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Edmonton & Area Events

November Events

1) Free LEGO® Build at Southgate Centre
Get ready for the Free LEGO® Build at Southgate Centre! On the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month, you can head to the Lego store at Southgate Centre and build a mini set for free. It is open to kids aged 6-14, while supplies last. Pre-registration is required, which will avoid the lineups that have plagued the event in times past.

Details:
When: 1st Tuesday and Wednesday of each month
Time: 3 pm-7 pm (register for your desired time slot)
Where: Lego Store, Southgate Centre
Address: 5015 – 111 Street
Phone: 780-437-7956

2) Art Gallery of Alberta Free Admission Evenings
The perfect chance to visit the gorgeous AGA! Explore the galleries on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings and take advantage of the opportunity to discover art created by local and international artists, for no charge! In 2017, children’s admissions are free, and the Art Gallery of Alberta Free Admission Evenings gives adults to join them, cost-free!
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Time: 5 pm-8 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
Address: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Phone: 780-422-6223
Website: www.youraga.ca/hours

3) Kids Play at Kingsway
Kingsway Mall invites “chic moms and their kids” to play! The last Wednesday of each month will find a new interactive activity for kids to enjoy.  Meet at the space between GAP and Below the Belt on the second floor.

Details:
When:  Last Wednesday of the Month
Time: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Where: Kingsway Mall
Address: 109 St. and Kingsway
Phone: 780-477-5756
Website: www.kingswaymall.com

4) Kidszone at Callingwood Farmers’ Market
The Callingwood Farmers’ Market is a great place to visit for local food and unique vendors. On the third Wednesday of each month, it’s even better with a KidsZone activity! Kids love the fun that may include stuff like a bouncy castle or a petting zoo or book swap, plus glitter tattoos and face-painting (additional cost.) When the weather takes a turn for the worse, join them inside the adjacent Professional Building where the fun continues through the winter months.
Time: Third Wednesday of the month,  afternoons; times vary between 12:30 pm and 6 pm
Where: Callingwood Farmers’ Market
Address: 69 Avenue & 178 Street
Website: www.callingwoodmarketplace.com

5) Mommy Connections Playtime at West Edmonton Mall
West Edmonton Mall Attractions and Mommy Connections present Playtime! Enjoy a free new activity with your kids at West Edmonton Mall each month. Register online for the 10 am or 11 am sessions. The fun is on centre stage unless otherwise noted. They can’t wait for you to join in!

Details:
Time: First and third Tuesday of the month 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: West Edmonton Mall, Centre Stage (phase one)
Address: 8882 170 St.
Phone: 780-444-5321
Website: www.wem.ca/events/events-performances

6) Babytime with Mommy Connections at West Edmonton Mall
Why should the preschoolers get all the fun? Mommy Connections and West Edmonton Mall Attractions present Babytime. Focusing on things of interest for the one and under set and their parents, Babytime features special guests presenting varied topics like music for babies, baby-wearing, and infant first aid.

Details:
Time: Last Thursday of the month 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: West Edmonton Mall, Centre Stage (phase one)
Address: 8882 170 St.
Phone: 780-444-5321
Website: www.wem.ca/events/events-performances

7) Tot Time at Millwoods Town Centre
Join the Tot Time fun at Millwoods Town Centre on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 am until noon. Each month will feature an activity to help you and your 0-6 year old child develop skills for success, and even more, have fun!

Details:
When: The first Tuesday of the month
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Where: Millwoods Town Centre, Centre Court
Address: 2331 66 Street NW
Phone: 780-461-2400
Website: www.millwoodstowncentre.com

8) 30 Cheap Things to do with Kids In Edmonton in November
Raising Edmonton has complied this awesome list. Check it out here: http://www.raisingedmonton.com/30-cheap-things-kids-edmonton-november/ 

*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