Top 10 Activities for Families
Whether your kids are just learning to crawl, or have entered that phase where you’re not cool anymore (trust us, it will pass), there are tons of family-friendly activities to keep everyone busy in Edmonton. We’ve picked the top 10 activities that everyone in your brood will be talking about for years to come.
TELUS World of Science
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton is a truly out-of-this-world experience, with a wide variety of themed galleries to explore, IMAX movies to discover and tons of fun and engaging hands-on science to experience. Take your seat at the edge of the universe in the world-leading Zeidler Dome theatre and embark on an incredible cosmic journey across galaxies and to the core of an atom. Step inside the all-new S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and interact with exciting exhibits, from firing rockets and driving a Mars rover, to laying eyes upon a real-life Moon rock.
Fort Edmonton Park
Step back in time and show the kids how mom and dad grew up. Just kidding! Fort Edmonton presents a historically accurate representation of life in Alberta’s capital from 1846 up to 1920. Children can learn about the fur trading Fort Edmonton, a European settlement established to trade with the local Cree, Blackfoot, and other Indigenous people in the area, which eventually led to the creation of the City of Edmonton. Stroll through 1885 Street and 1905 Street to see a transition in Edmonton's history— from rugged frontier town to an established community.
Costumed interpreters demonstrate the daily lives of Edmontonians from each time period. Stop by the Capitol Theatre to see what's playing, a live performance, cinema classics or even a "4D" short film. Before returning to modern times, enjoy an old-school carnival ride in the midway.
Note: Fort Edmonton Park will not be open for the 2019 regular admission season as it undergoes an enhancement project. During this time, it will still be open for private event bookings and a variety of food and entertainment events.
West Edmonton Mall
Come for the shopping, stay for all the great family activities. The largest mall in North America has over 800 stores and services, an indoor amusement park, waterpark, even a skating rink. Mom and Dad can do all the back-to-school shopping they need in one stop before the whole family takes part in one of the different indoor spectacles.
Sports, Sports and more Sports
An Edmonton Oilers game is the only place to see one of the world's best hockey players, Connor McDavid, battling it out against the highest level of hockey competition in the NHL. The Oilers aren't the only option for hockey at Rogers Place, however, as the WHL's Oil Kings play 34 home games in Edmonton, and provide affordable tickets with more kid-focused entertainment.
During the summer and fall, the Edmonton Eskimos football team puts on the greatest show on (Canadian) turf. An Edmonton Prospects game makes for a relaxed afternoon of hot dogs and baseball. Starting in 2019, FC Edmonton kicks off its inaugural season in the Canadian Premier League for the soccer-loving little ones.
Edmonton has long been known for its array of festivals taking place throughout the year. Many kid-friendly activities can be found at festivals like Deep Freeze, Flying Canoe Volant, Silverskate, the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, K-Days, The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival and more.