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Wednesday
Jul082015

What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | July 10 - 12, 2015

Photo by Patrick (adwriter) via Flickr Creative Commons.

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
What:
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.
Where:
Along Whyte Avenue (82 Ave) from 101 Street to 108 Street, plus green spaces.
When:
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
What:
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.
Where:
Fort Edmonton Park.  Regular admission.
When:
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 2015.

 

Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party!
What:
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.
Where:
Metro Cinema, Garneau Theatre
When:
Saturday, July 11, 2015. 10am.

 

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
What:
 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
What:
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.
Where:
97 Street, along 106 Avenue. Edmonton.
When:
Saturday, July 11, 2015. 12pm – 8pm. 

 

Track Town Classic
What:
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!
Where:
University of Alberta’s Foote Field,
When:
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 2015. 

Thursday
Mar122015

What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 13 - 15, 2015

Photo by Jessica Lucia via Flickr Creative Commons

Tons of celebrations happening this weekend! The Library’s birthday, the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, end of winter party and pi day. The weather is also supposed to be beautiful so there’s no reason not to join in the parties.

See you out and about
  

EPL Day: EPL is turning 102 and wants to celebrate with you! Visit your local branch for EPL's birthday on Friday, March 13. Cake and refreshments will be served while supplies last, and keep an eye on the High Level Bridge that night as it sports EPL colours!

 

Ultimate Pi Day: This year is dubbed the "Ultimate Pi Day," as the first 10 digits of Pi (3.141592653) will be represented, in day/time format, on March 14, 2015 (3/14/15 at 9:26:53). Telus World of Science is celebrating with pie catapults, nitrogen ice cream, circular science demonstrations and more.

 

Red Bull Crashed Ice: Riders hurtle down the steep track from Jasper Avenue, around the Shaw Conference Centre and down into the Edmonton river valley. The course is dotted with sharp turns, jumps and rollers and the racers go side-by-side in groups of four. Frst to the bottom wins. The Ice Cross Downhill World Championship happens on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30pm.

Tip: Take transit because parking is going to be limited. Also, this may be a better date night idea vs. young family outing as it’s expected to be busy and standing room only.


Farewell To Winter Party: Stop by one of the participating winter patios on March 13, 14 and 15 for a warm drink (many cafe and restaurant options) or a cool drink in the sunshine. Cheers to longer warmer days! 

 

Build and Grow Clinic: Lowe’s runs monthly free workshops for kids. This month is a hand-made monster truck. Happening March 14 at 1am. Register in advance to secure your child’s space.

 

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.