Edmonton & Area Events

July Events

Sand on Whyte
Date: June 30-July 8th
Location: Whyte Avenue
Cost: Admission by donation
Time: 10AM-10PM
Description: Sand carving is a world-wide performance art phenomenon, much like ice carving, and it’s returning to Old Strathcona this summer. So much more than your average sand castles, these carvings are incredible works of art, and there’s no risk of getting washed away by the tide.

Canada Day Birthday Celebration at the Zoo
Date: July 1st
Location: Edmonton Zoo
Cost: General Admission
Time: 11AM-4PM
Description: Oh Canada! “Get Closer” as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and also the Zoo’s and Lucy’s birthdays as well! At the big birthday bash, take part in our scavenger hunt, learn to paint like Lucy, enjoy live music and learn about all of our Canadian animal friends! Don’t forget to sing Happy Birthday to Lucy and enjoy a mini cupcake!

Canada Day at the Alberta Art Gallery
Date: July 1st & 2nd
Location: Alberta Art Gallery
Cost: Free
Time: 10AM-5PM
Description: Celebrate Canada Day at your AGA with free Gallery admission. Bring the whole family for art activities and a chance to view our exciting exhibitions. 

Free Admission to all City of Edmonton Outdoor Pools
Date: July1 until the end of the summer season
Location: All City of Edmonton Outdoor Pools (Fred Broadstock, Millcreek, Oliver, & Queen Elizabeth Pool)
Cost: Free
Time: Times may vary depending on pool hours

Taste 4 Kids
Date: July 20-July 29th
Location: Churchill Square
Cost: Free
Time: 11AM-5PM
Description: Taste 4 Kids is open to everyone and it’s free! Pop by, say hi, and have some fun at Taste of Edmonton! Taste 4 Kids – made possible by Chapman’s and CNIt’s a festival the whole family can enjoy! To add to your enjoyment, we are happy to see the return of Taste 4 Kids, a program targeted at encouraging kids to be active, eat healthy, and discover the importance of balanced nutrition.

*Please note 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