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What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | July 24 - 26, 2015


Block Party
What: Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta is hosting a block party to thank and celebrate the community for it’s support. We went last year and had so much fun playing games, listening to live music, touring the house and checking out the fire truck. Bring a donation from their wishlist and show your kids how they can help other families.
RMHCNA at 7726-107 Street NW. Shuttle from Scona Highschool.
Sunday, July 26, 2015. 11am – 7pm.


"It Takes a Village" Family Picnic
What: A community picnic with lunch from the Italian Centre Shop, activities from J’Adore Dance and SportBall Edmonton, an art project from 4Cats Art Studio and more.  Brought to you by Edmonton’s Child Magazine and Box Social Event Planning.
Kinsmen, Grizzly Bear Lodge Park, Edmonton.
 Sunday,  July 26, 2015. 11am – 2pm


Lads on the River Weekend
What: Help welcome back the York boat and the Hudson Bay Company workers to the river shore. Their arrival meant the reunion of families and the continuation of trade. Learn about the history and activities surrounding their arrival.
Fort Edmonton Park
Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2015. 10am – 5pm


Reel Family Cinema: Despicable Me
What: Metro Cinema brings back this much loved movie to the big screen for a fun theatre experience. Plus, kids under 12 are free and that means more money for snacks.
A man who delights in all things wicked, supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru makes ready to vanquish all who stand in his way. But nothing in his calculations and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls
Where: Garneau Theatre, Metro Cinema
Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2pm.


Going, Going, Almost Gone!
This is also the last weekend for K-Days and Taste of Edmonton. I'm heading back to ToE later this week and I am looking forward to eating more green-onion cakes -- hopefully to be named Edmonton's official food. You can add your name to the petition here: http://greenonioncakes.com


See you out and about!



Kinsmen Park: Grizzly Bear Lodge Playground Opens

Image from City of Edmonton

The Grizzly Park Playground is finally open and ready for play. It incorporates several unique features into its design, including native plants and grasses, and activities for children of different ages and abilities. The playground’s theme of wild animals in nature encourages children to learn about and celebrate Canadian wildlife through play.

You are invited to the grand opening of the Grizzly Bear Lodge Playground on Wednesday. 

Date:  Wednesday, June 18, 2014. 11am - 4pm. 
Location:  Kinsmen Park, 9100 Walterdale Hill

Join in fun activities including:

  • Fun games and crafts provided by City of Edmonton Green Shack leaders
  • Bouncy castles
  • A splash in Kinsmen Spray Park - don't forget your swim suit
  • A healthy snack for each child courtesy of Moo's Healthy Food Fast
  • And of coursse - play in the new playground.  

Formal ceremonies and the ribbon cutting begin at 1:30 p.m., with activities occurring throughout the day.


May Long Weekend In Edmonton 2013 | What To Do With Kids



Goodbye snowpants. Goodbye mittens. Goodbye Touques and Boots. Goodbye snow. And Goodbye cold.

Welcome warm coat-free weather!

May long weekend marks the start of gardening, camping and other outdoor pursuits. We can't wait to get our hands dirty with our veggie garden this weekend.

May long weekend also marks the opening of our favourite summer attractions and activities. Like riding the High Level Bridge Streetcar, splashing in the spray parks (our community one is on already), outdoor farmers markets and warm-weather festivals.

Here is your round up of family-friendly events happening this weekend.

See you out-and-about Edmonton!



Outdoor Farmers Market

City Market
 You know it’s truly spring in Edmonton when the City Market returns to 104th Street after wintering in City Hall.  Bedding plants, farm-fresh produce, locally raised meat, sweet treats, jewelry, clothing and live music make this urban farmer’s market a favourite.
Where:  Downtown – 104th Street from Jasper Avenue to 102 Avenue
Saturdays, May 18 – October 12, 2013. 9am – 3pm


Favourite Attraction

Fort Edmonton Park: Opening Weekend
What: The 2013 season kicks off with additional entertainment and activities. Get photographed at the old-time photo booth. Visit the animals in the petting zoo. Be amazed by a juggling contortionist at the Midway. Watch the 4D (yes 4D!) short film at the Capital Theatre. Delight the kids with a train ride. And more!
Where: Fort Edmonton Park
When: Saturday, May 18 – Sunday, May 19, 2013
Take the ETS Bus (#595) from the South Campus LRT/ bus station. It’s door-to-door service. No jostling in the parking lot and the kids will love the bus ride. {details}


Get Down to the Funky Sound

Hip Hop in the Park
What: This 6th Annual festival will fill your senses with all things Hip Hop -- music, DJs, dance, graffiti and more. Bring the kids and enjoy this family-friendly jam.
Where: Louise McKinney Riverfront Park. 9529 Grierson Hill. (Parking is limited.)
When: Saturday, May 18 , 2013 12pm – 8pm.
*Please note that the date is actually Saturday, May 25, 2013.


Family Movie Treat

The Tale of Despereaux
Cineplex is also continuing their Saturday morning Family Favourites program. This week’s show features that adorable mouse Despereaux. Rated G. Common Sense Media suggests this movie is best for kids aged 5.

Cineplex North, Cineplex South and Galaxy Sherwood Park  only. Films are $2.50. 

When: Saturday, May 11, 2013. 11am.


Sweet Fun Run

Run For Your Pie
What: Walk or run through the beautiful river valley and you’ll be rewarded with a slice of pie at the finish line. Proceeds from this race will benefit KidSport Edmonton. Register in advance online.
Where: Kinsmen Park , 9100 Walterdale Hill
Saturday, May 18, 2013. 10:00am


Ukranian Love

Celebration of Dance
What: The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village opens for the season with their annual dance extravaganza. Families will also enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, sheep sheering, butter churning, face painting, jumpy castle and costumed interpreters. Go early for the pancake breakfast at 11:30 am.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, (map)
When: Monday, May 20, 2013. 10am – 5pm. Dancing starts at 12pm.


Splash in the River Valley: Queen Elizabeth Pool + Kinsmen Spray Park

We’re delighted to see Queen E Pool and the Kinsmen Spray Park officially open for play. This new outdoor attraction is nestled in the river valley, next to the Kinsmen Sports Centre.

Why you’ll love this the pool:
   - the pool has a zero depth entry so little ones can wade in and always touch the bottom; 
   - the sun-deck has good sight-lines so you can lounge while keeping a close eye on the kids;
   - the family change rooms make it easy to get in and out of swimsuits; and,
   - the concession is handy for cool treats on hot days.

The children’s spray park is large. With 5400 square feet of fountains to run through your kids will be tuckered out after playing here. Access to the spray park is free.

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy summers fleeting days splashing in the river valley.

Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool and Spray Park
Where: 9100 Walterdale Hill
When: Pool Schedule