50 FREE Things to do in Edmonton this Month Kids (August) (2023)

It’s the last month of summer, and Edmonton is full of things to do with your kids. We’ve got fifty FREE things to do with kids in Edmonton, all month long.

Here’s everything to do for FREE with the kids in August

Hit up a Summer Greenshack
: All month
Hit up a summer green shack at an outdoor playground. Get active and join in on games, sport, crafts, music, drama and special events! A complete list of activities and special events is posted on the side of Green Shacks each week. (July 4 - End of Summer)
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Scavenger Hunt in the Greenhouse
: All month
Visit Either location of Salisbury Greenhouse this summer where kids can take part in an easy scavenger hunt. When the scavenger hunt is finished, they can trade in their card for a small herb plant to take care of at home!
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Try Geocaching and Find a Local Treasure
: All month
Download the Geocaching app and hit up your favourite trail to see what you can find. It’s a fun treasure hunt that encouruages you to get out, and explore. Fun fact: there are close to 5,000 geocaches to find near Edmonton - that’s a lot of exploring near you this summer. Note: though there is a free version of this app available, not all the geocaches are available with the free version of the app.
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Fire Station Open House: Capilano
: August 27, 12-4pm
Visit the Fire Station Open House at Station 11 – Capilano | 6110 – 98 Avenue. It’s a fun, and free way for the kids to experience a local fire station, meet with Firefighters and even explore a truck!
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Rural Roots Fair in Beaumont
August 27/28, 9am - 4pm
Come out for a FREE family event including Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Equine and Dog Demos, Marketplace, Kids crafts, Youth/Adult Workshops, Tractor Hay Rides, Interactive Nature
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Get Free Admission to Art Gallery of Alberta
: August 25, 4-7pm
The AGA is pleased to offer free admission from 4-7pm on the last Thursday of every month. Spend the evening cooling off at the museum exploring the latest exhibits.
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Family Nature Night
: August 24, 2022, 6:30pm
There are four programming nights through the summer, it’s a fun way to make your way through every one. Your kids are going to love the hands-on and interactive elements to the family nature night programming. Arrive a half hour early, at 6pm, to register for the program at the rotating locations.
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Trashfest Celebration in Strathcona County
: August 23, 4-7pm
Come learn about our waste system in Strathcona County! Enjoy some of these free activities, get an up close look at one of the new waste trucks, play interactive games and information booths.
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Edmonton Wildlife Festival at Queen Mary Park
: August 21
The festival will be free to attend with donations encouraged to participate in some activities. All donations going directly towards WILDNorth as we continue to rescue, treat, and release injured and orphaned wildlife.
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Watch an Outdoor Movie in the Spray Park
: August 20, tbd
Film begins at sunset. Bring your own seating and bug repellant, and dress for the weather. To prevent equipment damage, the show will be cancelled if it rains.
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Movie Night in the Pool at Eastglen ($2)
: August 19, 7pm
Admission to this event isn’t free, but it’s a cheap (and fun) way to spend a Friday night. Toonie swim tonight includes a movie in the pool! So dive in, and get ready for some fun.
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Outdoor Movie Night in Stony Plain
: August 18, 7:30pm
The Town of Stony Plain is excited to bring back a summer staple: the Outdoor Movie is back! The event is free to attend, just pack along lawn chairs. Activities start at 7:30 pm!
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Family Nature Night
: August 17, 2022, 6:30pm
There are four programming nights through the summer, it’s a fun way to make your way through every one. Your kids are going to love the hands-on and interactive elements to the family nature night programming. Arrive a half hour early, at 6pm, to register for the program at the rotating locations.
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Antler Lake Community Fair
: August 13, 12-8pm
The fun festival will feature Live Music, Entertainment, Petting zoo, Bouncy castles, Games, Contests, Beer gardens, Food & so much more fun for the whole family.
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Edmonton Dragon Boat Racing Open House
: August 13, 11am - 5pm
The Edmonton Dragon Boat Racing Club is celebrating the end of summer with a free Open House! Try paddling a dragon boat, enjoy free BBQ, and explore Dawson Park and the natural scenery of the North Saskatchewan River.
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Devonfest at Devon Voyageur Park
: August 13, 4-11pm
Come on out for an evening of music outside in our beautiful Voyageur Park featuring Tebey, The Prairie States, and more!
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Strathcona County Family Festival
: August 13, 10am - 2pm
Join Family Futures for a day of free summer fun featuring a foam machine, photo booth, Zoo 2 U and more. This fun festival is a great way for families to be able to connect with one another, and new friends.
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Youth Day in Edmonton
: August 13,
Youth Day Edmonton is FREE, all-ages, and includes bouncy castles, free food, face painting, DJ Kwake, special guest appearances, lots of big prizes, an outdoor movie at dusk, fireworks by Castle Downs Recreation Society & Uncle John’s Fireworks and much MORE! Bring the whole family for a day of free fun
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Free Tickets for Kids to Edmonton Elks vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
August 13,
