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Edmonton & Area Events

February Events

1) Flying Canoe Volant:
When: February 2 and 3, 2018
Time: 6 pm-10 pm (until midnight at La Cite francophone)
Where: Mill Creek Ravine, and La Cite francophone
Address: 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury
Website:www.flyingcanoevolant.ca

Take an adventure with the Flying Canoe! This unique winter event is a celebration of francophone culture and outdoor winter fun. Illuminated trails through the ravine will bring the legend of the Flying Canoe to life! Enjoy storytelling, bannock making, drumming and music! At La Cite francophone have fun with a snow slide, live music, hot chocolate and children’s activities.

2) Snowshoeing through Time:
When: February 2, 2018
Time: 6 pm-8 pm
Where: Fort Edmonton Park
Address: 7000 143 St.
Phone: 780-442-5311
Email: info@fortedmontonpark.ca
Website: www.fortedmontonpark.ca

Join Fort Edmonton Park’s historical interpreters on a moonlight adventure at the Fort…on snowshoes! Make sure you bundle up! The family friendly evening ends with warm drinks by a roaring bonfire.. The cost is $17 per person, tickets available on the website. Please note you must register a head of time, and that the program is intended for those aged 7 and older.

3) Ice on Whyte Festival Details:
When: February 1-4, 2018
Time: Thursdays and Fridays: 2 pm-10 pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am-10 pm
Where: Whyte Ave and Gateway Blvd
Website: www.iceonwhyte.ca

Whyte Avenue and area will be turned into a winter wonderland for the annual Ice on Whyte Festival. The festival is a huge celebration of winter, with music, dance, crafts, food, and other entertainment.

Of course, the major attraction is the ice carving, including an international ice carving competition. Don’t miss out on all of the family activities, including a kids’ play area, family skating, and much more. We had an amazing Ice on Whyte staycation last year!

Check with the Ice on Whyte website for a full schedule of events. Tickets are available online or at the gate, adults: $7, kids 2-12: $4, under 2: free, or get a family pass for $20.

4) Lunar New Year Extravaganza:
When: February 3-4, 2018
Time: Saturday: 10 am-10 pm; Sunday: 10 am-6 pm
Where: West Edmonton Mall (Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace)
Address: 8882-170 Street, NW
Phone: 780-444-5321
Website: www.ecmccedmonton.org

Ring in the year of the Dog at the Lunar New Year Extravaganza! Get a head start on the Lunar New Year with the Edmonton Chinatown Multi-Cultural Centre’s 2018 Lunar New Year Extravaganza at West Edmonton Mall. There will be a marketplace to shop and find the perfect auspicious trinket to start the New Year with, plus Chinese cultural performances throughout this two day extravaganza.

5) Bead Market:
When: February 3, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Ramada Inn
Address: 5359 Calgary Trail
Phone: 780-486-7543
Website: treasurestonebeads.com

The Bead Market is perfect for your mini crafter! A wide variety of beads, including gemstones, charms, healing crystals, and findings in assorted materials are in store at the market. Will you be able to find the most beautiful bead? The Bead Market at the Ramada runs this Saturday, admission is free.

6) Winter Green Shack Programs:
When: January 6th-February 2nd, 2018
Time: weekdays 3:30 pm-6 pm; Saturdays 1 pm-5 pm
Where: 8 sites throughout the city
Phone: 311
Website: www.edmonton.ca/

You love ’em in the summer, but did you know that there are Winter Green Shack Programs too? It’s run just the same as the summer green shack activities, with a qualified and enthusiastic leader helping kids have lots of active and creative fun. Kids are encouraged to participate by suggesting games and activities they love.

The program is designed for kids 6-12, but younger kids can join in as long as an adult sticks around to supervise. The program runs throughout the city from January 6th until February 2nd, 2018, two weekday afternoons each week, plus an extended program on Saturdays.

Find the Winter Green Shack Programs at:

Montrose (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
Evansdale (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
West Jasper Park (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday)
Lorelei (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday)
Twin Brooks (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
Duggan (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
Ekota (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
Hollyrood (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)

7) Winter Family Fun Days Details:
When: February 10, 2018
Time: 1 pm-4 pm
Where: Millhurst Community League
Address: 5811 – 19A Avenue NW
Phone: 780-413-4521
Website: www.familyfutures.ca

Know anyone who could use a couple Winter Family Fun Days? This special event, brought to you by the Family Futures Resource Network runs twice, at two Millwoods locations. There will be snow painting, and snow fort building, the chance to try snowshoeing, and yummy hot chocolate plus much more!

It’s a chance to have some free family fun in the snow. Make sure you dress for the weather. All ages are welcome!

8) Morton the Magician in TA-DA!:
When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 2 pm (preshow activities at 1 pm)
Where: The Arden Theatre
Address: 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert
Phone: 780-459-1542
Website: www.ardentheatre.com

Morton is a young boy with dreams of becoming a magician. An upcoming talent show offers him the perfect opportunity to showcase his magic skills and realize his dream… if only he weren’t so scared!
This charming play features magic from children’s entertainer, author, and illusionist, Sheldon Casavant as he brings the character of Morton to life in TA-DA! It’s a story that is straight off the pages from Morton the Magician and His Magnificent Magic Show, Casavant’s book that was shortlisted for an Alberta Children’s Literature Award.
Morton the Magician in TA-DA is part of the delightful family series at The Arden Theatre. The series features acclaimed children’s entertainers, an affordable price point, and pre-show activities in the lobby that are included in the ticket price.

