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What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | June 9 – 10

Outgrown It Extravaganza

Little Monsters Swap Meet
A must not miss Outgrown It Sale.
Selling new and gently used children’s furniture, strollers, bikes, books, toys, clothing and sporting equipment.
Some additional ‘new product’ vendors. too
TransAlta Tri Leisure Center, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove

Saturdays: June 9, 2012. 11am – 3pm

Early bird (11am-12pm): $5. Regular (12-2pm): $2. After 2pm: Free. 

Block Party

Al Fresco 2012
The hip and happening 104th Street is kicking off summer with a day long block party and fundraising for Zebra Child Protection Centre.
Good for the family. Even better for adults. Go to the pancake breakfast, stroll the market and grab dinner at What the Truck with the kids. Then get a babysitter and return enjoy ‘beverage tastings’ and live entertainment.
104th Street Downtown (Between Jasper and 102 Ave)
Saturday, June 9, 2012. 8:30am – 11pm. 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

15th 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 9, 2012. 10am – 3pm. 

Acting Up

SPROUTS - New 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. Tickets $5. Kids 3 and under are free.
 Saturday, June 9, 2012. Activities at 1pm. Play starts at 2pm. 

Getting Buggy

A day dedicated to flies, beetles, worms, slugs, spiders, butterflies and more bugs than you can imagine.
Why: Pick up your lab report then visit all the different stations to earn your Bug-ology Diploma. You won’t know where to start first: worm composting, animal encounters, crafting, pond dipping, bug hunt….
Where: John Janzen Nature Centre
Sunday June 10, 2012. 12-4pm

Have another event for this weekend that we haven't listed above? Please add it in the comments below!

See you out and about.


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Your Kids: February 10 – 12


Build Your Library

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 your child’s bookcase and find a story that you can escape into.
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Friday, February 10: 9am - 8pm.
Saturday, February 11: 9am - 5pm. Sunday, February 12: 1pm - 3pm.

Community Festival

Riverbend Family Winter Festival
An outdoor family event featuring snow-shoeing, horse drawn wagons, tobogganing, face-painting and other kids activities.
Meet other families in your community and have some family fun.
Where: James Ramsey Park. Riverbend Road and 43 Avenue
Sunday, February 12, 2012. 1pm - 4 pm

A Shared Winter

Common Ground
A Winter Light event where warm hearts gather in the spirit of winter in the inner city.
A universally fun presentation of heritages including multicultural tea ceremonies, warming fires, hot chocolates and a drum summit. Event is free.
Where: Giovanni Caboto Park (9403 109A Avenue)
When: Friday, February 10 from 6pm - 9pm and Saturday from 11am - 9pm.

New To You

I’ve Outgrown It Sale
An exciting new addition to the I’ve Outgrown It scene, which includes a bake sale, kid-friendly businesses and a raffle.
Where: Rio Terrace Moravian Church, 15108 76 Avenue
When: Saturday, Feb 11, 2012. 10am – 1pm
Admission is $2.00 OR a donation to the Food Bank.

Lots O' Love

The Edmonton Public Library has a a couple family friendly Valentines Day events happening this weekend...

Hearts, Cupids, and Kids

What: Celebrate Valentine's Day with games, stories and a Valentine's Day craft.
Strathcona Branch
Saturday, February 11. 2pm - 3pm

Valentines Book Making Workshop

What: Make your own book about Valentines Day with EPL's Writer in Residence, Jocelyn Brown.
EPL Sprucewood Branch, 11555 - 95 Street
Sunday, February 12. 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Winter Festival

What: A winter festival featuring a village downtown Edmonton. Local architects designed temporary, heated structures to host a whirlwind of events each weekend.
Why: A Taste of Winter looks particularly yummy this weekend with eats from Guru Restaurant & Bar, Sultan Palace, Molly’s Eats, Eva Sweet Waffles, Fat Franks, Tres Carnales Taqueria & Funky Pickle Pizza Co.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 12

Styling and Printable Graphics by Anders Ruff Custom Designs and photography by Becca Bond Photography. Image via Flickr.


Weekend Guide: November 18 - 20

We are dreaming of holiday cheer, our kids bright-eyes and pictures with Santa as we sip our hot chocolate. And there are great happenings this weekend to start your season right.


