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Edmonton & Area Events

January Events

Muttart Kids’ Corner
Drop for the Muttart Kids’ Corner! On Tuesdays and Fridays, the Muttart Conservatory hosts special fun just for preschoolers and their care givers.  The activities are included with your regular admission fee, and change every week. Introduce your young one to the plant based joy under Edmonton’s iconic pyramids
When: Tuesdays and Fridays
Time: 10:30 am-11 am
Where: Muttart Conservatory
Address: 9626 – 96A Street, Edmonton AB
Website: www.edmonton.ca

Deep Freeze Festival Details
Celebrate the Orthodox New Year with a festival that embraces Edmonton’s winter climate. The Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival is two days of family fun, complete with winter activities from a wide array of cultural traditions, including Francophone and Ukrainian.
Enjoy a street hockey festival, an ice kingdom including an ice carving competition, an art show, snowshoeing, horse and wagon rides, a Round Dance, music and entertainment, and much, much more. Visit the festival website for a full schedule and a list of participating venues.
When: January 13 and 14, 2018
Time: Saturday: 12 pm-10 pm Sunday: 12 pm-6 pm (check the website for specifics)
Where: Various venues along 118 Ave, Edmonton AB
Website: www.deepfreeze.ca

Sunday Swing N’ Skate Details
Sunday Swing N’ Skate returns to put a little boogie-woogie into your weekend! Listen to some great local bands and skate your heart out every Sunday until the end of February at City Hall Plaza. Inside City Hall will be the bands and dancers, outside the music will be broadcast live! The best part is everything (including skate rentals and dance lessons from the Sugar Swing Dance Club) is absolutely free!
When: Sundays from January 7 to February 25, 2018
Time: 1 pm-4 pm
Where: City Hall Plaza
Address: 99 Street & 103A Avenue, Edmonton AB
Website: www.edmontonarts.ca

World Snow Day at Snow Valley Ski Club Details
Celebrate World Snow Day at Snow Valley Ski Club on January 21, 2018! There will be loads of special activities designed to get kids excited about our snowy climate, including special Snow Day gates, an obstacle race, giveaways and more! Don’t miss cheering on the Masters at their Snow Day race.
When: January 21, 2018
Time: 9 am-5 pm
Where: Snow Valley Ski Club
Address: 13204-45 Avenue, Edmonton AB
Website: www.snowvalley.ca

Snowshoe and Stargaze at Elk Island National Park
Discover the park in a new way with Snowshoe and Stargaze at Elk Island National Park! Experience the quiet winter beauty in an new way when you strap on some snow shoes for a short hike, followed by snacks and a lesson on the night sky beside a roaring bonfire! There are seven opportunities to take part in this program between now and March. Don’t miss out!
Cost per person: $29.80. Contact 780-922-5790 to book.
January 13 & 27; February 10 & 24; March 10, 2018
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Astotin Lake Beach, Elk Island National Park
Address: 1- 54401 Range Road 203, Fort Saskatchewan AB T8L 0V3
Phone: 780-922-5790
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/

Tours for Tots at the Art Gallery of Alberta
Get to Tours for Tots at the Art Gallery of Alberta every Wednesday with your kids age three to five. From 10 am-11 am your children can participate in programs where they can make crafts, hear stories, and learn about artists and art. There’s a different theme every week — check with the AGA’s website to see what’s going on. Programs are included with regular gallery admission.
When: Wednesdays
Time: 10 am-11 am
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
Address: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB
Website: www.youraga.ca

Reel Family Cinema
Metro Cinema aims to bring back the old fashioned joy of a family matinee with Reel Family Cinema! Enjoy family favourite films together, with the added bonus of all kids age 12 and under enjoy free admission. Come early for the themed pre-school fun in the lobby! Shows are Saturday at 2 pm unless otherwise noted.
Upcoming Shows:
January 3: The Breadwinner
January 20: Wonder Woman
Where: Garneau Theatre
Address: 8712 109 ST NW, Edmonton, AB
Website: www.metrocinema.org

Allstars Indoor Playland
Allstars Indoor Playland offers 28, 000 square feet of active adventures in south Edmonton!  Climb the massive play structure, slip down the slide, bounce on a trampoline or channel your inner Superman as you zoom along the 115 foot zipline! For parents there is comfy seating, yummy nutritious food and free Wi-Fi.  Allstars Indoor Playland also offers classes and programming, as well as birthday party packages.
You may want to check out:
50% Wednesdays: half price admission all day, every Wednesday
Toddler Time: come between 9:00 am and 10:30 am any week day morning and receive half price admission, and despite the name, you don’t have to be a toddler to get the discount!
Allstars Indoor Playland Contact Details:
Where: Allstars Indoor Playground
Address: 9512 – 12 Ave SW
Phone: 780-757-0055
Website: www.allstarsplayland.com

