Family fun around town

Here’s a snapshot of some of the exciting upcoming events for families. I should note that I haven't included any Family Day details, as that may need a full column later this month. 

In addition to the events listed below, check out the schedule for this year’s Unplug and Play Week (a week dedicated to promoting a balance between technology use and creative pursuits, family time, recreation, and connection to nature. 

With everything from story times, pyjama pancake parties, eco-art afternoons, Lego Builder’s Club, animal and shape yoga, and more, Unplug and Play provides a great opportunity for families to connect. Click here for the schedule of events.


Bumbershoot Theatre presents Balloonacy
January 21-31

Based on a theme from the classic movie, The Red Balloon, Bumbershoot opens its new season with the uplifting story of a lonely man and his friendship with a balloon. This production is a great introduction for new theatre attendees under six, but is entertaining for all ages.

Balloonacy will be presented at Bumbershoot Theatre at #125 - 1295 Cannery Lane, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 6.30 p.m., January 21 to 24 and January 28 to 31, with Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Bumbershoot Box Office or by calling 778.478.0142.

***A Pizza Night will be featured on the first Saturday evening performance on January 23, with free pizza in cooperation with Murray’s Pizza in Westbank. The successful PJ Milk and Cookie night will again be offered on the opening Thursday show on January 21.

Full information on the new Bumbershoot season, as well as its other activities, can be found on their website. 


Kelowna Museums presents Be a Sports Hero
January 23rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Did you know that the Central Okanagan has a Sports Hall of Fame? You can be a sports hero too, by trying some skills, creating medals, and searching for your favourite hero.

Learn more. 


Rotary Centre For The Arts presents Winter Acting Classes for Kids & Teens

Classes for all ages start this month, and run into the month of February. Super fun and economical, these classes are taught by New Vintage professional actors. All sessions end with a free performance for family and friends. 

Sessions include pre-school Fun With Fairytales, Treasure Island for 6-10 year olds, and A 1970's Cinderella for teens. There is also a free Teen's Playwright program being offered in conjunction with The RCA.

For more info, email. 


Popcorn Playhouse presents Sleeping Beauty
January 16, 3 p.m.

Join The Queen of Hearts for another fun afternoon of interactive plays. Act out this classic with The Queen and Sleeping Beauty and you will get free popcorn and a chance to meet Sleeping Beauty after the show. Starring Bonnie Gratz as The Queen of Hearts, and Dana Murphy, last seen in Rudolph, as Sleeping Beauty.

Tickets: $7, members $5. Limited space. Book your tickets here. 


Rotary Centre For The Arts presents Lady & the Tramp
February 13, 3 p.m

It's puppy love at New Vintage this month for Popcorn Playhouse. Bring your favourite pretend puppy and join us as we act out this Valentine's Day favourite. Complete with Italian restaurant seating and popcorn, this classic love ‘tail’ is perfect for the whole family. 

Tickets: $7, members $5. Limited space. Book your tickets here. 


Improv Film Nights presents Harry Potter
January 28, 7:30 p.m.

Join us for another crazy-cool film improv film night. This time we tackle Harry Potter, so don't be a muggle, drag out our Nimbus 2000 and fly on over to The Hothouse Theatre in Rotary Centre For The Arts. 

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Free popcorn for all patrons.

Tickets: $10, member $7. Limited seating. Book your tickets here.


Improv Film Nights presents Batman
February 29, 7:30 p.m.

The bat symbol is in the sky, so we have jumped into action to bring you this improvised film.  You don't need to be wearing spandex to enjoy our version of Batman, starring our resident expert and super fan, Graham Daley. 

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Free popcorn for all patrons.

Tickets: $10, members $7. Limited seating. Book your tickets here.


Creekside Theatre presents Purple Pirate’s Message in a Bottle
January 17, 2 p.m.

The Purple Pirate has been featured in over 20 local, national, and international newspapers, magazines, and television.

Message in a Bottle is an innovate theatre-style dance production that re-defines what it means to be a pirate of the 21st Century, promoting the values of compassion and kindness.

The Purple Pirate will be bringing his Pirate Magic Show to Creekside Theatre in Lake Country on Sunday, January 17, at 2 p.m., which is guaranteed to be an afternoon of laughter and illusion for children of all ages. 

Buy tickets by calling 250.766.9309

Tickets: $10. Groups of 10 or more $8 per person.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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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.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

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