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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 | June 8 - 9, 2013

Community Events: Aspen Gardens | 104th Street Centennial Bock Party plus the Downtown Association Pancake Breakfast (104th Street, 8:30 - 10am)
Saturday Kids MoviesToy Story and The Cat in the Hat
Edmonton Farmers Markets
  - Saturday: Strathcona, Downtown, Stony Plain, South Common
  - Sunday: Callingwood, South Common 


Row, Row, Row Your Boat

16th Annual River Day
Learn to love our beautiful, meandering river and how to be safe on the river. Start with a free pancake breakfast at 10 am then learn to fish or paddle around the pond.
Rundle Park Family Centre, 2909-113 Ave
Saturday, June 8, 2013. 10am – 3pm. 


Mini Play Festival For Kids

A mini theatre festival for kids. Featuring four short plays by local playwrites. Go early and stay after to take part in additional activities and crafts.
Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square.
Admission: Tickets are $5. Kids 3 and under are free.
 Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9. Activities start at 1pm. Play starts at 2pm. 


Let’s Go To The Movies

Toy Story
What: Metro Cinema's ongoing Saturday matinee series continues with one of the most popular and adored children’s films of the past two decades, Toy Story.
Where: Garneau Theatre, 8712 109th Street
Admission: Adults $8. Seniors $6. Children 12 and under are FREE.
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013. 2 – 3:30pm.


A Rainbow Of Love

Edmonton Pride Festival Parade
What: This parade is part of the yearly Price festival to showcase the unity and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, and queer community. This parade gets bigger and more fantastic each year.
Where: Downtown. Starts at 107 Street and travels east along 102 Avenue to more celebrations in Churchill Square.  
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013. Parade starts at Noon.


Celebrations On The Square
What: Immediately following the Parade, continue the celebrations with entertainment, dancing, great food and lots of fun. There will be a Family Fun Zone by the pool in front of City Hall.
Where: Churchill Square
When: Saturday, June 9, 2013. 12 – 8pm.

Get Pedaling

Edmonton MEC Bikefest
Try out gear, test ride a new bike, browse exhibitors’ booths, score deals at the MEC Bike Swap, or learn skills at a bike clinic. Kids can ride through the famous Pedal Heads obstacle course.
Ezio Faraone Park, 97th Avenue and 110th Street. (near the Alberta Legislature Building)
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013. 10am – 4pm


Garage Sales Galore

CFB Edmonton Community Yard Sale
This base wide yard sale is a great way to find gently used clothes, toys, gear and other household items. You’ll get a map with all the homes that are participating in the sale. There is also a BBQ (10 – 2 at MFRC Parking Lot) and a Car Seat Clinic (10 – 3pm Fitness Centre Parking Lot) happening on the base.
CFB Edmonton (PDF map)
Saturday, June 8, 2013. 8am – 3pm


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | May 3 - 5

Photograph by Sean Dreilinger

Books 2 Buy
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 $1. On Sunday, a box is only $10.

Where: Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square 

When: Friday, May 3: 9am - 8pm.
Saturday, May 4: 9am - 5pm. Sunday, May 5: 1pm - 3pm. 


Jane’s Walk
Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walking tours are led by locals.
Where: Various locations around Edmonton.
Friday, May 3 to Monday, May 6, 2013. Various times.


Royal Bison Craft & Art Sale
What: Edmonton’s preeminent crafters and artisans will be at this highly coveted event.
Where: 8426 Gateway Boulevard (north of the Strathcona Farmer’s market).
Admission: $2 admission for adults. Kids are free.

When: Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Butterdome Spring Craft Sale
What:  The well known Christmas Craft Sale is back with a lighter, fresh spring feel.

Where: Butterdome, University of Alberta

When: Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5, 2013.  


3rd Annual Play 4 Pets
Local musicians and students from Edmonton Music Studios come together to raise pledges to perform on stage to benefit Edmonton's animals in need.
Where: McLeod Community Hall, 14715 59th Street
Sunday, May 5, 2013.


