New festival for the kids

I get it. Sometimes we miss things from the past. 

Not a month goes by that I don't hear about the days when the waterslides were in West Kelowna and Fred Flintstone had a home in Kelowna. They were a part of our community, and provided childhood memories for many families in the Okanagan. 

What I find missing from the conversation, though, is anything about the new things we have, things that families of yesteryear didn't have. 

Places like the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre, Energy Plex, Kangaroo Farms, Hoof Prints Barnyard, and the list goes on.

My two cents: We no longer have some of the family things from the past, but we have more now than we ever had before. 

In my life, I have the unique pleasure of being able to play a role in creating some of those new events, whether it's New York New Years, Pianos in Parks, or free concert or festivals in West Kelowna. 

This brings me to the latest initiative that I've been working on through my new job in Lake Country. It's coming up this Saturday, and we hope to see you there, as we start to build up new and exciting opportunities for fun for families and children throughout the Central Okanagan.

Ryan Donn Lake Country Indoor Children's Festival

Lake Country Indoor Children’s Festival

When: February 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Lake Country Community Complex (in GESS) on Bottom Wood Lake Road

Suggested donation: $2/Child, $5/ Adult, $10/Family


Come for the . . . theatre shows!

11:00 a.m. Trixie the Clown 

11:45 a.m. Kees Tae Kwon Do

12:00 p.m. Judi Garner-Niehaus "Interactive puppet show with legends from Turtle Island"

12:50 p.m. Kees Tae Kwon Do

1:00 p.m. Leif David - Magician

2:00 p.m. Okanagan Music Group (OMG) Teen Vocal Talent Competition - hosted by Jennifer Boal


Come for the . . . multicultural activities! (by ISCO, KCR,PDMA)


Origami booth 

Try a turban

Cultural dancing 


Come for the . . . all-round all-fun general activities (all free)

Bouncy Castle by Bounce Hire

Face Painting by Christine Turpin 

Balloons by Rene

Caricatures by Marzio

Lake Country Museum Old Fashion Photo Booth

Lake Country Fire Fighters Combat Challenge

Kelowna Museums Society Activithy Booth

Building Blocks by Lake Country Health Planning Society

Wentworth Music Drum Booth


Come for . . .  even more fun! 

Regional Parks and EECO staff are offering two free nature-inspired crafts, animal masks, and bird nest helpers. 

Lake Country Art Gallery invites you to blend science and art into one to create oil and India ink resist art.

Mommas for Mommas will be there with their pop-up clothing store.


Media Partner: Castanet

Sponsors: TD, ICSO, Canada Heritage



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About the Author

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. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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