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20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids: Our number one pick is to visit West Edmonton Mall, where there are stores, skating rinks and sea lions (Photo: 2sirius)

Never be stumped again on what to do with children while visiting Alberta’s capital. Our list of things to do in Edmonton with kids has something for everyone, regardless of age, gender or predilection. Rain or shine, you’ll be able to find something to do with the wee ones in this handy guide.

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#1 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Visit the biggest mall in North America
No trip to Alberta’s capital is complete without a stop at West Edmonton Mall. The legendary all-in-one landmark hosts over 800 retail stores, 100 eating establishments and 10 world-class theme park attractions. Don’t miss the tropical World Waterpark; the Ice Palace, an NHL-size indoor skating rink; Galaxyland amusement park; and Ropes Quest, is the mall’s newest attraction, which includes a three-level obstacle course. Open 365 days a year and covering more than 48 city blocks, this shopping and entertainment destination will thrill and delight the entire family.
• West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-444-5308, wem.ca
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#2 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Escape the city without leaving the city
Escape to the Muttart Conservatory—a vibrant, tranquil and inspiring greenhouse oasis inside the city’s iconic pyramid structures designed by award-winning architect Peter Hemingway. Imagine you’re on a Caribbean island in the humid warmth of the Tropical Pyramid and marvel over the strangely shaped plants in the Arid Pyramid. In the Temperate Pyramid, you can stroll through the rich seasonal foliage, and in the Feature Pyramid, enjoy creative, ever-changing displays and exhibitions. For delectable nibbles, drop into the famous Culina Café for a freshly made snack or light meal.
• Muttart Conservatory, 9626-96 A St., 780-442-5311, muttartconservatory.ca
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#3 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Travel back in time
Take a journey to the olden days at Fort Edmonton, the city’s living history park, where you can see a replica of the 1846 fort, a working steam locomotive, and re-created historical streets of 1885, 1905 and 1920. Join costumed interpreters for an interactive adventure, and experience life as an early pioneer. Visitors can also enjoy high tea or an overnight stay at the elegant Selkirk Hotel overlooking the park’s re-creation of life in the 1920s.
• Fort Edmonton Park, Fox Dr. and Whitemud Dr., 780-496-8787, fortedmontonpark.ca
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20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids: Here’s Lucy! (Photo: E_Travares)

#4 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Meet an elephant named Lucy
Nestled in the heart of the River Valley, this zoo contains more than 350 animals including an endangered peregrine falcon, a snow leopard and an Asian elephant named Lucy. The strong conservation focus of the zoo is evident in its inspiring exhibits and interactive programs that are fun for kids, but also educational. The little ones will love the new Polar Extremes exhibit with its up-close views of seals, sea lions and Arctic foxes.
• Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd., 780-496-8787, valleyzoo.ca
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#5 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Walk on a human tongue
That’s right—kids can stroll over a human tongue, as well as collect clues like a CSI or chat with a life-size robot in one of the many interactive displays at the Telus World of Science. This space and science centre also features the largest planetarium dome theatre in Canada, an astronomical observatory and Western Canada’s first IMAX theatre. If you have kids under the age of eight in tow, be sure to visit the new Discoveryland Gallery, which is full of interactive exhibits and creative play areas.
• Telus World of Science, 11211-142 St., 780-451-3344. edmontonscience.com
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#6 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Frolic with dinosaurs
Walk among life-size, startlingly realistic dinosaurs in Jurassic Forest, a 40-acre pre-historic park located just 15 minutes north of Edmonton. Twenty different species call the park home, including the Albertosaurus, Stegosaurus and the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex. Visitors can enjoy guided safaris, observe the dinosaurs in action, dig for ancient remains and explore two kilometres of discovery trails running through a majestic old-growth forest.
• Jurassic Forest, 2-23210, Township Rd. 564, Gibbons, 780-470-2446, jurassicforest.com
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#7 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Learn about Alberta’s moneymaker
 On February 13, 1947, the future of Alberta changed drastically when Imperial Oil struck liquid gold at a well in Leduc. The Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre highlights the history of oil in Alberta, and new technologies that continue to make our province a world leader in the oil and gas industry.
• The Ledux #1 Energy Discovery Centre, South of Devon on HW60, 780-987-4323, leducnumber1.com
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20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids: Wading in the pool at the Alberta Legislature (Photo: striatic)

