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 8 activities that everyone in your brood will be talking about for years to come.
TELUS World of Science
Aspiring future scientists will love the TELUS World of Science. Kids and adults alike can learn about the modern world and the mysteries of the past through hands-on activities: walk on a giant tongue, gather evidence as a CSI detective, or program a robot. Catch the biggest IMAX® movie experience in Alberta and visit the 16,000 square foot feature gallery that hosts some of the biggest touring exhibitions. For the space-obsessed, check out the brand new S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and Zeidler Dome Theatre for a journey through our solar system and beyond.
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 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.
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.