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In Camping, Explore, Health, Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
November 25, 2020

Try These Fun, Kid-friendly Activities to Change Your Mind About Winter!

Do you feel like it’s the same old thing every year? Quickly after the beauty of fall fades, the next season creeps in. A season that makes even some of the world’s most resilient animals say… yeah, no, gonna sleep through this one. 

I’m talking about winter. 

Winter makes us feel the need to bury ourselves under every blanket in the house, turn on the fireplace, and debate whether letting our kids watch TV for the next 5 months straight is reasonable. Anyone with me? I haven’t always been the biggest fan of winter and my fiance is even less impressed with this particular season. 

Unfortunately (but also, fortunately), our 5-year-old child tends to set the stage for our daily activities, so… OUTSIDE WE GO! He has truly helped warm my relationship with winter. Greatly. I’ve come to actually love it! So I’m going to spend the next little while trying to convince you, while winter isn’t the easiest season to tolerate, it can be one of the most fun! Believe me? 

Safety first! 

First, let’s quickly touch on safety. Safety in the outdoors is always important, but I would say it’s the most critical in the winter with all the ice, snow, and darkness (I know… I’m selling it. Please keep reading!). I’ll keep it short. I strongly suggest you check the forecast and overpack with many layers and backups if you’re heading out. If your kiddo is typically unimpressed with the cold weather, bringing hand and foot warmers can help keep them toasty and you happy! 

Winter Fun in the Backyard 

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In Calgary, Edmonton, Explore, From the Editors, Lifestyle on
February 5, 2020

Where to Throw Axes and Smash Things in Edmonton & Calgary

Axe throwing at Axe Monkeys

We’ve made it through January! Typically dreaded as one of the longest and worst months in Alberta- we’ve just come crashing down from Christmas, struggled to get back to routine, our wallets might be lighter, our skin is dry, there was a new moon and we’ve battled a tremendous cold snap…. SO if you are feeling particularly ragey right now, don’t feel bad! One of the best ways to release this energy and feel a little better (aside from screaming in your pantry with the door closed while you eat hidden chocolate) is to throw axes and smash things! Trust us, we’ve done it and it helps!

Where to Throw Axes and Smash things in Edmonton:

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The One-of-a-Kind International Children’s Festival of the Arts is Coming + {Giveaway}

The International Children’s Festival of the Arts: Stories Alive is a one-of-a-kind kids experience that happens right here in Alberta. St. Albert, Alberta to be exact! This annual cultural extravaganza is happening Tuesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 3, 2018.

There’s no shortage of fun at this festival!

Photo Russell Bingham

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In Central Alberta on
September 16, 2017

Red Deer Fun This Fall

There are lots of ways to get out and enjoy all that Red Deer has in store this fall!

The last Downtown Cruise Night on September 20, 2017, 6 pm – 9 pm at 51st Ave and 47th Street! Details on DowntownRedDeer.com

September 23 & October 7th the Red Deer Rebels have games!

Alberta Culture Days bring all kinds of fun to Red Deer Sept 29 to October 1st. Red Deer Community Calendar.

The Garlic City Market and Fall Harvest Supper takes place September 30th from 11 – 4pm. rethinkreddeer.ca/garlic-city-market

Foreigner comes to town October 13th!

Halloween Family Night at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, October 26 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, visitreddeer.com

A Glamourized Halloween at Red Deer Museum happens October 31 from 4-7pm.

Have you got any Red Deer area events you would add?

In Edmonton, Explore on
September 3, 2017

Labour Day 2017: Last Kick at Summer in YEG

Sunflower

What to do this Labour Day 2017 in Edmonton and Area? Get out there! This might very well be your last chance to soak as much summer as you possibly can before we become icicles again for the next 6 months:(

Monday is your last day to hit up a City of Edmonton Outdoor Pool for FREE! 

Edmonton

Get your groove on at the BEATs International Drumming Festival in Central McDougall Park.

Step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park for the Harvest Fair!

Wave Bye to the sheep at the Sheep Leaving Parade in Fort Saskatchewan.

Road trip to the Ukrainian Village, for some history! September 4th is also the last day this outdoor museum is open for the year.

Celebrate abundance with the Corn Festival at Prairie Gardens.

Catch the Tour of Alberta at Churchill Square! Cheer on bike riders, enjoy entertainment, crafts for the kids and more!

Take the pups for a swim at Grosvenor Pool in St. Alberta!

Cool off at one of Edmonton’s spray parks or wading pools.

Visit the Alberta Legislature and take a dip in the wading pool or fountains.

Explore Edmonton’s Accidental Beach while it’s still here!

Edmonton

Cheer on the horses at Northlands, special holiday race on Sunday at 1pm!

Take advantage of the free National Parks gate admission and enjoy the day at Elk Island. Hike, canoe and search for Buffalo!

