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Wednesday
May132015

What To Do This May Long Weekend In Edmonton With Kids | May 15 – 18

Photo by Aikawa Ke via Flickr creative commons
Hooray ! It’s the May long weekend and, in my mind, the reliable start to spring. Time to put away the winter gear and pull out the sunscreen.

It’s also marks the start of the outdoor farmers market season. 124 street Grand Market opens on Thursday evening and 104 street City Market on Saturday. Earth’s General Store on 104 street is offering 15% off to celebrate the market’s opening.

Telus World of Science’s highly anticipated Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit also opens on Saturday. It features 7 life-size, moving, roaring dinosaurs plus hands on activities. Go on Saturday and kids 12 & under receive a stuffy dinosaur (while supplies last). Also you can create your own fossil casts just like paleontologists.

Continuing on the theme of openings. Fort Edmonton Park also opens for season on Saturday. New this year, they’ve bundled all attraction costs into one all-inclusive price. The price is higher but now you and your kids can enjoy all the ol’time rides without having to buy extra tickets.  There will be additional opening day activities but the train will not be running due to track replacement. Take street cars, horse-drawn wagons or bring a stroller to help get around.

On Monday, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village celebrates their season opening with their annual Celebration of Dance. Go early for a pancake breakfast. Enjoy Ukrainian dancing. See the unveiling of five newly restored historic buildings. Take a wagon rides while exploring the historic village.

The FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy Tour comes to West Edmonton Mall this weekend. Get your picture taken with the cup, play a little foosball and take your best shot. Do you have your tix for the games in June & July?

This weekend we’re also looking forward to riding bikes, playing outside, planting the garden and exploring our city.

See you out and about,

Thursday
Mar122015

What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | March 13 - 15, 2015

Photo by Jessica Lucia via Flickr Creative Commons

Tons of celebrations happening this weekend! The Library’s birthday, the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, end of winter party and pi day. The weather is also supposed to be beautiful so there’s no reason not to join in the parties.

See you out and about
  

EPL Day: EPL is turning 102 and wants to celebrate with you! Visit your local branch for EPL's birthday on Friday, March 13. Cake and refreshments will be served while supplies last, and keep an eye on the High Level Bridge that night as it sports EPL colours!

 

Ultimate Pi Day: This year is dubbed the "Ultimate Pi Day," as the first 10 digits of Pi (3.141592653) will be represented, in day/time format, on March 14, 2015 (3/14/15 at 9:26:53). Telus World of Science is celebrating with pie catapults, nitrogen ice cream, circular science demonstrations and more.

 

Red Bull Crashed Ice: Riders hurtle down the steep track from Jasper Avenue, around the Shaw Conference Centre and down into the Edmonton river valley. The course is dotted with sharp turns, jumps and rollers and the racers go side-by-side in groups of four. Frst to the bottom wins. The Ice Cross Downhill World Championship happens on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30pm.

Tip: Take transit because parking is going to be limited. Also, this may be a better date night idea vs. young family outing as it’s expected to be busy and standing room only.


Farewell To Winter Party: Stop by one of the participating winter patios on March 13, 14 and 15 for a warm drink (many cafe and restaurant options) or a cool drink in the sunshine. Cheers to longer warmer days! 

 

Build and Grow Clinic: Lowe’s runs monthly free workshops for kids. This month is a hand-made monster truck. Happening March 14 at 1am. Register in advance to secure your child’s space.

 

Tuesday
Jan062015

What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | January 10 - 11, 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you had some time to relax and have fun with your kids over the holiday break. 

We really relished our pj days, playing games and dancing to Christmas tunes. This Monday, as a result, was particularly hard to get back into the routine of work and daycare and school with the frigid weather.

That being said, some of our favourite January festivals are just around the corner and that always brightens up our spirits.

Here are a few things happening this weekend that I think you and your kids would enjoy.

See you out and about.

 

Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival
What:
This free family event brings together many communities to revel in the magic and beauty of winter. This year’s theme is The Return of the Vikings! Families can enjoy live music, ice sculptures, dancer performances, cabane à sucre, wagon rides, freezer races, tobogganing, ice skating, crafts, and fireworks (Sat 6pm) 

Where: Alberta Avenue, 118th Avenue from 90 to 94 Street (roads closed). Please bring a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank.
When:
Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, 2015.

 

Preschool Picasso
What: Creative art-making experiences in an art studio setting for children aged 3 – 5. These fabulously fun classes foster self-expression, art appreciation and skill development. This week twist, turn, coil and form colourful recycled materials into a unique collage.
Cost: $10. To register please call 780.460.4310 or email amandam@artsandheritage.ca.
Where: Art Gallery of St Albert - 19 Perron St, St. Albert
When:
Saturday January 10, 2015. 10:30 – 11:30 am

 

Swing 'n' Skate at City Hall
What:
Swing ‘n’ Skate is back for the winter seaon. Enjoy live swing, jazz and big band music and the Sugar Swing Dance Club will help put the boogie-woogie in your step along with local acts pumping out the jazzy beats. If you’d rather be outdoors, the music will be broadcast directly outside for the enjoyment of ice skaters on City Hall Plaza. Free skate rentals will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Where:
City Hall
When:
Sundays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm on Sundays until February 22, 2015

 

Geer Week
What: University of Alberta engineering students will be setting up displays and hands-on activities showcasing all the engineering departments at the university. Regular admission applies.
Where: TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, 11211 142 Street NW
When: Saturday, January 10, 2015. 11am – 5pm

Thursday
Jun122014

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | June 14 - 15, 2014

Image by Darcy Reynard
Hello Weekend! Here are some ideas to do with your kids this weekend in and around Edmonton.

