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What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 20 - 22, 2015

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Sharon and Bram
A Sharon and Bram show is a sing-along concert for the entire family, featuring such well-loved favourites as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain", “Five Little Monkeys", “One Elephant", “Tingalayo", and, of course, “Skinnamarink". These much loved Canadian children’s entertainers are no longer joined by Lois who left the trio in 2000, but that hasn’t stopped Sharon and Bram from carrying on with participatory music for children and families.
Festival Place, Sherwood Park.
Friday, March 20, 2015. Shows at 2:00pm and 6:30pm.


Science FUNday
What: A free all-day, annual science exhibition for families, featuring over 40 interactive science experiments and numerous exciting presentations throughout the day.
University of Alberta, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (CCIS), 11455 Saskatchewan Drive
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club: Cat Show
What: Cat lovers unite. Stop in to see cat judging, visit with the felines, visit the vendors and see the kittens & cats at from rescue organizations.  
Italian Culture Centre, 14230 – 133 Avenue
March 21 and 22, 2015. 9:30am – 4:30pm.


Edmonton Home and Garden Show
Find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre,
March 19 – 22, 2015.


Downtown Defrost
A celebration of the changing seasons with a free outdoor dance party. Warm drinks and food trucks too. Bring a donation for YES (Youth Empowerment & Support Services).
Churchill Square, Observation Deck
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 2pm – 10pm.


Everything Easter
Learn how pioneers used traditional dyes for coloring eggs, sample some baking prepared over a wood-burning stove, play games families would have in early Edmonton and race around the Park on a hunt for Easter eggs. Register early – code: 532782.
Melon Farm, Fort Edmonton Park
$45/family, $11.25 per participant
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 10am – 12pm.


All Day Sundays: Pop Art Factory
Pop into the new exhibition POP SHOW! and discover the art of the everyday. Take inspiration from artists that pioneered the pop art movement and create Warhol-esque stencil-art, construct pop art plasticine sculptures a là Oldenburg, and craft dot paintings inspired by Lichtenstein.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta,
Sunday, March 22, 2015. 12 – 4 pm.


Please add any events that I missed in the comments for other readers. Thanks! ~Jen


CityandBaby Turns Four | What To Do With Your Kids This Weekend in Edmonton

Make sure to buy your Community League Membership this weekend.  

This weekend marks City and Baby’s 4th Birthday! Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. It feels like only yesterday that I was struggling to find the confidence to publish the first few posts. On the other hand, raising two beautiful children, working full-time (and then some), creating City and Baby and volunteering for Ronald McDonald House can make the days long. But they sure are rewarding! I am thankful for my beautiful life and most of all my family, friends and readers who have stuck with me over the last four years. I really believe in living fully. The full width of my life. City and Baby is rewarding to me because I can share my passion for Edmonton, help others make the most of family-life in Edmonton and connect with you.

Thank you so much for being here. 

And now what you came here for...... what to do with your kids this weekend in Metro Edmonton! 


Community League Day
Did you know that community leagues were born in Edmonton in 1907?! That’s more than 100 years ago. We were the first Canadian city to adopt the concept of community-based organizations.  And even today there is no other comparable structure anywhere in another city in the world. Our community perspective is one of the reasons why I love Edmonton and this is one of my favourite days.
What: A day to focus on our communities, get out and meet neighbours and buy your annual membership!  Check out the list of all the community events planned towards the bottom of the page.
Where:  All over Edmonton!!
When:  Saturday, September 20, 2014. 

Tip:  You can buy your community league membership online!


Fall-o-Ween Fest
What: Full of rich autumn not-to be missed activities and decorative displays, interactive events for kids, panning for gems, musical entertainment, farmyard friends, corn maze, Lost Lemon Mine, Children’s Puppet Theatre, and the Ghost Town of Boo’n Accord.
56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord (25 mm north of Edmonton)
September 20-21, 2014. 11am – 5pm.


Party In The Park
 A family fun day connecting parents with favorite local businesses and services, from party planning to family related services. Tickets are $20/family and include free glitter tattoos, face painting, bouncy castles, jedi training and toy testing, with over $5,000 in door prizes. Visit with Anna & Elsa, Spiderman and Mario too. Tip: Use PARKPARTY to save $5.00
The Agora (Strathcona County Library Building), Sherwood Park
Sunday, September 21, 2014. 10 – 4pm.


Engineering Expo 2014
What: Interactive displays and demonstrations of exciting technologies, and guided tours through some of the most sophisticated teaching and research facilities in the country.  Children ages 6-12 will enjoy ENGG Zone activities designed to teach them about Engineering and Science through fun, interactive projects and demonstrations.
Where: Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex, University of Alberta
Saturday, September 202, 2014. 10am – 3pm


Tibetan Bazaar
What:  Shop for unique items from dozens of vendors displaying beautiful handmade crafts from Tibet, Nepal and India. Enjoy delicious Tibetan food - momos (Tibetan dumpling) and more. Dharma talks by Spiritual Director Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe.
Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Avenue, Edmonton,
September 20-21, 2014.


