Are you looking for fun and educational activities to keep your kids busy during the week of spring break? Spring break is soon, which means you're inevitably going to hear "I'm bored" more times per day than you would like. Don’t worry though, we’ve found tons of fun, free and educational activities that are happening right here in our great city! And the best part is, we’ve broken them out by science and arts-based activities so you can easily decide which activity is best for your kiddo.
1. University of Alberta Observatory
Do you have a budding astronomer? Check out the observatory at the University of Alberta on Thursday, March 28 for drop-in activities. They have solar viewing options from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and moon viewing from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more.
2. Alberta Aviation Museum – Servus Free Access Night
Head on over to the Alberta Aviation Museum Thursday, March 28 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. for free admission. Learn about the exciting history of aviation in Edmonton, and see some unique planes that once soared through the sky.
3. STEM Workshops – Microsoft Store
The Microsoft Store in West Edmonton Mall has loads of great programs for kids during spring break, especially on STEM Saturdays! During spring break kids can code their own video game, and there are lots of other educational programs for kids of all ages. Check out program list.
4. Engineering in Reverse – Edmonton Public Library
While it’s fun to build and create new things, sometimes it’s more fun to break things into pieces to see how they work. Join us for a free, drop-in class of Engineering in Reverse that explores taking apart old and broken electronics to see how they were built in the first place. Classes are offered in various locations around the city.
1. Art Gallery of Alberta – All Access Evenings
Bring the whole family to the Art Gallery of Alberta on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. for free gallery admission. Can’t make it on Thursday night? Children under 17 years of age are welcomed into the galleries for free any day.
2. Winter Green Shack – City of Edmonton
The City of Edmonton has offered the Green Shack program in the summer for many years. Why not check out their winter version as well!? Join leaders in games, sports, crafts, music, drama and special events. A complete list of activities and special events are posted on the Green Shacks each week. Find locations and hours.
3. Now Hear This Festival
Kick off spring break by heading to the Now Hear This Festival. On Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. Kids are in for a funny (and noisy) introduction to musical instruments and 21st century sounds!
4. Kids Flicks: The Best of the New York International Children’s Festival – Metro Cinema
Head over to Metro Cinema for their Reel Family Cinema Series on Saturday, March 30. Children 12 and under are free. To end spring break, attend a showing of the best short films from New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the largest film festival for kids and teens. Each year, NYICFF scours the globe for the best new films from around the world.
5. Artside Out – Edmonton Public Library
The Artside Out class is offered in various locations around the city.Join us and release your inner artist. Like Van Gogh, da Vinci or Monet, create your very own masterpiece. All you need is an epic adventure to inspire your inner Picasso!
Check EPL’s full class and event listing and find activities at a branch near you, opens a new window.
Join us every day during spring break for FREE and fun drop-in classes and events with delightful performers.