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Canada Day Family Fun in the Okanagan

Canada Day Family Fun

Summer is officially here! And there’s no better way to kick it off than celebrating our beautiful country. Here is a list of family friendly activities happening in and around Kelowna to celebrate Canada Day!

Community Celebrations

Celebrate Canada Day by Festivals Kelowna 

When: Monday July 1, 10 am – 10:30 pm 
Where: Downtown Kelowna Parks (Waterfront Park, Jim Stuart Park, Kerry Park) & Prospera Place
What: Join in the fun with this annual, free community festival to celebrate our Nation’s birthday. Tons of activities and performances that are multi-generational and family-friendly.

Check the full schedule here.

Highlights include:

  • Waterfront Park: 

    • Taste of Canada – a food fair featuring foods from over 18 different vendors
    • Made in Canada Marketplace – an artisan showcase of handmade, Canadian arts and crafts
    • Canada Day Bazaar – a marketplace of unique items by local small businesses
    • Canada Day at the Kelowna Art Gallery – Canada Day art fun and activities
    • Primera Projects Kid’s Zone (Pioneer Gardens, Waterfront Park), 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Prospera Place

    • Folkfest Stage (Prospera Place), 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • “Happy Birthday Canada” cake presented by Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty (at approx. 1:00 pm)
    • Kelowna City Band Canada Day Concert 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Around Downtown

Canada Day in Lake Country

When: Monday July 1, 8 am – 4 pm
Where: Swallwell Park, 9950 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Kelowna
What: The activities get underway at 8 a.m. with a traditional pancake breakfast, followed by a full day of stage entertainment and tent exhibits by local businesses and non-profit agencies. Presented by the Rotary Club of Lake Country, in partnership with the District of Lake Country and Heritage Canada.

Check the full schedule here. 

Highlights include:

  • Children’s Art Creation Activity
  • Children’s Garden Centre
  • Vintage costume dress up and photos
  • Model car races
  • Live stage entertainment, featuring Classical, Folk, Celtic and Rock Music, and local dancers, beginning at 9 a.m. and extending until 8 p.m.
  • Market area with food, crafts, and other products from local Lake Country merchants.
  • Movie in the Park, featuring ‘Black Panther’

Peachland Canada Day Celebrations

When: Monday July 1, 7:30 am – 10:30 pm
Where: Heritage Park, Beach Ave., Peachland
What: A fun filled day of family-friendly celebrations, including a morning beach run, kids’ activities, live music and entertainment, and the annual parade. The night ends with a fireworks show at 10:30 pm.

Check the full schedule here.

Highlights include:

  • Pancake breakfast, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Magician and kids’ activities and games all day in Heritage park
  • Parade starting at 5:00 pm, heading south on Beach Avenue from 13th Street to 1st Street
  • Fireworks at 10:30 pm

Westside Daze Canada Day 

When: Monday July  112:30 pm
Where: Annette Beaudreau Amphitheatre/Memorial Park, 3737 Old Okanagan Hwy, West Kelowna
What: Celebrate Canada Day with concerts, magic, cake, and more! Admission is free; donations to the Westbank Food Bank are always welcome.

Check the full scheduled here. 

More Community Events

Free Canada Day Hot Dogs

When: Monday July 1, 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Glenmore Fresh Fruit & Produce, 2429 Longhill Road, Kelowna
What: Free Hot dogs for Canada day! Stop by for a snack and some fresh fruit & veggies locally right from the heart of the Okanagan! Plus stickers, tattoos, balloons and more!

Do you know of some more fun events happening? Send them our way, we’d love to include them! xo

Father’s Day Activities in the Okanagan

Father's Day

It’s time to celebrate Dads! Father’s Day is Sunday June 16, 2019. Here are a list of local Okanagan activities to get out and enjoy as a family!

Activities

Father’s Day Walk Run 

When: Sunday June 16, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Waterfront Park (1200 Water Street/ Rhapsody Plaza), Kelowna
What:  Join the annual Father’s Day Walk Run to create awareness and fundraise to support prostate cancer research in BC. Take part in the 2.5 km stroll or 5 km walk/run at 9 am, followed by complementary food, entertainment and prizes!

