Elk Island National Park is one of our little family’s weekend mainstays. It’s the only completely fenced national park in Canada, and is home to both the largest and smallest land mammals in the world: the wood bison and pygmy shrew, respectively. We visit often, especially for the beautiful hiking trails, and while we’re proud of our part in accidentally inventing the sport of “extreme off-road stroller hiking” this past summer when we had to drag our sturdy City Select through a bog, we haven’t been able to get out for as many adventurous dates as we used to. When I came across Evening Paddle Tours, I knew we needed to call up Nana to babysit and make it a date.
Weehelp, one of my favourite Edmonton sales for getting second hand kids & baby clothes/shoes/toys/books is coming this Friday and Saturday! Here’s a few reasons why you should check it out:
Second hand shopping is where it’s at. Not only is it way cheaper, but it is so much better for the environment. Plus, kids. They have no idea how to treat clothes, they never stay in one size for too long and they are over their toys faster than you can blink. This way you can pick up multiple items and still keep your budget in check.
Weehelp Foundation donates all of its profits to local children’s charities, like the Stollery! All of the items have been donated by generous people in the community and the entire sale is run by volunteers. To date, Weehelp has donated OVER $85,000!
Andrea Peyton, founder of Weehelp, and her team of dedicated volunteers are meticulous about the quality of the items they offer up at the sale. For the entire year they wash, repair, test and ensure all items are in tip top shape for their next home.
There will be tons of items for kids aged 0-14 years old. I’ve also been told that there is a lot of winter items- snowsuits, boots, etc. Last year, I snagged a pair of hockey skates that had never been worn, a North Face jacket and so much more. Seriously, you don’t want to miss it. For the best selection come on Friday if you can! Here’s a sneak peek:
- What: Second Hand Sale in Support of Local Children’s Charities with Items for 0-14 Year Olds (biggest selection is usually babies/toddlers, but there are items for all)
- Where: Weehelp Warehouse 14215 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton
- When: Friday October 12 noon-7pm & Saturday October 13 9am-3pm
- Need to Know: Cash only, please try to bring your own reusable bags. There is no entry fee. Get there early for the best selection!
You can RSVP via Facebook here. Please share with your friends to help spread the word! See you at the sale,
It’s one of my favourite celebrations – Halloween. Dressing up and candy – what’s not to love? Honestly, I’m not big on the scares though – I had nightmares from The People Under the Stairs – look it up, you’ll probably laugh. Whether you like a good scare or you don’t, it’s always fun to get out there and take in the fun that comes along with the day.
Do you head out and enjoy events around Halloween? Which are your fave?
Here are some great looking events we found in and around Red Deer!
Calgary Zoo upped the cute level in Alberta this past May with 4 adorable pandas.
Da Mao (male) and Er Shun (female) will be sticking around in Calgary until 2023 but twin cubs Jia Panpan (male) and Jia Yueyue (female) will be leaving the Calgary Zoo in 2019. Ready to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see pandas up close and personal in Alberta? Here’s your chance.
Christmas Glow is coming to Enjoy Centre and it’s going to be the largest indoor family Christmas festival in the Edmonton area!
Christmas Glow Garden is in town from November 22 – January 19 at the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert and will feature:
- Musical light tunnel (80,000 sq ft of interactive light sculptures)
- Twinkling Christmas light gardens
- Magic Castle Playground
- Giant LED Swings
- Glen the Glow-comotive
- Seasonal food, sweets and adult beverages
- Christmas Market with local artisans and businesses
- Local food trucks and breweries
- Daily visits from Santa
Taking place across Calgary September 19th-23rd, Beakerhead has plenty of kid-friendly activities which brings together arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to create interactive exhibits.
Free Kid Friendly Activities At Beakerhead 2018
Treeter Trotter – September 19th-23rd
C-Square, 520 7 Ave SE, Calgary
A whimsical urban escape that explores nature in balance, hop on and enjoy the childhood playground
Summer is over but it doesn’t mean that the festival season has stopped in Alberta. Fall is a season of all things, pumpkins and harvest and you can get all that and more with these 5 fall festivals in Alberta. So, grab your latte, pull on your wellies and lets get exploring.
