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What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Kids | August 14 - 16, 2015

With the summer days dwindling and back-to-school on the doorstep, I'm feeling anxious to spend as many hours outdoors in t-shirts and shorts exploring our city with my kids. Fortunately, Edmonton's festivals continue this week with Fringe, Latin Festival, Dragonboats and more.

See you out and about!


Edmonton Kids Fringe
What: A free family-friendly space with interactive plays, crafts, workshops (like stiltwalking, drumming), story tent and games lead by the KidsFringe Youth Troupe. Outside the kids area, there are tons of buskers to keep you entertained too. (Bring a twoonie or two to support the artists)
 Old Strathcona (KidsFringe is along 104 Street between 85 and 86 Avenues)
Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 23


Edmonton International Youth Day Event
What: International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to bring about awareness to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. In Edmonton, you can celebrate with games, bouncy castles, face painting, food and a live DJ at this FREE family-friendly event. 
Castle Downs Skate Park, 11510 153 Ave NW (by YMCA)
When: Saturday, August 15, 2015. 11am – 4pm


Edmonton Latin Festival
What: This free family event celebrates Latin heritage and Hispanic culture. Go for live music, dancing, food, arts & crafts.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2015.


18th Annual Dragon Boating Festival
Watch paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River. Festival goers will enjoy team chants, entertainment, beer gardens and food truck vendors.
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.
When: Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tip: Park at Canada Place and go through the Shaw Conference Centre. Admire Curtis Comeau’s Off the Menu photo exhibit enroute on the assembly level. Then head down to Louise McKinney over the convenient bridge from the Conference Centre.


Farm & Heritage Carnival
 A Spruce Grove Agricultural Society event features balloon animals, pony rides, face paining, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, games, corn feast, lego and crafts. Tickets range from $1 - $4.
 Spruce Grove, 120 Railway Avenue. (off of HWY 16A)
 Saturday, August 15, 2015. 12 – 7pm.


Grove Cruise
What: A three-day automobile focused party. Go for the pancake breakfast, parade, show and shine, and inflatables.
Where: Spruce Grove, Henry Singer Park and other locations. 
When: Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16, 2015


Books 2 Buy
Edmonton Public Library’s famous book, DVD and CD sale is back this weekend. Hardcover books and DVDs are $2. Paperbacks, kids' books and CDs are $1It is a perfect opportunity to stock up your personal library.
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Friday, August 14 (9am - 8pm).
Saturday, August 15 (9am - 5pm). Sunday, August 16 (1pm - 3pm).

Strathcona County Library is also having their book sale this weekend.


Monster Truck Throwdown
What: Watch the monsters do battle in two huge shows. Fans will get a chance to get up close and personal with the larger than life marvels and meet their favourite drivers in the FREE pit party before the show!
Castrol Raceway
Saturday, August 15th at 7pm and Sunday, August 16th at 2pm.


Walterdale Block Party
John Walter would have been 165 years old this August. Celebrate with cake, lemonade, old fashioned games, crafts, music and magic (1:30 – 2:30).
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill
 Sunday, August 16, 2015. 1pm – 4pm.


I’ve Outgrown It Sale
What:  Pick up clothes, gear and other items for a great deal.
Admission: $1 per adult or a food bank donation
Ellerslie Road Baptist Church, 10603 Ellerslie Road SW
Saturday, August 15, 2015. 9am – 12pm.


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

Image by MjZ Photography via Flickr Creative Commons 

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 | March 7 - 9, 2014

 Thing to do with babies in EdmontonPhoto by Dmitry Marochko

Mom, Pop and Tots Fair
A family fair guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Shopping, Toopie & Binoo, petting zoo, pony rides, creative dance, chalk art, face painting, bouncy houses and more.
Where: Northlands, Edmonton EXPO Centre, Hall A. Tickets
When: Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, 2014.


Reel Family Cinema
What: Take the kids to a matinee showing of Space Jam (PG). Kids under 12 are free.
Where: Garneau Theatre
When: Saturday, March 8, 2014. 2pm. 


Callingwood Winter Fun Festival
This festival features reindeer, indoor pancake breakfast, sleigh-rides, sugar shack, hot dog roast and other family activities. Donations to Edmonton’s Food Bank is appreciated.
Where: Callingwood Park, 69 Avenue and 178 Street. North of the Jamie Platz YMCA
When: Saturday March 8. 11am – 2pm.


Safari Jeff
What: Learn with reptile trainer Safari Jeff at his live show and exhibit. Get up and personal with some of the worlds most exotic animals – giant tortoises, crocodiles, snakes, lizards, and frogs. 
Where: Millwoods Town Centre
When: Friday, March 7 (11am & 2pm), Saturday, March 8 and Sunday March 9 (1pm & 3pm)


Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Ball
What: Invite your little sweetheart and her Daddy (or Uncle, Grandpa, etc.) enjoy a magical evening of dining and dancing, princesses, crafts, flowers, teddy bears, face painting, and photobooth.
Tickets: $150 per couple, $25 for additional sweetheart. Proceeds goes to The Rainbow Society of Alberta. To purchase tickets email Holly at hollyp@rainbowsociety.ab.ca or call 780-469-3306.
Where: Edmonton City Hall, #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square.
When: Friday, March 7, 2014. 6pm.


