What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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Weekend Guide: May 27 - 29

Round’em Up
Rainmaker Rodeo & Exhibition
What: The Rainmaker rides into St. Albert on Friday with dog shows, lumberjack demonstrations, clowns, vendors, rides and of course rodeo events. In addition to the fair grounds, check out the pancake breakfast and parade on Saturday morning.
Why: Mini-donuts. Oh, and all the fun stuff that comes along with an exhibition.
Where: St. Albert Kinsmen Grounds {Park and Ride}. Admission: Family (2 adults, 3 children) - $25. Adults - $10. Children (aged 7-12) - $5, 6 and under – FREE.
When: Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29, 2011. {schedule}

Sunny Days
Sesame Street Presents: The Body
What: Get to know what's under your skin with Elmo, Oscar, Grover and the rest of your Sesame Street friends. This new interactive exhibition teaches children how their bodies work and how to keep them healthy as they hop, jump, run and dance their way through this hands-on Sesame Street adventure
Why: Designed for kids ages 2 – 8 and built upon their natural to question and learn. Plus, Elmo will be making an appearance on Saturday.
Where: Telus World of Science, 11211 - 142 Street {admission}
When: Exhibition runs Saturday, May 28 – September 5, 2011. 

Explore More Whyte
East Whyte Avenue Block Party
What: A celebration of the businesses and communities flanking East Whyte Avenue. Business sales, demonstrations, vendors, face painting, music, food and fun. 
Why: Get to know this emerging side of Whyte.  
Where: Whyte Avenue from 100 – 102 Street.
When: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 11am - 4pm 

Summer Reading
What: Edmonton Public Library’s famous book, DVD and CD sale. Hardcover books and DVDs are $2.00. Paperbacks, kids' books and CDs are $1.00
Why: An inexpensive way to build your child’s home library.
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Friday, May 27 9am - 8pm.
Saturday, May 28 9am - 5pm. Sunday, May 29 1pm - 3pm.

Families that Plant Together
Food in the City
What: The launch of the City of Edmonton’s urban agriculture program will showcase local food and agriculture organizations, music, crafts, and a seed give-away.
Why: Pick up some seeds and work as a family to grow food that you can enjoy together. 
Where: Dr. Wilbur McIntyre Park near the Strathcona Farmer’s Market (104 Street and 83 Avenue)
When: Saturday, May 28, 2011. 11am – 2pm. 

One of a Kind
Handmade Mafia Market
What: A collective of local Edmontonians gather for a market featuring exclusively handmade goods.
Why: Designs for both you and babe.
Where: Strathcona Baptist Church, 8318 104 Street
When: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 10am – 4pm 

More Handmade Goodness
Royal Bison
What: Two big rooms filled with indie crafts and art.
Why: A Jam Story will be there! We love Sarah Jackson’s books and adore supporting Edmonton children’s authors.

Where: 8426 Gateway Blvd. North of the Strathcona Farmers Market.
Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2011. 10am – 5pm

Pedal into my Heart
MEC Bikefest
What: A celebration of all things two wheeled, including workshops, demos, a bike swap, repairs, vendors and bike decorating.  
Why: Pre-register for kids’s cycling course (ages 5- 8) by calling 780.488.6614.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Sunday, May 29, 2011. 12pm – 4pm

Image credit: Jessie Barker


best $12 you'll ever spend on your child

I love their new membership cards

The library of our childhood is no more. No more whispering, books crammed in small spaces, artificial light and intimidating librarians with buns. The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) offers Wii games, new release DVDs and CDs, 6800 free classes, and many of their branches have been renovated to allow for natural light, a play area and roomy seating areas. They're technology savvy too. From free WiFi and iPhone app to self checkout and email reminders when your items are due. Best of all, an annual membership is only $12 for adults and free for children.

Explore their top 100 Great Books To Read Together, borrow a Dora DVD (and get rid of it in a week), checkout a lullaby CD before you buy it, or learn activities to develop your child's literacy.

There are also hundreds of free classes to attend with your children. Some courses are drop in and some you need to register. Here are just a few:

  • Baby Laptime: Stories, rhymes, songs and finger play for babies up to 12 months.
  • Fun for Ones: This is the next level of baby laptime. Age appropriate stories, songs and finger games to advance the next level of literacy. For 1 year olds and their parent only.
  • Time for Twos: Perfect for the wiggly two year old. Songs, movement and a story will keep you and your terrific-two babe entertained.
  • Preschool Storytime: For 3 - 5 year olds, this class helps kids get ready for reading.
  • Big-Book Storytime: Read big book picture books, discuss appropriate books, meet other parents.
  • Books For Babies: Similar to baby lap time, but with more discussion on using books to foster language development and literacy skills.
  • Daddy and Baby Time: No mommies allowed. This early evening course is special bonding time for dads and their baby (under 12 mos).
  • Family Storytime: Themed stories, songs and games for the whole family. Great for moms with babies and preschoolers.
  • Story Stop: Short and Sweet. A quick 15 minute story time for families with kids under 5. Leaving you with more time to peruse the shelves before .

This is the tip of the iceberg. I hope you enjoy exploring your local branch as much as we do. Happy reading, listening, watching, singing....

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