If you are considering visiting the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British, Columbia, Canada then this post will help you to find the best things to do in Kelowna with kids and some of the greatest things to do in the Okanagan.
We are locals and moved to Kelowna in 2019 after spending a year travelling around the world with our kids. After our return back to Canada, we had our house sold and everything packed up, so we decided to choose this great city of Kelowna, BC to live; one of the best places to live in Canada that could give us so many things to do within an arms reach.
So we’ve decided to share some of our favourite things to do in Kelowna with a family. We hope you have a chance to explore so many of the great places to see in Kelowna with your kids.
What You'll Find in This Post
- Best 14 Things to Do Kelowna with Kids
- 1. Hike Knox Mountain
- 2. Mini Golf
- 3. Myra Canyon Adventure Park
- 4. Bike Kettle Valley Trestles
- 5. Kangaroo Creek Farm
- 6. Mission Creek Regional Park
- 7. Beach Day at Gyro Beach Park
- 8. Explore Kelowna Downtown
- 9. Don-O-Ray Farm Adventure
- 10. U Pick Fruit – Cherries, Apples, Pears
- 11. Visit a Lavender Farm
- 12. H20 Water Park
- 13. Scandia Golf & Games
- 14. EnergyPlex
- Accommodations in Kelowna
- Kelowna BC Map
- Best Time to Visit Kelowna
- Kelowna Travel Tips
Best 14 Things to Do Kelowna with Kids
1. Hike Knox Mountain
Hiking Knox Mountain is basically a must do if visiting Kelowna. Knox Mountain is very close downtown so you get city views from the top and also Lake Okanagan.
A variety of paths are marked with some easy walks for the entire family. Our favourite to take our friends and family is the 3km hike out to Paul’s Tomb since it is relatively flat with some amazing views of the lake and the city below.
Hiking or biking Knox Mountain is one of the best things to do in Kelowna with family!
2. Mini Golf
If you are looking for some family fun, mini golf is a great way to spend a few hours. There is a great one on the other side of the bridge, 19 Greens which is great for the entire family with stunning views of Lake Okanagan.
3. Myra Canyon Adventure Park
One of the best things for kids in Kelowna is to go to Myra Canyon Adventure Park. This park will let kids (and adults) climb through the trees over bridges, ropes, ziplines and all kinds of cool ways for kids. It’s a favourite for our kids and can spend hours at this place.
There are different courses depending on the height of the kids and easier ones for small kids.
4. Bike Kettle Valley Trestles
One of the best attractions in Kelowna that we love to do and share with others is biking the Kettle Valley Trestles. This is a great way to spend a few hours up high crossing what was the Kettle Valley Railway. There are bike rentals if you need it, or if you prefer you can walk.
If you have your own bike or walking it’s all free to do! Be sure to bring your own water and snacks and have a great pit break and enjoy the views
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One of the coolest things to do in Kelowna!!! The Myra Canyon Kettle Valley Trestle Trail is an old railway that has been converted into a hiking and bike trail. You get to go over canyons on trestles and in tunnels! Great views of Kelowna and Lake Okanagan in the distance. Such a fun morning and the kids pumped out 15km on their bikes! The best part is that is is FREE! @tourismkelowna @myracanyon #explorekelowna #bikingkids #hellobc #getoutside @nicfiorante
5. Kangaroo Creek Farm
If you are looking for an animal interaction activity for the family then the Kangaroo Creek Farm is your ticket to fun. This is one of the best family things to do in Kelowna where there are all kinds of kangaroos, goats, wallabies, peacocks and other kinds of animals.
You can walk among the kangaroos is a really cool space, where you can feed the kangaroos and watch them jump beside you.
* Note: Kangaroo Creek Farm is in the process of moving to a place in Kelowna during 2020, so check their website for updates on location.
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Are we back in Australia? 🇦🇺 Nope, just stopped by @kangaroocreekfarms close to home in BC. Kids had a blast holding a baby joey 🦘and seeing the sugar glider was their favourite. Mine was seeing the beauty feather of the peacock 🦚 who gave us a show. What a great way to spend the day to see and learn about some animals. Days like this makes me miss full time travel and worldschooling the kids. #explorekelowna #kangaroocreekfarm #explorebc . . . . #Passportkids #familytravel #kidstravel #ftb100 #tinytravels #familytrip #familytraveltribe #tbscommunity #havekidswilltravel #tmom #lpkids #travelwithkids #familymemories #kidswhotravel #fearlessfamtrav
6. Mission Creek Regional Park
Another one of the free things to do in Kelowna is to walk along Mission Creek Regional Park. They have a great walking path (or biking path) along the river so you get some great views of the water flowing while you step into nature. There are a few hiking paths outlined if you wish to go check our Turtle pond or other little hidden gems.
