Ultimate Family Activities for Summer

It’s summertime – what we’ve all been waiting for! School’s out, the weather’s great, and you’re ready to explore all the amazing family experiences that Edmonton has to offer. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites, whether it's exploring local gems or venturing to new destinations, all these activities will create family memories for years to come.

Edmonton Summer Activities

1.    Summer Starts at EPL!

The top thing on our bucket list this summer is a trip to the library! Our Summer Starts at EPL summer reading program keeps kids reading, learning, and creating all summer long. Children can track their summer reading and make their own button for every six hours they read.

Plus, there are all the fantastic programs and events taking place all summer long. Experience circus silliness with The Great Balanzo, learn about tropical life with 19 Islands, and listen to the musical stylings of Beth Portman or Zach Willier. Get up close to marine invertebrates with West Edmonton Mall’s Spineless Wonders, take a yoga class, and learn about wildlife rehabilitation with Corby the Raven

Bust out some great moves with the Solar System Dance Party, learn about the phases of the moon and constellations, or code a robot. Learn to draw cute animals, make a movie, or create your own wreck-it journal

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2.  KidsFringe

Source: Edmonton Economic Development Association

Head to the heart of Old Strathcona and discover all the amazing things the Fringe has to offer! The Edmonton International Fringe Festival is the largest and longest-running Fringe Festival in North America. It features street performers, delicious food, and live theatre, especially for younger audiences.

KidsFringe at Lighthorse Park is open daily and offers free family activities and performances, especially for kids. Visit EPL at KidsFringe daily from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for fun programming activities!

3.    Family Nature Nights

Get out into nature this summer and get messy! Nature Alberta is hosting FREE fun and hands-on Family Nature Nights at parks throughout the city. Go pond dipping at Gold Bar Park on Wednesday, Aug. 7, learn about forests and go on a guided tree planting at Jackie Parker Park on Wednesday, July 24, and much more.

4.    KDays

EPL will be at KDays once again this summer! Drop by our EPL Makerspace booth during Maker Faire and play, learn, and create with all kinds of fun tools. Don’t forget to also take in all the music, food, rides, and entertainment at KDays’ grounds.

Plus, free general admission with your library card is back! On Sunday, July 21, simply show any version of your library card to get into the KDays ground for free.

5.   The Elk Island Parkbus

Source: Parks Canada

Eager to adventure outside the city? Hop on the free Parkbus and travel east of Edmonton to Elk Island National Park! Once you arrive, you can enjoy a range of self-directed activities such as a picnic, playing on the playground, or doing some bird and wildlife watching.

6.   Kids Club at Edmonton Urban Farm

Source: Explore Edmonton

The Edmonton Urban Farm (11312 79 Street) runs a Kids Club every Saturday of the summer from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with free garden-focused activities for kids. Make your own nature loom, pet a bunny, meet a gardener, and more!

7.   Edmonton Valley Zoo

Source: City of Edmonton

Head to the Edmonton Valley Zoo this summer and take in all that the zoo has to offer, from astounding animals to frozen treats, to their summer exhibit of climbable animal sculptures. Plus, check out the schedule for daily animal talks and get closer to some of your favourite animals, like the red panda, meerkats, and seals.

8.   Whitemud Creek Mining Co.

Source: Snow Valley 

Over 50 years since it closed, Whitemud Creek Mining Co. at Snow Valley has returned! Using a panning tray, kids can sift through bags of rough and uncover a variety of treasures (prices vary based on the size of the bag of rough you purchase). While you’re at Snow Valley, you can also check out the aerial park, mini golf, and playgrounds for continued fun!

Unforgettable Summer Adventure Awaits!

The possibilities for a family fun summer in Edmonton are endless! From captivating activities at the library to the vibrant street performances at the Fringe Festival, and the exhilarating nature adventures, there’s something for everyone. So, pack your bags, grab your library card, and dive into the adventures that await. Make this summer a season of unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

Happy Exploring!