Family Fun Night Is Every Night in Edmonton


From thrilling amusement park rides to education experience, Edmonton has something fun for the family nearly every night of the week. If you're looking to entertain the kids on a day off or over the weekend, here are a few ideas for you to explore.

Royal Alberta Museum

After three years of planning and construction, the all-new, $375.5 million Royal Alberta Museum opened its doors in October 2018. You can be some of the first visitors to walk through its doors and explore permanent and traveling galleries. These exhibitions highlight natural history, human history, bugs, a children's gallery, and more. There are dozens of interactive, hands-on activities that are sure to entertain your little ones as they learn. If you've had too much fun and need a little break, head to the museum cafe for some food or a coffee.

The Royal Alberta Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets are $19 for adults (19-64), $14 for seniors (65+), $10 for children (7-17), and kids 6 and under are free.

Galaxyland Amusement Park

Covering 70,160 meters inside the West Edmonton Mall, Galaxyland Amusement Park is the world's largest indoor amusement park. The park has 27 rides in total, as well as some other record setters, including the Mindbender, which is the world's tallest indoor roller coaster at 14 stories high, and the Space Shot, which is the world's tallest indoor amusement ride, dropping riders 36.5 meters to the ground.

If these rides are too extreme for you or your children, there are a number of kiddie rides, such as a labyrinth or mini golf, an arcade, and carnival games to keep you entertained. Tickets are $45 for those 43 inches and taller, $35 for people under 43 inches, and $36 for seniors ages 55 and up. Hours vary by day with the park opening as early as 10 a.m. and closing as late as 9 p.m.

Outdoor Skating

Throughout the colder months, visitors and residents have the opportunity to strap on the ice skates and enjoy Edmonton's ice skating rinks. The city operates eight rinks throughout the city, with many open as late as 10 p.m. If you need a pair of skates, head to William Hawrelak Park. Here you'll find ice skates for rent, a concession stand, lockers, a change room, and washrooms. It's the perfect place to learn, reaffirm, or hone your family's skills on the ice.

Attend One of Edmonton's Many Winter Festivals

Although many cities in colder climates tend to shut down until the first thaw, Edmonton thrives throughout winter, even at freezing temperatures. Boardwalk Ice on Whyte is a downtown event in January and February where children can get a first-hand look at ice sculptures and how they're made. Now in its 29th year, the Silver Skate Festival is the oldest winter festival in Edmonton, allowing families to cheer on racers or participate themselves.

No matter what type of interests your family has, Edmonton offers a way for everyone to get their fix. The hardest part just might be deciding where to go first.

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