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.
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.
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
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.
Tips For Heading To Heritage Days
Heritage Days is easily one of my favourite festivals in Edmonton. I take the kids every year and we have a good time! What’s not to love? Learning about other cultures (from the people who live in our city!), taking in some beautiful performances and of course ALL THE FOOD! There is so much to enjoy we spend all day there, or until the kids have had enough.
The festival runs:
- Saturday August 4 Noon – 9 pm
- Sunday August 5 10 am – 9 pm
- Monday August 6 10 am – 8 pm (7 pm ticket sales end, 8 pm park closes)
1.Take public transit. Okay maybe this isn’t a tip since its basically a requirement since there is no parking at the festival. You have the option of Kiss and Ride (someone drops you off) or you can take the bus. ETS costs is $6 round trip for an adult and free for children under 12. You can find full information about shuttles from LRT stations, neighbourhood Festival specific routes and park and ride locations HERE on the City Of Edmonton website. If you are concerned about your stroller you can actually rent strollers, wagons and wheelchairs there!
2.Wear comfy clothes and shoes. Last year when I took the kids, an app on my phone told me that we walked over 8km! Wear shoes that are comfortable and clothes that you can eat in. Ha ha!
3.How to save some money. Who doesn’t love saving a little bit of cash? You can save a bit on your budget if you go with friends. This way, not only are you getting quality time in, but you can share plates of food to save a bit. Food tickets are $1 each. You can also buy tickets in advance for a 5% discount at:
Servus Credit Unions
Save On Food stores
Tix on the Square
4. Plan where you want to go. Check out the interactive google map where you can click on each pavillion and it will tell you all about it or you can download the PDF version of the map.
5. Let the kids play. Spend some time in the the Servus Credit Union Tent or the Fly EIA tent where there is fun activities happening. The kids get to play games, colour, make crafts and even win some prizes. It’s a nice break for them to be engaged in play for a moment. There is also the park to play in and activities at some of the pavillions. We learned last year that my oldest is actually really good at the Chinese Singing Bowl!
6. Bring a backpack. I highly recommend a backpack for numerous reasons. First you can put sunscreen and bug spray in there (tip in itself!), you also have a place to put any fun stuff you buy at pavillions and crafts your kids make, all while having your hands free.
7. HAVE FUN! Okay again maybe not a tip, but worthy of noting. There is so much to do and it can be overwhelming. I like to go to a few pavillions and then plan the next year to go to new ones I haven’t gone to before. Attempting to go to them all in one day is a bit much!
Disney on Ice will be back again in Calgary and Edmonton and this time the show is Dare to Dream!
Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream
Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Dare to Dream will feature five of your favourite daring Disney heroines along with their friends! Join Moana, Maui, Belle, the enchanted castle staff, Beast, Anna, Else, Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and others as they all discover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny.
Ticket Prices and Dates
November 14th -18th
11am, 3pm, 7pm show options available
Tickets prices ranging $31.35-$106.55
Buy tickets today
November 29th – December 2nd
**Tickets go on sale July 31st
Last year many of our Alberta Mamas had the chance to attend Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart and it was awesome. Want to read about our experiences from Disney on Ice last year in both Calgary and Edmonton?
Find the Calgary Disney on Ice review here
Find the Edmonton Disney on Ice review here
Looking for a nice little escape (without the kids) this summer? Take the hubby on a date weekend or pick up the girlfriends and head to Pigeon Lake! I spent a blissful few days here earlier in the summer and I was really impressed with all there is to do in the area. Pigeon Lake is kid friendly too, but by this point in the summer you might be itching for a little adult break…. am I right?
What to do in Pigeon Lake:
- Visit Essentials Spa & Wellness: This place is amazing! Treatments are top notch and staff are friendly and provide quality services at fair prices. I loved the deck off the relax lounge nestled in the trees. Try the 1 hour massage and/or pedicure! They also have a cozy couples massage room.
If there is an activity that screams summer, bike riding is it and I’d love to take the credit for teaching my kids, but it all goes to Pedalheads.
Last year my kids went to their first Pedalheads camp and it was life-changing for them. Carter was too scared to even go on his bike with the training wheels on and Sophie had no interest in bike riding at all. A week at camp fixed that.
K-Days is back this year July 20-29th. The best 10 days of summer! We’ve teamed up with K-Days to give you the top 12 tips for taking the kids and getting the most out of it.
1.Take public transit
Instead of parking, try taking the ETS. There is an LRT station right near the North Entrance of the grounds. Getting into the parking lot and out can take a bit of time, so try out using the public transit system so you can hop on and off the train to your car. Check out the City Of Edmonton Trip Planner to help figure out where to go.
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.