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What To Do This May Long Weekend In Edmonton With Kids | May 15 – 18

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Hooray ! It’s the May long weekend and, in my mind, the reliable start to spring. Time to put away the winter gear and pull out the sunscreen.

It’s also marks the start of the outdoor farmers market season. 124 street Grand Market opens on Thursday evening and 104 street City Market on Saturday. Earth’s General Store on 104 street is offering 15% off to celebrate the market’s opening.

Telus World of Science’s highly anticipated Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit also opens on Saturday. It features 7 life-size, moving, roaring dinosaurs plus hands on activities. Go on Saturday and kids 12 & under receive a stuffy dinosaur (while supplies last). Also you can create your own fossil casts just like paleontologists.

Continuing on the theme of openings. Fort Edmonton Park also opens for season on Saturday. New this year, they’ve bundled all attraction costs into one all-inclusive price. The price is higher but now you and your kids can enjoy all the ol’time rides without having to buy extra tickets.  There will be additional opening day activities but the train will not be running due to track replacement. Take street cars, horse-drawn wagons or bring a stroller to help get around.

On Monday, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village celebrates their season opening with their annual Celebration of Dance. Go early for a pancake breakfast. Enjoy Ukrainian dancing. See the unveiling of five newly restored historic buildings. Take a wagon rides while exploring the historic village.

The FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy Tour comes to West Edmonton Mall this weekend. Get your picture taken with the cup, play a little foosball and take your best shot. Do you have your tix for the games in June & July?

This weekend we’re also looking forward to riding bikes, playing outside, planting the garden and exploring our city.

See you out and about,


What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 20 - 22, 2015

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Sharon and Bram
A Sharon and Bram show is a sing-along concert for the entire family, featuring such well-loved favourites as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain", “Five Little Monkeys", “One Elephant", “Tingalayo", and, of course, “Skinnamarink". These much loved Canadian children’s entertainers are no longer joined by Lois who left the trio in 2000, but that hasn’t stopped Sharon and Bram from carrying on with participatory music for children and families.
Festival Place, Sherwood Park.
Friday, March 20, 2015. Shows at 2:00pm and 6:30pm.


Science FUNday
What: A free all-day, annual science exhibition for families, featuring over 40 interactive science experiments and numerous exciting presentations throughout the day.
University of Alberta, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (CCIS), 11455 Saskatchewan Drive
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club: Cat Show
What: Cat lovers unite. Stop in to see cat judging, visit with the felines, visit the vendors and see the kittens & cats at from rescue organizations.  
Italian Culture Centre, 14230 – 133 Avenue
March 21 and 22, 2015. 9:30am – 4:30pm.


Edmonton Home and Garden Show
Find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre,
March 19 – 22, 2015.


Downtown Defrost
A celebration of the changing seasons with a free outdoor dance party. Warm drinks and food trucks too. Bring a donation for YES (Youth Empowerment & Support Services).
Churchill Square, Observation Deck
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 2pm – 10pm.


Everything Easter
Learn how pioneers used traditional dyes for coloring eggs, sample some baking prepared over a wood-burning stove, play games families would have in early Edmonton and race around the Park on a hunt for Easter eggs. Register early – code: 532782.
Melon Farm, Fort Edmonton Park
$45/family, $11.25 per participant
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 10am – 12pm.


All Day Sundays: Pop Art Factory
Pop into the new exhibition POP SHOW! and discover the art of the everyday. Take inspiration from artists that pioneered the pop art movement and create Warhol-esque stencil-art, construct pop art plasticine sculptures a là Oldenburg, and craft dot paintings inspired by Lichtenstein.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta,
Sunday, March 22, 2015. 12 – 4 pm.


Please add any events that I missed in the comments for other readers. Thanks! ~Jen


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | February 6 - 8, 2015

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Servus Free Ski Fridays
What: An affordable way to try skiing. Courtsey of Servus, lift tickets are free plus, enjoy $10 Rossignol ski rentals, $10 ski lessons and nightly dinner specials.
Edmonton Ski Club, 9613 96 Avenue
Fridays. 5- 9pm. 2015  


The Flying Canoe Adventures
In the spirit of a great winter city, The Flying Canoe Adventure/L'aventure du canoe volant is a creative, interactive, cultural event, designed to celebrate local history and everything that is great about a long winter's night. Kids will love all the lights.
Mill Creek Ravine and French Quarters.
Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7, 2015. 6 – 10 pm.


