13 INDOOR THINGS TO DO IN WINTER IN EDMONTON
If you ever hear anyone lamenting that there is nothing to do in the Edmonton in the winter, hand them this list and ask them to pick. There are many things to do and see in this city in the winter. From Art Galleries to Fantasy Land, if you run out of ideas, start from the beginning again.
1. Alberta Legislature Building.Surprisingly, there are many people who’ve lived in this city for many years; some even born and raised here that have never been Inside the Legislature Building. Go on a guided tour and learn the history behind this architectural monument. AS you drive by during the Christmas Season the building is fully decked out with lights and a fabulous tree. There is no cost and you the tours are Monday to Friday, October to April. Check the times and call and book a tour. You’ll be surprised how much you learn.
Edmonton City Hall is more than where you go to pay taxes. This unique building with its “look to the future, take pride in the past”, featuring two pyramids is a lot more than Edmonton’s Government centre. You should take a tour of the building that features a 23-bell carillon and learn about Edmonton’s past. The tours guided tours are free, but you should book a ways in advance.
3. The Alberta Art Gallery. You can visit this place year round but in the winter it’s extra special. Indoors with thousands of works of art including historical paintings and art installations. Although this is the oldest art institute in Alberta, the swanky modern building it is a work of art.
4. Are you an avid horticulturalist or just interested in flora and fauna? Then a trip to the Muttart Conservatory should be in your winter plans. You’ll be taken on a breathtaking tour of plants from the four corners of the world, in this beautiful four pyramid structure. It’s also warm inside so you can take a respite from winter and imagine yourself in the tropics.
5. If history and archaeology is more in line with your interests, the Royal Alberta Museum will certainly satisfy your passion. Although you can visit the museum year round, saving it for winter is a great idea. Gather up the kids and take them on an educational tour of Alberta history and culture. The live invertebrate gallery alone will provide a fun winter family trip.
6. There is no lack of educational facilities in Edmonton, and TELUS World of Science is sure to awe and inspire the budding as well as the experience scientist. A trip to this world of wonder will kindle the love of science in any child or adult though the many gun exhibits and hands on activities. It’s ok if you’re an adult. It will be fun to explore the adventurous child in you again.
7. Perhaps Zoology is more of an interest? A stroll through Edmonton Valley Zoo to visit the Siberian Tigers and Silver Fox that make their home there is sure to hold anyone’s attention’ young or old. You’ll learn how the zoo cares for the tropical animals through keeper talks. Edmonton Valley Zoo is the home of more than 350 species of animals and birds from different habitats and climates.
8. Ok, so maybe long walks in the cold aren’t your cup of tea. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nature walk. The John Janzen Nature Centre is a great place to visit with your young ones. You’ll learn all about nature from the Jurassic to present day. There are drop in programs that children can have fun learning with animal encounters and feedings.
9. Edmonton is host to one of the world’s largest malls. You can spend a full two days within West Edmonton Mall. It is an entertainment and shopping wonderland. Galaxy land amusement park is everyone’s favorite. Go for a swim and water slides in World Water Park, Cheer on the sea lions as they perform, and explore the underground of sea life caverns in Marine Life. There are a host of activities like miniature golf, Ice Skating on an NHL sized rink, bowling at Ed’s Rec Room and award winning popular restaurants and music and dinner theatres.
10. What kid doesn’t love to jump? Aren’t you constantly telling them to stop jumping on the bed? Now, you can satisfy the innate urge to jump at Launchpad Trampoline Park. Defying the laws of gravity is fun for people of all ages. Even if you have bad knees this activity will be fun and won’t cause an injury.
11. Learning to use a gun and shoot properly and well is almost a must in the north. Take the whole family to Storm bringer Air-gun Range and Supply/ Air guns are safe and won’t cause any injury. There are activities for shooting for fun as well as competitive shooting.
12. A little more history for the budding historian 10. Take a guided tour of Rutherford House, the home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. You’ll hear history told through the stories told and understand the nuances of this Edwardian-era furnished home as it is explained by costumed interpreters. This is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
13. It is said there is an artist in everyone, everyone can sing, and everyone can act. Live theatre is the hallmark of any culture, and Edmonton is certainly well served in this area. There is always an award winning play, live music and touring artists in our capital. There are many theatres in the city, for more information sees Performing Arts & Theatre. This years presentation of Flash Dance at the Jubilee Auditorium is sure to attract people of all ages. Taking your children to a live performance might be the inspiration they need to practice their piano and dance more often.
These are just a few of the indoor activities available in our fine city. There are so many more, that I’m sure we’ve left some out. Share your adventures with us in the comments, so everyone can be more aware of what there is to do in this city in the winter without being outdoors