The kids get in free initiative, presented by Save-On-Foods, launches in time for this Thursday’s game against the Calgary Stampeders (7 p.m.). Adults looking to bring their youngsters to the game can get up to four kids tickets (12 and under) for every adult ticket purchased. While the tickets for kids 12 and under are free, they still need to be secured through Ticketmaster when the adult ticket is purchased. No promo code is required to secure the kids tickets – simply add them to your cart along with your adult ticket.
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Alberta Open Farm Days
: August 13/14, all day
Visit a local farm to learn more about where your food comes from. There are free tour, events and activities all throughout the province to celebrate Open Farms Days.
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Visit the Terwillegar Summer Carnival
: August 13, tbd
Visit the neighbouorhood and make new friends. At the carnival there will be a petting zoo, carnival games, and other activities.
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Back to School Bash Outdoor Movie Night
: August 12, 6:30 - 10:30
The Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition invites Strathcona County youth and young adults to participate in a night of fun at the Back to School Bash. Connect with youth in the community and enjoy a DJ, Fun activities, snacks, swag, and an outdoor movie screening at 9pm.
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Family Nature Night
: August 10, 2022, 6:30pm
There are four programming nights through the summer, it’s a fun way to make your way through every one. Your kids are going to love the hands-on and interactive elements to the family nature night programming. Arrive a half hour early, at 6pm, to register for the program at the rotating locations.
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Everybody Gets to Play Playday at Broadmoor Lake
: August 9, 1-4pm
Play Days provide children free and active play options that appeal to all of their senses. Each activity celebrates getting back to the basics - digging in the sand, building forts, playing games; the kind of activities that come naturally to kids!
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Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Borden Park
: August 7, 2-3pm
This pay what you can symphony performance in Borden Park is a fun way to spend the afternoon. When it’s finished, head out to the playground or Borden Park Natural Swimming pool, where kids can swim for free.
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Manning Summer Sizzler
: August 7, 12-4pm
Come out and celebrate Summer with us at the outdoor Manning Summer Sizzler on Sunday, August 7! Enjoy an afternoon of family-fun including bouncy castle obstacle courses, face-painting, a tattoo artist, and more! PLUS, Manning Town Centre will be giving away free ice cream. (Ice cream is available while supplies last!)
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Spruce Ave Birdhouse Painting and Commmunity Garden Night
: 10am - 12:30pm
Come learn how to sheet mulch, plant a tree and help bring the Spruce Avenue Community Garden to life. We will be sheet mulching a section of the garden and teach you how to do this simple, effective garden technique in your own yard to expand your growing space. Plant a few fruit trees and help finish the garden as well.
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Fire Station Open House: Rainbow Valley
: August 6, 12-4pm
Visit the Fire Station Open House at Rainbow Valley: Station 13 – Rainbow Valley | 4035 – 119 Street. It’s a fun, and free way for the kids to experience a local fire station, meet with Firefighters and even explore a truck!
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Summer Carnival Community Gardens
August 6, 11am - 2pm
St Mary & St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in partnership with Sakaw Gardens present a time to celebrate summer. Games, hot dogs, and lots of free fun!
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Arkann Spray Park Pop-up Playdate
: August 6, 12-3pm
Enjoy an afternoon of fun in the ArrKann Spray Park and Playground in Ardrossan, with backyard games and treats (while supplies last).
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Fire Station Open House: Meadowlark
: August 6, 12-4pm
Visit the Fire Station Open House at Station 12 – Meadowlark | 9020 – 156 Street. It’s a fun, and free way for the kids to experience a local fire station, meet with Firefighters and even explore a truck!
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Cariwest Cari-FEST Parade
: August 6, 12-2:30pm
Visit the parade for a bright and colorful way to spend Saturday morning. The parade is slated to start at 108 Street and 99 Avenue, proceed down Jasper Avenue and make its way to Churchill Square! While you’re there, you can experience the rest of the festival activities.
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Art Session Community Drop-in
Date: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 9-4pm
Every Tuesday at the Foundry, our doors are open for artists to stop in and create alongside other artists and creatives. Bring your latest project along, or dip into our treasure trove of donated supplies to create your next masterpiece. Open studio runs from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Check our calendar for different featured events, workshops, and guest speakers that may also happen during this time— all of which will be free! All ages.
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Storytime at St. Albert Botanic Park
: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Find us in the orchard for a fun family storytime on Mandays, 10am. No registration is required. This gorgeous park is perfect for a storytime playdate, and exploring when the storytime is finished.
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Summer Scavenger Hunt in the River Valley
: All Month
The summer is here and it’s time for another RVA summer Scavenger Hunt and fantastic prizes! This year each week highlights the trails and or RVA projects in one of the six municipalities that make up the RVA: Devon, Parkland County, Edmonton, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County and Fort Saskatchewan.
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Make Your Way to the Accidental Beach
: All month
Make your way down to the Accidental Beach for a couple hours of fun at the river. It’s one of our favourite places to grab the sand toys and make a castle, wade our feet in the water, and enjoy the sunset.
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What can kids do for free in Edmonton? ›

