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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.


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | March 21 - 23, 2014

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Edmonton Home and Garden Show
What: Friday is Family Day! Bring your tots by for a fun-filled afternoon. The first 100 parents will receive a grab bag. Visit the child friendly features at the Main Stage including:  kids crafts, cooking, face painting, tattoo artists and make sure to play in the Hudson Park Playground.
Admission:  Adult $15 at the door. Free admission for children ages 12 and under. Use coupon code HGTV and save  $5 online.
Where: Northlands, Edmonton Expo Centre
When:  Thursday, March 20 – Sunday, March 23, 2014 


Science FunDay
Free family science exhibition. Over 40 interactive science demonstrations, a penguin presentation by WEM Marine Life, tours of the botanical gardens, visit of the observatory, an epic rocket launch, and many more activities!
University of Alberta, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS)
Saturday, March 22, 2014. 10 am – 4pm.


I’ve Outgrown It Sale
What: Pick up some gently loved clothing, toys, books, and baby equipment.
Kenilworth Community Hall, 7104 87 Avenue
Saturday, March 22, 2014. 10am -2pm


Mary Poppins
What: Mary Poppins and the Banks family sing and dance their way onto The Citadel’s stage for a month of childlike wonder and awe.
The Citadel Theatre
March 15, 2014 to April 20, 2014


Norman Foote
What: Juno Award winning musician and entertainer, Norman Foote will entertain families with his songs, outrageous props and sense of humour.
Admission: $12 per ticket.
Where: Fort Saskatchewan. Dow Centennial Centre | Shell Theatre
When: Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21, 2014. 7:00pm performance.


University of Alberta CO2 Drag Races
What: Cheer on 100 junior high students competing for the honour of having the fastest C02 car! Also enjoy interactive displays, presentations about cars and robots, and even challenge friends to robot wrestling.
Where: West Edmonton Mall, HMV Stage – Level 1, Phase 4. 
When: Friday, March 21, 2014.  3:30 – 8:00pm 


Mother’s Day Weekend In Edmonton 2013 | Family Friendly Events 

Whether you’re looking for something to do together on Mother’s Day or looking for places where Dad can take the kids, we have the ultimate list of events happening in Edmonton this Mother’s Day weekend. There is something for everyone and ton of free activities.

Happy Mother's Day my beautiful mommy readers!


Sport Check Mother’s Day Run + Walk
What: This 18th annual family event features a 10 km, 5km and little legs race (ages 2-6). Money raised will help the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation purchase two critical pieces of equipment – a Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and a Non-Mydriatic Fundus Camera.
Foote Field,11601 68th Avenue.
Sunday, May 12, 2013. Warm-up 8:45

Blooming Garden Show & Art Sale
What: A beautiful community event featuring gardening information, products, artisan market and lots of kids’ activities. Kids can design a card, plant a seed, make a gardening book, create a stepping stone or a clay creation.
Where: Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Avenue
Saturday, May 11, 2013. 9am – 4pm

Get Ready In the Park
An event to recognize Emergency Preparedness Week. Climb into the cockpit of a helicopter, sit in an ambulance, see search and rescue dogs in action, and learn how to use a fire extinguisher. There will be more than 25 exhibitors with demonstrations, interactive games and free giveaways for the whole family.
Hawrelak Park, 9930 Groat Road
Saturday, May 11, 2013. 10am – 4pm

Mercer Collective
Edmonton’s only bi-monthly maker’s market in the heart of downtown. A great place to pick up last minute Mother’s Day gifts.  
Where: Mercer Warehouse Basement, 10359-104 Street
Saturday, May 11, 2013. 10am – 4pm.

Edmonton Reptile & Amphibian Society Spring Showcase
What: Interact with some of the featured reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates with the Edmonton Reptile & Amphibian Society. This is a free, hands-on educational event for all ages.
Where: Phase I, Level One, Centre Stage
Saturday, May 11, 2013. 10am – 5pm  

Edmonton Bike Swap
Looking to sell a bike? Or buy a new one? This bike swap does a tech check of every bike, helps sellers set their own prices, and then takes care of selling the bike. So easy. 
Glengarry Arena,
13340 85 Street NW
When: Saturday, May 11, 2013. Bike intake 8am – 2pm. Bike sales 2:30pm – 4pm.