#8 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Take a dip in the government’s wading pool
Surrounded by 56 acres of parkland, the Beaux-Arts Alberta Legislature Building has always been a must-see for visitors who appreciate architecture, politics and history. Tenns might enjoy taking a tour of the building, but all kids will be interested in the fun wading pool, fountains and extensive gardens that surround the building.
• Alberta Legislature Building, 10820-98 Ave., 780-427-7362. assembly.ab.ca
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#9 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Take a Segway tour of the River Valley
Older kids will love to take a Segway tour along the trails of Edmonton’s ribbon of green riverside parkland. (Book a tour online here.) The River Valley is 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park, making it one of the largest urban stretches of river valley parkland in North America. Encompassing 22 major parks, it’s home to a wide range of wildlife and host to many of the city’s festivals. If the Segway tour doesn’t appeal to you, try out the recreation centres, golf courses and the Edmonton Valley Zoo tucked in among the lush banks of the North Saskatchewan River.
• Segway of Edmonton, 8882-170, # 1405 West Edmonton Mall, 1-877-433-7347, segwayedmonton.com
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#10 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Party down at Churchill Square
Culture, food and entertainment collide at Churchill Square—a family-friendly, vibrant and lively urban plaza located in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Annual events such as the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, A Taste of Edmonton and Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival, take over this open-air square transforming the space into one huge celebration. Something fun for everyone can be found amongst the surrounding hotels, shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs, lounges and more. Just looking for a place to relax and let the kids play? Let them splash in City Hall’s wading pool, which becomes a skating rink in winter. You can also bring the family for a movie on a massive outdoor projection screen or surf the Web using the Square’s free wi-fi as you soak up the sun.
• Churchill Square, access from 100 St. and 102 Ave.
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#11 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Pretend to be a pilot of yesteryear
Edmonton’s aviation status as the gateway to the north comes alive at the Alberta Aviation Museum through displays of 30-plus historical aircraft, 40 display cabinets, an aircraft restoration area, personal artifacts of famous pilots, a gift shop and more. Perfect for kids who love transit and travel, the Alberta Aviation Museum is located right next to the City Centre Airport.
• Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Ave., 780-427-7362, albertaaviationmuseum.com
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20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids: Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta (Photo: mastermaq)

#12 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Get cultured at the  Art Gallery Of Alberta
This swirl of glass, steel and zinc breathes creativity into Sir Winston Churchill Square in the heart of Edmonton’s art district. Experience impressive revolving exhibitions, exclusive events and fun family-friendly activities. The Tours for Tots program on Wednesday mornings helps make art accessible for kids three to five, while BMO All Day Sundays offer entertainment, art-making activities, and tours that are free with Gallery admission or free for AGA Members.
• Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca
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#13 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Celebrate a birthday at the Devonian Botanic Garden
Located about 30 minutes from downtown Edmonton, this picturesque attraction features more than 10,000 species of plants showcased over 32 hectares (80 acres), including an authentic Japanese garden, an herb garden, a large collection of roses and beautiful lilies. The gardens also feature nature trails and ecological wetland reserves. Age-based programs (there’s one for any kid, from five to 14 years old) even let children celebrate their birthday in the garden!
• Devonain Botanic Garden, Parkland County, 5 km north of Devon on Hwy. 60, devonian.ualberta.ca
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#14 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Party through the K-Days
One of the city’s top summer attractions, K-Days offers entertainment for everyone! Every July, the festival kicks off with a parade featuring elaborate floats and 60-foot helium balloons. This is followed by 10 days of great food, live entertainment, thrilling rides and an exciting midway.
• K-Days, Northlands Grounds, 116 Ave. and 73 St., 780-451-8000, capitalex.ca 

#15 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Get lost and found in a corn maze
Located on a family farm in the scenic Sturgeon County, Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm offers good old-fashioned family fun for kids ages nine-92. Enjoy more than 50 different exciting activities including three corn mazes and a you-pick vegetable patch.
• Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farms, 56311 Lily Lake Rd., Bon Accord, 780-921-2272. prairiegardensadventurefarm.com

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids: Check out the Royal Alberta Museum (Photo: cec403)

#16 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
See the world through the eyes of a centipede
The Royal Alberta Museum features everything from pictographs to prehistoric plant-eaters, from mountains to the windswept prairie. Hear stories of survival and triumph spanning over 11,000 years in the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture, and then explore the world from a centipede’s perspective in the Bug Room. Programs for kids abound, including the Discovery Room, which features puppets, puzzles and dress-up costumes.
• Royal Alberta Museum, 12845-102 Ave., 780-453-9100. royalalbertamuseum.ca
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#17 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Go on a candy shopping spree
One of the coolest neighbourhoods in Western Canada, Old Strathcona is an artsy community is full of funky shops, hip bars, boutique hotels, great restaurants, theatres and historical buildings. Perhaps most alluring for kids is the legendary candy store Coney Island Candy, where they can blow their allowance in all kinds of delicious ways. This district is also home to the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market—open year-round—and exciting festivals.
• Coney Island Candy, 10345 Whyte Ave., 780-436-9003, coneyislandcandy.ca
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#18 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Act like a pioneer
This outdoor living museum located 25 minutes from Edmonton tells the story of Ukrainian immigrants and their settlement history in Central Alberta from 1892 to the 1930s. See costumed players recreate the lives of pioneers, and visit more than 30 restored buildings that bring the history to life.
• Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Hwy. 16 E., Tofield, 780-662-3640, ukrainianvillage.ca
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20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids: see the city from the Edmonton Queen (Photo: mastermaq)

#19 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
Take a ride on the Edmonton Queen Riverboat
Launching from the heart of downtown Edmonton, the Queen Riverboat is the perfect setting for a family-friendly cruise or a class field trip. The paddle wheel boat pushes off three days a week from spring to fall.
• Edmonton Queen Riverboat, Rafter’s Landing, 9734-98 Ave., 780-424-2628, edmontonqueen.com
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#20 THING TO DO IN EDMONTON WITH KIDS:
View the river from above

The High Level Bridge Streetcar lets patrons take an exciting ride over the North Saskatchewan River on a historic Edmonton streetcar. Though it only runs in the summer months, it’s a great way to get a panoramic view of the city and its famous waterway.
• High Level Bridge Streetcar, departs from either Gateway Blvd. & 84 Ave. or 109 St. & 100 Ave., edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca
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