6 Free Things to do With Kids in Edmonton
  • 1) Kids Play Spring Break Extravaganza.
  • 2) Edmonton Public Library Events.
  • 3) UofA Observatory.
  • 4) Art Gallery of Alberta.
  • 5) Edmonton River Valley Trails.
  • 6) Hawrelak Park.
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Where can I take a 2 year old in Edmonton? ›

Best toddler activities Near Me in Edmonton, AB
  • Sweet Pea Cafe and Playhouse. Cafes Indoor Playcentre. ...
  • The Fun Dome. Mini Golf Playgrounds. ...
  • Hide N Seek. Playgrounds. ...
  • Rock Paper Scissors Indoor Playground. ...
  • Café O'Play. ...
  • Uplay Edmonton. ...
  • Phoenix Gymnastics Centre. ...
  • Treehouse Indoor Playground.

What is family fun? ›

Family fun is an important part of building a strong family identity. When families have fun together, it builds a bond that can last a lifetime. Traditions are often developed in times of fun. Those traditions help define and individualize each family.

Are dogs allowed in Hawrelak Park? ›

No dogs allowed in Hawrelak Park at #yegheritagefest. Check out these great tips to keep your pet safe this summer ow.ly/ZC6d30dZBr3!

Where can I take a 3 year old in Edmonton? ›

Things to Do with Toddlers in Edmonton
  • Edmonton Valley Zoo. A trip to the zoo is always fun and exciting! ...
  • Muttart Conservatory. ...
  • Art Gallery of Alberta. ...
  • John Janzen Nature Center. ...
  • Telus World of Science. ...
  • Edmonton Public Library. ...
  • Alberta Aviation Museum. ...
  • Winspear Center.
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Are there beaches in Edmonton? ›

Out of all the beaches in Alberta, Edmonton's are some of the most lush. You'll find a few beaches in Edmonton and even more just a short drive from the city limits that are worth the quick road trip. There are several spots along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River that boast little beaches.

