What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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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
Eureka, you did it! Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading Club.
Participating Edmonton Public Libraries
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)
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.
 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
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.
Bevery Community, performance at 39 St. on 118 Ave.
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
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.


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.


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | February 21 - 23, 2014

 Edmonton knows how to have fun in the snow


Winter Blues Book Sale
What: Books To Buy is back this weekend. Build your home library for with kids books for only $1. Or get a box of books for $10 on Sunday! Cash only.
Where:  Edmonton Public Library, Stanley A. Milner Library.
When: Friday, February 21 (9am – 8pm), Saturday, February 22 (9am – 5pm), Sunday, February 23 (1pm -3pm)


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. 
Where: William Hawrelak Park
When: Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 23, 2014.


Vaudeville Madness
What: Street Performers will delight kids-of-all-ages in this fundraising event featuring circus, comedy, music and magic. Proceeds go to the 2014 Street Performers Festival.
Where: Sugarfoot Ballroom, 10545-81 Avenue. Tickets $15 each or $50 for 4.
When: Saturday, February 2014. 2 – 3:20pm.


Surf, Sun & Beach Party
Hit the waves. Groove to the tunes. Eat cake. Have fun!
Where: Mill Woods Recreation Centre, 7207 28 Avenue. Regular admission applies.
Saturday, February 22, 2014. 2:30 – 6:30pm.


Snow Shack
What: Enjoy outdoor winter activities such as snow fort making, snow painting, outdoor games, sledding, snowshoeing, bannock making and much more
Where: Jackie Parker Park, 45 Avenue & 50 Street
When: Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2014. 12 – 6pm.


Winter Nature Drop-In Programs
What: Get in tune with nature with various drop-in programs at the John Janzen Nature Centre. There’s something for 1 year olds and up. On Sunday at 2pm they’re having a bonfire, hot chocolate and teaching animal winter survival strategies.
Where: John Janzen Nature Centre, Whitemud Drive & Fox Drive. Family admission is only $13.
When: Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2014. 10am – 5pm


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | January 24 - 26, 2014

Image by dawnzy58 via flickr 

Ice on Whyte
What: The International Ice Carving Competition kicks off the festival as 10 teams of artists from around the world create amazing ice carvings. The ice carvings remain on exhibit for the duration of the festival. 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.
Where: End of Steel Park, Gateway Blvd & Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, AB
When: January 24 – February 2, 2014.


Edmonton Oilers Skills Competition
Watch your favourite Oilers players as they battle in a series of challenges that test a player's skill, speed and accuracy. This event proceeds go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
Tickets: General Admission is $10 in advance. $12 at the door.
Where: Rexall Place.
When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. 12 – 2pm. 

Tip: Take transit because the Pet Expo is on and the Home Renovation Show. The parking lot is going to be packed.


Chinese New Year of the Horse
Celebrate the new year with the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association. Enjoy cultural hands-on activities and demonstrations of dumpling making, dough art, Chinese knots, paper cutting and calligraphy (in front of Winners). Then head to lower level to see drumming and colorful cultural dances, dragon dance, lion dances, martial arts, arts and crafts, carnival games, prizes, temporary tattoo, calligraphy, fortune sticks and wishing tree. Join in on the God of Fortune Parade as well. 
Where: City Centre Mall, 102 St & 102 Ave (Lower & Main Level east entrances)
When: Saturday, January 25, 2014.  11am – 4 pm.


Snow Valley’s Hawaiian Weekend
Brighten up the winter blues with a luau on the slopes. Wear your favourite Hawaiian attire, check out the limbo contest and the Big Wave Challenge on Sunday.
Snow Valley Ski Club
When: January 24 – 26, 2014


Edmonton Pet Expo
Two days devoted to everything furry, feathered and scaled.
Edmonton EXPO Centre
January 25 - 26, 2014

Tip: Take transit because the Home Renovation Show is also happening. The parking lot is going to be packed.


What To Do On New Years Eve in Edmonton With Kids | Dec 31, 2013

I hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas and are looking forward to getting out-and-about in 2014. To end the year in a festive manner, I've rounded up some family New Years Eve events for you.

I'm a big fan of celebrating a Newfie New Years with young kids so they can enjoy the countdown and excitement, and still get to bed at a decent hour.

What do you like to do on New Years Even with your family?



New Years at Muttart
Join Alice and the March Hare in the pyramids for a morning of merriment to say goodbye to 2013. Stop in for a cup of tea and treats and make a craft. Come dressed up and take in one of the hourly New Year countdowns.
$36.50 per family.
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A Street
Tuesday December 31, 2013. 10am – 2pm 


New Years Afternoon Party
Make a special New-Year's theme craft, sing songs, play games, and have some great family fun with the big parachute and bubble activities. For children 6months to 6 years. Space is limited. $15 per child.
Pre-Register by calling:
Gymboree Play& Music Edmonton, 356 Bulyea Road
Tuesday, December 31 from 1:00-2:30 pm and 3:00-4:30 pm.


New Years Eve Downtown
Party in the heart of Edmonton at this free event. There will be family friendly activities and great performers in city hall , free public skating, a rocking main stage starting at 10pm that will keep you dancing until fireworks at 12am.
Churchill Square and City Hall
December 31, 2013. 7pm – 12:30am.

Tip:  ETS is free. Parking is $1 at City Hall, Stanley A. Milner Library Parkade, Canada Place Parkade and Edmonton City Centre West (ECCW) Parkade.


New Years Eve Festival
Ring in 2014 with a night of Western themed fun and entertainment for the whole family. Activities are plentiful and mostly free. Ice slides, shinny hockey, snowshoeing, family skating, face painting, photo booth, crafts, sleigh rides ($1), smores, hot chocolate, inflatables, black light activities, petting zoo, glitter tattoos, stick horse making, fire dancing and more.
Sherwood Park: Broadmoor Lake Park, Community Centre & Festival Place
Tuesday, December 31, 2013. 4pm – 8pm.

Tip: The fun continues on New Years Day! Check out all the details.


Early Fireworks in St. Albert
  Families will love being able to see fireworks at 8:30pm while enjoying hot chocolate. Bring a food bank donation.
St. Albert. Mission Park (Seven Hills).
Tuesday, December 31, 2013. 8:00pm.


World Waterpark’s Family Beach Ball
 Splash into the new year at the WEM Waterpark. If you’re able to make it to midnight, they’ll have indoor fireworks.
West Edmonton Mall, World Waterpark (Level One, Phase III)
December 31, 2013. 6pm – Midnight.


Oil Kings vs Brandon Wheat Kings
Enjoy the last day of 2013 by cheering on the Oil Kings, followed by a firework extravaganza.
Rexall Place
December 31, 2013. 6pm.