It’s always amazed me how challenging it can be to find a coffee shop to enjoy a cup of coffee while your children play. Can’t a barista understand that the key to happiness may well exist at the bottom of an uninterrupted cup of hot coffee? I guess as a Mom I’m a bit biased. We wouldn’t want to cramp anyone’s style. 😉 But here are 5 local coffee shops that have a welcoming atmosphere for kids. Enjoy your coffee, parents!
Looking for some fun, family-friendly New Year’s activities in Kelowna? Here’s a quick guide to some fun ideas to ring in 2019 with your little ones!
When & Where: 6 pm- 9pm, Stuart Park Kelowna
What: Tons of free family fun downtown Kelowna including:
- Valley First Warm-up Zone” at the Kelowna Community Theatre (face painting, cartoons, games, crafts, inflatables in the Black Box Theater). Live entertainment from 7:00 – 8:45pm
- “Snow Zone” full of children’s activities and a visit by Rocky the Raccoon
- Free public skating
- Food trucks
- Free hot chocolate from RE/MAX Kelowna
- Live music (6:00 The Oot n’ Oots, Kindie Rock; 7:00 Hillside Outlaws, Country; 8:00 Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Jump Blues)
- Fireworks! 9 pm
When & Where: 6pm, Big White Ski Resort
What: Family friendly activities and fun including:
- Happy Valley Après: Live music and free popcorn starting at 4pm. Tons of fun for kids in Adventure Park and the Ice Rink.
- Moose Lounge Celebrations: From 4-6 pm enjoy live entertainment and craft activities for the kids. A special New Year’s Eve Prime Rib buffet ($24.95/ per person; $12.00 for kids under 12) is on from 5-9 pm.
- Cosmic Skating: Lasers and a DJ will turn the ice rink a disco skating party! From 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the skating rink located in Happy Valley at the bottom of Lara’s Gondola.
- Fireworks Display: Two firework displays will light up the skies of Big White on New Year’s Eve. The first display is in Happy Valley at 8:15pm and then count down to the New Year in the Village Centre for a midnight display.
When & Where: 6:45 pm, SilverStar Village Centre
What: A not-to-be missed annual parade followed by a great fireworks display!
- Torchlight Parade at 7:30 pm
- Fireworks (approximately 7:35 pm following the parade)
New Year’s Eve at Home!
Last but not least, one of our favourite ways to ring in the New Year with little ones is staying home! Order in some take-out, or make a fun kid-friendly snack buffet, play some games, and count down at home. Netflix offers fun, kid-themed count-downs that you can play anytime you are ready to put the kiddos in bed. We love Zaab Thai Food and Yamato Sushi (and greatly miss Bordellos pizza!). If you are local to Kelowna share your favourite take-out location in the comments to spread the word on the best food in town! 😉
If you are looking for kid-free New Year’s Eve evens, Eventbrite has a full listing. And if you are crazy enough to take a dip in the lake on January 1st, check out the annual Polar Bear Dip happening at tugboat bay at 2pm. If you know of any other family New Year’s Eve events missing from this list, please let me know and I will be happy to add them!
I hope 2018 has been a wonderful year for you and your family, and you enjoy ringing in another fabulous year! Thanks for your support in reading my blog. xo
One of my favourite Christmas traditions is making cinnamon buns to enjoy on Christmas morning. They are the most indulgent breakfast ever, and pair perfectly with presents and a little fancy coffee. This recipe is incredibly easy, and can be put together in five minutes (…as in at midnight after finishing your wrapping!) 😉
With Christmas upon us, and New Years just around the corner, it seems another year has flown by. Time is a funny thing with kids– the pace increases, yet reflecting back so much has happened in a seemingly “short” time. What they say is true, the days are long but the years are short.
Each year I look back on all of our memories and milestones while creating an annual Chatbook for each of the girls. These books capture everything from the big moments–birthdays, celebrations, and events, to the the little ones– breakfasts, slow days at home, or time passed at the park– and everything in between.
Festive baking is one of my favourite things to do! With two little ones, I always turn to recipes that are easy, tasty, and fun. These Christmas tree brownies are super simple, and will have people raving! I brought these to our preschool party last year and was asked for the recipe twice (confession… they aren’t homemade!). I especially love that the decorating is simple and straight forward!
There’s nothing quite as magical as Christmas with kids! One of our favourite ways to get in the Christmas spirit is with our Christmas book collection, which is quickly growing full of stories about magic and holiday traditions and fun. This list is perfect for school-aged children, these are all favourites of my five year old.
Home Alone Kim Smith
Kids will love this fun story based on the favourite holiday movie! Vienna loves hearing about how Kevin takes on the bad guys, and its a bit less scary than the movie for a five year old. 😉
How to Catch Santa Jean Reagan
This story full of ideas about how to catch the big guy is perfect for kids interested in how Santa does it all! This book is part of the “how-to” series, filled with fun tips and tricks!
Pick a Pine Tree Patricia Toht
We love this pretty book all about the Christmas tradition of picking and decorating the tree. It’s sets the perfect opportunity to discuss your family’s holiday traditions together.
Tallulah’s Nutcracker Marilyn Singer
This is the story of a little girl who plays a mouse and is determined to be the best mouse ever and the star of the show, until something terrible happens during the big performance! Tallulah learns what’s behind being a real ballerina and that mistakes are ok as long as you try your best. This book is perfect for my five year old daughter who loves ballet.
The Littlest Reindeer Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
A story about a little girl who befriends a lost reindeer on a magical night. We especially love the beautiful black and white illustrations of this book.
If you’re looking for more story suggestions check out our Christmas Stories and Baby’s First Christmas library posts!
Christmas is just around the corner and I’m excited to be teaming up with my favourite local children’s store, Scallywags, for the second year in a row to bring you some local gift ideas for the little ones (and Mamas too!). Scallywags is a proud supporter of other local businesses and carries many products from Kelowna, BC, and Canada. Shopping local makes a huge difference for local business owners. With a few weeks of holiday shopping left, this is the perfect time to pop into Scallywags and finish up your Christmas lists! They have an amazing selection of toys, clothing, bath and body products, and the best stocking stuffers around. Enjoy! xo
Can you believe that Christmas is just over a month away? We are so excited– the Christmas season is so much more fun every year older the girls get! I’m sharing a few of our most loved toys, great for ages 2-5. Of all the toys we have these are the most well played with over the years. I hope you find some fun ideas for the littles on your list!
Christmas Eve is a big night at our house, my family has always celebrated Ukrainian Christmas Eve with 12 traditional dishes. (And, of course our own modern spin on some of those dishes!) Its a big, loud, fun night and the tradition I remember most from my childhood. After a night of family and festivities I love tucking the girls into bed and reading them a Christmas story. It is, absolutely, without doubt, my favourite part of Christmas.
I’ve put together a Christmas Eve Box Gift Guide for the Littles- these boxes are perfect for any age, and are especially great for those hard-to-buy-for, have-everything kids. And, who doesn’t love seeing their kids in matching holiday PJs by the tree on Christmas morning? I mean is there really anything better? I love the idea of gifting these to friends and family to end off the Christmas Eve celebrations. You can package them in something like these fun Christmas Eve boxes, or pick up some simple craft paper boxes and dress them up with bows!