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-Where to Find Birthday Decorations For Your Child’s Party

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Construction Birthday Party

Image by Kid's Birthday Parties via Flickr

Birthday party‘s are best when there is an abundance of decorations, just ask the birthday kid! The best way to buy the right decorations is to:

  • Pick a theme. 
  • Pick 3 colors that support it.
  • Choose some games for the kiddies.
  • Set a budget.

Where do you find birthday decorations in Saskatoon?

1. Walmart

We have 3 stores here in Saskatoon, Stonebridge is the best location for everything. Depending on the season, you can get some pretty cool, inexpensive toys for the goody bags too! Walmart has a birthday section, it has the basics for your childs party and everything as you know is priced afforably.

2. Dollarama

The store that I find has the best selection and the most product, is the one in Willowgrove/Arbor Creek/Erindale area. I like Dollarama because the store is smaller and filled will things that kids love. Mostly cheap and lasts for a few months of enjoyment.

3. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

If you are looking to kick it up a notch, check out Bibbidi, they have costumes for girls party’s. They specialize in princess and have adorable princess costumes for your party.

4. Birthday Express

There is a great place online, called Birthday Express. They provide you with everything you need for your child’s birthday party, minus the cake. You will love the site, check it out!

5. Birthday Cakes

I always find great cakes at any grocery store, Dairy Queen or Jerry‘s. Check out their cakes. If you do not find any that you like, they have a binder with cakes that they can design for your child’s party. If you want an extra fancy cake, have a look at Sugar Moon Cake Co in Saskatoon. They make beautful cakes!

If you have any great places in Saskaoon to recommend, please list them.

Saskatoon: Old Fashioned Birthday Party’s

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Kids Birthday

Image by StaunchThrowback via Flickr

Remember when you were a kid? You and EVERY kid who lived on the street, would go to ALL birthday party‘s of the children that lived on the same street? Birthday party‘s were always held at our houses and included games, presents, hot dogs and cake! Old fashioned birthday’s, does anyone have these anymore?

Here are 4 Great Things to do at your child‘s next birthday party, old school style:

1. Decorate it up!

Every child loves to help you with decorating the house, especially for their birthday. Go all out! They will NEVER forget all the decorations and the time you took, spending it solely on them. Check out Wal-Mart, Dollarama (the one in Willowgrove is amazing!) and Micheal’s!

  • Birthday Banners
  • Balloons
  • Streamers
  • Chair decorations

2. Bake!

Most parents, myself included go to the store and let their child choose a cake, because hey THAT was easy! I am suggesting letting them choose the cake that YOU decorate. You can color your icing, to create designs and buy cake toppers to top off your pretty cake. Be creative, it might be a toss-up to who is more pumped about your newly found cake skills, you or little Susie. If your cake ends up looking terrible, that is a memory in itself, when your kids are older and laughing about it! 🙂

3. Games!

There are several ways for your kids to have the best party experience ever! Try any of these ideas, they are almost free and EVERYONE will have a blast and as a bonus, they will use up some of that energy, which will lower the fighting incidences.

  • Pinyata
  • Pin the Tail on Justin Bieber (lol!)
  • 3 Legged races (using ribbon or string)
  • Egg races
  • Hot potato
  • Musical chairs

4. Parent Directed Craft or Activity

After your children have had a chance to run around and play together, you can quiet the party down a little, before cake and presents by an adult directed craft. This part of your party will take place around your table. Some ideas to do are:

  • Playdough
  • Decorate cupcakes
  • Cutting, glueing and pasting
  • Painting
  • Coloring and learning sheets

Birthday party’s are important to your child, in fact it is THE most important day of the year! Take the time to plan one that your child can think back and remember how you were the best parent ever and always threw the best birthday party’s! 🙂