This is also an area if you are interested in seeing the Salmon spawn in the autumn! There is also a great play structure, picnic area and washroom facilities to make an afternoon out it.
7. Beach Day at Gyro Beach Park
If you are in Kelowna during the summer you have to dip your toes into the Okanagan Lake and Gyro beach is a great central spot to go for some family fun. It is also another free thing to do in Kelowna!
They have play structures, beach volleyball nets, a sand beach area and a green space. There is also a great walking path behind to take a stroll or get those little ones to sleep in the stroller.
We spend plenty of our evenings here after school and on weekends. It can be a bit busy, but sometimes we like the excitement of people on the beach.
Bring your floaty, sand toys, beach chairs, towels and enjoy the sun on the beach in the middle of the city!
Gyro beach is what to do in Kelowna for kids!
8. Explore Kelowna Downtown
There are lots of things to do in Kelowna downtown, it is the hub of the tourist center. So many of the Kelowna activities happen in the small downtown of Kelowna. It is a chill beach vibe kind of downtown – flip flops and shorts are always welcome in the summer!
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Kelowna is now home. It’s been a month since we have moved to this beautiful place. Trying to squeeze in seeing as much as we can but also getting settled with new schools, new friends and starting a new job. No sighting of Ogopogo for us yet… we will keep you posted! #kelowna #ogopogo #okanagan . . . . #Passportkids #familytravel #kidstravel #ftb100 #tinytravels #familytrip #familytraveltribe #tbscommunity #havekidswilltravel #tmom #lpkids #travelwithkids #familymemories #kidswhotravel
- Rent a boat, rent a jet ski, book a boat tour around Lake Okanagan, swimming.
- Eat at one of the great restaurants along the lake – we like the Cactus Club, Earls and The Craft for their patios.
- Grab an ice cream or gelato.
- Find the Ogo Pogo Statue.
- Walk along the Okanagan Lake.
- Visit City Park – there is a play structure for kids and in the summer a water spray pad for toddlers and little ones.
- During the summer there has also in the past been big blow-up trampolines on the lake that older kids can go have some fun on.
- Kelowna Tourism center is right downtown too, so you can find out about local events happening during your stay or book tours.
9. Don-O-Ray Farm Adventure
We love Don-O-Ray farm and market for the local experience. Get local fruits and vegetables from their market, it makes you feel like you are shopping and supporting the local (which you are)!
During the summer months, they have a small petting zoo which is fun for the kids to go see and enjoy for a little bit of time. In our eyes its a win-win for kids and parents.
10. U Pick Fruit – Cherries, Apples, Pears
Ok, this is one of the best things to do in Kelowna – hands down you will have a good time picking cherries, strawberries, apples or pears from one of the local orchards. It’s something you can’t do everywhere and so cool to do.
The kids love this and eat more I think than pick, but it is such fun! I guarantee you will have a good time with the entire family! You will see all kinds around Kelowna – the ones with signs of U-Pick are the ones where you can go and do it yourself.
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Cherry tree picking! 🍒 I swear Sofia didn’t eat any while picking them 🤦♀️… just add in a few dollars to my bill! Kelowna has so many U-Pick orchards that let you and your family pick the fruit to experience what it is like. Can’t wait for apples 🍎Love exploring our new backyard this summer. #explorekelowna #fruitpicking
11. Visit a Lavender Farm
A beautiful place to visit in Kelowna is the Lavender Farm. It is a kid friendly place that smells wonderful. They sometimes have workshops or activities set up for kids, just check out their website if you are wanting to check it out. Or simply go see for your self and stop in for a quick visit.
Things to do on Rainy Days in Kelowna
Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate either with rain or sometimes it is too hot to do things outdoors. So here are a few of our favourite things to do indoors in Kelowna.
12. H20 Water Park
The H20 waterpark is an indoor waterpark that has waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy river, hot tubs, swimming pools and even a flow rider to learn to surf. You can spend hours here with the kids in the pool. They also have gym facilities, exercise classes and other fitness fun for the entire family.
13. Scandia Golf & Games
A fun indoor arcade and games for the kids to play and spend hours having fun. There is also indoor mini golf that is open year round for a great family activity during cooler months or rainy days.
There are also things to do outside at Scandia too, including another mini golf course, go-karts and batting cages for baseball fans. It’s a great place to spend part of your day and the kids will LOVE it here and a place for the whole family to enjoy themselves.
EnergyPlex is an indoor place for kids of all ages to burn some energy. It has trampolines, a rock climbing wall, and a canopy walk. There are some great indoor climbing areas for smaller kids, toddles and little ones to have some fun too. It is basically an indoor playground for kids!
It’s always been a kid’s favourite and we have spent many birthday parties here with many kids at this place.
Accommodations in Kelowna
If staying for a quick weekend or a couple of days I would suggest staying at an accommodation close to the water if you can. There are many hotel options that I have outlined below for the different areas.
The other option is to check into Airbnb in the Kelowna area. If you are staying for a long time this might be more cost-effective.
Kelowna Downtown Area
The first option I would recommend for an area to stay in Kelowna, would be downtown Kelowna. There are some great places to stay in Kelowna hotels downtown (Cultural District) with views of Lake Okanagan. The closer to the lake the better and obviously the more expensive.
We recommend Delta by Marriot, it is a prime location and a beautiful hotel. Royal Ann hotel is right on Bernard Avenue so you are in the middle of the action and close to shopping, food and activities.
Gyro Beach Area
The other option is over by Gyro Beach area (South Pandosy – KLO). Eldorado Resort is right on the water and a busier area with a great walking path to Gyro Beach. Anywhere in this area is a great spot if you want to be close to the beach and lake life.Booking.com
If you are looking for accommodations that are more economical, sometimes you can find some great deals in West Kelowna, which is just across the bridge and about a 10-15 minute drive to downtown Kelowna. West Kelowna has some amazing things to do in that area too, including an entire wine route that is awesome!
Kelowna BC Map
Kelowna is not a big city, so getting from one side to the other takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes at the most. During the peak holiday season (July-August) there is an influx of tourists in the area and travel time can take longer.
Best Time to Visit Kelowna
All year long! But, depending on what you want to do will depend on when you want to visit.
The busiest time of the year to enjoy all the activities above is during July & August (Summer). Prices will be higher for accommodations, but the city is a bustle of activity with many events and plenty of hot summer beach days.
Off peak season is both Spring (May-June) and Fall (September-October), where many of these activities would be a great time of the year, but swimming in the lake will be cooler and unlikely. There is also season things like U-pick fruit and certain places that close during the cooler months.
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Great views from Knox Mountain Park. The Okanagan Lake seems to go on forever, looking in every direction at this beautiful lake. Although many people may enjoy the lake during the summer months, observing the tranquility of the lake during the fall is my favourite time to enjoy nature on its own. #knoxmountain #explorekelowna #bc #canada #lakeokanagan . . . #Passportkids #familytravel #kidstravel #ftb100 #tinytravels #familytrip #familytraveltribe #tbscommunity #havekidswilltravel #tmom #lpkids #travelwithkids #familymemories #kidswhotravel
Winter months December – March is good for some of these items, but during that time more visitors head out to Big White or Silverstar ski resorts for winter activities. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, dog sledding, etc. Another range of fun things to do in the winter in Kelowna.
You check out all the details about winter in Kelowna at Big White Ski Resort from our review here.
Kelowna Travel Tips
- Check out the latest events happening in the area with Kelowna Tourism.
- The best way to pay for parking in some of the spots downtown is by using the app. Look for the number of parking number to enter your details, parking is not free if you don’t see a meter.
- The Kelowna airport (YLW), is a smaller airport and has rental cars available right from the airport. The airport is a quick in and out which makes it easy when you arrive and plan your departure. You can check out flights to YLW here.
- I would recommend renting a vehicle if staying for longer than 2 days. Although there is bus transportation, and many of the places are easy to walk to downtown, the best way to get around is by car in the area since some places are not on the main roadway.
- Be sure to check out some of the great places to see in Lake Country, West Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Vernon and Oliver if you are looking for day trips. Some great places to check out all within an hour’s drive and have Kelowna as your home base.
- You can take the kids to wineries! We do it all the time and they are kid-friendly we just find it’s usually not the favourite part of the day for the kids. We like to pair it with a kid activity in the morning like the Kangaroo Farm first, then head out to wineries. Visiting a winery usually takes approx 1 hour or less.
- Here are some of our favourites wineries. There are 180+ wineries in the Okanagan region, so there is plenty to visit and taste. Many of them have great restaurants so you can make a lunch out of the visit with the kids.
- If you are travelling from another country be sure to have travel insurance. We use World Nomads for any of our international travel and it was the one we used on our 1-year world trip.
- Find out more about Kelowna and British Columbia with these recommended books. The Okanagan Table is a staple for any foodie.