Jen Mallia



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Jen Mallia is an Edmonton writer who is passionate about travel, Netflix, and raising good humans (not always in that order!) She has written for numerous print and on-line publications, and is always on the lookout for the next great story--around the corner or across the globe! You can follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter: @jen_mallia

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Spend some time at the new Federal Building!

Posted on: September 4, 2015

  We’ve had lots of summer fun over the years splashing in the fountains in front of the Legislature. This year, there is even more to do just up the hill at the new Federal Building! You may have heard a little something about the expenditure of tax dollars that
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9 Refreshing Ways to Beat the Heat in Edmonton!

Posted on: June 29, 2015

It’s hot out. Like my laundry develops a musty, gaggy smell if I don’t transfer it to the dryer immediately. Like the bread on my counter sprouts mold as I am still putting groceries away. Like my poor dog who does not get a haircut every 6-8 weeks like the groomer recommends (really?
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Ravine Reverie: A Walk through Whitemud Park

Posted on: January 15, 2015

One of the things we Edmontonians love to brag about is the impressive amount of parkland we have in the River Valley and through the various ravines. It is pretty great: we have more green space than Central Park! And the sunny autumn we are lucky enough to be in
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Sonic Boom: The kids are all right (at home)

Posted on: September 6, 2014

…or bring them with you, I’m not judging. But here are a few things to consider when making your decision about bringing the kiddos to Sonic Boom. It isn’t a family event.  It’s a festival geared to adults that allows children, and that is an important distinction. As a rule,
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Defying Gravity: Wicked for the Younger Set

Posted on: July 6, 2014

The wording on the event listing was clear: “Recommended for audiences over 8 years old. Children under 4 will not be admitted.” An email from the production company was a little more circumspect: “Please drop me a line if you are considering  bringing a guest under four.” My dilemma was
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Dive in at Big Al’s

Posted on: April 28, 2014

  Pity the poor Alberta children with no sea to gaze upon—only slimy, algae bloomed lakes to satisfy their ocean wonder! Luckily, there are places like Big Al’s around to show our land-locked little ones the amazing creatures found in the sea. Okay, it’s no substitute for the beach, or
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Bouncing the Day Away at The Fun Place and Cafe

Posted on: March 27, 2014

  The biggest draw for my eldest at the local Farmer’s Market this past summer was the bouncy castle. $5 for unlimited bouncing. My husband and I could trade off supervision duty while the other wandered unencumbered, with the added bonus of a kid who was ready for bed when
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An afternoon with The Backyardigans

Posted on: February 26, 2014

  In the world of children’s television entertainment, some shows are better than others. And by better, I mean “don’t make me want to throw the TV through the window.” Because some shows, I won’t name them, but you know them: the vapid, cloying kids’ shows that make you start
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How to Make a Monster

Posted on: February 15, 2014

Upon entering the TELUS World of Science’s How to Make a Monster exhibit, we were greeted by a board of terrifying acrylic crocodile eyes— experimental attempts at getting just the right look of evil and cunning. Across from the disembodied eyes was the animatronic tail and gargantuan head of an enormous croc; Captain
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