Children

Halloween in the Okanagan
Oct16

Okanagan Events: Get ready for Halloween!

It doesn’t matter whether you love or hate Halloween, you can’t avoid this crazy festival of everything spooky.  The hoards of youngsters dressed up as witches, wizards, vampires and zombies can’t really be missed – especially if they come trick or treating at your door!  If there are Halloween-lovers in your family, be sure to check out these local events happening across the Okanagan.  The fall is a beautiful time of year in the region, with copper and golden leaves lining the lake and mountainside.  Here are the best events to get you in the scary spirit:

 

  • Bumbershoot Theatre’s production of The Nightmare before Christmas is showing from October 12th – 22nd. Bumbershoot is a non-profit children’s theatre company that wants to appeal to “the child in all of us”.  Enjoy their adaptation of Tim Burton’s classic animation, The Nightmare before Christmas, and follow Jack Skellington on his journey to Christmas Town.

 

  • If you’re looking at visiting Kelowna Art Gallery during October, why not check out the Jane Kidd: Curious exhibition. Kidd’s works explore themes of genetic modification, living things, creating new entities and the consequences.  If you’ve ever read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, then these themes are no stranger to you!  Looks like a real interesting treat.

 

 

  • Take a trip out to O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon between October 7th and October 28th and take advantage of their Family Daze in the Corn Maze event. This family-friendly event includes a brand-new corn maze with eerie scenes.  The kids can also enjoy a pony ride, tractor ride or a spider-web climb! You can eat lunch at the event as many food trucks will be available, making this the perfect way to get ready for all hallows eve. If you’re into something a little scarier, then you could also attend the Ranch’s Field of Screams: Dante’s Inferno event (Oct 13th – 28th).  There are two haunted mazes to explore so be prepared for zombies, ghosts and all kinds of terrifying creatures!  Please note that the event is not suitable for young children.

 

  • Why not take the family to The 14th Annual Walk of Terror at the Caravan Farm Theatre on October 28th between 4pm – 6pm. Contact the Caravan Farm Theatre for more details on this festive celebration. There will be treats, bonfires, performances and possibly best costume competitions. Past events have been a huge success so definitely check their website for up to date event details.

 

  • For all those music enthusiasts out there, we urge you not to miss the Okanagan Symphony’s Halloween Spooktacular at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on October 29th. Featuring music from popular magical movies such as Harry Potter, Dracula and Pyscho, as well as other classical favorites.  Set to be a fabulous evening!

 

  • Head to Davidson Orchards throughout October and embark on a Johnny Popper Farm Tour. The whole family will love discovering the farming processes and stories behind your local food.  Explore apple trees, peach trees, vegetable fields and more.  Head there between the 21st and 29th October and you can take part in their Pumpkin Festival! Delve into the pumpkin patch and pick out your pumpkin, ready for carving when you get home! During the festival, there will be a Saturday BBQ as well as harvest festival treats including apple cider donuts, apple pie and caramel apples.  For the little ones, there is a whole Pumpkin medieval land to enjoy.  Let them have fun sitting on the pumpkin throne whilst being entertaining by juggling jesters and a friendly Pumpkin Princess!

 

So what are you most looking forward to? We are confident that any of these events will guarantee you have a spell-binding Halloween. Let us know what you get up to…. watch out for those pesky werewolves!

Written by Hannah Poaros

 

 

Apr03

A family vacation create some memorable moments for all family members and to make your vacation even more entertaining we’ve done some research on favorite family games that will keep your children busy during flights/road trips, and everything in between! Bring the whole family together for a cozy evening full of fun and laughter. You can see the whole list of games that we chose for you at the end of this blog.

Battleship

This pen-and-paper game is perfect for two! Win the game by making strategic guesses to uncover your opponent’s ships on the map!

For this game you will need two grids sectioned out 11 by 11, lettered A-J from top to bottom along the left side, and numbered 1-10 across the top.

Each player has:

  • 1 submarine (3 squares);
  • 2 cruises (3 squares each);
  • 3 destroyers (2 squares each);
  • 1 carrier (5 squares);
  • 2 battleships (4 squares each);

Explain to your kids that they should allocate their ships on the grid before the start of the game. Next, let them guess ships’ coordinates, taking turns. (Your opponent should mark your guesses down on their grid). When one of them hits all squares of the ship – it has been sunk! The game is finished when all ships of one player have been sunk. Your kids will be busy at least for an hour, and you can spend this time on yourself whether it’s a short nap or few chapters of your favorite book.

And don’t forget to enjoy your family games with healthy snacks from Okanagan such as Shrimp Appetizer and Tropical Cooler Smoothie

If you are looking for more games you should check out following options:

We hope that these games will help you to enjoy your family vacation and will keep kids busy during your road trips or flights!

Mar06

A great pen-and-paper game that will keep your kids busy is a Hangman. This game is a perfect option for a road trips or flights, and despite the simplicity of the game it can be hours of fun!

One player should think of a word/phrase and write blanks for each letter, next to the word should be drawn gallows with a rope. Another player guesses letters until he/she can recognize the word or phrase. However, for each wrong guess, a part of the body is added to the gallows’ rope (in total 6 body parts: 2 arms, 2 legs, head, and torso). The blanks should be filled before all 6 parts of the body will appear on the gallows or you lose!

Don’t forget to prepare some healthy Travel Snacks for the road! Click here for ideas Perfect Travel Snacks for your family trip!

If you want more games in your pocket that are perfect for a trip check Dictionary Game.

We hope that these games will help you enjoy your family vacation and will keep kids busy during your road trip or flight!

Feb06

If you are looking for a family game that will not only entertain your family members but will also develop creativity and expand vocabulary, this game is the perfect choice!

The dictionary game is great for a big family, or a group of friends. All you need is an old dictionary! (or you can simply download a dictionary app on your mobile phone). One person chooses an unknown word from the dictionary and the rest of the people write a fake definition for this word (trust us, this part is very funny!). The person who picked the word adds a card with the correct definition and shuffles it with suggested answers. After this he/she reads all definitions aloud and players vote for what they think is the true definition. Players earn points when they guess the right definition. Players can also gain points for having the most picked INCORRECT definition (So it pays to be creative!).

This game will not only bring a lot of fun to your family evening but also will help to learn a lot of new words in a game form (especially useful for the youngest family members ☺).

And if you’re looking for a great snack to boost brain power during game night, why not prepare this delicious Chocolate Banana Smoothie