Spring break is here, now what? We have a few suggestions that include new exhibits, improved spaces, and adventures; and while some are cheap, others are free.
Telus World of Science
You may have missed booking spring break camp, but there are always things to do at Telus World of Science. The Zeidler Dome is operational again and recent renovations mean there is a new health area and science garage at the center at 11211 142 St.
General admission includes access to the Feature Film Gallery where filmmaker James Cameron Challenge the depths the exhibition is in progress. It’s a combination of artifacts, original movie props and costumes from the abyssand Titanic including the iconic Heart of the Ocean diamond.
Royal Alberta Museum
A new exhibition opened at the Royal Alberta Museum this month called DRIVE: Reimagining the Ride.
It features vehicles spanning a hundred years, including vintage cars on loan from the Reynolds-Alberta Museum and the Remington Carriage Museum, as well as a solar vehicle and a Tinker Garage.
The exhibit is included with general admission to the museum and runs through April 2023 at RAM at 9810 103A Ave.
John Janzen Nature Center
The newly renovated space at the John Janzen Nature Center adjacent to Fort Edmonton could be the subject of a wild spring getaway.
“We have a brand new Edmonton-themed showroom,” says Sarah Gericke, “with all new content, new animal enclosures; just a really bright, cool space.”
The City of Edmonton’s attractions facilities program manager says $360,000 in funding from the Edmonton Nature Centers Foundation enabled them to update the indoor play area, Tegler Discovery Area, and install new interpretive signage along the Birch Tree Trail Loop.
You can see more about the John Janzen Nature Center in this week’s edition of Our Edmonton on Saturday at 10 a.m., Sunday at noon and Monday at 11 a.m. on CBC TV and CBC Gem.
Spring in the square
If you’ve ever wanted to take part in a giant game of chess, checkers or snakes and ladders, here’s your chance. The Edmonton Arts Council is hosting a variety of free activities in Churchill Square from noon to 4 p.m. from March 28 to April 1, including street hockey and table tennis, noodle lightsaber training pool with fight choreographer Murray Farnell, a Drum Speak Workshop with Sangea Academy among other adventures.
Edmonton Public Library
Your local EPL branch offering in-person programs as well as virtual events this year plus new events like an online cooking class hosted by local pastry chef and chocolatier James Holehouse in The Kitchen, a new space at the Stanley A Library. .Milner.
Performing parrots, a dinosaur show, acrobatics with the Yoyo School of Dancing are also part of the free Spring Break programming offered until April 2.
If you’re looking to explore a new green space in the Capital Region, check out this map. It contains details and directions to over 55 parks, where you can hike, bird watch, and find new puddles and playgrounds.
One of the places on the list is Elk Island National Park, 35 minutes east of Edmonton. Parks Canada offers March Break programs in the afternoons from March 28 to April 1 in the Astotin Lake Recreation Area. The programs are included in the price of admission to the park where children 17 and under enter free.
Ski slopes still open
There’s still time to do a few more runs before the end of the season. Despite warmer temperatures, many ski hills in Alberta are still open until March Break.
Places like Marmot Basin in Jasper and Snow Valley in Edmonton as well as Rabbit Hill south of the city. Calling or logging in to check conditions and booking in advance is encouraged.
When in doubt, there’s always a trip to the movies, and four Edmonton-area locations are offering Landmark Cinemas March Movie Break with $3 movie tickets for big-screen favorites likePaw Patrol: The Movie, Clifford the Big Red DogandPeter Rabbit 2. $1 from every ticket sale will benefit Kids Help Phone.