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Thursday
Jun262014

Canada Day 2014 | Family Friendly Events Happening in the Edmonton Region

 

 

Canada Day Events in Edmonton  

Celebrate Canada Day at the Legislature
What: Kids will enjoy the bouncy castles, temporary tattoos, stilt walking workshop and a legislative tour. There will also be 4 stages with over 25 live performances. Bring cash and grab lunch at one of the 20 food trucks will also be on site.  
Where: Alberta Legislature Grounds
When:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 10pm


Canada Day at City Hall
What: Celebrations are mixed with the Jazz Festival and The Works Festival. Go for the live music, entertainment, and kids crafts. 
Where: City Hall, Plaza and Churchill Square
When:  Tuesday, July 1, 2013. 1pm – 4pm


Boyle Street Community League BBQ
What:
Stop for a free BBQ lunch (Halal food will be available). Activities for kids follow outside – face painting and water balloons.
Where:
Boyle Street Plaza, 9538-103A Avenue
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12pm – 4pm


Celebrate Canada Day in Millwoods
What:
This event is a very popular event for families. Multicultural performances, petting zoo, bouncy castles, hay rides, pony rides, face painting, live performances and fireworks at 11pm 
Where: Mill Woods Park (23rd Ave & 66th St)
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 1pm – 11pm

 

Chinatown Night Market Time
What: A street market, cultural performances and food trucks.
Where:
Outside the Chinatown Multicultural Centre, 9540-102 Ave.
When:
4pm – 9pm
Tip: 102 Ave. will be closed to vehicles between 95 St. and 96 St.

 

Lighting of the High Level Bridge
What:
Watch history being made as 55,000 LED lights are turned on for the first time. Tune in to CKUA on your radio or smartphone, then listen, watch and enjoy as the bridge lights are synchronized to an Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performance of O Canada!
When:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 11pm

 

Followed by Fireworks!
Where:
Canada Day Fireworks Finale is set off from Kinsmen Park. (not open to the public)
Good viewing locations:
Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park (River Valley Road), Ezio Faraone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street North), Dantzer's Hill (below Queen Elizabeth Park), and Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road).
When: July 1, 2014 11:05 pm. 

 

Canada Day at Edmonton Attractions  

Dominion Day Celebration
What:
 A grand celebration of the Dominion of Canada then and now. Watch a citizenship ceremony, enjoy a parade, listen to live music, take a ride in the midway, and partake historical activities.
Where:
Fort Edmonton Park.
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 5pm.

 

Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
What: The Zoo is also celebrating their 55
th birthday this Tuesday so there are extra activities and surprises planned. Canadian animal enrichments, Canadian Geographic GIANT Floor Map games, crafts, cupcakes and more.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 11am – 4pm 

 

Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory
What:
The pyramids come alive with music, crafts, tours and face painting.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12 – 4pm

 

Celebrate Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta
What:
The AGA is offering free admission to its three floor of exhibitions and art activities for kids.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 

 

Canada Day Celebrations at TWOS
What:
 Celebrate Canada and TWOS’ 30
th birthday with science adventures. They’re rolling back their prices to $4 for admission and $4 for IMAX films.
Where:
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 10am – 5pm

 

Celebrations in Edmonton's Surrounding Communities

 

Canada Day Celebration – Spruce Grove
What:
This much-anticipated party starts off with a $3 pancake breakfast and gets sweeter from there. Roving entertainment, face painting ($), Kid Zone (kids 8 and under), street performers, displays and more. Evening ends with fireworks at 11pm.
Where: Jubilee Park, Spruce Grove
When:  Monday, July 1, 2013. 8am – 11pm 

 

Canada Day in St. Albert
What:
A multitude of events across the city. Pancake breakfast is happening at Heritage Lakes. Lions Park is the primary celebration during the day. Activities include wagon rides, petting zoo, crafts and displays. Followed by a big family street dance and kids carnival. Fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Multiple locations around St. Albert.
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2013. 9am – 11pm

 

Canada Day Festival 2013 – Sherwood Park/ Strathcona County
What:
An enormous family festival. They even have their guidebook in an app. Here are only a handful of activities: pancake breakfast, parade, live music, petting zoo, prince and princess zone, tots land (<5 year olds), photobooth, games, fire dancing, ice cream making, pedal tractors, crafts, mural painting, and fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Various locations around Broadmoore, Sherwood Park. (maps)
When:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 11pm

 

Canada Day Weekend On the Farm
What:
Head to the farm and enjoy wagon rides, straw bale mazes, petting farm, face painting, train rides, puppet shows and their award-winning Strawberry Shortcake.
Where:
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm, near Bon Accord. (directions)
When: June 28 - July 1, 2014. 9am – 6pm. 

