May 24, 2019

Things To Do in YMM

By on February 25, 2019 0 222 Views

Teachers’ Convention Edition

Today is officially the first day of Teachers’ Convention Week! While educators are off learning new and innovative practices and theories, students won’t be back in class for another week.

With that mentioned, we’ve compiled a list of affordable and fun things to do around the city and at home to keep everyone busy during this last week of February.

Enjoy a Family Movie

Head Out: Landmark Cinemas at Eagle Ridge is currently showing a number of family-friendly box office hits including Alita: Battle Angel, How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Discount: Landmark offers movie times as early as 9:15 a.m. And if you catch a flick before noon, you can take advantage of up to 40% off in admission savings.

Another great ongoing deal is Kids Day Sunday. Children aged 13 and under can score a movie ticket and Snack Pack at a discounted price. Click here for more movie deals!

Stay In: Transform your living room into a movie theatre atmosphere. Pull out the pillows, grab all the blankets and put on some popcorn and enjoy an afternoon of watching some of your family’s most loved flicks.

Explore the Outdoors

Head Out: Vista Ridge – All Seasons Park is open for skiing and snowboarding every day – excluding Tuesday with the Tube Park open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out their Facebook page for regular updates and schedules.

Buses will also be running daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.vistaridge.ab.ca for bus pickup times, locations and cancellation announcements.

Discount: Outdoor rinks can be found throughout the city and are free to use. Temperatures are warming up mid-week making it an ideal time to get some fresh air on our local rinks. Visit the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s website for rink locations and updates or contact Pulse at 780-743-7000.

Stay In: Bring winter inside and craft a bunch of paper snowflakes. Our YMM Parent DIY crafting guru Ashley Catton has a great project posted on her blog. Click here to learn how, and find dozens of other ideas including DIY princess wands, DIY slime and many more.

Photo by Ashley Catton of Adventures of a Stepmom

Have Fun with History

Head Out: Take the kids out for a day of education at the Heritage Park, McMurray Experience, Oils Sands Discovery Centre and the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. They are all very resourceful establishments to learn about Fort McMurray and its history.

Explore our history at Heritage Park. Photo by Dawn Booth of YMM Parent.

Discount/Rates: McMurray Experience and the local library are free to enter during operating hours. Heritage Park is free for children aged three and under, and $10 for children four to 18. The Discovery Centre is free for children six and under and $7 for youth aged 7 to 17. Check their websites or call in advance for hours and admission costs.

Stay In: Spend the afternoon creating a history book. Everyone can help out by gathering photos and memorabilia of the family. Have your children take part by doing pages all about them and work together by making collages of past vacations together. There’s a really good How-To on ThoughCo.com. Click here to check it out.

About the author

Editor-in-Chief at | dawn@balsom.ca

Dawn Booth is the Editor-in-Chief of YMM Parent Magazine. As a local freelance journalist and owner of the communication service, Media Booth. She has lived in Fort McMurray since 2007 and has actively worked in the Wood Buffalo region's media industry as a newspaper editor for over a decade.

Her passion is writing poetry and volunteering in the community. Most important, Booth puts her family of five first; which includes her husband Ryan, two sons Landon, 8, Dawson, 6, and daughter Tess, 4.

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