What is Free for Kids in Edmonton?

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Raising kids is expensive. It is always great to find stuff for kids to do that is free or discounted in Edmonton. Here is a list of what we found that you can do with your kids for free or low cost:

  • Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass – Kids in Grades 4 and 5 can ski and snowboard at over 150 ski areas across Alberta for $29.95. Visit https://goskialberta.com/grade-4-5-snowpass/ for more info.
  • Art Gallery of Alberta has free admission every Thursday from 5-8pm https://www.youraga.ca/
  • Children 12 and under can ride ETS for free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
  • For Kindergarten students there is the Eye See … Eye Learn program. Book an appointment with an optometrist and have your child get an eye exam and if they require glasses they will be provided with a free pair. http://www.optometrists.ab.ca/@/AAO/ESEL
  • Eating out with kids can really tight on the wallet. Just Another Edmonton Mommy has complied a list of places where kids eat free around Edmonton. https://justanotheredmontonmommy.com/2019/02/when-where-kids-eat-free-around-edmonton-2019/
  • For kids who love to build things, Home Depot has free Hands-on Workshops on the 2nd Saturday of each month. These are designed for kids ages 5-12 and they will bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate. https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ideas-how-to/workshops.html
  • When your 5 or 6 year old wants to play hockey then there is the Lil’ Oilers program. This free program outfits each child with hockey gear and has free ice time and instruction. The program is a Learn to Play initiative and is developed in collaboration with the NHL and NHLPA. Oiler alumni are among the coaches. To apply for this program visit https://www.nhl.com/oilers/community/learn-to-play