Ice Cream Gelato and Soft Serve

KELOWNA – Our 7 Faves

Moo-Lix Ice Cream

What: Hard scoop

About: Family-operated shop since 1998 serving gourmet ice cream and sorbet, and fresh-made waffle cones (including gluten-free) made in-house. Take-home also available.

Two locations:

239 Bernard Ave (downtown) – see map below

948 McCurdy Rd (near the movie theatre) – see map below

Parlour Ice Cream

What: Hard scoop *Kristen’s fave*

About: Serving up homemade, artisan ice cream and waffle cones using unique locally-sourced ingredients. Grab a scoop in-store, or take a pint home!

Where: 1571 Abbott St (downtown) – see map below

Annegrets Chocolates

What: Gelato

About: Downtown eatery that serves 14 flavours of gelato, hand-made daily. Take-home containers available.

Where: 19-565 Bernard Ave (downtown) – see map below

QB Gelato

What: Gelato

About: Hand-crafted Italian-style gelato, made daily in small batches using fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. We haven’t been yet, but it’s high up on our to-do list!

Where: 1884 Dayton St (Landmark District) – see map below

Flux 74 Eatery

What: Hard scoop

About: Fun selection of scoop ice cream, including dairy-free and vegan gelatos. Our suggestion: Try a gelato scoop in a seasonal, fruity beer.

Where: 1974 Kane Rd #300 (Glenmore) – see map below

Tru Frozen Yogurt

What: Frozen Yogurt bar *Isla’s fave*

About: Uniue and ever-changing selection of frozen yogurt, Greek yogurt and sorbet, plus a huge variety of toppings makes this a fun spot to grab a sweet treat. Frozen yogurt is self-serve and you pay based on weight.

Where: SOPA Square 103-3030 Pandosy Street (in the heart of the Mission) – see map below

Menchie’s

What: Frozen Yogurt bar

About: Cheerful self-serve chain with dozens of frozen yogurt flavours and toppings, sold by weight.

Two locations:

3327 Lakeshore Rd (in the Mission) – see map below

2463 Highway 97 – see map below


VERNON – Our 3 Faves

Rail Trail Cafe

What: Hard scoop *Solla’s fave*

About: Family-run cafe (with adjacent board shop) across from Kal Lake, at the start (or end?) of the Rail Trail. Serves selection of delicious cafe treats, as well as hard-scoop ice cream.

Where: 13904 Kalamalka Rd – see map below

Garden Ice Cream Parlour

What: Hard scoop

About: House-made ice creamery featuring more than 50 flavours. Waffle cones available.

Where: 4202 32nd St – see map below

Marble Slab Creamery

What: Hard scoop *Polly’s fave*

About: Small-batch ice cream that’s hand-blended with huge selection of delicious and unique mix-in “toppings”. Lots of to-go options, including ice cream cakes.

Where: 3101 Hwy 6 (near Polson Park) – see map below


MOBILE – Our 2 Faves

Sugarbee’s Ice Cream

What: Hard-scoop

About: Vernon-based artisanal ice cream company … served on a bike! Featuring small batches of French-style ice cream using local, pure and natural ingredients.

Where: Find them at Okanagan events and markets, on their one-of-a-kind ice cream bike, or hire the to come to you for your next special event. Order and pick-up also available. More info here.

Scooter’s Ice Cream

What: Mobile ice cream and popsicle truck.

About: Ice cream truck that comes to you! We’ve hired Scooter’s for several neighbourhood events, and can’t recommend them enough!

Where: From Osoyoos to Salmon Arm and everywhere in between. Book them for a private function at 250-808-8746 or scootersicecream@shaw.ca, or catch them at an upcoming festival or community event!


FURTHER AFIELD – Our Faves

Tickleberry’s

What: Hard-scoop

About: Beloved roadside gift shop that also sells 72 different kinds of ice cream that’s perfect to mix-and-match on your choice of cone, in a wide range of sizes that will allow everyone to get just what they want!

Backyard Fun

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Looking for things to keep kids entertained while outside in the yard? Us too! So we’re collecting reader-submitted activities that (mostly) involve little set-up and take-down, to help keep kids occupied during these crazy outside days at home.

