Update: Family Day outdoor activities at City Hall have been cancelled due to weather. Indoor activities will continue as planned.
All scheduled events take place on Monday February 17, 2020.
Family Day Fun in City Hall
Location: City Hall and City Hall Plaza, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Celebrate Family Day at City Hall with live entertainment, crafts and more! All-ages activities include:
- Alberta Musical Theatre performance of Sleeping Beauty
- Blaze 'n Day musical duo
- Roving performers and characters
- City Hall tours
Then step outside onto the City Hall Plaza and take a twirl on the ice rink, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and take part in some games and activities. Free skate and helmet rentals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food trucks will be on site for those wishing to purchase snacks.
Update: Family Day outdoor activities at City Hall have been cancelled due to weather. Indoor activites will continue as planned.
Family Day Festivities at the Reuse Centre
Celebrate Family Day at the Reuse Centre! Enjoy free family-friendly drop-in activities and treats including DIY wind chimes and wind socks, glitter tattoos from The Balloon Fairies, custom envelope-making from the Edmonton Calligraphic Society, gift basket draws and more! Plus, shop the store for items for the whole family. Only $5 for up to 25kg!
Location: 6835-83 Street
Admission: Free activities; $5 for purchases up to 25kg
Front Yards In Bloom: Winterscapes
Bundle up the family and spend Family Day creating a wintry display in your front yard or any public space as part of the City’s annual Front Yards in Bloom: Winterscapes. Visit edmonton.ca/winterscapes for information about the contest guidelines, award categories, inspirational photos and a list of cool prizes you can win.
Entries and nominations are accepted until midnight on February 17.
Community Recreation and Leisure Centres
Looking to get active indoors this Family Day? From splashy aquatic centres to drop-in programs, there's always something happening at a City of Edmonton recreation centre near you. Visit MoveLearnPlay.edmonton.ca or a facility web page for locations, hours and admission prices.
Outdoor Ice Rinks
Free skating is available at City of Edmonton outdoor ice surfaces in Hawrelak, Jackie Parker, Victoria, Rundle and Castle Downs parks. Take a twirl on the Iceway Skating Trails, located next to the Victoria Park Oval and in Rundle Park.
Weather conditions apply. Be sure to check the online notifications or call 311 for current ice surface and toboggan hill conditions before heading out.
Free Shuttle Service to Victoria Park Oval and Iceway
Shuttle Dates and Times
- February 15 (11am-9pm)
- February 16 (11am-9pm)
- February 17 (11am-5pm)
The service will run from downtown to Victoria Park, stopping every 30 minutes at:
- Victoria Park (12030 River Valley Road)
- RE/MAX Field Temporary Stop (Rossdale Road & 96 Avenue northbound)
- Stop #1620 (Jasper Avenue/101 Street westbound, close to Bay/Enterprise Square LRT)
- Stop #1619 (Jasper Avenue & 107 Street westbound, close to Corona LRT)
Watch for the “WinterCity Edmonton Victoria Park Shuttle Stop” signs. Please cover your skate blades or have your skates in a bag before boarding the bus. A limited number of cloth bags will be available on the bus.
Silver Skate Festival
The Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton’s longest running winter festival, returns to William Hawrelak Park from February 7-17. Rooted in the Dutch tradition of a love of the outdoors and of experiencing winter’s cultural and aesthetic beauty, the festival has exploded into an extravaganza of art, culture, recreation and sports programming. Check the festival website for event details and hours.
Free Shuttle Service
On weekends during the Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton Transit Service is offering free shuttle service between the University area and Hawrelak Park, with a number of pick-up and drop-off locations available. Shuttles run every 15 minutes from University Transit Centre to the Butterdome, Windsor Car Park and Hawrelak Park (DATS loop).
Family Day Shuttle Hours:
- First shuttle departs University Transit Centre (bus stop #2636) at noon
- Last shuttle departs Hawrelak Park at approximately 6:15pm
Parking is available at the Windsor Parkade for $5.50/day.
Groat Road Detour
River Valley Road under the Groat Bridge will be closed due to bridge construction. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes. ETS bus Routes 128 and 130 will detour away from Groat Road during this time. Please plan your trip in advance. Transit users are recommended to travel to University station to connect with the free shuttle.
Family Day at the Legislature
Family Day at the Alberta Legislature offers free family fun around every corner. Explore the Legislature Building and learn about its history. Enjoy musical and magical entertainment, crafts, games and LEGO® activities, free exhibitions and educational activities, and special screenings of Edmonton International Film Festival Family Shorts and storytime with Rocky the Ram. A variety of food vendors will also be on-site.
Location: Alberta Legislature, Edmonton Federal Building and the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre
Admission : Free
Take ETS to Your Family Day Destination
Enjoy unlimited all-day travel and transfers for up to 5 people (maximum 2 adults over 24 years old) with an ETS Family/Day Pass for $10. Children 12 and under can also ride free with a fare-paying customer. Family/Day passes can be purchased through ETS sales outlets, ETS Online Store or from fare vending machines.