Cheap, fun entertainment in Edmonton

Post-Christmas time leaves me feeling a tad blue and plenty broke. It’s a hard combo to handle. A key to beating those blues is getting out of the house, but it’s hard when you are trying to save money. I’ve rounded up some of my favourite inexpensive activities to get you out of the house without going into debt.

Gateway Entertainment Centre

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100-3414 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6R5

I love that this place is still kicking around! I have many fond childhood memories bowling at the Gateway Entertainment Centre. Plenty of birthday parties, youth group outings and dates were enjoyed at this bowling centre. It’s great to go with a large group of friends or on a fun date; a game will put you back on average $5 per person. If you want to save even more moola, check out Twoonie Tuesday’s from 6 p.m. till close. Bonus – they also have $2/hr billiards on Tuesday evenings.

Table Top Cafe

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5716 75 Street, Edmonton, AB T6E 5X6

This café has the inner nerds in me and my husband super excited. Table Top Café has hundreds of board games to play. For $5, you can play as many games you want, for as long as you want. Snacks, beers, lattes, coffee and even slurpees are available to munch and sip on while you play. Some games are better for larger groups, and some are more suited for smaller groups, so feel free to call up some friends or go on a date. And, if you feel like splurging, a large selection of the board games are for sale.

Princess Theatre

3
10337 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z9

Located on Whyte Avenue, this historic theatre takes you back to 1915. My mom was responsible for bringing me to this gorgeous theatre at a young age – thanks mom! It was always such a treat to take in a movie at this theatre. The Princess is filled with ornate décor and really makes the experience more unique and memorable. My mom and I would always pick a seat on the top balcony and try our best not to race through the popcorn till the movie started. The Monday shows are only $6 for all ages.

Wee Book Inn

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10310 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z8

The Wee Book Inn is a family owned business that’s more than 40 years old. They specialize in high quality secondhand books, music and movies, and have something for everyone. I can spend hours looking at old Archie comics and scouring the vintage books upstairs (that’s right, it isn’t so ‘wee’ after all). The nice part about frequenting the Wee Book Inn is that you can trade in or sell your old books, music and movies.

Since it’s cooled down outside, I’m finding myself going a little stir crazy with a busy toddler running around. My daughter has lots of energy to burn, and our house is not always the place to do it. I searched out some local spots for us to visit and keep us both happy.
I don’t know about you, but now that the Christmas season has come and gone, I am exhausted! From running errands, to buying gifts and looking after my little one, this mama could use a time out. When I need some alone time, here are my go to places to relax and refresh.
Before becoming a mom, fitness was a huge part of my life. I exercised up until the day before my daughter was born. As soon as my doctor cleared me to workout, I couldn’t wait to get back at it. The difference now was that I had a cute little sidekick. Finding places to workout where I could bring my daughter along was a great way to get out of the house, bond with my daughter and set a great example for her.
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