Summer activities for kids

Summer is just around the corner (maybe even sooner now with the recent strike vote) and its time to start making your summer camp, kids activity, or family plans for what is often the most loved amazing season in the Okanagan.

First step: check out your the Summer Recreation Guide created by your local municipality. You'll be amazed just how many options are right in your neighbourhood that you had never heard of.
Family fun days, free concerts, water parks, kids camps, etc.

Kelowna: http://www.kelowna.ca/CM/Page4261.aspx
Literally hundreds of different options for you to pick from. Go to this link when you have 20 minutes to start making your summer plans in Kelowna.

Glenmore and Downtown: For some reason there is a specific guide for this region of our city this summer: http://www.kelowna.ca/CityPage/Docs/PDFs//Sport%20and%20Recreation/Quick%20Guides/Summer_Progams_Glenmore.pdf

West Kelowna: Allow a minute for this page to load as its their whole summer program in a pdf format: http://www.districtofwestkelowna.ca/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=13238

Lake Country: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/lakecountry/Activity_Search

Penticton Recreation Guide: http://www.penticton.ca/EN/main/community/parks-trails-beaches/community-centre/recreation-guide.html

I did some crowd-sourcing on my Facebook page earlier this week and got 30 great suggestions including anything from Cirque Camp (http://www.lakecountryschoolofdance.com) to the very impressive looking summer camps presented by Okanagan College open to any kids going into grade 2 in September (http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Assets/Departments+(Education)/Continuing+Education/Camp+OC/2014/2014+Brochure.pdf )

If you want some more community based options or if you feel I missed one that you think deserves special attention feel free to comment on the post


Next we check out the various community or non-profit societies in town. Here is a simple list to get you started but I would highly recommend the camps at the RCA and the ECOBlast camp is probably one of the most unique options I'll share with you today:

ECO-Blast: http://freshoutlookfoundation.org/events/eco-blast2013/
Rotary Centre for the Arts: https://secure.rotarycentreforthearts.com/courseRegistrations/listClasses.php?categoryID=13&ageID=1
Arion Farms: http://www.arionfarm.org/farm-discovery-day-camp.html
Okanagan Regional Library: http://www.orl.bc.ca/kids/story-time/summer-reading-club
Okanagan Science Centre http://www.okscience.ca/OSC-2014-Summer-Camps-Outline.pdf

Church camps: (I'm sure there are more of these but I only found one or two during my online search):

Willow Park Church: http://www.willowparkchurch.com/events/event-registration/?ee=8
Trinity Baptist: http://www.trinitybaptist.net/#/ministries

And if you want some DYI ideas Okanagan4Kids.com recently did a helpful column on camping activities for kids: http://www.okanagan4kids.com/10-best-camping-activities-for-kids/

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Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

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