Community Harvest Fair
A variety of fall farm fun for families, including hayrides, farm games, vintage tractors, farmers market,  live music, learn how to make rolled beeswax candles and enjoy a pulled pork sandwich (proceeds from food sales support the grain elevator and a new train station)
120 Railway Avenue - Grain Elevator Site, Spruce Grove
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014. 9:30 – 1:30pm


Downtown Fall Festival
What: A fall favourite with ferris wheel, pony rides, petting zoo, balloon animals, jumpy houses, and taste of downtown. Start pancake breakfast (8am-11am at the Pioneer House)
Fort Saskatchewan, 100 Avenue and 103 Street
Saturday, September 20, 2014. 11am – 3pm.


Kung Fu Panda 2 : Family Favourites
Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace until a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.  Commonsense Media rates it best for 7 year olds.
Where: Participating Cineplex Theatres
Saturday, September 20, 2014. 11am.


Mark Your Calendar!
Here are some events and shows coming up that you may want to plan ahead to attend.

What events did I miss? Please add them to the comments below for other readers.


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

Celebrate Canada Day in Millwoods
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)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 1pm – 11pm


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


Lighting of the High Level Bridge
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!
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
 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.
Fort Edmonton Park.
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
The pyramids come alive with music, crafts, tours and face painting.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12 – 4pm


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


Canada Day Celebrations at TWOS
 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.
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 10am – 5pm


Celebrations in Edmonton's Surrounding Communities


Canada Day Celebration – Spruce Grove
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
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
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)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 11pm


Canada Day Weekend On the Farm
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.
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
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.


What To Do On New Years Eve in Edmonton With Kids | Dec 31, 2013

I hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas and are looking forward to getting out-and-about in 2014. To end the year in a festive manner, I've rounded up some family New Years Eve events for you.

I'm a big fan of celebrating a Newfie New Years with young kids so they can enjoy the countdown and excitement, and still get to bed at a decent hour.

What do you like to do on New Years Even with your family?



New Years at Muttart
Join Alice and the March Hare in the pyramids for a morning of merriment to say goodbye to 2013. Stop in for a cup of tea and treats and make a craft. Come dressed up and take in one of the hourly New Year countdowns.
$36.50 per family.
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A Street
Tuesday December 31, 2013. 10am – 2pm 


New Years Afternoon Party
Make a special New-Year's theme craft, sing songs, play games, and have some great family fun with the big parachute and bubble activities. For children 6months to 6 years. Space is limited. $15 per child.
Pre-Register by calling:
Gymboree Play& Music Edmonton, 356 Bulyea Road
Tuesday, December 31 from 1:00-2:30 pm and 3:00-4:30 pm.


New Years Eve Downtown
Party in the heart of Edmonton at this free event. There will be family friendly activities and great performers in city hall , free public skating, a rocking main stage starting at 10pm that will keep you dancing until fireworks at 12am.
Churchill Square and City Hall
December 31, 2013. 7pm – 12:30am.

Tip:  ETS is free. Parking is $1 at City Hall, Stanley A. Milner Library Parkade, Canada Place Parkade and Edmonton City Centre West (ECCW) Parkade.


New Years Eve Festival
Ring in 2014 with a night of Western themed fun and entertainment for the whole family. Activities are plentiful and mostly free. Ice slides, shinny hockey, snowshoeing, family skating, face painting, photo booth, crafts, sleigh rides ($1), smores, hot chocolate, inflatables, black light activities, petting zoo, glitter tattoos, stick horse making, fire dancing and more.
Sherwood Park: Broadmoor Lake Park, Community Centre & Festival Place
Tuesday, December 31, 2013. 4pm – 8pm.

Tip: The fun continues on New Years Day! Check out all the details.


Early Fireworks in St. Albert
  Families will love being able to see fireworks at 8:30pm while enjoying hot chocolate. Bring a food bank donation.
St. Albert. Mission Park (Seven Hills).
Tuesday, December 31, 2013. 8:00pm.


World Waterpark’s Family Beach Ball
 Splash into the new year at the WEM Waterpark. If you’re able to make it to midnight, they’ll have indoor fireworks.
West Edmonton Mall, World Waterpark (Level One, Phase III)
December 31, 2013. 6pm – Midnight.


Oil Kings vs Brandon Wheat Kings
Enjoy the last day of 2013 by cheering on the Oil Kings, followed by a firework extravaganza.
Rexall Place
December 31, 2013. 6pm.


A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit | Contest

Now that Halloween is over, let the Christmas events begin!

To help get you in the mood we are giving away four tickets to a jazzy A Charlie Brown Christmas concert with David Benoit.

David Benoit is a Grammy nominated contemporary jazz pianist and composer with a passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi. In fact he has done many Charlie Brown related projects including Here's to you, Charlie Brown, 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas.

When: November 30, 2013. 7:30pm
Where: Festival Place, Sherwood Park
Tickets: $45 - $55. Available online now.

To enter to win four tickets, please comment below with your child's favourite Christmas carol. Please remember to include your email address (it won't be published) so we can contact you if you're the winner.
One entry per person over 18 years of age.

Contest runs from 12:01am on Monday, November 4 to 11:59pm on Friday, November 8, 2013.
Winner will be contacted on the weekend via email.

Good Luck!