February 08, 2013 | by Christina Van
Wish you were somewhere warm for Reading Week and BC’s first Family Day? How about somewhere warmer? Budget-conscious students and families can find heaps of things to do in the sunny, snow-filled Okanagan area this February.
From your landing pad at home or one of several convenient and affordable hotels in Kelowna, BC, you’ll find dozens of free or nearly free ways to spend Family Day and the upcoming week.
| Enjoy handfuls of cotton candy and winter contests your kids will love at the Big White Family Day festivities in the village.
Here are some of our top picks for Kelowna attractions:
Big White’s Family Day festivities include games, prizes, live music, face painting and contests for snow-lovers big and small. Stroll through the village alongside the Big White Ski Resort mascots while you munch on free popcorn and cotton candy! At the end of the day, warm up in the cosy outdoor hot tub at your hotel in Kelowna.
This event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2013.
|You and your kids can discover your inner artist at the Kelowna Art Gallery's Family Sundays event, featuring valentine card-making on Feb. 10.|
Family Skating Races will be going on at the Capital News Centre for those looking for some friendly, family competition! Just grab your skates and gear and head over to the rink to get started. You might even win a door prize!
This event is free and registrations start at 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2013. Races will be ongoing until 7:30 p.m.
Family Sundays at the Kelowna Art Gallery are a great way to create art in the heart of downtown Kelowna while spending some awesome family time together. On Feb. 10, learn how to make an embossed family card; on Feb. 17 try your hand at painting; and on Feb. 24 see what awaits you on a Journey Underwater.
This event is $4 and runs from 1-4 p.m. Sundays throughout February.
For more FREE family fun, visit our main blog post on BC Family Day.
For Students and Adults
Help your college kids take a break from term papers and take in The North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Fun Run at Big White Ski Resort. The 5 and 10-km races are a great way to have a laugh, get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of the hill. Spend another day skiing or boarding at Big White for a great deal as part of your hotels in Kelowna ski & snowboard package.
This event is $30 and starts at 10 a.m. Feb. 10, 2013.
Impress your valentine with your culinary skills after taking the Cook Like a Chef Professional Series Valentine’s Menu at the stunning Mission Hill Family Estate. Join this winery’s renowned chefs in their state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and prepare a romantic, delicious dish for someone special.
This event runs Feb. 12, 2013 at 1 p.m. Reserve your spot online.
Looking for things to do on Family Day and hotels in Kelowna so you can spend a few days in the sunny Okanagan? The BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites offers a central location so you’re close to all the activities. Book your room now!
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