 

Leduc Canada Day Celebrations 2014
What: Start the day with a pancake breakfast at the Leduc Legion then watch the parade. In the afternoon there will be a tractor show and shine, wagon rides, muscial performances and fireworks at 11.
Where: Various locations in Leduc.
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 7:30am – 11pm.

 

Canada Day at Elk Island National Park
What: On Canada Day, enjoy free entry to all of Canada's National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas – including Elk Island. Go for a flag raising ceremony, cake, bouncy castles, performances from The Command Sisters and Bollywood Beats, a picnic and a nature walk.
Where: Elk Island National Park, Highway 16 East (approx. 1 hour east of Edmonton)
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12pm – 4pm

 

Canada Day Celebrations
What:
Start the day with a pancake breakfast, then watch the parade which ends in Legacy Park with the opening ceremonies. Visit the Kids’ Korner with a petting zoo, inflatable slides, face painting and a kids firefighter challenge. Car show, cupcakes, fireworks and a performance by Men without Hats are other highlights.
Where: Fort Saskatchewan (map)
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 8am – 10:45pm.

Monday
Mar172014

I Am A Parent Conference - March 2014

I Am A Parent Conference

The Millwoods Family Resource Centre is holding a FREE early years conference for families and caregivers of children aged 0 – 6.  Attend workshops, talk with agencies working with Edmonton families and tour Edmonton Catholic School’s The EMU Bus (Early learning Mobile Unit). Lunch will be provided and there will be limited childcare available (reserve early) It’s a good opportunity to get more parenting information and ideas for your tool belt.  

When: Saturday March 22, 2014 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Millbourne Community Life Centre, 2101 Millbourne Road West

Register: call 780-413-4521

Wednesday
Feb192014

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | February 21 - 23, 2014

 Edmonton knows how to have fun in the snow

 

Winter Blues Book Sale
What: Books To Buy is back this weekend. Build your home library for with kids books for only $1. Or get a box of books for $10 on Sunday! Cash only.
Where:  Edmonton Public Library, Stanley A. Milner Library.
When: Friday, February 21 (9am – 8pm), Saturday, February 22 (9am – 5pm), Sunday, February 23 (1pm -3pm)

 

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. 
Where: William Hawrelak Park
When: Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 23, 2014.

 

Vaudeville Madness
What: Street Performers will delight kids-of-all-ages in this fundraising event featuring circus, comedy, music and magic. Proceeds go to the 2014 Street Performers Festival.
Where: Sugarfoot Ballroom, 10545-81 Avenue. Tickets $15 each or $50 for 4.
When: Saturday, February 2014. 2 – 3:20pm.

 

Surf, Sun & Beach Party
What:
Hit the waves. Groove to the tunes. Eat cake. Have fun!
Where: Mill Woods Recreation Centre, 7207 28 Avenue. Regular admission applies.
When:
Saturday, February 22, 2014. 2:30 – 6:30pm.

 

Snow Shack
What: Enjoy outdoor winter activities such as snow fort making, snow painting, outdoor games, sledding, snowshoeing, bannock making and much more
Where: Jackie Parker Park, 45 Avenue & 50 Street
When: Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2014. 12 – 6pm.

 

Winter Nature Drop-In Programs
What: Get in tune with nature with various drop-in programs at the John Janzen Nature Centre. There’s something for 1 year olds and up. On Sunday at 2pm they’re having a bonfire, hot chocolate and teaching animal winter survival strategies.
Where: John Janzen Nature Centre, Whitemud Drive & Fox Drive. Family admission is only $13.
When: Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2014. 10am – 5pm

Thursday
Feb132014

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.
Where:
William Hawrelak Park
When:
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.
Where:
Festival Place, Sherwood Park
When:
Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17, 2014.  

 

Turtle Island Quartet
What:
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.
Where:
Arden Theatre
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014. 2pm.

 

Osmosis Jones
What:
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
When:
Saturday, February 15, 2014. 1pm

 

Family Favourites
What:
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
What:
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.

 

Winterfete
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.
Where:
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.
Where:
Highlands Golf Club
When:
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
What:
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.
Where:
Sherbrooke Community League Hall, 12515 116 Avenue
When: Monday, February 17, 2014, 1 – 4pm

 

 

South Clareview
What:
 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
When:
Monday, February 17, 2014. 10am – 12pm breakfast. Activities go to 4pm.

 

Wellington Family Day Skate
What:
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!

Tuesday
Jun252013

Canada Day in Edmonton 2013

 

The Biggest Birthday Party! Canada Day celebrations seem to be getting bigger and more extravagant each year. There are over 15 events on Monday in the Capital region to choose between. (If I've missed any please add them in the comments below!) Enjoy a spending the day with your family at these wonderful events!

 

Canada Day in Downtown Edmonton 

Celebrate Canada Day at the Legislature
What: All day fun! Starting with a free pancake breakfast, citizenship ceremony, then on to live entertainment on 4 stages (pdf schedule). Kids will also like crafts, bouncy castles, Inuit art puzzles, food trucks, and legislative tours. If it’s a hot day go splash in the pools on the north side of the grounds. 