 

Saturday is World River Day and Edmonton is celebrating with an event at Rundle Park, Family Centre from 10am – 3pm. River Day starts with a free pancake breakfast at 10am. Then enjoy activities on the water. Learn to fish, ride in a voyager canoe and the other hands-on activities.

 

Parent Link is expanding to south Edmonton. To celebrate they’re having a free  Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, June 14,11am – 2pm, at Pleasantview Community Hall, 10860 – 57 Ave.  Old fashioned games, balloon artist, entertainment and picnic lunch.

 

A wonderful way to introduce your children to theatre is the Sprouts Festival. Four local playwrites share their short works for only $5. (Kids 2 and under are free) Come early for storytelling, music and art. Then stay after to write or draw your thoughts. Performance starts at 2pm at the Stanley A Milner Library.

 

If your kids love cars take them out to History Road at Renolds-Alberta Museum on Saturday or Sunday. They have over 500 vehicles from 1900 to 2014 and car enthusiasts. This event is also a Father’s Day favourite.

 

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and Alberta Culture in partnership with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is presenting an open air performance on Saturday. The Symphony at the Village performance is at 6pm but tickets include the day at the village. $25 admission but kids under 6 are free.

 

The MarketPlace at Callingwood is celebrating their 30th birthday on Saturday with a Super Magical Birthday Bash. Princesses and superheros, petting zoo, bouncy castle, face painting, music, cake and prizes. Dress up, bring your camera and capture some family memories.

 

 It's a bug's life this Father's Day at John Janzen Nature Centre. Earn your Bug-ology diploma by examining live insects, learning about honey bees, and checking out worm composting. Sunday, June 15. 11am – 3pm. Summer Admission Rates apply

 

Dad and the kids may also enjoy a free magic show happening at the French Quarter Farmers’ Market from 1 – 1:45pm on Sunday, June 15.  Stay around for live music on the patio, face painting, balloon animal art, and of course buy fresh fruits and veggies.

 

At Telus World of Science they’re celebrating Father’s Day with extra activities including the opportunity to plant tomato seeds that ere taken to the ISS by the last US shuttle leaving July 8th 2011 – and were returned to Earth on a Soyuz vehicle with Commander Chris Hadfield on May 15, 2013. They have traveled more than 450 million kilometers!

 

What are your plans for Father's Day? Have a missed an event? I'd love to know. Please add them to the comments. Thanks. ~Jen

Wednesday
Apr302014

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | May 2 - 4, 2014

 

Image by Jay Hsu 

Science Research and Educational Showcase
What: Get excited about science by exploring projects and activities prepared by the Athabasca University Faculty of Science.
Where: Telus World of Science
When:  Saturday, May 3, 2014. 10am – 4pm.

  

Abra Kid Abra!
What:
Fun, magic and entertainment await you from the moment you walk in the door. Enjoy balloon twisters, clowns, strolling magicians and a stage show that will leave you breathless. Proceeds go to Y.E.S.S.
Where: Royal Alberta Museum theatre, 12845 102 Avenue. Tickets are $10.
When:  Saturday, May 3, 2014. Shows at 1pm and 3:30pm.

 

The Shrine Circus
What:  It’s the 65th anniversary of the Al Shamal Shrine Circus. Tickets are $20.75.
Where:  Edmonton Expo Centre
When: May 2, 3 and 4th.

 

Jane’s Walk
What:
Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walking tours are led by locals.

Where: Various locations around Edmonton.
When:
Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4, 2014. Various times.

 

Callingwood Farmers Market Opens For Season
What: Opening of outdoor farmers markets are the first sign of spring. Callingwood is celebrating their 30th year and have some extra treats planned. Enjoy birthday cake (10am – 12pm) petting zoo, bouncy castle, face painting, Ukrainian dancing performance and live music.
Where:  69 Avenue & 178 Street
When:  Sunday, May 4, 2014. 10am – 3pm.

 

Mothers of Invention
What: Join Edmonton authors Theresa Shea, Jessica Kluthe, & Lisa Martin-Demoore as they read from fiction, non-fiction, and essays about pregnancy, parenthood, birth and loss.
Where: Audrey’s Books
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014. 1:30pm – 3:00pm.

 

Butterdome Spring Craft Sale 
What:  The well known Christmas Craft Sale is back with a lighter, fresh spring feel.
 
Where: Butterdome, University of Alberta

When: Friday, May 2 – Sunday, May 4.  


Outgrown It Sales Happening This Weekend

Kinderland Market
What: A large outgrown it sale with over 80 vendors.
Where: Servus Place, St. Albert.  Admission: $5 cash per adult.
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014. 11am – 3pm.

I’m Too Big For It
Where:
Terwillegar Community Church, 1751 Towne Centre Blvd

When:  Saturday, May 3, 2014. 10am – 1pm.

Riverbend Swap – Outgrown It Sale
Where:
Riverbend Community Centre, 258 Rhatigan Road East.

When: Sunday, May 4, 2014. 3 – 6pm. 
Admission: $2