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:
- Chapters Indigoopens a new window has everything from crafts and games, to LEGO and Paw Patrol.
- Toys R Usopens a new window is hosting a Beyblade battle and Star Wars Jedi training.
- Scholar’s Choice is running their March Break Play-Cationopens a new window focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
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 Centreopens a new window) or any of the eight green shack programsopens 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 Strathconaopens 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 Branchopens 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 afternoonopens 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 Bowlingopens 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 Centreopens 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 Hockeyopens 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 Museumopens 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 Clubopens a new window compete in the Quidditch Canada National Championshipsopens 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.