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Edmonton is full of fun and fascinating attractions and sights for the family, whether your kids are intrigued by weird and wonderful museums or want to adventure through lush, wild green space. When the troops get hungry, there are plenty of kid-friendly dining options available.

 

Amazing museums

 

Edmonton boasts art galleries and museums with exhibits ranging from ancient history to futuristic fantasy. Many also include kid-themed hands-on exhibits, making the experience even more exciting.

 

Telus World of Science

 

Situated in a suitably sci-fi-ish silver-white building, Telus World of Science will have the whole family fascinated with the wealth of interactive displays and exhibits, including talking robots, moon rocks, and meteorites. It's also home to a dazzling IMAX theatre and a vast planetarium dome, where shimmering stars and spinning planets whizz and whirl before your eyes.

 

11211 142 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5M 4A1. Tel: +1 780 451 3344

 

Telus World of Science website

 

Parks and gardens

 

Edmonton's river valley parkland - which cuts through the city center - creates a ribbon of green speckled with fully-fledged urban parks and intrepid campsites. Within this space, you’ll discover many family-friendly activities.

 

Edmonton Valley Zoo

 

Nestled beside the banks of the glistening North Saskatchewan River, you’ll discover Edmonton Valley Zoo, home to over 350 beautiful exotic and native animals. Head to the zoo’s Carnivore Alley to see snow leopards and arctic wolves, or check out the bright-white snowy owls at the Birds of Prey house.

 

13315 Buena Vista Road, Edmonton AB T5J 2R7. Tel: +1 780 442 5311

 

Edmonton Valley Zoo website

 

Muttart Conservatory

 

Based beside the river near central Edmonton, you’ll find Muttart Conservatory, where immense, twinkling pyramids of glass contain entire jungles of exotic plant-life, from giant white lilies to arching banana trees. Muttart Conservatory aims at educating and inspiring kids, so expect plenty of educational and inspiring hands-on exhibits.

 

9626 96A Street NW, Edmonton AB T6C 4L8. Tel: +1 780 496 8755

 

Muttart Conservatory website

 

Energetic entertainment

 

Sometimes an adrenaline rush is just what kids need to keep the pepped up during a day's sightseeing. And Edmonton's got a fair few thrill rides up its sleeves.

 

West Edmonton Mall

 

Is a mall full of flashy high-end boutiques and brand-name stores a great place to bring the kids? It is if it has its own theme park. West Edmonton Mall is a world within itself, featuring a triple-loop roller coaster in the mall’s Galaxyland area, as well as its very own indoor waterpark. There’s also cinemas, mini-golf, and an ice-rink.

 

8882 170 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5T 4J2. Tel: +1 780 444 5321

 

West Edmonton Mall website

 

Family dining

 

After the theme parks and museums and parkland frolics, the whole family is likely to want their bellies filled. What you need is a friendly, informal place to relax and eat great, hearty food, and here's a couple of popular venues.

 

Famoso

 

Edmonton’s cuisine has a strong Italian influence, with many takeaways, casual eateries, and fine-dining establishments spread throughout its Little Italy area. Famoso blends the best of these, offering sit-down dining, counter-service, and speedy cooking. Enjoy crispy Neapolitan pizzas - or smaller pizzettas for the kids - and cool, creamy gelato for dessert.

 

11750 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton AB TK5 0N3. Tel: +1 780 732 0700

 

Famoso website

 

Blue Plate Diner

 

Treat your kids to some delectable home-cooked American fare at this classic diner with a fine-cooking twist. A favorite among Edmonton locals, this simple, no-fuss eatery boasts mouthwatering mac 'n' cheese, filling meatloaf, and delicious desserts. With an inexpensive kid’s menu, friendly staff, and plenty of seating in colorful surroundings, Blue Plate Diner is a buzzing brunch location.

 

10145 104 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5J 1A7. Tel: +1 780 429 0740

 

Blue Plate Diner website