What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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Wednesday
Jul292015

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
What:
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,
When:
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
What:
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.
Where:
Foote Field, 11601 68 Avenue. Tickets available in advance and at the door.
When:
July 31 – August 2, 2015

Tuesday
Jul292014

August Long Weekend | What To Do With Kids In Edmonton

 

Mothers Market
What: The Mother's Market is a INDOOR community marketplace for farmers and artisan food and goods producers to showcase their produce/products that is grown, raised or made by them in Edmonton and region.
Where: 10251 109 Street NW.
When:  Fridays (11am – 7pm) Saturday and Sundays (9am – 4pm)

 

Servus Heritage Festival
What: 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 2 – 4, 2014.

 

Fairy Berry Festival
What: Fairies, pirates, fairy-strawberries, crafts, shortcake, folk music and the corn maze on top of the usual fun on the farm.
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
When: August 2 – 4, 2014

 

How to Train Your Dragon | Reel Family Cinema
What:
Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, this action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.
Where: Garneau Theatre. Kids under 12 are free!
When: Saturday, August 2, 2014. 2pm.

 

Edmonton Corn Maze
What: The maze is open for the season! Kids will love the huge jumping pillows, farm animals, climbing the hay bales mountain, grain train and pedal carts.
Where: West of Edmonton in Parkland Country. (map)
When: July 27 – October 20, 2014.

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

 

One Sunday, Summer Market
What:
Shop 20 vendors at this pop-up market and support Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Kids activities include a colouring station, scavenger hunt and mini-carnival games. Admission $1 for 13 years of age and older. Proceeds to Stollery.
Where:  Inglewood Community League, 12525 116 Avenue.
When: Sunday, August 3, 2014. 10am – 5pm.

 

San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Edmonton
What:
 Edmonton takes on the number one team in the NASL standings. Tickets start at $15 for children under 15 and $18 for adults.
Where: Joe Clarke Athletic Grounds, 11000 Stadium Road.
When: Sunday, August 3, 2014. 2pm – 4pm.

 

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Wednesday
Jul312013

What To Do With Your Kids in Edmonton | August Long Weekend 2013

Photo taken by Dale C @flickrfumes via Flickr Creative Commons.

Is it really August? How is it that the summer is half over and back-to-school sales are already starting.  I even saw that Hallmark has their Christmas ornaments up. Ugh. Let’s make the most out of the remaining summer days starting with the August long weekend. I'm looking forward to checking out Movies on the Square and the scrumptious Heritage Festival. What are your plans?

See you out and about, 

Movie on the Square
What:
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the fabulous pre-movie entertainment before taking in the blockbuster hit that will be playing on a 3-storey high inflatable screen. Popcorn, pop and other movie snacks will be available from on-site concessions.
Friday, August 2: The Princess Bride - interactive and outside. The Edmonton Public Library invites you to dress up, bring props and participate in this free fun movie experience.
Saturday, August 3: Saturday is a beach-themed Movies on the Square celebration, featuring the family-favourite film Despicable Me.
Where: Churchill Square, Downtown.
When: Pre-show events start at 7:30pm. Movie at dusk, approx 9:30pm. 

 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos
What: It’s Military Appreciation night at the football game. Keep your eye on the sky for a fly by two CF-18 hornets and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band will be playing at half time.
Where: Commonwealth Stadium. Remember you get free ETS if you show them your game ticket.
When: Friday, August 2, 2013. 7pm.  

 

Servus Heritage Festival
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: Saturday, August 3 (12pm-9pm), Sunday, August 4 (10am-9pm) & Monday, August 5 (10am-7pm)

Tip: Pick up your food tickets at SaveOn Foods or Survus Credit Unions until August 3 and don’t spend your time in the ticket line. Go straight for the good stuff.

 

Fairy Berry Festival
What:  A sweet party in honour of “Fairy Berries” the small, dainty and delicious strawberries. 
There will be entertainment galore. Live folk music, puppet shows, medieval games, face painting, mazes, petting farm, crafts, costume contest and more. 

Where: Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord

When:  Saturday, August 3 – Monday, August 5, 2013 

 

Blueberry Blue Grass & Country Music Festival
What:
A weekend full of activities for the whole family including workshops, a Kids’ Korner, Slowpitch Jam and, of course, live music.
Where:
Stony Plain Exhibition Grounds 
When: Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4, 2013.


ACC National Dog Agility Championships
What:
Over 500 dogs from across Canada and the United States will be in Leduc to compete. Handlers range from 5 years of age to 80+. Admission is free. Bleacher seating is limited so bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Where: William F Lede Sports Fields, Leduc.
When: August 1 – 4, 2013. 

Thursday
Dec132012

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | December 15 - 16

Image by Frank Guido via Flickr.