Callingwood Farmers’ Market Season Opening
Over a 100 tables of local goodness. Plus live musical entertainment, a petting zoo, bouncy castle, face painting and balloon artist.
Where: Callingwood Farmer's Market, 6655 178 Street
When: Sunday, May 5, 2013. 10am – 3pm. 


Birthday Party! Edmonton Public Library Turns 100

EPL Turns 100 Years Old

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 

The Edmonton Public Library feels like a good friend. They’re always there for me and they look for ways to make my life easier.  Whether I’m reading, researching, looking for entertainment or engaging with my children, they have a crazy amount of resources to suit all my temperaments. 

My family enjoys visiting our local library and exploring different branches. Each are unique. At the library, we read together; explore educational games on the kids computers; attend story time; play with the toys; watch the fish; participate in their summer reading club; and, I confess, I use the free WiFi to check my City and Baby social media accounts.


Edmonton Public Library Online

Did you know that your library card gives you access to free online products including eBooks, eMusic, eAudiobooks, eNews and eMagazines? If I need something to read, I can download a book to my iPhone within minutes at no cost. Anytime. Anywhere. My kids really like the Sesame Street and Tumblebooks found inthe Digital Kids section of the EPL website. 


EPL Mobile Phone App

The EPL Mobile Phone App is one of my heaviest used apps. I use it to see recently acquired materials; search for kids DVDs; read recommendations; place holds; renew books; and pay fines.

Oh yes, we are heavy donors to the library by way of fines but considering how little we pay for a membership it’s easy to donate.

You know how much we love the library.  We’ve written about their programs herehere and here and in weekend guides. But what we want to really commemorate today, is their 100th Birthday!


Edmonton Public Library Turns 100

On March 13, 1913, the very first EPL branch opened! To celebrate their centennial birthday they’re kicking it off with a city wide Birthday Party. You're invited!  

Birthday Party
EPL branches will have free cake, refreshments, programs, prizes and activities. 
Where: Find a location near you.
When: Wednesday, March 13. All Day.

There will be many other events happening through out the year and we will give you the inside family scoop. But wait, that's not all....


Gift For You: Free Library Card This Year

I noticed in the EPL's latest At The Library magazine (PDF) that they're offering free memberships to not only kids, but to adults too. (March 13, 2013 to March 13, 2014).  How nice for all Edmontonians to recieve a birthday gift. Consider donating your usual annual fee to the Library Fund Development so they can acquire more great materials and offer more online services. 

Enjoy reading, exploring, watching, searching, learning, creating, dreaming with the EPL. I hope you’ll join me and other Edmontonians in saying Happy Birthday EPL!

City and Baby Editor Jen


Family Day In Edmonton 2013  

Family Day! It's one of our favourite days of the year. A full day to commit to playing with our family. This year, City and Baby is supporting Family Day Unplugged. We encourage you to turn off the screens and connect with family, friends and your community. Aren't the best memories made when we play together?!

Why Unplug?

  • 73% of kids would rather play with their parents than watch TV or use the Internet. (Ikea: Play Report, 2010)
  • Teens that have more than three family dinners per week are more likely to get better grades. (Casa, 2009)
  • By graduation, the average teen will have spent more time watching screens than being in the classroom, playing sports and talking to their parents. (Screensmart.ca)
  • Residents in connected neighbourhoods have a greater quality of life. (Shields, 2008)

Many of Edmonton’s Community Leagues are planning Family Day activities. You can find some posted on the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues website. Then log your ‘unplugged’ hours here for community bragging rights.

Family Day Events Happening in Edmonton and Area

Winter Féte
Celebrate Family Day indoors and out at the Legislature. Indoors explore the Legislature Building and pedways with a scavenger hunt and enjoy the kids' carnival including balloons, crafts, face painting, magic, puppetry, storytelling and dancing. Celebrate outside with horse-drawn wagon rides, skating and a snowman making contest. The south grounds will also feature a heated tent where local sports celebrities will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos. (schedule)
Alberta Legislature Grounds and Pedways
When: Monday, February 18. Noon – 4pm.


