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Thursday
Aug132015

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)
Where:
 Old Strathcona (KidsFringe is along 104 Street between 85 and 86 Avenues)
When: 
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. 
Where:
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
What: 
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.
Where: 
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
What:
 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.
Where:
 Spruce Grove, 120 Railway Avenue. (off of HWY 16A)
When:
 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
What: 
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.
Where: 
Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: 
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!
Where:
Castrol Raceway
When:
Saturday, August 15th at 7pm and Sunday, August 16th at 2pm.

 

Walterdale Block Party
What:
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).
Where: 
John Walter Museum, 9180 Walterdale Hill
When:
 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
Where:
Ellerslie Road Baptist Church, 10603 Ellerslie Road SW
When:
Saturday, August 15, 2015. 9am – 12pm.

Wednesday
Jul082015

What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | July 10 - 12, 2015

Photo by Patrick (adwriter) via Flickr Creative Commons.

It looks like it's going to be a great weekend to pull out the kiddy pool, visit a spray park or explore the many great events happening in Edmonton. Check out the list of happenings below, let me know what I mised and share with your friends. More the merrier! 

See you out and about,

 

(JUST ADDED) Sourdough Raft Race
What: The time honoured tradition of sending rafts down the river along with a major water fight is back for its 56th year. Start the morning with a Toonie Pancake Breakfast served at Terwillegar Park at 9:00AM then find a place along the river to watch the race. 
Where: Terwillegar Park and then along the North Saskatchewan River to Rafter's Landing. 
When: Sunday, July 12, 2015. Rafts launch at 12pm and finish around 3-4pm.  

 

20th Annual Whyte Avenue Art Walk
What:
Over 450 visual artists will bring their art supplies and art works out into the streets creating an outdoor studio and gallery spanning several blocks. This is a great way to discover Alberta's hidden talent, add to your own art collection and show your children artists in action.
Where:
Along Whyte Avenue (82 Ave) from 101 Street to 108 Street, plus green spaces.
When:
July 10 – 12, 2015. 10am – 5pm.

 

Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton 

What: Last weekend! Visitors can explore museums and historic sites, participate in heritage activities such as tours of buildings, gardens, natural areas, and neighbourhoods. See the full schedule. There are many free tours to explore.
Where: Multiple locations around metro Edmonton.
When: July 5 - 12, 2015.

 

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival 

What: Last weekend! Ten days filled with amazing buskers – acrobats, contortionists, stuntmen, comics, dancers, clowns and more. It’s an affordable opportunity to inspire the love of performing arts in your children. Check out the Kids Corner with performances, play and activities for the young and young at heart. (11:30am – 6pm) 

Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton


. Bring lots of twoonies!
When: Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 12, 2015. 11:30am – 11pm (except July 12 which ends at 5pm)

 

Celtic Gathering
What:
Be part of the biggest Celtic celebration of the year. Cheer on pipers, drummers, highland dancers and Heavy Games competitors as they fight for the top spot.
Where:
Fort Edmonton Park.  Regular admission.
When:
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 2015.

 

Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party!
What:
Enjoy a 3-hour trip down memory lane with a tribute to the eye-popping, brain-addling Saturday morning cartoons from the 60’s – 80’s, complete with a smorgasbord of delicious sugary cereals.
Where:
Metro Cinema, Garneau Theatre
When:
Saturday, July 11, 2015. 10am.

 

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
What:
 Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Common Sense Media rates it ideal for 7 yr olds.
Where:  North/ South/ Windermere Cineplex Theatres in Edmonton and Galaxy Cinema in Sherwood Park.
Admission: This movie is part of Cineplex’ Family Favourites series so it’s only $2.50 admission.
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015. 11am.

Tip: If Saturday morning doesn’t work for your family, Cineplex has added Wednesday Family Favourite matinee shows in select locations this summer! Check local listings.

 

Summer Market in Chinatown
What:
Explore Chinatown, one of Edmonton's hidden gems, with its vibrant shopping, dining and cultural bonding destinations at this event. There will also be a children’s activity area, yummy food, and live entertainment.
Where:
97 Street, along 106 Avenue. Edmonton.
When:
Saturday, July 11, 2015. 12pm – 8pm. 

 

Track Town Classic
What:
The must see track & field event in Canada. It features Canada’s best athletes competing against the best competition from around the World. Go watch athletes that may be competing in the 2016 Olympic Games!
Where:
University of Alberta’s Foote Field,
When:
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 2015. 

Wednesday
Dec172014

What To Do With Kids This Weekend in Edmonton | December 19 - 21, 2014

 Photo by Anders Ruff Custom Designs via Flickr

The Muppet Christmas Carol
What:
Dickens’ classic holiday  is re-enacted into  a charming as puppeteered rendition, thanks largely to the “Muppetian jollity” (Roger Ebert) Kermit (as Bob Cratchit), Miss Piggy (as Mrs. Cratchit) and their friends bring to the rather sombre tale. With rousing songs and a good dose of humour, this is a Christmas Carol even a dour Victorian would enjoy.
Where: Garneau Theatre. Free admission for children 12 and under!
When: Saturday, December 20, 2014. 2pm.

  

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!
What:
JUNO winner Meaghan Smith joins the ESO for holiday hits old and new, like Silver Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Baby It’s Cold Outside and more. It'll be a holiday extravaganza the whole family will enjoy.
Where:
Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre
When:
 Sunday, December 21, 2014. 2pm.