PAINT ROCK MONSTERS (AND HIDE THEM)

Submitted by: Rock Monster Friends

Submitted by: Rock Monster Friends

YOU NEED: Clean rocks | Paint | Paint brushes

SET UP: Read the Rock Monster Book, then paint your own COVID-fighting monster friends and hide them around your neighbourhood. Wash your hands first!


HOPSCOTCH DOWN THE BLOCK

Submitted by: Saffron Quist

Submitted by: Saffron Quist

YOU NEED: Sidewalk Chalk | A child with energy

SET UP: Create the longest possible hopscotch game you can muster, grab a rock, and let them hop their energy out.


DRIVEWAY SNAKES AND LADDERS

Submitted by: Kristen Thompson

Submitted by: Kristen Thompson

YOU NEED: Chalk | Dice | A swath of driveway

SET UP: Draw out a Snakes and Ladders game board on your driveway. Kids use their bodies as the playing pieces. Great for counting practice!


ROCK WASHING STATION, YO!

Submitted by: Kristen Thompson

Submitted by: Kristen Thompson

YOU NEED: Bins | Warm water | Scrubbies | Rocks

SET UP: Fill a bin or two with warm water (we added a bit of soap to one), and set the kids up outside to get wet and dirty. Pour yourself a coffee!

Home-schoolers share inspiration

Things you can do with kids (and be happy ever) at home.

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With spring break, school closures and C-virus self-quarantine I see so many parents struggling to keep their kids entertained. Nowadays it’s almost a basic need – to keep kids busy. Firstly, I want to reassure you that it is ok for children to be bored sometimes: it’s actually a good thing because it can spark creativity, build self-confidence (“Look what I can do mom!”) and inner motivation (they do things because they are bored not because they will get a candy or 1 hour of screen time).

Of course it could be hard at first – they will come to you with “I don’t know what to do. I’m bored. Mom..mooooom..mom-mom-mom-mom..” Sounds familiar? 🙂

As a homeschooling mom I spend 90% of my time with kids and we never have enough time to do all things we want or started to do. There are so many opportunities to learn and play! Most of the public school-parents don’t know about them and I would like to share some ideas.

Apart from regular reading and colouring, hiking and playing in the park here is what you can do.

1. Cook and bake with kids.

They love it! (most of them for sure). What can they learn: adding and subtracting carrots, potatoes, buns. Fractions while baking – 1/4 of the cup, 1/2 of the tea spoon. Or they can make veggies-fruit and meals out of play dough which develops fine motor skills!

If your kids are passionate about cooking and are old enough you can enroll them in online cooking academy like this one: www.kidscookrealfood.com

We also love Preppy Kitchen on YouTube. He is fun to bake with!

2. Science experiments!

You can do loads of them just with household items.

We really love Mystery Doug videos and different activities-lessons (lots are free), www.superchargedschool.com  (free science classes and now they have a new content daily)! For Pre-K and elementary school we love TheDadLab on Instagram – so easy fun!

3. Crafts.

So many choices here! And it doesn’t matter if you have boys or girls, some boys really love to learn how to finger knit or sew a button! You can level up that regular play dough mess creating arts, learning an alphabet or planets (we made cell-parts, planets, Earth structure, parts of the plants and more).

Sewing, making dolls out of fabric, wood, beads etc – so many ideas on Pinterest. You can make simple yarn dolls or Slavic Spring fabric dolls (you can ask me how, most of the instructions are in Russian).

Simple felting (we have a great yarn store in Vernon with wool supplies and I’m sure every city has one too).

Origami! My youngest found a great youTube channel with easy to follow instructions. She is 6 years old and sometimes needs me to show her the details but mostly she would just pause and fold. And you don’t need special paper, use old magazines, wrapping paper or old drawings you wanted to recycle!

Hello Origami

Toilet paper rolls! I’m sure you will have tons of them left *wink wink*!

Endless opportunities. I didn’t even want to dig into my photos for that. Just save it, give it to your kids and let their imagination flow!

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Random crafts like building structures and bridges, DNA cells or space ships. Making kid’s favourite book heroes out of paper and playing with it while reading another story or creating your own – a new turn, a new ending or beginning and the character gets another life while your kids develop creativity and language skills.

 4. If your flights were cancelled or vacations postponed go on an adventure from you home!

Learn about new countries and cities, cultures and traditions, cook Indian food or sushi, listen to Italian music and The Beatles! If you have Wi-Fi and a computer it is so easy to do. If you also have books – even better! (Or use your local library, you can also place books on hold from your home and just quickly go and pick it up when you get e-mail notification).

