Dear Friends,First off, happy Canada Day! I hope your celebrations of our nation are as wonderful as the rest of your summer plans.
Summer is the time of fun with friends and leisurely afternoons in the sun. For some children though, screens can be more appealing that sunshine.
We have a list of suggestions and do-it-yourself backyard games so next you hear the word ‘I’m bored.’ There’ll be no excuses for not getting outside and being active!
Our photo gallery features outdoor lighting ideas that will transform your deck or patio into a relaxing space this summer.
If you are hunting for something fun to do with your family, look no further than our list of the hottest, most fun events happening around the city.
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Khalid (July 4)
Global super star Khalid, known for his music, is making an appearance in Edmonton.
The Mac and Cheese Festival (July 5 – 7)
A celebration of the gooey classic favourite.
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (July 5 – 14)
A whirlwind of acts, from dances to mimes, hits the streets.
Dog City Festival (July 13)
A new event that brings together dogs — and tries to break the world record for the biggest dog yoga class ever.
Taste of Edmonton (July 18 – 28)
Western Canada’s largest food festival that lasts for nearly two weeks.
K-Days (July 19 – 28)
An extravaganza of rides, games, music, food and adventure that kids and adults alike will love.
Interstellar Rodeo (July 26 – 28)
A must-see music festival that’s unique in more than one way.
The warm summer weather and sunshine should be enough to entice most kids out of the house but sometimes, staring at screens for hours at a time can be all too tempting.
The easiest way to get kids active and moving around outside is to simply make it fun. So the next time they complain about being bored, suggest some of these activities instead.
1. Run a lemonade stand
This is a classic summer pastime for children of all ages. Let the kids figure out pricing, marketing and sales — not only will selling lemonade (and whatever snacks on the side, like cookies or brownies) earn them some spending money this summer, it’ll also teach valuable lessons.
2. Make a giant board game with chalk
Whether it’s hopscotch or Twister, pull out the chalk sticks and get creative. Invite a few neighbourhood kids over for double the fun.
3. Visit the public library
Even for kids who aren’t bookworms, there is likely something to pique their interest at the local library. Oftentimes, they run all kinds of classes and workshops for kids from finger painting to meet-and-greats with authors.
4. Make ice cream or popsicles
Even the youngest of children can follow a simple recipe of freezing popsicle mixtures — and, for the older or braver, turn to ice cream bowls and a bit of elbow grease to make some deliciously cold treats.
5. Look into summer camps
If you’re stuck working and can’t take time off, summer camps can be a great way to keep kids out of trouble and engaged. There is a camp for almost every interest, from adventure to science to cooking to coding — the options are endless.
6. Go camping — in your backyard
There’s no need to go very far for a camping adventure. Just pitch a tent in the back garden, make some s’mores over a fire (or the BBQ) and stargaze from just metres from the safety of home.
7. Have a water balloon fight
When the water restrictions come into effect and sprinklers are turned off, it’s not the end of water fun. Fill up some balloons and cool off by tossing them around.