 

Whyte Christmas Sleigh Ride Shuttle
What:
 Enjoy a little festive shopping with a sleigh ride along Whyte Avenue. Get on and off at the multiple stop locations throughout Old Strathcona. Donations support the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.
Where: Old Strathcona
When: Saturday, December 20, 2014. 1-5pm.

 

Edmonton Singing Tree
What: Imagine a stage decorated with whimsy, a 35-foot singing Christmas tree, and an audience in wonder! Imagine a stage adorned with thousands of glimmering lights, filled with 150 heart-felt singers, and all accompanied by a live orchestra. Proceeds go to charities that support local children. 
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Sunday, December 21, 2014

 

Candy Cane Lane 
What: More than 10 city blocks of decorated homes and holiday music playing in the winter air. Beautiful sights and sleigh rides are available during the evenings.
 Please bring a food bank donation.
Where: Along 148th Street, starting at 100th Avenue. 



When: Friday, December 12 – January 4, 2014.

 

Wednesday
Jul022014

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | July 5 - 6, 2014

Edmonton Street Performers Festival. Image from ExploreEdmonton.com

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
What: Ten days filled with amazing buskers – acrobats, contortionists, stuntmen, comics, dancers, clowns and more. It’s an affordable opportunity to inspire the love of performing arts in your children. Check out the Kids Corner with performances, play and activities for the young and young at heart. (11:30am – 6pm)
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton


When: Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 13, 2014. 11:30am – 11pm (except July 14 which ends at 5pm)

 

Feats Festival of Dance
What: This dance festival features a variety of performances and classes. Families may enjoy:
- Pop-Ups! Toast Therapy by Mile Zero Dance with Gerry Morita and Jodie Vandekerkhove. Saturday, July 5. 1pm – 3pm. Old Strathcona Farmers' Market. Free.
-  Fresh Feats - A spotlight on today's generation of up and coming "youth choreographers. Sunday, July 6 – 8pm Westbury Theatre- ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 – 84 Ave). $15,$10 Students/Seniors.
-  Bach Tots' - Zoo Dances. Soulocentric's performing arts for babies, toddlers and young children present "Zoo Dances". Saturday, July 12 – 10am (45min) & 11am (45min). Sugar Foot Ballroom (10545 81 Ave). $5 single, $10 Families (cash at the door).
Where: Various locations.
When: July 1 – 12, 2014.

 

Sand on Whyte
What: Some of Whyte on Ice artists are back carving sand this time for the second annual sand sculpture exhibits.
Where: 
Old Strathcona. 81 Ave & 105 St. Admission by donation.
When: July 4 – 13, 2014. 10am – 10pm.

  

Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton
What: Visitors can explore museums and historic sites, participate in heritage activities such as tours of buildings, gardens, natural areas, and neighbourhoods.
This Sunday, check out 
Takin' It to the Streets 3. Whyte Ave from 103-104 street will be closed to host a pancake breakfast, live music, food trucks and more. Also High Level Streetcar rides are free!
Where: Edmonton and area. Check the
website for participating locations.
When: July 6 – 13, 2014.

Thursday
Jan232014

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | January 24 - 26, 2014

Image by dawnzy58 via flickr 

Ice on Whyte
What: The International Ice Carving Competition kicks off the festival as 10 teams of artists from around the world create amazing ice carvings. The ice carvings remain on exhibit for the duration of the festival. Enjoy the outdoor play on the giant ice slide and in the interactive kids zone. The evenings are filled with live music presented by Alberta musicians. There will be food, hot beverages, fashion, L'il Chipper ice carving lessons, crafts, cultural exhibits and much more. 
Tickets: Adults $6. Kids 2–12 years old $3. Under 2 are free.
Where: End of Steel Park, Gateway Blvd & Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, AB
When: January 24 – February 2, 2014.

 

Edmonton Oilers Skills Competition
What:
Watch your favourite Oilers players as they battle in a series of challenges that test a player's skill, speed and accuracy. This event proceeds go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
Tickets: General Admission is $10 in advance. $12 at the door.
Where: Rexall Place.
When: Saturday, January 25, 2014. 12 – 2pm. 

Tip: Take transit because the Pet Expo is on and the Home Renovation Show. The parking lot is going to be packed.

 

Chinese New Year of the Horse
What:
Celebrate the new year with the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association. Enjoy cultural hands-on activities and demonstrations of dumpling making, dough art, Chinese knots, paper cutting and calligraphy (in front of Winners). Then head to lower level to see drumming and colorful cultural dances, dragon dance, lion dances, martial arts, arts and crafts, carnival games, prizes, temporary tattoo, calligraphy, fortune sticks and wishing tree. Join in on the God of Fortune Parade as well. 
Where: City Centre Mall, 102 St & 102 Ave (Lower & Main Level east entrances)
When: Saturday, January 25, 2014.  11am – 4 pm.

 

Snow Valley’s Hawaiian Weekend
What:
Brighten up the winter blues with a luau on the slopes. Wear your favourite Hawaiian attire, check out the limbo contest and the Big Wave Challenge on Sunday.
Where:
Snow Valley Ski Club
When: January 24 – 26, 2014

 

Edmonton Pet Expo
What:
Two days devoted to everything furry, feathered and scaled.
Where:
Edmonton EXPO Centre
When:
January 25 - 26, 2014

Tip: Take transit because the Home Renovation Show is also happening. The parking lot is going to be packed.