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What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | February 1 - 3, 2013

Photograph by Joelle Inge-Messerschmidt

Warmer weather is on it's way. Whether it's sledding, skating, walking, snowman-making or snow-fort building, the whole family will enjoy the warmer temperatures this weekend. Make sure to also check out these great family events happening in Edmonton.


Ice Is Nice

Ice on Whyte Festival
A celebration of beautiful ice and winter. Visit the kids tent for crafts, explore the ice maze, learn to make a mini ice sculpture at the L'il Chipper tent, go ice skating and slip down the much loved ice slide. Events schedule.
New location at Gateway Boulevard and Tommy Banks Way (about 5 blocks North of Whyte Ave). Adults $5, Children 2 - 12 years old $2.50, Under 2 free. Cash only. Save with this 2 for 1 Coupon from Breakfast Television.
Friday, January 25 – Sunday, February 3, 2013.


Grow Your Imagination

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. It is a perfect opportunity to stock up your personal library.
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Friday, February 1 9am - 8pm.
Saturday, February 2 9am - 5pm. Sunday, February 3 1pm - 3pm.


Leisurely Winter Walk

City of Light and the Flying Canoe Adventure Walk
What: This free French Canadian festival embraces winter. Enjoy a stroll through a magically lit Mill Creek Ravine. Be entertained by Metis Reel dancers, a DJ, light shows and other live entertainment.
Mill Creek Ravine & La Cite Francophone, 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury. Parking is available at Mill Creek Pool (9555-84 Avenue), La Cité Francophone, and École Maurice-Lavallée School.
Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2. 5pm – 12am.


I’ve Outgrown It

Mom to Mom Sale
What: A great opportunity to pick up some gently used baby and children’s clothing, toys, baby gear and maternity fashions. Admission by donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. (Cash only)
Where: Southwood Community Hall, 1880 37 Street.
Saturday, February 2, 2013. 10am – 2pm.


Go Downtown

Winter City Saturdays
Head downtown for ice skating, family street hockey, ice sculpting, music and warming tent and fire. Make sure to shop Edmonton’s Downtown Market located in City Hall for the winter. For a special treat, visit Three Banana’s Café for hot chocolate and browse the EPL Books2Buy sale.
Where: City Hall and Churchill Square
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013. 10am – 3pm


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | November 16 - 18

Picture Perfect: Santa’s Arrival Events  
Shop: Santa's Little Helpers Extravaganza and Royal Glenora Gift Show
Research: 2013 Toy Report

Buy these tickets now:
Alberta Ballet The Nutcracker  
A Christmas Carol
The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree
Fort Edmonton Park Christmas Reflections 
The Velveteen Rabbit


Christmas on the Square

Holiday Light Up
Start the holiday season downtown with the light up of the giant Christmas Tree (6pm), followed by a fire works show.
Why: Great family fun before the light up, including live music, dancers, face painting and balloon animals. Edmonton Food Bank will also be on site collecting non-perishable food donations. Spread the Cheer!
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: November 17, 2012. 4 – 6:30pm


Symphony for Kids

Platypus Theatre's Rhythm in Your Rubbish
What: Where does music come from? Two hobos wander into a junkyard and discover music lurking in unexpected places!
Why: Go early to partake in the pre-concert activities 1 - 1:45pm.
Where: The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012. Show at 2pm


Japanese Cultural Celebration

BMO All Day Sunday
An artistic afternoon inspired by the newest exhibit: EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age,
Create origami, learn about haiku poetry with local poets and enjoy a performance by Kita No Taiko drumming troupe.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA). Free with Gallery admission
Sunday, November 18, 2012. 12 – 4pm. 

Tip: Take ETS, present your transfer to AGA to get a discount on your admission.


Cuddle Up With A Book

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.
A perfect opportunity to stock up on some winter reading for those days that are better spent indoors.
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Friday, November 16 9am - 8pm.
Saturday, November 17 9am - 5pm. Sunday, November 18 1pm - 3pm.

Sugar Plums and BonBons

Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite
Grandma entertains Max and Ruby with the Nutcracker story when a blizzard keeps them from seeing the ballet.
Why: Great classical music and real ballerinas in addition to the characters.
Where: Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue. Only a few seats left in the upper balconies.  
When: Sunday, November 18, 2012. 1pm and 4pm shows.


Meeting of The Minds

 Festival of Ideas
What: This thought provoking festival has programming for families this year. Join U of A faculty, graduate students and other WISEST for some truth-seeking and myth-busting fun. 
Why: Be it extracting DNA from a strawberry or taking fingerprints and looking for clues, there will be plenty of exciting experiments, demonstrations and games. (Ideal for kids 6 – 12)
Where: Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave.
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012. 11am – 2pm.



What To Do With Your Kids in Edmonton This Weekend | September 15 - 16

Edmonton Family Friendly EventsPhoto by Kamila Gornia

Edmonton Community Day

If you do nothing else on Saturday, please go attend the Community Day event happening in your neighborhood. While you’re there buy a membership to your community league to help make your neighborhood stronger.

