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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.


I’ve Outgrown It Sales 2015 | Edmonton and Area

Edmonton Outgrown It Sales 2015 

The highly requested outgrown it sales post is back for 2015. Below is a running list of Edmonton and Area sales. They are listed by date and are updated as I find out about new events. Make sure to visit often! (Updated April 5) 

If you find an Out Grown It Sale that isn’t listed, please add it to the comments section below or email me at cityandbaby (at) gmail (dot) com.

New to Outgrown It Sales? Check out this post for tips on how to save and survive.

Hope you find some great deals!


April 2015

Little Monsters Swap Meet
Where: Spruce Grove - TransAlta Tri Leisure Center, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, 
When: Saturdays: April 11, May 23, October 3. 10am – 3pm
Admission: Early bird (10am-12pm): $5. Regular (12-2pm): $2. After 2pm: Free. 
Sellers:  Details 


Edmonton Twin & Triplet Club – We’ve Out Grown It Sale
Where: Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, 9615 - 153 Avenue, Edmonton. 
When: Saturday, April 11 2015. Public shopping 12pm – 3pm.
Admission: $1
Sellers: For members of the ETTC only. 


Gish Baby & Tot Items Sale
Where: Elmer S. Gish School, 75 Akins Drive. St. Albert
 Saturday, April 11, 2015. 9am – 12pm
Admission: $2 per adult
Sellers: Tables closed. Check here for next sale.


I’m Too Big For It
Where: Terwillegar Community Church, 1751 Towne Centre Blvd
When: Saturday April 11th 10am – 1pm
 doesn’t say if there is a fee


Tamarack Outgrown It Sale
Where: A. Blair McPherson School, 430 Tamarack Green. Edmonton
Saturday, April 11, 2015. 10am – 2pm.
Admission: $1


Sparkletown Upscale Out Grown It Sale
Where: West End Christian Assembly Gym, 6315 – 199 street. Edmonton.
April 18, 2015. 10am – 3pm.
sold out


Devon Outgrown It Sale
Devon – Community Centre
Saturday, April 25, 2015. 11am – 2pm.
$2 per adult. 50% of proceeds given to charity.
Sellers: Details are here.


Pop-Up Tot Shop
Terwillegar Community Church, 1751 Towne Centre Blvd., Edmonton. 
 Saturday, April 25, 2015. 10am – 4pm 
Clothing Donations: 
Clothing is donated pre-event and then sold. Proceeds go to Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. 
For donation information email Andrea
Admission:  Free but please consider donating a few dollars at the door.


Millet PIPS Spring Outgrown-It Sale
Where: Millet - Millet Community Hall, 5107 - 50th Avenue
 Saturday, April 25, 2015. 10am – 3pm. 

Admission:  $2

Camrose "Little Swappers" I've Outgrown It Sale
Where: Camrose: Norsemen Inn, 6505 48 Ave,
When: Sunday, April 26, 2015. 10am – 2pm.


May 2015

Kinderland Market
Where: St. Albert, Servus Place, 400 Campbell Road
When: Saturday, May 2 2015. 11am – 3pm
Admission: Early bird (11am – 1pm) $5 per adult. Afternoon (1-3pm) $2.

Sellers: Apply 


Outgrown It Sale – Hamptons Community
Where: River West Christian Church, 19815 45 Ave, Edmonton
When: Sat May 2nd 10am-2pm 
Admission: $1 or a donation of any amount to Bessie Nichols playground 


Lovable Littles Uptown Market
Where: Terwilligar Community Church, 1751 Towne Centre Blvd
When: May 2, 2015. 10am – 4pm.
Admission: $3


Little Monsters Swap Meet
Where: Spruce Grove - TransAlta Tri Leisure Center, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, 
When: Saturdays: May 23, October 3. 10am – 3pm
Admission: Early bird (10am-12pm): $5. Regular (12-2pm): $2. After 2pm: Free. 
Sellers:  Details 


June 2015

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July 2015

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August 2015

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September 2015

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October 2015

Little Monsters Swap Meet
Where: Spruce Grove - TransAlta Tri Leisure Center, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, 
When: Saturday, October 3. 10am – 3pm
Admission: Early bird (10am-12pm): $5. Regular (12-2pm): $2. After 2pm: Free. 
Sellers:  Details 


Please add any 2015 outgrown it sales that I may have missed in the comments so all the readers can see them too. I'll add them periodically to the post in the appropriate month. 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.


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | August 14 - 16

Photo by Julie, Dave & Family via Flickr. 

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 16 and Sunday, August 17, 2014.


18th Annual Dragon Boating Festival
Watch paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River. Festival goers will also enjoy team chants, entertainment, beer gardens and food truck vendors.
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park  *Parking is beyond limited so park up the hill and walk down. 
When: Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17, 2014


Kids Fringe
What: A free family-friendly mini-Fringe site with crafts, art exploration and entertainment, with a special tots tent. For shows appropriate for younger audiences check out this listing.  
Where: Old Strathcona. (site map)
August 15 – 24, 2014.


What the Truck!?
Dinner in the park! This highly anticipated food truck event pops up around Edmonton bringing together a collection of delicious food on wheels. Choose from 9 trucks’ menus, have an easy picnic in the park then play until dusk.
Where: Borden Park, 7507 Borden Park Road (northwestern part)
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014. 4pm - 8pm 


Grove Cruise
What: A three-day automobile focused party. Go for the pancake breakfast, parade, show and shine, inflatables and adrive-in movie showing Turbo.
Where: Spruce Grove, Henry Singer Park and other locations.
When: Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17, 2014


The Farm and Heritage Carnival
What: This Grain Elevator fundraising event features balloon animals, pony rides, face paining, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, games, corn feast, lego and crafts. Tickets range from $1 - $4.
Where: Spruce Grove, 120 Railway Avenue. (off of HWY 16A)
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014. 12 – 7pm.


FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada: Quarterfinal
Canada meets Germany in the Quarterfinal. Let’s get out and cheer our team on! Look for the Me+3 offer on the ticket site which allows you to get 4 seats in a row for the price of three.
Commonwealth Stadium.
Saturday, August 16, 2014. 6pm.


Book Sales!
Two book sales are happening this weekend – Edmonton Public Library and Strathcona County Library. I love these for building up our home library. 


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.