What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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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.

Wednesday
Jul022014

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.
Where: 
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.

Wednesday
Feb192014

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
What:
Hit the waves. Groove to the tunes. Eat cake. Have fun!
Where: Mill Woods Recreation Centre, 7207 28 Avenue. Regular admission applies.
When:
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