West Edmonton Mall
One of the World’s largest shopping and entertainment complexes. Loads of activities for teens.
The Galaxyland Amusement Park has roller coasters, swings and thrilling rides that will appeal to teens. A new spinning coaster was added in 2007. The World Waterpark is huge and has slides for all types from beginners to advanced. The extreme slides are steeper and faster. The mix of slides is great if you have friends or family of different age groups.
The good news is the Waterpark is totally indoors and kept at a nice warm temperature so it doesn’t matter what the weather is like. They have palm trees so you feel like you are in a warm tropical spot even when it is snowing outside!
Did we mention West Edmonton Mall has stores? Cosmetic stores and more cosmetics stores, shoes, purses, cool clothes, jeans, hair salons, sporting goods, electronics, music stores and way more. Lots of the regular stores, but for some this is their only location in Edmonton.
You can come to watch the latest movies and of course many restaurants and food kiosks to choose from. There have been a lot of new stores and services opening up in the last couple of months. A very popular spot for both locals and visitors!
West Edmonton Mall hosts some tournaments such as hockey, ringette, and cheerleading so you may be coming as a participant or come to watch athletes in action. If you bring the rest of the family, there is a lot for them to do in between your games, etc. Of course make sure they make it back in time to cheer for you!
87th Ave and 170 Street, Edmonton Get Directions (Google Maps)
Telus World of Science - Edmonton
Edmonton’s space and science centre features interactive mind-boggling galleries.
There is Green’s House, Body Fantastic, Mystery Avenue and Space Place. Imax Theatre and Star Theatre shows, and science demonstrations.
Camps for kids in computers, robotics and other science available throughout the year with shorter courses offered spring break and summer.
11211 – 142 Street, Edmonton Get Directions (Google Maps)
Old Strathcona Historic Area
82nd Ave or Whyte Avenue area is near the University of Alberta, just south of downtown. Old Strathcona has lots of cool shopping places. Several stores cater to the younger crowd, including the college and University crowd.
Lots of independent funky fashion stores, shoes, accessories, sunglasses and watches, books, sporting goods, skateboards and snowboards, gifts, art shops and galleries.
There are also a number of music stores selling items from cd’s to musical instruments like guitars and drums. Probably the largest concentration of music shops in the city.
There are over 60 restaurants, and 30 pubs and clubs (for those 18 and over only). Also a great farmer’s market year-round on Saturdays. There are a number of theatres and festivals in this area.
Edmonton Performing Arts
The Citadel has a family series with three popular plays including A Christmas Carol in December. Theatre School courses available along with camps during spring break and summer. Annual Teen Theatre Festival in April.
9828 – 101A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 3C6
citadeltheatre.com Get Directions (Google Maps)
This season is a return of the favorites. Plays are targeted at either elementary age or junior/senior high students. Their Annual Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids in June will bring four new short plays for kids and families.
617-7 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2V4
concretetheatre.ca Get Directions (Google Maps)
Fringe Theatre Festival Season
Theatre for all audiences. This season includes children’s productions and also two Fringe favorites from the past for older audiences.
10330 - 84 Avenue, Edmonton AB T6E 2G9
fringetheatreadventures.ca Get Directions (Google Maps)
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
ESO has a very successful concert series for young families. Educational concerts and activity programs offered for all school grades.
Alberta Ballet offers educational programs. Ballet performances throughout the year, including the Nutcracker Ballet each December.
Educational programs plus special program for young fans 18-29 years old that want to discover Opera.