What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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Thursday
Aug202015

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Kids | August 21 - 23, 2015

 

104th Street Al Fresco
What: Head to 104th street early for a pancake breakfast and pick up local goodies from the farmers market. Or go a little later and enjoy DJs, food trucks and extended patios.
Where:
104 Street from Jasper Avenue to 102 Avenue.
When:
Saturday, August 22, 2015.

 

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. Plan your route here.
When: Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 2015.

 

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 22. Various times.

 

Kids Fringe 
What: A free family-friendly mini-Fringe site with crafts, art exploration and entertainment, with a special tots tent.
Where: Old Strathcona. (site map) 
When: 
ends August 23, 2015.

 

What the Truck? At Telus Field
What:
Bring a blanket for a picnic in the outfield, and don't forget your glove and baseball for a game of catch in the infield. (no bats) Kids will like the glitter tattoo artist and a DJ will be supplying the soundtrack to your afternoon at the ball field.
Where:
 Telus Field, 10233 96 Ave. N.W
When:
Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Tips: Check out the menu in advance and go straight for what you’re craving. The best items usually sell fast.

 

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 is located at Foote Field, South Campus, University of Alberta.

When:
  Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 2015.

 

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 strawberry and cream pancake breakfast in support of the Village Society. Bring lawn chairs for the afternoon concert.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Located 25 mins east of Edmonton along Hwy 16.
When:  Sunday, August 23, 2015.  Doors at 9am.

 

Heroes for Habitat: Explore, Restore, Sustain
What: 
Ever wonder what attracts certain species, like bees, birds, and rabbits to your back yard? Learn how to attract and help these creatures. Activities include hands on science experiments, airbrushed tattoos, crafts, and animal encounters.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When: Sunday, August 23, 2015. 12 - 4pm.

 

Annual Lebanese Festival
What:
Savour a taste of Lebanon in the heart of Edmonton with Lebanese food, fashion show, kids zone, live bands and belly dancers.
When: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Where: Friday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Thursday
Aug132015

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Kids | August 14 - 16, 2015

With the summer days dwindling and back-to-school on the doorstep, I'm feeling anxious to spend as many hours outdoors in t-shirts and shorts exploring our city with my kids. Fortunately, Edmonton's festivals continue this week with Fringe, Latin Festival, Dragonboats and more.

See you out and about!

 

Edmonton Kids Fringe
What: A free family-friendly space with interactive plays, crafts, workshops (like stiltwalking, drumming), story tent and games lead by the KidsFringe Youth Troupe. Outside the kids area, there are tons of buskers to keep you entertained too. (Bring a twoonie or two to support the artists)
Where:
 Old Strathcona (KidsFringe is along 104 Street between 85 and 86 Avenues)
When: 
Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 23

 

Edmonton International Youth Day Event
What: International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to bring about awareness to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. In Edmonton, you can celebrate with games, bouncy castles, face painting, food and a live DJ at this FREE family-friendly event. 
Where:
Castle Downs Skate Park, 11510 153 Ave NW (by YMCA)
When: Saturday, August 15, 2015. 11am – 4pm

 

Edmonton Latin Festival
What: This free family event celebrates Latin heritage and Hispanic culture. Go for live music, dancing, food, arts & crafts.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2015.

 

18th Annual Dragon Boating Festival
What: 
Watch paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River. Festival goers will enjoy team chants, entertainment, beer gardens and food truck vendors.
Where: 
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.
When: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tip: Park at Canada Place and go through the Shaw Conference Centre. Admire Curtis Comeau’s Off the Menu photo exhibit enroute on the assembly level. Then head down to Louise McKinney over the convenient bridge from the Conference Centre.

 

Farm & Heritage Carnival
What:
 A Spruce Grove Agricultural Society event features balloon animals, pony rides, face paining, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, games, corn feast, lego and crafts. Tickets range from $1 - $4.
Where:
 Spruce Grove, 120 Railway Avenue. (off of HWY 16A)
When:
 Saturday, August 15, 2015. 12 – 7pm.

