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In Central Alberta, Events on
October 5, 2018

Halloween Fun In and Around Red Deer

It’s one of my favourite celebrations – Halloween. Dressing up and candy – what’s not to love? Honestly, I’m not big on the scares though – I had nightmares from The People Under the Stairs – look it up, you’ll probably laugh. Whether you like a good scare or you don’t, it’s always fun to get out there and take in the fun that comes along with the day.

Do you head out and enjoy events around Halloween? Which are your fave?

Here are some great looking events we found in and around Red Deer!

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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?

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

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.

Foreigner comes to town October 13th!

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

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 Central Alberta, Edmonton, Explore on
June 3, 2017

Backyard Gems: Adventure Bound in Leduc

By Chantal Aird

One of the most amazing things you can experience with your family is discovering your own neighbourhood and building a sense of community.

My family and I moved to Leduc last year and one of my goals was to really explore this new city and build connections.  I wanted the transition to a new home to be a positive encounter for my children and an opportunity for them to engage in their surroundings and think about what makes our new city a good place to live.

Over the last year, we have discovered many hidden gems in our city, and do truly believe Leduc is a great place to live. We are also a great road trip destination for families!

We are 15 minutes away from Edmonton and you can encounter a community where the pace is slower, the adventures are enriching and the people are welcoming!

Here is our top list of things to do in Leduc this summer:

Starting June 26th, from 10 am to 4 pm, until the end of August, the Leduc Heritage Grain Elevator is open for tours!  Grain Elevators are an important development in our Albertan history and offer a chance to see our past!

The Dr. Woods Museum is the home of one of the first doctors in the area. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm. Grab some flapper pie and tea on July

The Alexandra Outdoor Pool opened May 29th. You can cool down at the pool, sunbathe on the grassy area or take a plunge on the diving board. Did I mention that a family rate is only $15.25 for the day?

The Leduc Spray Park also opened May 29th. Washrooms, a playground and picnic areas are available.

We love the huge water bucket that instantly soaks us! Young ones who might not be sure of the spray deck, can enjoy the toddler area. You can splash in the water feature and float toys in this water feature.

Take a stroll down Mainstreet Leduc and check out the historic buildings and local businesses.  Stop in for a milkshake at the Leduc Coffee Shop. You can choose any flavour and have it made fresh right before you! After your treat, check out the neighbourhood toy store, Playing for Keeps Toys. Kids can play with the Calico Critters or make an ice cream sundae bath scrub to take home.

Do you remember going to the Candy Store? Take a short drive outside of Leduc and encounter The Sweet Shoppe at Cliffs Landscaping.  Homemade fudge, Nostalgic Candy and an assortment of unique pop flavours like Bug Juice, will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Need an indoor break? Take the kids to the Indoor Kukabunga Jungle at the Leduc Rec Centre. Kids can climb, slide and play on this structure.  Admission for under 2 is free and only $4.00 for ages 3-7.

The Leduc West Antique Society offers an outdoor museum experience.   The society has collected, restored and displays historic buildings, vehicles, antiques and other items used by the pioneers who settled this area.  The Society is only open on special events. Check them out on July 22 and 23.

About Chantal: I am an Albertan mom of three girls and I love exploring local cities and hidden gems in our unique province!  I am a local stop for events, activities, tips and resources on creating fun family memories within road trip distance. I am always on the lookout for the next fun family outing but also want to create a forum for parents to share, support and learn from one another. Website: 3chicks1henFacebook: 3chicks1hen, Twitter @3chicks1hen