Kids and parents will appreciate the gentle tale of overcoming fears to reach your goals, with a generous sprinkling of magic and the magic of a mask!Tickets to Morton the Magician are available on-line from Ticketmaster or from The Arden Theatre box office. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors and children

9) Tamarack Family Fun Day:
When: Saturday February 3rd, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Where: Kids & Company Edmonton Tamarack
Address: 801 Tamarack Way N.W., Suite 200, Building C North
Website: www.kidsandcotamarackfamilyfunday.eventbrite.ca

Don’t miss the Tamarack Family Fun Day with Kids & Company! It’s a day full of activities, with a magic show from Jeff the Magician at 10:30, plus giveaways and snacks from the Kidco Kitchen! All the fun is free, but please register in advance so they know who to expect!

10) Cineplex Family Favourites:
When: Saturday mornings
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: participating Cineplex theatres
Website: www.cineplex.com

Yes, the Cineplex Family Favourites Movies are movies you may already own on DVD, but a Saturday morning at the movies for $2.99 makes it hard to say no! Big screen, theatre popcorn and no mess for you to clean up!

February Movies:
3rd: Sing
10th: Minions
17th: My Little Pony: The Movie
24th Wonder

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

Match Discounts

BGCBigs recommends always calling first, as deals sometimes change. You may need to ask to speak with a manager, as front line staff may not be aware of the deals. Most places will ask to see your membership card so make sure to have it with you!

•  Art Gallery of Alberta (780-422-6223/2 Sir Winston Churchill Square) – BIG pays full price, LITTLE gets in for free

•  Art Gallery of Alberta (780-422-6223/2 Sir Winston Churchill Square) – BIG pays full price, LITTLE gets in for free

•  Beyond Board Games Sherwood Park (780-851-2233/6 Blackfoot Road, Sherwood Park) – the sitting fee is waived entirely and BIG and LITTLE matches play for FREE with membership card

•  Crankpots (780-414-1005/10702 82 Avenue) – offer different deals on different days, please call ahead and ask what you will receive on the day you wish to attend

•  Fun Park Sherwood Park (780-465-2664/#180 3001 Buckingham Drive, Sherwood Park) – 50% off admission for matches on Fridays only with membership card ***excludes holiday Fridays***

•  Game OVR Entertainment (780-953-4263/#129 1 Hebert Road, St. Albert) – use discount code “bgcbigs” when booking online at www.gameovr.ca for 15% off

•  Launch Pad Trampoline Park (780-468-3161/6142 50 Street) – non-profit rate – $ 8.50 each for an hour with membership card. ***Parent/Guardian must sign waiver form that can be found online: http://launchpadtrampoline.com/waiver/

•  LZ Trampoline Park (780-482-5867/13535 156 Street) – offer a 2 for 1 deal for matches with a membership card

•  No More Excuses Gym (780-722-6340/8111 43 Street NW) FREE! Contact Cheryl by phone or info@nomoreexcuses.ca to schedule a time for your match to attend a fitness class

•  Rabbit Hill (780-955-2440/D-25512 Township Road 510A, Leduc County, AB) – BIG pays full price and LITTLE gets lift ticket and rentals for free. Bigs must show their Membership Cards at purchase of passes. The discount is ONLY for Full Day or 5 hour lift tickets (not 3 hour passes or last 2 hour rates, as those are already discounted for everyone)

•  Royal Alberta Museum (780-453-9100/9810 103a Avenue NW) – FREE for matches – re-opening in 2018!

•  Snow Valley (780-434-3991/13204 Rainbow Valley Rd NW) – 2 for 1 discount for matches (Littles receive free day pass and ski/snowboard rentals). *** Your Match Facilitator must contact Snow Valley prior to your visit for the passes to be set aside for your match, so please plan ahead!***

•  Snow Valley Aerial Park (780-434-3991) – buy one get one free discount for matches. Enter the promo code BBS when purchasing tickets on the website for deal https://www.snowvalley.ca/aerial-park/ 

•  Surfset Fitness Studio (780 920-7935/8708 51 Avenue NW) The studio has various classes, and daily schedules can be found on the website http://www.surfsetfitness-edm.com/                                                                              Natasha (owner) has offered any class at $20.00 for a match to attend ($10.00 each). ‘Kid Friendly’ and ‘Family Shred’ are included, as well as any other class that the match can participate in together. Yoga classes are included for matches with Little’s 14+ and who have had some yoga experience. Registration, class schedules and class descriptions can be found and completed online. There is a waiver form attached to the e-mail which must be completed by the Little and their P/G and brought to the first class. Offer is valid for match outings only, not for individual visits. At the checkout online use the code BBBS BIG and BBBS LITTLE for the discount. Registration can be done over the phone and payment can be made in person if registering online is not an option. Membership Card must be shown.

•  TELUS World of Science (780-451-3344/11211 142 Street) – general Admission only $5.75 each

•  The Gamer’s Lodge (780-428-4880/10459 124 Street NW) – 50% off for match at this board game caféMembership Card for Match Discounts?

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