You can make your own lap-books with kids and if you own a printer you have lots of free resources out there:

Canada Lapbook

Flags – print them, glue to a toothpick and play with a map using little piece of play dough to attach flag to the country!

Travel with two little dogs – Bella and Harry adventures. They have free colouring sheets and lesson plans of this website. We love the books as well (you can buy them on Amazon).

Treasures of the World museums. As a photographer I love to learn about artists and masterpieces. We have lots of books to go through but unfortunately no access to the real museums with art here. So we use online resources to look at the paintings and sculptures all around the world.

Youtube channel we love to watch: Geography Now.

5. Play board games!

If you don’t have many – print your own games! (Or draw them if you don’t have a printer). And I don’t even know where to start – there are lots of websites with printable educational and fun games (please don’t hesitate to PM if you are stuck with it, I will send you some games on e-mail or show the links). Many amazing moms and dads made them for us to use! Some are free, some cost just a little but so worth the $.

6. Play!

Do a treasure hunt (or a scavenger hut) in your backyard. Invite toy-guests for Sloth’s Bday party! Do a Fashion Week show (boys love dressing up too!). Play a cave-man (stick-stone tools, cave art, dances, mamoth-papa hunt). Cardboard boxes are amazing toys – make a ship, a car, a plane and learn about Marco Polo, Amelia Earhart, Michael Schumacher, Columbus or other great explorers!

There are so many more things you can learn and do with kids! They are naturally curious and daring, creative and can absorb information better than we think. Take this opportunity to really know them, bond with them and explore together – it is so rewarding in a long term. Just follow their interest, then you’ll get the best results and the most fun!

And if you happened to be a photographer pick up your camera to document this days!

If you are not a photographer but want to have this memories to cherish, I would love to help – I do in-home sessions and this is my jam!

Some other helpful links see below.

5 ways to feel 90% socially normal right now

I’ve been missing my friends! Hugely! The hugs, the house visits, the meals made together *sign*. I’ve had moments of fear; how awful would it be to contract the virus? I’ve had moments of gratitude; how liberating to have no where to be. I’ve had moments of questioning the seriousness; is the government inflating this beyond what it actually is? I’ve even had moments of questioning my own sanity; am I suffering from paranoia and none of this is actually real? Anyone relate?

But physical distancing is working! We are keeping Covid at bay *high fives everyone* you’re doing great!

The world feels super weird and many of us are not sure what we’re supposed to be doing… what’s allowed, what is safe and what is going to keep us from popping prozac. So here are 5 things that make this situation feel 90% better for me.


Front Yard Birthday Parties

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Since everyone is home all. the. time. it’s really easy to surprise your friends! Decorate your car. Download a fun version of the Happy Birthday song (Leif Garrett or DJ Bobo are good ones) and cause a scene in your birthday-friend’s front yard. Own a mega phone? USE IT! Great bass in your vehicle? Use that too. Costumes? A street side dance routine? …they’re not your neighbours (I’m being funny, don’t cause an RCPM call). How about grabbing a gift from a local shop and dropping it on the front lawn? Birthdays are meant to be special! NOTE: we do not recommend doing this in big groups.


Touch-less Walks

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Pick a spot to meet, follow that with an air hug (same concept as air guitar) and than proceed as normal with a little more space between you. Fresh air and good company will remind you that you’re still a person and not a groundhog.


Driveway Drinks

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Pick a non-public space (if you plan to have boozy drinks), pull up your own lawn chair, bring your own snacks and just hang. Ahhhh, that feels like spring.


Window Visits

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This one is weird, but works for kids who have a 5-second memory and can’t not touch their friends -or- who don’t enjoy video chats. My only-child is starving for kid interaction! So we have hung out with some friends through the window. Parking cars side by side works great for this too. Open the glass, open the sunroof and viola, you have a glorified dog-run (I mean kid pen).


Phone Calls

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This seems obvious I know, but I want to remind you about the value of actually hearing the other person’s voice. I haven’t chatted with my friends this much since high school -the days before email, text or facebook. We’ve gotten so used to messaging each other until we meet in person but the days of the telephone (when it was used for talking) have some forgotten magic to them.

Municipal parks open during Covid-Distancing

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Great news! City, Municipal and Regional parks remain open during Covid-distancing!

According to globalnews.ca (April 9, 2020)Unlike provincial parks, most, if not all, municipal and regional parks in the Okanagan will remain open during the long weekend.”

Do The Okanagan wants to remind you to maintain a physical distance from other people. This means that free-hugs are out for the time being .

  • Spread out,

  • choose areas are are not busy and

  • if you meet someone along the way, move waaaay over -like bush wack it- and give each other loads of space (minimum 2 meters).

  • If you struggle to remember, just pretend that everyone has an extreme case of headlice and ringworm.

Additionally, play and exercise equipment are off limits and most bathrooms are closed. All provincial parks are closed.

PRETTY PLEASE RESPECT PHYSICAL DISTANCING!

The Regional District has stated that they are prepared to close parks if distancing, health or safety is an issue.

Covid-19: Take-away food services

The Chopped Leaf

✔Contactless pick-up with online orders and phone orders, or use Skip the Dishes with free delivery. WEST KELOWNA

Order here | If you don’t have a Sip The Dishes account yet, use this code to get $5 off your first order!

CedarCreek Winery

✔Special menu featuring Home Block selections as take-away options. Add a paired wine to your meal! KELOWNA.

Order here

El Taquero Tacos & Tequila

✔Free no-contact pick-up through thermal boxes on the patio, family taco dinner for four $39.99, delivery through website, 25% discount for all First Responders. KELOWNA.

Order here

Italian Kitchen

✔Free doorstep delivery around VERNON. Curb-side pick up 2916 30th Ave Vernon. Large assortment of fresh or frozen meals.

Check them out on facebook. | If you don’t have an account yet, use this code to get $5 off your first order!

Kelly O’Bryan’s

✔Take-out or delivery options daily. All health care workers will receive 40% off to-go orders in WEST KELOWNA. Order here.

La Bussola

✔Fine Italian dining restaurant in KELOWNA. Weekly set menu offerings available for pick up or delivery. Each meal will have directions on how to finish and assemble at your home.

To see the current menu or place an order, head here.

montREALfood

✔Order take-out! For every $50 spent, they will provide a $25 gift card valid for use when their dining area re-opens. PLUS 50% discount for first responders! KELOWNA. Order here.

The Table At Codfathers Market

✔Free doorstep delivery or curb-side pick up in KELOWNA. Order here.

Train Station Pub and Mid-Town Station

✔Offering curb-side pick up and delivery in KELOWNA. Order here

Wedge Cheesery (wine delivery available!)

✔Free doorstep delivery in VERNON & COLDSTREAM or curb-side pick up from their shop. Order here.

Wings Vernon

✔Free doorstep delivery in limited areas or curb-side pick up in VERNON. 20% off food & 50% off bottles of wine. Visit them online or call 778-475-2979

Virtual Events and Online Field Trips

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VIRTUAL STORYTIMES


MUSEUM + GALLERY TOURS


VISIT ANIMALS


VIRTUAL ART LESSONS


REMOTE TRAVEL + TOURISM


YOGA + MINDFULNESS


MUSIC + PERFORMANCES


HOMESCHOOLING


VIRTUAL PLAY

Farms to visit in Springtime

They may have hooves or paws; and speak in “Bleat”, “Neigh” or “Tweet”, but these guys make fantastic new friends! Here is a list of all places you can hang out with some critters.

ARMSTRONG + NORTH

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge

This farm is located in Chase which is about 1 hour from Vernon (it’s part of the Shuswap not the Okanagan, however it is a pretty neat place to visit if you’re up for the drive). Come visit with the donkeys on a working farm.

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Noble Wellness Studio

A holistic studio featuring all sorts of events including… GOAT YOGA!

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VERNON

Camelot Haven Alpacas

Meet and observe alpacas in their natural environment. Learn more about them and their amazing fiber through a guided educational tour. This is not a petting zoo, however you may touch them if they come to you.

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  • 6841 Raven Road VERNON (see map below yellow duck)
  • SEASON: all year
  • OPEN: appointment only
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O’Keefe Ranch

Historical ranch with with all the original buildings to tour and learn about. Restaurant onsite, corn maze in Fall, and a barnyard with all sort of farm animals to visit.

