What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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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.


What To Do With Your Kids in Edmonton This Weekend | November 16 - 17, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to town!

The big guy arrives at three local malls this weekend, with more mall locations to follow next week.

  • Kingsway Mall
    Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 16, 11:00 am
    Location: Main Level near The Bay
  • Southgate Centre
    Santa Arrives:
    Saturday, Nov 16, 11:30 am
    Location: Centre Court, right by Gymbouree and Please Mum.
  • West Edmonton Mall
    Santa Arrives:
    Saturday, Nov 16, 10:00 am
    Phase 1, Level 1, outside The Bay


Twinkle Twinkle

Christmas on the Square Holiday Lightup
Live music, carolers, balloon artists, face-painting and at 6pm Santa waves the magic wand to light up the 22 metre tree. A fantastic fireworks display follows.
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
November 16, 4:00–6:30pm


Fairytale Fun

What: Playing with timeless fairy tales and giving them an improvised spin, DuffleBag Theatre takes the classic story of Cinderella and twists it in fun new ways with every show.
Where: Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, Spruce Grove
When: November 16, 2:00 PM


Sci Fi for All Ages

Pure Spec 2013
This annual science and fiction festival is dedicated to Edmonton's geek community. This year's conference features programming for all ages, with a focus on sci fi literature, media, and hobbies.
Ramada Conference Centre, Edmonton
November 16 & 17


Healthy Happenings

Edmonton Health Show
Explore the aisles enjoying an abundance of tasty food, learn about cutting-edge health products, services and fitness techniques, relax with a bodywork treatment, shop with special event pricing and discover the latest trends.
Northlands, Edmonton
When: November 16 & 17


Handmade Holidays

Christmas Craft Fairs galore
We've counted seven different Christmas craft shows this weekend! Check out our 2013 Christmas Craft Fair Roundup for a full list of upcoming events.
All over Edmonton
Saturday and Sunday



What To Do With Your Kids in Edmonton This Weekend | November 2 - 3, 2013

Photo by L-ines via Flickr Creative Commons.

Reminder: Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, November 3. Move your clocks back one hour. Here's an article on helping babies adjust their sleep schedule to daylight savings time


City and Baby Event Pick:  Rivercity Round-Up
This 10-day celebration of Edmonton’s agriculture and western heritage takes place with events across the city from November 1 – 10.  A fun idea to get your cowboy on through music, food, edutainment and good ol’ fashioned country fun with events across the city.


Kick Off Day
What:  A day full of free activities. Start with a pancake breakfast, visit the Cowpoke Corral family fun area, learn about soap making, sample open-fire bacon frying, take a wagon ride or ride a pony, see a blacksmith in action, play games in the penny arcade, and enjoy live music.
Where: Churchill Square, Downtown Edmonton.
When: 9am – 4pm.


MEC Snowfest Edmonton
What: Get ready for winter at the annual gear swap. Get up to date with snowsport experts and vendors. Attendees will also get a 10% discount card for Thurs, Nov 7 evening.
Where: Mountain Equipment Co-op, 12328 102Ave
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013. 10am – 4pm


Alberta Opera’s brand new musical adaptation, takes families on a magical adventure. Suitable for children aged six and older.
Tickets: $12.50 for children, $15 for students/seniors and $18 for adults
ATB Financial Arts Barns’ Westbury Theatre, 10330 84th Avenue
When: Friday, November 1 at 7pm; Saturday, November 2 at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, November 3 at 2pm.


Rutherford House Remembers
What was life was like for those in Edmonton during World War I? Find out at Rutherford house. From comfort packages sent to soldiers, knitting socks, reading letters from front-line to the changes the war had on women’s careers and lives.
Where: Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive
When: Sunday, November 3, 12 - 4 pm


Please add any family-friendly events that we missed in the comments. Thanks! - Jen