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
When: October 12-21
Where: Jasper, Alberta
Events: Schedule of Events can be found on the Dark Sky website
Did you know that in 2011 Jasper was designated a Dark Sky Reserve, by the Royal Astronomical Society “due to its limited light pollution that creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing” (source)
Jasper National Park is one of 17 designated Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. We are the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world, and we are the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve – meaning there’s a town within the limits of the preserve. – Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Not your typical ‘fall festival’ there are no farms, pumpkins but the dark sky festival is unlike any other you’ll attend this fall. With both free and paid events, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to world famous scientists, astronauts, go star gazing or take photography workshops. Plus… you’re in Jasper and there are lots to do with the family while you’re there as we’ve written about before (tips for staying in Jasper inexpensively are here, for food with kids click here).
Like many checking out the CP Holiday Train is one of our favourite holiday activities to do with the family.
CP Holiday Train Date & Locations Across Alberta
|Medicine Hat||Queen & North Railway Street, East of CP Station||2018-12-7||4:15 PM||4:30 PM – 5:00 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Tilley||Southeast side of crossing at Highway 876||2018-12-7||6:30 PM||6:40 PM – 7:05 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Brooks||1st Avenue, rear of Civic building||2018-12-7||7:45 PM||8:00 PM – 8:30 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Gleichen||Field adjacent to CP track along Railway Street at 2 Avenue *Stop and Go||2018-12-7||9:55 PM||9:55 PM – 10:30 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Calgary||Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot||2018-12-8||6:45 PM||7:00 PM – 7:45 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Blackfalds||CP Tracks at Gregg Street between Broadway Ave and East Ave||2018-12-9||12:45 PM||1:00 PM – 1:30 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Lacombe||The Len Thompson Fish Pond||2018-12-9||2:00 PM||2:15 PM – 2:45 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Ponoka||50th Street and 47 Avenue||2018-12-9||3:45 PM||4:00 PM – 4:30 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Wetaskiwin||CP Building, 4009 50 Street||2018-12-9||5:30 PM||5:45 PM – 6:15 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Millet||Pedestrian crossing, 50 Street and 48 Avenue||2018-12-9||6:50 PM||7:00 PM – 7:30 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Leduc||3915 50 Avenue||2018-12-9||8:15 PM||8:30 PM – 9:00 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Josephburg||Moyer Recreational Center||2018-12-10||5:00 PM||5:15 PM – 5:45 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Edmonton||South of the Edmonton CP Station, 7935 Gateway Boulevard||2018-12-10||7:45 PM||8:15 PM – 8:45 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Innisfail||52 Avenue and 50 Street (the FasGas crossing)||2018-12-11||1:15 PM||1:25 PM – 1:55 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Olds||50th Street level crossing||2018-12-11||2:35 PM||2:45 PM – 3:15 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Didsbury||20 Street and 18 Avenue||2018-12-11||3:50 PM||4:00 PM – 4:30 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Airdrie||Nose Creek Park, Main Street, East side of CP tracks||2018-12-11||5:30 PM||5:45 PM – 6:45 PM||Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott|
|Cochrane||Between River and 4 Street, behind the Provincial building||2018-12-13||2:45 PM||3:00 PM – 3:30 PM||Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown|
|Morley||Adjacent to the Morley Gas Station||2018-12-13||4:15 PM||4:25 PM – 4:45 PM||Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown|
|Canmore||Behind the Save On Foods||2018-12-13||5:45 PM||6:00 PM – 6:30 PM||Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown|
|Banff||CP Train Station||2018-12-13||7:00 PM||7:15 PM – 7:45 PM||Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown|
You’re invited to take in the beautiful Christmas lights, enjoy live entertainment, and sip some hot cocoa!
Don’t forget to bring a cash or healthy non-perishable food donation as well! Everything collected is donated to the local food bank and helps families in the community.
For more information check out www.cpr.ca/holiday-train
I am a huge sushi fan, so much so that when I gave birth to each of my 3 children my first non-hospital meal was sushi. Die-hard California roll fan right here!
If you’re a sushi lover too and live in Lloydminster, you’re going to want to get in on this deal!