What to Do in Edmonton with Kids

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What To Do In Edmonton With Kids on Mother's Day Weekend | May 8 - 10, 2015

Get Ready In the Park. Photo by ATCO Gas via City of Edmonton photo site.


Happy Mother's Day Weekend!   

Whether you are planning on spending your day with your kids, with your own mom or a quiet day to yourself, I hope you take a moment to reflect on what it means to be a mom and to smile quietly to yourself about everything you have achieved. 


Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair
What: The ultimate Edmonton indy art and craft fair.  Admission $3. Kids are free.
Where: 8426 Gateway Blvd. (North of the Strathcona Market)
When:  Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10, 2015.


Edmonton Bike Swap
What: Pick up bikes for the family, or sell your out-grown ones, at this annual one day bike buy & sell. Admission is $2. Kids under 12 are free.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, Hall A, 7515 118 Ave NW
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. Bike intake is 8am – 2pm. Sales from 2:30 – 4pm.


Ben Calf Robe Annual Traditional Pow Wow
What: The Pow-Wow will feature a variety of dancers, drummers, craft and food vendors. There is no cost to attend. Organizers recommend bringing your own chairs.
Where: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, 11000 Stadium Road
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 1pm – 10pm.


Dutch Spring Market
What: An outdoor market with entertainment, vendors, food and Dutch flair. Look for custom-made windmills.
Where: Dutch Canadian Club 13312 142 St.
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 10am – 3pm.


Get Ready in the Park
Find out how you and your family can prepare for an emergency at this free and fun event. Check out Environment Canada weather balloon, ride in the EPCOR bucket truck, ride CN’s Little Obie scale model locomotive and other activities in the Kids’ Zone.
Hawrelak Park
Saturday May 9, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Mom to Mom Shop and Swap
What:  A gigantic show featuring a tea party, baby crawl, kids corner with bouncy castles, local vendors, plus swap section run by WeeHelp Foundation supporting Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Where: University of Alberta Butterdome
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


Mother’s Day at the Zoo
What: A nice family activity for mom’s day. Human moms will be pampered with mini massages and manicures while resident animal moms will be getting special enrichment treats. Kids will enjoy magic shows, airbrush tattoos, animal encounters, planting activities, and live music
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.


Rejuvenate: Mother's Day
What: Treat mom to a mini massage by Makami College, make mom a card, plant a marigold and listen to some beautiful music in the feature pyramid. Consider having lunch at Culina too - reservations recommended.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9629-96A Street
When: Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.


Mother's Day Run, Walk and Bike
What: Proceeds from the Sport Chek Mother’s Day Run, Walk & Ride will be in support of the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. You'll need to register in advance.
Where: Hawrelak Park
When: Sunday, May 10, 2015. 8:30 - 11:00am.


Get Growing Day Bedding Plant Sale
What: A local gardener has donated plants to raise funds for Action for a Healthy Community.
Where: Earth's General Store Downtown, 10150 – 104 street
Sunday, May 10, 2015. 12 – 4pm.

*The Whyte Avenue location is also having a Get Growing Day.



What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | January 23 - 25, 2015

Image by Mack Male, via Flickr Creative Commons.

Hello readers! Here is your family friendly weekend guide to help you find ideas on what to do with your kids. There are a lot of events happening this weekend, including one of my favourite winter festivals - ice on Whyte.

Enjoy the balmy weather and have some fun outside!

See you out and about,


Ice on Whyte
What: Artists are coming from Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Malaysia, BC and Alberta to create spectacular ice carvings. But that’s not all. Kids will enjoy the giant ice slide, Agrium Kids’ Zone, skating, music, sleigh rides around Old Strathcona, face painting and crafts in the igloo, too. Appropriately, they’re showing the Frozen movie night on Mon, Jan 26 at 6:30 – 8pm.
End of Steel Park in Old Strathcona
Admission: Adult $6 | Children $3 | Children <2 Free |Family Packs (2 Adults, 2 Children) $15 (Tickets)
January 23 – February 1, 2015 


The Antyssey
What: This is a brand new musical by two of Edmonton’s hottest upcoming talents. Story: Oscar, a young ant, has been brought up with one goal: to dedicate his life to his black ant colony. When he discovers the truth about his parentage… that he is actually a yellow ant, questions about his identity send him on a journey of self-discovery.  Appropriate for kids 4 years and older.
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Avenue.
Admission: Adults $19 | Seniors $16 | Students $13 (Tickets)
When: Thursday January 22, 10am  & 1pm.  Friday, January 23 at 1pm & 7pm. Saturday, January 24 at 11am & 2pm.


Pet Expo
What: An extravaganza for the pet lover. Presentations, animal demonstrations, agility courses, sporty dog teams, information, all kinds of fluffy, feathery, and scaly friends for you to interact with as well.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre. Hall A.  
Admission: General (12+) $13 | Child (5-11) $11 | Family Pass $37 (Tickets)
January 24 – 25, 2015.


Edmonton Renovation Show
What: 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. No specific programming for children noted online.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre.
Admission: Adults: $9 online, $12 at the door. Kids <13: free.
January 23 – 25, 2015


Imagining the Future – BMO All Day Sundays
What: An afternoon packed full of engaging art-making and exploration! Work with variety of mixed media and found objects to create a series of futuristic art works. January’s All Day Sunday also features a talk with Alberta Biennial curator Kristy Trinier, two short films and a performance by Scott Rogers.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
Sunday, January 25, 2015. 12pm – 4pm.