Your Library Inside Out

EPL Squared
Join the Edmonton Public Library at an outdoor family festival and book sale.
Go for the stories, games, live music, prizes, food and, of course, the book/ CD/ DVD sale.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Saturday, September 15, 2012. 10am – 6pm

Creative Communities

Art In Our Park
Art market, performances, workshops, and activities for all ages.
Get busy! Create sidewalk chalk art, listen to a story, build a birdhouse, get a tattoo, make spin art, learn to walk on stilts, groove in a hip hop dance workshop, build with Lego and more.
Where: James Ramsey Park,
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012

Leaping Lizards

Edmonton Reptile & Amphibian Society Exhibit
Get up close and interactive with socialized animals.
Why: Holding a snake could ‘make’ a little one’s day.  
Where: West Edmonton Mall, Phase 4. Main floor. In front of Chapters.
Saturday, September 15, 2012. 10am – 4pm

Good Bye Summer Sale

Multi-Store Blow Out
A gathering of local merchants with products marked down 40-80% off.
Support great local stores like Adorable Baby, Key-Lime, Baby & Beyond, Maude & Max …  and stock up on items for next summer.
Centre In The Park. (Festival Lane and Sherwood Drive, in the same building as the library). Entry is $2 for adults. (free for kids)
Saturday September 12, 2012. 9am – 3 pm.

When I Was Your Age

Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party
Remember Saturday morning as a kid? Watching cartoons and snacking on cereal? Put on your best PJs and experience it all over again on the big screen.
Why: Share your childhood cartoons from the 70’s and 80’s with your kids.
Where:  Garneau Theatre. Admission (includes cereal): $10 Adults, $8 Students /Seniors, Children $6
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012. 10am – 1pm.  

Extraordinary vs. Everyday Art

BMO All Day Sunday
AGA gets family friendly as educators show how art is lurking in the most common things and spaces.
Get inspired by the newest exhibit: Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. Then create your own art using everyday objects or create a Baroque inspired picture frame.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta. Free with Gallery admission
Sunday, September 16, 2012. 12 – 4pm. 

Tip: Take ETS, present your transfer to AGA to get a discount on your admission.

Wonderful Whyte

Off Whyte Garage Sale
What: Old Strathcona is holding a family fun street fair – with games, music, shopping, fitness demonstrations, food and shopping.
Why: Check out Imagination Station craft making and EPL’s activity tent with stories, face painting and book making.
Wilbert McIntyre Park (8331-104 Street). Plus, 83 Avenue in front of the farmers market, and in the bus lane on Calgary Trail.
Sunday September 16, 2012. 12 – 5 pm



Fall Activities For Kids At The Edmonton Public Library

 Click on the image to download a PDF version of the Guide

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has published their Fall Library Guide. It is jam packed with FREE parented classes for newborns and up.

Some of our favourite drop in programs are: 

1.  Baby Laptime

2.  Family Storytime

3.  Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn

4.  Puppet Show

5.  Daddy and Baby Time

Multiple locations and times are listed in the guide. Tip: space is limited so you’ll want to be there 15 minutes before the program begins, especially at branches that are particularly busy. 

While you're there make sure to get your child's free library card if you haven't already.

Happy reading, singing, listening, watching, playing...


Parental Leave On A Budget

If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity I had, when my wife made the tough choice to head back to work mid-maternity leave and let me stay at home, don’t ever say no! Those five months were some of the best of my life.

But I didn’t say the easiest. There are lots of diapers, puking, pooping and crying daily. However, I cherished every day. The tricky part is you have more free time on your hands but less money to do things, especially with less than half your salary.

Keeping Your Chequing Account Intact

Here are a few daytime tips to keep your daily budget below $20 when you’re on parental leave.

Start a dad’s group: Mom’s do it. Why can’t we? Our own City and Baby editor, Jen Schaefer, introduced me to two partial stay-at-home dads whom I met for coffee multiple times during the time off. We talked sports, complained a little bit and made some clean coffee table guy jokes.

Mass trans-it up: Some of my fondest time with my son was taking an adventure on the bus/ LRT all the way out to West Edmonton Mall, a coffee place or my old work to peek in to say hi. He loved the hum of the bus in his stroller. Check out this article for tips for taking baby on Edmonton Transit.

Certain sporting events: Not-so-much during the week, but we still made it a regular thing to get to the horse races at Northlands and baseball games at Telus Field last summer. In that first year, they are so easy to please and still enjoy their seat for the most part. It got us outside before fall hit and kept me sane. Here are six simple steps to success at sporting events with babies.

Walk, walk, walk: Trips to various malls, not just West Edmonton Mall, kept me in shape. Yeah, I’m just walking, but half an hour or so around Kingsway with a semi-heavy backpack on can be grueling! Dodging fellow baby-pushers and shift workers looking for deals is fun. You get a lot of smiles from people, too. Just be careful not to break the bank on eating out and needing that new set of golf clubs. I see now, why moms can get tempted to buy, buy, buy while they walk, walk, walk. Pack a lunch and splurge on a large coffee.

Library fun: The little one is just starting to move. Grab a coffee at your neighborhood library and plop them down. Our library at Capilano has many books, blocks and a ship to crawl around on. You can catch up on some news or a book for a bit while the little one burns off some energy. If you want more structure there are baby programs.

Swim time: City pools are half-empty during the day compared to weekend. Find open times and enjoy the quietness especially with <1-year-old. You can’t sit back and watch because they need some help, but it’ll be time you cherish at the end of the day. He/she will be tired and you will feel refreshed. Afternoon nap time will take care of the fatigue.

You’re the head chef now: It’s a lot easier said than done, but planning out meals for the wife when she gets home will keep you VERY busy. Plus the weekly planning will keep you healthier by thoughtfully selecting vegetables and fresh food. Use the web to try some new dishes and keep it simple so you don’t overspend. The money you save from eating in every night can be used on a babysitter for a night out on the town once a month.

Have other ideas on how to make the most of your parental leave on a budget? Share your tips below in the comments section. We'd love to hear them.

This article is written by City and Baby's contributor Jason Buzzell. We appreciate his daddy perspective and his willingness to share his tips on making the most of the young years. Thanks Jason!  ~Jen