Beautiful Ballet: The Nutcracker
Thoughtful Theatre: Oliver :: A Christmas Carol
Sparkly Shopping:
Silver Bells Winter Market :: St. Albert Christmas Market
Wrapping Inspiration: City and Dale
Something Special: Gift Guides

 

Animal Night Lights

Zoo-Minescence
What:
Bundle up, grab your resusable mugs for hot chocolate/ coffee and enjoy light displays and animal ice sculpture amongst your favourite zoo animals.
Why: Go for the event launch on Friday or Saturday night. Launch activities include live Christmas music, Santa’s Craft Workshop, animal encounters and more.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road. $20/ family.
When: December 14 – 23, 2012. 4 – 8pm. 

 

Holiday Help

Momstown’s Christmas Carnival
What: A family event with games and food that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma society of Canada. Admission is by donation and activities require tickets.
Why:  Make a craft, play ‘pin the nose on Rudolph’ or ‘snowman bean bag toss’, test your skills in a hockey shoot-out, and scoop up some yummy baking. Santa will also be onsite from 1 – 3 for photos ($15).
Where: Rundle Park Family Centre, 2909 113 Avenue. (building by the lake)
When: Saturday, December 15, 2012. 12pm – 3pm

 

Artsy Reindeer

Holiday Extravaganza
What: Explore the sculptures of local artist Paul Freeman and enjoy an afternoon of BMO All Day Sunday family programming.
Why:
Create a holiday project, sculpt animal sculptures and enjoy interactive storytelling activities.
Where:
Art Gallery of Alberta. Free with admission.
When:
Sunday, December 16, 2012. 12 – 4pm

 

Glowing Homes

Candy Cane Lane
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air. 


Why: Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue. 


When: Friday, December 14 – January 2, 2012.

 

Head to the Farm

A Prairie Christmas Festival
What: A holiday extravaganza with many activities designed especially for young families. Bundle up
Why:
Take your pick: roast marshmallows, watch a puppet show, make a lantern and other crafts, explore a straw bale maze, listen to a Christmas story, decorate a cookie, and make sure to take a train ride with Santa.
Where:
Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm (map). Most activities are free with admission ($5.25). Kids under 2 are free.
When:
 Saturdays and Sundays. December 15, 16, 22, 23. 11am – 4pm.

 

Legislative Wander

Winter Wonderland
What: The Legislative Grounds has transformed into a winter wonderland with trees sparkling with lights and skating on the public skating rink.
Why: Free hot chocolate is served in the evenings while the choir performs from 6-9pm. See complete choir performance schedule (pdf).
Where: Alberta Legislative Grounds, 10820 - 98 Avenue

When: Festivities continue until December 23.

Tip: Check out the Alberta Legislature Gift Show for Made in Alberta gifts.

 

Green Christmas

Seasonal Sundays
What: A warm Christmas celebration amongst the plants and pyramids.
Why: Go for crafts, tours, Christmas cactus planting and to see the Nutcracker Story feature pyramid.

Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 – 96A Street
When:
Sunday, December 9 and 16. Noon – 4pm.

 

Holidays of Decades Past

Christmas Reflections  
What: Celebrate the holidays of decades past with charming Christmas displays, twinkling lights, horse-drawn wagon rides and cups of hot cider.

Why: Time travel makes Christmas magical.
Where:
 Fort Edmonton Park - $16 per person. Purchase walk-in tickets online. 

When: Tickets available on dates between Dec 4 to Dec. 23.

 

A Whyte Christmas

Santa Saturday
What: Hop onboard Santa’s wagon and take a ride while admiring the eight animated window displays along the avenue.
Why: 
 Take a ride, stop for hot chocolate and do some local holiday shopping along Whyte Avenue.
Where: 
Whyte Avenue. Catch rides from the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market and from the parking lot across from the Keg on 105 Street and 81 Avenue. {Route}
When: 
Saturday, December 15. 10am – 3pm 

Thursday
Sep202012

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | September 22 - 23

Image by Joshua Dixon, via Flickr.

It's a short and sweet Weekend Guide.

I’m under the weather but I couldn't leave you without sharing some of the great family friendly things that are happening in and around Edmonton. The usual format will be back next week. Until then, enjoy the beautiful weather. What a treat!

 

Shop: Outgrown It Sales – Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove.  (Saturday)

See: Toopie and Binoo – On stage at the Jube. (Sunday)

Be Amazed: Cavalia – Equestrian extravaganza (Ongoing)

Discover: Engineering Expo at the University of Alberta. (Saturday)

Drive Into Autumn: Harvest Festival in Spruce Grove. (Saturday)  Fall Festival in Fort Saskatchewan. (Saturday) Fall-O-Ween Harvest at Prairie Gardens. (Saturday and Sunday)

Buy Local: Farmers markets are still in full swing -  Old Strathcona, Callingwood, City Market Downtown, St. Albert.