I Love YEG Winter
What: Enjoy performances by Les Bucherons, cabane a sucre, popcorn & cotton candy, snowshoeing, tobogganing and you’ll meet winter-loving friends. Free!
Where: Alfred Savage Centre, Whitemud Park North
When: Sunday, March 9, 2014. 


What To Do With Your Kids in Edmonton This Weekend | August 24 – 25, 2013

Momstown 6th Birthday Celebration
What: Join this great moms group as they celebrate six years in the community with a free party. Play area, science experiments, up-close reptiles, games, photos with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dora and Superman.
Where: West Edmonton Mall - Centre Stage. Register.
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013. 10am – 2pm


Daughters Day
What: Daughters Day is a community initiative to highlight the importance of the every girl and woman and to support communities committed to ending to all discrimination and to stopping human rights abuses against women.
Where: Edmonton City Hall
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013. Program at 2pm.  


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.

Field To Table
What: It’s harvest time. Get your hands dirty and learn about traditional activities like grain threshing, wool dying, wheat weaving, trading furs for flour and more.   
Where:  Fort Edmonton Park
When: Sunday, August 25. 10am – 6pm


Alberta Open Farm Days
What: An opportunity to get to know local farmers and understand where our food comes from. 40 farms across Alberta are opening their gates and hearts to share with you and your kids.
Where: Around Alberta. Check out the map.
When: Sunday, August 25, 2013.


Sourdough Raft Race 2013
Edmonton’s well-known river raft race is back. Go early for a pancake breakfast, get a free kite and fly it, make a mini raft then watch the race from your favourite viewing point.
North Saskatchewan River from Terwillegar Park to Rafter's Landing
Sunday August 25, 2013. 8:30 am – 5 pm. Race begins at noon.


Animal Enrichment Day
What: Get closer with animal encounters, make a craft, play games and enjoy special Animal Enrichment Day presentations on how the zoo provides social, cognitive, sensory and food enrichments for its residents.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When:  Sunday, August 25, 2013. 12pm – 5pm 


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | July 12 - 14

Image by Jessica Lucia via Flickr 

It’s a very artistic weekend in #YEG. Fine art, live art and handmade goods all up close and interactive. You’ll enjoy meeting Edmonton’s makers, being inspired by their creativity and finding gems to take home with you. On Sunday, head to the river valley for the annual Sourdough Raft Race and the Zookeeper's Festival.  

See you out and about. 

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
What: This is the last weekend to see amazing buskers – acrobats, contortionists, stuntmen, comics, dancers, clowns and more.
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

When: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 14, 2013. 11:30am - 11pm (except July 14 which ends at 5pm)

Mercer Collective
What: This great monthly local makers market is adding a free kids craft table. Hooray. Something for the kids to look forward to and a lovely distraction for you so you can shop. 
Where: Mercer Building, 10363 104 Street.
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013. 10 – 4pm.

Whyte Avenue Art Walk
What: Whyte Ave is transformed into an outdoor studio and gallery featuring hundreds of working artists. A fabulous way to buy original art and support local talent.
Whyte Avenue (82 Ave) from 100 St through to 108 St.
When: Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, 2013. 10am – 5pm

Sand on Whyte
What: Three of Ice on Whyte’s talented, award-winning artists, Delayne Corbett, Wilfred Stijger and Edith van de Wetering are creating the first ever sand carving exhibit in Edmonton.
Where:  Old Strathcona. South Scona Parking lot at 81 Avenue and 105 Street.
When: July 7 – 14, 2013. 10am – 10pm.

CANCELLED - Sourdough Raft Race 2013
Due to river safety concerns, this event is cancelled for Sunday.
Edmonton’s well-known river raft race is back. Go early for a pancake breakfast, get a free kite and fly it, make a mini raft then watch the race from your favourite viewing point.
Where: North Saskatchewan River from Terwillegar Park to Rafter's Landing

When: Sunday July 14, 2013. 8:30 am – 5 pm. Race begins at noon.

National Zookeeper Week Celebration!
What: Thank you to the dedicated to the hard working zoo keepers at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Go on a scavenger hunt, make a snake craft, pretend to be a prairie dog, get up close with animals and play games. 
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
When:  Sunday, July 14, 2013. 12 – 4 pm. 

Freewill Shakespeare Festival
What: Shakespeare the park is one of the nicest way to spend an afternoon. This weekend they’re performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Saturday matinees are pay-what-you-will.
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park.
When: Runs until July 21, 2013.