Looking for more ideas of things to do at home with the kids? Here are some ways to keep things fun while you stay at home!
Have a Dance Party
Kelowna-based The Oot n’ Oots, in collaboration with the Rotary Centre for the Arts, produced a fun video for their song “Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo.” Get movin’ at home with this family fun song!
Get Colouring for the Chance to Win a Prize
Do your kids know the legend of Ogopogo? Share with them the origins and history that date back thousands of years—when the syilx / Okanagan people spoke of nx̌aʔx̌ʔitkʷ (pronounced n’ha-a-itk), the spirit of Okanagan Lake—and then have them colour Ogopogo and enter our contest to win a great, kid-friendly prize, including a stuffed Ogopogo!
Want to purchase your own stuffy? Click here to visit our Love for Kelowna online store.
Make Time for Art
The Kelowna Art Gallery has moved its popular Family Sundays programming online! Each week, they will share a new, easy activity that uses materials you likely already have at home. Follow their Instagram account and keep an eye on their story highlights for a new activity each week.
Learn Something New
Local museums are using their social media channels to share history, facts, stories, and more! Check out Kelowna Museums on Instagram and Sncəwips (sen-ch-wee-ps) Heritage Museum on Twitter so your kids can learn more about Kelowna and Westbank First Nation from home.
Explore Regional Parks….Virtually
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is hosting various online adventure programs through the Regional Parks Instagram account. Follow them to find out the next program, then tune in with the kids—it’s that easy!
Enjoy Storytime + STEAM
Okanagan Regional Library has created a brand new YouTube channel where staff are regularly uploading a variety of videos for all ages. There’s Rhyme Time with Ashley, perfect for the littlest ones, and Science, Tech Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programs for the older kids in your household. No matter what, the kids will be entertained and learn something new!
Add Some Toys to Playtime
Loadza Toyz is based out of Orchard Park Mall and is offering free delivery to Kelowna and area residents who might be looking to add something new to the toy box. If your budget allows, you can add some fun productivity or learning toys to your kids' collection and support local at the same time.
Get Crafty to Show Community Support and Thank Health Care Workers
Last, but definitely not least, it’s important to keep community spirit alive during these uncertain times. An easy way to engage your kids in the community while also saying “thank you” to health care workers from afar, is to make hearts and post them in your windows and doors. Here are two ideas:
Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery shared a fun craft idea to try at home.
- Cut out a heart from some sturdy carboard.
- Paint it and come up with your own message!
- Carefully cut little notches on the edges of the cardboard for the lights.
- Put the Christmas lights in the notches.
- Plug it in and display in your window—it will look even cooler at night time!
Download the signature White Heart, add a message of gratitude if you’d like, and post it to your windows. These small acts of kindness show health care workers in our community how much we appreciate the work they do and are easy activities that the whole family can enjoy.