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Spring Skiing
Mar11

5 Spring Break Family Activities in Kelowna

 

There’s still some time to plan a fun filled Spring Break for you and the family.  Maybe going away somewhere warm isn’t your thing, so here is a list of 5 fun activities to do around the Kelowna area.

Plan a Day Trip to a Skiing Resort

Spring Skiing is a lot of fun, you might even end the day with a goggle tan. Don’t pack on the winter clothing as it does tend to be warmer in the spring. Enjoy Big White, Silver Star or Apex Mountain. All of these mountains offer spring skiing and have special days designated to ladies, kids or even mens day.

Spend a Few Hours at the Pool

Regardless if it is sunny or raining outside, the pool is always a fun place to spend some time and burn through some of that excess energy the kids may have. H2O Adventure and Fitness Club is open throughout the course of spring break and has many fun activities. Surf the Flo-rider, ride the waves in the wave pool or river run, play in pool playground, or go down one of the three water-slides or all three!

Plan a Weekend Getaway

La Casa Cottages are the perfect place to bring the family too. Whether you want to stay 2 nights or a week, we promise it will be the most relaxing getaway. There is mini golf and a playground for the kids, as well as tennis courts. Just up the road is Fintry Provincial Park where you can get out and explore nature and take a little hike.  Not ready for a vacation just yet?  Well, why not take this time to plan your summer holiday!

Discover Kelowna’s Hiking Trails

Nothing is better than spending time in nature on a nice sunny day. Take the family, or do a solo trip, to one of your favorite hiking locations. There are a few popular hikes around the Kelowna area. Knox Mountain, Crawford Falls, Lochview Trail, Canyon Falls Park are just to name a few. Please note that opening and closing times/dates may vary due to weather – if the trails are closed, make sure you come back in the summer!!

Solve a Mystery

Looking for something fun to do that requires a little bit of problem solving? Go down to one the Escape rooms in Kelowna and try to exit a room before your time is up. There are lots of different themed rooms and they range from hard to very hard. You will leave feeling completely puzzled because you didn’t finish the room in time, or super smart that you escaped the room. This is something that is great for date nights or for families with older kids to do.

Planning a family vacation in Kelowna? Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com to find your perfect cottage.


Written by Megan Harder

Hoof Prints Barnyard
Feb18

Spend the day at Hoof Prints Barnyard

It is a proven fact that interacting with animals can boost a humans mood. What better way to spend the day than to spend it at a petting zoo!

Hoof Prints Barnyard is Kelowna’s only petting zoo and an ethical farm animal rescue facility. This petting zoo is located on 8 acres of land and has lots of fun family things to do!
Whether you go on an open public day, have a private event or go for a birthday party there is always something going on. There is over 70 farm animals on the property that you can view and interact with. Hoof Prints Barnyard uses all the entrance donations and anything else they make at the farm for the animals on the farm whether it is food or their medical needs. Host your kids birthday party here with pony rides, the petting zoo, roasting marshmallows on the fire when the fire ban isn’t in affect and indoor western themed party room.

Have you heard of Goga?

This is a very popular event that must be pre booked. Come spend an hour doing yoga with the goats. The goats are babies still and will be wearing their yoga outfits with their diapers. They will jump on you and go under you while you are doing yoga like you are their own personal jungle gym. This is something that should be on everyone’s bucket lists – Yoga with goats! $20 for adults, $10 for kids 8-15, or $50 for 2 adults and two children.

On Public days the farm is open to everyone to come enjoy.

Admission is a minimum $5 donation for anyone over the age of 3. Attend the bonfire and roast some marshmallows after enjoying a hot dog from the concession stand. Spend some time with the family in the petting zoo area or play in the play area with your loved ones making some memories.  If being on the farm and spending time outdoors is your thing, spend some more time here hosting your family reunion or having a wedding. Be sure to bring cash as this is the only type of payment Hoof Prints Barnyard accepts.

 

 

 

Planning a family vacation in Kelowna? Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com to find your perfect cottage.

 

Written by Megan Harder

Winter Kelowna
Nov19

4 Great Winter Events in Kelowna

Celebrating your holiday season with a stay in Kelowna?  Why not add one of these events to your vacation?

  • A Seussified Christmas Carol, Nov 22 – Dec 2, Rotary Centre for the Arts

    A mash up between Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the wacky stories of Dr. Seuss! Organized by the Theatre Kelowna Society, this show is sure to have you laughing and dancing with Christmas cheer! Tickets are only $25 for adults and $10 for children, or better yet – $60 for a family of four. Get your tickets today!

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec 6 – 16, Rotary Centre for the Arts

    Everyone knows Charlie Brown, right?  So you’ll just love this show – put together by New Vintage Theatre and the Rotary Centre for the Arts – based on Charles Schultz’ classic story. Enjoy this family friendly production, complete with the original music, for $25 per adult and $15 per child!

