lover. Presentations, animal demonstrations, agility courses, sporty dog teams, information, all kinds of fluffy, feathery, and scaly friends for you to interact with as well.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre. Hall A.  
Admission: General (12+) $13 | Child (5-11) $11 | Family Pass $37 (Tickets)
When:
January 24 – 25, 2015.

 

Edmonton Renovation Show
What: 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. No specific programming for children noted online.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre.
Admission: Adults: $9 online, $12 at the door. Kids <13: free.
When:
January 23 – 25, 2015

 

Imagining the Future – BMO All Day Sundays
What: An afternoon packed full of engaging art-making and exploration! Work with variety of mixed media and found objects to create a series of futuristic art works. January’s All Day Sunday also features a talk with Alberta Biennial curator Kristy Trinier, two short films and a performance by Scott Rogers.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
When:
Sunday, January 25, 2015. 12pm – 4pm.

 

Family Literacy Carnival
What: A FREE carnival to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Go as a family, pick up a passport then enjoy activities for pre-readers and readers at a number of different centres.  Families who have visited a minimum of 4 centres and have their passports stamped will receive a free children’s book to take home with them, while quantities last.
Where: MacEwan University, Building 6 Multipurpose Room (cafeteria)
106 St & 104 Ave, Edmonton,(entrance from the Clock Tower)
When:
Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Honk! Jr.
What: Honk! is about the Ugly Duckling’s mission of self-discovery. It’s more than just a fairy tale, it’s about acceptance and caring, regardless of a person’s physical appearance. The production features over 50 actor/singers from grades 6-9 and technicians from 9-12 from the Victoria School of Performing Arts.
Where: Eva O. Howard Theatre (101 Street & Kingsway Avenue) 
Admission: Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, or by calling the Box Office at 780-392-3534.
When: January 22-24 at 7pm. 

Tuesday
Dec092014

What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | December 12 - 14, 2014

 

Seasons Greetings! It's a tremendously busy weekend for family-friendly Christmas events in the Edmonton region. The hard part will be choosing what to do. Here are a few suggestions. Feel free to add more in the comments below!

 

Candy Cane Lane
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air. Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
 Please bring a food bank donation.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue. 



When: Friday, December 12 – January 4, 2014.

  

Rejoice
What: All six ensembles in the Kokopelli Choir Association—from the youngest to the oldest—will perform a joy-filled winter concert celebrating holidays around the world.
Where:
McDougall United Church, 10025 101 Street
When:
Saturday, December 13, 2014. 2pm and 7pm concerts.

 

Santa Photos & Hay Rides
What: Pop by for a free hay ride, cookie decorating, colouring and a photo with Santa (fee).
Where:
The Marketplace at Callingwood, 6650-177 Street
When:
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11am – 4pm

 

The Nutcracker
What: The holiday classic returns to Edmonton this weekend. Go an hour early for the Sugar Plum Party where girls and boys can play dress-up with costumes from the Nutcracker, make a craft and listen to the story before seeing the ballet.
Where: Edmonton Jubilee Auditorium
When:
Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14, 2014.

 

Festival of Lights Family Fun Night
What:
A spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo! There will be winter crafts, ice skating, fire dancers, airbrushed tattoos, and a visit from Santa.
Where:
Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road. Admission $5
When:
Saturday, December 13, 2014. 5 – 9pm.

 

North Pole Christmas
What: Get in the Christmas spirit with special activities in the pyramids including a seasonal craft, face painting, and Christmas cactus. Enjoy live music, see the Polar Christmas pyramid with a polar bear made of carnation flowers and pick up Muttart Conservatory grown poinsettia.
Where:
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
When:
Sunday, December 14, 2014. 12 – 4pm.

 

On The Spot Pop-Up
What: A perfect place to find locally made art and crafts for gifts. Bring a donation of gently used or new jackets, mitts, toques, blankets or cash to be entered to win a $250 basket of made local items. Donations go to the Bissell Centre.
Where: Latitude 53, 10242 106 Street.
When: December 14. 10am – 4pm.

  

A Prairie Christmas
What:
A tremendous amount of Christmas fun on the farm. Crafts, hayride with Santa, stories, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire, caroling, animal encounters and more.
Where:
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
When:
Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2014.

 

Thursday
Nov132014

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
What:
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.
Where:
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
When:
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
What:
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.
Rating:
CommonSense Media rates
Where:
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street.
When:
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
Where:
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 

 

Wednesday
Aug202014

What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | August 23 - 24

Photo from Edmonton Marathon. (http://www.edmontonmarathon.ca)

 

Alberta Open Farm Days What: An opportunity to get to know local farmers and understand where our food comes from. On Saturday, there are a variety of culinary events (fees apply). Then on Sunday,  60 farms across Alberta are opening their gates and hearts to share with you and your kids.

Where: Around Alberta. Check out the map.

When: Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.

 

Summer Reading Club: Closing Celebrations
What:
Eureka, you did it! Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading Club.
Where:
Participating Edmonton Public Libraries
When:  
Saturday, August 23. Various times.

 

Kids Fringe
What: A free family-friendly mini-Fringe site with crafts, art exploration and entertainment, with a special tots tent. For shows appropriate for younger audiences check out this listing.  

Where: Old Strathcona. (site map)
When:
August 15 – 24, 2014.

 

Edmonton Marathon
What: This family oriented weekend takes participants on a route overlooking Edmonton's beautiful River Valley and through several of Edmonton's historic and scenic neighbourhoods. Introduce your kids to running through the Kids 1km run/walk on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be the 5km, 10km, 21.1km and Marathon run/walk events.
Where:
 ABC Kids Activities and 1km Run/Walk, Foote Field, South Campus, University of Alberta.

The Sunday events start and end at the Shaw Conference Centre. 

When:  Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.

 

International Youth Day 2014
What:
A day to recognize youth efforts to enhance global society and to engage youth in becoming more involved in their communities. Free activities – games, bouncy castles, live music, hay rides, and more.
Where: Castle Downs District Park beside Castle Downs Family YMCA, 153 Avenue & 119 Street.
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014. 11am – 4pm.

 

"Home to Beverly" Centennial Celebrations
What:  12 block parade (pdf route), cultural performances and street concert including Captain Tractor, Ann Vriend, Boogie Patrol and more.
Where:
Bevery Community, performance at 39 St. on 118 Ave.
When:
Saturday, August 23, 2014. Parade at 11am. Performances at 12pm.

* Beverly Centennial Celebrations continue on Sunday with a Picnic in Rundle Park with games and entertainment. 12pm – 4pm.

 

Friends Ukrainian Music Fest
What:
Experience a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian musician. Concert, workshops, village market and childrens’ activities (wagon rides, jumpy slide, face painting). Arrive early to enjoy the a strawberry and cream pancake breakfast in support of the Village Society.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Located 25 mins east of Edmonton along Hwy 16.
When:  Sunday, August 24, 2014.  Doors at 9am.

 

Viva Italia. Viva Edmonton
What: Celebrate and re-engage with community. Live music, kids corner, car show, soccer and bocce tournaments and yummy food.
Where: Giovanni Caboto Park, 9403 109A Avenue NW
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014. 12 – 8pm. 

 

Nature's Ultimate Survivors
What: Learn all about animal adaptations and what resident animals do to survive in the wild. How do animals stay warm? How to they catch their food? How do they see in the dark?
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014. 12 - 4pm.