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What To Do In Edmonton With Kids on Mother's Day Weekend | May 8 - 10, 2015

Get Ready In the Park. Photo by ATCO Gas via City of Edmonton photo site.


Happy Mother's Day Weekend!   

Whether you are planning on spending your day with your kids, with your own mom or a quiet day to yourself, I hope you take a moment to reflect on what it means to be a mom and to smile quietly to yourself about everything you have achieved. 


Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair
What: The ultimate Edmonton indy art and craft fair.  Admission $3. Kids are free.
Where: 8426 Gateway Blvd. (North of the Strathcona Market)
When:  Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10, 2015.


Edmonton Bike Swap
What: Pick up bikes for the family, or sell your out-grown ones, at this annual one day bike buy & sell. Admission is $2. Kids under 12 are free.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, Hall A, 7515 118 Ave NW
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. Bike intake is 8am – 2pm. Sales from 2:30 – 4pm.


Ben Calf Robe Annual Traditional Pow Wow
What: The Pow-Wow will feature a variety of dancers, drummers, craft and food vendors. There is no cost to attend. Organizers recommend bringing your own chairs.
Where: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, 11000 Stadium Road
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 1pm – 10pm.


Dutch Spring Market
What: An outdoor market with entertainment, vendors, food and Dutch flair. Look for custom-made windmills.
Where: Dutch Canadian Club 13312 142 St.
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 10am – 3pm.


Get Ready in the Park
Find out how you and your family can prepare for an emergency at this free and fun event. Check out Environment Canada weather balloon, ride in the EPCOR bucket truck, ride CN’s Little Obie scale model locomotive and other activities in the Kids’ Zone.
Hawrelak Park
Saturday May 9, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Mom to Mom Shop and Swap
What:  A gigantic show featuring a tea party, baby crawl, kids corner with bouncy castles, local vendors, plus swap section run by WeeHelp Foundation supporting Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Where: University of Alberta Butterdome
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Mother’s Day at the Zoo
What: A nice family activity for mom’s day. Human moms will be pampered with mini massages and manicures while resident animal moms will be getting special enrichment treats. Kids will enjoy magic shows, airbrush tattoos, animal encounters, planting activities, and live music
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.


Rejuvenate: Mother's Day
What: Treat mom to a mini massage by Makami College, make mom a card, plant a marigold and listen to some beautiful music in the feature pyramid. Consider having lunch at Culina too - reservations recommended.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9629-96A Street
When: Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.


Mother's Day Run, Walk and Bike
What: Proceeds from the Sport Chek Mother’s Day Run, Walk & Ride will be in support of the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. You'll need to register in advance.
Where: Hawrelak Park
When: Sunday, May 10, 2015. 8:30 - 11:00am.


Get Growing Day Bedding Plant Sale
What: A local gardener has donated plants to raise funds for Action for a Healthy Community.
Where: Earth's General Store Downtown, 10150 – 104 street
Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.

*The Whyte Avenue location is also having a Get Growing Day.



What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | December 12 - 14, 2014


Seasons Greetings! It's a tremendously busy weekend for family-friendly Christmas events in the Edmonton region. The hard part will be choosing what to do. Here are a few suggestions. Feel free to add more in the comments below!


Candy Cane Lane
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air. Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
 Please bring a food bank donation.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue. 

When: Friday, December 12 – January 4, 2014.


What: All six ensembles in the Kokopelli Choir Association—from the youngest to the oldest—will perform a joy-filled winter concert celebrating holidays around the world.
McDougall United Church, 10025 101 Street
Saturday, December 13, 2014. 2pm and 7pm concerts.


Santa Photos & Hay Rides
What: Pop by for a free hay ride, cookie decorating, colouring and a photo with Santa (fee).
The Marketplace at Callingwood, 6650-177 Street
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11am – 4pm


The Nutcracker
What: The holiday classic returns to Edmonton this weekend. Go an hour early for the Sugar Plum Party where girls and boys can play dress-up with costumes from the Nutcracker, make a craft and listen to the story before seeing the ballet.
Where: Edmonton Jubilee Auditorium
Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14, 2014.


Festival of Lights Family Fun Night
A spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo! There will be winter crafts, ice skating, fire dancers, airbrushed tattoos, and a visit from Santa.
Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road. Admission $5
Saturday, December 13, 2014. 5 – 9pm.


North Pole Christmas
What: Get in the Christmas spirit with special activities in the pyramids including a seasonal craft, face painting, and Christmas cactus. Enjoy live music, see the Polar Christmas pyramid with a polar bear made of carnation flowers and pick up Muttart Conservatory grown poinsettia.
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
Sunday, December 14, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


On The Spot Pop-Up
What: A perfect place to find locally made art and crafts for gifts. Bring a donation of gently used or new jackets, mitts, toques, blankets or cash to be entered to win a $250 basket of made local items. Donations go to the Bissell Centre.
Where: Latitude 53, 10242 106 Street.
When: December 14. 10am – 4pm.


A Prairie Christmas
A tremendous amount of Christmas fun on the farm. Crafts, hayride with Santa, stories, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire, caroling, animal encounters and more.
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2014.



What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | Oct 5 - 6, 2013


Tamarack Outgrown It Sale
This grouped items sale is organized by gender and size. Each item it tagged with price, shop at your leisure, pay as you leave. Size 0 - 14 (infant to teen) 
Where: 430 Tamarack Green 
When: October 5, 2013. 10am – 2pm. 
Admission: $1


Little Monster's Swap Meet 2013
Two full arenas filled with used and new children and maternity items....toys, clothes, strollers, cribs, bumbos, play centers, playpens, bikes, books, and more.
Where: Spruce Grove, TransAlta Tri Leisure Center 221 Jennifer Heil Way
When: Saturday, October 5, 2013. 11am – 3pm. 
Admission: $5 (11am-12pm), $2 (12-2pm), Free (2-3pm)


Edmonton Twin and Triplet Club Clothing Sale
Two or more of everything! A great I’ve Outgrown It sale for families with multiples. Lots and lots of clothes.
Where: Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, 9615 - 153 Avenue, Edmonton. 
Saturday October 5, 2013. Members 10am. Public shopping 12pm – 3pm.


Haunted Pumpkin Fest 
The much loved Haunted Pumpkin Fest is back again this year with the pumpkin cannon, scarecrow making, live music, mazes, petting farm, wagon rides and lots of pumpkins. Over 50 activities to enjoy!
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm (25 km north of Edmonton)
When: Weekends now until end of October.


Edmonton Home & Interior Design Show
Looking to spruce up your home? This show has builders, renovators, garden & landscapers, flooring, windows & doors, window treatment, HVAC, furniture, and a wide range of lifestyle products and services.
Expo Centre, Northlands. Admission $12. Kids under 12 are free.
When: October 4 – 6, 2013


World Animal Day
What: Learn about the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for endangered species at the Zoo. There will also be cupcakes, face painting, animal games, and more!
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road
When: Sunday, October 6, 2013. 12 – 4pm  


Edmonton Corn Maze
This year’s maze is a tribute to ATB’s 75th Anniversary. Kids will love the massive jumping pillow and friendly animals. Bring your camera for great fall photos.
Where: South Spruce Grove area. Map. Admission: Adults $10. Child (5- 11) $8. Child <5 Free.
When: Friday – Monday this long weekend. Open until Oct 20, 2012.


What To Do With Your Kids This Weekend in Edmonton | August 9 - 11, 2013

Image by tanakawho via flickr creative commons.

Edmonton's diverse arts, culture and community is obvious this weekend. From Folk Fest to Rock Music Festival. From Cariwest to Ukrainian Days. From cars to crafts. Plus a good dose of community building and support. Aren't we lucky to live in such a vibrant city?! 

See you out and about,

Cariwest Festival
What: A three day Caribbean Arts Festival with a Saturday parade costume extravaganza, fabulous food, live concerts and Caribbean Village in the Square. 
Where: Downtown Edmonton: Sir Winston Churchill Square, Shaw Conference Centre, and parading the streets.
When: Friday, August 9– Sunday, August 1, 2013.


Rock’n August
This five day international car show is an annual favourite. Families will particularly enjoy the Friday night classic car parade and street dance. As well as the Saturday's Show 'n Shine.
Where: St. Albert. Various locations.
When: Tuesday, August 6 – Saturday, August 10, 2013.


RMHNA Block Party
What: A fun family fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta (RMHNA). Enjoy kids crafts, games, activities and BBQ, including coke floats. Suggested donation $5 per person. Make sure to go on a scheduled House Tour to see the toy room, classroom, suites, nursing/pumping rooms and community kitchen.  Experience the home away from home. 
Where: Queen Alexandra School field (across from RMHNA), 7726 107 Street NW.
Sunday, August 11, 2013. 3pm – 8pm.


Bicycle Parade - Eva’s Ride
Decorate your bike, trike or scooter and join in Eva’s Ride to celebrate family and to raise funds for RMHNA to support sick children and their families who are visiting Edmonton for treatment and care. Lemonade, cookies and fun to follow the short ride. (Read Eva’s story written by her mom) Register online or onsite.
Where: RMHNA House, 7726 107 Street Northwest.
When: Saturday, August 10, 2013. Registration 10:30am. Ride 11:00am.


Loving Kindness Buddha Relic Tour
A once in a lifetime opportunity to see an exhibit of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, and other great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, Korea and China. Some are over 2500 years old.
Edmonton City Hall, City Room.
When: August 9 – 11, 2013. Opening ceremony is on Friday from 6-8 pm.


Mercer Collective
What: This great monthly local makers market has free kids crafts so you can shop while your kids create. 
Where: Mercer Building, 10363 104 Street. Basement.
When: Saturday, August 10, 2013. 10am – 4pm.


Edmonton Rock Music Festival
A great line up of rock & roll music happening in the park. Bands include Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Harlequin, Kim Mitchell and six more.  Kids <12 are free.
Where: Hawrelak Park
Friday August 9 (evening). Saturday, August 10, 2013 (all day)


Ukrainian Day
A family celebration of the Ukrainian pioneer spirit. Go early for a pancake breakfast then enjoy historic village activities, a food festival, children’s games and entertainment.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Located 50 km east of Edmonton on Hwy 16.
When: Sunday, August 11, 2013. 8:30 – 5:00pm


Twoonie Carnival
Go for the petting zoo, bouncy house, BBQ, carnival games, crafts and face painting. Funds raised go towards a new spray park in South Terwillegar.
Where: Field at Towne Centre Blvd on South Terwillegar Drive
Saturday, August 10, 2013. 11am – 3pm.


Police Station Opening
What: The Windermere police station is opening and to celebrate they’re holding a community event with EPS displays, balloons, face painting, cake and refreshments.
Where: Southwest Division, 1351 Windermere Way
When: Saturday, August 10, 2013. 10am – 2pm.


I’ve Outgrown It Sale
New/used childrens items, maternity, and gear. Free admission.
Winnifred Stewart Association, 11130 131 St.
Saturday, August 10. 10am – 3pm.

Animal Myth Busters
Do goats really faint? Does an elephant ever forget? Are snakes really slimy? Do porcupines shoot their quills? Check out this myth buster themed event to find out the answers to these questions and more.  There will also be crafts, scavenger hunt, science experiments and touch tables.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
When: Sunday, August 11. 12 – 4pm.


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | July 12 - 14

Image by Jessica Lucia via Flickr 

It’s a very artistic weekend in #YEG. Fine art, live art and handmade goods all up close and interactive. You’ll enjoy meeting Edmonton’s makers, being inspired by their creativity and finding gems to take home with you. On Sunday, head to the river valley for the annual Sourdough Raft Race and the Zookeeper's Festival.  

See you out and about. 

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
What: This is the last weekend to see amazing buskers – acrobats, contortionists, stuntmen, comics, dancers, clowns and more.
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

When: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 14, 2013. 11:30am - 11pm (except July 14 which ends at 5pm)

Mercer Collective
What: This great monthly local makers market is adding a free kids craft table. Hooray. Something for the kids to look forward to and a lovely distraction for you so you can shop. 
Where: Mercer Building, 10363 104 Street.
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013. 10 – 4pm.

Whyte Avenue Art Walk
What: Whyte Ave is transformed into an outdoor studio and gallery featuring hundreds of working artists. A fabulous way to buy original art and support local talent.
Whyte Avenue (82 Ave) from 100 St through to 108 St.
When: Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, 2013. 10am – 5pm

Sand on Whyte
What: Three of Ice on Whyte’s talented, award-winning artists, Delayne Corbett, Wilfred Stijger and Edith van de Wetering are creating the first ever sand carving exhibit in Edmonton.
Where:  Old Strathcona. South Scona Parking lot at 81 Avenue and 105 Street.
When: July 7 – 14, 2013. 10am – 10pm.

CANCELLED - Sourdough Raft Race 2013
Due to river safety concerns, this event is cancelled for Sunday.
Edmonton’s well-known river raft race is back. Go early for a pancake breakfast, get a free kite and fly it, make a mini raft then watch the race from your favourite viewing point.
Where: North Saskatchewan River from Terwillegar Park to Rafter's Landing

When: Sunday July 14, 2013. 8:30 am – 5 pm. Race begins at noon.

National Zookeeper Week Celebration!
What: Thank you to the dedicated to the hard working zoo keepers at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Go on a scavenger hunt, make a snake craft, pretend to be a prairie dog, get up close with animals and play games. 
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
When:  Sunday, July 14, 2013. 12 – 4 pm. 

Freewill Shakespeare Festival
What: Shakespeare the park is one of the nicest way to spend an afternoon. This weekend they’re performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Saturday matinees are pay-what-you-will.
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park.
When: Runs until July 21, 2013.