What can you do with 2 friends? ›

Fun things to do with your friends at home
  1. Play games. Games offer hours of entertainment. ...
  2. Have a clothing/DVD/book/game swap. Invite your friends over. ...
  3. Host a potluck lunch or dinner. ...
  4. Host a movie night. ...
  5. Tell each others' fortunes. ...
  6. Host a sleepover. ...
  7. Have a spa day. ...
  8. Start a fantasy sports league.
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What things can a family do together? ›

Best Family Bonding Activities
  • Cook together. What is this? ...
  • Make a fort. Making a fort is a winning solution to family boredom. ...
  • Play hide and seek. Even the smaller family members can learn to play a game of hide and seek. ...
  • Go on a family hike. ...
  • Have a movie night. ...
  • Throw a dance party. ...
  • Sing karaoke. ...
  • Play a card or board game.
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Are dogs allowed in Edmonton mall? ›

Service Animals

Only animals trained to assist persons with disabilities are permitted within West Edmonton Mall.

Where can I take my dog Edmonton? ›

  • Petland – multiple Edmonton and area locations.
  • PetSmart – multiple Edmonton and area locations.
  • Canadian Tire – multiple Edmonton and area locations.
  • Rona – multiple Edmonton and area locations.
  • Lowe's – multiple Edmonton and area locations.
  • Home Depot – multiple Edmonton and area locations.
16 Jan 2020

Can I drink at Hawrelak Park? ›

To be clear, those consuming alcohol are not permitted to walk around the park with their alcoholic drinks.
Whitemud ParkDesignated for Consumption: 5 Bookable: 1 Non-bookable: 4
William Hawrelak ParkDesignated for Consumption: 8 Bookable: 1 Non-bookable: 7
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What is the No 1 lake in Alberta? ›

1. Lake Louise. The most famous lake in Alberta, if not the entire country, is Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Set in a long valley with towering mountains framing the scene, the lake has been a destination for camera toting tourists since 1890.

Is Sylvan Lake safe to swim in? ›

This is a summer hotspot suitable for anyone. The safe, shallow waters are ideal for swimming. The lake is popular for recreational use such as boating, water skiing, and fishing. The Sylvan Lake Stewardship Association has been very active in promoting and preserving the clear, clean waters of Sylvan Lake.

Can you swim in the river in Edmonton? ›

The Edmonton River Swimmers gather several times each summer to go for a swim. On Monday, it was a three-kilometre swim from Terwillegar Park to the Fort Edmonton bridge. "We have such a lovely river and it's so under-utilized," said swimmer Jason Britton.

How many kids are in the family fun pack? ›

Led by parents Matt and Kristine, Family Fun Pack features reality-style content chronicling the daily adventures of their six children — Alyssa, David, Zac, Chris, Michael, and newborn Owen — with videos about road trips, toys, games, food, clothes and other slices of family life and milestones.

How do you enjoy with your family? ›

Show Your Parents You Care
  1. Say Hello.
  2. Ask Your Kids to Give Grandpa and Grandma a Call.
  3. Eat Together Once a Week.
  4. Cook Your Family's Favourite Recipe Together.
  5. Spend Dedicated Time Together.
  6. Learn Something New.
  7. Celebrate Family Traditions.

How can I have fun with my family at home? ›

Fun Things to Do at Home with Friends and Family
  1. Try a New Recipe. Browse the internet to find a few new recipes you think your family or significant other might enjoy. ...
  2. Start a Garden. ...
  3. Read a Book Together. ...
  4. Play a Board Game. ...
  5. Try Yoga Classes.
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