15 Fabulous Free Winter Kids Activities in Edmonton

Published Nov 16, 2017

Known as “Canada's Festival City”, Edmonton is truly a fantastic place to live! However, in the middle of winter we often loose our enthusiasm for the city and are either stuck inside or bundled up. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 15 free winter activities that everyone will love.

#1. Freezeway

If you are looking for something new to do this winter we highly suggest checking out the brand new Freezeway in Edmonton. This 400m, figure-eight skating trail runs adjacent to the Victoria Park Oval and has become an instant hit with local Edmontonians. Access to the trail is free. After all it isn’t that hard to make ice in Edmonton...

#2. Silver Skate Festival at Hawrelak Park

Time is of the essence with this suggestion but if you are free this weekend you need to take your family to the Silver Skate Festival. This winter celebration is only on until February 21st and is being held at Hawrelak Park. Attractions this year include an ice castle, snow sculptures, snowshoe races and skate races.

#3. West Edmonton Mall

If the weather is wicked or you just need an excuse to go shopping why not take the kids to the West Edmonton Mall. You can save money by explaining to your children ahead of time that you are only window shopping. Although your kids won’t be able to necessarily run around they will be able to walk off some energy in a warm, indoor environment.

#4. Telus Science World

If you have a little pocket change to spare we suggest taking your kids to Telus Science World. this hands-on space and science museum is perfect for a day trip with the family. Visit the IMAX theatre, planetarium, observatory and exhibits for the full experience.

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#5. Rundle, Jackie Parker & Gallagher Park

Grab your toboggans and crazy carpets and hit the hills with your family. Every Sunday until the end of the month, from 1-5 p.m. there will be a FREE hot drink at these slide and slide locations. Reminder: this event is weather dependent.

#6. Sir Winston Churchill Square

Every Saturday all winter long join the local community from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for free games including table tennis, ball hockey , giant checkers, giant chess. Come back on Sundays at the same time for Swing ‘n’ Skate. Free skate rentals are available on a first come, first serve basis.

#7. Edmonton Public Library

With one in every community visiting the library is the perfect afternoon indoor activity to do with you kids.  Let them pick out a new bedtime story for you to check out.  Hint: in the meantime indulge yourself with some free magazines. Score!

#8. Muttart Conservatory

You know those super cool glass pyramids rising from the river valley? Well inside the pyramids are actually biomes that help preserve and grow one of Canada’s largest botanical collections. Become one with nature and stop by to see some innovative plant science.

#9. Reel Family Cinema 

Did you know the Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema offers free admission to kids under the age of 12? Check out this link for details. 

#10. Hide N Seek

Hide n Seek is Edmonton’s newest and largest indoor playground. The place is massive and is full of killer slides, climbing structure and even a cafe. Admission is not free, however this relaxing healthy oasis is perfect for parents who have children of all ages that want to monkey around.

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#11. Galaxyland

Galaxyland may cost you a pretty penny but with the countless amount of thrills it is a great stop for special events such as a birthday. The Amusement park is the largest indoor park in North America. With over 25 attractions your little ones will scream with delight.

#12. Borden Park 

With an ode to Canadiana this woodland-themed playground looks like something out of a storybook. The outdoor playground is free and offers multiple climbing structures, slides and animal carvings.

Carly Paracholski
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