Edmonton Resilience Festival
A very cool opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and have meaningful discussions all with the intent of making Edmontonians more resilient. Children will enjoy the craft station, seed planting, building a bird feeder and other activities. If you have some personal time, consider signing up for one of the awesome workshops.
Boyle Renaissance Plaza, 9538 103A Avenue
 February 7 & 8, 2015.


Valentines Day Party
What: In 1885, paper was precious and was saved for use on special occasions. Valentines Day is just that time! Make valentines, enjoy heart-shaped sugar cookies baked over a wood-burning stove and play some favourite old-time games.
 Fort Edmonton Park.  Must register in advance (Call 311 code: 532781)
Saturday, February 7, 2015.  10am – 12pm.


The Lunar New Year Extravaganza
What: Celebrate the Chinese New Year with live Dragon and Lion Dances, Tai Chi and Martial Arts demonstrations, Chinese operas, contemporary and Classical music and dances, Chinese drumming, Chinese Orchestra music and shop 40 booths.
West Edmonton Mall (Ice Palace). Adult admission $2. Children <10 are free.
Saturday, January  February 7 (10 am – 10pm) and Sunday, January 8 (10am – 6pm)

Sorry for the typo. Can I blame it on the glass of wine I was sipping while writing? ;) - Jen

Happy Feet
What: Winner of 2007’s Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, is and ultra-cute animated comedy features the voice of Elijah Wood as Mumble, an Antarctic penguin who can't find his "heart song," a tune unique to each penguin that's supposed to attract a mate. (Common Sense Media rating.)
Where: Metro Cinema – Garneau Theatres. Kids under 12 are free.
When: Saturday, February 7, 2015. 2pm. 


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | May 23 - 25, 2014

Photo by David Hilgart 

Lovable Littles Uptown Market
What: This south-west market features local handmade items, local businesses and services as well as gently used children's items from local families. Momstown will also be onsite with kids activities.  
Where: Terwilligar Community Church,1751 Town Centre Blvd
When: Saturday, May 25, 2014. 10am – 4pm.


Rainmaker Rodeo
What: This semi-professional rodeo kicks off the summer rodeo and midway season.  A whole bunch of family fun. Saturday morning parade (9:30am), pancake breakfast (7am at City Hall), petting zoo, clowns, rodeo, midway and more. 
Admission:  Adults $15. Kids (7-12) are $5. Children under 6 are free.  
Where: St. Albert. Park and ride to the fair grounds from St. Albert Centre.
Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25, 2012

TALES: Fort Edmonton Storytelling Festival
What: This annual event moves from the fall to springtime this year. Visit St. Anthony’s on Saturday and Sunday for kid friendly tales.
Where: Fort Edmonton Park
When: Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25, 2014. 

Teachers: Friday afternoon they’re hosting school groups for storytelling workshops.


Boyle Street Maker’s Faire
What: A wonderful local artisan market. Shop beautifully designed clothing, jewelry, home decor and an art gallery. There will be crafting for kids from 12pm – 2pm.
Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 103A Avenue
Saturday, May 24, 10 – 4pm. Sunday, May 25, 2014. 11am – 4pm.


Family Favourites: March of the Penguins
What: A spectacular look at the annual migration of Emperor penguins as they march to their traditional breeding ground through the most desolate terrain on Earth. Tickets only $2.50.  Common Sense Media says it’s best for 5 year olds and up.
Where: Cineplex Odeon North and South
When: Saturday, May 24, 2014. 11am.


BikeWorks South Grand Opening
What: Bikeworks is a fully-equipped, volunteer-run community bike workshops that teaches you to fix your bike. Purchase your Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society (EBC) membership, have some popcorn and pick up a low-cost bike for your growing child.
Where: Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society (EBC), 8001 102 Street Northwest
When:  Saturday, May 24, 2014. 10am – 5pm.


