1. TRAIN TOGETHER
The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will put a spotlight on Edmonton in June, but there’s another beautiful game this summer: Urban Kids U4 soccer club. For six weeks starting in May, Oliver and Downtown kids (ages 3–4) can train for future gold close to home. Urban Kids team is seeking players, coaches, assistants and business sponsorship. Contact Heather Mackenzie.
2. SOAK YOURSELF
The cost of taking the kid for a Sunday swim? Nothing after 1:30 pm at Don Wheaton Family YMCA. That is, for DECL members. But at $5 a pop, memberships pay for themselves in a single splash. Buy them online. It also comes with a two-week YMCA pass.
3. DIG INTO DIM SUM
Brunches at the Century Palace (9700 105 Ave.) or Urban China (10604 101 St.) are the perfect ways to broaden kids’ palates. Watch their eyes widen when they’re allowed to pick and choose treats like pork and scallion dumplings from a constant stream of rolling carts. The kid-sized portions are a bonus.
4. GET ARTSY
The AGA’s BMO World of Creativity room is just for kids. Until April 16, they can hop around the world with a rabbit named Boo by artist Jason Carter. Kids under seven get in free—and so do you every last Thursday evening of the month. Don’t forget about free family art activities every last Sunday of the month, plus weekly drop-in classes (ages 6–12, $15) on everything from pop art to movies.
5. GROW TOGETHER
The popularity of community gardens means you don’t need your own yard to enjoy the virtues of gardening. Peace Garden Park (10259 120 St.) or our Urban eden (9910 Bellamy Hill Rd.) are a short walk away. And while you tend vegetables and beautiful flowers, they get to play with the worms. It’s win-win. Bringing home freshly unearthed carrots might even get them interested in meal planning.
6. JOIN A PLAYGROUP
It’s one of the best things you can do to connect with other parents nearby, especially in a neighbourhood with few schools. While your kids discover new friends and toys, chatting with other parents reminds you that it’s more than possible to live in smaller quarters with an active toddler or two. Ollie’s Treehouse meets every Sunday afternoon at the OCL Hall. DECL also organizes a playgroup, urban Kids Board games’ night, every month.