Hello friends! The weekend is here, and we’ve made it though the first half-week, or week, depending on where you’re going to school, of distance learning. That calls for a bit of a celebration, right? The chance to try something new, get outside, experience a new play-adventure, and explore the gorgeous city of ours.
Here’s what to do in Edmonton this weekend with kids:
Explore a brand new Playground
We’ve got two playgrounds brand new to the city for you to explore this week. The first suggestion is the new Garden playground at Blatchford, and the second is the lovely natural playground near Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre, Dermott District Natural Playground.
Join us to hear a story and receive adventurous tasks to complete throughout the week with your family. After completing the activity, families will be invited to share the experiences they had with the objects found around their home, yard or neighborhood. This group is for families with children aged three to six years.
Come take part in two unique experiences at Elk Island National Park: snowshoeing and stargazing! A short guided snowshoe hike around the shore of Astotin Lake takes you atop the snow like a snowshoe hare while stars twinkle overhead. As you march along, the welcoming crackle of a campfire eclipses the soft sounds of nature surrounding you. With a park interpreter and the Big Dipper as your guide, gaze up into a sky full of stars and learn to navigate the night sky of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. Without the glow of city lights you’ll see more than you knew existed.
Book your free skating time at Caernarvon Public Skate Rink – Helmets are mandatory for all skaters under 18 years old, and recommended for adults. Hockey Rink – Helmets are mandatory for all skaters when sports equipment is being used. No Hockey Games are permitted, but skill practice and shooting at the net is permitted.
You will be using an app on your smartphone, where you will be given nearly 120 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You’ll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you have found the object, you will send a photo in to score points. Along the way, you will perform challenges for even more points. You will have 13 categories of objects you can find in this city walk, with each object varying in points depending on the difficulty. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone. You will have a remote guide that will be texting you during your game if you need help or have a question. They will also encourage you and give you hints along the way! The objective of the game is to have fun, rank #1 on the leaderboard, and try to get as many points as possible by finding all of the objects.
Located 33 km southwest of Edmonton’s city centre, the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary protects 348 acres of marshland, open meadow, aspen parkland and pine forest. The varied habitats of the Sanctuary attract a diversity of animals, including more than one hundred bird species, and provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Join Kathryn for this virtual baking class and learn how to make Gougères, otherwise known as Cheese Puffs. You’ll start your online baking class with a lesson on how to make Choux Pastry, one of the classic French pastries, also used for making Eclairs. Then we’ll add cheese and herbs before spooning our puffs onto trays to bake, and enjoy.
How are you spending the weekend in Edmonton? What’s on your list of things to do with the kids?