Reel Family Cinema
What:  Two delightful animated films about mischievous cats! First the Canadian classic The Cat Came Back (G) followed by the main feature A Cat in Paris (PG). Common Sense Media suggests that A Cat in Paris is best for kids who are 7+.
Where: Metro Cinema – Garneau Theatre, 8712 109th Street. Kids under 12 are free!
When: Saturday, May 11, 2013. 2pm – 3:15pm.

Free Willy
Cineplex is also continuing their Saturday morning Family Favourites program. This week’s show is Free Willy. Rated G. Common Sense Media suggests this movie is best for kids aged 6+.

Cineplex North, Cineplex South and Galaxy Sherwood Park  only. Films are $2.50. 

When: Saturday, May 11, 2013. 11am.

Mother’s Day Garden Party
What: Bring Mom for a country brunch or tea amongst the blooms!  You can also enjoy country jazz, games, trackless train rides, and the new ‘moms’ at the petting farm with adorable baby lambs and bunnies!
Prairie Gardens Adventure Farms, Sturgeon County, 25 minute drive north of Edmonton on HWY 28 (97St.). Reservations and tickets required.
 Sunday, May 12, 2013. Brunch: 10am, 11:30 am or 1pm.  Afternoon tea: 2:30pm

Mother's Day Tea
Stroll the beautiful Kurimoto Japanese Garden, visit the butterflies in the Tropical Showhouse, and enjoy the Garden as it springs into life. Moms will receive a special garden gift.
Devonian Botanic Garden, Hwy 60, 5 kms north of Devon, AB
 Sunday, May 12, 2013. 11am – 3 pm. Tea sittings at 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Mother's Day Magic
Treat Mom to a mini massage or manicure in addition to enjoying the magic shows, crafts, Get Closer animal encounters, pre-school games, face painting and more.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo
Sunday, May 12, 2013 

What: Treat mom to a relaxing afternoon outing amongst the blooms and pyramids. Enjoy live music, massage and a floral arranging class too.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
Sunday, May 12, 2013. 12pm – 4pm

Mother’s Day
What: In addition to the excellent exhibits and programming, you can make mom a garden glove and a compost tea bag for mom’s garden.
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton,
11211 142 Street NW
 Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. 12:30 pm – 4:30pm

FC Edmonton vs. Atlanta Silverbacks
What:  Little soccer players will enjoy seeing these players give it their all on the pitch. Also Clarke Stadium will be showing off their new stands. Room for 5000 fans now, up from 1300.
Where: Clarke Stadium, 11000 Stadium Road
Sunday, May 12, 2013. 2pm


What did we miss? Please add any other events in the comments below!  


What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | March 22 - 23, 2013

Quick Picks 

Spring Planning: Edmonton Home and Garden Show
New To You: Outgrown It Sales
Delicious Date: Downtown Dining Week
Girl’s Night Out: Western Canada Fashion Week 


Family Fun 

Science FUNDay
What: This free annual science exhibition features hands on experiments, volunteer run demonstrations, and presentations. See demonstrations include dry ice bubbles, liquid nitrogen, burning ions, and glow in the dark experiments. Programming directed towards students in Grades 2 to 6, but should be fun for younger kids.
Where: Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Building (CCIS), University of Alberta
 Saturday, March 23, 2013. 10am – 4pm


V.I.P. 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, March 23, 2013. 11 – 11:45am.
Tip: More shows April 6, April 20, May 4


All Day Sundays
What:  Explore ideas of Canadian identity through art – exhibition, hands-on relief sculpture, film, and make your own graphic novel.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Sunday, March 23, 2013. 12 – 4pm.


World Storytelling Day
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. Attend the T.A.L.E.S tales of Fortune and Fate! Listen to young tellers, community tellers and TALES members as they spin stories from around the globe. Suitable for ages 8 and up.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre. Tickets at Tix on the Square.
When: Sunday, March 23, 2013. 1pm.


Easter Bunny Photos - Edmonton and Area
Hippity Hoppity Hooray – the Easter Bunny is on his way! Here are a few places where you can get your kids photo taken with the Easter Bunny: