Mental Health Art Walk

For Day 6, we are joining Joey from St. Albert's Family and Community Support Services branch, as he virtually guides us on a mental health art walk via podcast recording and a map. Using the fun and kid-friendly art works in St. Albert’s downtown core, Joey will help children learn to talk about their feelings by asking them questions about the art they see in front of them. 

Help kids navigate their way to benches, bug, butterflies, birds and bears, while learning more about gratitude, mindfulness and managing feelings all while walking on our beautiful trails! 

Walks require parent or guardian guidance to participate in the mental health prompts together. Additionally, please supervise children on this walk, and make sure all the rules of the road, including safely crossing the street at designated cross walks.

How to Participate 

  1. Podcast recording 
    We have recorded Joey talking through the walk complete with pauses so you can have conversations as you go. You can use the podcast player below or find the walks on your favourite podcast player. To save data, we recommend downloading the podcast before you leave home.  
  2. Map 
    For those who would prefer to travel technology free, we have pdf links of the two routes. Feel free to print them out and read them out loud to your child at each destination. 

The Routes 

We have two routes for you to choose from: 

The Benches 
These playful benches appear all over downtown St. Albert! This walk is the shorter of the two and is designed for younger kids. There are three stops: Butt Hinge, Blooms Bench and Hide and Seek. This walk starts at 15 Perron Street. 

Bugs, Butterflies, Birds and Bears 
Animal inspired artwork can be found all along the Sturgeon River. This walk is the longer of the two and is designed for older kids. There are five stops: Red Thunder Gift, Mother Bear Prays for Earth Healing, Fallen Branch, Snail on a Leaf and Butterfly Kaleidoscope. This walk starts at 5 St. Anne Street behind St. Albert Place, along the Sturgeon River.  

The City of St. Albert has worked with content developers to provide creative prompts that align with provincial public health measures, and guidance to protect the health system and the community by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Download the podcast trascripts for; The Benches and Bugs, Butterflies, Birds and Bears.

Learn more about our Community and Social Development Department and all of the great services they offer.

Don’t forget to take a picture of your participation in today’s activity and share it with us online, we would love to see you enjoying our public art! Use the hashtag #40DaysofPLAY to be entered to win a prize from one of our Festival partners. 

Last edited: May 3, 2021