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Alberta Open Farm Days

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.

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Rowley Ghost Town

By Amanda

On a recent family trip to visit Drumheller we made the best decision ever, and took the slight detour off of Hwy 56 to visit the Rowley ghost town.  Located between the towns of Big Valley and Munson, about 5 Km down a gravel road, the town has a current population of approx. 10 people and is considered abandoned.

The setting for several movies including Bye,Bye blues, Pelican Brief, Legends of the Fall, and a few others, the bulk of the buildings can be found down one main street. Stop in at the town office to take advantage of the free, though tips are greatly appreciated, tours that are offered and get you access into all the buildings. Tours run from 10-6 every day in July and August. Our guide Brayden was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and offered lots of interesting facts as we made our way through town, and super patient with the kids who asked about a million questions as kids tend to do. The kids loved exploring the train station (operational from 1925-1965) and old garage with vintage cars. Another favorite by the kids was the old school house. A cool thing about the school is that at every desk is seated a plush doll with a name plate of a person who actually attended the school when it was operational. There are lots of antiquities to be found as you go through the buildings including a bible from 1871 in the church and a large printing press that was used between 1900-1920, that is housed in its own separate building.

Another great bonus is the large covered picnic area and playground located in the middle of town. We were also pleasantly surprised to learn the town offers free no hook up camping on site if you’re planning on staying in the area. While still being fairly central to all the main attractions in the area it’s a great alternative to paying for camping as long as you don’t required all the frills of a power/water site. If you happen to be there on the last Saturday of the month be sure to check out pizza night held in the still functioning salon.

A must stop attraction whether you’re travelling with or without kids. Would definitely recommend going if you are anywhere in the area. We would go back in a heartbeat.

Born and raised in Edmonton , Amanda is a single mom to a fantastic 8 year old daughter and works full time in emergency services. She has great fondness for all things old and abandoned and can be found camera in hand when ever she has a spare minute.

5 Ways to Create a Family Friendly Business

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.

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Fallen Timber Meadery – Road Trip in The Ford EcoSport

The drive between Calgary and Edmonton can be pretty and also pretty monotonous, and it’s not often I decide to go off the highway. Opportunity leant itself for a “side” road trip when driving from Calgary a few weeks ago. Deanne and I decided that we were on a road trip we were going to make the most of it. We left Calgary and headed up the Cowboy Trail for a perfect little side trip.

The Vehicle

First we need to talk about the car we drove. Ford Canada graciously handed over the keys to an 2018 EcoSport for the 24 hours we were gone. Honestly, there is nothing like driving a new car, especially one that was so comfortable to ride, and was kid free (no fishy crackers!). It took a while to get used to driving a vehicle smaller than my usual ride (a mini-van) but the EcoSport still held all of our bags, and backpacks with room to spare. I have to say my favourite part of driving this vehicle was the 8-inch touch screen. I like to geek out at tech… like a lot, and I didn’t think I’d get super excited about a touch screen in a car, but I did. The touchscreen is perfect size for navigation, the map was nice and large on the screen and I didn’t have to pull over to have a look at what Range Road we were at.

 

That one time we weren’t listening to 90’s on 9

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Risky Play in Your Own Backyard

Risky Play has been one of those terms parenting experts have been throwing around a lot lately. I think we have all seen the video of the playground in New York where it looks like the kids are playing in a junkyard and no parents are around. The fun that the kids are having is apparent in their faces but we have yet to find a park like that in Alberta and realistically no one wants all that junk in the backyard.

A few weeks ago we posted on Instagram (If you aren’t already following us on Instagram you can do that here) a few videos of Deanne’s kids playing in the backyard with tree stumps and boards. We had so many questions about it that we decided to write a “how to” for you to bring more risky play into your backyard without it looking like a junkyard.

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Simple Ways to Curate Lasting Memories

Simple Ways to Curate Lasting Memories

At the centre of my childhood were simple experiences rich with texture and wrought with meaning.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I was able to appreciate the beauty in the simple togetherness my mom wove into the fabric of our family.  Our family didn’t have a lot of money so my mom got creative.  I find myself using many of her ideas with my own children and I enjoy coming up with my own.  Time is the precious gift our children want above all.  Here are some of my favorite memory makers!  I would love to hear about yours.

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The Alberta Wilderness Association Caribou Flag Project

We’re the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and we’d like to say “thanks!” Specifically, thanks to Alberta Mamas and Bella Maas for making us a part of their July fundraising collaboration.

AWA is one of Alberta’s oldest conservation organizations, founded in 1965 around a kitchen table in Pincher Creek. Since then our goal has been to raise awareness and inspire people to care about the protection of Alberta’s wildlife and wild spaces. In addition to our day-to-day conservation efforts we host talks, offer hikes, and hold fundraising events like the Climb for Wilderness and Wild West Saloon.

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Free Fishing Weekend in Alberta!

Fishing

This weekend (July 7 & 8th) is Free Fishing Weekend in Alberta! This is a great opportunity to test out fishing with the kids this summer. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Marten River

Did you know that Alberta has about 300 stocked waterbodies? For a list of those areas, visit My Wild Alberta a click on ‘Stocking Reports’!

Enjoy your weekend & happy fishing!

Every Day Girl

Free Golf For Youth Under 16 Across Canada With Take A Kid To The Course

Take A Kid To The Course

The Take a Kid to the Course program starts on July 3rd with the goal to replace screen time with lifetime memories through golfing!

 

Whether you and your family are avid golfers or are just looking to try golfing out the Take a Kid to the Course program is a great way to try golfing with the family and save some money at the same time!

How does Take a Kid to the Course work?

For every paying adult, one youth under the age of 16 can golf for free. All you need to do it is mention that you are part of the Take a Kid to the Course program when booking your tee time.

Be sure to check with each individual golf course as some also offer additional programs such as junior clinics, free range balls, free junior club rentals and parent/child tournaments.

Where to find participating Golf Courses

In Alberta, there are many golf course that are participating in the Take a Kid to the Course program and it’s not just in Edmonton and Calgary! Other Alberta locations include Grande Prarie, Fort St. John, Jasper, Banff, Canmore, Radium Hot Springs, and at least 50 other locations. Check out www.kidsplaygolf.ca for a complete list of all locations across Canada!

Will you be taking advantage of Take a Kid to the Course this year? 

 

Just Another Edmonton Mommy