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Happening in Edmonton: July 23-34

Blog by Sara Kalke | July 21st, 2016

While our family had a busy, active week during the first week of our vacation, this week is all about relaxing, and simple family fun.  We’re living at the lake, and not going anywhere that requires a car.  Tomorrow we plan to picnic on an island.  Summer provides numerous opportunities to make family memories in Edmonton.

Family Fun

Seen through a child’s eyes, parades are magical.  The colours, the costumes, the music, the floats, the candy—do they still throw candy these days?  This year’s K-Days Parade is on Friday at 10:00 AM downtown.

The parade is the kick-off event for K-Days, running from July 22-31.  The annual exhibition includes carnival rides and games (where you can win your sweetheart an obnoxiously-oversized toy), food, concerts, and more.

The Grizzly Bear Lodge playground at Kinsmen Park is the place to be this Sunday from 11:00-2:00.  The ECM Family Picnic in the Park features free activities, as well as food from The Italian Centre Shop to available to purchase.

If your aim is to enjoy the sunshine have outdoor fun with the kids and make the summer heat bearable, one of Edmonton’s numerous splash parks throughout the city might be your answer.  Or spend the afternoon at an outdoor pool.

Other Events:

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create 3D sidewalk art?  Check out Chalk It Up, a free workshop by chalk artist Ian Morris. Located at 94th street and 118th avenue on Saturday, participants will be able to work alongside the pro.  There is also a pancake breakfast at 10:00 AM.

Local foodies’ favourite festival starts this weekend.  Taste of Edmonton is in Sir Winston Churchill Square from July 21-30.  Sample food from numerous restaurants and vendors, indulging in your favourites (green onion cakes!), or trying something adventurous. Open from 11 AM to 11 PM, with live entertainment starting at 7 PM.

Unscheduled Fun:

Speaking of picnics, it couldn’t be simpler to have an impromptu meal al fresco.  Pick up a loaf of fresh-baked artisan bread and a container of organic berries (or a Subway sandwich and cookie), then find a stretch of green grass in the sunshine.

What I’m Doing This Weekend:

We are flying home this weekend, so I’m sure our time will be spent watching movies on the plane, and then going to bed early once we get back to Edmonton.  Followed by a day of unpacking and laundry of course.

- Joanna
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