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Strike activities for kids

Parents and guardians wondering how to spend their $40 per day from the support fund (sign up for fund here) need look no further. 

Castanet is compiling a list of camps and activities being offered throughout the Okanagan for kids during teachers' strike.

(This story continues to be updated, the newest camp/activities are at the top of the list)

Maple Springs Bible Camp is running day camps starting on the 8th in Peachland.

Plenty of great games and learning activities, like archery, arts and crafts, leather working, arts and crafts, hiking, cooking with campfire and much much more! Lunch also provided! For information check out their web page.


YMCA of Okanagan is currently running day camps for kids to keep them engaged until the regular school year begins.  

Kelowna Family YMCA’s day camps are $30 a day and are flexible so parents can choose the days that work best for their family. Camps begin at 8:30am and will run until 2:30pm, providing care during regular school hours.

H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre will be accepting registrations on a day-to-day basis for their day camps, offered from 8:30am to 4:30pm at a cost of $30 a day for members and $40 a day for the public. Parents can choose to add before and after school care at H2O for an extra $5 a day.

Camps will include active games, nature hikes, themed crafts, team challenges, swimming and more. Both facilities are urging parents to reserve a spot for their kids as soon as possible. Families will be fully reimbursed if the strike ends in time for school to begin. 

The YMCA of Okanagan is committed to building strong children, families and communities. Visit ymcaokanagan.ca for details and contact the facilities directly to register.


Calling all young actors - Actor's Studio Strike Camp.

To assist families facing the BC teachers labour dispute, we will offer a fun week of age-appropriate learning, exploration and theatre games. 

A full theatrical experience. Come try it all! Theatre, film and musical theatre. Students participate in games, improv, script work, musical theatre, scenes and on camera instruction.  Students work acting techniques, auditioning skills, improvisation, cold reading and more. We also will dabble in the world of musical theatre! Students will work on various musical theatre numbers; learning songs, adding movement and doing scene work.

Taught by two experience instructors and two teachers aids, your kids will be kept engaged all day.

Lunches will be included in the daily fee and provided by the Bike Shop Cafe and Catering Company.

Weekly fee for the day camp is $200.00+gst for each week that the strike continues per child.  This is an ongoing program until the labour dispute ends.

Call the box office for availability 250-862-2867 or email – [email protected]


The City of Kelowna’s Active Living and Culture division is offering two sport and activity day camps. The City’s program leaders have engaging activities planned that will keep the kids having fun in a safe environment.

The day camp at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, will run until the kids are back to school. Participants can be dropped off starting at 7:30 a.m.with pick up by 5:15 p.m. and is suitable for ages 6 to 12. The cost is $165 per week.

Starting next week, there will also be a day camp at the Kinsmen Fieldhouse, 3975 Gordon Dr., for ages 5 to 12. Participants can be dropped off between 8:30 and 9 a.m. with pick up between 5 and 5:30 p.m. The cost is $150 for the week.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to register ahead of time as camps are filling up fast. Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation (search Sport & Activity Camp).

For more information on all Active Living and Culture programs, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.


The Kelowna SPCA will be hosting a strike camp Sept 8 to 12 for students ages 7 to 12. 

  • Students will spend the day doing a variety of activities that stimulate learning and lead to a greater understanding of what it takes to be a pet owner.
  • They will get a chance to interact with the kittens and cats at the shelter, and even have the chance to teach them a few tricks. Students will learn about issues including animal cruelty, oil spills, animal jobs, and many more.
  • Learning will be supplemented by various special guests (including animals) throughout the week, along with a field trip to a honey farm. Camps are open for anyone ages 7 to 12. Camp will run from Sept 8 to Sept 12.

For more information or to register go to the SPCA website.


Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts is running programs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday until regular school officially returns.

  • $30 daily fee per youth payable at morning sign-in /registration, starting Sept 2. 
  • Each day there will be a variety of supervised activities taking place: i.e. art instruction (supplies included); review last year’s homework if on hand (optional); 1.5 hour workshops taught by community professionals (drama, dance, no-contact martial arts); art inspired walks within the Cultural District (i.e. Rotary Marshes bird sanctuary; Kasugai Gardens) 

Professionally taught workshops are also available:

  1. Monday: 1.5 hour drama or no-contact martial arts 
  2. Tuesday: 1.5 hour no-contact martial arts 
  3. Wed.: 1.5 hour eco-drama 
  4. Thursday: 1.5 hour dance 
  5. Friday: 1.5 hour drama 

Snacks and lunches are not provided. The bistro is open during this time and a Kidz Brown Bag lunch is available  if parents are interested.

For more information go to there website or call (250) 717-5304.


Andrea Buyan owner of Andy's Animal Acres on the Naramata Bench in Penticton is also running day camps for kids until school resumes.

  • Their petting farm will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for kids ages 8 to 12 years old.
  • The cost is $45 per day and kids bring their own lunch.
  • Reach them at [email protected] or call 250-809-5122 to register a child. 

Rodney Hobson at the Rodney Hobson Karate Academy said they are offering full-day karate camps for school aged kids at their location in Rutland.

  • Kids will learn karate skills, social skills, and confidence building through daily talks on peer pressure and bullying.
  • Drop off is at 8 a.m., pickup is around 5 to 5:30 p.m.The cost is $35 per day or $150 for the week.
  • Info on our site www.rhka.com or call 250.491.8313.

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are preparing to support kids and families as best they can in the event that the BC Teachers strike continues into September.

  • The hours of operation of Boys and Girls Clubs programs throughout the Okanagan will be extended for school-age children and full-day programs will be offered.
  • If you are a family in need of care for your child, please contact your local Club or the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Administrative Office at 250-762-3914 for more information. 
  • Space is limited and families currently accessing programs will be given first priority. Each of the clubs across the Okanagan will do their best to accommodate additional families who might require care. 

The Kelowna Art Gallery and Bumbershoot Theatre are collaborating to offer four days of children’s programming, from September 2 to 5 in anticipation of a continued teachers’ strike.

  • Students will learn about artists from the past and present who are inspired by the fantastical, the absurd, and the surreal.
  • Hands-on activities will include drawing, painting, and sculpture projects. At Bumbershoot Theatre children will engage with subjects that are normally taught in the B.C. school curriculum (language, social studies, math and science) through theatre.
  • The pickup and drop off of participants for all classes will take place at the Kelowna Art Gallery.
  • For activities scheduled at Bumbershoot Theatre, located one block from the Gallery, children will walk accompanied by an adult supervisor. Children are required to bring two snacks, lunch, and a water bottle.
  • Dates: September 2 to 5 -- Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ages: 6 to 10
  • Cost: $30.00 per day - register for one or more days
  • To secure your spot call the Kelowna Art Gallery at 250-762-2226.

Kelowna Yacht Club is putting on a series of activities from September 2 to 26.

  • Sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and other fun activities, depending on everyday’s weather. Dress warmer as it is September! Register for one day or as many days as you want!
  • Ages 7 +
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Days: Monday to Friday, starting on Tuesday September 2nd
  • Cost: 1 day = $35

Willowstone Academy is offering childcare during the labour dispute.

  •  Childcare is available for children in grades K-7
  •  8:30am until 2:30pm
  •  $40/day
  •  Please call (250)764-3111 to register.


If you are running an activity or camp, send the info to [email protected]


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