There’s so much going on this weekend, and with the Family Day Holiday (did you know it’s only celebrated in four provinces in Canada?) there’s plenty of time to take in many of the special events going on in the city!
ATOM Invitational Family Day Hockey Tournament | West Edmonton Mall | Feb 16-18 | FREE
Visit the Ice Palace during regular mall hours and watch hockey teams from across Western Canada compete in a showcase of skills and sportsmanship. www.wem.ca
Telus World of Science | Feb 15-18; Fri – Sat 10 am – 10 pm; Sun – Mon 10 am – 7 pm | Rates vary for General Admission, STAR WARS Identities, and IMAX; call 780-451-3344
Spend a day viewing five exciting galleries and full-dome shows, plus see the exclusive STAR WARS Identities exhibition. The brand-new IMAX movie Rocky Mountain Express opens February 15 and explores the breath-taking views of the west coast with spectacular aerial cinematography. www.telusworldofscienceedmonton.com
Royal Alberta Museum | Feb 18, 9 am – 5 pm | FREE
In addition to 4 exciting featured exhibits and 3 permanent galleries, enjoy a showing of the movie Ice Age at 10 am, and educational talks about the Arctic at 12 pm and 2 pm. Free admission is only applicable on Family Day, February 18 www.royalalbertamuseum.ca
Silver Skate Festival | Hawrelak Park | Feb 15-18 | FREE
Celebrate the great outdoors and enjoy huge snow sculptures, live music, family crafts and activities, speed-skating marathons, skating demonstrations, fire sculptures, and so much more! www.silverskatefestival.org
Art Gallery of Alberta | Feb 18, 11 am – 5 pm | FREE
Explore five gallery exhibitions and become your own artist with special Family Day crafts and activities inspired by the current gallery exhibitions. Free admission is only applicable on Family Day, February 18.
Diana: A Celebration | West Edmonton Mall | Feb 15-18 | Adult $27.30; Senior $23.10; Children 12 and under $18.90
Get a rare glimpse at priceless memorabilia that celebrates the life and legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales. Direct from England, this exhibit showcases over 150 objects including her royal wedding gown, 28 of her most recognizable designer dresses, family heirlooms, personal mementos, and rare jewels. www.wem.ca/diana
Elk Island National Park | Feb 18 1 pm – 4 pm | FREE
Go for a scenic drive — it’s less than an hour away from Edmonton — and spend the day outdoors with free Family Day activities like dog sledding demonstrations, hot food and drinks, show shoeing, and hiking. www.pc.gc.ca
Alberta Legislature | Feb 18, 12 pm – 4 pm | FREE
Stroll the beautiful grounds at the legislature and enjoy live entertainment, a scavenger hunt, carnivals and crafts, outdoor winter activities, and commemorate the day with a photo booth picture. www.assembly.ab.ca
Stanley Milner Library | Feb 18, 2:15 pm | FREE
Children of all ages (even big kids at heart!) will enjoy a screening of the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie.
Edmonton Valley Zoo | Feb 18, 12 pm – 4 pm | $30 Family (2 adults and all children in same household); $9.50 Adult; $5.50 Child; $30 Grandparent Pass (2 grandparents and up to 4 grandchildren)
View the exhibits — including the award-winning Arctic Shores — and enjoy special Family Day activities like a scavenger hunt, face painting, crafts, indoor petting zoo, and educational talks. www.edmonton.ca
One Direction Pop-Up Store | West Edmonton Mall | Through Feb 18
If you’ve got a One Direction fan in your life, this is the last weekend to visit the exclusive One Direction World store to stock up on coveted 1D merchandise.
WildFire Teen Improv Festival | Citadel Theatre | Feb 15-16, 7 pm; Feb 17, 2 pm | Child/Student $9; Adult $12
Students from all across Alberta will compete in a series of silly improv challenges and showcase their comedy skills while collaborating with Improv experts from Rapid Fire Theatre. www.rapidfiretheatre.com
Splash’N Boots | McLab Centre for Performing Arts, Leduc | Feb 17, 2 pm | General Admission $10
This Canadian children’s group are popular rock stars to the toddler set who have seen their “For the Love of Dance” music video on Treehouse TV. Arrive one hour prior to the show for craft time in the Maclab Centre lobby with Zu-Ma! www.tixonthesquare.com
Red Piano | West Edmonton Mall | Feb 17, 8 pm | FREE with dinner reservation
Enjoy dinner from an internationally-inspired menu, an impressive wine list, and unique speciality drinks, then a free duelling piano show; call 780-486-7722 to reserve.
Blind Date | Citadel Theatre | Feb 15 – 17 | $68.25
In this unique, improvised play “Mimi” selects a “lucky” man from the audience to play her date — for the entire evening. www.citadeltheatre.com
Chocolate Fondue in the Harvest Room | Fairmont Hotel MacDonald | Feb 15-18 | $19 for Two
Spend an afternoon relaxing in the elegant Harvest Room dining room with a decadent chocolate fondue to celebrate their “Month of Decadence”, and be sure to try one of their specialty drinks or delicious appetizers, too. www.fairmont.com/macdonald-edmonton/dining
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival | Metro Cinema | Through February 18 | General Admission $12
Metro Cinema celebrates excellence in Canadian film with a variety of films chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada, brought together by Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s films have won awards around the world, and Rebelle is Canada’s nominee for the Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film. Visit www.metrocinema.org for a complete list of films and showtimes.
illumiNITE | Jasper Ave. & 104 St., Pocket Park | Feb 16-17, 5 pm – 10 pm | FREE
Watch as artists create a variety of stunning light installations, grab a drink at the ice bar, and shop for locally made products at a pop-up shopping market. eote.ca
Igloo Festival | MKT | Feb 15, 5 pm – 12 am; Feb 16-17, 1 pm – 12 am | No Cover
Enjoy great food and choose from a selection of over 120 beers while listening to a rotating selection of DJs at this outdoor parka patio party. www.centuryhospitality.com/mkt.php
Shear Madness | Mayfield Dinner Theatre | Feb 15, 6 pm; Feb 16, 6 pm; Feb 17, 10 am & 5:30 pm | $79.99 – $94.99
The audience becomes a part of the performance during this hilarious comedy-suspense dinner theatre that invites viewers to help look for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the mystery. www.mayfieldtheatre.ca