With spring break right around the corner, it’s a great time of the year to get reacquainted with the places and activities that Kelowna has to offer families. You know that by the second day of spring break, your kids are going to be driving you up the wall with the “Mom! We’re bored!” routine. Get a jump on the spring break boredom by planning activities that you and your children can do to make the time off from school more like a vacation in Kelowna rather than a bored-out-of-their-minds and tedious week at home.
Also, to the nannies of Kelowna: if the parents of the children you are taking care of permit you to drive their children to after school activities, events and appointments (and, of course, are willing to finance some spring break fun), you can beat the boredom with the following ideas:
- Big White Ski Resort – Okay, nannies, this option may be a bit too much of an undertaking for you, but parents can show their kids how to have some real fun on the slopes before we say goodbye to winter. Of course, this may not be the best choice for parents with very young children, but children at least 5 years old and above would have a blast on the slopes and the snowboard terrain park. Big White Ski Resort also offers ice skating and tubing for even more ways to have fun with the kids in Kelowna. Hopefully, a day full of exercise and fresh air will help your kids get a restful night of sleep!
- Lake Okanagan – Take the children for a picnic at the lake on a beautiful spring break day to see the picturesque views and experience the ambience that Lake Okanagan creates. Bring along the blow-up canoe or rent a boat, but be sure to steer clear of the legendary lake monster, Ogopogo. If you happen to visit the lake on a really nice weather day, the children can stick their toes in the water as you walk along the sandy beaches of Lake Okanagan.
- Myra Canyon Park – Pack up the bikes and plan an excursion through the fabulous scenery at Myra Canyon Park. This is yet another nature-inspired place in Kelowna where children can enjoy a picnic lunch and then get some of that never-ending energy out during a long bike ride through the crisp afternoon spring time air.
- ELYSIUM Gardens – Take the children for a stroll through the four stunning acres of Japanese inspired gardens that you can enjoy either self-guided or employ the services of a knowledgeable tour guide. Gaze beyond the gardens to the views of the mountains and country-side that will have everyone in awe of the natural beauty of Kelowna.
- Kelowna Grand Prix – Yes, they will be open during spring break! Kids will love competing against you on the race track or aiming fire at their opponents in an intense paint ball competition. This is also a great place in Kelowna to take children for their birthday party with a few friends.
- CrocTalk – This conservation facility in Kelowna that allows children get close enough to touch live crocodiles will be a blast for children of all ages! If one of your children happens to have a birthday over spring break, CrocTalk is a fantastic place to stage it. After all, where else can you pat a crocodile, journey back to the time of the dinosaurs, feed tortoises, and hang out with African wild cats all in one place? CrocTalk creates an interactive environment where kids can have fun, experience excitement, learn, and take pictures to memorialize their adventure.
- Safari Ridge – If your children are more inclined to the paintball and outdoor laser tag, Safari Ridge will capture their attention and keep them in the middle of the action. Larger families in Kelowna: this could be a great way to inspire teamwork – kids will learn how to support their teammates and stick together under pressure.
Beating the boredom during spring break may take some planning and out-of-the-box thinking, but with activities like the ones listed above sprinkled around Kelowna, there’s no reason to let the boredom monsters win!
Written By Lisa Bruce
Lisa Bruce is a mother first and foremost to her 2 wonderful kids, wife, Placement Manager and owner of the newest Nannies on Call branch in the Okanagan.