  • Sip into the Season – Wine & Craft Event, Dec 2, Westside Wine Trail

    You won’t want to miss this! On Dec 2 between 12pm and 5pm, the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail will be participating in a very special holiday event.  Suitable for self-guided tours as well as guided tours (available through Roots & Vines Tours or Uncorked Okanagan) the event sees several wineries host artisans and crafters in their tasting rooms! And not to mention, all the wine of course.  Wineries involved in the event include some of our favourites:  Indigenous World Winery, Little Straw Vineyards, Mission Hill Family Estate and Quails’ Gate Winery!

  • Santa’s Workshop at Big White, Dec 20 – 24, Big White Ski Resort

    Take the little ones up to Big White Ski Resort between Dec 20 and Dec 24 and they’ll be in for a treat! Santa Claus has set up his workshop on top of the mountain and you will be able to get a free family photo with him PLUS make some Christmas decorations to take home.  Even if you don’t ski, it’s worth the visit for this little piece of festive fun! His workshop will be open from 11am- 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm, apart from Christmas Eve where the workshop closes at 2pm.

 

Not a fan of winter?  Well, get ready for the new year by reserving your summer La Casa Cottage today.  Call  our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com to find your perfect cottage.

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Road Trip
May07

How to Survive a Family Road Trip

So it’s nearly Spring in BC, which means it’s the perfect time to start planning your summer road trip.  We know that long drives with the kids in tow can throw up a number of challenges, which is why we have compiled a list of hot tricks and tips to get you prepared for a hassle-free journey!

  1. Stock up on activities

    You’ll want to have a full selection of coloring books, reading books, pens, pencils, card games and more! Depending on the age of the child, these classic past-times are ideal for long road trips. Nobody likes being bored.

  2. Brings snacks that can be easily distributed

    We all know the pain of being hungry while stuck in a hot, stuffy car. That’s why preparing a selection of healthy snacks (mixed in with a couple of treats) is necessary for putting all family members at ease.  Snacks could include raisins, bananas, cucumber and carrot sticks with hummus, crackers and cheese slices, crisps, cartons of juice etc.  Make sure you get enough supplies for everyone, so that there is no fighting over who is having the last packet of sweets!

  3. Charge all devices & bring portable chargers

    There’s nothing like packing all your mobile reading devices, games electronics and ipods to then discover half an hour into your trip that they all have a dead battery! Make sure everything is fully charged before starting your journey. If you’re having an especially long drive, then bringing a portable charger is extremely useful – this way you can re-boot those dead batteries on the go!

  4. Earphones are imperative

    To avoid arguing over which radio station to listen to next, or whose ipod is going to be plugged in next, make sure everyone in the car has a set of earphones or headphones! That way if members of the family want to play video games or watch DVDs on their portable DVD player, they can do so without bothering anyone else. This is an easy way to avoid many arguments over noise levels in the car!

  5. Comfy clothes & blankets

    Thick blankets and fluffy socks are must-haves for making the journey as comfortable as possible. Even if its hot outside, air-conditioning will make the car cool – so don’t forget to throw in a couple of cozy jumpers!

  6. Stop regularly

    Split up the journey by stopping for bathroom breaks, photo opportunities or picnics! No one likes to sit in the car for 6 hours straight, and the fresh air will do everyone good.  Check out your drive route before heading out and plan the relevant stops along the way.

Road Trip

What are your favourite ways to keep everyone happy on a family road trip?  How many times do the kid’s ask ‘Are we nearly there yet?’?  Tell us in the comments below!  If you’re thinking of planning a trip to La Casa this summer, check out our previous blog posts on Othello Tunnels, or Okanagan Mountain Park .  Perhaps you can pop one of these destinations into your journey or itinerary for your visit to the Okanagan?

 

If you would like more information on booking a cottage with us this summer, please contact our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com where we will be more than happy to assist you!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Happy Easter
Mar26

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

 

Easter is ideal for taking time out to spend with the family.  Stock up on those chocolate treats, plan an Easter egg hunt and invite the family round for a decadent feast.  Whatever you’re planning on doing this weekend, be sure to have some fun! 

Here are five ways you can be creative this Easter:

  • Hard-boil some eggs, dye them red and try to crack them. This is a Greek Easter tradition that is fun to create and then fun to play.

  • Get arty in the kitchen by making Easter Egg cake pops or macaroons in the shape of bunnies.

  • Make your own Easter Egg treasure hunt for the kids – use different coloured clues for each child so that they follow a different trail, and all get a prize in the end.

  • Find the pens, pencils and glue sticks and put together some funky designs. You can make chicks out of pom-poms, bunnies out of egg cartons or design some colourful Easter cards for the rest of the family.

  • Don’t forget to make some Easter egg baskets. Handmade ones are the best so spend the morning crafting these out of paper plates or weaving them out of recycled paper.

Why not spend Easter with us next year?  Cosy cottages by the lakeside.  Fireplaces, decks, patios and full kitchens… overlooking Lake Okanagan and close to the West Side Wineries.  There’s plenty of activities to keep you occupied at La Casa Cottages, so give us a call today to book your vacation.

Perhaps next Easter is too far away for you to think about?  In that case, reserve a cottage for your summer holiday and enjoy the Okanagan sun! If you would like more information on booking a cottage with us, please contact our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com where we will be more than happy to assist you!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros