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,
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
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).
We’ve got some exciting news about the opening of the highly anticipated Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton!
“With 2.4 million uniquely Albertan stories just waiting to be told, you’ll find a-ha moments around every corner. Space rocks, live bugs, enormous dinosaurs, wildlife and personal accounts from people who have shaped our province come together in bold, new exhibits.” -Royal Alberta Museum
Cute animals, food and local breweries and that’s just the start of Alberta Open Farm Days.
On August 18 and 19 all Albertans are invited to join their rural neighbours to learn how your food gets from the farm to your table at Alberta Open Farm Days.
What you need to know
Admission: FREE with the exception of the Culinary events.
Location: All across Alberta
When: August 18 & 19
What: Three types of events: Culinary and Farm Tours.
By Mona Ismaeial, photo’s by Mona at Go Nissan North Edmonton.
As a busy work from home mom I definitely Feel the need for family friendly spaces. My son who is just over 2 years old is always in tow. He comes grocery shopping with me, we get oil changes, dr. appointments, meetings and of course out for coffee and meals. For stay-at-home moms, work-from- home moms or just parents who want to take their kids with them rather than leaving them with family friends or a babysitter, there are a few very easy ways businesses can be more welcoming to families.