Gifts that aren’t “gifts” – Here’s three annual passes that you can buy in Edmonton, that are great gifts for kids at Christmas. Hint, hint, great gifts from Grandma and Grandpa!
Edmonton Experience Gifts for Kids and Families
Naturally Edmonton Pass
The Naturally Edmonton annual membership includes year-round access to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, Muttart Conservatory and John Janzen Nature Centre, plus one all-facility recreation centre admission that can be redeemed for one-time use at any City of Edmonton recreation centre. An adult Naturally Edmonton Pass is $83.00/year, and a child Naturally Edmonton Pass is $51.00/year.
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The Royal Alberta Museum, Mammoth Pass
Visit all year for about the same price of two admissions! Mammoth Passes provide unlimited admission to the Royal Alberta Museum for one year. An adult Mammoth Pass is $35.00/year and a youth Mammoth Pass (age 7 – 17) is $20.00/year. Need a child Mammoth Pass? Perfect, because kids 6 and under and FREE!
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Telus World of Science, Edmonton (TWOSE)
The annual membership gets you unlimited Science Centre Admission, which includes access to the S.P.A.C.E Gallery featuring the Destination: Moon theatre, Zeidler Dome shows, The Science Garage & The Maker Space Workshop, The Body Fantastic with Gallery of the Gross & RoboThespian, Syncrude Environment Gallery featuring Science on the Sphere, Discoveryland (for kids 8 & under). Plus, you’ll get access to see animals/sea creatures, program a LEGO Robot, participate in science experiments at an Exploration Station, put your ‘brain’ to the test with our Science Fundamental and Brain Teaser exhibits and watch science come alive on our Science Demo Stage. An Adult Annual Membership (18 +) is $77.95, a Youth Annual Pass (13 – 17) is $69.95, and a Child Annual Pass (3 – 12) is $49.95. Or, you could bundle everyone together and get a Family Annual Pass (2 adults + 4 children/youths) for $199.95.
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Edmonton Oilers Skills Competition
Reserved Seating is only $20 in the lower bowl and $15 in the upper bowl, with net proceeds benefiting the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) and the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund. This family-friendly, all-ages event makes the perfect stocking stuffer for any Oilers fan. Enjoy as your Oilers go head-to-head in a battle of skill, speed and accuracy! Note, the Sportsnet Club and Sky Lounge will not be food-inclusive for the Skills Competition.
Trainer for a Day at West Edmonton Mall
Go behind the scenes of marine life and enjoy a rewarding, one-of-a-kind experience! As Trainer for the Day, you will: Work alongside one of our animal care staff and learn what it is like to care for sea lions, penguins, stingrays, sea turtles, reptiles, and other animals. Actively participate in the daily care of our African penguins and watch one create a foot-painting especially for you. Finally, you will interact with our friendly California sea lions, learn training techniques, and swim with them!
Movie Passes for Landmark Cinemas
Movie passes are available at AMA and through Costco at select locations through the city, as well as available online for Landmark Cinemas 8 in St. Albert. You’re going to love this theatre, with the cinema full of reclining seats, snack options and the ability to order food ahead of time through the ATOM app.
Tickets for ‘The Illusionists’
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTSTM – LIVE FROM BROADWAYTM has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Cirque du Soleil ‘Crystal’
Crystal is not just an ice show, it’s the very first experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice to defy all expectations.
Telus World of Science IMAX Movie Fanatic Pass
Travel to far-away lands – like Cuba, the South Pacific, or even volatile avalanche zones! With this pass, kids and adults can catch unlimited Imax educational movies for as little as $25/year – and multiple other perks, like $5 hollywood movies.
World Waterpark Toddler Time Pass/Daily Passes
If you’ve got a toddler and want to get in some time on the slides this winter, the Toddler Time Pass is an incredible value. Available for children under the height of 48″ at the Waterpark, it’s under one hundred dollars to visit as many times as you would like on all eligible toddler time days.
New Year’s Eve Family Beach Ball
Escape the cold and come celebrate at World Waterpark featuring live entertainment, good food, a spectacular indoor fireworks show, and great company! There’s no better way to ring in the new year with your friends and family.
Atco Kids Cooking Camp
Participants will enjoy the dishes they make for lunch and will be able to take extras and recipe packages home to share with their families at the end of each class. Every camp is sure to reveal your child’s inner chef. There are camps monthly through the winter and spring, each with a different theme. They are perfect for kids who love exploring the kitchen!
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4Cats Family Clay Workshop
Every month, there are new workshops for adult and families! All levels welcomed. Workshops are priced from $25, making it affordable for the family to get out, and create something together. Alternatively, there are winter kids camps that can be registered and gifts to the artistic children on your holiday shopping list.
Cirque de la Symphonie
Specials are concerts that are programmed outside of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra series packages and are now available for purchase. A wide range of music and guest artists are featured in these special concerts. Always an audience favourite, Cirque de la Symphonie’s extraordinary cast of acrobats, contortionists, and aerial flyers unite with orchestral masterpieces to create a spectacular feast for both eyes and ears that will delight the whole family.
The Rec Room
The Rec Room is one of our favourite places to spend an evening with the kids (especially at West Edmonton Mall location, where you can get half off games between Sunday and Wednesday). The game tags at the Rec Room would be a fun way to present this experience gift, where you could head out for a couple of hours and enjoy games, food and drinks in the ‘Yard’.
Open Studio at Creation Space
For toddlers and preschoolers, this program one morning a week is an incredible way to get creative, get messy and get playful as they (and you!) explore the studio with different stations created every session.
Spend a Night at the Camp-in at the Dinosaur Museum
Snore with the dinosaurs, dig for fossils, or create a fossil replica. And then, see what happens when the lights go out at the Museum! Families, groups, and organizations with children between the ages of 5 -13 are welcome.
Experience gifts for Edmonton kids are a great idea for grandparents – or parents that are searching for more than just gifts under the tree this year. We try to give at least one experience gifts to our children, where they will be accompanied by a parent for a fantastic morning or evening out, and it’s one of the gifts that they look the most forward to every year!
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