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What To Do This August Long Weekend in Edmonton with Kids 

Photo by Dale C @flickrfumes via Flickr Creative Commons.


Servus Heritage Festival – 40th Anniversary!
What:  A celebration and showcase of Edmonton’s multicultural heritage.  Spend the day in the park and enjoy 60 pavilions serving up delicious ethnic foods, live performances, crafts, artwork and more. Download their app to get all the information in the palm of your hand.
Where: Hawrelak Park.  Plan to arrive by bus, bike or on foot.
When:  August 1 – 3, 2015.


Fairy Berry Festival
What: Fairies, pirates, fairy-strawberries, face painting, crafts, shortcake, folk music and the corn maze on top of the usual fun on the farm.
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
When: August 1 – 3, 2015

Tip: Kids dressed as fairies, pirates and knights (under 5) receive free admission to the farm.


Reel Family Cinema: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
When hard times hit Swallow Falls, its townspeople can only afford to eat sardines. Flint Lockwood, a failed inventor, thinks he has the answer to the town’s crisis. He builds a machine that converts water into food, and becomes a local hero until the machine spins out of control and threatens to bury the whole world under mounds of food.
Where: Metro Cinema,
Saturday August 1, 2015. 2pm.

Tip: Kids under 12 get in free. A retro movie outing that doesn’t break the bank.  


Edmonton Corn Maze
The maze is open for the season! Kids will love the huge jumping pillows, farm animals, spud guns, climbing the hay bales mountain, grain train and pedal carts.
Where: West of Edmonton in Parkland Country. (map)
When: July 27 – October 18, 2015.

If you’re on a road trip, check out these other mazes around Alberta.


2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships
What: Over 38 countries and 700 athletes will be participating at this must-see track and field event.
Foote Field, 11601 68 Avenue. Tickets available in advance and at the door.
July 31 – August 2, 2015


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.



Family Day Weekend Events in Edmonton | 2014

 Image from Silver Skate Festival Edmonton

Family Day! It's one of our favourite days of the year. A full day to commit to playing with our family. City and Baby is supporting Family Day Unplugged again this year. We encourage you to turn off the screens and connect with family, friends and your community. Aren't the best memories made when we play together?!

Why Unplug?

  • 73% of kids would rather play with their parents than watch TV or use the Internet. (Ikea: Play Report, 2010)
  • Teens that have more than three family dinners per week are more likely to get better grades. (Casa, 2009)
  • By graduation, the average teen will have spent more time watching screens than being in the classroom, playing sports and talking to their parents. (Screensmart.ca)
  • Residents in connected neighbourhoods have a greater quality of life. (Shields, 2008)

There are more events and activities happening this weekend than I can even start to capture. Here are over 20 for you to consider. 

What are you planning on doing for Family Day? Any traditions developing in your family? Please share in the comments below. 

Enjoy and see you out-and-about!

Silver Skate Festival
What: An extravaganza of art, culture, recreation and sports programming. The Family Fun Zone is open weekend afternoons and features sleigh rides, cross country skiing lessons, snowshoeing, orienteering and face painting.
William Hawrelak Park
Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 23, 2014. 


Hansel and Gretel
What: The classic Grimm's fairytale with a number of inventive twists sure to delight the whole family.
Festival Place, Sherwood Park
Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17, 2014.  


Turtle Island Quartet
This Grammy Award-winning quartet show draws comparisons between the interactions of instruments and the dynamic of family life. A wonderful musical treat for family day.
Arden Theatre
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014. 2pm.


Osmosis Jones
Get excited about science with an afternoon out at the movies.  Dr. Karen Madsen, professor at the U of A, Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, will introduce the film Osmosis Jones and host a family-friendly discussion about the human immune system after the film with time for Q & A. The film is rated PG and Common Sense Media rates it ideal for 10 year olds and up.
Where: Metro Cinema – Garneau Theatre
Saturday, February 15, 2014. 1pm


Family Favourites
Cineplex is showing Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs this week. Common sense media rates this as most appropriate for 5-6 year olds, as there are some scary natural disaster scense.
Where: Participating Cineplex Theatres. Admission is only $2.50. 
When: Saturday, February 15. 11am.


Fun on the Plaza
Go skating on the City Hall ice rink. Play a game of street hockey, giant checkers or chess. Warm up by an open fire. In the afternoon, dance to the Rhythm Gunners Big Band of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. Then in the evening, watch Cool Runnings.
Where: City Hall and Plaza
When: Sunday February 16, 2014, 11am-4pm. Movie at 7pm.


Mike The Knight
What: Little ones will love seeing this show. 
Where: Millwoods Town Centre. 
When: Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17. 1pm and 3pm shows.


Family Fun Day
What: It’s Arctic Ambassador Day at the zoo. Go on an animal scavenger hunt; learn about winterscaping; make a Polar Bear crafts; get up close with animal encounters; get your face painted, warm up in a blubber mitt, and make your own flavoured hot chocolate.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


What: Enjoy a combination of outdoor and indoor activities. Skating, snowman making, wagon rides, scavenger hunt, lego activities, magic shows, crafts, face painting and puppet shows.
Alberta Legislature and grounds
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 12 – 4pm


9th Annual Family Day Festival
What: A western themed party. Dress up in your jeans and cowboy hat then enjoy sleigh rides, skating, sledding, performers puppet show, jumpy things, games, crafts, and food.
Where: Steele Heights Baptist Church, 5812-149 Avenue. $2 per person and/or a food donation.
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 1 – 5pm.


