July is approaching and for most school aged children, summer break is starting. For our family this means more picnics at the park, sand in between the toes, popsicles dripping down little faces and arms, road trips, exploring outdoors as much as possible and allowing the kids to stay up past bedtime every so often. I want my children to experience the traditions and magic of summer.
Here are 30 activities to do with the kids for the month of July in Edmonton and beyond:
- Watch fireworks for Canada Day in Edmonton and beyond for FREE, find a list here. Tip: Bring ear protection for younger children or one’s with sensitive ears.
- Visit LovePizza on a Sunday, where kids eat FREE with a purchase of a regular sized pizza. If you have hefty eaters like my boys, visit LovePizza on a Monday for their 2 for $20 deal from 3pm to Close.
- Take a trip to the Alberta Legislature and splash in the fountains for FREE. Bring your LovePizza and have a picnic on the grounds.
- Go on a historical experience and take a ride on the High Level Streetcar. Kids under 5 years ride FREE. Admission for children six years and up is six dollars and families are twenty dollars.
- To make the ride on the High Level Streetcar even more memorable, checkout Sand on Whyte which is a sand carving exhibit running from June 30 to July 9th from 10am to 10pm. Admission is by donation.
- Checkout Raising Edmonton’s first pop up playdate at Borden Park on Thursday July 6th from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Enjoy refreshments, activities, prizes and an opportunity to connect with other families. Keep updated
- Discover and play at Mary Finlay Park, it’s a hidden gem close to central Edmonton. We love that the area is completely fenced in and has plenty of shade for everyone to cool off. The animal themed splash pad has plenty of features for everyone to enjoy and the play structure is great for those who love to climb and go down fast and twirly slides.
- Partake in a FREE Family Nature Night hosted by Nature Alberta’s Nature Kids program. There are three evening events in July aimed towards children ages 4-12 years but are open to families and children of all ages and abilities. Learn about butterflies, urban critters and trees at various parks in Edmonton.
- Get creative at Creation Space during Open Studio times or Art Play times over the summer. July dates are as follow July 4, 6 and 21st for Open Studio and July 5th for Art and Sensory exploration. Find more details on their website
- Visit the Alberta Railway Museum during The Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton. On July 2, 3 & 8th you can take a ride back in time on ARM’s version of the Centennial train. Take a tour of the museum, find the clues and enter a contest to tour Canada on VIA Rail. Bring a picnic and stay for the day. Children two and under are FREE. Admission starts at $3.50 and train rides are $5. Find more details and download the guidebook for the Historic Festival where you can enjoy a variety of events, museums, and tours from July 1-8 throughout Edmonton.
- Got a Yogi Lover? For $35 you can drop off your mini from 1-4pm on July 4th (3-5yrs) or July 11th (6-11yrs) for an afternoon full of yoga, games, crafts and a booster juice. Bring a water bottle, a snack, bug spray and sunscreen. This half day Moksha summer camp will be led by Tegan Rosato who is an amazing and fun instructor. Have more questions or need more details visit Moksha Yoga Sherwood Park’s facebook page.
- Save the date for the fourth annual “It takes a village” Family picnic in the park on Sunday July 16th from 11-2pm. We took the boys last year and it was so much fun. Plan to spend the whole day there after all the activities. Enjoy free admission at the outdoor pool, the splash park for the little ones and the awesome play structures. My boys enjoy rolling down the little hills, playing in the sand, kicking a ball around and tossing a frisbee back and forth in the large open field.
- As of July 1st, City of Edmonton outdoor pools are offering FREE admission all summer long. Come early because it will be a sought after hotspot during those hot summer days. Find more details
- Got younger kids? Visit Hide N Seek Indoor Playground for Toddler Tuesday where children ages four and under enjoy special admission for $4.95 from 9am to 2pm. All children can enjoy doing a craft from 10 to 10:30am.
- Soak in a hot summer day on the beach at Sylvan Lake. Get there early to snag a good spot. For $12/hr you can checkout the Aqua Splash Park which is recommended for children six years and up. For tips before you go checkout
- Enjoy Edmonton Carnaval which is a FREE family oriented multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Latin American culture. Edmonton Carnaval will take place on July 22-23 with an 11am start both days at Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park.
- Plan a day trip to Discovery Canyon where you can tube down a river for FREE. Bring your own tube, rent one for five bucks or purchase one for twenty bucks. Find more details here and watch this video to get a peek at what it’s all about.
- Visit the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival from July 7-16th at Sir Winston Churchill Square with an 11:30am start daily. This is a FREE event to attend but rewarding performers acts at the end of their shows is encouraged.
- Enjoy a parade with family and friends and make it a yearly tradition. The K-Days parade kicks off on July 21st with a 10am start. Find the parade route and more details
- Craving s’mores? Make this ten minute s’mores dip with no campfire involved.
- Take a day trip down to Happy Acres U-Pick. Admission is only two dollars for adults and children two years and up. Call ahead to see what items are ready to pick at market prices, and make sure to bring your own gloves and bucket for picking. Happy Acres U-Pick is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 to 7pm. The farm also has an area with plenty of toys, a springfree trampoline, swing set, sandbox and more. Save the date because on July 22 Lobster Monsters will be on site and it will be worth the extra bucks for all of you fresh seafood lovers.
- Rainy Day? Visit All Stars Indoor Playland for 50% off admission for kids of all age groups from on a Wednesday. Special Admission is available all day long. Bonus: Large Cheese and Pepperoni pizzas are also half off.
- Enjoy a bright summer day aboard a paddle boat at Hawrelak Park. Paddle boats are available to rent daily from 12-8pm. Rates are seven bucks for twenty minutes or ten bucks for forty minutes per person. The paddle boats are equipped to handle two people, with a third person (under 50lbs) riding for free in the middle.
- Visit the Southwest Farmer’s Market where children ages 4-12 years receive a two dollar wooden token from the Sprouts program for FREE. The Sprouts tent is located on the East side of the market, along with the community and info tent. To find out more about how this awesome children’s nutrition program works check it out It’s a great way to teach young children about healthy food choices.
- Football fan? Catch an Edmonton Eskimos game in July, they are both evening games but kids under 3 get in FREE all season long as long as they sit on your lap. Children ages 3-12 years get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Got a teen? Get one free teen bronze ticket with the purchase of a full price teen ticket. BOGO as many as you want. We took our boys (one and a half and three and a half years old) last year and they have been asking to catch another game all year long. Find tickets
- Do some baking at home with the kids. Bake and ice a cake or cupcakes for no reason other than to enjoy eating them. A special occasion isn’t necessary to bake and eat a cake or cupcakes.
- Indulge at The Taste of Edmonton starting July 20-29th from 11am to 11pm. Save some dollars by buying tickets in advance and eating ahead of time. This is a free event to attend where you can take in performances from live bands or the kids can pop in and enjoy the Taste 4 Kids program.
- Build a Bug House for FREE at Home Depot on Saturday July 8th from 10-12pm. This two hour workshop is ideal for children 5-12 years of age. Find more details on this workshop and how to register here. Registration closes July 3.
- Go on FREE hikes throughout the city and connect with other parents/families. Checkout Hike It Baby Edmonton’s facebook page for more details.
- Play, splash and ride at Castledowns Park. Bring a pop up tent for some shade and a small picnic because there is something for everyone here. Bigger kids can ride their wheels at the skatepark while the younger ones enjoy the various play structures and swings including the musical splash pad. There is also a smaller play area with sand so bring those sand pails and shovels.
How are you spending July with the kids in Edmonton?
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