Where: Alberta Legislature Grounds

When:  Monday, July 1, 2012. 7am – 7pm

Canada Day at City Hall
What: Celebrations are mixed with the Jazz Festival and The Works Festival. Go for the live music, entertainment, kids crafts, prizes, face painting, balloon fairies, magicians and stilt walkers.

Where: City Hall, Plaza and Churchill Square

When:  Monday, July 1, 2013. 1pm – 4pm

Fireworks!
Where:
Canada Day Fireworks Finale is set off from Kinsmen Park. (not open to the public)
Good viewing locations:
Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park (River Valley Road), Ezio Faraone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street North), Dantzer's Hill (below Queen Elizabeth Park), and Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road).

When: July 1, 2013. 11 pm. 

 

Canada Day at Edmonton Attractions 

Dominion Day Celebration
What:
 A grand celebration of the Dominion of Canada then and now. Enjoy music, games, parade, cake and other historical activities.
Where:
Fort Edmonton Park.
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 10am – 5pm.

Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
What: The Zoo is also celebrating their 54th birthday this Monday so there are extra activities and surprises planned. 
Cake,, Adventure Bus, the Preschool Pitstop, scavenger hunt, crafts, painting, science experiments, animal encounters and more.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo

When:  Monday, July 1, 2013. 11am – 4pm 

Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory
What:
The pyramids come alive with music, crafts, tours, face painting, and scavenger hunt. Bricks 4 Kids will also be onsite for some Lego fun.
Where:
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 12 – 4pm

Celebrate Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta
What:
The AGA is offering free admission to its three floor of exhibitions and art activities for kids.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 

Canada Day Celebrations at TWOS
What:
 Celebrate Canada and TWOS’ 29th birthday with science adventures. Rocket launches, sidewalk chalk art, catapult challenge, roaming science demonstrations and mentos & coke display.
Where:
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013, 11am – 3pm

Canada Day NFB Shorts
What:
Take the family to see great National Film Board shorts. Free admission and popcorn!
Where: Metro Cinema, Garneau Theatre
When:
Monday, July 1 at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

 

Canada Day: Edmonton Neighbourhood Events

Celebrate Canada Day in Millwoods
What:
This event is a very popular event for families. Multicultural performances, petting zoo, bouncy castles, hay rides, pony rides, face painting, and fireworks at 11pm        .
Where:
Mill Woods Park (23rd Ave & 66th St)
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 1pm – 11pm

Canada Day at Borden Park
What:
Join Councillor Tony Caterina and MLA Peter Sandhu for a fun-filled afternoon with free hotdogs, pop, cake, live entertainment and a variety of activities for the whole family.
Where: 7507 Borden Park Road (across from The Northlands Spectrum)
When: Monday, July 1, 2013. 12 – 4pm.

 

Celebrations in Surrounding Communities

Canada Day Celebration – Spruce Grove
What:
This much-anticipated party starts off with a pancake breakfast and gets sweeter from there. Roving entertainment, face painting, Kid Zone, street performers, displays and more. Evening ends with fireworks at 11pm.
Where: Jubilee Park, Spruce Grove
When:  Monday, July 1, 2013. 8am – 11pm 

Canada Day in St. Albert
What:
A multitude of events across the city. Pancake breakfast is happening at Heritage Lakes. Lions Park is the primary celebration during the day. Activities include Pedalheads, face painting, wagon rides, petting zoo, kids stage and more. St. Albert Place’s Front Plaza has live entertainment stage and giant games. Followed by a big family street dance. Fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Multiple locations around St. Albert.
When: Monday, July 1, 2013. 9am – 11pm

Canada Day Festival 2013 – Sherwood Park/ Strathcona County
What:
An enormous family festival. They even have their guidebook in an app. Here are only a handful of activities: pancake breakfast, live music, PlayDay zone (with fort building, drumming, painting, science experiments, bubbles gardening), remote control monster trucks, petting zoo, lantern making, mural painting, multicultural performances, puppet shows, parade and fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Various locations around Broadmoore, Sherwood Park. (map)
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013. 10am – 11pm

Canada Day Weekend On the Farm
What:
Head to the farm and enjoy wagon rides, straw bale mazes, petting farm, old thyme photo parlor and their award-winning Strawberry Shortcake.
Where:
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm, near Bon Accord. (directions)
When: July 1, 2013. 10am – 6pm. 

Double Birthday – Leduc
What:
 Leduc is celebrating their 30th Birthday this year as well. They’re celebrating with a pancake breakfast, parade, children’s activities at the grain elevator, plus performances by Glass Tiger and 54-40. Fireworks at 11.
Where: Various locations in Leduc.
When: Monday, July 1, 2013. 7:30am – 11pm.