Family Literacy Carnival
What: A FREE carnival to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Go as a family, pick up a passport then enjoy activities for pre-readers and readers at a number of different centres.  Families who have visited a minimum of 4 centres and have their passports stamped will receive a free children’s book to take home with them, while quantities last.
Where: MacEwan University, Building 6 Multipurpose Room (cafeteria)
106 St & 104 Ave, Edmonton,(entrance from the Clock Tower)
Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Honk! Jr.
What: Honk! is about the Ugly Duckling’s mission of self-discovery. It’s more than just a fairy tale, it’s about acceptance and caring, regardless of a person’s physical appearance. The production features over 50 actor/singers from grades 6-9 and technicians from 9-12 from the Victoria School of Performing Arts.
Where: Eva O. Howard Theatre (101 Street & Kingsway Avenue) 
Admission: Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, or by calling the Box Office at 780-392-3534.
When: January 22-24 at 7pm. 


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | April 19 - 21

Photograph by Jessica Lucia 

Edmonton Motor Show
What: Car enthusiast’s love this trade show and it’s a good one to attend if you’re researching buying a new vehicle. They’re all under one roof.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515-116 Avenue. Adults $15. Kids under 6 appear to be free.
When: Thursday, April 18 – Sunday April 12, 2013.   


VIP for Kids
This family theatre series is packed with music, comedy, art, and puppets.
Walking the thin line between clever and silly, the variety and improve.

Where: Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave.  Tickets $6.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013. 11 – 11:45am.

Tip: One more show scheduled for May 4.


Edmonton Volunteer Fair
What: Volunteer Edmonton is hosting their annual volunteer recruitment event featuring 80 different non-profit organizations.  A wonderful way to learn about the many ways to give back to the community.
Where: West Edmonton Mall. Phase 1. Level 1. Centre Stage. 
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013. 11am – 4pm.


The Future of Transportation Symposium and Car Show
Interested in vehicle technology? Check out this FREE event that is showcasing electric, hybrid, human-powered, hydrogen and solar technologies. Take a workshop, have a solar cookie and view 40 converted vehicles in the car show.
Where: NAIT, 11790 - 106 Street
Saturday, April 27, 2012. 11am – 6pm.


Outgrown It Sales On This Weekend 

Woodbridge Farms I've Outgrown It Sale
Woodbridge Farms, 1127 Parker Drive, Sherwood Park.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013. 10am – 2pm

Devon Outgrown It Sale

Devon Community Centre, 20 Haven Avenue, Devon. 

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013. 10am – 1pm.

Admission:  Voluntary charitable donation 

Gibbons & Area I've Out Grown It Sale

Gibbons, Landing Trail School, 5301 37 Avenue.
Saturday, April 20, 2013. 10am – 2pm. 


Edmonton Festivals and Exhibits On Now

Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival
What: This festival creates opportunities for music students, actors, musicians and music lovers to perform in front of an audience and receive professional adjudication. Programs are available at Alberta College Conservatory of Music, Gordon Price Music and St. John's Music for $3. Admission is free.
Where: Grant McEwan University (Alberta College), McDougall Church, Concordia University, J.A. Fife School and Old Strathcona Performing Arts' Centre.
When:  On now until May 4th, 2013


Inuujaq: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic
What: This exhibit celebrates the colourful tradition of doll making and showcases 80 dolls from 19 Inuit communities. Some of the dolls have been modeled after real people. Others depict clothing or tools used by the doll makers, their parents or grandparents. 
Where: Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 - 102 Avenue NW
When: On now until April 28, 2013.


Daffodils for Cancer
What: The Cancer Society and the Muttart Conservatory have collaborated to create a stunning display of daffodils in the feature pyramid.  Shades of yellow, orange, and white will delight the eyes.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96 A Street
When: On now until May 5, 2013.


Weekend Guide: November 24 – 26


Lights, music, camera and crafts – this weekend offers fun diversions for you and your family, including the release of The Muppets and Arthur Christmas. If you want an unorganized activity, go make a snowman with the sun-warmed snow.

Forte and Pianissimo

Here’s the Orchestra

The vibrant ESO conductor Lucas Waldin introduces the musicians and instruments that make up the orchestra.
Don't worry if your child talks, laughs and claps. It's encouraged. Go early for the Play & Learn activities starting at 1 pm.
Winspear Centre
November 26, 2011, 2:00 pm

Glitter & Snowflakes
Snowflake Festival

What: Light up the holidays with the city of St. Albert .
Why: The whole downtown core comes alive with cookie decorating, pick up shinny hockey game, horse and wagon rides, live reindeers, and snowflakes everywhere!
Where: St. Albert Place, Perron Street and Community Hall.
When: Friday, November 25 from 6:30pm-9:30pm

Farm Fresh

A Prairie Christmas

A festive day out in the country with crafts, photos with Santa, petting zoo, forts, cookie decorating, marshmallow roasting and more. Activities are both indoors and outdoors so dress warmly.
A holiday extravaganza that is sure to delight the little ones. Make sure to go on the Polar Express Train Ride with Santa.
56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord {map}
 Weekends November 26 – December 18. 11am – 4pm

The Artsy Type
Royal Bison Craft & Art Sale
What: Two rooms filled with locally made clothing, jewelry, art, zines, records, photographs, hair stuff, journals, bags, prints, poster, toys, ideas, woodworkings, dreams come true, mini-amps, comics, toques, friends, utter happiness, etc.
Why: Truly unique, locally made works of art. The must-not-miss show of the season.
Where: 8426 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton $2 admission
When: November 26 and 27, Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday noon-5pm

Buy these tickets now:

Fort Edmonton Park Christmas Reflections
Alberta Ballet The Nutcracker

A Christmas Carol

The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree

Christmas Reflections
at Fort Edmonton Park

Bento Box image by Wendy Copley