Pack some treats for a beachside picnic at Alberta Park’s Wabamun Beach. Make sandcastles, play in the playground and kick a ball around the large day use area.

Hit the highway and take the family to Whitecourt and enjoy the Rotary Park with River Slides.

River Slides

Explore the animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Roar with the Dinosaurs at the Jurassic Forest.

Get lost at the Edmonton Corn Maze.

Enjoy a ride on the Streetcar and then go for ice cream.

How will you be celebrating the last holiday Monday of Summer 2017?

Every Day Girl

 

In Edmonton, Explore on
August 8, 2017

Last Month of Summer: YEG Bucket List!

Camping at Buffalo Lake

Is anyone else downright annoyed about all the “fall is coming” “get ready for back to school” “pumpkin spice is almost here” hoopla? I mean, c’mon we’ve got a MONTH of summer left. Let’s just embrace it and hold off on all thoughts of fall for a bit longer! I’ve always been the type to try and prolong the amazing for as long as humanly possible (I’m the girl in the pool at the all inclusive 10 mins before the bus comes to take us back to the airport). So, in that vain I bring you the last month of summer bucket list!

Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the Cariwest Festival! This vibrant downtown Edmonton event runs August 11-13th.

Take in a Dragon Boat Festival! If you are in Cowtown, Calgary’s festival is August 12-13 and the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival is on August 18-20th.

Pedal through Old Strathcona or Downtown Edmonton on the Big Green Beer Bike! Urban Pedal Tours is SO much fun, seriously, just try it!

Bike

Get your Fringe on! The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 17-27th! This is a great date night idea or family event (there’s an entire Kids Fringe area too).

Family Nature Nights! Last week my family took in a birding program and loved it! These events are totally free, designed for 4-12 year olds and at various parks across the city. Check out all the details here.

Camping! In my family we wrap up camping by the end of September, so that means we still have lots of time to explore and enjoy our favourite camping spots. For a list of our favourite family campgrounds in Alberta click here.

Visit a Corn Maze! August is prime time to get out there and get lost amongst the tall stalks of corn. This is a great cooler day activity too.

Stay in a Comfort Camping unit through Alberta Parks or an Otentik through Parks Canada. Last minute glamping trip made easy!

Alberta Parks

Spend a day at the beach! Both Calgary and Alberta have some excellent swimming holes close by. For Calgary, give Sikome Lake a try and just outside of Edmonton lies Hubbles Lake (Allan Beach Resort)– a small, but clear swimming lake.

Take a trip to the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail. We are headed there this weekend and I’ve heard so many great things about this place. Read about it here.

Pick fresh veggies and berries at a UPick. August is prime time for picking and this is a great way to educate your child on where food comes from! For a list of Upicks across Alberta click here.

Head to an outdoor pool! To celebrate Canada’s 150 all City of Edmonton outdoor pools are free this summer, go!

Road trip it to the Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash Park! Don’t forget to stop at Moo’s for some ice cream too;)

Wibit Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash Park

Go back in time at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. We spent hours here last week with a 4 and 11 year old! This place is a true gem and really celebrates the history of some of Alberta’s earliest settlers.

Get your kid riding that bike in no time with Pedalheads Bike Camps! There are still some August sessions open for registration.

Enjoy a day with the family at Calaway Park! One of our founders explored the park with her family recently and had a blast, check it out here.

While you are down south visit the newly opened Granary Road! Located in Calgary this venue offers a marketplace, active learning park and more.

Try canoeing! Near Edmonton you can try out canoeing with rentals at Elk Island National Park through Haskin Canoe. They give you little chairs for young kids and small paddles, so that they join in too!

Do the hoo-doos and explore Drumheller! Watch out for those Dinos;)

Hoodoos

Take a dip in the wading pools at Edmonton City Hall or The Alberta Legislature! Better yet, keep the kids up and take them to splash in the fountains at the Legislature at dusk when they are lit up!

Go for a ride on the High Level Bridge Streetcar. If you time this with the sunset, the views are incredible over the river!

Test out your skills at the new Aerial Park at Snow Valley! We’ve heard this is a ridiculously fun place to play and there’s an area for the younger kids too.

Watch an outdoor movie at Churchill Square! Every Tuesday night in August the city brings you Movies on the Square where you can catch a family friendly movie on a huge inflatable screen for FREE!

Fly high with the Edmonton Airshow! August 19 & 20 enjoy food trucks, beer gardens and amazing aerial entertainment, including the Snowbirds!

Listen to the ESO under the stars at the Symphony Under the Sky. The magical event takes place at Hawrelak Park August 31- September 3.

Did we miss anything? Tell us what’s on your ‘Last Month of Summer Bucket List’?

Every Day Girl