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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

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

Shop Local Gift Guide with Scallywags Kelowna

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

PS- Don’t forget to check out our giveaway at the end of this post! This post is sponsored by Scallywags Kelowna. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this space fun! Continue Reading

Toy Favourites: Holiday Gift Guide for the Littles

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! Continue Reading

Christmas Eve Boxes for the Littles

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! Continue Reading

Christmas in Kelowna: Family Holiday Events & Activities Guide

Christmas in Kelowna

We are a holiday-loving family and I’m excited to share a list of local Kelowna family Christmas events and activities to enjoy! From brunch with Santa, to visiting a Christmas tree farm, or checking out some live theatre, there is so much local holiday fun to take in! I’ve categorized this generally under “types” of activities, and will continue to add to the list as details become available, so keep checking back! I hope you enjoy this holiday fun as much as we do!

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Halloween Bookshelf Favourites

Halloween Bookshelf

One of our favourite ways to celebrate the holidays is with books, and our Halloween book collection is definitely a family favourite! This collection is perfect for kids aged kindergarten and up. These books are filled with fun story lines, little mysteries, and beautiful illustrations. And, it’s no surprise that two ballerina zombie books make the list– chosen by Miss V of course!

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Halloween Spider Snacks

Halloween Snacks

This festive little Halloween snack is super simple to put together, and makes for the cutest shareable snack for Halloween parties! My daughters’ absolutely love their class parties and bringing along a fun and festive snack to share. I’m that Mom that always pairs the snack with the holiday 😉 But, don’t worry, I always make snacks that are easy to prep! Because I’m also that Mom that burns her fingers with a glue gun every. single. time. This snack recipe is very easy to do. and your kids can help you make it too!  Continue Reading