Silver Skate Festival
A winter extravaganza of art, culture, recreation and sports. Go for the epic ice slide, family snow sculpting, races, figure skating demonstrations, roving performers, horse drawn sleigh rides and more in the free family fun zone.
Hawrelak Park. Take the free ETS Shuttle.
Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18, 2013. 1 – 5pm


Family Day Rutherford Open House 
Celebrate the Family Day weekend with a visit to the historic home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and his family. Explore the features of this historic house, take part in traditional family activities, sample cookies baked in the wood-burning stove and make an old-fashioned craft.
Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Dr.
Monday, February 18. Noon – 4pm.


Family Day Fun - Arctic Ambassador Day
Bundle up your family; beat the winter blues and “Get Closer” for some Family Day Fun! Stay warm while you visit the indoor petting zoo, have your face painted or participate in the Animal Families scavenger hunt. Visit our free photo booth to take home a family memory.
Edmonton Valley Zoo, 87 Avenue and 133 Street
Monday, February 18. Noon – 4pm.


Free Family Fun at EPL
All Edmonton Public Library locations will be open on Family Day and they’re offering an assortment of drop-in activities. Look for puppet shows, storytelling, clowns and other activities at your local library. For some extra fun, take in the interactive screening of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (rated PG) at the downtown library at 2:15 pm.
Edmonton Public Libraries. (Activities vary by location)
 Monday, February 18.  1pm – 4pm


Family Day at the Reuse Centre
Take a tour, learn about reusing materials, create crafts and search for special treasures.
Edmonton Reuse Centre, 10004 103A Avenue
Monday, February 18. Noon – 4pm.


Family Day Dinner
Millwoods Family Resource Centre is holding a free dinner for Millwoods families with games, activities and entertainment for the kids, and door prizes
Leefield Community Hall, 7910 – 36 Avenue. To register call 780 413 4521.
Monday, February 18, 2013. 5 – 7pm.


Family Fun Day Celebration
Capilano, Fulton and GoldBar are collaborating again this year to bring residents and friends a family community event. Get to you know your neighbours, take a horse and wagon ride, skate, and other family friendly activities. Refuel with a hot dog and beverages. ($1 each)
Fulton Community Hall, 6115 Fulton Road
When: Monday, February 18. Noon – 3pm. 


Family Fun Day
Enjoy an afternoon of special children’s drop-in programs such as bouncing in a jumpy castle, face painting, basketball, parachute games, hoolahooping and pool noodle hockey. Bring your swimsuits too for a dip in the salt water leisure pool
Where: Terwillegar Community Rec Centre. (Regular admission applies.)
When: Monday, February 18. Noon – 4pm. 

Family Day in St. Albert
The City of St. Albert is supporting Family Day Unplugged. They have a long list of unplugged activities that you can do with your family in their city.


Heritage Lakes Family Fun Day
This Family Fun Day event will feature sleigh rides, games and refreshments.
Where: St. Albert. Ecole La Mission 46 Heritage Drive
When: Monday, February 18. 1 – 4pm



Strawberry Shortcake Live
Meet this sweet lady and join in family activities: petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses and crafts.
Where:  Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre
When: Monday, February 18. Noon – 5pm.

Barney Live
The beloved Barney will be visiting this family day weekend, along with Angelina Ballerina.
Millwoods Town Centre
Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18. Showtimes 1pm and 3pm.

Animology Tour
Join Safari Jeff and Shannon for their thrilling live show and exhibit. Get up close with exotic animals such as tortoises, snakes, lizards and frogs and gain a deeper appreciation of these animals and the environment.
Where:  Sherwood Park Mall
When: Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18. Shows at 1 pm and 3pm.

What events have we missed? Please add them to the comments below.

And did you do it? Did you manage to make it a completely 'unplugged' this year? Let us know!