By Kristen Thompson
The first Monday of Spring Break (two weeks! Picture panicked, ghost-face emoji here) is about to start. And, if you’re like me, you opted out of putting your kids in camp to a) save cash, and b) bond with your children. And… now … you’re maybe regretting it a bit?
Well, I’m here to help mitigate that panic just a little. Because I’ve put together an itinerary of great (cheap or free) things to do around Kelowna with your kids this week, that don’t require advanced planning or registration. So I’ll pray for you, if you pray for me, and at the end of the two weeks, we can compare grey hairs! (Part 2 coming soon)
If you do want to sign your kids up for camps - drop-in or otherwise - there’s a great list here
MONDAY MARCH 18
- Indoor Energy Burn Day -
Weather: Sunny, highs of 13
9 AM: Breakfast at McDonald’s Play Space
Coffee for me, pancakes and climbing structure for the kids
2120 Harvey Ave, KELOWNA -map-
11 AM: Trampoline energy burn at Airhouse
Drop-in open from 11 am - 1 pm for kids ages 3 and up. $15 per participant.
730 McCurdy Rd. KELOWNA -map-
12:30 PM: Lunch at home, or at Parkinson Rec Centre playground
1:30 PM: Public swim at Parkinson Rec Centre
Little pool and large pool open. Slide, rope swing, spray feature and toys from 1:30 PM to 5 PM. Click here for rates.
1800 Parkinson Way, KELOWNA -map-
3 PM: Home for a snack and movie
TUESDAY MARCH 19
- Greenway Adventure Day -
Weather: Sunny, highs of 15 (whaaaat?!!)
9:30 AM: Breakfast at Tim Horton’s, Orchard Park
10:30 AM: Head to the EECO to sign out discovery backpacks.
Full of everything you need to explore four different environmental aspects of Mission Creek Regional Park: Pond Exploration, Forest Walk, Mini Beasts and Kokanee. FREE to sign out.
Mission Creek Regional Park, 2363 A Springfield Rd -map-
11 AM: Bike ride or walk along the Greenway with discovery backpack.
And this awesome spring textures scavenger hunt from Mama Papa Bubba (free downloadable PDF at bottom of their post)
1 PM: Picnic lunch at playground, and play
2:30 PM: Home to fill out the scavenger hunt with crayons, snack and rest. Early dinner!
6:30 PM: Pajama story time at the downtown library
Featuring longer books, children will sing, dance and rhyme along. Don’t forget your PJs! FREE
1380 Ellis St, KELOWNA -map-
WEDNESDAY MARCH 20
- Capital News Centre Day -
Weather: Sunny, highs of 16 (WHAA-AAAT?!!)
9 AM: Public skate at Capital News Centre
Hit up the mini rink for some fun skating. Helmets are mandatory for anyone under 18. Skates and skate trainers available for rent for all ages. $3 per participant - pay at concession.
4105 Gordon Dr, KELOWNA -map-
10 AM: Snack
10:30 AM: Library at Capital News Centre
Read some stories and check out some books!
Toddler story time is running from 10:15-10:45 AM at this location
** There is also a Unicorn Party at the Rutland Library Wednesday at 10:30, but registration is required. Click here for more info **
NOON: Picnic lunch in the park
1 PM: Swimming in the kids’ splash area at H20 Centre
Open all day. Waterslides and FowRider open at 4 PM
4075 Gordon Dr, KELOWNA -map-
3 PM: Home for snacks and chilling
THURSDAY MARCH 21
- Art and Literature Day -
Weather: Sunny, highs of 17 (FINALLY!!!!)
9:30 AM: Cruise PetSmart, check out all the awesome fish and hamsters!
11 AM: Story time at the Downtown Library
Featuring longer books, children will sing, dance and rhyme along. FREE
1380 Ellis St, KELOWNA -map-
** LEGO & Keva Builders at this location 2:30 PM today, but registration is required. Click here for more info **
NOON: Picnic lunch at Karry Park, play on the plaground
1:30 PM: Kelowna Art Gallery
Open 10 AM - 9 PM, and is FREE on Thursdays
1315 Water St, KELOWNA -map-
3:30 PM: Home for arts and crafts and snacks
Use BINGO dabbers or Q-Tips to make spring trees, inspired by this craft
FRIDAY MARCH 22
- Friday Fun Day -
Weather: Sunny, highs of 16 (Enjoy it - rain and chilly temps all weekend)
For little kids…
9:30 AM: Jump Hop & Roll at Kelowna Gymnastix
Walking to 5 years. $14 per participant.
225-1891 Springfield Rd. KELOWNA -map-
11 AM: Family Story Time at Downtown Library
For children 3 - 6. FREE
1380 Ellis St., KELOWNA -map-
For older kids…
10 AM: Scandia Arcade and Mini Golf
2898 Hwy 97 N, KELOWNA -map-
1 PM: Arion Therapeutic Farm
Learn about farm animals in a beautiful, peaceful rural setting. $5/person for anyone over 18 months.
2457 Saucier Rd, KELOWNA -map-
LAKE COUNTRY LIBRARY
2:30: Fun-filled afternoon of Captain Underpants silliness! Kids 6-12. Registration is required. Click here for more info
10:30 AM: Gruffalo Puppet Stories. For kids ages 5-8. Click here for more info.
3 PM: Magic with Leif David. Registration is required. Click here for more info.