 

Grove Cruise
What: A three-day automobile focused party. Go for the pancake breakfast, parade, show and shine, and inflatables.
Where: Spruce Grove, Henry Singer Park and other locations. 
When: Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16, 2015

 

Books 2 Buy
What: 
Edmonton Public Library’s famous book, DVD and CD sale is back this weekend. Hardcover books and DVDs are $2. Paperbacks, kids' books and CDs are $1It is a perfect opportunity to stock up your personal library.
Where: 
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: 
Friday, August 14 (9am - 8pm).
Saturday, August 15 (9am - 5pm). Sunday, August 16 (1pm - 3pm).

Strathcona County Library is also having their book sale this weekend.

 

Monster Truck Throwdown
What: Watch the monsters do battle in two huge shows. Fans will get a chance to get up close and personal with the larger than life marvels and meet their favourite drivers in the FREE pit party before the show!
Where:
Castrol Raceway
When:
Saturday, August 15th at 7pm and Sunday, August 16th at 2pm.

 

Walterdale Block Party
What:
John Walter would have been 165 years old this August. Celebrate with cake, lemonade, old fashioned games, crafts, music and magic (1:30 – 2:30).
Where: 
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill
When:
 Sunday, August 16, 2015. 1pm – 4pm.

 

I’ve Outgrown It Sale
What:  Pick up clothes, gear and other items for a great deal.
Admission: $1 per adult or a food bank donation
Where:
Ellerslie Road Baptist Church, 10603 Ellerslie Road SW
When:
Saturday, August 15, 2015. 9am – 12pm.

Wednesday
Mar252015

What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 28 - 29, 2015

Image by Frédéric de Villamil via Flickr Creative Commons

Earth Hour
What: A global lights-out event led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to show support for action on climate change. In 2014, Edmonton was named the Earth Hour Capital of Canada! Lets do it again.
Where:
Around the world.
When:
Saturday, March 28, 2015. 8:30 – 9:30 pm – turn off all non-essential lights.

Other Earth Hour events in Edmonton:
- Edmonton and Area Land Trust & Remedy Café (details)
- Earth Hour Race 2015 (details)

 

Spring Break Starts Here
What:
 The Edmonton Public Library will be hopping this week with additional programming to engage kids over spring break. There is something for kids of all ages – interactive games, creation stations, artistic impressions, puppet theaters, stop motion lego and story writing.
Where:  Various branches across Edmonton.
When:
March 28 – April 4, 2015.

 

Northlands Farm and Ranch Show
What:  Cheer on the Canadian College Finals Rodeo toughest students, visit the animals and check out all the farming gear at the trade show.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre.  
Show tickets. | Rodeo tickets. 
When: March 26 – 28, 2015.

 

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
What: The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.
(
Personally I can’t stand their squeaky voices, but my girls love them. Sigh.)
Where:
Galaxy Cinema Sherwood Park. Admission $2.99
When:
March 28, 2015. 11am.


Spring Equinox Celebration and Market
What: A family festival including a spring story journey, face painting, magical wand making, fairy door crafts, live mustic, food, prizes and vendors village. Organized by the Edmonton Waldorf Parent Council.
Where:
Kenilworth Hall, 7104 - 87 Avenue
When:
 Saturday, March 28, 2015. 11am – 3pm.

 

Easter Artist & Craft Market
What:
Find Ukrainian art and crafts at this Easter event. Try some traditional Ukrainian food and take a Pysanka making workshop.
Where:
Kilarney Community Hall, 8720 130A Avenue
When:
Saturday, March 28, 2015. 10am – 4pm.

 

Purchase Now, Enjoy Later:

- City of Edmonton Summer Camps registration has opened.
- International Children’s Festival ticket sales open on Monday, March 2015.
- The Frog Prince. April 11, 2015 at 10:30am. Morinville Community Cultural Centre.
- Echoes. April 19, 2015 at 3pm, Kokopelli younger choirs.
Harlem Globetrotters. April 24, 2015. Edmonton Expo Centre.
Al Shamal Temple Annual Shrine Circus. May 1 – 3, 2015. 
Dora the Explorer Live! June 16, 2015. Northern Jubilee Auditorium
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai. June 18 – 21. Rexall Place.
- The Lion King. July 14 – Aug 9, 2015. Broadway Across Canada.

 

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.

 

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

 

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