Flick the Switch
Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up
What: Let there be light – fireworks and 10,000 sparkling LED lights on a towering (71 ft!) Christmas tree.

Why: The Downtown Business Association is making it a party with live music, performances, holiday sing-a-alongs and seasonal shopping at the City Market.

Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square

When: Saturday, November 19 from 3pm-6pm

Holiday Shopping Delight

All is Bright at the High Street
An neighbourhood ode to the holidays with festive restaurants, deals at stores and a magical feeling everywhere.

Why:  The ‘Light Up Celebration’ transforms high street into a holiday scene with carolers, Santa Claus and special events at all the shops.

Where: High Street (125 Street & 102 Avenue)

When: Thursday, November 17 – Saturday, November 20. Light Up Celebration takes place on Thursday at 6pm. 

Giving you the Craft

Craft Sales Galore
What: Cash registers ring. Are you listening? In Edmonton, gifts are glistening. A beautiful sight – a weekend dedicated to handmade wares and locally-made gifts.

Why: Many shopping events to attend this weekend: Make It, Royal Glenora Club Christmas Gift Sale, Handmade Mafia and Just Christmas Craft Market. Yup, we’re happy tonight!

Where: Visit our Holiday Shopping Events for all the goods.

Elfish Event

Santa’s Little Helpers Christmas Shopping Extravaganza

Christmas shopping with over 110 vendors.
Turn Up the Heat firefighters will be onsite selling their calendar. Please bring a donation to the food bank in lieu of the $2 admission.
River Cree Resort and Casino
Sunday, November 20 10am - 4pm

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 18 9am - 8pm.
Saturday, November 19 9am - 5pm. Sunday, November 20 1pm - 3pm.

Natural Art

All Day Sundays

What: An afternoon of activities, story sketching, tours and art immersion. This month’s theme is “Passion for Nature”.
Why: Go create a chalk pastel ‘painting’ or a pop-up landscape using photos and coloured paper inspired by Barbizon artists.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA)
When: Sunday, November 20. 12 – 4pm

Buy these tickets now:

Fort Edmonton Park Christmas Reflections

Alberta Ballet The Nutcracker

A Christmas Carol

The Velveteen Rabbit

Singing Christmas Tree

Photos by Daveography


EPL Squared: festival and book sale 

The Edmonton Public Library is celebrating the last days of summer with an outdoor family festival and book sale on Friday, August 26. Head downtown to Churchill Square for fun activities:

  • Storytime every 30 minutes in the Imagination Station tent
  • Play at the LEGO station and Play-Doh station
  • Challenge one another to an oversized Chess or Snakes & Ladders game
  • Check out the Human Library; real people with real life stories to share
  • Hunt down Secrets of the Square in a Treasure Hunt
  • Enjoy musical performances and dance demonstrations
  • Try out various eReaders and learning how to download free books from the EPL
  • Participate in the The Princess Bride movie @ 7pm in The Stanly Millner Library Theatre. Dressup and props highly recommended. (This PG experience is appropriate for older children)

Make sure to bring loonies and twoonies to buy books, DVDs, and CDs for your home library. All proceeds from the outdoor book sale will be donated to the Slave Lake Public Library.

EPL Squared (website, Facebook)
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Friday, August 26, 10am - 7pm


Image by Liz West


Edmonton Public Library: Baby Programs

If you’re looking for great free activities to do with your babes the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is the place to be. The EPL has an excellent web page which summarizes their offerings for babies, but here are the highlights:

Free library card and board book

My son got his library card at 4 weeks old. In addition to the free library card (which is available to anyone under 18 years of age) babies under two get a free board book!

Tons of free programs to attend

The EPL offers programming for all ages, and this includes a huge variety of programs for the under-1 set. Options include Baby Laptime, Daddy and Baby Time, and Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn.

Another great program is Books for Babies, which is hosted by the EPL but run by the Centre for Family Literacy. At Books for Babies your little one gets a free book every week!

The programs listed above are run at libraries across the city at varying times so you can choose the location and day that is most convenient for you. Most of them are drop-in, with no registration required. You can visit the EPL website for a full list of children’s programming including dates and locations.


City and Baby is thrilled to have Karen Parker as one of our contributors. Karen is a relatively new Edmontonian and we look forward to her fresh perspective as she shares baby-friendly activties, restaurants and more.