School is out and summer is officially here! For July, we’ve decided to focus on everything outdoors. That’s right, we’re talking license-free fishing, play mobs, and free concerts to name a few. Rain or shine, and with something for everyone, take a look at our top five list of activities to do in July!
Family Fishing Weekend@ various lakes and rivers across Canada on Saturday, July 6 & Sunday, July 7th. If you’re not an avid fisherman, or haven’t had a chance to get out to the local lakes yet this summer, this weekend is definitely a good time to go. Why? You can fish license-FREE! Make sure to get to your favorite lake early because it’s sure to be a busy weekend! Fishing regulations and other rules still apply during license-free days. It’s important to note that if you’re headed to the mountains on July 6 and 7th, a National Park fishing license is still required to fish in Canadian National Parks.
Play Mobs@ in Parkland County on Wednesdays, and Spruce Grove and Stony Plain on Thursdays in July and August. If you’re looking to get out of the house and meet other families, then look no further than Play Mobs. Put on by the Alberta Parenting for the Future Association (APFA), Play Mobs run each week (Wednesdays if you’re in Parkland County, Thursdays if you’re in Spruce Grove or Stony Plain) and consist of a pop-up playground with FREE activities for the kids to take part in. Activities change every week and keep the kids active and busy from 10:00-11:30AM. Locations have already been released for Parkland County so families can prepare ahead of time, but Spruce and Stony locations are top secret! New this year, you can text 393939 to get a text alert on Thursday morning at 9:00AM when they release that day’s activity. You can also find additional info on their facebook page.
Summer Sessions@ Shikaoi Park in Stony Plain on Wednesdays in July. Bring your lawn chair, picnic blanket, and the whole family to enjoy a free concert every Wednesday at 7:00PM during July and August. Feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy during the concert, or stop by the on-site BBQ area instead. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to grab a good spot as these events have been known to get pretty busy. Performers change weekly, so make sure to check out the Summers Session info on the Stony Plain website.
Kids At Kiwi@ Kiwi Nurseries Ltd on Tuesdays during July and August (times vary). Each week, kids create a new nature-themed masterpiece with Kiwi staff members close-by to lend a helping hand if necessary. Our niece went and can’t wait to go back next week. There was more than enough staff to help support the kiddos to be the best Picasso they could be. And if that isn’t enough, they get to explore the grounds, meet the chickens, and have story time. We know how crazy and hectic it can be to plan and organize a family to be at a specific location at a specific time. Kids at Kiwi has taken the headache away by offering three different activity times on Tuesdays so that even the busiest families can attend. Cost is $5.00 per child. Pre-registration is not required.
Flapjacks at the Tracks@ the Grain Elevator Museum in Spruce Grove on Saturday, July 20thfrom 8:00AM – 11:00AM. This is a yearly event in which proceeds go directly to the preservation of the Spruce Grove historical grain elevator. We love any event that helps to keep local history alive, so we are definitely on board with this one. Enjoy farm fresh eggs, pancakes, and sausages for breakfast all while knowing your small contribution is helping keep local history alive and well. Tickets can be purchased on site ($4 for kids, $7 for adults).