10 Family (and Budget!) Friendly Ideas for Spring Break

It’s March so you know what that means—time to figure out how to entertain your kids for a week! If you’re looking for ideas that are good for the whole family, and your wallet, check out these Spring Break activities happening in Edmonton:

1. In-store activities

Several local retailers are offering free daily events to keep your kiddos busy during Spring Break week:

2. City of Edmonton fun

The City is always a good source of budget-wise entertainment and Spring Break is no different. Hit up a pool for swimming (especially the newly renovated Jasper Place Leisure Centre, opens a new window) or any of the eight green shack programs, opens a new window running until March 27.

3. Take a stroll

Old Strathcona is always good for a wander. Not sure where to go? Secret City: Old Strathcona, opens a new window is an audio tour designed to discover the hidden side of this historic neighbourhood. Listen from your phone or pick up a map and an audio set from our Strathcona Branch, opens a new window. While you’re there, check out our latest community art gallery created in partnership between artist Alma Visscher and the Trinity Youth Project. The gallery runs from March 16 until May 1.

4. All Day Sundays at the Art Gallery of Alberta

On Sunday, March 22, head to the Art Gallery of Alberta for their BMO All Day Sunday afternoon, opens a new window focused on Dutch artist Rembrandt. Kids can create a series of portraits in the same style, draw a self-portrait, dress up in costume and have their face painted. Entry is free with admission (adults only; kids under 18 are always free!).

5. Plaza Bowling

Looking for a sport everyone in the family can play? Bowling may be right up your alley. While there are plenty of places to choose from in Edmonton, we like Plaza Bowling, opens a new window, which has been around since 1959!

6. Camp Week at Mill Woods Town Centre

Southsiders have to check out Camp Week at the Mill Woods Town Centre, opens a new window. A minimum $2 donation gets you in and every day features different activities, including LEGO, a carnival, STEAM-based fun and even an electric dinosaur show.

7. Rogers Hometown Hockey

Hockey fans absolutely cannot miss Rogers Hometown Hockey, opens a new window, which stops in Edmonton on March 28-29. The festival includes two days of FREE hockey-related activities, NHL Alumni appearances, music and fun for the whole family. CBC hosts Rob MacLean and Tara Slone will be broadcasting live before the Edmonton Oilers take on the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

8. Alberta Aviation Museum Servus Free Access Night

On Thursday, March 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., families can tour the Alberta Aviation Museum, opens a new window for FREE! Can’t make it during Spring Break? Servus Free Access Nights run the last Thursday of every month until August.

9. Quidditch Canada National Championships

Did you know that quidditch is an actual sport? We didn’t either! From March 28 to 29, families can watch the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch Club compete in the Quidditch Canada National Championships, opens a new window. Admission is by donation and the tournament takes place on the University of Alberta campus.

10. EPL of course!

For family fun that won’t break the bank, there’s no better place than your local EPL branch during Spring Break. This year, kids can learn to code, have a dance party, make crafts or simply play with bubbles. We also have more guest performers planned this year, including fan favourites such as Amanda Panda, Glow Yoga and Fizzban the Wizard, and new performers featuring bubbles, balloon art and even live butterflies! View the full schedule here.

Want to learn more about EPL events, resources and booklists for kids? Visit epl.ca/Kids-6-12.

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