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Beyond The Books – 5 Ways To Utilize Your Library

I LOVE the library.

Give me a room full of thrillers, adventures, self-betterment, romance – you can go anywhere in a library! A while back I found out there is a lot more to my little library card than paper books, magazines, movies and cds to take home. I just had to share.

ME Libraries

With my FREE EPL card I have access to 9 Libraries across Alberta via the ME Libraries website. Why would that come in handy? Well, for example, I reside in Edmonton BUT have joined the St. Albert library. They have Pre-Loaded Audiobooks – my EPL doesn’t. These come in handy on flights, long drives etc. You just plug in your headphones and voila! Great for kids too. This access can also come in handy if you’re on vacation somewhere in Alberta! You can visit the library, take out a few things and return them before you head home. I’m sure there is a plethora of other ways this comes in handy!

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In Edmonton, Parenting on
March 23, 2018

Free Spring Break Library Fun at Edmonton Public Library

Spring Break Library Fun

It’s the Friday before Spring Break and some of us (maybe less organized parents) are scrambling to figure out how to entertain our kids for the week off!

I know there are a lot of wonderful camps, (which are likely full) or sometimes it’s just not in our budgets to take them. Luckily for us, the Edmonton Public Library has FREE programs running and they are pretty fun.

 

Earlier this week we checked out the Riverbend location for Lego At The Library. It was actually pretty neat since A) I didn’t have to find Lego all over my house and B) the kids started building and playing with other kids and some of the stuff they came up with was better that I could have imagined.

 

These programs run pretty regularly but during Spring Break there are even more programs. Some are in house run, such as the Lego being put out and some are even having outside people come in and demonstrate, like magicians!

So DON’T FRET if you haven’t made Spring Break plans yet. Or if you are more of the “let’s see what happens type”. You can check out all the events, by location on the Edmonton Public Library Website

I really like that you can search by location, but also when you pull up a program it tells you what age range it’s good for and the type of learning involved like Science, Music or Computers etc.

Additionally, if your kids are a little bit older (or in my case have been into the Library SEVERAL times, I feel comfortable allowing them to play in the program or check out the on location computers to play with while I browse and read some books for myself. We have spent hours at the Library at a time.

I even wrote a blog post on Taking My daughters on Dates and that we went to the Library and had a treat afterwards. Seriously the Library is one of our favorite places.

Will you be checking out the Library? What are some of you favourite sources of Free Fun?

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Calgary, Central Alberta on
November 4, 2017

14 Places for Indoor Fun in Red Deer & Area

The snow is here and maybe here to stay. There’s always fun to be had outside – snowman making, tobogganing, and fort making. Sometimes having someplace to go and play inside can prevent full-on hibernation mode and expend some energy in a warm and cozy environment.

Here’s our list of places to take your kids for some indoor fun in and around Red Deer.

Red Deer Museum offers great programming for kids and the chance to have fantastic art & cultural experiences.

Red Deer Public Library. Have you looked at their calendar? With 3 branches there is something going on all the time. And if not, there’s always the books to take your kid away on a ride through their imagination!

Check out the Red Deer Recreation and Culture activity guide! The Collicutt Centre offers registered programs, drop-ins, a climbing wall and of course – the water park!

Jump 360 Red Deer offers lots of trampoline fun!

Treehouse Indoor Playground Red Deer has events, daily specials and lots of indoor fun – 11,000 square feet of it to be precise.

If you’ve got an artist on your hands, Color Me Mine has creative outlet options for your kids. They could even make some Christmas gifts for grandma and grandpa. Two birds, one stone there!

Lazerforce offers indoor laser tag for all ages.

Outside the City

You can find all kinds of fun inside Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Museum including interactive mulit-sport games.

In Blackfalds, the Red Deer Kinsmen Indoor Playspace, located in the Abbey Centre,  has 6 levels and over 2600 square feet of fun for your child 12 years and under.

The Sylvan Lake NexSource Centre features a children’s playspace & programming for the whole family.

Also in Sylvan Lake, much like the RDPL, Sylvan Library has programming for kids and of course – books!

In Penhold, the Multiplex Area offers drop in programming and special events.

There’s also the Penhold Library!

Central Parkland Parentlink runs programs and playgroups in the smaller towns and rural areas too!

Did we miss anything? Where do you take your little one to play in and around Red Deer?