Views of the Night Sky at the Observatory of the University of Alberta
The public is invited to take in the beautiful views of the night sky at the Observatory of the University of Alberta. There will be astronomers on hand to discuss their research, and each evening will host a speaker for the first half of the session, so you can learn something even on a cloudy night! It’s a free drop in, best suited to older kids, not recommended for those under 7. The telescopes are in an unheated dome, so make sure to bundle up!
When: Thursday evenings, during the U of A school year (September-April)
Time: September: 9pm-10pm; October: 8pm-9pm; November-February: 7 pm-8 pm, March: 8 pm-9pm, April: 9 pm-10 pm
Where: University of Alberta Observatory
Address: 5th Floor, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (Main Campus) see website for map and directions
Email: stars@ualberta.ca
Website: www.uofa.ualberta.ca

World Snow Day in Strathcona County Contact
A fun day in the snow (and some indoor activities too!) for World Snow Day in Strathcona County! Meet biologists and learn about the plants and animals that live in in the area and enjoy free activities like fire building, learning about the science programs you could join, testing out some demo snow sport equipment, and warming up with some hot chocolate. Regular trail and rental equipment fees in effect, activities will be cancelled if the temperature is below -15.
When: January 21, 2018
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Where: Strathcona Wilderness Centre
Address: 52535 Range Road 212, Ardrossan
Phone: 780-922-3939
Website: www.strathcona.ca

 

*Please note that this section is updated on a monthly basis.*

Low/No Cost Outing Ideas

Ideas in the Community

  • Make a kite
  • Go horseback riding
  • Take a board game out to a picnic table somewhere
  • Fire up a barbecue
  • Try a new sport
  • Make a musical instrument out of whatever is handy
  • Tackle a jigsaw puzzle
  • Visit your local Fire Hall (call in advance)
  • Go fishing
  • Read a mystery story together, or write one
  • Hunt and shoot wildlife — with a camera
  • Travel a new city bus route together
  • Take some black and white and some colour nature photos and see which you like best
  • Learn how to read a contour map and go orienteering
  • Read a play and go see it produced – read a book and see the movie
  • Save up your money and take a day trip
  • Draw or paint together
  • Tour the public library
  • Learn some words in another language
  • Find a craft at a Do-It-Yourself or craft store
  • Visit your local University or Community College – including the athletic centre
  • Do a crossword puzzle together
  • Learn some sign language
  • Draw a map of your city or community and identify places you’d like to visit
  • Research another country on the internet
  • Attend a city or town Council Meeting (let the Mayor’s Office know you are coming)
  • Go bike riding and learn how to tune up your bikes
  • Plan a budget for a month – and open a small savings account
  • Go to your workplace
  • Cook or bake
  • Pick your own vegetables or fruit at a “U-Pick-It” farm
  • Build a woodworking/carpentry project together like a birdhouse
  • Play miniature golf
  • Adopt a country: learn its culture; visit its embassy
  • Take a hike on a nature or fitness trail
  • Look through photo albums
  • Go swimming or skating
  • Try canoeing or sailing
  • Start a collection (rocks, coins, stamps, cards…)
  • Visit a pet store
  • Go on a picnic
  • Celebrate one another’s birthday.
  • Attend Big Brothers Big Sisters activities and events.
  • Help with a school project.
  • Watch a bike race or marathon
  • Celebrate Canada Day
  • Visit Historical sites.
  • Visit museum, aquarium, planetarium, art gallery, natural museum, national park, cemetery, zoo, etc.
  • Visit a job site
  • Do a job shadow
  • Interview someone who has an interesting job
  • Research career qualifications
  • Visit a high school, attend high school events
  • Visit local universities
  • Take a class together—learning a new skill together can be fun and exciting
  • Visit a farm
  • Take a historical tour of the city
  • Go to cultural event (concert, play, symphony, rodeo)
  • Go to a culturally themed event (pow-wow, MLK celebration, etc.)
  • Watch an educational special or movie with an educational theme
  • Talk with senior citizens about their life story and historical events
  • Participate in a summer reading program
  • Go grocery shopping together; plan a menu for a meal, make a budget for it, compare prices
  • Explore public transportation together

Ideas in the School

  •  Read a book, especially in a new genre
  •  Join (or find more about) a school club, sport, or activity
  •  Create academic goals (both short and long term)
  •  Do research on the Internet
  •  Explore the school library
  •  See if you can use the gym (or get outside) to play active games or exercise
  •  Talk about what happened during the school day
  •  Talk about successes (and disappointments) at school
  •  Create a notebook to organize schoolwork
  •  Write a story together
  •  Discuss strategies for taking tests and effective study habits
  •  Discuss managing time effectively
  •  Make a collage that illustrates the mentee’s values or goals
  •  Plan a service project (either for the school or out in the community)
  •  Build a Web site together
  •  Make a mentoring journal about your time together
  •  Research some interesting or unusual careers
  •  Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about a topic of interest to your mentee
  •  Learn about a country your mentee would like to visit someday (plan a fantasy vacation)
  •  Talk about your family heritage and research your roots
  •  Pick a foreign language neither of you know and learn some basic words   and phrases
  •  Take pictures to create a school “scrapbook”
  •  Talk about the best (and the worst) parts of their school day
  •  Work on spelling—and how to use a dictionary and thesaurus
  •  Study for a test or complete homework (sparingly)
  •  Review previous tests and homework