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Okanagan Pumpkin Patches & Fall Fun 2020

Kelowna Pumpkin Patch

Happy Fall! Back by popular demand is our list of all of the Okanagan’s Fall and Halloween fun! While 2020 activities might look a little different (and a lot smaller…. welp), there are still plenty of ways to safely enjoy the season here in the Okanagan. Check out the best Okanagan pumpkin patches and celebrate the season with your family (bubble)!

This post includes the following sections:

  • Farm & Orchard Fun
  • Okanagan Pumpkin Patches
  • Family-Friendly Activities

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BC’s Hidden Family Vacation Gem, Cozy Cabins

Cozy Cabins Family Vacation

Summer 2020 …¬† what a time. Having spent most of Spring in quarantine, a family vacation just might be (permanently) at the top of our wish list. With travel on pause for the foreseeable future, there isn’t a better time than now to appreciate, enjoy, and discover our own backyard. We wanted to find an amazing family vacation destination in our home province of British Columbia and were lucky to spend a week at Cozy Cabins Nature Resort. Tucked away in the Creighton Valley just outside of Lumby, BC, this family resort is truly one of a kind! Today I’m sharing why we love Cozy Cabins for the best family vacation.

Thank you to Cozy Cabins Nature Resort for hosting our stay! All opinions shared in this review post are my own.

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Okanagan Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide 2020

Kelowna Mothers Day Gift Guide

Welp. Another holiday and no holiday activities post. I miss creating fun lists of all the places to go and visit in the Okanagan to celebrate special holidays! In place of our annual Okanagan Mother’s Day activities guide, I’ve put together this Okanagan Mother’s Day GIFT guide! Treat yourself or send this on to your family to pick out something you’ll love, all while supporting local businesses! Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day! xo

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Shop Local Okanagan Easter Basket Gift Guide

Easter basket inspiration for kids

Are you looking for a little Easter basket inspiration? Or wondering how you’ll fill the baskets this year with our current social distancing measures? I’m excited to share some local Okanagan shops where you can get all your Easter basket goodies!

These local businesses are making it easy for you to safely shop, either with free delivery or curbside pick up options. (Check with each individual business for details). They have either temporarily closed their doors, or are home-based businesses that usually sell at markets. Please consider shopping local when you fill your Easter baskets and plan your Easter activities this year, it will go a long way in our local community!

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5 Free & Simple Outdoor Activities for Kids

Outdoor activities for kids

In this post I’m sharing 5 simple and free ways to enjoy some time outside with (or without, if you need a break ūüėČ ) your kids! These are SIMPLE & FREE outdoor activities– I’m sparing you the costly supplies and extravagant planning. You can do these with the things you already have at home. There are a million extravagant, creative ideas for kids activities, but sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple and not buy more things.

Anyone reading this will know that we are faced with a world-wide pandemic at the moment. In our City, Province, and Country, we are in a time of social distancing. What this looks like is our immediate family spending everyday together and seeing no one else. BUT, we are blessed to live in a beautiful place, and enjoying the outdoors never seemed incredible, really.

I hope you and your family enjoy these free outdoor activities!
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Family Day Fun in the Okanagan

Family Day Okanagan

Anyone else feel like January was the longest year of the year?! And winter just keeps. coming. back. But, we are in luck! February brings a bonus long weekend for Family Day! Family Day 2020 in BC is Monday February 17.  So mark your calendars and get ready to spend the day with your loved ones. We are excited to check out these fun Okanagan events and activities & hope you are too!

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2019 Okanagan Christmas Family Activity Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Who’s ready to take in all the Christmas fun?! Y’all know we love holidays, and the lead up to Christmas is truly one of my favourite times of the year. Below you’ll find tons of fun winter family events, from town light-ups, to Santa visits, to holiday market shopping.¬†Wishing you all a magical, merry, holiday season! PS- Don’t forget to enter at the bottom of this page to win an advent calendar!

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Okanagan Fall & Halloween Family Activity Guide 2019

Kelowna Pumpkin Patch

It’s that time again! If’ you’ve been following the blog you’ll know I’m a holiday lover and my family loves taking in all the holiday fun. I’m excited to share a local fall and Halloween events guide for fellow families in the Okanagan to enjoy! This post includes the following sections: Farm & Orchard Fun; Pumpkin Patches; and Family-Friendly Activities.

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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 Р10:30 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 Р4 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‚Äôs Art Creation Activity
  • Children‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄėBlack 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 Р2 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