Free Activites in Saskatoon for Your Kids this Summer

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Free is awesome. Kids with too much free time is not awesome. Here is a list of activities in Saskatoon that are free (yay!) for your kids (and you) to enjoy!

1) Water Parks, Playground Programs and Paddling Pools

There are water park playgrounds all over Saskatoon, near most schools, that turn into fabulous water fun lands. The City of Saskatoon has compiled a handy little list for your pleasure. May I suggest hitting up several locations throughout the summer?? You children will LOVE YOU! 😀

Handy list of water parks link. (Which is also, I might add…handy ;))

2) Parks

I realize the list above ALSO says “parks“, BUT this list is compiled of free play or picnic type parks. Make some lunch, grab a frisbee or their DS’s and head our to a park. We have several parks, all listed by neighborhoods. Check out some new ones and favorite ones. I do not think family’s do park outings enough. Great way to spend a family day AND it’s free!

Saskatoon Park’s

3) Walking, Biking, Blading

Soo many walking paths around Saskatoon! Why not take an active approach to a beautiful summer day and tour some of our great walking paths!

Saskatoon Walking Paths

4) Library

You may or may not have budding readers on your hands, but the library is a great place for your kids to spend some time reading or looking through books and subjects that they may not regularly read. You can also download library books to your e-reader, which is a sweet added bonus.

Library Locations and Info

5) Mendel Art Gallery

Art is a great way to expand your children’s mind. If you have an exceptionally creative child, they will very much enjoy this experience. The Mendel Art constantly features new artists and their work.

Mendel Art Gallery

6) Backyard BBQ

Invite family and friends and have a backyard bbq. The key to making this successful is to keep the kids busy. Think paddling pool, swing set, trampoline, a bouncer and toys. The next key thing is food, have everyone bring a dish. You can organize it by having a list of food items that you want made and as you call to invite people have them choose what they would like to bring.

7) Scavenger Hunt

These are easy to create and are a lot of fun. You can set it up in your own yard, or a park or all over Saskatoon if you feel motivated to do so. This will definitely give your kids something to talk about when they go back to school.

Summer is a short-lived event in Saskatoon and summer holidays best, when enjoyed. Give your kids the best summer ever, with this list of free things to do! 🙂

Saskatoon Circus-Hope You Brought Cash (Lots of it!)

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As you know, because Saskatoon is more small than huge, the circus was just in town. If you have kids, I can only assume that you went because it felt like every parent and child in Saskatoon were cramped into the hot, smelly, mosh pit like tent. Of course, that is only my perspective, the kids thought the circus was amazing and fun!

The BEST part of the circus, were the shows. They included:

  • Trained Horses
  • Acrobatics
  • Hilarious Clowns
  • Trampoline Dude
  • Elephant Rides
  • Puppy Show

Every act was unique and done very well. I give kudos’ to the people who travel with the circus and commit their lives to performing acts, some of which seem quite dangerous at times. Thank you to all the performers, you did an amazing job!

I DO have a couple of things I would adjust before I consider the circus again:

One of the challenges of the tent set up was trying to leave during intermission or after the show. It was very unpleasant, there was not a clear system and it took 15 minutes of very slow walking to escape the chaos. The experience was made worse, because like most parents of children you are catering to a irritable, tired, over stimulated, wanting toys, need to pee, hungry, child. A new system needs should designed or alternative exists created. The circus was in a make shift tent and the effort in trying to leave might be considerably different at the Credit Union Centre.

Another frustration, was the frequent pausing of the show to advertise how us parents could spend more money, as the travelling food and toys made their rounds. The tent was hot and muggy and at any moment, children could have random tantrums and cry fits, we know there is food and toys making their rounds, please do not stop the show to let us know this.

Overall, the circus was a great family outing and when it comes to Saskatoon I am sure that I will again be there with tickets in hand. My advice to you before you head to the circus is to either give your children a budget OR brings lots of cash, because you my friend are going to spend it!

 

6 Reasons Why the UltraAVX at Galaxy in Saskatoon Rocks!

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Image by danmachold via Flickr

Movies are the best thing EVER, second only to theatre popcorn. As we booked our Pirates of The Caribbean tickets through cineplex.com, we were given the option of Digital 3D and UltraAVX 3D. I have not heard of UltraAVX3D, so we decided to check it out. Here are the Top 5 reasons why it is better than the regular theatre rooms:

1. Reserved Seating!

When you book your tickets online, just like at TCU Place and Credit Union Centre, you get to choose where you sit! If you are a control freak on ANY level, you will LOVE it! Never mind the stress of where will we be able to sit when you get there, or finding enough seats so that you can all sit together, nevermind ANY of that! Choose your seats and be done with all of that.

2. Cushy Carpet

When we first got to the coveted new theatre, I thought that someone had spilled some pop on the floor because my shoes were feeling squishy and then I wondered if my shoes had become randomly extra comfy. No. The carpet is brand new and feels fabulous! Yay to new, cushy carpets.

3. Do you smell that?!

No stale air here. You know the familiar sweatyish, popcorn smell of your classic movie theatre experience, you won’t have that here. It is at this moment, when you look up and realize that this theatre is new and smells new!

4. Seats

As you gaze in wonder, because you live in Saskatoon and you don’t get out as much as you should, you notice that the seats look different. Vinyl? Maybe. But definitely bigger and they lean, not just the broken ones from the old theatre, but ALL of them! Fabulous!

5. Bigger is Better

Bigger always trumps, I don’t care what your significant other told you, they lied and it does! The screen, the new screen is bigger and clearer. With the technology of tv moving faster and movie efficiently than the movie screen’s quality, the quality of the movie screen was getting left behind. This one brings it up to standard. It is beautiful, clear AND bigger!

6. 3D Today

More than likely in 2 weeks there will be better 3D technology available and another new theatre room will be born, but for now this theatre is awesome and the 3D is fabulous. The movie literally sits in your lap and will make you a little dizzy, because of the depth that the screen allows you to feel within the movie.

These are the reasons why you should check out the new (insert some cheesy, suspenseful musical nodes here…) U-L-T-R-A-A-V-X at Galaxy in Saskatoon!