Father’s Day on the Bear

When: Sunday June 16
Where: The Okanagan Golf Club, 3200 Via Centrale, Kelowna
What: Purchase a round of golf for four, with power carts, for only $199+tax ($49.75 per person)!

Kettle Valley Father’s Day Fun Run

When: Sunday June 16, 10 am – 1 pm
Where: Quilchena Park, 347 Quilchena Drive, Kelowna
What: Choose to run walk, run or stroll along the 2km or 4km meandering scenic course in Kettle Valley. Adult race fee, $25.00; kids aged 5-16, $15.00; 4 and under are free. $5 from each race fee will be donated to Third Space Life Charity. Fun family activities (photo booth, prizes, craft tables, waterpark and playground) to enjoy on-site after the race!

CYK Father’s Day at Kitsch Wines

When: Sunday June 16, 9:30 AM – 11:30
Where: Kitsch Wines, 3330 Neid Road, Kelowna
What: Join City Yoga X and Kitsch Wines for a by-donation yoga class led by Ria Kitsch with all proceeds going to the Kelowna branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Following the yoga class, there will be a complimentary wine tasting to wrap up the perfect start to your Father’s Day. Every person who registers online and attends will be entered into a draw to win one of two rounds of golf + a power cart at The Harvest Golf Club!

Family Events

Annual Father’s Day Car Show by Boyd Autobody & Glass 

When: Sunday June 16, 2019 11 am – 4 pm
Where: City Park, Kelowna
What: Check out the cars, trucks and motorcyles at this annual car show! There will be live entertainment by local bands, a Kids Zone by the Kelowna Rockets and much more! Proceeds will be going to the Kelowna Foundation supporting the Child Advocacy Center.

Father’s Day Picnic 

When: Sunday June 9, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Sarson’s Beach Park, 4398 Hobson Rd., Kelowna
What: An authentic Croatian food BBQ hosted by the Okanagan Croatian Club. Enjoy food and drink, outdoor games and family fun.

Kelowna Farmer’s & Crafters’ Market Father’s Day Weekend 

When: June 15 & 16, 8 am – 1 pm
Where: 1992 Dilworth Dr. (Saturday) and St. Paul Street, Kelowna (Sunday) 
What: Dad will have a chance to win 1 of 2 Market Bags filled with local produce and gifts. There will be live music, great food, local artisans, and lots of fresh produce and meats for the BBQ.

Food & Drink

Brunch in the Vineyard 

When: Sunday June 16, 10 am – 1:30 pm
Where: The View Winery & Vineyard, #1 – 2287 Ward Road, Kelowna
What:  Axe throwing in the vineyard with Axe Monkeys Kelowna followed by a tasty brunch paired with delicious wines & ciders. Limited space available, advanced tickets are required ($55 per person).

Dads are Rad at the View Winery 

When: June 15 & 16, 11 am – 6:00 pm
Where: The View Winery & Vineyard, #1 – 2287 Ward Road, Kelowna
What: Wine and cider tastings & Dads receive complimentary tastings and a free gift with purchase.

Father’s Day Brunch at Craft

When: Sunday June 16, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Craft Beer Market, 257 Bernard Ave., Kelowna
What: Enjoy an à la carte Brunch menu, featuring classic breakfast items including the famous Chicken & Waffles and the must-try CRAFT Taquito Skillet! Reservations recommended.

Father’s Day Brunch at Gallagher’s Canyon & Golf BC Championship

When: Sunday June 16, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Where: Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club, 4320 Gallagher’s Drive West, Kelowna
What: Enjoy delicious chef attended stations, breakfast items, gourmet lunches, dessert and more. Seating’s available from 10 am – 2pm. Followed by a day on the course watching the final round of the GolfBC Championship. Adults, $29.95; Seniors $25.99; Kids 5-12 pay their age; Kids 4 and under are free! Call 250-861-4240 Ext. 211 to reserve.

Father’s Day Brunch at the Harvest

When: Sunday June 16
Where:2725 K. L. O. Rd, Kelowna
What: A delicious buffet brunch featuring hot and cold stations, pastries, and more. Adults $39.95; seniors(65+) $30.95; youth (13-17)- $27.95; kids (3-12)- $16.95. Reservations required.

Father’s Day Brunch at Kelowna Springs

When: Sunday June 16
Where: 480 Penno Road, Kelowna
What: All-you-can-eat buffet with eggs Benedict, french toast, roast beef, a chocolate fountain and more! Adults $24.00; children $18.95; kids (3-12)- $16.95. Reservations recommended.

Live Entertainment

Dad’s Day with JP Maurice

When: Sunday June 16, 8pm – 11pm
Where: DunnEnzies Pizza & Parlor, 4638 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna
What: Live music by Vancouver based musician, songwriter and producer JP Maurice. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Gifts & Classes

DIY Father’s Day Photo Clipboard 

When: June 8 & 15, 11 am – 12 pm
Where: Rustic Chalk Decor, #102 1974 Moss Court, Kelowna
What: Create a sweet, simple gift for that special Dad in your life. Grab your friends or your siblings and join the workshop to make a lovely keepsake photo clip board. $40 per board.

If you know of any more special events happening, please let us know and we will share the details! Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads! xo

Kids and Glasses: Warning Signs and the Best Eyewear for Kids

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Last year our two year old got her first pair of prescription eyeglasses. Today I’m sharing our experience with a toddler wearing glasses and answering the questions we are most commonly asked. If you’re curious to know how we found out about our daughter’s vision problems and what brand we turn to for durable and fun glasses frames– read on! This blog post is sponsored by Alternative & Plan B Eyewear, our chosen eyewear provider.

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Mother’s Day Events & Activities in the Okanagan

Mother's Day Kelowna

Y’all know I am the biggest fan of all things holiday… gimme all the festive fun! Given the niche of my little blog space, I couldn’t go without sharing a local Mother’s Day Activities Guide! If you’re local to the Okanagan, here are some fun ways to celebrate Mom, from brunch (this appears to be the bulk of the events), to wineries, to workshops. Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day to all of you incredible Mamas!

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Transitioning your Toddler from their Nursery

Nursery room transitions

Our sweet Aria has officially outgrown her nursery! If I wasn’t pregnant with one more baby right now I would (most definitely) be sobbing over this milestone. It seems like everything changes once they move into a big kid bed, doesn’t it? Aria is 3.5 years old, but is still so tiny. She was also quite content in her crib, not to mention we liked the security of it 😉 … But, all good things must come to an end, I suppose. 

If you are preparing to transition your toddler out of their crib, read on for some advice and helpful tips offered in partnership with Sweet Lullaby Sleep! PLUS, don’t miss our giveaway at the end of this post to win a few items to help with your family’s sleep needs!
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Okanagan Easter Family Activity Guide 2019

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter bunny is coming 😉 and it’s time to check out those fun family Easter activities! I’m a local Mom to two little girls (plus a baby boy on the way!) and we love checking out all the fun activities in our community. Did I mention holidays are our favourite? Here is a quick guide to all the fun events happening in Kelowna & area for Easter weekend. Enjoy! xo  Continue Reading

It’s a … Baby #3 Gender Reveal!

Gender Reveal

Eeeekkkk. You guys, we did it! We found out the gender of baby number three! I am SO excited to write this post and let you all in on our gender reveal secret! We didn’t find out the sex of our girls, so this was a crazy, fun, new experience for us. Mike was the one who really wanted to know this time around, and I think it will be so helpful to plan for babe’s arrival, especially with how busy we are with the girls. We took this opportunity to get some beautiful family sunset photos too! Thank you to Jamie Taylor Photography for capturing these beautiful images.

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And Then There Were Three

Pregnancy Announcement

One, two, …… THREE! We are so excited to announce that Baby number 3 is joining our family this year! It has been a long road of getting this little nugget on board, and we are so happy to be able to finally announce our big news! Life is about to get a whole lot crazier and we are so excited to share our journey with you. Thank you so much to everyone for their love and excitement on our big announcement! Continue Reading

Kid-friendly Kelowna Coffee Shops

Kelowna Coffee Shops with Kids

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 some local coffee shops that have a welcoming atmosphere for kids. Enjoy your coffee, parents!

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