Children

Roadtrip tips
Sep18

Taking road trips with kids can be tough, particularly if you have younger children who aren’t used to long car trips. You are probably dreading the inevitable “Are we there yet?” chorus every time you take an exit or pass through a hamlet. Travel goodie bags can be a way to occupy kids with fun, portable activities that will keep them entertained until arrival.

Here are some ideas for travel-savvy goodie bags to make your road trips with kids more manageable.

  • Snacks for the Road

    There will most likely be stops along the way where you grab lunch or pick up picnic ingredients for quick sandwiches. But between that, you’ll want something for the kids to munch on. Buy snacks like candy, trail mix, and crackers in bulk to save money. Then, you can separate them into little baggies tied with a ribbon so each child gets their own goodies.

  • Bite-Sized Coloring Book

    You can find small, travel-sized coloring books and mini portable crayons or pencil crayons to match at any dollar store. You can also browse online on Amazon if you can wait a day or so for shipping. It’s almost impossible to fill a whole coloring book in one trip so you can guarantee they have something to do the whole way.

  • Road Trip Bingo Card

    Make a bingo card filled with common things to see on a road trip, be it wild animals, farmhouses, flowers, or whatever you can think of! Keep a few additional toys in the front seat with you to use as prizes when the kids complete the whole bingo sheet! For older children, you can make it more challenging by making less common block items, like specific types of birds or specific colors of signs/buildings. You can also make it easier by requiring that they only complete one row. Don’t forget the “Free!” center square so they feel like the game can start right away!

  • A new toy

    Whether they like Minecraft or dinosaurs, there are plenty of small toys you can buy for them to play with. These will last the whole trip and give them something to do in the vacation rental in the evenings or at a park or beach. Pick something durable so that it can join them in the pool or lake if they want. Wrap it individually so that they can have fun opening a “present” once they get their goodie bag.

  • A Puzzle or Brain Teaser

    There are plenty of small, time-consuming puzzles that you can add to the bag to occupy your child. Think about Rubix Cubes, metal brain teaser links, wooden block puzzles, or ball-to-goal obstacle courses. You will want to find something small enough to pack along but without any easy-to-lose pieces.

Need some help planning where to go for your family trip? Ask us about our vacation rentals in beautiful British Columbia and we’ll find something perfect for you.

Smoothie bowl
Sep04

It’s September now, which means back to school! You had time for sleeping in and slow brunches all summer…but now it’s time to hustle! As soon as that alarm clock rings, you’ll need to start thinking about what you can prepare quickly and easily day-after-day.

That’s why we love breakfast smoothie bowls. It doesn’t hurt that you can use fresh Okanagan fruit from the local markets, too. Here are a few super easy recipes to make before school or work.

Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

This one takes only 5 minutes to prepare. Super easy! You’ll need a blender but a small, personal blender or immersion blender works if you don’t have a full-sized one with you. The only ingredients you need are frozen banana and frozen berries, a milk or milk substitute, and some protein powder (optional). Eat it as is or sprinkle on some topping, like sliced fresh fruit, chia seeds, coconut, or whatever else you want!

Try it here: Minimalist Baker.

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Bowl

This one is paleo and vegan friendly, though you can add dairy milk if you prefer. Strawberries and a banana or two make up the base of the smoothie and unsweetened coconut milk keep it smooth and creamy. You can use fresh in-season fruit or frozen fruit, whatever you desire.

Top it with dried fruit, like banana chips, and granola to add some special crunch. Once it’s in the bowl, you can decorate it however you please. If you want extra fruit, nuts, or seeds on top—go for it!

Try it here: Bakerita.

The Enlighten Smoothie Bowl

The original recipe is vegan so this one is great for lactose intolerant individuals or those who don’t consume animal products. The base is made with a few iced cubes, a frozen berry blend, and ½-1 banana, depending on what you prefer. A bit of peanut butter gives some added protein. You can substitute peanut butter for protein powder but make sure to add a bit of water, too, to keep things smooth.

Decorate the top of the bowl as you see fit: almonds, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, nut butter, currants or raisins, or kiwi slices!

Try it here: The Simple Veganista.

Green Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie starts out with a healthy dose of mango, pineapple, avocado, and spinach. The avocado and spinach are the “greens” in this recipe but most of the flavor comes from the fresh fruit so you don’t have to worry about feeling like you are drinking salad for breakfast. Use coconut milk or almond milk to keep everything blending smoothly.

Add flax seeds to the mix if you have them but they are more for nutrients than flavor so it’s okay if you don’t have any on hand. Granola and a drizzle of honey make a great topper for this one.

Try it here: Natasha’s Kitchen.

Need to slow things down after the back to school rush? Try a lovely weekend away in one of our vacation properties. Contact us for details and availability options.

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