Family Fun in Churchill Square & City Hall
What: Take a twirl on the ice rink, go for a hayride, try out a kick sled, roast bannock over an open fire and check out the Family Day games and activities on the Square. Free skate and helmet rentals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food trucks will be on site. The excitement continues inside City Hall with a performance of Apples & Oranges, presented by Concrete Theatre.
Where: Churchill Square and City Hall
When: Monday February 17, 2014. Noon-4pm


Family Fun Day – Get Active
What: Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with games, obstacle courses, family Zumba and pick-up floor hockey. 
Where: Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre & Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre. (Regular Admission)
When: Monday February 17, 2014. Noon to 4pm


Family Day at the Library
What: Check out your local library branch for Family Day activities.  Some branches will have puppet shows, storytelling,  Xbox Family dance offs, clowns, photo booths and aboriginal crafts and stories.
Where: Various Edmonton Public Library locations
When:  Monday, February 17, 2014.  1 – 5pm.


Family Fun Day
What: There will be bouncy houses, a petting zoo, games and crafts.
Where: Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 12 – 5pm


Community Leagues' Hosted Events 

Athlone Family Day Fun Event
What: Activities for the whole family including crafts and games.
Where: Athlone Community League Hall, 13010-129 Street
When:  Sunday, February 16, 2014. 1-4pm


Highlands Winter Carnival
What: Bundle the family up for some fun in the snow- bonfire, hot chocolate, snow shoeing, tobogganing, snowmen, snow painting and skating.
Highlands Golf Club
Monday, February 17, 2014. 11am - 3pm 


Lessard Family Day Event
What: Stop by the hall for introductory skating lessons, hotdog and marshmallow roasting and bannock making.
Where: Lessard Community League Hall, 17404 57 Avenue
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 11am-3pm


Meadowlark Winter Carnival (pdf)
What: This carnival has a ton of family activities. Sledding, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowshoeing, broom ball, the chili cook off, and international market and fireworks!
Where: Meadowlark Community League Hall, 9311 165 Street
When: Sunday, February 16, 2014 2 – 7pm.


Sherbrooke Neighbourhood Family Day
Join your neighbours for a fun day of outside activities. Shinny hockey, snow shoeing, bannock making, hot chili along with hot chocolate and other snacks.
Sherbrooke Community League Hall, 12515 116 Avenue
When: Monday, February 17, 2014, 1 – 4pm



South Clareview
 Pop over for a pancake breakfast ($5 adults, $2 kids), then let the kids bounce off their energy ($5 unlimited bouncing) or go for a free skate.
Where: South Clareview Community League, 3250 132A Avenue
Monday, February 17, 2014. 10am – 12pm breakfast. Activities go to 4pm.


Wellington Family Day Skate
Enjoy an afternoon of skating. If you need to, warm up at the fire pit and fill up on hot dogs, pop and hot chocolate at the concession. Bring your skates and helmets!
Where: Wellington Community League Hall, 13440 132 Street
When: Monday, February 17, 2014. 12 – 4pm


 What did I miss? Please add it below in the comments for all the readers. Thanks!


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



What To Do With Your Kids in Edmonton This Weekend | August 16 – 18, 2013


Edmonton Latin Festival
What: This free family event celebrates Latin heritage and hispanic culture. Go for live music, dancing, food, arts & crafts plus a kids corner.

Sir Winston Churchill Square

When: Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2013. 12pm - 11pm 

East Meets West Festival
Chinatown will be filled with art, culture, food and entertainment, lion dance and Chinese operas.
Where: 99 Street - 107 Avenue
Saturday, August 17, 2013. 11am – 8pm


Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival
What: Watch paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River. Festival goers will also enjoy team chants, entertainment, beer gardens and food truck vendors.

Where: Louise McKinney Riverfront Park  *Parking is beyond limited so park up the hill and walk down. 
When: Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18.


Edmonton Fringe for Kids
The Fringe Festival kids zone with performances and activities for kids under 12.  Check out the Tots Tent with activities for kids under 5.  Plus there are fringe shows for young audiences. Leave your review in our comments below.
Where: 104 Street between 85th and 86th Avenues (map)
August 16 – 25. Weekdays 9:30am – 5pm. Weekends 11am – 6pm.


Edmonton Blues Festival
The Blues Festival is turning 15 and they have an outstanding line up including multiple Grammy nominees and recipients.
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park
When: August 16-18 2013



All Day Sundays
A family-friendly day at the gallery featuring hands-on workshops, exhibition tours and activities that makes the AGA come to life. Take part in packing tape transfers, scratch projections and experiment with exposure paper. Then make your own still life portrait.
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Sunday, August 19 from 12 – 4pm


Old Timey Ice Cream Social
Enjoy some free ice cream, games and see #makescape, an urban intervention project.
Where: Oliver Community League Hall, 10326 118 Street
When: Saturday, August 17. 2 – 4pm


Grove Cruise
What: A three-day automobile focused party. 
Go for the pancake breakfast, parade, show and shine, inflatables and adrive-in movie showing Herbie Fully Loaded.

Where: Spruce Grove, Henry Singer Park and other locations. 

When: Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19, 2012.


Farm and Heritage Carnival
This Grain Elevator fundraising event features balloon animals, pony rides, face paining, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, games, corn feast, lego and crafts.

Spruce Grove, 120 Railway Avenue. (off of HWY 16A)

When: Saturday, August 17, 2012. 12 – 7pm.


Strathcona County Library Annual Book Sale
What: Pick up some great deals on gently-used books, CDs and DVDs. Hardcovers $1, Paperbacks and children’s material $0.50.
 You get books for your own library while supporting the purchase of new materials for the library. 

Where: Strathcona County Community Centre, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park

When: Friday August 16
9:30am - 8:30pm. Saturday August 17
9:30am - 4:30pm. Sunday August 18
1:00pm-4:30 pm