Winter activtiies don’t have to break the bank. Finding things to do with the kids that will entertain them, and you, and uild those memories of winter experiences while encouraging the kids to get outside is made easy by the fact we’ve got so many options for winter fun in Edmonton.
Here are things to do for FREE this Winter in Edmonton
- Visit the University of Alberta Observatory on Thursday night and have a look through a telescope during an open house, and learn more about the stars above. It’s a fantastic learning opportunity for Edmonton kids.
- Grab a sled and head down one of your favourite toboggan hills. You can find our list of the best toboggan hills in the city in the Raising Edmonton Directory.
- Catch a deep-freeze race and enjoy a full weekend of fun during the Deep Freeze Winter Festival, where you’ll find activities for the whole family. January 12-13
- Take part in STEM Saturdays and learn how sharks swim! Visit the Microsoft Store on Saturdays and take part in a program where you can build a joystick.
- Mark your calendar for Allard Winter Fun day! There’s skating, sleigh rides, hot chocolate and the chance to get outside and spend the afternoon enjoying some winter fun.
- Take a free skating session! All month long, you’ll find drop-in learn to skate sessions around the city for kids that could use a bit of help with their skating skills.
- Try Cross County Skiing or snowshoeing at the South West Ski Fest! This annual event is the chance to try both, and get out and enjoy an afternoon with the family. Janaury 26
- Get bundled up and enjoy the Dovercourt Winter Family Carnival. There is Family Milk Jug Curling, Sleigh rides with indoor and outdoor activities. February 10
- Skate, eat and drink at the Winterfest at Strathcona Community League – you’ll find activities for the whole family on the ice. February 24
- Celebrate World Snow day at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre and try out snowshoeing, meet with a biologist and gather around the campfire to learn something new. January 20
- Skate at the Victoria Park Oval. You can skate under lights, enjoy the oval and play on the surrounding area in the rink where you’ll find snowbanks perfect for sitting and enjoying a thermos of hot cocoa.
- Visit the Family Literacy Carnival, a free event offers fun interactive literacy activities for families with pre-readers and readers of all ages – from children attending programs like Brightpath Kids to school aged children.
- Explore the Art Gallery during one of the free admission evenings. You can explore the latest galleries with the kids, for free!
- Lace up your skates and check out the many indoor skating rinks offering free drop in sessions through the winter: parent and tot skates, figure skates – they’ve got it all! If you don’t have skates and equipment, consider checking out the downtown arena, for free skate rentals during the drop-in session.
- Stop by your local playground for a FREE Winter Greenshack program where you’ll find games and fun at the playground to encourage kids to get outdoors all year long.
- Skate at Hawrelak Park with a view of the Ice Castles. You don’t need to go in the ice castles to experience the magic. It’s just as magical when you’re spending the afternoon skating around Hawrelak, with the ice castles in view.
- Make an Easel at the Home Depot Kids workshop in January, or a heart-shaped box in February. This free kids session on the second Saturday of the month is an easy way for kids to build with a hands on kit designed for them to create. Pre-registration is required (it can be easily completed online).
How are you keeping winter fun affordable in Edmonton this year with the kids?