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Our Review: Our favourite time of year to visit the O’keefe Ranch is in Fall for the corn maze! There is a mini-food truck village and pumpkin cannon. Overall this is a great place to visit with the kiddos and have a meal in the restaurant.

Davison Orchards Country Village

Family-run farm village and orchard featuring a bakery, cafe, country market, fresh produce, farm animals, playground and activities for kids, as well as seasonal events including apple picking, pumpkin patch and hay rides.

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OUR REVIEW: We love Davidson’s! This funky and picturesque farm is perfect for all ages, and includes the use of several huge farm-themed playgrounds, as well as visits with animals. You may also want to purchase a ticket for their tractor train ride. It’s a fun place to have lunch, buy produce and baking, and spend the afternoon.

FYI:

  • Admission is free
  • Bring quarters if you want to feed the animals (pellets are in bubble gum machines)
  • Gets busy on weekends, but the staff is great at making sure you find parking, and keeping lines moving.

Planet Bee

Step into the amazing world of the honeybee, learn all about them and watch them live and in action. Check out the honey and mead tastings. And shop the onsite store featuring a variety of honey and wax products!

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  • 5011 Bella Vista Road VERNON (see map below yellow bug)
  • SEASON: all year (daily presentations July & August)
  • OPEN: every day
  • -HOURS + MORE INFORMATION-

Our Review: Awesome place to purchase honey and learn how it’s made.


LAKE COUNTRY

Kangaroo Creek Farm

Want to hold a baby kangaroo? Me too! This family-friendly farm is home to kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies, as well as emus, peacocks, fancy chickens, goats, parrots, potbellied pigs, and a capybara. And yes, you can snuggle the joeys!

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OUR REVIEW: We love this place! You get to walk right into the pens and pet the animals. It’s a little jungle oasis that has a you feeling like you’ve landed in Austrailia.

FYI: They accept cash only. Parking is out on the street, so you may be walking a little ways to the entrance (the earlier you arrive, the better the parking). Also, there is a steep hill at the entrance so for those with mobility challenges, you may want to plan for some assistance.

Prairie Folk Farmery

An orchard-playground experience! Adventure-activities include a massive inflatable pillow to jump on, pedal gokart track, & mini zip line… all appropriate for kids walking to about 10ish years old. Plus there are chickens to visit, artisan shaved ice, produce for sale and picnic baskets full of lunchables!

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Our Review: Such a gem! The giant jump-pillow is super cool! It’s a great spot to spend 1-2 hours letting your kiddos burn off some energy. This ia family owned and run with the most lovely owners.

Okanagan Stables

Go ride a horse! These guys offer a variety of rides from an introduction to horseback, to a full-day cattle drive!

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  • 12862 Talbolt Road LAKE COUNTRY (see map below blue horse)
  • SEASON: May – late Fall
  • OPEN: by appointment
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KELOWNA

Arion Therapeutic Farm

Volunteer-run farm where the animals are friends not food. Featuring a vegan cafe and programs on organic farming, animal care, plant-based cooking and more! Come visit the sheep, goats, cows, pigs, alpacas and several other critters! Hours and pricing.

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  • 2457 Saucier Road KELOWNA (see map below orange horse)
  • SEASON: all year
  • OPEN: every day

Caldwell Heritage Farm

Commune with the cows and chickens, gather eggs, pick veggies, tour the antique farm-equipment collection and visit the farm distillery tasting room!

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Carmelis Goat Cheese

Boutique goat-milk farm featuring a variety of cheeses and 24(ish) flavours of gelato! Come hang out with the the goats.

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  • 170 Timberline Road KELOWNA (see map below green goat)
  • SEASON: March – October
  • OPEN: every day (March is weekends only)
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Don-O-Ray Farm Adventure

Hold the ducks, chickens, bunnies and baby chicks. Feed the ponies and goats. Run through the hedge maze, check out the farm market and ice cream parlour, and get a free airbrush tattoo in the farm tattoo shop!

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Janzen Garlic Acres

Family-owned garlic farm where you can feed the barnyard animals and take tractor-wagon rides!

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Kelowna Stables @ Myra Canyon Ranch

Horse back riding for any level (starting at age 3) plus frisbee golf and adventure park with arial treetop courses!

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  • 4675 June Spring Road KELOWNA (see map below teal horse)
  • SEASON: all year
  • OPEN: by appointment
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McMillan Farms

A Fall farm with a corn maze, hayrides and barnyard animals.

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Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm

Lavender products made onsite, gardens, and Pollinators! Alright, the critters have wings instead of legs but they are pretty amazing too.

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WEST KELOWNA + PEACHLAND

Parrot Island

Sanctuary for abandoned and abused exotic birds.

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Yana Crane, home-schooling Momma, shares fun activities to do at home.

Our friend and DTO photographer Yana Crane is a home-schooling mom! Staying home with kids, having fun and keeping them busy is not only her norm, it’s her expertise. So what inspiration and wisdom does she have during a time when the rest of us are a little out of our element?

Things you can do with kids (and be happy ever) at home.

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With spring break, school closures and C-virus self-quarantine I see so many parents struggling to keep their kids entertained. Nowadays it’s almost a basic need – to keep kids busy. Firstly, I want to reassure you that it is ok for children to be bored sometimes: it’s actually a good thing because it can spark creativity, build self-confidence (“Look what I can do mom!”) and inner motivation (they do things because they are bored not because they will get a candy or 1 hour of screen time).

Of course it could be hard at first – they will come to you with “I don’t know what to do. I’m bored. Mom..mooooom..mom-mom-mom-mom..” Sounds familiar? 🙂

As a homeschooling mom I spend 90% of my time with kids and we never have enough time to do all things we want or started to do. There are so many opportunities to learn and play! Most of the public school-parents don’t know about them and I would like to share some ideas.

Apart from regular reading and colouring, hiking and playing in the park here is what you can do.

1. Cook and bake with kids.

They love it! (most of them for sure). What can they learn: adding and subtracting carrots, potatoes, buns. Fractions while baking – 1/4 of the cup, 1/2 of the tea spoon. Or they can make veggies-fruit and meals out of play dough which develops fine motor skills!

If your kids are passionate about cooking and are old enough you can enroll them in online cooking academy like this one: www.kidscookrealfood.com

We also love Preppy Kitchen on YouTube. He is fun to bake with!

2. Science experiments!

You can do loads of them just with household items.

We really love Mystery Doug videos and different activities-lessons (lots are free), www.superchargedschool.com  (free science classes and now they have a new content daily)! For Pre-K and elementary school we love TheDadLab on Instagram – so easy fun!

3. Crafts.

So many choices here! And it doesn’t matter if you have boys or girls, some boys really love to learn how to finger knit or sew a button! You can level up that regular play dough mess creating arts, learning an alphabet or planets (we made cell-parts, planets, Earth structure, parts of the plants and more).

Sewing, making dolls out of fabric, wood, beads etc – so many ideas on Pinterest. You can make simple yarn dolls or Slavic Spring fabric dolls (you can ask me how, most of the instructions are in Russian).

Simple felting (we have a great yarn store in Vernon with wool supplies and I’m sure every city has one too).

Origami! My youngest found a great youTube channel with easy to follow instructions. She is 6 years old and sometimes needs me to show her the details but mostly she would just pause and fold. And you don’t need special paper, use old magazines, wrapping paper or old drawings you wanted to recycle!

Hello Origami

Toilet paper rolls! I’m sure you will have tons of them left *wink wink*!

Endless opportunities. I didn’t even want to dig into my photos for that. Just save it, give it to your kids and let their imagination flow!

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Random crafts like building structures and bridges, DNA cells or space ships. Making kid’s favourite book heroes out of paper and playing with it while reading another story or creating your own – a new turn, a new ending or beginning and the character gets another life while your kids develop creativity and language skills.

 4. If your flights were cancelled or vacations postponed go on an adventure from you home!

Learn about new countries and cities, cultures and traditions, cook Indian food or sushi, listen to Italian music and The Beatles! If you have Wi-Fi and a computer it is so easy to do. If you also have books – even better! (Or use your local library, you can also place books on hold from your home and just quickly go and pick it up when you get e-mail notification).

You can make your own lap-books with kids and if you own a printer you have lots of free resources out there:

Canada Lapbook

Flags – print them, glue to a toothpick and play with a map using little piece of play dough to attach flag to the country!

Travel with two little dogs – Bella and Harry adventures. They have free colouring sheets and lesson plans of this website. We love the books as well (you can buy them on Amazon).

Treasures of the World museums. As a photographer I love to learn about artists and masterpieces. We have lots of books to go through but unfortunately no access to the real museums with art here. So we use online resources to look at the paintings and sculptures all around the world.

Youtube channel we love to watch: Geography Now.

5. Play board games!

If you don’t have many – print your own games! (Or draw them if you don’t have a printer). And I don’t even know where to start – there are lots of websites with printable educational and fun games (please don’t hesitate to PM if you are stuck with it, I will send you some games on e-mail or show the links). Many amazing moms and dads made them for us to use! Some are free, some cost just a little but so worth the $.

6. Play!

Do a treasure hunt (or a scavenger hut) in your backyard. Invite toy-guests for Sloth’s Bday party! Do a Fashion Week show (boys love dressing up too!). Play a cave-man (stick-stone tools, cave art, dances, mamoth-papa hunt). Cardboard boxes are amazing toys – make a ship, a car, a plane and learn about Marco Polo, Amelia Earhart, Michael Schumacher, Columbus or other great explorers!

There are so many more things you can learn and do with kids! They are naturally curious and daring, creative and can absorb information better than we think. Take this opportunity to really know them, bond with them and explore together – it is so rewarding in a long term. Just follow their interest, then you’ll get the best results and the most fun!

And if you happened to be a photographer pick up your camera to document this days!

If you are not a photographer but want to have this memories to cherish, I would love to help – I do in-home sessions and this is my jam!

Some other helpful links see below.

Head over to my website (click-able link below) and add your favourite ideas or resources in comments. There are many many more of them and I actually sometimes think how great it would be to have 48 hours a day 🙂

I hope that helps and you can use some ideas at your home! I would love to share my experience and help to anyone who needs it!

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Fine Dining: The Formal and Foodie Spots

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Intermezzo

Intermezzo is an intimate family-run restaurant specializing in Canadian prime steaks, seafood, pasta and Mediterranean cuisine.

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Italian Kitchen

Nom Nom, the Italian Kitchen offers Mediterranean fare with a big list of pasta dishes!

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 Midtown Bistro

Classy yet quaint, Midtown Bistro delivers a higher value with their food, service and entertainment.

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 PeakFine

Head up to Sparkling Hill Resort for fresh farm-to-table dining, surrounded in Swarovski crystal decor and overlooking Okanagan Lake.

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 Phoenix

Dining room down, lounge and patio up… the Pheonix offers a wide selection of steak-house deliciousness.

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 Range Lounge

Head up to Predator Ridge for globally inspired “upscale casual” eats.

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 The Med

The Med is an eclectic collection of the best cuisine the Mediterranean region has to offer including lots of meat, seafood and pasta dishes.

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 Block One

Hang out at 50th Parallel Estate Winery for a series of small-bites and some scrumptious mains.

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 Italian Kitchen

The Lake Country Italian Kitchen is such a great spot! Off the beaten path, the space is intimate and a bit bohemian.

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 O’Rourke’s Peak Cellar

Overlooking the vineyard, O’Rourke’s bistro items are designed to compliment their wines.

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 Pane Vino

A sweet authentic Neapolitan Woodfire pizzeria in Oyama.

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 The Lookout

Located on Grey Monk’s Estate Winery, The Lookout is just that… perched over the lake with beautiful views.

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 Hotel Eldorado

Lake-side dining with a bounty of seasonal, organic and local ingredients.

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 Krafty

Mmmmm, all sorts of chef-curations here in the open-concept kitchen + bar.

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 La Bussola

A family-operated Italian fine-dining experience.

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 Oak + Cru

Head over to The Delta Grand Hotel for a fresh farm-to-table dinner.

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 Raudz

Raudz boasts a locally-sourced, farm-to-table menu where they take simple dishes and make them oh-so amazing.

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 Summerhill

Organic Bistro at Summerhill winery

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 The Fixx

The Fixx Cafe is all about Mediterranean starters and fabulous pastas.

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 Waterfront Wines

Fresh seasonal Okanagan flavours!

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 West Coast Grill & Oyster Bar

A fun-elegant environment offering delectable and fresh culinary creations.

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 Blu Saffron

Head over to Valcanic Hills Winery for dinner overlooking Okanagan Lake.

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 Terrace

Spend some time at Mission Hill winery and enjoy a bite at the Terrace Restaurant.

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 Old Vines

An elegant and cozy find dining experience at Quails’ Gate Winery.

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