What The Truck
Edmonton’s food trucks revolution is in full swing. There are over 45 on the streets now and this event brings twelve of them together, along with local DJ’s to set the mood..
104th Street, between Jasper and 102 Avenue. Downtown.
Saturday, May 24, 2014. 5 – 9pm


Wild Things & Mud Monsters
What: Grab your torch and explore the river valley on a Wild Safari. Craft a mud creature, or build your own mud mask. Take a bicycle ride on the wild side through the river valley. Meet some animal friends and enjoy the live puppet show.
Where: John Janzen Nature Centre
When: Sunday, May 25, 2014. 11am – 3pm.

Tip: Ride your bikes and be entered to win an annual pass to the JJNC., courtesy of the Bikeology Festival.


4th Annual Medieval May
What: Knights of the Northern Realm bring alive the wonders of medieval times with a fashion show, displays, tournament combat, period dancing and merchants.
Ritchie Community League, 7727-98street
Admission: $5. Kids 5 and under are free.  EFCL members get 2 for the price of 1.
Sunday, May 25, 2014. 11am – 4pm.


Primavera Market
What: The Primavera Big Garden event was started in 2010 as part of the McCauley Revitalization. Pick up your seedlings, plants and some great, locally made goods.
Where: Giovanni Caboto Park – 95 Street and 109 Avenue
Sunday, May 25, 2014. 10am – 3pm  


What To Do This September Long Weekend in Edmonton 



Tour of Alberta
This major international professional stage race is the first in Canada. The race starts in Edmonton and finishes six days later in Calgary after winding its way through rural Alberta. Many of the world’s top teams, some of which will compete in the Tour de France earlier in the year, will be in our backyard. Make sure to check out the Prologue Festival and Family Ride on Monday. Then gear up to see some of the world’s best cyclists as they race through the downtown in the prologue. (route
Where and When:
See the Schedule of Events for Edmonton below.
Stage 1 on Wednesday is Strathcona Country to Camrose. Local events are happening there too.



T.A.L.E.S Storytelling Festival
Storytellers will lead you into a land of delight and enchantment. Enjoy fairy tales, story poems, trickery stories, stories from far far away. Tales for the whole family.
Fort Edmonton Park. Take the Park and Ride service.
Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2. 1 – 5pm

Tip: Show your AMA membership card and save 15% off day admission.

Movies on the Square
Two blockbuster movies shown on back-to-back nights on a 3-story inflatable screen. 
- Friday, August 30: epic
- Saturday, August 31: Goonies
Grab some snacks and cosy-up together for a special late night treat.
Where: Churchill Square, Downtown.

When: Pre-show entertainment starts at 7:30pm.
Feature movie starts at dusk (approx. 8:30 pm).

Tip: This event is weather dependent. Call 311 if the weather is poor to see if the event is still happening.

2013 Symphony Under the Sky
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra wraps up the summer festival season with four days of music in the park. Bring a blanket, sit on the grass and enjoy the symphony in a family-friendly atmosphere. On Sunday, there is a FREE Family Matinee
Where: Hawrelak Park, Heritage Amphitheatre
When: Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2013.


Wild Pink Yonder Trails End
Help celebrate the Riders of the Wild Pink Yonder’s journey end and raise funds for breast cancer research and education. This is Hhorse lover heaven. Enjoy a wagon ride, let your child ride a pony ($5), be amazed at trick riders and barrel racing. Admission $20 per car load.
Where: Whitemud Equine Centre Show Grounds, 12504 Fox Drive.
When: Saturday, August 31 and Sunday September 1, 2013. 10am – 6pm.


Corn Fest
A celebration of all things corn. Go for the legendary corn mazes (there is a smaller maze for young kids too), corny jokes, veggie art, petting zoo, live music and corn craft. Make sure to try some sweet corn, or cornbread at the concession.
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm. (directions)
Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2012 11 am – 5pm.


Lebanese Festival
Savour the taste of Lebanon, be entertained by live bands and belly dancers, and enjoy the Lebanese folklore.
Downtown, Centennial Plaza
Thursday, August 29 – Sunday, September 1, 2013. 11am – 11pm.


Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
Head out east to learn about Dark Sky Preserves that are dedicated to maintaining the dark sky. Enjoy family activities, interpretive programs, telescoping viewing and presentation.
Where: Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park
Sunday, September 1, 2013. 2pm – 11pm