Category Archives: Kelowna

Okanagan Area Summer Events Calendar

We all know that summertime brings beautiful weather, family events and summer fun in the Okanagan. So, we decided here at Nannies on Call Okanagan, to create a last minute summer events calendar for families so you won’t miss out on some of the local festivities that are happening at the end of summer.

Whether you like outdoor music festivals, food sampling, wine tasting or carnivals with kiddie rides, there is something for everyone in the Okanagan. Here are a few events Nannies on Call Okanagan recommends:

Fun Summer Activities to do with Your Children in the Okanagan

With the children out of school, the feeling of cooped up can quickly become an issue, but there is no reason for your children to be bored in the Okanagan area during the summertime! The Kelowna region is known to get high amounts of sunshine, making summer a great time to get out and do something fun as a family. Whether you live locally or you’re planning a trip to the Okanagan this summer, here are some ideas from Nannies On Call to do with your children:

Okanagan and Kelowna Races

Get Ready for the Okanagan and Kelowna Races…..Calling all race fans to the Okanagan and Kelowna areas this summer!
Once lummer rolls around in the Okanagan and Kelowna areas, a steady flow of travelers flock in from all over Canada – and some come from around the world – to either participate or spectate at the annual races. Athletes and sports fans of all ages will get a chance to enjoy several races in the Okanagan and Kelowna areas in 2012.

Relocating or Traveling to the Okanagan

Relocating or Traveling to the Okanagan?

Touted as one of Canada’s “best kept secrets”, the Okanagan area is a great place to visit, and it is also a wonderful place to find a home in and settle down in, especially if you have a family. Beyond the mountain-surrounded lakes and the beautiful climate that offers Mediterranean-like summers and mild, fairly dry winters, the Okanagan also provides excellent schools for the children, cultural events for everyone, and sporting facilities for the sports fanatics.

Cooking Healthy Meals for Picky Eaters

If you’re plagued with picky eaters who challenge every meal you make with upturned noses and heads turned away, you’re going to have to employ some new tactics to evade the “that’s yucky” comments from the children. Although some experts would argue that taste buds are formed at a very young age, other experts will tell you that you can still alter different food “likes” and “dislikes” by consistently exposing children to a variety of foods and even mixing in some of – and even disguising- the “dislikes” with the “likes”.

Babies in Bloom – Kelowna

This past weekend I had the absolute privilege of attending the Babies in Bloom fair in Kelowna which hosts the Okanagan’s biggest baby experience! Having been in the nanny biz for many years, I was expecting to see much of the same that we see at trade shows. But I was pleasantly surprised…not only by the amazing kids and parents I met, but also because I made so many fantastic connections. Bobs and Lolo were center stage which packed the house, as well as Kiki the Eco Elf, who all the children adored. There was also a face-painting booth and many of the exhibitors had crafts, food or toys to keep the little ones occupied.

Handling Advice from Others…

Whether you’re a first time parent with absolutely no experience, or you’re a highly experienced mom with a full brood that ranges in ages from teens to infants, you are destined to hear parenting advice from one viewpoint or another as you make your way through motherhood.

It’s not uncommon to hear advice like, “You really should be feeding Johnny this way” or “Your newborn should already be on a routine” with an added – and condescending – “Didn’t you know that sleep schedules need to be implemented the day that they are born?”

Spring Break Activities Around Kelowna

With spring break right around the corner, it’s a great time of the year to get reacquainted with the places and activities that Kelowna has to offer families. You know that by the second day of spring break, your kids are going to be driving you up the wall with the “Mom! We’re bored!” routine. Get a jump on the spring break boredom by planning activities that you and your children can do to make the time off from school more like a vacation in Kelowna rather than a bored-out-of-their-minds and tedious week at home.

Also, to the nannies of Kelowna: if the parents of the children you are taking care of permit you to drive their children to after school activities, events and appointments (and, of course, are willing to finance some spring break fun), you can beat the boredom with the following ideas: